A want is a small ornate stick you hold in your hand and use to focus magic. You are thinking of a staff.
35: Trump Card
opened his eyes just in time to see a confrontation between the Four Emperors.
The fight was likely to occur at any moment.
are you going to start a war?” shouted Cross.
five months or now makes no difference to me. Nah, the sooner, the better for
me. I’m too lazy to wait that long.” Zero increased his power again.
could hardly swallow his saliva. Today, he had prepared an army just for
capturing and public executing Sila. Thus, his army only consisted of
newly-recruit guildmembers around here. Meanwhile, he had left all of his
vice-leaders to protect guild’s branches from Montra’s possible sneak attack
just in case. With his current troops, he was aware that they could take down
neither Lone Wolf nor Zero.
reason he had to prepare his guild to protect itself from Montra was that both
he and Montra were just working together for mutual benefit. There was no
evidence that Montra wouldn’t use this opportunity to backstab him.
course, Montra also thought the same way. So the army of the Heavenly Dragon
Guild today wasn’t that high, both in quantity and quality.
were only working together on the surface. In fact, the two of them were still
looking for an opportunity to take on each other in order to reduce other’s war
potential before the war event starts.
challenge you guys to a duel, one on one,” Cross suggested.
on one? And why should I listen to you? Since you guys called us an unjust
side, how about Lone Wolf and me gang up on you together, Cross?” said Zero.
did you just say?” Cross’s face turned pale. If he really was ganged up by both
Lone Wolf and Zero, he would surely lose. “Anyway, I still have Montra by my
side. It’s going to be a two-on-two battle.”
Cross, are you able to trust Montra that much? Let me tell you something.
Montra is like a viper. If there’s a chance, he’ll kill you by his own hand, or
at least he won’t hesitate to let you die by yourself.”
the way, if we are to die here, there’ll be no problem for us, unlike you
guys.” Lone Wolf added a comment.
turned his head to Montra whom still stood still expressionlessly. Cross was
showing a worry expression. It was absolutely like Zero had said. He and Montra
didn’t trust each other that much. If he dies, Montra would only be glad.
before a war event like this, they couldn’t be afforded to die. Otherwise, the
morale of their guildmates would drop.
guild’s structures were supported by influence and benefit. For Cross, if he
couldn’t show that he still had a power to provide benefit to his subordinates,
his guild would begin to break down by itself without anyone having to
for Montra, he had declared himself as the strongest player in Monster Soul.
With his influence, the Heavenly Dragon guild’s deeds would always be deemed as
righteous. No one would dare to interfere, and no one would dare to say that
the Heavenly Dragon Guild is evil. Thus, if Montra were to be defeated here,
this structure would collapse instantly. His guild’s members would be in a
state of chaos.
the other hand, Lone Wolf and Zero were different. Although Lone Wolf is the
leader of Victorious Wolves Sect, a much smaller guild than other two, his
guild had its own strong point. His guildmates are players who gathered just by
Lone Wolf’s bravery and kindness. They didn’t get much benefit or
whatsoever. It could even be said that they are just a group of people admiring
Lone Wolf. Thus, even if Lone Wolf were to die one or ten times, the number of
his guild’s member wouldn’t decrease even by half.
to say, for Zero, as he was a guildless player, he was freed to die without
caring about the people behind him.
I agree with Cross, we should fight one on one,” said Montra. His word drew the
attention of all people toward him.
don’t have any right to propose how we should fight, Montra,” said Zero.
I wouldn’t have. But today I have one.” Montra said while gesturing to Sila who
was sitting on the ground. “That’s it”
had the same idea as Cross. He mustn’t die here. But Montra could see through
this situation better than Cross. He’s using Sila as his pawn. The pawn that he
could get rid of whenever he wanted.
you guys attack us together, all the troops here will slaughter Sila and I’ll
order Five Warlords and the Heavenly Dragon Guild’s troops to wait for Sila at
resurrection point to keep killing him. How about it? Do you want to reconsider
your action?” Montra said coldly.
expression on Lone Wolf changed for the first time. As Sila was still injured,
if Montra and Cross just kept him and Zero busy, the remaining troops would
easily baptize on Sila.
reason for him to come here in the first place was to rescue Sila, not to
seemed like Zero had this exact same thought so he replied back immediately.
start with me then,” Zero said while stepping forward.
and Cross made an eye contact. Both of them didn't step forward though. They
were clearly worried that going out to fight now was putting themselves at risk
of getting stabbed from behind.
also grasped this thought of them.
guys offer us to duel but now you are hesitating yourselves. What a shame.”
Zero increased his power output, “Let me choose it for you, then.”
surrounding atmosphere turned cold and gloomy. Zero accelerated his unique qi
power. Fighting with the strongest Montra would take time so he soared toward
Cross without waiting for the other side to be prepared.
looked at the scene without blinking. Zero’s speed far surpassed his maximum
speed when using Qi of Little Bird several times. In a flash, a streak of black
shadow was approaching Cross.
closely, Little Brother. I guarantee that it’ll be beneficial to you,” said
Lone Wolf, to which Sila nodded.
who wasn’t prepared was immediately forced to be on the defensive. He gritted
his teeth. A sword appeared in his hand and was using to brandish by him.
of the psychic sword were directed at Zero. Zero then performed an impossible
feat. He dodged to the left and the right simultaneously. No, to be precise,
what he did should be called splitting into two bodies, left and right. Both
bodies continuously stroke their palm to attack Cross. The left body aimed at
Cross’s head, while the right one aimed at Cross’s heart.
two of his vital points being attack simultaneously, Cross summoned another
sword in his left hand and used his psychic power. His sword then shattered and
become small particles. All of them were fusing with concentrated psychic
power. The sword’s debris scattered throughout the area. Montra had to jump
back, while most of the debris plunged into both of Zero’s bodies. However, all
of them went through the bodies.
stared at the scenes and was stunned. Zero was actually standing next to Lone
Wolf as if he hadn't yet to attack Cross at all.
happened just now was due to the highest level of Qi of Little Fish and Qi of
Little Bird. Even I still don’t reach this level yet,” Lone Wolf said to Sila.
I have heard that you are the only one who possesses Qi of Little Divine
Beings, aren’t you?” asked Sila.
indeed the only one who possesses a complete set of Qi of Little Divine Beings.
Meanwhile, Zero has Qi of Little Fish and Qi of Little Bird,” replied Lone
was captivated by Zero’s ability to use Qi of Little Divine Beings. Zero’s
usage of Qi of Little Fish and Qi of Little Bird seemed to transcend human
limit. Sila now truly realized that there were many people stronger than him in
this world. Even the same qi could result in the completely different outcome
when utilizing by different people.
too weak,' thought Sila.
stepped forward. Both of his hands were holding swords that looked exactly the
same as previous ones except that they were semi-transparent. They were shaking
violently with psychic power. Both swords looked scarier than any skills Sila
was Killing Psychic Sword, a high-tier skill of psychic-type, one of the trump
cards of the Sword Emperor. By destroying his own weapon, Cross would obtain
Killing Psychic Sword that has a higher grade than the one being destroyed by
two whole grades. However, it can be used only for five minutes. This skill is
powerful yet expensive to use.
emitted his psychic power out from his entire body. Even with Lone Wolf’s
protection, Sila still felt uncomfortable. Sila began to feel worried for Zero
who was directly targeted by this kind of power. So, he looked at Zero’s
direction and witnessed a black qi lightly spread out of Zero’s body. Under the
skull mask, Sila felt like Zero was smiling.
figures suddenly leaped forward to clash against each other without any signal.
