Book 4, Chapter 12
"Ziri.....! ...you...asshole!... Help
The ghost sounds really miserable. But how did she know my name? I
don't think I've ever done anything serious to any women before. Did she have
to become a ghost to revenge on me?
Now wait a minute. This is a game! I know
plenty of ghosts and spirits in the Lost City, why would I be afraid now??
Ziri? I think the ghost is coming for you, not me." Rose finally decided
to look around.
voice came again. "Help...help me already!"
not far." Rose listened carefully. "I think...it's below us."
I steadied myself by holding onto a spike on Lucky's back and looked under. What
I saw nearly shocked me into falling off!
"Re-Red Moon?? Bah-hahahaha!! How
did you get up here?"
were trying to kill me for crying out loud! Why would I help you? Just teleport
back to the city or something."
face went pale. No idea she's angry or is just too scared. "I...would have,
done it, if I had one!"
Okay. She's still shaking.
don't do anything stupid."
looked down and nodded unwillingly.
I returned onto Lucky's back. "Lucky, can
you send our...passenger, up here? Oh and, try to be a little 'passionate'."
Lucky grasped Red Moon, who had been hanging on his other claw, and
threw her high into the air. Then he flew towards her so she would land on us.
Moon's screaming echoed across the clouds in the whole process. I helped her
keep balance when she landed, but she clamped herself onto me out of instinct
like a koala. Now Rose is watching. Well, this is embarrassing. I tried to push
her away, to no avail.
"Let go. You're safe!"
Moon raised her head slowly. What she saw is, of course, my face. She bounced
away as if she touched some exposed electric wire, and almost fell off Lucky
again. She looked down behind her and approached me again. I don't like where this is
going so I grabbed Rose and stuffed her into Red Moon's arms.
have my wife as your hugging pillow. And no, I don't mind it. I'm pretty generous
waved her fist at me. She knows what I'm thinking though, so she didn't protest.
Actually she is pretty surprised to find out that Red Moon is shaking like mad.
"Are you okay Miss Moon? You feeling ill?"
afraid of heights! When I was young I fell from my second floor balcony and
got hurt. That's when I started to get terrified whenever I go to high places!"
So the mighty Mrs Red Moon has her weakness. I thought you were like, a total
fearless woman." Yes I'm trying to be sarcastic.
did you say??" Red Moon yelled and reached for me.
stepped back. "Lucky my friend! It's a mighty fine day today, how about we
fly higher and enjoy the sky?"
Red Moon cried. Her response wouldn't stop Lucky from following my words though.
that sir, gaining altitude."
He flapped his wings harder, bringing us
above the clouds again.
Moon's face is white as paper now. "I'm gonna get you even if IT MEANS
RISKING MY LIFE FOR IT!!"
She gave up rose and lunged at me!
That was Rose. She screamed even louder than Red Moon. Lucky, as a living
dragon, is a lot more agile than an actual fighter jet. He did 7 or 8 side
rolls without taking any break, almost making me dizzy as well.
he stopped I can no longer see Rose nor Red Moon.
Rose's call from ahead. Then I saw her being carried in Lucky's mouth by her
clothes. So I quickly pulled her up.
punched at my chest. "Why would you do that?? Thank god Lucky caught me. So
where is Miss Moon?"
shook her off!"
Why didn't you catch her too?"
you told me to roll so I thought you just wanted to get rid of her. That's why
I only saved the mistress but not the other woman."
shit! Get down fast and see if we can still save her!"
Hold on tight."
Lucky folded his wings and began to dive.
the ground, a group of members from a small sized guild are inspecting the
the place is good enough. That Mist Mountain ahead is a good place for leveling,
and I heard the Wyvern Gorge not far got some pretty rare drops. There are two
major cities in both left and right side of here, each about 300 kilos away. We
should choose this place as our headquarter."
Jason, did you hear something?"
You saw anything, Brandy?"
heard something...above." Brandy looked up. "Hey you all check that
whole guild looked upwards. They see a small dot falling from the sky at
extreme speed, and another bigger dot, falling even faster. The small one seems
to be a female, and the bigger dot came out as a fierce-looking dragon. That
sharp noise is caused by the dragon's descending. It sounds like a mortar bomb
is heading towards its target.
dragon caught up with the female before she can reach the ground (which
obviously would result in a bloody mess), then spread its wings to slow down, which still didn't provide a safe landing, so the dragon stomped on the
ground and turned its momentum into a close-to-ground glide instead. The giant
force and the air current following behind knocked everyone over.
dragon successfully went up again, with that woman caught inside its jaws. It vanished into the clouds as fast as it came, like nothing ever happened.
boss? I think I saw a dragon fly by. Am I seeing things?"
saw it too!" Brandy pointed at the ground. "Look at that footprint! So
I wasn't dreaming!"
how about we find another place to build our city?" Their boss asked.
The dragon ate a woman right? We won't be recruiting any pretty girls if that
dragon just came to pick up a snack when it feels like it. And I don't
want to run a man-only guild."
guild packed up their tools and ran away.
sitting on Lucky, looking at Red Moon, who's been lying still for a while now.
"Phew, we did it."
one." Rose patted her chest. "We almost killed her. So what's going
she's TOO scared." I checked her face. "Well, she'll wake up."
is still worried: "She's afraid of heights right? Did we cause too much
trouble? We might have hurt her if she got a weak heart or something."
don't worry, I asked father about that before."
Wooh. She actually addressed my father like that, probably because
she's in panic.
"Be patient alright? Already calling 'father'? I hope you keep it that way."
just knocked me on the head. "Tell me already!"
our father said:" Ouch. Another hit. "...The helmet will completely
cut off the connections between your brain and the other parts in your body, including
those autonomic nerves that control your breath and heartbeat. The designers
already thought about the possibility when some of the content in the game
might over-stimulate the players and cause negative effects. So they simply set
up a computer to control your nerves, and return the control back to you when
you exit the game safely. So you don't have to worry about anyone having a
heart attack and such."
still don't feel good!" Rose held Red Moon up. "She's out cold. I don't
want to give her a mental scar. This was how she acquired acrophobia right?"
not sure about that." I spoke to Lucky: "Find a clean water source
and bring us down."
Lucky landed towards a giant lake. We
carried Red Moon to the lake and wiped her face with lake water.
"Okay. Lemme try it."
I raised her up and threw her into the lake, which
caused Rose to scream. "What are you doing???"
It worked. Red Moon jumped onto the land so fast as if the
lake water is boiling.
"You AHHH---" She fell back again.
That should teach you not to get in my way again." I turned to Rose.
looked back at the now wet Red Moon who just crawled back ashore. "Let's take her.
I don't see any city around, she'll lose her way. She doesn't have any scrolls
on her right?"
her way? Sounds good to me." I huffed. "So I'll never see this nuisance
on. Pleeeeeease." Rose shook my arms. Ugh, I can't resist those kitten
ok my good Rose!"
I switched back to my angry tune and spoke to Red Moon. "Get
Moon peeked at Lucky in horror and shook her head. "NOT AGAIN!!"
fine!" I summoned Night Shade. "Come on, get on!"
don't know how to ride horse!"
the love of--" I waved my hand. "Phantom! Get her. And Red Moon, relax,
controlled her body and hopped onto Night Shade skillfully. After a while she
recovered from all the scares. She began to check around Night Shade with
While Night Shade is quite annoyed. "...Can you not touch me like
can speak?" She began to fiddle with Night Shade's ears like a little
Shade looked at me with all the annoyance I can see from his expression.
"Hey you! Where the hell did you find this thing on my back?"
glanced at Red Moon. "Picked up by accident."
Shade asked in a mocking tune: "By accident? So you won't mind if I break
it by accident eh?"
I see Red Moon totally unable to comprehend what we are talking about. "I
are we heading?" Night Shade asked.
Find me there."
He dashed away at the speed of wind. I can hear a faint scream
from his direction.
didn't hear our conversation so she asked in surprise: "Where's he going?"
He said we're too slow so he went to the city by himself."
patted at Lucky. "Let's take the air too. He's right, we should save some
course it's faster to be flying but we still can't catch up with Night Shade. I
can only see a small black spot disappearing from our view, with a trail of
dust behind his path.
we finally arrived within the vicinity of the Lost City, we saw Hawk and Elfy
as well as Night Shade. We planned to meet up at the city gate. Elfy is waving
at us, Hawk is facing against the city wall, no idea what he's doing. Red
Moon is leaning over the railings near the bridge for some reason, and Night
Shade is trotting around her as if he's satisfied with something.
landed at the graveyard outside. The bridge is wide but is still inconvenient
for his current size.
Night Shade came running at us and helped us cross the bridge. Now I can see the scene: Hawk is inspecting the carvings on the wall, while
Red Moon...is vomitting into the water.
looked at Night Shade. I'm sure he's grinning. "What's the deal?"
nothing really. I was a bit too fast. It must have been a tough ride for her."
Moon raised her head and looked at me weakly. "You...Even your horse is a
stupid ruffian like you! I hate you! I hate you both! Gurrrrrr....!"
continued producing rainbows.
went over to her and patted on her back. "Ziri? You should be gentle to girls!"
always gentle to girls!" I play dumb. "Am I not to you? Or...do you
think I should be more, rough, from now on?"
didn't say anything this time but Elfy gave me a knock. "Oh shut it! Don't
teach any wrong idea to MY husbando here!" She looked at Hawk, who
quickly shook his head.
I'll always follow my dear waifu's orders!"
palm-sized angel appeared near Red Moon, carrying a small camera on her
shoulder. Well, that's not a monster, it's a video tool in [Zero]. Everyone is
free to chat with each other but you need to buy the video tool to use the
related additional features. The tools come with various models and sizes. By
the way, mine is a cartoonized bee carrying a camera on a fishing pole.
voice came from Red Moon's camera. "Master! Finally! Where have you been? What
happened? You just, disappeared in front of us! We thought you were blown away
by the wind but we never found you. Then we can't send you private chat because
the system said you are unconscious! Then something about 'extreme conditions',
and 'severe illness'! What in the world happened to you?"
Moon glanced at me with a...wicked grin. Okay, something is not going to end
well. I can feel it.
She managed to squeeze up some real tears and began to cry
in front of the camera. "Take this video to my brother! Waaah! I'm
kidnapped! That Ziri took me to some strange place and I can't get away now!"
She filmed at the lake under the bridge, which is giving out creepy green
"See that? Help me! He's mean! Noooo he's coming again! No, please!
I'm not calling for help--"
She shook her camera while screaming. It's obvious
what she's up to.
hear a lot of angry voices from her chat. "ZIRI! Let our master go now or
you'll really regret it!!"
tried to take her camera away so she won't be ruining my reputation further. But
she took the chance to make a scene as if I'm seizing her camera by force. Now
I can never clean myself up!
Red Moon took the camera away from her angel and
tossed it into the lake. Then she shouted into her voice chat: "Oh no! He
broke my favorite camera! Help me!! Ahh! Don--don't pull my clothes!"
Oh fuc it! I look like a universal pervert now!
Next she cut all her chat and
looked at me with a victorious expression. "That's what you
get when I'm angry. Humph!"
you really want to make me condemned by everyone?" I gave her a stern face.
one rejects my offer. You're the first one and will be the last one! From now
on you will always be the worst hentai out there as long as I don't tell the
truth. Our Goddess Alliance and the Righteous League will be looking for you! You
won't be playing this game even if you can get your name white again!"
she's serious. Fine.
turned back to Rose. "You have research work to do right?"
Sorry I can't give you ride today, just call father for a car. Take care."
She took back whatever she was going to say, since she knows I won't listen to
her when I'm mad for real. She just handed the bracelet back to me and logged
I looked towards Hawk and Elfy. "I owe you two big this time, but it's not really a good time to thank you, let's find another chance. There's a valley
behind the city, the monsters are good targets for leveling up. You can find
strong monsters deeper inside. Oh and, keep away from any dark fighters and
similar monsters. They act in groups, you won't stand a chance against those
can see the situation and just nodded and ran away as fast as they could.
there are only two of us here...
I slowly walked towards Red Moon and began to
undress myself, which caused Red Moon to step back.
"What what what are
didn't stop my actions. "You've already told the whole world that I'm a
big villain, looks like I'm never going to clear that out. I'm going to carry
this made-up crime anyway...so why not I just make it real? I mean, I can't just earn that title without...enjoying my privilege."
Moon is so scared that her voice sounds funny now. "Don't-you-don't you
dare! I'm the leader of Goddess Alliance! We have more members than you think!!"
of Goddess Alliance? Just about right. I'm curious about what makes a
goddess different from normal women!"
Oh don't worry. The author is not going to write about "explicit" stuff.
Book 4, Chapter 13
Sorry but, I don't know what this title means.
"No! Ah....!" Red Moon moved back in horror.
Ha! I'm a genius.
"Now now dear, you'd better not resist..." I approached her while carrying a wicked smile.
I pulled on her robe. She struggled but didn't use the protection--she isn't trying to teleport either of us away. She didn't even use any wizard powers but is just pushing me with her weak fists.
Does she want to escape at all??
No I can't go on like this. Time for my ultimate move--I pinched her face into facing me head-on and began to move us closer.
I stopped after several seconds. I tried to push us as slow as possible but obviously I can't prolong this movement forever, since we were pretty near from the start. Now our lips are only about a millimeter away. She stopped her struggling when she realized what I'm trying to do. The problem is, she closed her eyes and relaxed as if she's waiting for it!
So now I either have to keep going and make the kiss, or drop her down to break her ego.
The choice is obvious. I released my grip. Red Moon lost support and crash-sat on the ground. The pain on the bottom caused her to open her eyes.
I'm re-equipping my armor. She stood up and...went towards me?
"What are you doing??"
"Oh, I just found that you aren't very attractive. So...I gave up!"
"But but but--"
"No buts. Or are you actually hoping I would bust you right here?" I finished my equipment and hopped onto Night Shade. "I apologize for bringing you here, and I won't be accusing for what you did today anymore. You can leave."
I asked Night Shade to leave the city gate. Then I felt a weight behind me. I turned back to check--
"How did you get here again??"
"By jumping, duh." Red Moon is looking at me with a big smile.
"Ugh! Please, miss, can you leave me alone?" I took off my bracelet. "I'm never going near any system cities from now on. Come on, you can take it. Now do me a favor and let me play my game!"
"No!" She smile again, an evil smile. "I'm following you, so you'll always be a terrible kidnapper, every time someone see you they'll just try to take you down right away. I never let my enemies go for free. You're no exception!"
"Sigh. So you will stick no matter how?" I failed to suppress the hint of threatening in my voice.
"Yes I will!" She just nods.
"Lucky!" I don't believe she dares to go through so more aerobatic shows.
"Ah, where are we going?"
She jumped onto Lucky first!
I un-summoned Night Shade and climbed on. Now I just need to keep going with my plan.
"Let's fly. Higher this time."
"Sure." Lucky kept going up until I began to feel faint myself. I wonder what kind of fear I would bring her.
The first move, is our signature barrel roll which was pretty effective. I forgot how many rounds we went through. The only thing I knew is that Lucky was a little dizzy himself, as he told me.
Red Moon just hang on tightly on Lucky's back spike without giving out anything I would expect.
So that failed.
I got more tricks though! I'm going to throw her off and catch her before she reaches the ground again. That should be frightening enough.
I went over the scene where Red Moon would scream like a kid in my mind while walking towards her.
She noticed my terrible expression. "...What are you planning?"
I didn't say a word. I just held her up by force and walked to the edge.
"Enjoy the principle of gravity!"
She managed to catch my armor which caused me to lose balance as well. Now we're both falling down!
Why is this happening to me??
I asked him to fly particularly high just to scare Red Moon harder, now I hit my own feet with it! It seems Lucky didn't hear my last call at such height, he didn't even notice two people have gone off his back.
I need to think of something! I'm dead for sure if I reach the ground like this.
Maybe summon another flying companion?
No. I need to give them orders using words, and if I summon anyone now they will be out of hearing range before I can say anything.
Right, my wing blades. I can fly on myself! They can't help me fly such high up, but I can still use them to keep a better balance, instead of rolling over like a broken doll.
The problem is still this stupid girl who is hanging on my back tightly. I can't open my wings like this! Her last action is to hold onto something out of instinct, and that something is me!
Now I know why you need to knock out someone you want to save in the water before you actually try to reach for them! This is what happens if you don't--they'll drag you to hell along!
Wait, knock her out? Maybe I can make her release me if I stun her.
...But I can't! She's BEHIND me, I can reach her head but there's no way I can hit her hard enough in such a position.
I need tools. Yes, I need to hit her using something with long reach, like a stick.
In the end I decided to take my sword sheath off my waist and use this thing as a staff. The handle part can easily act as as hammer. So how much force do I use? I don't like her, but that's no reason for me to crack a girl's head open.
Argh why is this so complicated?? I don't have time. I can already see the mother land reaching for me at an alarming speed. Well, the other way round!
Oh Fuc it. I'd rather leave a big bump on your head than dying with you anyway.
I smashed her head with the most proper strength I can think of. There is a muffled BAM. Hope I don't damage her brain or cause some mental issues.
I know I succeeded because her screaming stopped. I struggled only to find my terrible fate didn't let me free yet. I did knock her out but she's still locked up on my back. Her body is still following the last order from her brain, which is grabbing onto the last straw no matter what happens. And she's going to kill that "last straw" at this rate!
I'm done! Screw this damn woman! She won't leave me alone and now she's going to pull me to death! Worst day ever!
Not far below us, is the most famous leveling site outside the Cold Jadeite, and thousands of people are witnessing our fall.
A warrior is sitting together with a pretty female archer. The warrior pointed at the sky. "Hey look, a shooting star!"
They leaned close to each other. "I never knew we can find shooting stars in this game. It's beautiful!"
Somewhere else, a small team is taking a break from their grinding campaign. A warrior shouted. "Boss, I see a shooting star over there."
A berserker looked up. "Ohh wow. Now this game's more realistic than I think."
A priestess spoke: "Maybe it's a hidden quest! We should check it out."
"Nah forget it. You know how hard those quests can be, we'll just wipe in an instant. Stay patient and let's get some more levels first!"
I'm trying to look at our landing point using my Star Gaze. I can clearly see five people just below us. That's...five ninjas! And the one standing in the middle is that Chinese-Japanese mix I saw the other day. They don't look like a team. The other four ninjas are attacking the one I know. What the hell? They are fighting among themselves?
Though that's nothing I should be worrying about now, cause I'm heading down towards them! The one in the middle noticed me first, then the other four all followed his gaze. But the mixed ninja has already dashed away before the other realized what's going on.
He got down to the ground and covered his head and ears.
Shit. I'm not a carpet bomb or something. Do you really have to do that??
Razor (name of the mixed ninja) is in the middle of the fight when he saw something falling down from the sky. A human, actually.
He's already losing, so he did hope that whoever it is can become his helper. But he soon noticed that...maybe that's not a proper way to land. So he decided to get out of the dangerous zone and dropped to the ground.
He felt a shock wave going over his back. He thought the danger is gone when he tried to get up. But he was showered by a bunch of broken equipment pieces and ... fallen human parts.
I watched as I crashed into the ground. The impact caused me to lose conscious for a while, though not very long.
Now this is no football match so I'm not gonna earn any points by this "touch down". But...my EXP and Evilness increased!
I brought a dust cloud into the air, plus some random unknown flying objects mixed inside it. The whole scene looks like a missile just exploded inside a crowd. Yes, I see the human parts as well.
"Uhhhh..." Red Moon groaned, still on my back. I opened my wings in the last moment and became a damping cushion for her. She's still hurt, badly.
She realized she's sitting on me and rolled aside. She's in no condition to stand up though.
I hit the ground first but my condition is actually better, since I'm wearing full Artifact armor here. This thing is way stronger than her paper wizard robe.
It took some effort for me to pull my hands out of the ground. I landed limbs-first, and they stuck solid into the dirt like wooden construction stakes. I struggled to get up on me feet, only to find there are two other people under me!
Aha, so I'm not the bottom. Someone else is even more unfortunate.
We caused a small meteorite crater where we landed. No, not quite, since there are two human-shaped hollows that really stand out.
I needed to use my lance to pry the two "volunteers" out of the dirt. They turned out to be two ninjas from that small group.
"Thanks mate. But I'm not paying you. I didn't ask for your help anyway."
They wouldn't mind me saying that at all because they're already dead cold.
"A little help here!" Red Moon yelled.
"Pull me up!"
I held her straight so she can try to move her waist. She recovered after a some cricks and cracks.
"Better. My bones were in the wrong places."
"Find a tree and rest. I see someone alive over there. I'm go check."
I released her without waiting for answer. She fell on her hips again. "Oof!"
I walked to the player who's still lying on his stomach. It's a ninja too, the one who was attacked by the others.
He bounced up when I tried to flip him over.
"WHO ARE YOU??" He looked at me with horror in his eyes.
"Calm it." I raised my hands (in front of my chest, not over my head). "Just checking if you're alive or not."
He stepped back with caution. "Did you see the four people who's been attacking me?"
I pointed at the mess around us. "You mean these. Oh and, Another two, at the bottom over there."
"But you were---" He pointed upwards, then at me, with his mouth agape.
"Eh, heheh. It's just, an air accident."
"I thought you were some helper who came to save me!" He put his katana behind his back. Seems he believed me. "If I'm a Chinese player I would just help kill the other four, then finish off the last one. Now you're strange."
"Save you? Huh. I wouldn't play skydiving like that without a parachute! As for killing you, yeah it's totally legit, considering where you are. Because that's what most players will do--eliminate Japanese invaders in the fastest way possible."
I picked up my sword from the ground. The ninja immediately drew his katana again.
I waved it, showing him that it's still sheathed. "Oh don't worry, I was using it as a hammer--- Owwww!" I turned around. "What the fuc??"
As expected, Red Moon is standing behind me, with one hand rubbing her head and another hand holding her staff, which is probably the weapon she used to hit my head just now.
"So YOU were the one who hit me! I thought I bumped my head on the ground!"
"You asked for it! Had I not knock you like that to get you off myself we'd already be in the resurrection hall now!"
"I don't care! You hit me and you should apologize for it! Join our guild!"
"Oh for the-- Please please my good lady, forget it already! That's not how you recruit people!"
"Well I'm not forcing you! I'm negotiating!"
How is she still acting as if she's the justified one?? I saw a comment somewhere and now I believe it: Women are like computers, no one ever knows how their brains function, except for their producers (their parents)!
"You call that negotiating?? Then 'forcing' doesn't exist in this world anymore!"
"You---!" Her gaze suddenly shifted towards behind me. "An intruder!!"
She pushed me aside. "Outta way! [Floating Thunder]!"
A lightning ball went from her hand towards the ninja, who obviously didn't have enough time to make out the situation and took the attack head-on. He's now bouncing on ground like a Magikarp using "Splash", which is of course, not effective.
I just recalled Red Moon is the second place on the ranking list in China region. That's was impressive. She threw that spell without taking much time to prepare.
Why didn't she use anything like this when she was fighting with me?
The ninja is still numbed by the electric attack but he managed to bring out his katana. I think this class has really high Dexterity, wizards will have a hard time hitting him at all once he starts moving.
I was wrong.
Red Moon crossed her arms. "[Fire Blast]!"
Whooopm! The ground below the ninja's feet began to erupt flames like a volcano. He evaded aside but the flaming crater followed him as if it's alive. He ran around for a while before he realized he needs to take care of Red Moon who's actually controlling the fire pit.
The ninja put away his kanata and jumped high up. "Ninpo! [Doton]!"
Poof. He disappeared into the ground like water.
A bump began to slide towards Red Moon with high speed. The ninja jumped out of the dirt in front of Red Moon, who activated her wizard shield in time but was still knocked back for some distance.
She crouched and pressed both her hands on the ground. "Fire converge, [Burning Sky]!"
Countless fireballs and flame pillars appeared and began to fly around everywhere. I realized what's happening and dodged around together with the ninja, or I'll become barbecued meat too!
The ninja used his skill and went underground again. Now the whole scene is total chaos, with raising dirt bumps here and there plus all kinds of fire attacks dancing all over our heads.