The atmosphere around seemed to be colder and colder like an ice field. A
chakram was appeared in Zero’s hand to fight with Cross’s dual swords.
of their strikes come along with deep exploding sound. The clashes between them
resulted in the area becoming more like a wasteland.
Zero used chakram to parry both swords, he immediately counterattacked by
kicking at Cross’s abdomen.
couldn’t tell whether this kick was fusing with qi or not. But he knew for sure
that at Lone Wolf and Zero’s level, they would surely possess Qi Concealment.
Although he couldn’t tell whether there was qi concealed in this kick or not,
if he was Cross, he would choose to dodge it. However, if he was really in
Cross’s current position that was floating in the air by an impact, he would be
at wit’s end of how to dodge it.
was also fully aware that he shouldn’t receive this kick directly. Thus, he
slammed his foot on the air, jumping backward. This must be due to Psychic
Impact of a higher level that Varee once told Sila about.
Cross stepped back, a chakram in Zero’s hand was thrown out immediately. As it
was in the air, it split into two, and curved to attack Cross in two different
positions that Cross would have a hard time to cope with.
was a throwing weapon user himself. He felt like he had learnt something. Zero
was fusing Qi of Little Fish into chakram. It was an action that Sila had never
with only one chakram, Cross would already have a hard time dealing with it.
This time, there were two. Even worse, they were targeted at the position that
Cross needed to step on. It could be said that Zero was forestalling him.
threw a sword in his hand to one of the chakrams. Upon contact, his sword
exploded, causing a chakram to sway off its path. He also lifted other sword in
his hand to block against the next chakram.
upon contact, no impact was occurred. A chakram was vanished mysteriously.
Cross panicked. He found out at that time that Zero had gone from his sight.
Even Zero’s qi was no trace to be sensed.
you,” said Montra.
didn’t have time to think twice. He slashed backward while turning back.
Unfortunately, there was still no impact. He instead could hear a voice from
Cross, behind you.” This time it’s Zero’s voice.
panicked. Zero’s speed had far surpassed his estimation. Lone Wolf’s speed was
already fast enough to a terrifying degree, but Zero’s speed was even doubled
from that. Cross now knew that he had no way to dodge. His only choice now was
to put up psychic reinforcement into his back to block Zero’s attack.
palm that touch on Cross’s back was cold as if it was belong to a dead man.
There was no powerful impact. Instead, a power penetrated into Cross’s body
like a water seeping into the sand. This is a qi technique that attack slow but
able to penetrate the defense.
jumped forward. He turned around and witness Zero whom stood idlily.
painful and cold sensation penetrated into Cross’s body. Back then, he had
decided to put up psychic reinforcement to defense himself against a powerful
blow. But Zero had instead used tranquil attack so Cross’s defense wasn’t
had to concentrated his psychic to quickly drove away Zero’s qi out of his
body. He had lost so many psychic power to do so. His body even still felt cold
and couldn’t move as well as before.
still stood idlily. Under the mask that cover his face, everybody could sense
that this man was now smiling.
was an eye-opener for Sila. So far, he used to think that tranquil qi was
useless. In a fight, speed is an important factor, Sila hadn’t thought about
giving a tranquil qi a try before.
just now, Zero made Sila realized. While it’s true that speed has its own
benefit, slow also has its own benefit as well. The deciding factor is the
user. Under some circumstance, slow yet penetrable qi is more terrifying than a
high speed powerful blow.
That’s a given. Sometimes, I even feel I am not deserve of my own title, the Qi
Emperor, myself,” said Lone Wolf.
was a difference in fighting style between Lone Wolf and Zero.
qi was cold and mysterious, while speedy and unpredictable. His opponents often
unaware of what they had been attack with. They mostly die glimpsing only a
flash of shadow. Thus, Zero was titled as Shadow Emperor. Shadow also refer to
a formless nature of Zero whom was a guildless player.
the other hand, Lone Wolf’s qi was what Sila’s teacher would regard as
righteous qi. His qi was hot and active than flame. Simple yet powerful. His
fighting style was confronting directly against an enemy, reflecting his
righteous nature. Given how mighty and brilliance his character and his qi
were, the title of Qi Emperor was then belonged to Lone Wolf by the mass.
gritted his teeth. Ever since the fight had started, he was unable to
successfully land an attack on Zero. It’s Zero who dominated the fight. If he
was in a large-scale battle, he might be able to use strategy, environment, or
terrain to cope against Zero. But fighting one on one was now proven to be a
very bad choice. Qi-type player is favored in a duel.
have never dreamed that I have to use it before a war event,” said Cross. He
couldn’t afford to lose here. It was time for him to show his trump card.
whatever you can, before you won’t be able to do so,” said Zero.
face was distorted with rage. His opponent even waited for him to show his hand
instead of interrupting.
will regret soon. This skill is what I developed from last year. With it, I am
certain of victory in this year’s war event.”
the end of Cross’s sentence, his intense psychic power was release from his
body, effecting the area around him. Everybody had to stepped backward as they
couldn’t cope with this much psychic power.
of swords appeared around Cross. All swords were floating freely as if Cross
could control all of them easily. They resonated against each other and then scattered
into dust. What was left were hundreds of floating Killing Psychic Swords.
grinned. With this skill, every of his swords will turn into S-grade swords
with an option of self-explode into psychic power. Sure, Zero could dodge one
or two of them. But with hundreds of them, Cross was certain that Zero couldn’t
cope with them even if he was faster than he was. Just one of the explosion was
enough to end Zero’s life.
the record, Cross used B-grade swords as a base since two grade increments
resulting in maximum S-grade swords. Using A-grade sword or above would only be
a waste. This skill was considered high cost to use already.
stood still as if he wasn’t threatened by them at all. Sila instead imagined
that if it’s not Zero but him in that position, what he could do to avoid
predicament? He couldn’t think of a way though.
Cross. You are funny,” said Zero, causing Cross to stopped grinning.
you out of your mind? You won’t be able to survive this trump card of mine,”
Poor Cross. Even you who is the most foolish person among us can develop a
trump card, don’t you think that we also come up with our own trump card?”
stunned. He was looking at Lone Wolf and Montra. Lone Wolf was smiling, while
Montra was expressionless. Not accept nor denial. They seemed to agree with
felt furious that he was called foolish. At that time, there was a change in
black aura was radiating around Zero. It was drifting slowly to surroundings,
making normal players to feel suffocated.
can you do that?” frowned Montra. He was familiar with Zero’s aura more than
Do you really expect me to answer such a question?” replied Zero.
everyone except Montra would like to know the identity of the black aura. Cross
glanced at Montra, wanting Montra to tell him what it was. Montra was still
looking at the black aura without blinking. One sentence was said from his
mouth, causing everyone to startle. Even Lone Wolf’s expression changed.
magic power,” revealed Montra.
would call it magical qi,” replied Zero.
was very surprised as well. He was sure that this game only allow the player to
choose one energy type. But now Zero was using both qi and magic. How could
magic, psychic is like hammer, scissors, paper. Normally, qi is favored against
psychic, psychic is favored against magic, and magic is favored against qi.
With Zero being able to use both energy types, it was like he can use both
hammer and scissors together in janken.
will be only win or draw as a result. Unable to be defeated.
trump card is much more mysterious and terrifying than Cross’s.
36: Emperors’ Power
he was the one who started using a trump card, Cross was currently at loss of
how to efficiently make a move. Qi-type players would be vulnerable toward
these many Killing Psychic Swords of his, but it’s another story for magic-type
players as they are usually armed with wide-area skills. To be concluded, Zero
was absolutely in an overwhelming advantageous position.
Why don’t you hurriedly use that trump card of yours? I’ve already said before.
Use it now or you won’t be able to do so.” Zero broke the silence.
of what to do, Cross decided to order tens of swords to strike. They were to
measure Zero. All of them charged at Zero as their target. They were all
shaking violently as if they could explode at any given time.
Lance.” Zero waved his hand once. A silver ring on his middle finger weakly
flashed. The air around Zero was distorted and turned into spears. Their number
was exactly the same as the number of Cross’s charging swords.
black spears charged at each sword. Upon contact, they absorbed the swords into
nothingness, preventing them to explode.
element,” muttered Montra. He now realized that Zero was needed to be
eliminated. The sooner the better.
magic users are focused in destructive and absorption power. They don’t possess
many defensive spells but are superior in offensive ability. The most powerful
magic spell currently in the game is also the dark element. Montra’s concern
wasn’t baseless. He noticed that Zero was able to cast a spell while moving
with qi. With Zero’s terrifying speed, who would be able to stop his casting?
Monster Soul, anyone could learn low-tier magic skills even if they aren’t
magic-type player. However, without the supporting skill; Basic Magic; low-tier
magic skills would be rendered useless as they can’t deal much damage. Next,
mid-tier magic skills can be learned only among magic-type players. They have
to choose a specific element in this phase though. They can still learn
multiple elemental skills as long as those elemental skills are closely related
to what element they choose. Lastly, high-tier magic skills are exclusive. One
can learn only magic skills of the chosen element and cannot learn magic skills
from other elements.
T/N: Although author has named it as “Basic Magic,” it would be
easier to understand if you think of it as “Magic Mastery” which passively
increase the power of all magic-type skills. The same concept also applies to
“Basic Qi” and “Basic Psychic.”
For the record, I decide to stick with the original names as changing them
would result in “Qi Mastery” that would sound weird when MC circulate it. (Not
to mention Basic Qi has evolved to Intermediate Qi and that means the further confusion.)
Montra, Zero choosing the dark element was a scam. Usually, magic-type player
tends to choose fire element over a dark element. As the powerful ability of
dark element is traded by becoming very vulnerable to an attack. However, Zero
has no weakness in this aspect. He was a qi-type player. He simply wasn’t
vulnerable to common-level attack.
name was immediately marked as number one in Montra’s must-eliminate list.
it’s my turn to attack. Be on guard, Cross,” said Zero.
expression was gloomy. His enemy even told him he was going to be attacked.
This was pure humiliation.
was unacceptable. He is Sword Emperor Cross. Not run-of-the-mill player to be
put his palms together. Both of them were glowing with black qi. Upon putting
his palms off, there was a black paper-thinned chakram floating on his hand.
call this Soul Seeking Chakram. If you are hit by it, you won’t get away with
just a small injury as it’s infused with curses. Dodge it well, Cross,” said
Zero. He opened his palm. The chakram was spinning by itself in high speed.
was terrified. He ordered his swords to block the path between him and Zero. He
also ordered some of the rest to keep attacking Zero.
he had used Infinite Sword Tomb, Cross was keeping his distance from Zero.
Although he is used to fighting at close range, with Zero’s speed, he would be
at disadvantage. Thus, he abandoned his usual fighting style and attacked in a
Zero was an all-rounder. He was contrary to Sila who focus only on his strong
points to make his weak points seem smaller. Zero instead used several methods
to cover his own weaknesses. He is high-speed, strong in close-range combat.
Although his attack power wasn’t on par with Lone Wolf, his attack instead
harder to predict. He was packed with not only head-on attack but tricky ones.
He even used a throwing weapon to cover his old weakness that he hadn’t
possessed long-range attack skill. And now, He evolved even further by wielding
magic skill to compensate for his lack of wide-area offensive ability.
was awed. Zero reminded him of what his in-game teacher said when Sila had
chosen Qi of Little Bird over Qi of Little Turtle. At that time, his teacher
had disagreed with his choice but didn’t give much comment. He was waiting for
a day Sila could realize his choice himself.
like Zero must be the role model in Sila’s teacher mind. The Shadow Emperor
might not have heaven-defying power but this man showed no weakness. Moreover,
with only two of Qi of Little Divine Being, Zero could become one of top
players as he was excellent at using them to a terrifying degree. Sila, on the
other hand, possessed three of them. But his mastery of them was very lacking.
core principle of qi type is to cultivate. Starts simple and grows step by
step. He who obtained many qi skills too fast should be careful as it was a
double-edged sword. He might have good skills. But his lack of understanding
was fatal. While it was true that he could fight well against a low-leveled
enemy, he would be less than a dust comparing to an expert.
teacher Mora always tell Sila that the important thing is basic.
instead became arrogant just by possessing many high-tier skills. Giving it a
thought, in fact, except for Intermediate Qi, he had no other supportive
house without a strong base, no matter how splendor it is, it is bound to
collapse easily. Sila knew it well. Despite that, he still didn't give it
now, he could only keep this thought in his mind. He decided to train himself
again. This time from the basic.
duel went on. Many of the swords charged at Zero, which he could easily dodge.
Meanwhile, his thin Soul Seeking Chakram was separated into ten of it. They got
thinner to the point that they became crystal clear and almost unable to see.
flicked his wrist. All the chakrams flew around. Some flew right while some
flew left. Some flew straight and some flew spinning around Cross.
gritted his teeth. He controlled his swords to fend off chakrams. Nevertheless,
chakrams were avoiding his swords as if they were a living being. Cross had to
order his swords to self-explode, hoping for the blast to destroy chakrams.
Unfortunately for him, even with that, there were still two chakrams left
spinning at him without delay.
the chakrams were inevitably going to hit Cross, something unexpected happened.
missed their target. They just scratched Cross’s armor, leaving a trail but no
damage to the flesh.
everybody turned their head to look at Zero, they discovered a reason. Next to
him were tens of light swords buried into the ground.
you say this is a one-on-one duel?” said Lone Wolf. His eyes were glaring at
truth was revealed. Just now, when the winner of the fight was closed to be
decided, Montra saw an opportunity and fired light swords at Zero, aiming to
eliminate him here and now. However, Zero was a first-class player. Even when
his focus was on the duel, he still was able to circulate Qi of Little Fish to
barely evade Montra’s sneak attack. Unfortunately, with his focus shifting to
dodge an attack, his control on chakrams was then cut off, resulting in a miss.
Montra would be glad if Cross were to die, right now wasn’t the right time. If
Cross died, Zero and Lone Wolf might decide to combine their attacks on him.
Thus, for now, Montra needed to save Cross’s life.
no need to keep my promise against the wrongdoers. This is a battlefield.
Anything can happen,” replied Montra.
was full of fury. Montra was the one who proposed for a one-on-one duel. But,
when things seemed disadvantageous, he then despicably changed his mind and
performed a sneak attack.
that so? Then, don’t blame me for making my move,” coldly replied Lone Wolf.
said, this is a battlefield. Everyone is free to make any move.”
Wolf started expanding his qi and walked several steps forward. The atmosphere
instantly became hotter.
of you, don’t pay attention to Lone Wolf and Zero. Go kill Sila,” ordered
Montra. With that command, the Heavenly Dragon Guild members’ focus immediately
locked onto Sila.