This is wasting my time!
"STOP IT!!" I yelled. All companions and servants came out, including Lucky, who's still flying somewhere just a moment ago.
"Get these two under control!"
"Yes sir!" Everyone answered in unite.
Phiona reached her original size, all the flames began to fly towards her and then absorbed. The burnings immediately died out.
Then the ground shook violently. Rosa pushed the ninja out with a strong vine strike. The ninja still tried to escape, but a series of tentacles blocked his path, before the Phantom Knights locked up his neck using their lances.
"Now that's a lot better."
Isnt the title refer to Red Moon sticking and clinging to MC like his tail ?
Book 4, Chapter 14
Ninja (Made in China)
Hate content alert
I'll try to mitigate harsh words best as possible but some improper stuff in the main story can't be avoided.
"Put me down!!"
Rosa is holding
Red Moon up in the air by one of her ankles. She can't shake herself free with
that upside down position.
released that ninja first. "Come on. You can go."
collected his weapon but didn't leave. He just stared at me.
going to kill me?"
would I? That's a strange request."
course you are. Do you think I'm blind?" I pointed at his equipment.
still let me go?"
"That's nothing to do with your class. Or do you wish to die actually?" I
ordered Rosa to capture him again. "I wouldn't mind giving you a
He shook his head like mad. "It's just...Aren't Chinese players just gonna
kill a Japanese ninja on sight? Especially someone strong like you. You don't
I don't care where you from. I'm practical, I look for benefit. Killing you means bringing myself another enemy but without any rewards, so I won't do
that. You are not trying to do anything to me right? Then there's no point
wasting my time here. Mind you, I don't like Japan either because what they did
to us before. You'd better run if you see me on your own land or I'll not
hesitate to kill you."
I'm not a Japanese! My name is Razor, I live here!"
don't worry. I said I won't kill you now and I meant it. It's not like I'm
going to stab you in the back or something."
I turned back to Red Moon.
caught up from behind. I heard the sound of blade being drawn. The guy wants to go
I immediately turned around and readied my claw blades, but I stopped. He's
pointing the katana handle towards me.
"What's that for?"
this blade, please."
didn't move. "It's your weapon. Why?"
one of the Nation Treasures of Japan, [Rin Ray], the straight sword (*). It was a
lot of effort for me to take this thing back here!"
can't resist the curiosity and took the weapon in my hands.
"There are many problems
first, what do you mean 'Nation Treasure'? I only know about Artifacts or
similar ranks. First time I heard about this kind of treasure. Next, they haven't
opened international travel routes right? How did you bring a Japanese weapon here? And,
I think you said you're Chinese before. Then however did you become ninja?"
are simple. I'll tell you about the last question first. I was born in Japan
but moved here when I was a year old, with my grand parents. At that time my identity belonged to
Japan. Now I'm already applying for Chinese citizenship but it haven't come
through yet, when I started this game I used my Japan ID so I can choose ninja
as a class. I was hoping to bring the knowledge of this class to other players
here so they can learn about it.
Now, the second question. I went back to Japan
to visit my parents the other day so my character moved along. You can't travel
between countries yet but moving in real life will still affect where you spawn.
That's all you can do though, you can't actually start a war in this way, but
you CAN try to send a spy or something if you really want to. When I was there I happened to see a guild fighting with a boss
monster. I snatched the treasure away when they're not noticing!"
pointed at the blade.
"As for Nation Treasure, I just heard about it
recently. To prepare for nation wars, they gave two sets of Nation Treasures to
each country. The treasure is actually a equipment set, designed for nation wars.
Two nation sets already got exposed in Japan. One of them is called the 'Invisible
Ninja', which gives you super powerful hiding skills and some insane Dexterity
bonus. The other is a Channeler set, it lets you revive corpses on the
battlefield and command them to fight for you. No one knows how many you can
control yet. This sword is a part of that ninja set. Now I brought it here so
Japanese players are never going to wear it in full."
sounds interesting. I examined the sword carefully. Its appearance is just an
ordinary eastern style katana, but a bit longer then average.
not really impressive.
[Rin Ray], straight sword,
Attack Speed: Very Fast,
additional Lightening damage,
100% chance to cause laceration,
Targets hit will have all their attributes reduced by 20%.
Set bonus: invisible
weapon, attacks do not cause pain.
powerful, but not THAT powerful. The main feature of this thing is
invisibility, and now Japanese players have to find another weapon. So if I see
a weapon floating in the air in the future, someone's probably wearing the
remaining parts of the Invisible Ninja set.
This is fun. Now those Japs gonna
worry about this weapon in their sleep!
don't you use such a good weapon then? You're a ninja yourself you know." I
looked at the young man in doubt. Now I can't understand what he's thinking about.
chased me all the way here! I'd be in serious trouble if I carry this thing
around!" He seems reluctant to give up the treasure. "You saw those
four guys? They came just for me. They followed me to China in real life to get
this weapon. I heard their leader's planning to bring even more high level
Just for a sword?"
"Just for a sword?? It's
labeled 2.5 million Crystals on the Japanese market!" (**)
"That's...a lot of money. Why don't you just sell it back then?"
I wouldn't have gone though all the trouble to bring it here if I just want money for it! I don't need money
anyway. There's something I don't like about Japan so I decided to take it away."
respects man. Now I trust I can see you as a fellow player here, despite of your
half foreign blood." I stretched my hand. "I'm Ziri. Nice to meet you."
shook my hand. "It's not half, just a quarter. My grandpa is a born
There's no doubt I'll run into tons of ninjas when I go to Japan, should I
recruit this guy? He seems friendly enough, and he knows all about ninjas. His
weaknesses are the weaknesses of every ninja!
"Will you follow me if I'm
to do bad things to Japan?"
kind of bad things?"
smash their stuff, kill some people and maybe burn their buildings."
love it! I'm planning to go over there and cause damage from the start. I chose
ninja because of this reason, they'll never suspect me as a spy!"
gave him the sword. "I know a place where you can try to get some EXP. And take this thing, they won't find you there."
will!" He complained. "This weapon ranks second on the Japanese
weapon ranking list. That list will always display the weapon's owner and his
current location. The game is big, how do you think those people find me so
easily? I give it to you because I think you can protect it. And you can fly
right?" He pointed at my wings. "Ninjas can't fly so they can never
reminds me...There are many different rankings in China as well. The thing is,
my Hermit's Ring hides my name from them. Or I'm pretty sure every list except
for the level one would have been showing my name all over them.
"But how do you grind without a
I have this one." He took out another katana behind his back. "My
original weapon. Weaker of course but I can still use it."
where are you going now?"
somewhere to grind. Let's go have some fun in Japan when nation war
I'll take you to my friends. I got someone with me who also plan to do that. You'll
level faster than doing it alone."
Some teammates, that's what I'm hoping for."
me a moment."
I contacted Hawk and Wayne, asking them to meet me at the
gate of the Lost City. They
are all not far from there. And even if someone's far I just ask Lucky as
transport. We won't have any travel problems with this large sized rotorcraft around.
met as scheduled. Razor almost went into a fight with Hawk the moment they met,
if I didn't drag them apart fast enough. I explained a lot but Hawk is still
looking at Razor with a weird expression.
some introductions I began to explain my main topic.
"I'm here to tell you one
thing: I'm going over to Japan and do some nasty business to them when nation
war system is open. Your opinions?"
this, Hawk started to inspect Razor up and down again, trying to find anything
in." Elfy is decisive as ever. "I don't like them. Let's go kill someone
and get their stuff, that means we get profit AND have fun. Two birds with one
followed up. "No objections here. Of course I'll tag along."
"Take me if you don't mind I'm not really a good fighter. I can't give up
this online war this time!"
raised her hand too. "I'll go too! Granny told me Japanese are bad people.
My skills are useful, you can keep me safe for three minutes and then do
whatever you want!" She confused everyone. The only people who witnessed
her skills before are Wayne and me.
they don't know what you can do yet. Play a song for these guys."
She took out her silver flute and began her performance. All the
listeners enjoyed the great music for several full minutes before they finally
realized they can't move their bodies!
happening??" Elfy struggled. "I'm stuck!"
This is Miss Yuri's special attack. She's a hidden class, the Spell Flute. Her
skills are these music with all kinds of effects. The one you just heard is
used to restrict people's movement. Those with similar levels will be frozen for about 7 or 8 minutes. If she keeps playing you will never move again."
I picked up Red Moon who's been following me all this time (now like a plaster
statue), and put her onto Lucky's back. "Go. Come down after some minutes."
Lucky disappeared into the sky while carrying the helpless Red Moon.
turned back to the others. "Now the trouble is gone, let's continue. Razor, you
said you would join right? Everyone has agreed."
no need to ask him again, I'm just making sure that the other people can accept
him since we all have a same goal now. His ninja class makes it really hard for
people to trust him.
"Of course I'll join. As a Chinese player."
looked consented after he heard that. Though I don't think he trusts Razor
let's talk about ninjas."
special about them?" Elfy asked.
to Razor, this class makes up a great portion of the Japanese player population.
There will be a ninja in every five players there. There are many optional
classes in [Zero] and still, 20% of them are ninjas. That's a lot! You may
already know that this game claims to allow every player to play their own
favorite, customizable class, so there can't be a particular class that too
many players choose. Example, Elfy is an Archer, it's only a general concept
and there are hundreds of sub-classes under it. Since there are lots of ninjas
in Japan I think Razor can tell us something we should know about them. To
know your enemies, as they say."
stepped front. "A Ninja, just like Archer, Warrior, Wizard, Tamer and such,
is also a general title. Everyone can choose to become sub class when they
reach level 200. For a Warrior, he or she can become a Shielder, Lancer, Bow
Fighter, Berserker and so on. Ninja too, has many further sub classes. My
current level is 379, and my direction is Blader Ninja. This class usually has
very high Attack Speed. My Attack is lower than most people but I can deal ten
cuts when my enemy only makes one! My choice is not a major trend. Most people will choose from
these four: Jutsu Master, Tool Master, Cloaking Master and Flash Ninja.
Master is the ninja version of Wizard. They use all kinds of 'Jutsu' just like
spells, they possess the highest damage abilities among all other ninjas. But
they're the easiest to kill. Their Speed and Defense are average and their HP
is usually very low. As long as you are careful enough about their attacks, they
won't cause much trouble.
Tool Master uses concealed weapons to attack. They're like Archers. Main
weapons includes darts, blowpipes, mini crossbows and similar trick weapons. But they'll also carry melee
weapons like chain blades and daggers. Their main role is distraction--they don't
have much power, so they can't kill you as long as you don't expose your
the Flash Ninja. Well, they are fast, really fast. Their movement and attack
speed can usually go beyond the reasonable degree. They're troublesome, but
shouldn't be hard to deal with if you keep your defenses up. One thing to note
is that they're a nightmare for Archers because arrows can't hit them. That's
why they always go straight to enemy long range damagers. They can still kill
Archers easily even if their own Attack is poor. Wizards don't really have to
worry about them cause they can't break through their mage shield. And some AoE
skills can be deadly to them. As for Warriors...Well no Flash Ninja is stupid
enough to take on a Warrior head on. They avoid melee dps whenever they can.
Master...is the most nasty one among the four. Each of their attribute can be a
bit higher than average. I mean, they're not fast but at least they are faster
than wizards and warriors. Their Defense is not high but is still tougher than
Wizards and Archers. Just like that. The problem is they can go invisible. People
say that a high level Cloaking Master can move and attack without causing any
noise, and they won't leave any traces either, like, footprints. There's no way
to detect them unless you can hit them with an area attack. The good part is
that there aren't many of them in Japan because monsters can sniff them out, so
it's really hard for them to level up without their only advantage. Few people
would choose this class.
from Ninja, there's another featured class in Japan called Channeler. They're
like those Necromancers who can manipulate corpses, a lot of them!"
cut in: " As a Spectral Mage I can control corpses too. I can just summon
all the corpses on the field and then make them disappear, so Channeler is no
threat for me. A corpse rots beyond use after it's controlled once. I can make
sure there are no corpses lying around for them."
looked at Wayne: "It's always good to have professionals in the team. Alright,
that's all I know. What's the plan now?"
we go level up now?" Yuri asked. "We need to get more levels if we
are to invade another country."
that, I need to go visit a city. I haven't go inside cities for ages!"
pointed at the sky. "What about that missy up there? You're the number one criminal
plus kidnapper in the whole country! You're not planning to take a walk on the
street like that, right?"
why I must go now! Before more people know about it!"
asked: "I always wanted to ask... Who's that lady? I think you hate her."
More than hate! I think she's the most devilish being out there. Now I know why
you don't judge a book by the cover! I became the top pervert in the game
because of her false accusations!"
Hahaha! You?" Yuri laughed. "I'll pass today, got to leave. Maybe tomorrow!"
it's pretty late I see. Then you guys should rest early. Let's make a schedule
and have some fun in the city next time."
Razor: "Yeah, I never
actually went into any cities, since I'm a Ninja and all. It should be no problem if we
all go together. I'm itching to see what those Chinese cities look like!"
I'm not the only one expelled!" I exclaimed. "Let's make it up
tomorrow. So when do me meet? Can you all get up early? I never sleep in you
always sleep in!" Wayne said.
too." Elfy followed. "Girls need enough sleep to keep their image!"
see. Let's make it 10 o'clock then. You should all be awake by that time. Let's meet up right here, do whatever you want if you get on earlier than that."
settled!" Everyone agreed.
feel faint when I took off my helmet. Now I think about it, I never had any
"Wayne? Hey Wayne!"
eat out." Rose is needed at the labs and she won't be back till night.
finally remembered me. Aren't you going to have your happy hours with your wife?" He
changed my tune. "Oh you're right! Maybe I should go enjoy something at
the Fortune Grand Hotel...with Rose only!"
can already see he fell for it. Over all the years, I know he never rejects hot
girls and hot food.
"Boss! I'm sorry! Please please take me with you!"
His expression makes me worried that he might eat me up if I say no.
get dressed! Are you going to go out like this?"
was quite a feast. For Wayne at least. He ate until he can't sit up anymore. Ugh,
money is always a good thing to have.
On our way back, he just limped slowly
like a pregnant. I kept looking around for people and kept distance with him
whenever there are people around. This is too embarrassing!
already dark when we finally made it. I hear my phone
ringing inside the room.
"Out playing at such an hour huh boy? At least remember to take your phone
with you! Got
Well that's straight. Seems he got some more business for
planning to play together with some friends. They are the people I found to
help me with your infiltration plan. Gonna socialize with them."
"I see..." He thought about something. "What about after tomorrow?"
can do it. So what do you need?"
trip? Ask an employee will you? I'm not your worker."
have several business talks here and I don't have more time on my schedule!"
managers in the company are not just freeloaders right? Why me?"
job has some company secrets involved, the only ones I trust are all busy! You're
the only choice left."
shoot. I'll do it. But don't forget the rules!" I grinned.
This is a
special term between me and father. If he asks for my help he'll need to agree on something I ask, as long as it's reasonable.
Go to our secret lab in the morning the day after tomorrow. It's the one you
went with Charon last time."
it, I'll be there."
Book 4, Chapter 15
Inside the Grand City
I appeared at the gate of the Lost City the
next morning. Everyone arrived except for Yuri. Rose would come too but both of
us are red name, and the bracelet can only hide one person so she chose to go attend her research instead.
showed up a bit later. We all moved out towards the city. Oh this gonna be fun.
It's a pity that
Red Moon tailed me as well.
Actually only me, Yuri and Razor are waiting to
see the cities. The others have been to the places countless times. I was
trapped in the dungeon quest and then got red named. Yuri has been isolated in
that garden. And Razor is like a sting in everyone's eyes, nobody would listen
to him. He had no choice but to avoid any places with dense crowds.
finally, we can go enjoy ourselves! As our first destination, we chose one of
the three biggest system cities--the Celestial City. The place is quite eye-catching
when we're still a good distance far away. It's 5 times as big as the Lost City,
and I heard the city has two levels, the other half is underground! Really unimaginable.
Such a huge city, comes with its own dungeon village! There's no way to build
something like that in real life.
see more and more players as we get closer. Some small groups rush around for
their own business, and some are simply enjoying the sunlight on the grass. [Zero]
is not just a hack-n-slash mmorpg game. It got more playable content than
anyone can imagine. To attract more players, those developers tried very hard
to copy all kinds of concepts from real life. There are many casual players
here who enjoy the game in ways other than fighting, such as hunting. Obviously
you can't carry a gun and shoot at animals as you like, but here, they
get to hunt however they like. Many came to this game to realize their dreams
too, such as climbing a high mountain. The game even set up some safe mountains
without monsters on them, just for these players.
saw a group of people sitting along the city moat, each holding a fishing rod
in their hand. There's a flag beside them, the...Angler's Fishing Club?
this?" I'm at loss. This is totally new to me.
explained: "They are non-fighting players who loves fishing. Normally you need to
travel to watersides right? Well, you don't have to do that here in the game. The
only problem is you can't actually fill your stomach in here, but no one cares!
If you want to eat fish you buy them at the market. Those people simply enjoy
pointed at one of those people. "What's that mark on their back? Their
"No. That's a combat-free protection mark. People who don't fight can go
apply for the combat protection system, that's when you get those marks on you.
They can't fight with us and we can't do any damage to them either. They can
choose to disable the mark if they want. You can switch that protection on and
off how many times you wish but...you need to wait for a week to change your status, and each application costs quite a sum."
they are invincible against any attacks!" Razor is surprised. "That's
a lot of advantage!"
"Not really. They're invincible but they don't have any damage either. They
came here to enjoy their lives in another way. Ordinary players usually don't
have any interactions with them."
sense." Yuri nodded in understanding. "So they cannot fight, are
there any other restrictions?"
that I can think of. They can usually open up a shop or something." Elfy
continued. "Normal players sometimes apply for this system to grind their
side classes too. One of my blacksmith friend just did it recently. He built a
big weapon shop in the city so he can develop his forging skills!"
developers are so creative. They actually merged some game systems like the
SIMS in here." Razor exclaimed.
move! Into the city already!" Yuri urged us.
waiting to see the biggest city in the region too. The Celestial City also has
a city moat but it's not wide, not as big as the Lost City at least, so the
stone bridge leading to the gate is relatively short. But the bridge is really
broad in width--I would say it's more than three times wider than the Lost City
one. Understandable, since the Lost City acts as a fortress so it doesn't
need a wide bridge to increase its defense difficulty. The Celestial City on
the other hand looks like a commercial city, it needs to look good.
reached the gate after passing through the bridge. There are many NPC guards
stationed under the three gateways. Three guards carrying broadswords stand on
each side of the big middle gateway, while only one stands under the smaller, side
gateways. I also see two riders watching the main gateway on their horses. Their
equipment looks really shiny but...I don't think these guys are coming to the
battlefield when there is an actual war.
view opened up when we went through the gateway. The central road in front of
us looks well maintained. There are many structures around us but they're
mostly low buildings without any fixed patterns or unified styles. In comparison,
all buildings in the Lost City look like temples and some religious
architectures. I like the look in there way better.
Countless vendors are
selling their stuff on the roadsides, either on the ground or on simple stands.
"Are these NPCs or players?"
Hawk explained. "Those on the ground are players, NPCs don't do that. But
those with stands or bars can be players too. You can't see it from here."
scouted the area and wow, that's tons of stuff. I don't even know what most of
the items are used for.
"How do you use these? Or, are they usables at all?"
these." Elfy looked at the counter I'm pointing at. "Those are
decorations. You can put them up on your house if you buy one."
Me, Yuri and Razor asked in unite.
"Well didn't I take you to my house last time?"
why would anyone buy a house?" Razor asked.
began to lift his finger one by one. "For many reasons. First, as a
storage. You can also put your items into the bank but that comes with a small service fee. Second...
You regenerate your HP and MP several times faster when inside your own house. Next,
as shelter. A private house is non-destroyable, and no one gets in if you don't
allow them to, no matter it's police or city guard or city mayor or whatever. You
can also sleep in there. Sleeping in your house grants you a better buff than
sleeping outside. Private waterbeds and air cushions are also a lot cheaper than
those in hotels and inns. Of course, the most important..." Wayne
whispered into Razor's ear. "You can do 'business' with your girl in there
without being seen."
looked at the dense buildings around us. "These are all private houses?"
nodded. "They are. But don't judge them from the outside. The spaces in
there are individual and can be a lot smaller or larger than what you can see
here. You can also set your preferred styles and patterns, or choose from
existing ones if you're lazy."
good. But this is too crowded. It'll be better if I can get a house
outside the city."
can." Wayne continued. "As long as you can pay for the land and the
construction work, the system will build your house where you point. You can build
them anywhere as long as it's not any irrational places like on top of water or
inside volcanoes. But still, you'd better build one close to a city or you'll
have a hard time traveling around. There are some restrictions. First, houses
outside cities cannot use virtual spaces, so the interior size equals to how
big it is on the outside. Each player can buy up to five field houses, each
house can be no larger than 50k square meters and the total size of five houses
must be within 200k SQM. Each house can have two levels of basement below and
six levels above, but house towers and cabins can reach all the way to the 10th
level. A single level must be lower than 8 meters, while the whole building
cannot go beyond 50 meters, basement not included. As long as you follow these
lines you can design your house however you like, or ask the system to make one
for you. If you can make the full payment in one go for both the land fee and
construction fee, you get 10% off. Or you must pay 30% of the money as down
payment, and at least 10% each following month if you go hire."
he finished he found us all staring at him with our mouths open.
know, are you their salesman or something?" I joked.
though, answered in surprise: "How did you figure that out? I have a
quest here asking me to sell 10 villa houses. I mean non-city houses. If I can
finish the quest they'll give me one for free!"
rolled their eyes.
didn't show it but I'm actually interested in a field house now. It will feel
nice if I can build a home somewhere!
are they doing? The crowd over there." Yuri dragged on my clothes. "Let's
go see it Ziri!"
Alright!" I saw it too. Curious.
squeezed across the crowd and found a player selling companion eggs on the
ground. Most people around are non-combat players, which means they mainly
raise companions as pets, so low-level companions with cute looks are well
Yuri picked up a sample companion--a bunny with really long ears---and
stroked its fur. "She's adorable!"
picked another one. "Indeed. Too bad I will need a companion who can help me
vendor turned to Elfy. "Oh pardon me lady, but there is an auction center
in the middle of the city. The very first companion auction sale across the land will be held
there later today. You can go have a look."
Elfy jumped. "Let's go!!"
dashed ahead while we followed her behind. For some reason I can see quite a
lot of people gesturing at us.
I approached Wayne. "Why are those people
pointing at us?"
looked around. "Huh really... I don't know."
and Razor joined us, while Razor asked in worry: "Is it because of me again? Oh no..."
looked at him. "I'd say so, with that look of yours."
Moon nudged between us. "Oh come on idiot. Look at what you're wearing for
god's sake! And look what the others are wearing! Are you blind?"
spoke that aloud. I gave her an angry look.
"Don't give me that look. I'm
talking about you! Hawk and Elfy are just beyond standard, but yours are beyond
common sense! Look at yourself, all black, and shiny, and is that an antenna on
your head?" She pointed at the horn on my helmet. "Those wings! Can
you at least try to hide them? Now everyone knows you can fly, rich boy!"
She was pretty true but I'm still getting annoyed in the way she
She didn't stop though. "How about you call your eye-catching
horse and ride on the road? That's will draw more attention, mister."
summoned Night Shade in frustration. "As you wish!" I intentionally
tried to make the scene showy. "Get on. The city is big. It's too slow to run."
don't have enough horses?" Yuri asked.
waved her hand. A snow-white pegasus wearing silver barding appeared, which
caused a lot gasps from the bystanders.
"I logged on too early this
morning so I took it and went for some grinding. Now it's grown enough. So, with
Ziri's mount and Sunshine, we have three horses. Oh, we have seven people? Now
that's a little..."
jumped onto Night Shade and gave orders. "Razor, you take pegasus with
Wayne. Elfy and Hawk take Sunshine as usual." Then I picked up Yuri and
put her in front of me.