Wolf frowned. He knew Montra wanted to distract him.
please handle these guys. As for Montra, let me…” said Lone Wolf.
through the sentence, Zero had already made his move. He charged at an army.
Both his hands glowed with black aura. He used a dark-elemental spell to create
black fog, blocking his opponents within, and then jumped into that fog
screams echoed from within. No one could tell whatever happened in there as
there was no escapee. The cries continued non-stop.
for you, Little Brother, if anything happens, you need to protect yourself,”
said Lone Wolf, which Sila nodded.
Wolf stepped forward to confront against Montra. Meanwhile, hearing the word
protect made Sila concerned about Lookhin. He wondered whether it was getting
better inside a ring.
light emerged from a ring. A little sparrow appeared on the floor. It twitched
in pain. It seemed like the damage it had taken was fatal. Even high recovery
rate within a ring couldn’t heal it well enough.
didn’t think much. He took another pellet given to him from Lone Wolf and fed
it to Lookhin.
eating, Lookhin’s body was glowing with gold light. Its injury was completely
Brown Sparrow Lookhin has achieved a certain condition. Its rank is
promoted from Squire Rank to Dark Brown Sparrow, Knight Rank, Level 1.
had to look closely to see that there’s some black color on its fur. Its body
size also seemed a little bigger from before.
stood with its two little claws. It flew onto Sila’s head as if nothing was
wrong with it. Sila felt glad that it was fine. He looked at a bottle of
pellets Lone Wolf given to him. There were only two pellets left.
a very good item. I need to buy it myself later,” thought Sila.
to Sila, he wouldn’t be able to obtain these pellets easily. These pellets are
called Emperor Qi Pellet. Hermit could only produce five of them during
his lifetime. Thousands of ingredients and more than 50,000 gold were spent
into producing them. It was not an exaggeration to say that an enormous sum of
Victorious Wolves Sect’s money was invested into these pellets. He gave them to
Lone Wolf to use exclusively. Its effect was top-notch. It heals injuries and
generates health point together with qi point. Maximum qi point is also
increased tremendously. More importantly, it allows a creature to
unconditionally, except being in qi-type, promote rank if the level has reached
Wolf had eaten one of them before he went to fight against the Silver Griffin
to promote his rank from Knight to Marquis. Hermit would cough up blood if he
knew that Lone Wolf had given such precious pellet to Sila. He would even fell
into a coma if he knew that Sila feeded it to a sparrow.
Monster Soul, increasing level wasn’t that hard. It just needed grinding. Rank
promoting was much harder. Many players had ended up in Squire Rank, level
1000, while skilled players were struck at Knight Rank, level 1000. Even Lone
Wolf was struck at Knight Rank for years until recently. Thus, the ability to
promote the rank of Emperor Qi Pellet was priceless.
looked at Zero’s fog direction. It was now starting to cover Royal Armament
Guild’s members together with the Heavenly Dragon Guild’s. The cries still
continued. Then, he shifted his sight to witness a fight between Qi Emperor and
was hot vapor emitting from Lone Wolf’s body. This was a phenomenon causing by
his famous qi.
don’t have much time so allow me to unleash my full ability,” said Lone Wolf.
didn’t answer. His body was glowing with white aura. Eyes of dragon locating at
the tip of his mage staff were flashing continuously. Hundreds of magical light
swords appeared around him.
light swords’ number, Sila was concerned about Lone Wolf’s safety. Lone Wolf
seemed to guess Sila’s concern. Thus, he turned his back to tell Sila
worry. Do you forget that I also obtain a reward from the Mansion of the Seven
Deadly Sins as well as you did?” said Lone Wolf. He paused for a while before
privately sending a sound transmission to Sila, “If things turn out
dangerously, please quickly flee from this place.”
then remembered. He had obtained Greed Card and Lone wolf had gotten Pride
Card. Although he didn’t know what ability it possessed, if Lone Wolf said so,
he might really don’t have to worry.
didn’t have a clue about conversion between the two. It seemed both Lone Wolf
and Sila had gotten some reward from a place called the Mansion of the Seven
Deadly Sins. Anyway, if it was a reward that Sila, a noob player, can obtain;
such a reward shouldn’t be something big.
to prove that Montra’s thought was wrong, Lone Wolf opened his palm. Pride Card
was floating on it. Both Sila and Montra looked at it with curiosity.
softly said one Wolf.
card shattered into particles. Lone Wolf’s body emitted a golden, intense
light. A system sound alarmed throughout the area.
to all players. Lone Wolf, Emperor Rank, Level 1000 has appeared. If player is
killed by Lone Wolf, player’s level will be decreased by 1000, all equipment
will be destroyed, all money in possession will be lost, and it will take you
52 hours to resurrect. Given the difference in rank, an evacuation is
the end of an alarm, the silence was filled throughout a battlefield. All eyes
were glued at Lone Wolf.
body was still emitting gold light. His eyes were reddened as if he was
berserk. His shirt was scattered due to a gust of powerful qi surrounding him.
peak that expert among experts could reach currently was Marquis Rank. But now,
Lone Wolf soared surpassing that limit. An Emperor Rank. It is a final rank
that nobody had experienced before.
was a slight change in Montra’s expression, but he was still confident.
Meanwhile, Cross who was recovering his psychic point looked at both Zero and
Lone Wolf at a loss for word. His trump card was nothing comparing to them.
ready, Montra,” roared Lone Wolf while charging at Montra at high speed.
magic swords rushed at Lone Wolf. But with only one wave of his hand, all of
them were dispersed without anything left.
was hurried to cast another high-tier spell while Lone Wolf threw a punch at
his chest. Strangely enough, Montra didn’t try to dodge. His body was hit and
he was turned into a white light.
already?” murmured Sila. The fight ended too fast. Montra lost in one punch.
There was a strange feeling in his mind. Witnessing Montra died before his eyes
didn’t help him to feel better in any way. Sila was starting to feel confused.
He came to this game to revenge. Why is he not happy with Montra’s dead? Is it
because he isn’t the one who delivers the killing blow?
even if he was the one to do so, Sila got a feeling that he still wouldn’t be
satisfied. What is it that he really wants to do? Is it something that he can
only find in this game?
hasn’t ended yet. It’s just a beginning,” said Lone Wolf, disturbing Sila’s
reappeared, emerging from a light. His magic power seemed to increase from
before. He was pointing his staff toward Lone Wolf.
Flame.” An intense flame shot toward Lone Wolf. Its heat was enough to
affect Sila, causing him to have no choice but to circulate Qi of Little Bird to
leave the spot. Upon leaving, Sila was feeling hurt in his chest. He had to
circulate Recovering Qi to relieve his pain.
looked back at the battlefield filled with the sea of flame, didn’t understand
what was happening. Meanwhile, his right arm was shaking slightly.
title of strongest player in Monster Soul wasn’t given to Montra by chance. The
main reason behind it was the fact that Montra was undefeated.
ultimate skill, Dragon Heart, was supposed to keep him from dying once. It has
a long cooldown of three days. However, in the last year’s war event, Montra
was killed more than a hundred times, but he kept self-resurrecting every time.
As the war event prolonged, the Heavenly Dragon Guild unavoidably became
was Montra’s trump card.
trump card that caused him to stay at the apex of this game.
Pride Card – Level 10 (maximum)
basic stats increase by 100% when you aren’t in a party.
have obtained an active skill: (S) Pride.
skill activation, you will have 3% chance to encounter Lucifer – the Demon of
chance to encounter Lucifer will increase by 1% every time you use Pride skill.
will earn only 10% of all experience point from now on.
resource is required to use this skill. You can only use this skill if
possessing Pride Card.
time: 7 days.
promotes your rank and level to Emperor Rank, Level 1000, for 10 minutes.
skills will be at the maximum level.
activation, player will not obtain money, experience points, nor items.
is 14% chance for player to become berserk. The chance will increase by 2%
every time player uses this skill.
Wait so months also has pride card?
37: A Help from Varee
observed the fight in front of him without blinking. The fight in front of him
wasn’t at the level he could witness easily. He was focusing his mind into the
fight to gain the most experience out of it.
ten minutes had passed. Both Lone Wolf and Montra were still fighting in the
sea of flame. Lone Wolf’s body emitted golden flames while Montra’s body was
covered by white aura.
he didn’t show it on his face, Lone Wolf felt pressured. He had thought that
with Pride skill, he would be able to finish Montra off with an ability to give
a penalty of 52-hour resurrect time to a player. Nevertheless, it didn’t work.
The effect of his skill was coming closer to an end while Montra still kept
self-resurrecting. In normal circumstance, his overall ability was a little
below Montra. However, with Montra getting stronger every time he was
resurrected, there’s no need to guess who the loser will be.
understood his skill more than anyone else. His understanding of Dragon Heart
was at maximum. Even with various penalties from Lone Wolf’s ability, he was
fine. All equipment on him was S-grade and had an indestructible property. He
didn't care about losing 1000 level too as it didn’t demote his rank. Every
time he was resurrected, his rank and level remained at Marquis Rank, Level 1.
Losing money wasn’t significant either, as he kept most of his money in the
could see that although Lone Wolf was having an upper hand, it was only
temporary. Despite Montra dying more than ten times, he was still fine. If Lone
Wolf couldn’t see through Montra’s secret to keep resurrecting, he would be
bound to lose.
kept watching at Montra to search for his weakness. Finally, he discovered
time that Montra died and resurrected, his left arm and heart would be slightly
glowing. The glowing at heart position is understandable since the skill is named
Dragon Heart, but why the left arm?
closely, Sila could see that Montra’s left arm was significantly paler than
other. There was also a familiar symbol written on it. Sila frowned. He
couldn’t remember where he had seen one before.
he remembered. He unwrapped the bandage on his right arm and found the exact
same symbol written on the Right Arm of the Seal One. Realizing this, he could
think of many things.
had entered this game with ten out of ten painfulness degree, the same as
Montra. He had obtained the right arm, so it was not weird for Montra to obtain
the left one.
was recalling Bronze’s, the weapon shop owner, speech.
left arm was the embodiment of all ancient spells. His right arm was the
defensive innovation from futurity…”
left arm is the embodiment of all ancient spells.
was a magic-type player, which was suitable to the left arm’s ability. It was
not that strange from him to obtain some incredible skill. Thinking about it,
it was regrettable that he was playing qi-type while the right arm has
Wolf’s golden aura faded off. The effect of Pride skill had come to an end.
grinned, watching Lone Wolf turned back to his usual self.
this all you capable to?” teased Montra.
you talking about? I can keep using it for days. Be ready for it,” replied Lone
such a fraudulent skill, there’s no way for it to have no weakness. In this
game, the more powerful item or skill is, the more restriction they possess. I
guess that your skill must at least have a long cooldown,” Montra analyzed.
Wolf just smiled without answering. What Montra had said was true. His Pride
skill couldn’t be used in succession. Moreover, the more he uses it, the more
likely for him to go berserk. There was even a chance for Lucifer to appear.
concentrated his magic power into his body. His dragon staff was shaking like
it was alive. The eyes of dragon flashed, glancing at Lone Wolf.
ends here,” declared Montra.
Heaven’s Ray…” Montra was about to unleash his spell, but it was stopped
midway. He turned to look at Sila. “It will be your turn soon, Sila. Don’t
quicken your dead.”
now, Sila had ordered Lookhin to fire Golden Needle at Montra to cancel the
stood up. He looked at both Zero and Lone Wolf. The whole mess was his personal
matter between him and Montra. It was the time to stop unrelated persons to be
was ready. He circulated qi over his body. It was painful. But he endured it.
He walked three steps closer and declared.
qi was overflowing. The sound of his bones cracking was echoed. He also faced
with unbearable painfulness.
had ended long ago. You just don’t realize it,” said Montra. His magic power
right arm was shaken. The same had happened to Montra’s left arm.
battle could be decided at any moment.
right there,” a familiar voice interrupted. Everyone turned their head to look
at the voice’s owner.
jumped into a battlefield. “Let’s wait for a war event to decide the victor.
Now it’s not the time.”
moves aside,” coldly said Sila.
Right now, you are not Montra’s match. Just stop the fight for now.”
do I have to listen to your request, Goddess of Purified Water?” asked Montra.
have your hand full of problems. It’s better for you to take care of them,
isn’t it? Your beloved guild might face great damages otherwise.”
check your guild status message. You too, Cross,” replied Varee, turning her
head toward Cross.
who had tried to use his psychic power to hide his presence from Varee, became
shudder. Nevertheless, he opened his guild status message as told.
checking it, both Montra and Cross became shocked. Their guildmates currently
attacked each other.
Why is this happening?” Cross confused. Meanwhile, Montra glanced at Varee.
reason Varee came late was because she had been busy created confusion among
the Heavenly Dragon Guild’s and the Royal Armament Guild’s members. She had
disguised herself as the Royal Armament Guild’s member and had her friend
disguised as the Heaven Dragon Guild’s member. Then, they infiltrated both
guilds and instigated them to attack each other. Once the fights happened, she
left the battlefield and come to rescue Sila.
stopped taken aback. He immediately withdrew. He had temporary set his guild
status message to block all notifications so that he could take care of Sila
all he wanted. Now his priority was to stop the meaningless fight. He wouldn’t
let his people died uselessly more than it should be.
stood expressionlessly in front of Sila. “I can just go once I finish killing
you don’t have that much time, I think? Although you might be able to kill all
of us, if we join forces, we can keep you here for all day,” said Varee. “If
you don’t hurry, the guild you have been painstakingly created might face with
an irreversible damage, no?”
frowned. He was looking at Lone Wolf. “Lone Wolf, do you become so low that you
want to join forces against one person?”
Wolf didn’t answer, but Zero replied in his stead.
Aren’t we a wrongdoer? Isn’t this a battlefield? Anything can happen, right?”
was speechless. Zero borrowed his own words to bite back at him.
Montra asked Sila.
couldn’t answer. He didn’t understand what Montra meant.
does everyone always stand by your side? Both this time and before.”
was clueless about Montra’s sentence. ‘Before? Does he mean the previous duel
between us?’ Sila started to think that there was something more than he had
known. Who was the one at his side? Didn’t he fight alone?
time, you won’t be so lucky, Sila.” Montra ended their conversation. He cast
some spell and disappeared from anyone sight.
withdrew his qi back. The pain still kept hurting him. He had to sit down and
circulated Recovering Qi again.
short time had passed, once Sila opened his eyes, he found that everybody was
still waiting for him. There was one more woman in the group though.
woman is beautiful and gave a mature vibe. Her hair was long. She was wearing
mage clothes. In her hand was a small staff. Sila was staring at her without
you feeling okay?” Lone Wolf asked.
still stared at that woman. Varee started to introduce her to the group.
She is Vata, my senior at the university. It’s thank to her help that I can
instigate both guilds to attack each other.”