"What about me??" Red
Moon yelled from behind.
I released my dragon cord and caught her wrist, then I tied the other end onto my
received even more glances along the way. Well, let them stare. They're not doing
it for any bad reasons anyway.
holding the bridle while Razor is standing straight on the pegasus' back. He
says he can see farther this way.
The couple is riding on Sunshine as always, with
Elfy sitting on Hawk's shoulder. She's almost as tall as Razor.
pulling on the bridle in one hand while keeping Yuri in front of me with the
other hand. Red Moon is trying to get rid of her restrains, without any
success, so she can only get dragged in the back like a prisoner.
people would get astonished by our bizarre group. I think the majority are just
amused by how I'm dragging a beautiful girl behind a horse. But for now, no one
stepped up to stop us. Probably because we look pretty strong. Red Moon mumbled
all the way in the back. I can't hear her clearly but I'm sure she's cursing my
Don't care. You're the one pestering me. Let's see who loses patience
reached the auction center. Hawk asked me to go with him but I refused.
nono. You know my companions are probably better than anything they may sell. Besides...I'm
in the red now. I still owe someone over a hundred thousand Crystals! Even if I
see anything good I won't be buying it."
Moon looked at the sky. "Humph! So a cheaptard was just acting rich!"
pulled on the cord in anger and dragged her close. "What did you say?"
She didn't repeat it but started to scream instead. "Help! I'm being
assaulted! There is a pervert!"
it. This is the city center, tens of thousands of people are waiting to get
into the auction zone. Now they all heard it.
A crowd soon gathered around me. They aren't doing anything yet but I'm afraid it will happen sooner or later.
young lad, now you shouldn't do that." An old man wearing the combat-free
mark walked to me. "Do ya feel ashamed, harassing such a fine young lady
on the street?"
there's no way I can explain myself out of this. The circle is getting smaller. Someone
is already reaching for their weapons.
Yuri suddenly pulled off my helmet.
"Stop it sisters! The auction is starting! Let's get inside!"
people around looked between our faces and gave out an "Ohhhh!" before
they scattered away. Someone's still looking back but I don't see
old man said gladly: "Ah, so it's just two ladies having fun. Sorry for
don't worry." I answered. "Your intention is good sir, and we should
learn from you." I can still remember to respect the elders.
the scene cleared up we decided to split. Razor, Hawk, Elfy and Wayne will
be attending the auction, while Yuri and I will visit somewhere else. Yuri's
companion slots are already full so there's no point for her to buy any more.
for Red Moon...She won't leave me alone.
are seeing around the streets so I un-summoned Night Shade. We first asked
around for the entrance where we can reach the underground part.
It's a whole
business street, everyone here is selling their merchandise.
chose a grand-looking clothing store first. The owner is a slim, middle-aged
gentleman. He came to us when we entered the door. "What'll it be, my
uh, first time we came to a store like this. Are these all equipments?"
these colorful garments don't look like they can offer much protection.
owner smiled. "They're decorative wears. You can equip them over your
checked the blades and spikes on my armor. "...Are they not gonna tear up
if I wear them?"
try it on!" He picked out a scholar uniform and put it over me. It...completely
covered my armor outfit! The uniform doesn't have a headwear but my helmet
disappeared. The most important part is that the clothes suit me just fine, my broad armors didn't puff it up as I expected.
"Looking good, sir!"
this is neat!" I looked at myself in the mirror. "Now I don't need to
worry about getting salutes from people because of my equipment!"
rushed to the lady's section and began to dress up. They don't even need a
fitting room in here, you simply equip the clothes and it will fix on you. Red
Moon was just having a staring contest with me but she's now enjoying the
dressing up with Yuri as well. Sigh. No girls can resist pretty clothes.
like they totally forgot about me so I chatted with the owner. "Will these
clothes break up?"
of course, or I'll lose a lot of business! They'll break after you've worn
them for 500 to 1000 hours, depending on its price. Expensive ones break slower.
You can come buy another one, or buy the same one you like as long as you
remember the serial number."
the Durability decreases over time? Will it break faster if I go into combat?"
It only wears with time, in a fixed speed. The attributes and durability of
your original equipment still apply."
sounds good!" I browsed over the stalls. A wizard robe caught my eye, I
wonder if I can wear this thing to pass myself as a mage so I can play some
dirty tricks on enemies.
"How much is this one?"
one?" He seems somewhat troubled. "This robe has some bonuses."
I thought they're merely decorative?"
normally yes. But this one is special, and it is the only special one I ever
kind of bonus?"
from hiding your equipment...There's a [Demagogue] skill on it. But there's no
explanation about the skill. You sure you want to buy it?"
not? An extra skill isn't a bad thing."
this stuff's expensive!"
He's doubting me!
much is it?" I'm already taking out my credit card.
I dropped my card onto the floor. "No kidding? As in, 15k dollars??"
you. Normal people don't spend so much money on this kind of item. The
price is determined by the system. I only sold two of them since the beginning of this
this is embarrassing. I only have....7349 Crystals on me. But I already--
"Ziri! Oh? You want this robe?"
nod. Darn it they're back.
"I don't think I have enough money though."
Moon seized the chance. "Ah ha! Poor guy. Beg me and maybe I can lend
you some money!"
"Never. I'd rather go find a prostitute job than borrowing money from the likes of you."
came up: "How much you need? I'll pay it."
no. Now I shouldn't do that."
I haven't thanked you for getting me out of that garden. I saved up
something in there so I can just pay for you this time. But you'll have to pay
me back!" She giggled. "If you really don't want to borrow my money
for free, you can pay me some extra interest later."
Now I can't refuse that.
Arrrrgh I got myself even more
debt now! I need to think up something to earn money real quick or I'd be in
serious trouble if this keeps on.
Book 4, Chapter 16
GET THE THIEF!!
We left the store. I noticed the area is
even more populated now.
"That's a lot of people in this place." I
"Huh, you call that 'a lot of people'? You should try coming here on a holiday, nerd."
Ok. Red Moon loves bickering sooo much.
are we going now?" I asked Yuri. "There're a lot more shops selling
clothes or accessories. Want to see them?"
walked deeper into the street. I can see much interesting merchandise along the
way. The problem is, it's becoming harder to get around because of all the
Someone bumped my shoulder. It's a nice-looking young lady. Nothing
serious so I didn't stop.
But Yuri yelled beside me. "Ziri! Where's your
What's wrong?" I lowered my head, only to see my black Dark Dragon Lord
set on me. The robe I just bought is gone.
Moon raised her voice as well. "Hey I can see your red name. Pshhh. It looks
like a light bulb in here."
I jumped. My bracelet has disappeared too!
"Damn it! That woman is a
Moon is already laughing. "Bah-hahaha! You're real idiot! You lost two items
within a minute. That's impressive!"
turned to Yuri. "You go ahead. I'll go catch the thief!"
dashed towards the woman.
began to move faster when she noticed me. She keeps jumping around in the crowd,
our distance is getting bigger!
Man she's fast! This won't do.
I summoned Night
Shade. He can't sprint in the crowd but it's still better than running by
woman is escaping even more faster when she saw my mount. I still can't reach
her in this dense crowd!
We soon reached the exit to the ground level.
The thief zapped past the guard, who obviously attempted to catch her. Ouch. Looks
like thievery increases your Evilness too so the woman is also a red name now.
it's my turn to get past the guard.
in front of me in their battle array.\
"Break through the guards!"
They turned into an arrow head in the next second and began to
charge ahead. The thief was about to turn around and watch me getting caught by
the guards but...what she saw was the two guards were easily squashed like pancakes, so she instantly jumped
and ran again. Two level 800 guards are strong enough to keep most players at
bay, but are still useless when going against 10 level 850 Phantom Knights.
knights stayed behind to fend off any pursuers. I appeared in the
middle of the city so the guards didn't have enough time to assemble a defense
line yet. And I need to get my bracelet back before it happens!
how can she move so fast?? I chased after her on Night Shade from the central
area all the way to the east wall, without reaching her!
This is the situation
now: A female thief is running in front, a rider wearing full black armor is
chasing her, which is me, while 10 similar riders are racing behind, followed
by a thousand city defense cavalries. This whole lot of people and thundering
hoofsteps caused much freak-out among the citizens.
thief dragged several passing by girls into the middle of the road, trying to
stall us. Night Shade hopped above the panicking girls, while the following
Phantom Knights caught them one by one onto their horsebacks, according to my
instructions. At their level, grabbing someone when galloping at full speed
looks easy enough.
think the three girls are looking at their saviors with stars in their eyes. Too
bad the knights are only NPCs. The ladies gonna be disappointed.
I saw a group of
boys up ahead who look kind enough. When I went by I shouted to them: "Catch
didn't understand what's going on but the Phantom Knights are already tossing
the girls into their arms. I wonder if it should be considered lucky when you
get knocked dizzy by random pretty girls. Well, they look strong enough so the
girls won't get hurt. Probably.
and his group are just leaving the auction site when the event is over. They
saw all the people standing on both sides of the road without moving.
lifted Elfy onto his shoulder. "Saw something?"
as Elfy steadied herself, she saw a girl dashing across the road at inhuman
speed, followed by me and my Phantom Knight team, before countless city guards
thundered after them. The ground is shaking!
Ziri! He's chasing behind a woman!"
asked in surprise: "He's fighting with Red Moon again?"
"No. Never saw her before."
"Huh? It sounded like a thunderstorm out there. Does he need to call so
many people just for one woman?"
are city guards. Ziri's name is exposed! The guards are after HIM, not the
private chat is ringing. It's hawk. I'm pretty busy now so I only opened voice-only
"What's going on, Ziri? We haven't been apart for long and you're already causing a scene to the whole city!
Are you doing a parade?"
of course! You just led like a thousand men passing in front of us! What the
hell are you doing? What kind of pretty girl made you so determined?"
not a pretty girl! A thief! She took my bracelet. I fu*king need that thing to
survive in cities, I need to get it back NOW!"
hope you do! I need Elfy's help! And tell Razor to come with Sunshine. I need
someone who can move fast!"
too fast for warriors to deal with! Oh and Yuri is still underground, you can
go find her."
Elfy contacted me soon. "Where are you now and how do I find you?"
thousand horses are running in the city, just follow the noise!"
and Razor joined me from a corner. "Yo. Is it fun chasing a girl?" Elfy
I look like having fun?? Watch it!"
Some more random girls are pushed onto
the path. Night Shade doesn't need any warning as the thief tried this trick
many times now. I was only reminding Elfy and Razor.
pegasus went over the girls easily. It can fly after all. And Sunshine already
demonstrated his jumping ability before.
Like always, the Phantom Knights picked up the girls and threw them into
the crowds to get them out of harm's way. But they missed one this time. Well
not my concern now. I can only hope the city guards are skilled enough to avoid
her. Though it seems too much to hope, with that kind of number.
guards jumped. Looks like they're serious about protecting normal players. But...some
of the riders jumped too slow and stumbled, which caused a series of traffic
accidents to their comrades.
Elfy laughed when she saw the pile of helpless city guards. "I only saw that kind of move in Disney cartoons."
Some unlucky bystanders got dragged in front of us again. The
still laughing Elfy didn't react in time and crashed into the roadside.
voice appeared in my channel. "Go on! I'll catch up! Sorry for that-- ouch!"
just wasting our time running around the city like this!" Razor worried.
"Any good ideas?"
up. I'll try to force her out of the city."
appeared when Razor ran the other way. "What's he doing?"
tactic. We'll flush her out of here! Once outside our mounts will be faster than her.
"On it!" Elfy chose another direction.
approached the thief from the sides, blocking her way to turn back into the
alleyways. Now she can only run towards the main gate.
gate is near, for some reason I don't see any guards. Don't tell me
they all joined the army behind!
thief rushed out of the gate, then us, followed by the thousand riders who just
managed to recover from their accident. People traveling on the bridge are
shocked in their places by the massive guard crowd. A small number of them
managed to get clear while the majority fell into the city moat.
there are no more covers for the thief. The guards all retreated when we left the defense range.
finally cornered her!
"Lucky! Phiona! Loong'er!" I summoned all my
companions. Let's see if that's enough to catch you!
foot." I asked Razor and Elfy to get off their mounts. She has no where to
run now so we don't need to be riding anymore.
them back and I'll let you leave." I asked her in a threatening
the thief simply charged at me.
I feel a sting on my shoulder before I can
react. She wants to take me by surprise!
And shit! 3000 HP gone. What
the fuc is that attack??
thief also seems shocked as why I'm not dead yet. I think most people would, given
that I'm wearing a full Artifact armor set.
When I'm about to attack her she
already stepped a dozen meters away. Man that's some crazy agility.
dodged past me and headed towards the city direction again. Looks like she knew
the place is safer.
Night Shade moved into her way, she slid past from
under him. She looks quite experienced about how to avoid pursuers.
Rosa quickly built a wall on her path. The thief dashed to the
left side when Lucky dropped down and stopped her, while Phiona is already
standing on the other side.
Without a way out, she turned back and ran to me. I
saw something in her hands. A series of sleeve knives flew towards my face. Dart
jumped in front of me and caught the four knives between his teeth.
drew her bow. "Multi-shot!"
A barrage of arrows covered where the
thief is standing. But she rolled out of the area!
Razor appeared behind her
and stabbed using his kanata at extreme speed. The thief crouched to avoid his
attack. Razor wasn't expecting her to notice him so he failed to stop his
momentum and crashed into me instead.
pulled me up while mumbling:" The woman's slippery like a loach! You guys
got something to slow her down?"
can!" Elfy took her bow again and readied a headless arrow. Then she fixed
a strange-looking tip onto the bare shaft.
"Advanced homing arrow, [Frozen
Woosh! An arrow carrying some snow-white mist shot towards the
thief. The thief rolled and jumped around but the arrow followed her.
"Ha! That thing will follow you until it hits or you die! Just give up!"
watched as the thief tries to avoid the attack. "Never heard of this skill
before. Where did you learn it?"
took out another headless arrow and prepared it. "It's not my skill, it's
special ammunition. I only got two on me by the way."
pulled on her arm. "Don't waste that here."
still released her shot. "Oh don't worry. I'm not as generous as you think.
That arrow regenerates on its own, just a bit slow. I never used all two in one
heard an explosion. When the scene cleared out we saw an ice cube standing
"Ouch. That was impressive." I checked at the ice cube. The
thief is frozen inside! It's like a coffin made of ice. The woman is locked up
in there while still carrying the posture when she was blown away.
Before we can claim victory, the thief's body turned into smoke. Then the ice
scattered, leaving a wooden puppet behind.
"It's [Substitute]!" Razor
yelled. "Taoist skill!"
As we stayed shocked, the thief emerged from a nearby grass rick and ran away.
"Who the hell is her? She's like, knows all kinds of moves!" I
ordered all my companions to chase up while complaining.
we try to get close, the thief stopped in her track and pressed her hands onto
the ground. A fire pillar appeared and moved towards me.
"Get away!! That
gonna blow us up!" Razor warned us aloud.
immediately scattered. The pillar soon reached where we were staying and
exploded. We already kept distance but the shock still stunned us a little.
The woman is taunting me!
"Damn it you asked for it!
I was hoping I don't have to do this since you're a girl!"
I slapped off
my left gauntlet and pressed on the fire gem on my helmet. Countless small red
dots showed up around me like fireflies. Then the "fireflies" grew
bigger, until they are the size of volleyballs.
made a spell-like gesture in front of my chest (for show, of course), then
locked my gaze onto the thief.
"Flame Hornets, go!!"
There were over 600
red balls, now they all turned into gigantic flying hornets. The terrible
insects stretched their bodies to full size, by which I mean about 50 centimeters.
These crimson-black colored creatures carry weapons all over them. They have
pincer-like mandibles on their mouthpart, three pairs of sharp legs which could
probably be used as knives rather than movement tools. They're called hornets, of
course the most scary part is the sting, also with a deep red color. The thing's almost half a foot in length!
The noise caused by these 600 giant insects is like a
bombard plane flying by. I can see the grass around us shaking.
But there's a
problem. They just landed around the area instead of following my order and
attacking the woman.
already ran to a safe distance. He shouted towards me: "Ziri! Those are not
I called Phantom. "What's going on? I thought my fire
gem summons hornets?"
paused a bit before he explained: "These summoned creatures are different
from your companions and servants. I can't talk to them, now I don't know why
they came. But I've seen them before in the depth of the Perish Swamp. They're called
Dragon Wasps. These things are only level 200 but they usually attack those who
are two or three hundred levels above because they always stay in big swarms. They're
famous for their speed and deadliness. Even level 700 minor bosses in the swamp
will have to avoid them. I think the gem changed somehow because you
inserted it into an Artifact. Now it called something much much scarier than
see... How do I control them though? They won't listen to me."
got the wrong name maybe?"
I turned to the thief again. "So, Dragon Wasps. Attack!!"
immediately took off which almost deafened me.
The woman backed
off in panic. She threw some of her knives again and killed several wasps, which
is totally negligible. The dead wasps didn't disappear but all turned into
small fireballs and flew towards the woman with even higher speed. She jumped
away in shock. The fireballs exploded on the ground, they don't look
powerful but still caused mass fire around the grassy area.
I know why even strong monsters would run away. They're suicide
thief dodged most of the fireballs but a single one managed to set her clothes
on fire. She rolled on the ground to put it out. That left enough time for the
rest of the wasps to bury the woman under their attacks. She may be fast but
she can't prevent all these killers from leaving a good number of needle holes
and gashes on her body.
One of the wasp clamped onto her neck and took a good
bite. Blood splashed out, then some of the wasps snatched the liquid clean
before a single drop can reach the ground. These little things drink blood for
saint's sake! The woman stabbed the wasp on her neck to get it off, which caused it to explode and bring her more agony.
minute hasn't passed and the thief's HP is almost empty now, while she only got
rid of ten wasps. Or less.
Elfy watched the terrible scene and frowned. "This
came to me too. "Seriously, this suicidal attack will just scare the shit
out of any ordinary people before they can decide to fight back."
give up!! Sto--please stop! Please!!"
Wasp, come back." I called.
They turned direction and charged towards my
head, almost with the same imposing manner as before. For a moment I thought I'm
in trouble. But they just disappeared into the gem on my helmet.
approached the thief with caution. When we got close enough we all dropped
defense--it doesn't look like she can even lift a finger now. She's trembling on the ground, and her clothes are all torn into ragged pieces. A
series of long stings are lodged deep inside her body. One of her leg is pinned
solid on the ground. Man, I think I would beg for help too if I'm in the same
tried to help her pull the stings out. When she did, the sting blew up and blasted her away.
"Oh you must be kidding. Thank god that one didn't hurt
do it." I picked on the stings. They didn't react this time.
" So there's even a last safe to prevent the target from getting healed. Ziri
is safe because he's the master."
and the rest of the group arrived when I'm trying to make the woman look better.
"Ziri! You found your items?" Yuri
reached me first.
yes." I pointed at the lying thief who still carries a good number of
needles on her.
What happened to her? I think she needs help." She's
took out her flute, everyone else covered their ears. "What are you doing??"
my Sun Anthem to ease her pain?"
Go ahead." They dropped their hands.
Moon arrived too. "Oh gud. Whatever have you done to this poor lady? I
was right when I said you're pervert!"
She went up and helped the thief
with the stings. Of course, Boom.
took some time for me to clean away all the mess. That was at least 500 shots.
Though it seems it wasn't enough to kill her, since she took a lot of potions as well.
She handed over my items unwillingly. "Really bad hit today. Why didn't I choose anyone else? Geez."
complaining now?? You ruined my sightseeing plan!"
kind of item did I take anyway? I haven't checked them. People would just chase
me for like 5 minutes before giving up. But you kept on for half a day!"
showed her the attributes. "See it now?"
I was wondering why a thousand guards were behind me. So YOU were their target."
Book 4, Chapter 17
"Oh greeting my lady, the name is
Nameless, a Spectral Mage. It's my pleasure to meet you!" Wayne appeared
out of nowhere.
"What's he doing?" Elfy whispered to me.
just shook my head and looked at the sky.
"Spring is coming."
Everyone nodded in understanding.
pushed Wayne away. I got questions to ask her first.
"So...let's have a
you promise not to send me to jail."
Is she trying to bargain with me??
would I do that? I'm not a bounty hunter."
seems surprised. "Huh...so you don't know. If you use [Steal], whether it
succeeds or not, you will become 'Wanted' for some time. If any victim can capture me to the jail they'll have the right to take away half of my money. Now, I'll
answer whatever you ask as long as you don't do that."
I'll let you go."
So what do you want to know?" She seems pretty relaxed now.
your name. I'm Ziri, how do I call you?"
saw your name when I stole your items. My name is [Golden Coin]."
a...worthy name for you." Elfy commented coldly.
So miss Coin, where did you get such powerful stealing skill? I don't know about
it but it must have something to do with our Luck attributes. My Luck is pretty
high for that matter, it should be hard to steal items from me. How did you
lift two items in one try?"
chuckled. "It's coincidence. I do have a high skill level but this is only
the third time I actually seized two items. You just had a tough luck, if you ask me."
"I see. Are you wearing something that gives you
a lot of speed? You ran faster than horses!"
just displayed her equipment window on her shoes.
"[Boots of the Spring Rabbit]
(Nation Treasure) Defense 300, Dexterity +7, Base Speed + 21, Movement Speed +300%,
Evasion +50%, Jumping +500%. Active skill [Wind Walker]: Doubles speed for one
minute, cooldown: 1 hour..." Elfy read through the texts, "No wonder
we couldn't catch her."
"Another nation treasure of ours!"
interrupted their discussion. "Do you have other parts of the set?"
shook head. "I won't be standing here in front of you if I did."
sense." I nod. "What's your class? You can steal, use Taoist
skills, and that stab on my shoulder can kill most people in one hit. There are
a lot of mysteries on you."
smiles. "Same for you! I'm both Taoist and Assassin. That attack is a
combination of [Assassination] and [Magic Pierce]. I created the combo myself. I've killed
tanks with it before. Let me guess. You either have a lot of PvP experience so
you weren't scared of the attack at all, or you have way more HP than that."
smiled too. "I don't PvP much. Your damage is good but it will
still take three or four more hits like that to take me down."
the craziest tank I ever met." She mumbled.
wrong. I'm not a tank. My HP is high but I mainly survive with my high Defense.
You only did 3000 damage to me. That wasn't really a deadly hit for average
3000? Your Defense is insane!"
the insane one. Usually that damage is impossible with such Defense level."
not what I mean!" She became excited. "I call that skill [Last Resort].
It depletes my MP and halves my own Defense if I use it. After hitting a target
I'll be locked in place for a full second, you just missed the chance to finish
me off. This skill will either kill my target or myself every time I use it."
Looks like there is no perfect skill after all."
Still, I think Coin's
skill is enough to help her win most 1-on-1 encounters.
"Oh right, you
said you are Assassin and Taoist. But assassins don't learn [Steal]. Isn't that
a Rogue skill?"
She showed us her ring. I read it aloud:
"[Eagle's Knowledge]: Permanently learn
the skill that is activated by your enemy. Success rate: 0.1%. What the fu-- That's
way overpowered! Pity the trigger rate is too low."
canceled the window. "That's not the only problem. You need to be fighting
with the target. And they must use it at least twice. Also, the skill must hit
you! I asked a rogue to help teach the skill. He kept stealing stuff from me
for four days before I finally learned it."
want to learn that Last Resort skill!" Wayne cut in.
kicked him away. "Didn't you hear it? You need to take the skill, twice! You'd
be dead in one hit! ...Now I think about it, I can try to learn the skill."
"Yeah right!" Hawk pumped his fists. "If you can use that skill you'd
be killing dragons with it! When you go to Japan, just one-shot whoever's wearing
their nation treasure and bring it back! No one would believe the host of
nation treasure can get killed like that!"
will take a lot of time. And I don't think Coin's gonna agree."
jumped. "Of course I agree! A living strike dummy to grind my skill level,
why not? So what's the plan, right now?"
not today. I'll tell you when I have time. That's all I have to ask."
leave then. Remember to call me! I was worrying about how to level up my skill."
Coin rushed away. She doesn't really meet the beauty standard but somehow I
like her personality.
That reminded me of Red Moon. Ughhh. They're completely
that I get my items back, and know enough about the mysterious girl, there's no point in
staying here. I talked about the plans with everyone and decided to go leveling
a bit. Don't feel like going back to the streets now.
Hawk and Elfy asked to go
with me, Yuri and Red Moon won't leave me, and Razor would come together as
well since he's the only one left. A ninja can't wander around the city by
As for Wayne...He took off after Coin!
came to the Dark Forest outside of the Lost City. We're all good fighters so we
simply picked on high level monsters. Everyone made good progress during an
afternoon. With the lowest level among all, I earned a hefty 8 levels. Now I'm at 321! I
should have found a team like this sooner!
have work from father on the next day so I told everyone to go without me
for several days and logged off.
I drove to the laboratory the next
morning. Father isn't here, a senior researcher picked me up.
my father?" I asked him when we reached the office.
president is still busy with some affair so he told me to do this..." He
typed something into the computer and turned the screen to me.
showed up on the display. "You're here, son!"
thought we'd talk about this here together?"
said I'm busy! I won't be asking you for help if I got enough time with it."
do you need then?"
I said our nation is about to make a big move?"
nodded. This sounds fun!
don't know. I'm not their commander, it's classified!"
I hate secrets.
you deputy of the congress? So what do you need me to do if you don't know
the military gave me a research schedule and a bunch of purchase plans. We're
going to meet with their delegate today, I need someone I can trust, who knows our
technologies, to speak with them. That means you."
got it. Where do I go?"
Father's image moved to one corner. A map appeared on the screen.
looked over the map. "Shanghai? Any particular reasons?"
know the Third Base beneath New Nanjing?"
got another one under Shanghai?"
He seems rather proud. "And it was built earlier than the Nanjing one. Their
representatives will arrive at noon. You will be leading them through the
showcases of our company's newest products while giving brief introductions. You
may need to operate some of them on the scene, to show them the actual
performance. You can decide on the details!"
it!" I shouted before he can cut the chat. "That's not enough. What
are the prices for the products? How do I introduce them when I don't even know what kind of stuff I'm going to sell?"
sent the data to your car. Go through it on your way! Sorry for the rush, the
original plan was that you can do it yesterday!"
"Will do then."
I hurriedly bid farewell with the researcher and took my car towards Shanghai
city. I set my GT8000 into auto-pilot mode and began to read through the new
products. These things are pretty complicated in terms of production
procedure and technologies but I only have to remember those technical figures and numbers
since I'm about to be their salesman, not an engineer.
computer alerted me that I'll be leaving the motorway soon. Geez, now I really
hope I can use auto pilot on ordinary roadways too.
I came to where the map is
pointing at. It's a mass construction complex, the entrance is inside a
I'm stopped by the gate sentry. I lowered the side
window when a soldier walked over and gave me a salute.
area is off-limits, ma'am. Your permissions?"
"Shoot. Read it!" I handed over my ID card.
scanned the card on a device and gave it back. "I apologize. You're free
I've left, the soldier mumbled:
"Huh that's a man? I think I camped here
for too long. I need a holiday..."
I've no time to be concerned about what the soldiers are thinking. I went through
another two check posts before I can reach the underground base. That's some
The military representatives are already here. A dozen lead researchers are talking with them.
quickly parked my car and joined them. There are 7 people. Their leader is an
officer about the age of 50. I never learned how to read shoulder marks so I
don't know his rank.
Two officers stand on his sides. One in his 40s, the other
is younger, must be around 25 or so. The remaining four men standing in the
back must be guards.
walked to their leader and raised my hand. "Welcome, sir. I'm Sairin, tech
department CEO of Dragon Fate Corporation."
This department CEO is a
position my father forced on me just for this job. I used another two different
titles when doing similar work before. The representative is a high-ranking
official this time which means we can't send any ordinary employees here.
is the president Sai-Jingu absent?" The youngest officer asked first. He
Now this is fun. I don't think that's a wise move in
front of our main guest, by which I mean his own boss.
He continued. "We're here to settle a
contract involving hundreds of billions worth of military assets, and they sent a woman?"
Before I can explain, their leader took my hand. "Yan-Ray, lieutenant
general, manager of the General Armament Department. Your name is Sairin right?
That isn't a common name in China. Are you Mr. Jingu's...?"
"I'm his son."
He gave me a firm handshake again. "We never heard about president Sai's
inheritor. The company surely keeps their secret tight!"
not really a secret. I'm the family's only child so my father is just
protecting me from harm as best as he can. That means to keep my true identity
low." I tried to steer the topic back to the main course. "Shall I
show you the products now, or do you prefer a lunch first?"
don't worry about eating. I've really wanted to see those wonders!"
general is obviously the straightforward type. And speaking with these people
saves a lot of effort.
I led the way. When we arrived at the elevator I turned and
asked him: "Can I know about your...companions?"
my bad there. I forgot!" He dragged the 40-rish officer in front of him.
"This is colonel Shin, from the NSA." Then he faced the other officer.
"Major Junken, Political Department. And these four are my personal guardsmen."
shook hands with colonel Shin but left out Junken, intentionally.
area below is highly restricted, I'm afraid I can only take Mr. Yan-Ray and
colonel Shin with me." Then I asked a company personnel nearby: "Please
take the general's guards, and the...other guest, to the lounge room."
failed to conceal his anger. I didn't even look at him.
I led the general and
colonel into the lift. The elevator began to descend after I went through
several super complex authentications.
It kept moving for about 350 meters
before reaching our destination.
pair stopped when they stepped out of the elevator door. The underground area
in front of them is too big. We're standing on the spiral observation platform
in the middle of the room. The platform has many more levels to provide a better
view for weapon experiments from all angles.
called the general's name for three times before he noticed me.
you build something like this below the surface? I think you at least need to remove an
base was not built in one go. Our initial plan is about a third of what you're
seeing now, and we enlarged the area to such size after three expansions. This
place is mainly used as a testing area for advanced weapons. We can test almost
anything here excluding airplanes and nuclear weapons."
colonel recovered from shock as well. He looked down at the vacant area below
our feet. "How deep is it? More than a hundred meters I'd say."
We're standing on the middle level, the area above us is a similar space."
I took two copies of purchase plans from the secretary and gave them to the
two officers. "Pray tell me which ones you'd like to see first and I'll
show them right here. Oh, no airplanes please. The digital plan books on
you hand have all the product numbers and brief introductions on them, along
with the prices. Tap on them to check their pictures."
The general looked
at the page number. "That's over 200 pages. This will take some time."
worry. You will be staying here for several days I assume? We have enough time."
colonel pointed at something on the list first. "This...TZ-01 Magnetron
Tank, can we see it?"
told a worker to bring a tank in.
"Let's get to the base level. The tank
is not a hazardous weapon so we don't have to stay far."
The general walked down first like a child waiting to see his
new toy. But I think such weapons are pretty much toys for these military
tank is already stationed when we got there. It's big, with blue-gray outlines.
They touched around the armor on the tank, while I searched around what I
learned this morning and began to introduce:
"Special alloy outer shell, produced by
one-time metal stamping method. Hard to repair but can provide solid defense. The
front armor can withstand multiple hits from kinetic projectile weapons using 120
mm caliber or lesser ammunitions propelled from 200 meters or farther. Similar
for the side armors, against attacks from 400 meters or above."
colonel looked up at the main cannon. "Isn't the barrel too long for a tank?"
a 180mm electromagnetic cannon. We can't put a standard-sized transformer on a
mobile tank cause it will too big, so we can only increase the barrel length to
give the shell enough initial speed. Well new products always carry some flaws.
But I guarantee the power and accuracy of these cannons are way beyond common explosive powered ones. And the shells can be smaller because they don't need all
the extra compound, which means you can carry more shots around."
I see a live shot?" asked the colonel.
Three armor plates raised at about 1.5k meters away from our
location. The plates are 200 centimeters thick, 10 meters away apart from each
electric charging sound came from the barrel. After five seconds we heard a
damp "Poof", then a distant explosion up ahead.
I jumped onto the
tank's edge. "Let's get close while you can see the mobility of this thing
on the way."
"I'm afraid these old bones will break if I sit on that thing. I'll just
take the cart."
got into the tour cart prepared by a worker while the colonel jumped up beside
tank levitated about half a meter above the ground and raced towards the
"Can it shoot while moving?" the colonel asked.
lifted the hatch and told the operator inside: "Two shots on the move. Use
I looked towards the colonel. "So what do you think? 5 seconds per
shot, that's 3 seconds faster than America's STS-1." (*)
arrived at the target location. The plates are already scattered open from the
The general reached us in his cart soon after. "That's fast. This
utility car can't catch up with you!"
can run at 200 kph, and that vehicle of yours isn't designed for such
speed. Are you satisfied till now? This is the first electromagnetic cannon in
history that can be actually used in real wars you know."
course I'm satisfied!" General nodded. "But what about fuel
consumption? We need to consider all aspects. We will put too much burden on
the support team if it eats oil like a lion."
spoke towards inside the tank again: "Open the engine chamber!"
rear hatch of the tank bounced open while releasing some white vapor, revealing
the signature radiation mark inside.
is nuclear powered??" The colonel yelled.
grabbed a handle, rotated it in three spins and pulled it out, bringing a water
bladder shaped container with it.
"Atomic fusion reactor, driven by
tritium rods. Each rod can last for seven years or so, we usually prepare two
for each unit, the other one is a backup in case the main rod malfunctions. Convenient,
"Don't get fooled by the speed you saw. The body weighs 27 tons! If it runs on liquid
fuel then we'll have to attach a pipe behind it at all times. Besides, tritium rods are
safer than fuel. They don't blow up at least."
see." Colonel seems satisfied.
checked his list. "Mark this down as preliminary selection. Oh one more
thing, how's the fire control?"
probably can't use the cannon to kill a mosquito but...we can try hitting a fly."
That was only a half-joke.
general didn't question my answer. I'm sure they know the computing
capabilities provided by Dragon Fate.
"Here, what's 'ICA'? Never heard of
Combat Armor, can be worn by soldiers." (**)
no, totally different."
I asked the workers to recover the tank and bring an ICA over. A
trailer dragged a row of 2-meter high robot-like devices to us.
are ICAs. Sometimes we just call them iron units."
a lot of them." Colonel looked among the armors. Every one looks different.
explain: "What you see here is the entire armor series. The first one is
assault unit, next is heavy suppressor unit, the third, anti-air unit, fourth, sniping
unit, fifth, support scouter, sixth, automatic unit, the last one is anti-riot.
They're only meant for special forces because the production cost is too high. You
can assign only one to each platoon at best even if I keep the price low for you."
colonel seems interested. "I know it's impossible to arm the entire army
but we can at least establish several special op divisions, no?"
can only tell you that each of these costs 2 million, basic, since I don't know
how much expense you're allowed. But I do know our country hasn't put up much
war expenditure in these years." (***)
jumped onto one of the assault types while they had their discussion. I opened
the front hatch and climbed in. The four limbs of the armor are designed for
human bodies to fit their own limbs into them. Since the armor is bigger than a
human, my hands and feet can only reach the elbow and knee part.
the unit to jump down from the trailer. It's simpler than I expected, just like
playing in [Zero]--you give the command using your brain, and receive feedback
inside you brain too. Sigh. Even a game made by Dragon Fate has lot of crazy
technologies in it.
general and colonel are still arguing over the armors when they see me hopping
around with one. There are wheels under the feet of the armor so I can run
freely like skating. It's even equipped with a booster system so I can make
short-range flights, or really big leaps.
I made a demonstration in front of
the general. The armor is able to jump as high as a hundred meters, and land
slowly using the air thrusters.
general said he would talk with the higher-ups. But his expression told me he's
going to buy it for sure, which is good news to me. If I sell enough of these
stuff I might as well ask father for one and put it into my collection.
(*) I didn't find this tank. Maybe the author made it up.
(**) The original name created by the author makes no sense so I altered it.
(***) The novel started in the 00s, which means some concept will be a bit off according to modern standards, such as the cost for producing weapons.
Also, recent updates will be slower, because...
Book 4, Chapter 18
I performed all sorts of military
drills for threes days in front of the general and colonel. In the end, they
signed on a purchase contract worth 130 billion, and planned another 180
billion, which needs to be discussed over with the central committee, as they
I finally relaxed myself after I sent them on their plane. I kept
standing straight along General Yan in these days and now my waist hurts. An
armyman selecting weapons feels a lot like women browsing clothes. We tried
through everything on the list in the three days. I'd have already given up if
not for such a big contract, and the fact that this is father's order.
hurried back to the office to contact father. Despite my looks, I still love
guns and swords, just like most boys. And since I have more background than "most
boy! You done the job?"
Is he in a...forest?
did! 130 billion settled. Another 180 billion will have to wait. Whatever their
decision is, it won't fall below 100 billion." I patted on my chest.
"By the way, where are you? Is that a rainforest behind you?"
in the ecology simulation lab. These plants are the first ones we're going to
send into space. How do they look?"
He picked up a giant, red...object.
"A new type of fruit I planted. It's big AND juicy! You want some?"
no thanks. Hey dad, I want my reward now."
Strike while the iron is hot. It's
easier to ask for stuff when dad's satisfied with my work.
already?" His dropped his smile. "Don't tell me you want something
from the base?"
just looked at him with a hopeful look. An obvious answer.
"Alright. Remember, no funny
"What kind of
funny choices?" I need to see if that thing is on his blacklist.
not a terrorist why would I need those?"
nuclear powered ones count?"
powered? Is it big?"
Smaller than my car!" That's true. The iron unit is only about 2.5 tons.
tell me what it is. I'll see if I can allow it." He lost patience.
that one..." He considered. "If you insist...But! I'll have to remove
some of the parts first. Tell doctor Wong, I'll speak to him."
I dashed out of the office and dragged the aged head researcher back in.
spoke to him: "Mr. Wong, I need you to modify one of the iron armor and
give it to Sairin."
No-no problem. How do I do it?"
away all the weapons."
Wong looks surprised. "You mean everything? The unit is just an empty
shell without the weapons."
joined them. "If you remove those, can you get something else onto it
do you want?" Father seems worried that I'd ask too much.
cockpit in there feels way better than my bed. Can you try to install the game
helmet into the armor?"
be a problem." Father nodded to the doctor. "Do anything he asks as
long as it's not a weapon. I'll pay you later."
course, sir." The doctor rolled up his sleeves. "Let's go drop some
weight for the big guy."
I didn't understand his words until I saw the pile of various components on the
ground that were just taken off the armor. The original armor weighs 2.73 tons, and
now it's only 0.97. I knuckled at the armor's body which gives out a sound like
I'm knocking at an iron bell.
"There's...nothing in there anymore?"
Wong looked at me with an "of course" expression. "It's a
military weapon. What do you expect if you remove all the killer tricks? The
power unit and computer are pretty tiny compared to the others."
This is lame."
I think I need to do something to make it up, or an empty
iron shell is too boring.
"Since you're done with removing, now help me load something
say it. We got everything here."
this one." I pointed to a device on a nearby container.
Camouflage Unit? What for?"
just do it. Oh and this." I carried a bigger air thruster over. "Since
it's less than a ton it should fly if I have this right?"
be." The doctor ordered the engineers to do their work while he watched me
messing around the items.
Field Generator. What are you gonna do with that?"
ask. Anything besides weapons right?"
Actually I'm only looking at the
prices. I take anything that looks expensive!
"This one, this thing here...and
Detector... Electromagnetic Anomaly Probe. Super Computer??"
hours, I'm looking at my final product while all the technicians plus the
doctor lays on the ground. Now this super toy of mine costs 10 million! You
won't find any crazier toy in the whole world now.
Also, the doctor agreed to
equip a Taser Gun into it (after listening to my carrot-and-stick speech for
three hours). At least it's not a paper tiger now.
The weighbridge showed it as
1.3 tons. All those costly stuff can only fill it up so much. There's no point
in putting all the parts all around the armor so the doctor stuffed them to one
location. Now there's a big storage area on the armor's back.
only tools I'll actually be using is the camouflage and wireless connector. The
first tool can make the armor appear as anything, I can disguise it as an
ordinary car and run on the roads when no one would notice what it truly is. The
connector will allow my helmet to play the game anytime, anywhere. They didn't
even do anything to my helmet, because the game helmet is exactly the same with
the armor's original controller helmet. They only need to transfer some data to it.
I drove away from the base with the armor fixed on top of my car. The
camouflage system will completely hide it from naked eyes.
I'm itchy to try out my new game room. The armor is still a bit too big for the
department hallways. I can try to steer it carefully but one mistake and I'll
bump into walls or even people. And I don't think the stairs can support this
thing. I decided to enter the room through the balcony. The armor is only at half
weight now so it's easy to jump into a building.
tried my best but still accidentally stepped on the balcony bar, bending it. I
moved it into the right position after some efforts. There are still twists and
turns but shouldn't draw too much attention now.
I didn't find Wayne in the
dorm. Where did he run off to again? Whatever. I turned off the camouflage and
logged into [Zero].
Ziri!" A private message from Hawk. He sounds in a hurry.
"I'm here. What's the matter?"
found a player trying to sell equipment." His seems more hurried now.
go ahead. You want it? Do you have enough money? Don't ask me. That robe cost me
everything I had, and that's only because Yuri lent me some. I only have 300
crystals on me. Take them if you want."
not what I'm talking about! Do you know what is he selling??"
of the Chinese Nation Treasure part!"
what?? Nation treasure? Where?"
Ok, that's not something I should ignore
now. I wasn't expecting we found the second piece so fast!
auction site at the middle of the Goddess City! Be quick! I saw Japanese
players wondering around. I think they're trying to break up out nation sets
you talked to the seller?"
in person. I heard he's a wizard called [Arch Necromancer]. The NPCs told us he
registered the equipment on the morning yesterday. We couldn't find you or Wayne
calmed down myself and thought this over.
"I won't go there for now."
why??" He jumped.
already in the auction, we can't get it unless it's bought-in, or do you have
enough money for it? I won't help even if I go there!"
are you going to do then? Nothing?"
look for money!"
Hawk gave me a "you're kidding me" look.
going to try buying it off!" I explained again.
attributes are already revealed. That thing's at least 500 thousand crystals!"
shit. Now this is trouble." I complained. "Tell me the attributes
then! What is it anyway?"
Taoist equipment, [Robe of the Primordial Lord], Defense 700, doubles the power
of all your Taoist skills, +50% element resistance, +25% MP regeneration, and
a passive skill that reduces all damage you take by 20%. A Taoist can just take a
Warrior head-on if he wears this thing! Do you remember that rabbit boots we saw
on Golden Coin?"
from the same set! The boots is part of the Primordial Lord outfit!"
it. Now we can't lose it. Ok I'll go think of something!"
but make it fast! The auction is tomorrow evening!"
it. I'll try!"
I cut the chat and sat on the ground. What to do what to do what should I do??
Exchange real money?
No. Father said there's no end once you started throwing
money into a game. And I shouldn't start it in the first place.
So the only
option is to earn money in the game. But how?? I still got some serious debt on
my ass for crying out loud!
Maybe try to do some business? But what kind of
business brings so much money within two days?
stuff is always precious. So what is rare? Good equipment and companions. According
to Hawk, an average level companion egg can usually sell for tens of thousands
of crystals on the market. Should I go farm some eggs and sell them?
contacted Hawk again. "Hawk! Do you know what kind of companions sell best
in the game now?"
"Why do you ask?"
are expensive right? I'll go get some to sell!"
right! I forgot you have good capture skills!"
not sure but higher leveled ones are always more expensive. We don't have time
to lift the prices so try not to get anything TOO high, or no one would buy it!
Consider your level, find some average companions around level 500. They should
attract enough buyers."
do you mean average companions?"
ones. Your companions all have certain specialties like very fast or something.
They're good but not many people will choose them. We need to find companions favored by all people!"
ok! I'll see to it!" More explanations will just make the matter worse at
such a moment. "You help me find some buyers first!"
level 500. That means mini bosses around cities.
I teleported to the grassland
outside Goddess City and rushed towards the high level area. The Goddess City
is one of the three main system cities. There are tons of players here.
to my wizard robe (10 thousand crystals!!) and the bracelet, people would just
see me as a common mage. The only problem is the robe looks too luxurious. And
I can't hide my face either. The robe hides my cape as well.
players watched in amazement as a fake wizard dashed straight into the depth of
the grassland. Sometimes I pulled several monsters, and I just dodged them.
I still caused the players to drop their jaws . They never saw a wizard who
can move so fast. Monsters that managed to get close almost did no
damage. What kind of wizard runs inside monster crowds without even using his
suddenly realized a problem. What if all the monsters run wild all over the
field? This is the first time I'm trying to capture monsters on open ground. I
don't want to run a marathon after them!
looked around the place and all the player groups who are grinding together.
"Hiring bodyguards! Good payment!"
I can find some people to help me
herd the monsters. They may not kill them easily but I only need them to keep monsters in check.
surrounded by the nearby players in the next second.
much??" A high-pitched male voice.
many people you hirin'?" A deep male voice.
long?" Even females are interested!
monsters are you killing?" That sounds like a student.
cash?" A trader!
scene is getting too chaotic. I raised my hands to silence them.
into the grassland, against level 500 monsters. Teams only, no solo players!"
That's because teamwork would be of help. Players who don't know each other
will cause troubles.
people left after I said that. Either solo players or those who don't feel safe
against level 500 targets.
looked at the remaining people and proposed my conditions. "This is urgent,
we'll be working overnight, starting right away. We take some rest late today
but start working early the next morning. Until 4 pm tomorrow."
spoke: "Piece of cake. What kind of gamer doesn't stay up late?"
course there is. More people left.
Only a small number stayed. They stood in three groups, apparently they
originally belong to three different teams.
I continued: "I'll hire all of
you if you agree. I need lot of people here. 300 crystals. You decide how to
share the money and any drops you may find. I won't ask. But I won't provide
any potions and consumables either. 50 down payment, another 50 when you log
off tonight, 50 when you log in again, and the rest when we finish."
began to count people to see how much money each one can earn out of this.
left group has five players, two male Warriors (again, this is only a general
title, I don't know what sub-classes they are), one female Elven Archer, a
female White Mage and a Priest. Now that's rare, usually only girls play
The middle group, one female Warrior, two male Black Mages, a male
The rightmost team, three male Elven Archers, a Priestess, a female
Taoist, and a ....woman wearing wizard robe with a two-handed sword on her back.
No idea what she is.
15 people. If shared evenly, everyone will get 20 crystals.
That's pretty good income. (*)
going to catch monsters as eggs. You still get the payment if I fail, but if I
succeed I'll pay another two crystals to each one of you. I'll be pointing out
monsters and your job is to prevent the target from escaping."
problem. We're in!" The Priest from the first team stepped out. It seems he's
the leader. Huh, but I thought one of their Warriors is.
female Warrior from the second team agreed on their behalf.
The spokesman, I
mean spokeswoman, for the third team is the female player whose class I didn't
that you all agreed to participate, I'll give you 20 minutes to get prepared. Be
sure to bring enough potions or anything you may need. Come back here when
ready, late comers will be left out!"
fell into discussion. Each team sent a member back to the city for supplies. Or
not, the third team sent two people, probably because they have the most
The remaining people waited with me. It's
boring enough so their leaders decided to chat with me.
"Are you grinding
a support class?" The unknown woman asked.
I'm a combat class."
it too hard for you?" The female Warrior said, "Even
those professional Breeders won't have much luck, and you're not a professional."
hurt to try." Not going to tell too much to someone I haven't known for
long. "Like I said, you still get the payment if I fail, so don't worry. By
the way, the task seems hard enough, but you all accepted. I thought I wouldn't
find so many helpers. You will lose levels if you die right?"
Priest spoke. "Why not? The pay is good. I'd accept even if I lose a level for it."