I’m Vata. Um… does my face stain with something, Little Brother Sila?”
just came to his sense. “Sorry, I’m being rude, it’s just that you are looking
like one of my acquaintance.”
ignored this topic. Varee started explaining what she had done, which caused
Zero to giggle. Meanwhile, Lone Wolf was feeling like Sila’s injury wasn’t
normal. He then put his palm on Sila’s shoulder to inspect.
this Bomb Lurking Psychic? It’s quite serious. It has spread throughout your
I got it when I fought against Shueria. Although I have won, I was injured.”
To be able to win against Silver Knight Shueria, Silver Knight, you are quite
good. I can see the reason why Lone Wolf asks me to help you,” said Zero.
not it. Shueria is superior to me in every aspect. I only won because of
So what? Using strategy in a fight is normal.”
Wolf interrupted, “By the way, what are you planning to do next, Sila?”
teacher told me that I can remove Bomb Lurking Psychic with Qi of Little
Turtle’s help. I plan to get that first.”
Brother, let me be honest here. That psychic is spread throughout your body.
Even Qi of Little Turtle might not help you.”
face was pale. Does he have no choice but to die?
seemed to have some idea. He inspected Sila for a short time, then laughed.
Is it a blessing in disguise? I’ve never expected this.”
still didn’t understand the reason behind Zero’s good mood. They were waiting
for him to continue.
this is my personal secret…”
hearing this, Varee dragged Vata and herself away from the conversation. Then,
about to tell you the reason why I can use magic. Previously, as you may know,
I was a pure qi-type player like you and anyone else. However, since the last
war event, I was defeated by Montra and fled away from the battlefield without
the last war event, Zero, who was an individual player, could move freely since
he hadn’t had to care about guildmate. Upon facing defeat, he decided to
withdraw. Thus, except Montra who was a victor in the war, Zero was the only
Emperor alive. As a matter of fact, Cross and Lone Wolf had died alongside
you can’t win, then flee, it’s a common strategy in war. I won’t ever fight in
a sure-to-lose battle.” Zero said. He looked at Sila then continued, “Of
course, there’s an opponent that worth fighting against even knowing you would
lose. But for me, Montra wasn’t that guy.
I have fled, I realized later that Montra seeped his magic power into my body
during the attack. It kept damaging me from within. I had no way to remove them
and left with no choice but to die. However, I didn’t give up and went to a
certain place to find a cure.
certain place is rumored to give player a rebirth if one can survive hardship.
With this clue, I decided to place my bet on it. By the way, that place is
called Madmen’s Valley.”
frowned. He was very familiar with the name of this place. Where did he hear
about it before?
can’t tell you more details. I can only say that, once I survived there, magic
becomes a part of me and make me significantly stronger. Well, that’s all. The
rest is up to you to give it a try.”
gave Zero his thanks. Afterward, Lone Wolf came at him and transmitted some
familiar qi into his body.
is my Qi of Little Turtle. It should block Bomb Lurking Psychic to spread
further. However, you need to know that you won’t be able to use qi until you
can fix this problem, or else the psychic will act up again.”
felt the suppression feeling in his body. Now he couldn’t exert his qi anymore.
Nevertheless, the pain was gone. He was happy temporary until he realized something.
wrong?” asked Lone Wolf.
that I cannot use qi, how can I protect myself?”
qi the only thing you possess?” Zero said. Then, he vanished without bidding
Zero mentioned, you should give it some thought, okay?” said Lone Wolf, “I need
to go too. See you later.” Then, he left.
was left by himself. He was deep in thought.
from qi, what else do I have?”
38: Seed of Revenge
was left alone with his curiosity. He opened his system window to read all his
skills and abilities he possessed. He pondered which power he had aside from
Right Arm is currently malfunction, so not this one. The hidden weapon is fine.
But it won’t be enough for me to take down a strong opponent. What else do I
the skill list, Sila signed. He really had been relying on qi too much. Without
it, he was left with nothing. The remaining usable skills were only Barehand Mastery,
Hidden Weapon Firing, Unseal, and Heart of Slime.
a minute, slime?’
Sila realized it. Those two must want to tell Sila that he still has racial
skills. Obviously, racial skills are exclusive to the race that player had
chosen. They are an advantage exclusively for each race. Prior to this moment,
Sila had been neglected them until he forgot about it in the end.
are you smiling for?” Varee approached him together with Vata. She noticed that
the other two had left without bidding their farewell to her.
Are you still here?” wondered Sila while responding with an uncaring attitude.
I am. Who do you think it is that saving your life just now? Not giving thanks
is bad enough. Now you even want me to scram?” Varee was starting to piss off.
Sorry about that. And thank you. Anyway, I’m quite busy. Let’s talk again
bid her farewell.
Where’re you going? You will become a target again, dressing like that,”
at himself, Sila found that his outfit was too ragged. As Varee had told, it
was quite eye-catching. Coupled with the fact that he always wore this cloth,
his enemy would easily recognize him.
searched his item window and found that he had no other clothes available.
you have any clothes I can borrow?”
I’m a girl. There’s no way I’m carrying male clothes with me.”
Varee’s reply, Sila turned his head toward Vata. However, she also shook her
head, indicating that she doesn’t have one too.
whatever. It’s fine this way.”
Sila was planning to go to Slime Kingdom, he thought that his enemy wouldn’t be
able to follow him there easily.
was about to scold at Sila’s carelessness. However, Vata seemed to have an
idea. She opened her item window and brought something out.
least cover yourself with this. It’s better than doing nothing.”
took it. It was an old normal cloak. “I’ll return your favor later.”
take it. It’s a cloak for qi-type player. I’m unable to use it. It also hasn’t
been identified yet.”
expressed his thanks to her. He decided to wear it. It covered him from
shoulder to toes.
said Sila, causing Vata to surprise that he was able to use Unseal skill.
light illuminated around the cloak briefly. Then, the cloak became a little bit
smaller. Although it wasn’t beautiful or had any aesthetic value, its texture
was very soft and comfortable.
read its detail.
agility by 5% and magical defense by 10%
will obtain 10% less coin when defeating monster.
repair itself when get damaged.
frowned. Is he still not poor enough? He has no place to live in reality and
had debts in-game. Nevertheless, he wore it. He would remove it when he obtains
bid both of them farewell before moving to the edge of the forest outside the
city. At first, Varee told him that she can take him to the city. But Sila
declined as he didn’t have any business there.
at the surrounding, there seemed to be no one following him. Sila then took his
Invitation Card to the Slime Kingdom out.
to the Slime Kingdom”
pink light surrounded Sila, teleporting him away.
place was quiet yet wasn’t peaceful. There were many high-level monsters around
the place. It was rare for this place to have a visitor due to the harshness
one had to encounter before arriving there.
was cooking a dragon soup in the pot. He had been simmering it for three days.