You mean, 20 Crystals for each one?" I didn't think much about the payment
because 300 crystals were all I had. "That's like, the lowest pay rate for
Dragon Fate employees."
Fate??" The female Warrior exclaimed. "Well I ain't compete with
people from that place. You know how people would throng for a position there. Your
lowest pay is higher than some of the managers in other companies! Do you know 20
crystals means three days worth of my salary?"
don't even have income. Student, heh." The unknown class spoke up. "I
used to spend money on the game and get items or pay for game time cards
before. If I can find such jobs often then I don't have to eat cheap buns all
chuckled. The female Taoist put an arm around her. "Hey sis, come to me
and I'll treat you to instant ramen bowls. That's at least better than buns."
People laughed this time. Though I don't really feel like joking, with the hot
matter at hand. There's a good chance that our Nation Treasure will get taken
away by Japanese players if I don't do something. This is no joke, you don't
want to lose your flag item to someone else during nation wars!
I'm confident in
my capture skills but there are always accidents. What if I don't find enough
eggs in time? I need a plan B!
just take it by force?
Possible, but too risky. If I'm a player with a Nation
Treasure and knows someone's gonna take it away when there's no chance of
protecting it, I'd just log off and never get on again. At least they'll never
get hands on it.
No. This is not safe. Besides they can just do that the moment
they buy the item. So this means I need to prevent them from winning the auction
in the first place!
else is chatting while I'm struggling with my mind. They look more and more
acquainted now. Good, since better teamwork will help a lot.
(*) This means $30 for playing a game overnight. Not bad.
Book 4, Chapter 19
Two people are coming towards us, each
carrying a giant backpack. They are from the unknown woman's team because they
all rushed over.
gave your staff to the auction house, ma'am. I'm sure you'll fetch a sum." The errand Elven Archer began to report his duty.
two people came back, which means everyone's here. I waited several minutes for
them to assign the items before we departed towards the far end of the
I've been saying "grassland", but the vegetation around us are
taller than average grass.
began to grow in size as we marched further in. After an hour the plants
almost reached our heads. Thank goodness they're not really dense, or we'll
have serious trouble walking forward.
female Archer pushed on my back. "Did you hear something?"
I stopped and listened carefully. No, nothing.
"I don't think so."
White Mage came over. "But Elves hear better than us."
three male Archers raised their hands. "Confirmed. We heard something too."
So you got that kind of advantage."
I looked around us but still can't see
Archer lady readied her bow. "There!"
All other Archers followed her
action. I can also hear it at this point, something is stepping over the
saw it!" A male Archer looked to one side.
coming to us. Careful, it's big!" Another Elf alerted.
suddenly jumped and landed in front of us. The four Archers released their
arrows in shock, and every shot missed. One of them
even released his arrow straight upwards, which almost hit my head when it came
They began to stumble around in front of the sudden monster. I watched in silence as they bump into each other while trying to get into position.
Sigh. So much for teamwork.
faced the monster solemnly. Warrior stayed in front, trembling; Archers behind
them to provide cover, while wizards hid in the back of course. Although from
the monster's jumping ability I'm not sure the back line is absolutely safe.
the hell is that??" The Priest looked at our enemy, puzzled.
it a...rabbit?" One of the girls responded. I don't know which one since I
can't look back now.
it's too big!"
"I know right!"
can use [Identify]?"
Finally, a solid suggestion.
do it." I proposed myself.
I used my skill and--
"Grassland Lepus. Common
What the fuc?
Everyone lowered their weapons but they still kept distance.
unknown woman puffed up her courage and touched the rabbit's side. It simply
stared at us with those football-sized eyes.
People finally dropped their caution. The
Priest asked me: "So it's just an ordinary white rabbit you would find
what the skill said."
but, the size of it--"
my question as well. I glanced at the rhino-sized creature again.
rabbit at least weighs a ton! Why would they put something like this in the
game? A bug maybe?"
Maybe you're right." Yup. Even a rabbit can be pretty scary if it grows so big.
we're discussing about the anomaly, the rabbit jumped up and hopped away at
"GET DOWN!! AIR STRIKE INCOMING!"
I don't know which
bastard shouted beside my ears but I still complied out of instinct. The
remaining people either followed the warning or got pressed down by someone else.
A giant shadow swept past our heads. I twisted my neck as best as I could to
saw a...golden eagle, above us. The problem is the bird is no smaller than
used my [Identify] again and showed the result to everyone.
Savanna Hawk. Common animal."
this some kind of joke?" They climbed up while dusting their clothes.
something is not right." I said while watching the hawk going after the
unknown woman nodded. "Yes. I know that bird. There are a lot of them
among these parts but I never seen such a big one."
kidding! That thing is like a bomber plane!" The Priest yelled.
behind us!!" Someone screamed.
I immediately turned around and saw another giant creature that
looks like a centipede. I said "looks like" because I don't think
there are centipedes as thick as water barrels. The insect is at least three
meters long, and I'm yet to see the end of it!
"Get away! That's a monster,
level 200 [Toxic Centipede]!"
identified it without trouble but I still can't understand why a level 200 lesser
monster can grow so big!
It crawled towards me. I stepped back and
threw a [Compressed Fireball]. The spell hit its mark but isn't really
Archers used their shooting skills, which failed to penetrate the insect's
The White Mage used a simple binding skill and locked the monster in
place. But it struggled free in the next second, causing the girl to scream and
you sure your [Identify] isn't broke?? That feels like at least level 500!" An
Archer came standing beside me. "It completely resisted my level 400 [Pierce
Shot]. It can't be--watch out it's coming again!"
He pushed me aside and
rolled away to the other direction. The terrible bug charged past between us.
The two Black Mages released the skill they have been preparing
for some time. A magic missile almost as big as the centipede flew towards the
monster. Black Mages have some of the most powerful skills in the whole game, and
this skill needs time to cast which means it should be very deadly.
landed right on the insect's body and produced some bright electric shocks
before it exploded into a miniature mushroom cloud.
the dust cleared out, we saw the centipede trembling on the ground with its
body broken in half. That attack finally worked.
The two mages wiped their
sweat. "Again, are you sure this thing's 200? We only use that spell to
damage level 600 monsters. And our MP is only enough to use it once!"
I don't know!"
I've no idea what's happening. I decided to summon Dart to
help us find a path. He's pretty tiny and no one would notice his actual level.
"Come out Dart!" I raised my hand.
Boomsh! A monster several times
bigger than the rabbit appeared near me, causing everyone including me to
dash away in horror.
The monster followed me and caught up in a blink of an eye.
I stepped back, and it kept following but isn't doing anything else.
a second. It looks familiar. I saw a golden collar on its neck.
This massive creature is Dart??
I took another good look at its
entire body and yes, this is no other than my supposedly smallest companion.
Priest moved closer. "Another common animal?"
Well, Dart does look
like a harmless animal.
my companion. Maybe."
Priest stared at me. "What do you mean man? You don't know your own pet?"
but, he is, way smaller than this."
wait a second,"
Yup, we realized the same thing.
smaller!!" We cried out at the same time.
did you say??" People panicked.
are the ones that are smaller than before." I explained. "You saw the
grass growing taller? They didn't! That was because we were turning smaller as
we walked! The enlarged rabbit and such, they are just ordinary critters. The
thing is we became tiny so they looked really big. And this is my companion. He
should be puppy size before, I can put him on my shoulder. Now this is
what we see!"
can't believe it!" They failed to accept the reality.
unknown woman said to her friend. "Your servant, you know, that little
furred ball. Let it out."
The Priestess summoned her pet servant...a giant fluffy
The creature lunged at the Priestess, who screamed and ran away.
Ok, now we can only see her hands, as the rest of her
body is buried under all that fur.
Taoist girl explained to me. "Well she would ask her pet to come into her arms
every time. It's a routine."
it's true." The Priest slumped down while looking at his team trying to remove
the three-meter tall furball from the poor lady.
didn't turn small all of a sudden. It happened slowly, so the culprit followed us from behind all the time." The unknown woman tried to
analyze the situation.
I can't hide myself now. I don't have time!
beside us in her parrot form, which is still like 2 meters tall, from our point
"Scout the area for any high leveled monsters. Tell me if you see
She soared into the sky and turned into her true form. She blocked
all the sunlight since she now looks no smaller than a football court.
circled in the air for a while and came down in her parrot body again. "Nothing!"
Maybe underground?..." I mumbled to myself while the other people are
already shocked frozen by what they just saw.
After a terrible
earthquake, one of Rosa's tentacle came out of ground and looked around, without
"Down here!" I called from below.
He lowered the feeler
in front of me.
from below and check if anything is hiding underground. Push anything you find
to the surface."
I turned to Phiona. "Get ready, something may show up."
went their ways.
are your companions?" The Priest questioned me.
I'm a Tamer you know."
No point hiding it anymore so I'll just give them
an explanation. That isn't really the right answer but at least I didn't lie.
soon chased all kinds of animals and small monsters to escape from their hiding
places. With a great shake, a dirt block is hurled towards us.
Phiona dived and
knocked the block away. "Master, I think Rosa found what you're looking
is it?" I hopped on my feet to get a better look around us. The grass is now taller than our heads which means we became even smaller now. We can't see
anything like this.
"Lucky!" I summoned my number one helper. "Get
charged to whatever was driven out.
I climbed onto Dart. "Phiona, go
Then I called back to the other people: "Find some place
I asked Dart to go to the scene so I can give more orders.
monster is an...ox. To be more precise, it's a white water buffalo with three
eyes on the forehead! Considering Lucky's size, the buffalo must be at least
three meters tall.
be a powerful boss. Lucky wrestled with the creature. They're both strong
physical attackers so the brawling looks pretty intense.
tried to ram Lucky using its horns while Lucky grabbed them and blocked the
attack. A laser beam came out of the monster's third eye and hit Lucky in the center. That one
must hurt, since Lucky roared in pain and rolled away.
The buffalo seized the
chance and began to dig at the ground with its front hoof, which means a
signature bull charge is coming.
Lucky is hurt badly so the buffalo's level must be pretty high. I need more helpers.
"Seal that eye with your spells!"
She floated into the sky and began to cast.
faced Phiona. "Place a fire wall to block his attack!"
Woosh! Now Lucky
and the monster are separated.
Rosa tried to catch one of its legs but it
struggled free quickly.
is not enough. "Night Shade, cover them!"
He rammed into the buffalo's
body with his horn lowered in front. This is the first time I see Night Shade
actually using this move. And it's effective. A big bleeding hole is now
opened up on the side of the monster. Night Shade shifted away the moment he
finished his attack so the buffalo didn't find any target to
Burn the place and roast it alive!"
The dry grasses soon caught a mass
fire. The flames won't hurt us because we're in the same team. The buffalo on
the other hand, isn't so lucky.
was trying to catch Night Shade. Now it realized the target is too fast so it
decided to catch someone else, which is me.
Oh silly. Dart is even faster than
Night Shade. You got no chance.
I summoned Phantom to suppress its movement. "Occupy
its body. Just make sure it moves slower."
It's more effective than I expected. Now the buffalo is twitching in place.
Phantom sure is getting better at causing nuisance.
Are you alright?" We moved to where Lucky is staying. That wound looks
serious. What kind of attack can take down a dragon in one hit? A portion of
Lucky's torso is burned black. Ouch.
"Have some rest." I de-summoned
Lucky since it doesn't look he can fight anymore.
buffalo is now chasing Night Shade again. It's fast but not as agile as Night
Shade so the situation is quite safe.
But this is wasting time. I noticed I'm
still getting smaller. I need to take it down somehow.
NO ONE STANDING!!" A thunderous battle cry roared from above my head. I
should have told them to keep it down. Damn it.
ox up ahead. Kill it!"
sir!" The leader ordered. "Lances ready! Release!"
threw all 30 lances within 10 seconds, and they all hit! Now I see how they can
build a freaking prison just using these polearms.
The buffalo now looks like a
hedgehog with all those lances pinned on its body, and its white fur completely
turned dark red.
"Shit. What level is it? Not dead yet?"
was just complaining to myself, but Loong'er heard me and answered. "I
think that creature is the vahana of Shiva, one of the three major deities in
Hindu. If I remembered right...it's level 850 monster." (*)
what? The ox got a background behind it? Who's Shiva, someone powerful?"
gods are not listed among common monsters. You remember my father? He sits on
the same level with Shiva. If you must need a level I'd say they're beyond 1000."
"Crap. Will he or she get back on me for making their mount a hedgehog? Well shoot. I'm
don't think they will. Lucky can probably protect you. Lucky is a dragon king, the
same title held by my father. His rank should be over a thousand as well, don't
worry too much."
I didn't know he got such an origin."
I knew about dragon
king but never realized the actual level of this title.
"But you're offspring of
a dragon king. Will you go past 1000 too?"
I can't. The system designed me as a level 1000 monster. I guess my fate is
sealed. And watch out!"
The buffalo charged at me again!
Knights! Cook this thing into beef dumplings!"
sir! Knights, charge!"
They surrounded the monster. The buffalo doesn't have
much HP left after all the ordeal. And ten Phantom Knights with the same level
chopped it down without much trouble.
tentacle suddenly came beside me.
"Um, translation, Phantom?"
wants you to call Lucky, he can do something about that wound."
I summoned Lucky who's still laying on the ground, groaning.
pressed a tentacle on the wound, then he used several more vines and completely
wrapped up the buffalo corpse. The corpse was torn into countless
shreds after some noise like a meat grinder. Rosa absorbed all the blood and
created a red glow on Lucky.
Lucky crawled back up soon. The black mark is
still there but he can move again.
Rosa, that's some nice trick!"
Someone screamed. I saw an unfamiliar girl looking at us in horror, while the
knights and my companions started back at her.
probably scared by the battlefield. There are burn marks everywhere, and some
of the grasses are still aflame. A giant blood pool is in the middle of the
Phantom Knights, Rosa is still healing up Lucky. Phiona is standing on
Night Shade's back, while Loong'er is floating above our heads.
...Yeah, this will
definitely scare the shit out of most people.
ran past me before I can say hello. Well, not surprising, since I'm still tiny.
I'm afraid I'm only the size of a bee now.
girl approached the Phantom Knights. "Who's in charge?"
didn't answer. They all looked towards the leader knight.
you the leader? Which guild are you from?"
course they don't know what a "guild" is. The leader answered
according to what he knows: "We're from the Dark Sanctuary."
Knights received their titles from that place. They belongs to the dark force, so
that answer is mostly correct.
the girl doesn't understand it in the right way. "Dark Sanctuary? A new
guild? Never heard of it. I only heard about that Holy Sect."
existing guild established by other players. But that name conveniently caused
a big understanding to the knights.
Holy Sect??" All of them drew their swords out. Clerics are natural
enemies to them, they'll never tolerate any Priest and similar classes as
allies even if we're in the same team.
I'm not! I HEARD about them!"
That was close. But the girl didn't realize
"Did you just kill a big, white ox?"
did!" They nod.
is the corpse?" She seems worried for some reason.
ate it!" The knights pointed at Rosa.
but, it must dropped something right?"
She just reminded me to check my storage bracelet. This thing auto-recovers any
loots so I didn't realize till now.
I took out something that looks like a
token. But the moment it left the storage, it grew bigger and dropped on the
Shit. The ox is dead why am I not turning back??
here!" The girl saw the item and ran to it. "It's under protection??"
items dropped by monsters are protected for a period of time, other players cannot pick them
gave up on the item and turned to me. By which I mean, Dart.
adorable foxy! What's your name?"
The girl asked the Phantom Knights who
are still not sure about what's going on. "Who's the owner?"
yelled as loud as I can on Dart's head. "I AM! HERE!"
girl heard me but didn't see me clearly. "Is that a bug? Wow this game is
Then she tried to flick me away!
she can catch me, we heard several "POOM"s around us. We finally
Now a stack of people are laying on the grass, groaning.
"YES!" I jumped up happily. The girl just stared at the dozen
people who just came out of nowhere.
Book 4, Chapter 20
Indian A-Sirs (*)
Alert: minor offensive content against India and Japan.
celebrated for getting out of the curse. The newly arrived girl just looked at
the group without knowing what to do.
"You--but, who are you people??"
I'm [Ziri]," It doesn't look like the other people are going to answer her.
uh. Hi, I--I'm[Shura Violet]."
She's stammering. Hasn't recovered from all
the shock, maybe.
"What are you...?" She waved her finger at the
answered with a question instead: "Why are you looking for the ox?"
She finally remembered what she came for. "The ox!! Did it drop anything?"
picked up the token I just dropped. "This. A black...metal plate, haven't
girl's eyes are beaming. "Are you selling it??"
I looked at the plate again. "Not yet. I'll decide after I figure out what
Obviously the girl knows something about it. I'm not giving it for
"I'll [Identify] it right now if you're in a hurry. I'll sell if I have no need for it."
you don't have to! 100 thousand crystals! In cash!"
me think about it."
Curious. She's either rich as hell, or this thing
values a lot.
"Why do you offer like that? We don't know what it is yet."
I know! Trust me, 100 crys is pretty good price! And I really need it now! Please
please sell it to me!"
She's looking left and right when she said that, which
means someone else is looking for this thing as well.
chance to make a fortune.
I can wait for her competitors and ask them to bid
for it. Maybe I'll earn a lot more.
"No, I'll get it identified to make
decision. That's a high price, and there must be a reason."
seems really worried: "Do it fast!" Then she gave me a recall
scroll. She's making sure I don't bump into anyone on my way back.
That's what I'm hoping for though.
"It's not far. Let's walk it. These scrolls are not free you know."
Aha. Her face is turning red. And she's stomping her feet because of the
the hurry? It's not like I'll lose it."
She looks about to explode!
Another group showed up.
I'm inspecting the new arrivers I suddenly felt a sting on my chest.
Hey what the fuc??"
The girl wants it so bad and now she's trying to take
it by force!
My team immediately came standing in front of me. I hired them as
bodyguards after all, they know they shouldn't slack off on that job.
that for?" I pretended to be angry with the girl. That hit didn't hurt
much. I was expecting her to do that anyway. "You want to spend time in
just stared at me in shock without responding to my provoke.
"You're not dead??"
You're expecting to one-shot me like that?" I robbed my chest, pretending
to be hurt.
Of course I'm not hurt at all. The Dark Dragon Lord set counts as heavy
armor, I won't feel much pain if it didn't get penetrated. Still, I need to put
on an act since I'm a "Wizard" now.
that was my special skill! Aren't you a caster?"
wrong with that?"
used [Mana Burn]! It damages your MP and causes double damage for how many
mana points you lose. No casters would survive that!"
looked at my status bar.
"...It didn't do anything. The skill failed maybe?"
Must be the resistance of my armor. It nullified the attack.
new group arrived at the scene. They look...brown. And they're wearing cloth
folds on their heads.
Indian A-sirs?? Aren't international routes not opened
yet? Why is tourism becoming so popular in China?
The leading Indian man walked
to me. "Hallo flend. Mai I aska if you took da token from da sacred cow?"
His language sounds so awkward. The guy didn't even buy the system
([Zero] doesn't translate foreign languages. You can pay some
money to buy the simultaneous interpreting system, paid by hours, very
I did. Here." I held up the black object. "Why? You want to buy it
The girl yelled from behind. "That's their Nation Treasure! If we take it
now they'll have nothing to counter us in nation wars! You are a Chinese player
right?? Sell it to me!"
She must by panicking since she let out the secret
on her own. Still, I think she's doing the right thing. I tried to rip her off
when she's protecting our country...I should apologize.
A-sir laughed. "If ya sellit we pay you good plice! Nation war ish not
fun if we don play it fair! Come on flend. Giv me a plice, we pay you here!"
girl clenched her teeth. "150 thousand crystals. That's all I have! Think
helpers looked at me as well. They would want me to reject the A-sir
turned to the girl.
I tossed the token over. She caught it
and looked back at me, eyes wide.
I shrugged to the now blue-faced A-sir.
"Sorry my friend, who pays more gets it. You'll never pay enough to win
our passion for our home. "
It seems they're about to start violence. I
waved at the Phantom Knights. "Get into position folks! We got work to do."
lined up in front of the nine Indian players. Now that will scare them. We got
over 30 people here if I take my companions into account. They only got 9. And
I don't think they can survive against the level 850 knights anyway.
ignored the foreign players and headed towards our destination again. Every
helper nodded to me along the way and patted on my shoulder.
"Good job back there."
That satisfied my ego a lot. Though I do hope they could be more
gentle next time, cause a dozen hit on my shoulder would have hurt me, if not
for my armor.
wait!" Violet caught up. "You take it!"
do you mean?" I took the token back, not sure what she wants to do anymore.
"Weren't you trying to buy it?"
because I didn't trust you. I don't want the Indians to have it. You proved your
standing point so I can let you keep it. It's safer."
Umhmm. That smile is so
sweet. Now she's friendly, I can see she's pretty passionate girl.
you two are so modest with it, we'll help you get it off your hands!"
A-sirs appeared again. More of them this time! I see somewhere near forty
people following behind. So they were just waiting for backup?
knew we wouldn't get out of this easily." The unknown girl stepped ahead.
"This is our land and you will remember it! Go, everyone!"
them all!!" My temporary mercenaries all charged forward.
"No, wait a sec--" They're too hot-headed! "Phantom Knights, go help
wouldn't send any ordinary people for this job, plus my helpers are not really
high-end players so the outcome is pretty obvious. Three of my team members
died on the first conflict!
To my relief, the Phantom Knights are still deadly
to the enemies. These Indians all belong to one class called "Pope". They
look like our Taoists, good at both physical and magical skills. Still, their
level is too low compared to the knights. Nothing to worry about.
joined the fray as well. I already know she's a melee class with all those red
armors on her, what I didn't expect is that she is 100% damage dealer. None of her
skills have any showy effects, every hit of her aims for best and fastest damage. She can
almost take down any of the Indian players with just two hits. That's impressive!
clear targets, all the mages and the fake mage (me) have to stay put on the
battle ended after about a minute. It would have ended even faster, but the
knights couldn't use their team attacks because too many players are blocking
We began to clean up the battlefield after all the enemies are
dealt with. There are many small bottles scattered on the ground. I picked one
"[Blessing Oil]?... What's this?"
inspected the bottles too.
"I don't think it's healing item."
try it then!" The female Warrior is straight enough.
I thought she was
going to use the potion on her own, however she dragged the Swordsman over and
stuffed the bottle into his mouth.
"How about it?" She
asked the now mouth-filled Swordsman.
didn't answer. He just crouched and started to vomit.
There are letters printed
on the bottom but...I can't read Hindi. I paid for the system translation. Then
I held my stomach and laughed.
"It's not for drinking!"
Thank god I didn't do it." A Black Mage from the female Warrior's team
mumbled. "Wow look at Till's face. He's green."
asked me. "What does it do?"
still trying to hold my laughter. "This is sold in Indian temples. It's
mostly the same thing as those holy waters in western cathedrals. Your pour it
on your body to increase your status for a short while."
was wondering why those people are so strong. But...look at your Swordsman, bah-hahahaha!"
He's going to throw his lunch up. His Black Mage teammate is still joking. "Hey
Till! Think about it, holy oil sold in Indian temples! What do they call it? Indian
god oil! You just drank a full bottle of it. You gonna pierce the sky! Girls
will scream after you! "
the guys laughed hard. Violet followed them with several dry laughs and asked
me. "What is Indian god oil?"
so you don't know?" I looked at her in surprise. "Then why are you
don't want to feel awkward. Tell me, what is it?"
The oil is used on the..." I whispered into her ear.
she laughed for real!
"HAAAHahaha! So that's why they fought so hard!" (**)
"Hey what's this?" The Priest picked up a long stick and
gave it to me.
used [Identify] and almost jumped.
"Holy shit! Their other team
arrived late because they were after this thing, and they didn't even have time
to get it identified!"
What?" Violet urged.
a Nation Treasure of India, the [Almighty Rod]."
Violet took the item and checked. " They didn't send enough force after me
because they were after a bigger treasure!"
While my team passes the item around I asked Violet: "But why would TWO Indian
Nation Treasures show up here?"
"Pre-war treasure exchange." Violet explained with an "I know everything"
attitude. "Not all Nation Treasures appear inside the original country. For
every country, there will be four pieces located in foreign lands! This is
written on the official site. I can't remember the details. Two pieces of ours
should be in India, another two in Japan. For India, two in China and two in
the UK. As for Japan...two here, one in America, and one in Korea."
unfriendly territories." The Priest commented. "They're trying to
start a war?"
course they are! The nation war system is coming, they'll cause more conflicts
and attract more players to join!" The female Warrior explained.
see it now." I held my chin. "People will now try to find their own
treasures in other nations. This will create a lot of hostility among players
before the incoming wars."
what they're trying to do." Violet agreed.
heard my private chat ringing.
"Ziri! How's it going on your farming? I
found the seller [Arch Necromancer]!"
I just remembered what I was trying to do. The Hindus distracted us!
"Not yet! What about you? What did he say?"
news and bad news. He's a good guy, but he can't decide because the treasure
doesn't belong to himself! The good news is he already prevented foreign
players from joining the auction."
not enough. You know there are always people who'll help the enemies! What if
the Japanese hire someone for the job?"
"Oh shit...you're right! Better than nothing, at least it will buy us some time! Oh
and, I asked
our friends and we managed to collect 100 thousand crystals so far."
"Far from enough."
know! We're still trying!"
I'll work on it too!"
noticed my expression. "Something went wrong?"
I nod. "Someone is selling our treasure piece in Goddess City. We don't
have enough money, and I'm worried it would get taken away by Japan."
She opened up the trade system and gave 150 thousand crystals to me. "All I
have. For the motherland."
Oh thank you thank you thank you--
But her following words prevented me from actually saying thanks.
glad I met sister today! If you need any help, as long as it's for our country, I'm all
"I'm a gentleman!!"
Everyone, yes EVERYONE, stared at me.
don't believe it!"
explanation took some more time. Ok, I really need to make a hood for my wizard
robe. Or this will never end!
now, back to business!" I asked them to continue with our hunting plan.
more surprises this time. Shura Violet also volunteered to join our quest.
Book 4, Chapter 21
The Wild Hunt (Part 1)
We can finally get onto our quest! We
wasted some time but I'm positive I can still make it if things go well.
mercenaries are now scouting the path ahead in a cone formation, while my
Phantom Knights watches us from behind. I really don't want any ambushes again.
Violet chatted with me while keeping a lookout for monsters.
where did you pop up all of a sudden?" She didn't get that answer yet.
"Really, you scared me for good. I thought you were all monsters."
didn't 'pop up'. We were already there. It's just you can't see us."
can all go invisible?"
That's...a legit explanation.
not like that. You were after that ox right?"
But it lost me pretty fast. I came to you because I saw fires."
you know what that ox can do?"
doesn't. She knows the monster drops a treasure but never witnessed its skills.
"No, is it powerful?"
That's why you couldn't notice us."
"Shrinking. It can turn any targets small. And it was terrible. Apart from the size our
status were also reduced."
did you kill it then? And your ten...subordinates, weren't affected right?"
think the skill needs a long time to take effect. We were targeted from the
moment we entered the grassland. We walked for an hour before we noticed it. And
none of my companions were affected. So the ox can only shrink something it can
killed it with your companions? Then who are those ten guys?"
servants. I didn't summoned them at the beginning either."
looked at me with a shocked face. "You serious? Those knights are you servants?"
wait wait, you can have TEN servants? I can only take three!"
I'm Tamer, I rely on companions and servants. How do I survive if a Tamer can't
have some advantages?"
still too many! Ten servants I say, Ten!" She refuses to accept the fact.
"I'm jealous. If can bring such a big group with me then I'll find a bunch
of handsome bodyguards! Ooohohohoho!"
"Stop, hey stop. I didn't think you can manage that laughing mode though."
reminded me again that I should never judge a girl by the looks.
gonna happen. I intentionally put more points on Charisma when I created my
character. And that's only because I finished some really lucky quests before I
can find such a party."
That two-month dungeon run...I don't want to
experience that again.
saw a dragon flying above. I mean, an eastern one. And another winged one on
the ground. Oh and a phoenix! Aren't they born from flames? Why is a phoenix
burned black? "
"...The dragons are my companions. And the burned phoe-- I mean, ugh! You
got me. The phoenix is an Inferno Phoenix. What you said must be ordinary flame
whole lot of creatures are all your companions?"
No prizes for you though!"
gave me a side look. "You got lot of secrets on you. What else are you
hiding? I'm sure that's not all."
defeat! Women's sixth sense huh? It's a bless that Red Moon doesn't have
such senses, or it would be a real hell.
"Enough questions, let's talk
about you. Shura Violet, female Warrior, that's all I know." I don't feel
like exposing anything further so let's change the topic.
She said plainly. "Just a common player. You know, the most boring players
you can find anywhere."
it. I told you enough about myself, how about a little returned favor?"
It looks like she just made a big decision. "But really, I meant it. Human
race, Swift Warrior, which is, a Warrior with a lot of Dexterity. Ordinary
equipment. Well you see it, Crimson Armor set, the best outfit you can find in
system shops. Expensive but not really special. Everyone can get one as long as
they got enough money. Servants...none."
She suddenly gave me a mysterious
look. "But I have a powerful companion!"
companion?" That's unexpected. She didn't use it in the previous fight.
"What kind of companion, can I see it?"
A smoke cloud blocked my view.
"Cough! Cough! Argk... What's this?? Lucky!
Lucky used one of his wings to blow the smoke away. He used too
much force and it felt like a storm.
The smoke cleared and revealed a...little...boy,
in front of me.
a blonde boy with azure colored eyes, about the age of seven or eight. He's
holding a strange-looking sword in one hand, which is longer than his own body.
It's too big so he can only carry the blade on his shoulder.
is your companion??" I looked at the amazing little boy. The pair of tiny
wings behind his back indicates that he's an angel.
females in my mercenary team rushed to the boy and squeezed Violet and me away.
looks so cute!"
your name little friend?"
love his hair! I want to see him when he grows up!"
I hug him??"
skin looks too good! Ahh my nose-!"
the boy is much annoyed by all the gabbling.
"Beat it flower girls!! Who
do you think I am??"
could have sounded imposing, if not for his childish voice.
The squeaking girls kept
touching and pinching him.
pushed around the crowd without finding a chance to get in, so she can only
yell: "Leave him! Don't get him mad!!"
too late though.
"WE ARE executors of divine scourge. LEAVE US NOW YOU FILTHY MORTAL WOMEN!"
He pointed his sword to the sky. "Divine scourge, combat
The boy became bigger. To be precise, he's GROWING bigger. The
apple appeared on his neck, and a series of strong muscles and blood vines
emerged on the white, slim arm. That miniature armor on his body is also
growing with him!
It didn't take long. Now a super cool guy about 20-rish, wearing
glimmering golden armor is standing before us. The only thing that didn't
change is that sword he's been holding.
ladies are scared silent.
Ashura spoke again, with a stronger, deeper voice
this time. "You dare to challenge the divine executor. DO YOU SEEK PUNISHMENT??"
finally managed to get into the crowd and grasped Ashura's raised right hand.
"Do-don't get angry! They are playing with you because you look too good!"
worry sis. These infidels will not hurt you when I'm here!"
Ok. He's big, and
maybe powerful. But that brain stayed a kid.
I'll have to solve their problem again.
I walked to the staring girls and gave
each of them a big knock of the head. They looked back in anger. I ignored them.
"How can you harass our Ashura the godsend and lady Violet?? Now I have
defeat you, obey my orders and serve as my soldiers!"
I secretly gave them
a wink. "Now get out there and act like soldiers, like those males who are
already able on their job!"
They went away and continued on our quest.
turned to Ashura. "I have taken care of the enemies. The lady is now safe."
nodded to me, "Thanks for the assistance, human."
Then he turned back to his
To prevent those girls from coming back, I commented aloud: "Is
Ashura's sword a mighty weapon, if I may?"
spread his hands to Violet, asking to be picked up. Violet complied. Obviously
that's a common practice between these two.
Then he talked to me while sitting
on Violet's arm: "My sword is called the Divine Punisher. I can call
punishment strikes from the heavens and burn anyone into ash!" Then he
faced Violet. "Sister...my face hurts!"
easy boy. Oh poor Ashura. Here, a kiss will take your pain away."
Ashura a peck on the cheek.
Thank you sis!"
Well shoot. I really can't put this boy into the same figure I saw a moment ago.
Violet? So who exactly is your companion?" I don't think I know about this character.
not sure. He can transform. He stays an eight-year-old most of the time, and he gets mad if someone hurts me or himself. Then he turns into that
Executor you saw. He's way more stronger like that. But apart from how he speaks, his
intelligence doesn't change much."
the new form stable?" To tell the truth, I'm becoming interested in this
weird companion. "I mean, can he control that on free will?"
know. He always does that when he's angry, and recovers when the fight is over. So I think he can at least choose when to get
pretty good. So no time limits. It'll be a disaster if he turns back to a kid
in the middle of fight."
found monster!" Someone yelled ahead. "Hey Ziri! Come here!"
some business." I quickly went to my helpers. "What did you find?"
I looked to where the Priest is pointing at. My mercenaries are
attacking a lion with beautiful golden mane.
"It's strong! Fast and high attack power. You knights did most of the work to
block its attacks."
Keep it busy!"
I removed my gloves and began to cast [Capture]. The lion
gave up on its targets and charged towards me.
"Stop it!!" I yelled
in panic. It would be a problem if it reaches me.
red shadow flashed in front of me. Violet moves so fast!
She stabbed her sword
downward from above the air, forcing the lion to twist its course away to avoid the
I kept using my skill. The skill hit the lion and failed for a second
time, then the lion turned to my direction
Violet did a quick leg-sweep at the lion's body to draw its attention. But she
didn't keep her balance well and landed on the ground on her back.
If anyone's good at holding something in place it's Rosa.
shot out several vines but the lion dodged them all!
Interfere!" I have backup plan!
mind control worked better. The lion is still fast but it would now crash on
plain ground now and then for no reason.
But the damn beast still ran towards
Mist]!" Someone used a support spell. It got the opposite effect. The
spell doesn't distinguish targets. Now nobody can see anything!
This created a
perfect chance for the lion since it has a good nose.
Stop it! Why are you poking me??"
Someone is hurting their teammates!
the White Mage? Clear it up!"
She successfully got rid of the mist but...my heart skipped a beat
when I saw the Lion is only about 3 meters
away from me. It's already going to attack but was distracted by the sudden light.
It didn't pause for long though. Now the terrible beast lunged at me.
A young man suddenly rushed beside me. Woah look at that! He
charged at the lion bare handed.
He didn't actually toss the lion but still
interrupted its attack by ramming it away.
recovered their stance and are now staring at each other. This is not time for
a fair fight. I signaled my mercenaries to get close.
I put my hand on the
young man's shoulder. "Thanks for the assist. But, who are you?" I
don't remember this man in my team.
hi! I'm [Timely Big Pot]! Hawk told me to come. We're classmates." (*)
We shook hands.
"Hawk's friend? Nice knowing you. Why did he send you though? We're not short on
hands or something."
asked me to give you something!"
He took out...a giant bundle of rope from
behind his back.
"You aren't going to capture it without this." He
handed one end of the rope to me. "Let's tie up the big cat!"
we need to get close to it first." Violet came over. Those dirt and messy
hair suggest that she had a rough landing back there.
Big Pot (*)
just rolled up his sleeves. "We got enough folks here! It's just a lion. Now
go! Human wave tactic!"
Then he threw the rope away and charged at the
He did manage to grab the lion. The tail, at least.
looked silly but is actually effective. The lion is obviously running slower
with a human hanging on its tail.
Ok, here goes nothing.
"Let's do it! Keep it on
All melee classes followed my order and ran towards the beast.
The scene looks funny. A bunch of people is now trying to climb onto the lion
like in those monster movies.
weight of all these players is real. The lion may be a high level monster but
it still fell on the ground with so many solid burdens. It struggled for a bit
and finally gave up.
The girls used the rope to wrap it up like mummy. And is
that a bow knot on its head?
Finally. It didn't look good but at least we did it!
the first try-out succeeded. Big Pot is the first one into the mess so he got
crushed under all that weight real bad. His clothes are a bit ragged, and some
bruises are now on his otherwise brilliant face.
asked people to go find other monsters while I spammed [Capture] on the
Later, many high level Breeders in [Zero] learned to use this approach
to capture something as a defenseless target to grind their skills. Of course, this
is another story.
lion turned into egg after thirty tries or so.
"Now this is MONEY!"
I carefully stroked the egg.
I contacted Hawk.
wrong again??" He worries too much!
no no, I just got the first item to sell. Level 512, [Savannah Lion King]. Find
buyers. I also recorded how we captured it, show it to them!"
pretty fast. Good job man! I'm on it. Did my fellow give you the rope?"
I chuckled. "Funny dude. He tried to ride the lion using his own body.
But it worked! I'm thinking about hiring a group of Orc Berserkers as my
professional hunting team."
I see the video... Ahahaha! That's the man. He's always like that in the school. But he's a good
guy. Everyone on the class likes him! I don't think you can keep using that
crowd tactic. What if you find something bigger like Lucky?"
see. I'll think about it later. Going to find more monsters, you find a buyer
it to me!"
Book 4, Chapter 22
The Wild Hunt (Part 2)
Hawk is going to find a buyer
soon so I need to make it fast. Companions eggs are expensive as of now but not
to the extent where you can buy a Nation Treasure with just one egg. And this
lion I caught is not really a high end monster, it won't be enough.
guess quantity works better than quality in this situation. I just need to
capture more eggs.
team found the second target soon. It's a bulky creature covered in armored
skin. I thought it was a rhino first but...it got no legs? It just, stays there,
like a giant black rock. Anyone would have missed it if not for that vibrating
part on its side.
took out a random bow from my bracelet and shot at the target. It won't do much
damage but I can see its status with the attack.
The arrow didn't hit where I
aimed at but it's still a hit. A red "-1" floated up. That shot didn't
break its defense. I'm not an Archer, and the bow is a common junk but...I
still have a high general damage. I should be able to do more than that.
attack succeeded so my Star Gaze showed its status.
"[Iron Beetle], level 650,
Physical Attack 900-1800, Physical Defense 3000, Speed (ground) 72, Speed (airborne)
132. Skill: Flamethrower, Acid Spit, Tackle. All attacks carry strong poison
read that out aloud. Someone gasped.
Violet gave me an uncertain look. "We
should find something else. I don't think we can take it down. Your Phantom
Knights may kill it eventually but it's pretty much impossible to capture it."
Pot joined us. "That shell looks too smooth. The rope's not gonna work."
target means more money. I'm not going to let up the chance." The sitting
black object is made of gold in my eyes! "Let me try it out."
Our female Warrior charged with her sword raised. It doesn't seem
the black creature can avoid the attack at all, or, it isn't planning to dodge
in the first place.
That sounded like a hammer rather than a sword strike. The Warrior is bounced
flying, and her sword stuck into Big Pot's left foot. Now he's hopping single-legged
while yelling in pain. We got Priest here so his foot is not a problem, but...
hard like shit." I looked at the unmoving creature in worry. "How
Warrior spoke with a thick tongue. I think she bit her tongue back there.
"Didn' b-break the-defense. 1 point."
kidding? So even a Warrior can't hurt it?"
Big Pot proposed himself when
his foot is healed. "I'll try it!"
He took out his weapon...A nine-tooth
Shite. That looks badass!
He roared and charged at the monster. A
metal clash, then he flew back just like the Warrior.
how did it go?" The female Warrior asked in a challenging attitude.
a little, better!"
I pinched his head to help him stop vibrating.
for that. At least I broke through its defense. 43 damage."
bad buddy!" I looked at the monster again.
alerted: "Get away master! Rosa told me the monster's body underground is
already looked like a mini van. So that's not all of it? This will look ugly.
"Get back you all! It's coming out big!"
didn't react in time. The ground collapsed below us, involving everyone except
the agile Violet.
pan-shaped crater the size of half a football ground appeared. I managed to run
up the edge, then me and Violet helped drag everyone up.
"Is everyone here?" I asked the team leaders.
good!" They answered.
Violet found something amiss. "Where is Big Pot?"
"Oops. Anyone saw him?"
No answer. They all shook their heads.
I looked towards the center of the pit. The beetle looks like a
small island, and Big Pot is standing on its back!
how did you get there?" I yelled to him.
ground is sinking and this is the only solid point! So I jumped!" Big Pot
answered while trying to keep himself stable. It looks really hard because the
monster's back is slippery like a mirror!
we can figure out how to save him, the "island" moved. It stood up. The
body slowly showed itself in full, maybe even bigger than Lucky. When it
finally lifted itself using its six insect legs, it reminded me of those tanker
bugs in Starship Troopers, just a bit smaller.
However the smaller size doesn't
necessarily mean it's any less powerful!
Big Pot lost his footing due to the sudden movement. Luckily he
slipped towards behind the bug's head, and grabbed onto it's giant horn.
in the name of the god is that?..."
The Priest stared at the gigantic
creature while drawing cross in front of his chest. The dude took his game
role for real!
RUN DAMN IT!!"
I noticed the beetle drawing breath. Of course I know what
that means! That's exactly the same move when Lucky tries to breathe fire. Step 1:
a deep breath; 2: force up a pressure; 3: let it out! The monster is taking in air
now, which means bad stuff is coming!
beetle opened its maw and released a purple flame beam at us. It looks like
military napalm bomb rather than regular flame throwers! Thanks to my warning, no one is
caught in the attack.
beetle stared at us with its two pairs of green eyes. The four creepy light
bulbs are making our hair stand.
"Phantom Knights! Attack!"
I do need eggs but obviously my life is more important. If I die here I'll need
much more time to get back. I should just kill it and find other targets.
knights took my order and turned towards the bug.
They first used their
signature javelin attack. Perfect hit. Level 850 is no joke, every lance
pinned into the bug's body, causing green fluid to come out.
But the lances all
began to smoke, then melted and disappeared under the liquid!
knights looked at each other, and me, in shock. Looks like they're not
expecting to lose their weapons like that either.
So my Phantom Knights won't
"Lucky! Ready your fire!"
took aim at the bug and draw breath. The monster did the same. I think they're
going to have a clash at it. But Big Pot is still on the beetle. I don't know
if dragon fire can kill the bug but surely Big Pot's not going to survive that!
Now! Get that guy off the beetle!"
caught Big Pot with a tentacle in the next second and dragged him underground. Then
Lucky and the monster released their attacks at the same time. Lucky's dragon
fire is powerful because of nature talent and all kinds of species bonuses, while
the beetle's currently level is too high. The two fire beams don't have an
They are both enclosed in intense fire. We already kept
distance but the heat still caused us to back away further.
is the first one to give up. His current level is too low. The beetle is no
better. The ten holes on its shell were enlarged into ten big hollows, and its
shiny shell lost its luster. Now it looks like burnt plastic.
stayed intact against the fire. The beetle's attack must be corrosive because
Lucky's body is smoking while giving out some irritating smell.
took the ropes and gave them to everyone. "Circle it around. Bind up its
They moved. While the beetle is confused by so many targets, we
successfully got the ropes around its legs. When it discovered what's going on,
it lifted its back shell, revealing a pair of transparent insect wings.
mumbled to herself. "It can fly?..."
the heavy creature left the ground for real!
shouted to the Phantom Knights when the beetle has already gained some altitude.
"Knights, another round of lance attack. And use something explosive if
sir!" The leader ordered. "Ready up! Blaster lance array! Release!"
lances were hurled away almost the same moment as he finished that order. They
all hit again, and this time they hit the bug's soft belly part.
exploded on impact. Ten fireballs erupted below the creature. Then the beetle
tumbled down like a plane hit by a missile, while leaking out fuel. I mean bug
It's dying. I quickly began to use [Capture] when there's still time. I
succeeded after thirty tries! A big, winter melon shaped egg fell into my hands.
Somehow I don't want to sell it. The bug can be a really nice companion.
bad, the Nation Treasure is first priority now, so I still contacted Hawk.
a new product. Watch this video!" I waited him to finish. "How
does it look? "
stuff! You really did it!"
but he's still on his way. I'll contact you once we settle the details. It's 1 o'clock
in the morning! Not much time left!"
know I know!"
put away the egg and asked them to continue. The next target showed up in our
sights soon. I think we're getting experienced.
"Get down! A Thunder Eagle!"
alerted us so we all followed. Well, except for Big Pot. I don't know why
he decided to be the only one standing.
The eagle swept down past our heads. After
a strong gust, Big Pot is gone. He's carried away by the monster!
Aim!" I ordered. "Watch where you shoot!"
got it!" One of the Archers gave me a confident respond, then he released
The arrow flew towards the bird with a beautiful star track trailing
behind it. That's the effect of a Frost Arrow.
It hit something. But I don't think the eagle can scream like that.
moonlight, we noticed that the human figure hanging on the eagle now have a "tail"
on its bottom.
Archer scratched his head. "Sorry. Heh heh heh... Accident. It's too
Someone gave him a middle finger.
I'll do it again I guess."
I raised my right hand and rolled up the wizard
"Dragon cord hook out!"
Pom! The hook was launched towards the
eagle. The bird obviously saw my attack, and avoided it with a brief mid-air halt.
raised my left hand and shot again. I caught its leg this time.
I found another problem. I'm not strong enough to pull it alone! The cord is
going away fast like fishing wire, which means--
I'm flying too!
"Rosa! A little help!"
When I'm still within reach, a
tentacle came up and wrapped around my waist.
The strong stopping power almost
split me in half!
Thunder Eagle is in no better condition. It got dragged down by the sudden
force and crashed on the ground. Phantom Knights and my mercenaries immediately
rushed to the bird and did their work. The knights pinned its wings on the
ground using their lances, while the players packed it up for good.
level 517. But a flightless eagle is just a meat chicken waiting to be slaughtered.
Big Pot crawled away
from below the eagle with stars in his eyes.
He walked several steps and fell face-first.
not my job. I need to capture the monster fast.
It took less time. Only 13 tries.
come here!" That's Violet.
looked where she's pointing to, and my mind stopped!
A dirt pit about a meter in diameter is in front of us. From those
dry grasses and scattered eagle feather, it must be a bird nest!
I didn't finish my sentence when Violet disappeared.
got another one in the air!
Big Pot shouted but I stuffed his mouth.
Take care of the eagle!"
Surely a phoenix is enough to get rid of a common
"Lucky, catch Violet when she's free."
currently level is a lot lower than the eagle, but a legendary avian is still
The two flying creatures brawled in the air. The Thunder Eagle
cannot keep it's hold on Violet while fighting so it dropped her off without
hesitating. And Lucky is already there to catch her.
I told Phiona to get away, then ordered towards my back. "Archers,
A round of arrows went up. They all used area skills, probably
because no one is confident in hitting something that far away.
really hope Elfy is here.
arrows hit. In fact it will be a real joke if that kind of area attack misses. But
the damage...is less impressive.
it to me!!"
Big Pot grabbed a javelin somewhere, performed a short run-up and
threw it like an Olympic athlete. The javelin moved towards the eagle real fast.
It won't do much damage but I noticed something different.
There's a thin, metal
wire attached behind the javelin. So this guy is not all blockhead!
weapon pierced one of the eagle's wings. There's no significant damage but our
plan is to use the wire to drag it down.
Thunder Eagle looks enraged. It turned to Big Pot, who's holding the other end
of the wire.
Violet muttered to herself: "Oh no..."
called [Thunder Eagle], right?"
Big Pot is already
trembling. The eagle used its skill. A visible blue electric wave traveled down
from the metal wire, and Big Pot is the last part of conductor on the ground. Now
we're looking at a shining blue skeleton figure holding onto the electric wire
while performing an impressive break dance.
Violet face-palmed. While the
Priest is drawing cross again. As for me...I sighed in relief for how my dragon
cord isn't conductive.
electricity lasted for a dozen seconds. Then Big Pot opened his mouth and let
out a smoke puff, before going down again. He's all black, and some parts are
still giving out blue smoke.