Now the flavor would be already mature. It was a delicious food with high
sensed something. It was a weak psychic aura heading toward a place he was
currently at. He was surprised that a visitor had come. Thus, he stopped his
cooking and went outside.
man collapsed on the floor away from his house. The injuries on this man were
severed. It was almost hard to believe that he could even walk in such
seemed that what took him to this place was only his unyielding spirit.
moved closer to this man. He used his qi to inspect the man’s body, causing him
to frown. Then, he returned to his house and took one bowl of dragon soup with
him. Although he was moving at high speed, the soup in his bowl didn’t waver at
it, kid. It’ll make you feel better,” said Crow.
drank it. He could barely sip it at first. But once he swallowed the soup, a
power was surging in his body, causing him to hurriedly drank the rest of it in
one go. Afterward, he returned an empty bowl to Crow.
then took a deep breath and started stabilizing his psychic power, which Crow
waited without saying anything.
long is it that this place has a visitor?’
observed this man’s body. This man wore a broken silver armor. He seemed to use
a sword as his main weapon but there was no sword nearby. Maybe it was lost
along the way. This man’s hair color was silver. It was elegant under sunlight
but his body instead dirty and battered.
this man’s ability wasn’t bad, it would be almost impossible for him to travel
to this place alone.
man finally opened his eyes. He could see that Crow was waiting for him.
you feeling okay now? By the way, welcome to Madmen’s Valley, kid,” said Crow.
was looking around. This place seemed more like a small rural village. It was
unexpected that it is the same place as Madmen’s Valley people always rumored
this an infamous Madmen’s Valley? A place rumored to make one experience a
Everybody said so. Yes, it is. But it’s only when you survive the trial.”
do I need to do?”
Don’t rush things, kid. The trial will be available five days later. Now, you
need to rest. With your current condition, you will be doomed immediately.”
please pardon my intrusion.”
far as I can see, your body is internally damaged by qi. Let me guess, you
didn’t quickly remove it when you were hit by it, right? Now it had spread all
over your body. It’s a dangerous qi possessing both hot and cold property. You
must be experiencing a sensation of cold as ice yet sometimes hot as fire. Am I
man nodded. “As I searched for a clue to solve this problem, I stumble upon
you can just die once, and it will be gone. You don’t have to go through
Single-Horned Dragon Forest like you have done at all.”
won’t ever choose that method. Otherwise, it will be like I die by his hand.” A
man replied. His eyes were full of vengeance.
nodded. “I don’t particularly mind people like you. By the way, I’m Crow. Nice
to meet you, kid.”
name is Shueria,” replied silver-haired man.
this man identity is Silver Knight Shueria who engaged in a battle against Sila
at Beginner Town. After that loss, he realized at his own weakness. It's not
that he had never lost before. But he had never lost against someone that
inferior to him in every aspect like that. He decided to reflect on himself by
abandoning every responsibility shackling him back. He left Royal Armament
guild and became an individual player so that he could have more time to
for qi that left in Shueria’s body, it was obviously the power of Sila’s
Tortured Soul. While Sila was attacked internally by his Bomb Lurking Psychic,
he too was internally damaged by Sila’s Tortured Soul. Actually, at his level,
he could easily remove this power in a short moment. But at that time, Sila had
been preventing him from doing so by kept attacking non-stop. With it being in
his body for too long, now it was impossible for him to remove it. Although
this power didn’t directly decrease his health point, he had to deal with a
painful sensation brought forth by hotness and coldness.
died only once, this power would be gone from his body. But he wouldn’t allow
then, once Sila used Light of Forest, an expert like Shueria could deduce that
Sila was going to seal the deal. As such, Shueria bore with the pain and used
Psychic Astral. This skill allowed him to escape from any attack. The downside
is that it made his health points reached the bottom 1. He also couldn’t use
any skill for one hour. Nevertheless, this skill had a power to deceive the
system, causing anyone to think that he had died. A skill to manipulate the
game system like this is unique only for psychic-type creature.
might get informed by the system that he had killed Shueria and obtained
experience points. But if he had checked his status window back then, he would
discover that he actually didn’t gain any.
Shueria escaped into the forest nearby a harbor. He couldn’t use any skill so
there was no way for him to remove Sila’s power from his body. Once one hour
had passed, it had become too late for him to do it.
Soul had invaded deeply into his body and tortured him from within.
he wouldn’t allow himself to die in this state. This is a common thought for
both Shueria and Sila.
you still haven’t chosen your race yet, haven’t you?” asked Crow. He was
nodded. Given how influential he once was, he was in a position to be able to
choose almost any race for himself. But he had been clinging into the human
race. Although choosing a race allows player to obtain new skills and some
unique ability, he himself believes that human race is the most balanced race
sighed. He took something out, showing it to Shueria. It was some kind of a
one is Philosophy Stone, an S-grade item. Upon consuming it, you will
obtain a very special item.” Crow tossed it to Shueria.
took it. “Why are you giving me this? Is it related to the trial you’ve
a reward from another hidden quest. You will get it only if you are a human
race and can reach to Madmen’s Valley alone by yourself. I’ve always thought
that no one would be able to do it.”
is its downside?”
question wasn’t uncommon among players. In Monster Soul, most S-grade items and
skills, though possessing very useful utility, always came with problems.
It’s good that you asked. It’s nothing much. Your painfulness level will just
be adjusted to 10 out of 10, which is equal to real life level, after consuming
looked at the stone for a while. Then, he stopped hesitating once Sila’s face
surfaced into his mind. He needed strength. For that, no matter how painful he
will get, he can take it.
system sound alarmed.
have consumed Philosophy Stone. Starting now, the player’s painfulness
level will be adjusted to 10 out of 10, equal to real life degree.
have gotten the Seal Box 1 EA.
ring-size black box with silver chain covering it appeared and floated in front
of Shueria. He grabbed it.
seed of revenge is sprouting. This world of ours is like this. Sila sought for
revenging Montra and harmed people obstructing his way. But does Sila alone
have a right to seek for revenge? Once the cycle of vengeance had started, it
would continue sprouting endlessly if no one stops.
next time that Sila meets Shueria, Shueria’s ability would be far surpassed
even the current Four Emperors.
T/N: This will be literally explained in the future chapter. (Not so soon though, that's a part of the reasons I decided to translate this session.)
T/N: Again, this will be literally explained in the not-so-soon future chapter.
Welcome to the Slime Kingdom
A pink light was emitting on the stone plaza. Dozens of eyes
watched such light with a happy expression. This kingdom hadn’t had a visitor
for far too long. A visitor who would be their hope. Their Savior.
opened his eyes. This place was quite dimmed. His eyes needed some time to
This place is a
big city made of stones. Some stone is normal stone while some are
illuminating, which caused the city to dimly brighten by itself.
around and found that he was stared at by many eyes. However, the light was too
dim for him to say which kind of creatures they were.
Sila tried to
walk forward but his body couldn’t move according to his will. Therefore, he
attempted to contact to Lookhin using his mind.
Then, a giant
bird appeared in front of him. Sila was shocked and tried to get away. But he
still couldn’t move. The bird approached and pecked at him lightly.
pondered. “Why do you get bigger?”
Big Brother that becomes smaller.”
A voice of a
young girl could be heard from behind. Sila tried to turn his head but he still
wasn’t able to. He could only shoot a sideward glance at her.
The body in his
line of sight wasn’t a girl, but a pink slime with a pink ribbon on its back.
This slime looked cuter than the slime Sila had met in Beginning Island.
“My name is Bow.
What is Big Brother’s name?”
Sila frowned. He
just knew that slime could talk. It was not that he hadn’t seen a talking
monster before though. But that was a dragon.
“My name is
Sila come from an outside world, don’t you?” asked Bow.
Slime Kingdom, I meant.”
Sila was finally
able to have a good look at his surroundings. The eyes around him move closer
and closer. They were all slime’s eyes. He was currently surrounded by slimes
varied in color and size.
“Oh, yes, I’m a
player who got the slime race. I came from the world outside.”
There was a
murmuring sound from these slimes.
“And, um…, are
you the one who slew Earth Dragon Python, and destroyed Seal of Earth?” asked
that Python had mentioned something like that, so he answered. “Yes. I’m lucky
to be able to do that though.”
caused the slimes to cry out and show their delight expression.
finally, we have hope.” One of the slimes said.
him to His Majesty.” Another voice said. Then, many slimes flocked around Sila.