The Priest and Priestesses finally got the chance
to go help him. Big Pot is a Warrior class so he had enough HP to survive it.
still need to do something about the eagle. I turned to the Phantom Knights:
"Someone shoot it down. And mind how much power you use, it didn't have
much HP left."
leader stepped ahead and threw his lance at lightening speed. The heavy-looking
polearm precisely pierced the eagle's wing base.
The wing was broken apart as
it was just hit by a mortar shell. From the scattering feathers and blood, I
realized that the lances they unleash are actually rotating, like drills. So
that's why they got so much piercing power!
eagle crashed on the ground. It was hurt even worse than the last one and I
only used my skill six times to capture it.
here!!" Violet called me again from the nest.
tell me there are more thunder eagles!"
no," She pushed some grass aside. "I was going to show you this."
out an...eagle egg.
"The two birds must be a couple. This is their nest. I
think there are more eggs down there."
I fished around the nest.
I found five eggs, which means we just got
another six eggs without fighting.
"Wah-hahaha! Rich I'm rich!!"
say misfortunes never come single, I guess fortunes also love to pile up
Since I got enough outcome, I decided
to dismiss my team early. I paid them what I promised and they're also happy to be
able to rest early.
Me, Violet and Big Pot teleported back to the Goddess City.
Hawk and the others are already waiting.
you are!! How did it go?"
gave him my loot. "Level 517 Thunder Eagles, eight of them. A level 650 Iron
Beetle. A level 512 Lion King."
How did you--brilliant!" He gave them back to me. Well he doesn't have
enough inventory to keep all these eggs.
"The buyer is in the Moonpeak
restaurant. Just waiting for you!"
the buyer anyway?" I asked on the way. "I'm not selling the eggs to
anyone suspicious. I'm protecting our nation treasure, it will cause another
problem if I sell powerful companions to enemies."
worry. He's called [Shadow Gale], the boss of Righteous League."
League?" I looked at the sky. "I heard the name somewhere. "
course you heard it!" Elfy jumped out. "They're the biggest guild in
China region, and Gale is Red Moon's big brother!"
right!" Hawk explained, "Speaking of Red Moon, she helped me contact
That's a blow to my head. A terrible scene appeared inside my mind: I kneel
before Red Moon, pinned down by all the companions I sold her, while an unknown
man snickers at me: "So how do you feel, getting rekt by your own
I stopped in my track. "I can't sell to them! Red Moon is trying to get
back on me. How can you sell weapons to your enemy when there's a war going on??"
on stop it." Hawk slapped my head. "I don't know about his sister but
I can assure you Gale is a good man. We talked. He's kind enough, and wise. Somewhat mysterious though."
go and see."
I trust Hawk. And besides I don't have time to worry about
something like that anymore. He's the leader of the number one Chinese guild, so
he's probably going to lead all players to fight with intruders. He can't be
reached the Moonpeak restaurant. The name didn't lie, it looks like the moon is
just on top of the building when we looked from below.
Hawk led us into a
private room on the 9th floor. It's a big one designed for such large scale
line of chairs sit across the front door, and a knight about the age of 20 is
sitting in the middle one. He wears full silver glimmering equipment, he can
pretty much act as a light bulb in here. A row of beautiful girls are standing
behind him. Each one of them has the face of super star!
dragged me in front. "I'll introduce. This is Ziri, he's the one getting
the eggs, so speak to him for prices and other details."
knight stood up to me and politely stretched a hand.
"Greeting. I'm Shadow
Gale, I came to buy your companions. Before we start, may I ask how you get them?
I'm willing to pay a million crystal for your secret technique!"
smile. "A lot of people have seen it so it isn't really a secret. But you
probably can't copy it because it relies on my attributes. I'm the only one who
can do it now. Shall we begin?"
course, take a seat."
We walked the long conference
table. Gale walked to the window side while we took the other.
lined up all the eggs on the table. "Eight Thunder Eagles, level 517. An
Iron Beetle, level 650. A Lion King, level 512. Do you need to review the
videos for their abilities?"
no need," he kept calm but I can still see the excitement in his eyes.
"I know these monsters, all good ones. Especially the beetle, it
has always been a terrifying target." He carefully checked each egg.
"Thunder Eagles...They're not strong but can be really fast. however did
you capture them? No one succeeded before!"
secret." I just smile. As Hawk said, this man feels comfortable to talk
Unlike Red Moon.
"How much can you offer?" That's my main
thousand crystals for the lion, is that alright?"
I put the number in my mind. The Nation Treasure should worth at least 500 thousand. And
I'm expecting it to raise to 550 or even 600 in the auction. The lion is the
lowest leveled one. If I can get 100 thousand out of it I'll definitely earn
over 1.2 million out of all the eggs. More than enough!
about the others? Do you need them?"
course I need them!"
I was worrying he won't buy them all but it seems he's even worrying more. Companions eggs are still extremely rare on the market, he
waited here since the early morning!
"110 thousand for each of the eagles."
wrote a "120" behind my back before I can respond. I immediately
changed my tongue.
nodded without hesitation. "Deal. 120 thousand that is. The beetle is too
rare for an offer. You can give me a price!"
looked towards Elfy for help. I know nothing about market prices!
Elfy wrote a "200"
this time. But isn't that a little...?
I still spoke. "200 thousand
hesitated this time. Only for several seconds.
"Alright. I'll take it!"
He opened up the trade window and put 1.26 million in it. I quickly stuffed all
the eggs in.
My actual income is 1.159 million, since the system would
take away 8% as tax.
be off then. Until next time." I stood up.
Gale stopped me.
"One moment. Are you interested in joining the number one
guild in China?"
Sigh. Brother and sister.
I pointed at the emblem on my chest.
"I'll have to decline, for I'm already in a guild."
didn't persist like his sister though. He just chuckled.
"Too bad then! Red
Moon told me about it. And she was right. But! Please kindly contact me first
the next time you sell eggs!"
I shook hands with him and left the restaurant. Then I handed
the money to Hawk.
"I need to rest. I'm not sure I can come to the auction,
so don't wait for me. I'll message you if I come."
He nodded. "I'm off too. But you'd better come, just in case. Don't push yourself though."
I said goodbye and logged off. It's 4 in the morning! I'm having
trouble keeping my eyelids open. I can only hope I wake up before the auction
tomorrow. I mean, today.
left my Iron Unit and looked around the dorm room. Empty. So Wayne didn't come
back the whole night. Where did he run off to?
Nevermind. Sleeping time.
was woken up by a series of hysterical cries. I opened my eyes to see Wayne
dancing around beside my bed.
the hell are you losing your mind in the morning??"
I mean, the??"
what what's that robot? Gundam??"
"It's just my new toy! Now keep it down I'm trying to have some
That thing's a toy??"
He won't let go. I can only spend some time to
want a father like that!!"
kicked him away. "You're already richer than most people here!"
as good as my family but he also have several billions in his pocket.
Why are you still sleeping?"
"I'm late!! Get into the game NOW!"
for what?" Wayne has no idea what's happening.
I don't have time to talk
anymore so I just pressed his helmet onto his head.
"Get in there and I'll
explain! Go to the Goddess City!"
I jumped into my Iron Unit and activated
Book 4, Chapter 23
"Boss! I'm in the teleport station. Where
are you? And what's going on anyway?" Wayne started to annoy my ears the
moment we entered the game.
to the auction site in the city center!"
Wayne went on his way, a bit unwillingly.
logged off near the center so it will take some time for Wayne to get here. I
began to search for Hawk in the crowd while giving him a call.
sorry. I slept over! Where are you all?"
inside. Wait we'll go pick you up. We reserved a box with a nice view!"
guy sure knows how to enjoy himself.
cut the chat and saw Big Pot running towards me. "Hey Ziri!"
go my friend!"
I looked around. Big Pot followed my head and looked around
too. "Looking for something?"
have a friend on his way here, let's wait a bit."
came in several minutes. He must had a rough way from all that panting.
on earth happened? Someone asked if my pants is on fire."
get in. You'll see." We then followed Big Pot.
traveled through a stair to the second floor, then a long arch hallway. I can't
see the end of it, it must lead towards inside the auction hall.
We walked to
the door labeled "2179". All the doors are making me dizzy! Countless of
them are stacked close to each other along the hallway, I'd say each two doors
are no farther than a meter away. The rooms behind these door must be small as
I was shocked when I saw the interior. The room is a large, standalone lobby. I
poked my head in and out of the door to check if I'm seeing things right.
called out: "Come here. The room is like those private houses, you know, virtual
I forgot that.
people in the room are all familiar faces. Apart from Hawk and Elfy, Yuri, Razor, Golden
Coin are here, and...Violet! So including me, Wayne and Big Pot, that's nine
people in total.
too late. It's starting!"
a balcony-like structure overseeing the hall below us. The hall isn't really
big from where we're looking, but again, it may have been adjusted to improve
visual. The seats are mostly taken. The event hasn't officially started yet so
people are chit-chatting among themselves which makes the area really noisy. But
it's a lot better inside the box.
personnels are carrying all sorts of stuff onto the stage. Must be the auction
"Hey Hawk, do you know how many items they're selling today?"
don't. I'd guess a lot, from the looks of it."
is our target?"
late." Elfy said while looking at the workers. "They always
reveal good stuff at last to keep the audiences. I'm sure a Nation Treasure
stays far behind, if not the last one. Look, they're starting!"
middle-aged gentleman walked to the center of the stage. According to Hawk, he's
a real-life auctioneer who specifically joined the game today to hold the event.
"Thanks for your patience everyone, the auction shall start right now! Please
look at our first item today."
He snapped his finger. A pair of pretty
guiding girls carried a three-meter-long combat lance to the stage.
"Now pay good attention if you will! Lot one--the [Cloud Piercer]. This is a Knight Lance, Golden rank, Attack
203-271, with amplified damage bonus. A rare weapon at the current stage. We
start off at 10 thousand crystals, increment no less than a thousand each time and must
be the multiples of a thousand. Begin!"
(Equipment below Golden rank
cannot enter auctions)
people competed in chaos until the bid reached 80 thousand!
"It's just a
common lance! They all lost their mind?"
Of course you wouldn't know. Rare equipment is just like companions eggs. 9 out
of 10 level 300 players are still wearing stuff below level 200. Not everyone
is as lucky as you!" Violet answered while calculating something with her
then. You guys watch, I need to catch some more sleep. Wake me up when the
treasure comes up."
I called up the in-game sleep assistant program. This
is the first time I ever use it.
they called me it's already six in the evening.
"It's here?" I asked
Big Pot who just shook me awake.
They're bidding on the second item from last. Clear your head!"
Big Pot gave me a strange look. "Hawk told me this but I want to ask again..."
you sure you're a guy?"
I sent him into the ceiling. "That's my answer."
I humphed and walked
to the balcony. The hall is quiet, only people from the boxes are bidding now. Looks
like all the rich guys stayed behind.
thousand!" The sudden voice from the nearby box made me jump. What the fuc are they trying to buy?
Shit. They're adding by the tens!
thousand crystals. Any more bids?" The auctioneer's throat must be sore
"510 thousand once! Anyone? 510 thousand twice! 510 thousand last. Deal!"
Finally. That leaves the last item.
He personally took a box from the stand, while a
guiding lady took out the robe and displayed it to everyone.
"This is one
part of the Nation Treasure outfit which will be used to activate the nation
defense system in nation wars, [Robe of the Primordial Lord]. Defense 700, doubles
the power of all Taoist skills, 50% element resistance, +25% MP regeneration. It
comes with a passive, [Heaven Barrier]. It automatically triggers your defense
and reduces incoming damage by 20%. Starting bid is 400 thousand crystals. Bidding
rules are the same. Now begin!"
thousand!" Hawk shouted first. This is our plan, we raise the price
quickly at first to scare off the weaker competitors.
A voice from a nearby window made us all jump into the air.
Hawk? How much fund do we have?" I started to think about new plans. There's
someone even crazier!
companions, and the money we collected, that's 1.6 million in total. This
should be enough, I guess."
gave them a grave look. "I don't do much business but I heard a lot about
them from my parents. That man is obviously not considering about the price, he
must be the agent those Japanese players sent here. Their goal is to break up
the treasure set no matter what the cost is, and they will not care how much
money the piece actually worth. They WILL raise the bid like there's no
tomorrow! We need to do something!"
what can we do??" Everyone panicked.
voice came from another box across from us. "1.5 million!"
Violet crashed from her seat.
"This is madness!!" She
crawled up and yelled.
million first call!" The auctioneer is settling up!
gave Hawk a knock on the back. He's already petrified!
"Uhhh 1.6 million!"
SOMEONE CALLED 1.6 MILLION IS THERE ANYONE HIGHER?!"
auctioneer isn't expecting such high prices either. He's waving the hammer like
million!" That's from the room near us.
fell or sat on the ground this time, and nobody in the whole auction center
besides these three rooms are responding anymore.
Hawk helped Elfy stand up.
"I, I need some air! My heart can't take it! I'm not gonna risk my life
like those bastards! Elfy, let's go."
Before he exit the door he turned
back to me. "Do we do it?"
"Get prepared then!"
Looks like we'll have to do it the
bids anyone? 2 million, last call!"
The room across gave a price before
the auctioneer can drop the hammer.
The room shook. People fell again.
I'm sweating hard. Who the
fuc are those guys??
million!" The adjacent room lit it up.
I see groups of people
running towards the exits while holding their chests. The auction is giving out
a lot of heart attacks tonight.
opposite room didn't give up. "2.6 million!"
price race is slowing down, which means the result will come any second now.
contacted Hawk. "Hawk, speak to that Arch Necromancer guy, we need to know
who bought the piece as fast as we can!"
know. I'm right beside him. He's losing it too! The price must hit him too hard.
We'll know the name the moment the auction ends!"
million!" Came from the room nearby.
A third voice came up. "3 million!"
Someone else showed up! Now this
gonna be fun.
I talked to Hawk again. "Stay put, we got new situation. The
price will keep rising. Watch over the guy don't let him faint!"
already did!" Hawk sounds depressed. "I'll try to wake him. You watch
over the auction!"
million!" The room nearby is raising the bid again.
Where did they come
from?? 3.1 million crystals. That's like, 4.5 million solid US dollars!
million!" It's the new voice.
I spit the tea I just drank. The
auctioneer dropped his glasses and the guiding lady holding the robe almost
tripped on her feet.
Big Pot pinched his own face. "For real? 4 million??
They're just, insane! Did someone from the central bank decide to play the game??"
the participants in the hall are restless now.
million!" The nearby window dropped another bomb. More people are now heading
outside while carrying those who can't walk anymore.
"That's money I say! Real
money! And this is just a freaking game!!"
million!" It's the new voice. This is getting beyond out of hand. No one
expected this to happen.
million!" The voice nearby began to sound uneasy. They won't last long now.
million!" The new comer is clenching teeth. Both sides are at their limit.
million!" The first voice sounds broken.
hall stayed silent for a while. The new voice never came again.
spaced out for a minute before he remembered his job.
"6.5 million, first
time. Anyone? 6.5 million second time. 6.5 million last call! Alright,
million!!" A female voice appeared.
The auctioneer tried to stop his
hammer which caused him to stumble off the stage.
room nearby didn't even hesitate.
My legs gave out. No one is sitting on their seat anymore. 15 million dollars!!
What kind of lunatic--
Get ready it's almost over! Is he awake?? Someone bid 10 million crystals, I
don't think anyone will keep up!"
here! The name is--[Smoker]! Do it!!"
I used my Star Gaze. The target has already moved to another
city. He must be prepared.
Too bad your enemy is me!
"I found him. At the
do you mean far land?"
a city! The city is called the Far Land. He got teleport scrolls. Come now!"
were waiting at the teleport station. Now waiting for you!"
I told the location to the rest of the people and teleported. I saw Hawk, Elfy,
Golden Coin and Razor standing outside the station.
I pointed to one direction and moved, while keep checking my
After some distance, we saw an Assassin running ahead, that's the target!
the plan?" Hawk asked with a worried voice.
guys leave the city and find an open space, tell me the coordinates. I'll
teleport that guy over there!"
Hawk led the others away, while I kept following. He's
running fast. Someone must be waiting for him to deliver the goods.
So this man
must be the traitor! I was hoping someone else can help preserve the treasure. But
now it looks like the Japanese won the upper hand.
I know that's an enemy
because an ordinary Chinese player doesn't need to run like this while trying
to send the item to someone else.
pinged me soon. "Ziri! Here! The location!"
I lunged at the Assassin and successfully grabbed his waist. I
activated my teleport ring and appeared...inside a crowd?
I entered the wrong
numbers in the chaos and teleported to another city!
The Assassin jumped and
tried to get away. I reached for him, planning to teleport again.
have good attributes but the Assassin is still a bit faster. More importantly
his level is higher!
"Night Shade!" I know how to catch you!
think about it, why am I always rampaging inside cities on a horse these days??
target after several turns. Damn it.
I used my Star Gaze again. Wait, our
coordinates are exactly the same?
I raised my head and saw him hanging on a
rope above me.
quickly dropped down when he realized it.
"You aren't getting away!" I
took out my lance. "[Heart Piercer]!"
The tip exploded into several
pieces while hurting some of the bystanders. But that's not my concern now.
of the pieces caught the Assassin. I pulled on the lance and dragged him down
on the ground.
Shade charged and stomped at him. The attack only broke the stone floor, the Assassin
dodged away with a side roll.
"Phantom Knights! Catch him!"
my honored steed!!" The knight leader is super excited for some reason.
group of knights moved in unite but the Assassin jumped into a hotel nearby. That's
not going to stop these violent mayhem makers though. They crouched on their
horses and simply rode into the building!
Sigh. Guess I'll have to follow.
sent me a message. "What happened?"
reached the wrong place! Still after him!"
Do you need us?" Elfy sounds worried too.
yet! I got enough helpers! Give me a moment!"
Phantom Knights chased the Assassin to the second floor. Their horses can climb
stairs! Again, I should worry about that later.
We didn't see anyone on the
One of the knight pointed to the rooftop across the street.
The knight leader controlled his horse and leaped over to the roof. And every
member followed his lead!
looked at Night Shade. "Well?"
Night Shade hopped across the broad street
like it's nothing. The rooftop is not flat but all the war horses galloped
after the Assassin without slowing down in one bit.
I used my crossbow on my right hand. I may not hit him but
it will affect his speed.
We're getting closer. He realized that the terrain won't
stop us so he just jumped back to the ground again.
summoned Rosa and Phantom. "Phantom, control. Rosa, rope him up!"
floated ahead but quickly went back to me again. "Master, he has something
that would resist me. I can't get in."
Nevermind then. Just merge with me and give me some speed."
is shifting through all kinds of small alleys and dense crowds which makes it
really hard to catch him.
When he turned his head to check on us again, several
tentacles flew towards him. He avoided them with a backflip.
following. A broken trail appeared on the stone floor and began to move, while
causing the stone blocks to scatter everywhere. A big gap is now left behind where
Rosa marched. We followed behind.
Knights, lances ready!" The leader finally gave the order.
A series of
lances completely blocked the entrance to an alleyway where the Assassin just
planned to go in. He quickly turned to another direction. I summoned Dart and
asked him to block his only exit.
Now I got you!
Ten knights circled him up.
"Hand over the item and I'll let you go, son. Why
are you helping the Japanese?"
didn't answer. I can see he's trying to log off, but I hit him before and he
can't do it in battle status.
I charged and grabbed him again. This time I
successfully teleported us to Hawk's location.
Coin is already prepared. She
spammed her [Steal] before the Assassin can figure out what's going on. And she's
a pro! I thought we'd have some trouble taking the loot but Coin lifted the
target within 10 sec.
this it?" Coin displayed the robe to us on her hand. "Looks nice!"
it. Yours now." I told her. "It's from the same series as your boots. Don't
lose it. And don't you dare sell it! If you can help us with our plans in Japan,
I can try to collect the whole set for you."
meant it? Deal!"
She seems a bit worried though. She saw the auction. That
thing's 15 million bucks!
"I don't really like them either. And since you
gave me this...I'm all in!"
went over to us. "Aha! That was too easy."
"It's just luck. I can't choose which item I take you know. Wait, you're
not thinking that I can steal stuff on free will right? If I can I'd definitely
'clean up' Ziri first! His armor looks so good! Haha-- Uh, I was joking!"
we're celebrating over the treasure, the Assassin began to cry.
the fuc?" I moved back. I don't want to bump into another Assassin who can
steal my equipment.
boss will kill me for this!!"
Yup, I see tears. He's crying for real.
boss? A Japanese man I guess?" Elfy is smart as ever.
[Smoker] but you knew it. The money I used is from the boss, he exchanged those
crystals with his own real money! And yes he's Japanese. When he saw the
Chinese-only thing he asked me to buy the item for him. And you took it
away! He will kill me for sure!"
chill. This is China, not Iraq. It's not like anyone can try to kill you when
they want. Worst scenario, you get fired. I can give you a better job if that's
not all!!" He cried harder. "They sent my wife and my mother to Japan
yesterday to prevent me from escaping with the money! The boss only said he
wanted to thank me for my work so he can give my family a vacation. Now I know
they are taking them as hostages!! Help me!! Waaaaah--!"
Elfy stomped the ground. "Ziri?"
me your address and phone, and their names. I'll help you get them back."
His face is totally ruined by all the crying.
I got this."
I told him to log off and keep the situation from his boss
"Tell him that you're being tracked by Chinese players so you
logged to avoid them. Just delay. I'll do the work, and I'll tell you when I
quickly logged off and contacted my father. This is human lives we're
talking about, I don't want to cause real accidents.
Father came up with an
idea soon when he heard the story. Dragon Fate doesn't have much influence in
Japan but saving a pair of common civilians should be no problem. He told me to
leave the matter to him and concentrate on the infiltration plan.
He also gave
me a mouthful for wasting too much asset on the Iron Unit last time before I
hang up. I just gave him silly laughs. I already brought them, he can't take
them back now.
has left when I logged back again. They really need some sleep, that's about 30
hours without proper rest.
The only people in the online list are...Wayne and
Coin. I called Wayne to level together but he said he need to hang out with
myself then. I asked around the Far Land city and was told that the city is
built between the sea line and a desert. This is the east most part of the
Chinese game region, and that's how it's named.
sea huh? I wonder if I can swim in there.
Forget it. I decided to go to the
desert first. Unknown means dangerous. The sea won't run away. I'll check it
immediate outside of the city is covered in grass. I can see the desert from
here, but there's still a distance.
When I reached the desert I saw a lot of
camels, and groups and active players.
low leveled Warrior is being chased by a wild camel. I may as well ask him for information.
I locked the camel up with a fire ring and killed it with several lightning
skills. It's not a strong monster, only level 300 or so.
alright?" I helped the Warrior up from the sand.
fine-- Woah!" He froze up upon seeing my face. And I know the reason. Sigh.
hey! Anyone there?" I waved my hand in front of his eyes to call his soul
it's fine. I'm male by the way. Keep staring if you want. Can you tell me what
are all these players doing?"
trying to catch camels." His sight isn't moving away from my face, which means he
didn't believe me.
them of course." He explained. "They act as mounts. They're weaker
than horses buy they move faster in the desert. Ordinary horses will sink into
I began to march into the desert. The Warrior yelled from
behind to ask if I want to team up. Well of course not. I kinda know what he
I pretended that I didn't hear him, summoned Night Shade and ran as
fast as we can.
Book 4, Chapter 24
As the Warrior said, the terrain isn't nice
to horses. Or nightmares. Night Shade soon began to have trouble lifting his
hooves. We could only choose paths that looks more solid. All the camel riders
would run past us at ease. Now I know why they're called the ships of the
I had to de-summon Night Shade and walk on my own. I can move faster this way!
sun feels terrible but I must admit the scenery here looks quite equisite.
feet suddenly sunk. Damn it, quicksand!
Poom. A tentacle
shot out of the surface while lifting up a lot of sand. Looks like the soft
area is quite suitable for Rosa to move around.
The tentacle pulled me to
safety. I'm seeing fewer players now, probably because the deeper part can be
I heard a faint cry. But it's coming from...underground? It sounds
followed the voice, ran over a small dune and saw it's source. An Assassin is
struggling in the sand. He wears a strange shaped mask which covered his face, so I can only see
his eyes and a small portion of his mouth. I have no idea what he's wearing
because he's immersed under the sand. Only one of his hand and the head are
I jumped off the dune. "Don't move! It will kill you faster!" (*)
heard me and stopped moving. I ordered Rosa to stretch a tentacle towards
him. Even Rosa can't enter the quicksand area so we can only pull him from far
He grasped the tentacle and we successfully pulled
for that! I thought I'm done for." He sat on the ground and breathed
heavily. "I'm [Merciless Heart], a Killer. Just call me Merciless. May I
know your name, maam?"
Ziri. Male. Don't call me maam or I'll throw you back in there."
tell him my class. He can guess on his own. I don't like lying anyway.
usually don't level up in deserts?"
didn't question me, probably because he believed I'd throw him into the sand for
"I'm not leveling." He stood up. And woah this guy's tall. That's
at least 180 centis. He looks good too. But that body doesn't look really
strong because of those assassin tights. Jealous. I'm only 172, I look miserable
when standing beside him.
"I got a quest which needs me to kill some monsters here and
discover the hidden desert road."
sounds fun. What's the reward?"
thousand crystals, an egg and a champion badge." He didn't keep any secret.
"But it's a unique quest. If I accept it then no one else can. You can
team up if you wish. The quest said I'll need a lot of helpers. It will not
give us any extra reward so I tried coming here alone."
I join you I will share the loot you know?"
saved me, let's consider it a thank-you. Besides if I die the
quest will fail."
He sent a team request without waiting for my answer.
I accepted it.
quest recorder beeped. Yup, I got the quest too. The destination is not far. We'll
reach it soon according to the map. The description didn't say much so I can
only ask Merciless again.
"What monsters are we fighting?"
think they're called [Army Bugs] or something." He shook his head. "I don't know
what they look like yet. this is only the third time I actually come to a
So he wandered here without knowing what he's doing? I got the feeling that
this will not be easy. Considering the rarity of companions eggs, this quest
must be really difficult. And the money reward is not bad either. It even
mentioned that a team is required. So it either involves something that needs a
lot of teamwork, or a strong boss which is impossible to face alone.
still came on his own! I should have asked for more information before I joined
"Did you ask for any information around the place before you
I can just come and see for myself."
A total quest noob!
I can't quit now. I saw the penalty for failing the quest, I'll
need to pay a lot of items plus losing a level. Fuk. I should have used my
here!" Merciless stopped abruptly.
what?" I'm still worrying about the bad outcome in my mind. "Already?"
there." He pointed to a burrow located on a sand dune ahead.
carefully approached the burrow and poked our heads inside. Nothing, it's all
Something caught our attention behind us, and we jumped
when we looked back. It's a pale brown colored monster that looks like a crab. Luckily
it's also shocked to see us. It must be intelligent. I've noticed from previous
experience that intelligent monsters can sometimes get distracted or surprised,
while dumb ones just charge at people without thinking.
drew my sword and moved to the monster. I'd hope to keep my identity a secret
but protecting my life is more important.
I swept at its legs instead of
attacking its body, since that shell looks pretty hard. Cutting its thin legs
is a better choice now.
sword easily broke six of its legs. Obviously it never learned how to stand
just using two legs so it collapsed down with a BONG.
dragged the dumbfounded Merciless and ran away. He recovered soon and ran even
faster than me. But neither of us made it to safety.
giant wave of sand was pushed into the air. The dune disappeared, and now more
than 300 monsters are standing at the place. They're bigger than the one we
just met. They look like those hairy tarantula spiders found in forests, each
one is no smaller than a water buffalo!
took out his dagger. "Careful now. [Desert Tarantula], level 507. They don't
usually stay in big groups but we must be really unlucky today."
you know that monster I just cut?"
I already identified it. And I know this
will end badly the moment I heard the name of these monsters.
But they look so different!"
bad then! It's the truth!"
I'm already thinking up plans. Using Lucky to
strike from above may be a good idea.
something else went wrong before I can make the move. The ground shook. Then a
black, smooth, half-sphere shaped object appeared behind the spiders. And I
recognized it! That mirror-like back...Iron Beetle! So they can live in desert
small bump raised quickly, followed by its body. Then a second, a third Iron
Now this is serious trouble. We wandered into a monster nest.
the hell are those??" Merciless doesn't know about the beetles.
Beetle], level 650, with insane defense! You aren't gonna damage them!"
kidding? What about that thing behind us?"
I turned back and, sat on the ground. The burrow we saw is
completely gone. An Iron Beetle, three times larger than the other ones, is
standing there! I don't need to use my skill to know that it must be an Iron
"I got an idea!"
I run ahead while Merciless reacted a bit slower. The beetle king
breathed a green flame beam, Merciless simply disappeared.
kept running. My private chat came up.
"Ziri? I was killed!"
know! That thing's at least 700, insta-killing a squishy class is too easy for it! Now leave me alone I'm trying to survive here!"
I cut the chat.
The spiders are already hot on my tail. I can't get away without Night Shade!
I jumped onto his back. The ground is a killing zone!
Lucky can take off, a white object flew towards us. It hit Lucky but didn't do
But it locked us onto the ground!
That's a lump of spider silk. Countess silk wires are attached behind Lucky's
body, and a group of smaller spiders are pulling on them, keeping us in place!
come out!!" I summoned all of the companions and servants. I can't get
away so I have to fight it!
quickly cast a fire wall, separating the monster group from us for the moment, while
burning the web away. I called the Phantom Knight leader over and began to
"Take your knights and block those Iron Beetles. Phiona, use
your AoE fire skills inside monster crowds. Loong'er, can you do something to
prevent the beetle king from moving?"
can use my sealing spell but it will only last for a short while."
it then! Lock up the monster king. Phantom come with me. Rosa, disrupt their
movement, and pick out the small spiders when you can! Dart, run around the
monsters and distract them. Night Shade... stay far and support us with your
spells. Lucky attack with me! Let's do it!"
cancelled her fire wall and began to use massive burning skills. Blue flame
covered a huge area, causing the spiders to run amok.
"Lucky, dragon fire!"
That's a perfect skill when the enemies are stuffed together.
released a fire beam and cleared out a straight path across the monster group. The
Phantom Knights took the chance and sprinted through the monsters. They can't
use their horses now but they're already fast on their own.
When the path got
filled up by monsters again, the knights are already closing in on the other
Iron Beetles. I took off my wizard robe. No need for that now.
I drew my double
swords and jumped into the spider horde
went airborne and helped me clear monsters nearby, I moved towards the
legless spider queen while killing anything in my path. The tarantulas realized
my intention and all moved to intercept, which only helped Lucky to get more
kills with his dragon breath. Each flame beam would kill or hurt a dozen spiders.
bigger spider jumped from the horde. I'm defending myself from all the other
ones in front of me and I don't have time to block this one!
I hope I'm a
spider now. If I have eight legs--gah!
thrust the dragon tooth sword in my right hand into a spider's maw. Green fluid
covered my face. The sword is stuck in the corpse. I simply gave it up, aimed
my hand at the falling spider and released my dragon cord.
Pssh! The spider is
split into half. Another wave of green blood showered me from head to toe.
spun around while waving the dragon cord in a full circle, creating a series of
green fountains around me. I just realized the cords are better weapons now! But
it's not perfect. Cutting stuff with the cords will consume my MP. That circle
attack did kill a lot of spiders but it only left me with less than 20 MP!
spider jumped towards me. I can't use the cord now so I used a Soul Chaser bolt
instead. It's a waste but I don't have choice now!
The bolt went through the
spider. I shot another bolt, a common one this time, and hurt another jumping
I'm trying to finish off the second one, a giant force pressed me onto the
ground. A tarantula got onto my back!
But it soon disappeared. I turned to see
Lucky's tail just did a perfect homerun. He tried to sweep away more spiders. It
didn't work well because there are too many!
some stressful fighting I noticed my burden is being relieved somehow. The spiders are
I looked around and saw the Phantom Knights coming towards me. The
Iron Beetles are all corpses!
sneaked under the spider queen and wrapped his tentacles around it. Poof! The
entire body of the spider was dragged underground. I don't know if that's
enough to kill it because I don't have time to check. My EXP bar is already flying
due to all the kills.
knights reached me. These spiders are completely defenseless against them due
to the big level gap. They are killing these bugs like primary schoolers
playing with ants. Compared to them, I'm in pretty bad shape. Cuts and holes
are everywhere on my body and my HP and MP are already at bottom. I don't carry
much healing items on me since my companions can share their HP with me. Now I
regretted it. I need to at least keep some stock.
I saw the Beetle King breaking out of Loong'er's spell. My
alert is a bit late, three Phantom Knights running in the back are knocked
flying by the giant monster which is even bigger than Lucky.
HP nearly got emptied. I immediately un-summoned them. Servants can't get revived, I
can't lose them!
The other seven knights scattered apart, the Beetle King
charged straight towards me. And it obviously doesn't tell enemies and
allies. Some spiders on the way all got squashed.
it can reach me, Lucky charge over and parried its giant body. Lucky is then
sent flying and rolled on the sand for some distance. It's too strong!
flashed above us.
"[Thunder], level 10!"
A thick lightning pillar hit
the beetle on the back. It didn't do any significant damage!
Rosa killed the spider queen!" Phantom spoke.
All the other tarantulas
escaped faster then they came. That's at least a relief. I got two whole levels
in the fight. I don't know the exact number but the sand around us is totally
soaked in green.
Beetle King is the only monster left. I took the chance and scoped it with my
[Gold Beetle], level 900.
Attacks carry poison effect.
Talent skill [Strong Acid
Spit], damage 120, causes continuous damage for 1,200 seconds.
Spell Resistance 45%.
That's a fucking tank!!
skill looks deadly. And what the hell are those question marks? There's
something even Star Gaze can't detect?
the only breather I can get. The beetle is charging again.
swept down and dragged me into the air. The beetle raised its head, a ruby-like
object on its forehead flashed before a red beam of light hit Phiona.
crashed on the sand again. What the fuc was that, laser weapon??
remaining Phantom Knights threw their lances. Unlike against Iron Beetles, the lances
only produced metal sounds without piercing the hard shell.
are you alright?"
She can't stand up anymore. I had to un-summon her. Oh
fuck you Merciless. You might as well call yourself Brainless!! This is no solo
quest. You need to bring an entire guild to do it!
is not going to help. I need to get out of this!
I asked the Phantom Knights
to form up. They're the only reliable force now. The beetle's HP bar was chipped
away quite a lot. So the lances aren't completely ineffective. Level 900 means
it's only 50 levels higher than the knights. Seven knights will still cause
some solid damage to it.
knight leader charged ahead first.
But the beetle got another secret weapon!
a clash, the leader flew backwards which took all the other six members to
catch him. Apart from six legs, the beetle has an extra pair of fore limbs as
Book 4, Chapter 25
Different from other Iron Beetles, this
thing has a pair of highly developed fore limps. And they're obviously weapons! They have been folded close to the beetle's chest part until we see them.
They're long. The outer part has a structure like a bone
hammer, and the inside is sharp, jagged blade. They are like mantis scythes
equipped with hard rock!
knight leader was knocked away by that hammer part. And now the limbs are
completely stretched in front of us. The hammer is located a bit below the
pointy tip. A stab of that thing could prove lethal.
The beetle rubbed its two
limbs against each other like knife and fork, as if someone is planning to
enjoy a feast!
recalled Dart and Night Shade. They won't help here. Phiona is down, so she's
out. And only 7 out of 10 Phantom Knights...
This is not good.
The beetle slashed the scythe at me. I dodged it by putting myself
against the ground, but the other one stabbed downward and there's no way I can avoid this one!
Loong'er dropped from
above and entangled her own body onto the scythe. Then she began to release
electricity. I didn't expect she can do that kind of move like a shock eel.
released dozens of tentacles and wrapped them around the beetle with several
layers. Some of them pulled on its six legs.
lunged and sunk his fangs into where the beetle's head is connected with the
body. It's the only part without any hard shell. Usually that spot is not
easily reached since the beetle can hide it by raising its head. He revealed that
weakness because of all the distractions.
Phantom Knights all went up with their lances. These experienced fighters are
good at picking out vulnerable parts--they stabbed at the joints on the legs
which are less protected compared to elsewhere.
crawled up and pressed my dragon lance against the beetle's head.
Boom! I was knocked away by the blast power of my own skill.
beetle suddenly raised. The first one to get hurt is Rosa, all the tentacles
were torn up one after one!
Then it retracted its scythes. Loong'er got locked inside the blade
and shrieked in pain.
Her voice stopped soon. With a Snap! The beetle completely
closed up its fore limbs, slicing Loong'er's body into several pieces. Golden
blood showered down on me and the knights who were trying to help her.
heart stopped for a bit. I know they can be revived but...this hurts.
can react, the scythes bounced open again. The bone hammers knocked away two
Phantom Knights as if they're toy figures. I tried to catch one of them and was
then sent flying by the enormous force as well. Thank god the sand is soft so the landing didn't
hurt us further.
has completely climbed onto the beetle and won't release his bite. The beetle
tried to reach for Lucky but realized his limbs aren't long enough. It shook
violently, without success, so it can only jump and spin in place.
it knows I'm the master of Lucky so the beetle simply charged at me again. That giant
body, added with Lucky's weight, is now causing an earthquake. The Phantom
Knights tried to distract it from behind.
heard Phantom's voice. "Don't worry master. Loong'er is coming back soon!"
A dark cloud appeared in the sky and Loong'er emerged from it. I forgot about
Phiona's special skill which is shared to everyone. We can get revived for once! Watching Loong'er die like that really disrupted my mind.
Can I use my new skill?" Loong'er talked to me while swimming in the cloud.
does it do? Nevermind just do it!"
went back into the cloud and disappeared. The piece of dark cloud grew bigger, until
it covered a huge area of the sky above our heads. I think this can be a good move when
I want to escape from the harsh sunlight!
thunder came from the cloud, then a lightning came down and hit the ground. It's
pretty far from the beetle, so the skill's accuracy is poor?
I'm wondering if
we can hit the beetle at all when more lightening pillars appeared non-stop.
cheese 'n' rice! This is literally a "thunder storm"! Countless
lightening strikes rained down from the cloud and swept through the entire
battlefield, hitting everything inside including me and my team.
the spell doesn't hurt friendlies. Electric arcs ran all over my armor but I'm
not feeling anything.
On the other hand, the Gold Beetle is now burnt into a
ladybug with god knows how many spots.
Lucky is still hanging on the beetle's neck.
I can see Lucky's HP almost empty.
dark cloud didn't go away when the lightening stopped. Instead, large water
drops began to pour on us. A rainstorm followed the lightening attack, a big
one! I'm surprised when I see my HP bar getting filled up, same for my team. The
rain can heal us!
a plant, Rosa must loved the weather. His damaged tentacles all recovered. Numerous
of them emerged from the ground and wrapped onto the beetle again.
beetle started to draw in air, and its belly is growing. It's going the breath
called everyone to retreat. Lucky should be safe for now, since the beetle won't
be throwing that fire onto its own back.
The beetle stopped breathing. But it
didn't use fire, it let out a greenish fluid instead.
The first victim is
Rosa again. The liquid melted most of the tentacles in an instant like strong
A Phantom Knight was knocked into the attack. His armor
immediately disappeared! I quickly unsummoned him. This is bionic acid damn it!
the knights ran away from the terrible attack. Their armor can be restored
after some time but their lives cannot. It's not wise to keep fighting upfront
I'm un-summoning all the knights, the beetle turned its head and brought the
acid stream towards me! There's no time to avoid. The only thing I can do is to
lower my mask and cover my face.
The green, viscous slime engulfed me for good.
I heard some "fizzzzz" sound. Then I lifted my hand and checked. Weird,
apart from all the smoke, I'm not receiving any damage.
I looked at my equipment
durability. Nope, nothing.
I cried in joy. The Dark Dragon Lord armor is immune to acid! Which means the
beetle's last resort can't hurt me at all!
Wahhahaha! Meet your doom today, bug!!
attack stopped. I don't know if it's because the beetle realized my
resistance or it used up its liquid stock. But it didn't give up. It followed up with a
green flame attack. This time I intentionally took the attack head-on.
bug. Your breath weapons all aren't gonna work.
The beetle then began to rotate that
strange looking mouthpart. I saw two holes hidden under it.
I was then
knocked flying by a great force. My HP dropped alarmingly. Two more hits like that will
What was that?"
don't know. Maybe the hammer?"
That thing can't reach this far!"
spoke from above: "I think it spit something from its mouth. But I didn't
added: "Rosa said he sensed something flying just above the surface!"
beetle's belly grew and shrank. I'm blasted away again. I saw it this time! The
bastard can use air cannon. Those holes must be its nose or something. It compresses
the air inside its body and releases it with great speed. And it's powerful!
I'm getting ready to dodge a third air shot, that ruby flashed again. It's going to use
its laser weapon instead.
Oh come on, this thing's a freaking mobile artillery battery! It's
acting more and more like a real tank!
beetle didn't actually use any of the weapons. It began to dig the
sand and...went underground! The hole was quickly covered up by the
surrounding sand. Lucky can't survive underground so he could only give up his
position and flew into the air. Now our only effective damage won't work!
Give me its position!"
Can this fight become more complicated?? Jesus.
Phantom can translate Rosa's message, the sand in front of us rose, then the
ground shook. A stream of dark green liquid sprayed out and soaked a large area
don't need Phantom to tell me now cause I saw it from the system. Rosa was
easily killed by the beetle! So the green liquid was Rosa's blood!
the revived Rosa. He'll only be killed again if he remains there.
series of long needles suddenly emerged from under my feet. I rolled aside to
avoid them. Another needle array immediately followed to where I landed. I
opened my wings to dodge this time.
This will be troublesome.
beetle lost target and stayed motionless for a while, then needles erupted
under one of the Phantom Knights. All the knights avoided the attack by turning
How do we attack this thing like this?? Rosa is our only member that can move
underground and he can't do anything.
summoned Phiona again. She looks better after the rest.
"Can you set fire
under the surface? The bug escaped there!"
me try!" Phiona circled around in the sky for a bit and quickly dived into
sand started to shift, and we can already see the surface turning red. The
ground shook again. Then a bump appeared, followed by the beetle's giant body.
"There you are stupid bug. Phiona, get out of there!" I recalled
Phiona and prepared to confront the annoying enemy again.
team is pretty battered up but I can see from my Star Gaze that the beetle
doesn't have much HP left now. Lucky did most of the damage by tearing up its
neck. We're almost there!
I should try to capture it after all these effort. I'm glad this idea came up
in time or I'll kill it any time soon.
concentrated my magic onto the gem on my forehead and summoned the Dragon Wasp
swarm. I ordered them to attack anywhere on the beetle that looks soft. The
beetle may be powerful but it doesn't have much to counter these tiny killers. It
tried to use its air cannon, and it's like using artillery to shoot mosquitoes,
just won't work. Looks like being big isn't all about advantage.
watched as its HP dropped to about 20. The beetle is already having a hard time
standing straight. I de-summoned the wasps as the beetle finally fell, then I
asked Dart to hit it using plain attacks. Dart's Attack is not near enough to
penetrate that Defense so he can only do 1 damage each time. And that's just
what I needed.
We stopped at 1 HP. Now there's no better chance to capture
such an impressive companion.
a dozen tries, the beetle turned into a green egg. I didn't hesitate to drop my
blood on it. A pitch-black miniature Gold Beetle cracked the shell and crawled
out. Oh shoot. It's black again. Every companion of mine is black except Dart. Actually
Dart is only white on the outside, if I smooth his fur aside I'll see the black
skin beneath. This demonize effect on me is a headache.
beetle on my hand is only about a foot long. That's no problem since I'm sure
it'll grow to its full size in the future. I named the little bug as [Tank], cause
that's literally what it is!
Beetle], rank level 900 (current level 0)
Attacks carry poison effect.
Talent skill [Strong Acid Spit],
damage 120, causes continuous damage for 1,200 seconds.
Physical Resistance 50%,
Magical Resistance 45%.
not all its skills. Maybe I need to level it up to activate them. Should be easy
enough. Companions level faster, it is usually my own level that restricts
their levels in the end. And the fact that I always ask them to kill monsters
for me only makes it more obvious.
Now I think about it, I've already have a
good number of companions. Lucky, Phiona, Loong'er, Night Shade, Phantom, Rosa,
Dart and now Tank...That's 8 of them. My slot limit is 9. I should be careful
with it. It's a good thing that everyone I captured so far turned out to be strong helper. I'm still relying on the Phantom Knights to soak most of the damage
now but I think these Boss level companions will become the actual heavy
hitters when I get my level high enough.
private chat interrupted my thoughts. It's from...Merciless?
saw the quest done, and I already claimed the reward. Come here and I'll give
you your share."
Ohh, nice. Usually most people will just run with the spoil in
keep them. I'll just consider this as a level campaign. I got three levels in
two hours! If I find more of these quests I can try go for the top of the rank."
no!" He became...excited? "Come and take them. You did the whole
quest, I don't want to just be a tour guide or something!"
Wait for me then."
I looked around the battlefield for any good drops. Nope.
I spent some time searching around and only discovered all sorts of trash. There
are over a thousand items lying on the ground, most of them are necklaces! Why
the hell did they only drop one type of equipment? Are those spiders fond of
Well shoot. I'm short on money anyway, so any reward is
welcomed. I managed to pick up every single item thanks to my patience. That
felt like a homeless scavenger. Owww, my back... (*)
as I'm finished, Merciless pinged me again.
"What are you doing bud? Did
you fall into another pit?"
"Very funny. I'm picking money!"
The place is full of junk. Maybe 10 crystals or so."
I can't help it. I
owe people big time! I do have those money from selling the companion eggs but
that's far from enough!
mean, all those monsters only dropped useless common equipment?" Merciless
exclaimed in surprise.
"Worse. They are all necklaces, about 700 of them. All trash, as in, the likes
that give you one bonus attribute point or two. The rest are random weapons or
other parts with one or two bonuses. Not even one valuable piece."
mouth fell open. "Wait wait wait you're not joking right? 700, necklaces??"
"Yeah. What's wrong? Let me see, small ones, big ones, colorful ones, for
men and for women or for orcs. All kinds of them. I can give you a dozen or two
for free if you want them."
I mean, just come back! I'll explain it in front of you."
teleported to the station in the Far Land city. I sent Merciless a private chat
to find out he's waiting for me at the city gate. He ran towards the station, panting.
"You have recall scrolls? I thought you were going to come back on foot."
the NPC shop? I need to sell this mess."
He sent me a trade request and put a companion egg, a champion badge and 10k
crystals in it. "Take them!"
glanced at the items. "I'll take the money, you keep the egg and badge."
only took the egg off. "Just take them. I already earned big. I have my
rules you know!"
then." I confirmed. The badge gives you +1 Luck and 10% HP
regeneration speed. Not too shabby.
"Here, have a necklace as a souvenir."
did you get this thing? I mean, you are carrying a whole bunch of them right?"
as I said, about 700 of them. All similar ones, they give you one or two
attribute point bonus. Not very useful."
Woah the dude's eyeballs gonna stick out.
"They give you
BASE attributes! The points you set up upon character creation! Do you know how
much actual bonus you'll get, with all the other multipliers??"
I picked out a necklace with a "+1 Luck" and equipped it. All
my base attributes became 14! Holy moses. This is almost Artifact level! (**)
rich! Thank goodness I didn't discard or sell them. Looks like I
know how to get rid of my debt crisis now!
watched as I giggled like an idiot. "Are you alright?"
I'm totally fine!" I wiped my saliva clean. "Let's go celebrate!"
(*) It happened again. The author forgot his auto-loot bracelet. Please just ignore these logic bugs.
(**) The MC has something that modifies all his base attribute points to the same level as the highest one.