“Wait, don’t, I
can go by myself,” replied Sila.
Sila. Are you able to move now?” asked Bow.
realized. He couldn’t move since he had come to Slime Kingdom.
“Why am I unable
gotten used to it yet, I guess.”
“Get used to
“Umm, you better
see it yourself,” replied Bow. She turned around and shouted “Auntie March.
Then, a big
slime came forward. Auntie March was a pink-color slime with a cooking hat on
its head. She approached Sila.
color started fading away. The pink color turned into a transparent color but
reflect light, like a mirror. Sila looked into it and then surprised.
didn’t reflect his body but reflected a pink slime smaller than Bow. Its body
was as small as an orange. Once Sila closed his left eye, the pink slime in the
mirror also closed its eye too.
“Wait, this is…”
Sila panicked. Is that really him?
Slime Kingdom. A city of slimes.” Bow smiled.
With him unable
to move, he was tossed onto Bow’s head and carried toward Slime King in the
Palace isn’t a
suitable word describing this place. It was just a big building made entirely
from illuminating stones. It shone brightly even at night.
Bow carried Sila
inside the palace. There were slimes in soldier equipment looking at them but
didn’t block their way. Bow even said hello to them all the way.
Upon arriving at
the hall of the palace, Bow then dropped Sila onto the ground.
ahead. In front of him was an illuminating chair carved with decoration. There
was a big golden slime with a crown on its head sitting on it.
“Are you a newcomer?”
said the golden slime.
“Yes. It’s my
first time arriving here,” replied Sila.
“You are the one
who partly solves our Decolonize the Sime Kingdom quest, am I correct?” asked
the Slime King.
“Yes. I just got
it by chance though. It wasn’t my intention to do such task.”
“Are you also
saying that you weren’t trying at all when slaying down the Earth Dragon? Don’t
be too modest. We have been waiting for you,” said the Slime King.
Sila felt that
there must be some kind of backstory. Actually, he had his suspicion since he
had heard that slime’s nemesis is dragon race while their abilities are so far
apart. There were also some keywords that the Earth Dragon had mentioned:
Decolonize the Slime Kingdom and the Slime Seals.
happened? Why is it a slime’s duty to kill the dragons?” asked Sila.
“Well, I think I
should tell you a brief summary of what’s happened. Long ago, we slime used to
be one of the mightiest races in this New World. We were strong yet peaceful
and not aggressive. These reasons had earned us respect and friendship from
many other races.
brought forth the disdainful from dragon race. Dragons are race hails in
nobility, unlike us slime whom even a king sometimes need to do groundworks.
They believed it was a shame for them that we were equally respected as them.
Therefore, they planned to get rid of us with the underhanded method.”
“Why didn’t they
ask for a direct confrontation?” asked Sila.
if they tried to attack us head on, it would be hard for them to take us down.
Even if they were to win, I dare say that their side would suffer so many
damages, leaving them in a vulnerable position to be besieged by their other
Dragons asked and appointed us to participate in a sparring match held in our
Slime Kingdom. Since they are noble guests, we then did our best to prepare for
their arrival. Our people had all been gathered into the sparring arena.
once the appointed time arrived, we then found out that all eight dragons had
been surrounding us and performed their sacred and secret ritual: Dimensional
Draconic Seal to trap us within. It caused us to be trapped forever in this
place without being able to see the actual sunlight. We found out later that
for this seal to be broken, us slime needs to prove that we are superior to the
as all slimes were gathered together here, including me and three Slime Guardians,
we have no hope to perform such task. We realize that we need to leave it for
people outside to do so. That’s why we have been investing our power to
increase the drop rate of Slime Card in an outside world. I also make sure that
the slime outside is easy to die so that people can easily change their race
into ours. However, we have waited for so long but there isn’t any hope until
you, whom successfully hunt down the Earth Dragon, appeared and finally
destroyed Seal of Earth for the first time,” said the Slime King.
Sila, Slime King’s plan was completely backfired. The result was contrary to
what he expects to. With players recognizing slime as the weakest creature and
obtaining its card in bulk, the value of slime race drops tremendously. No one
would want to change into such trash race.
“Well, Should I
go back and tell people the truth? I think people didn’t change into the slime
race because they didn’t understand your intention,” suggested Sila.
The Slime King
shook its body. “No, it’s me who is at fault. Quality is over quantity. Just
you alone is enough.”
The Slime King
closed its eyes. Its body was slightly glowing in golden color for a while.
“What have you
done, sir?” asked Sila.
“I collect the
cards back. There’s no need for them to be easily obtained anymore,” answered
the Slime King.
Sila nodded in
agreement. He actually didn’t bother much by this. But for him who was playing
as slime race, it was quite sad that players always litter Slime Card on the
ground. Lowering its drop rate should be for the best.
“Well, I don’t
have much time so please pardon my leave,” said Sila.
“Is that so? But
are you able to move already?” the Slime King smiled.
That was true. He still couldn’t move his body. If he needed to be in this form
in the kingdom, it would be a nuisance for him having to rely on Bow carrying
him to there and there.
“How can I move,
“You just need
to concentrate. People usually do things unconcentrated. But in a slime form,
you need to be fully aware of what you are doing,” commented the Slime King.
Sila tried to
concentrate and found that he was able to move for a bit. But when his focus
broken, his body turned stiff. He needed to fully concentrate on moving to be
able to move. This is like performing physical therapy. He needed to focus on
his walk to be able to walk.
Being able to move quite well this fast,” complimented the Slime King.
“Thank you, so,
I will take my leave now,” Sila said his goodbye again.
“Don’t you come
here for obtaining skills?” asked the Slime King.
“Oh yeah, I
forgot about it. I once heard that I need to overcome Way of Slime’s ordeal first.”
“Kuku. You can
obtain all three skills right here and now. As for Way of Slime’s ordeal, you
will have to overcome it even if you don’t want to.”
“I have to do it
even if I don’t want to?” Sila felt curious. This game usually gives player a
freedom to do the quest. Why would this quest be the exception?
“You should try
to go back to an outside world,” the Slime King said smilingly.
Sila opened his
Item Window. There was a Return Scroll in it. Even if he didn’t have a hand, he
would be able to use it by voice command. “Return!”
happened. “Return. Return. Return!” He shouted continuously.
happened. Sila turned his head to the Slime King.
“As I have told
you, Dimensional Draconic Seal prevent us all slime to go outside. That
includes you,” said the Slime King.
“Does that mean I am stuck here forever until another slime wins against the
eight dragons outside?”
If that’s true,
it would spell big trouble for him.
true that you are slime, you’re just half-slime. Once you overcome Way of
Slime’s ordeal, you will be able to return to your original body and able to go
back outside together with exclusive skills for slime race,” explained the
Sila sighed in
relief. “Is that so? Then, can I start now, sir?”
“Yeah. We all
want to go to the outside world as much as you do. After this, I will give you
three skills of the slime race. Then, you need to go to the Cliff of Heroes to
overcome Way of Slime’s ordeal. You can ask Bow’s for that place’s location.
Under the cliff, you will face the trials from three Slime Guardians: Poluk,
Viola, and Divine. You have to overcome their trial with the slime-race skill
to be able to successfully pass Way of Slime’s ordeal.”
Once the Slime
King finished speaking, his body was emitting a bright golden light.
A system sound
You have learned
a racial skill: Fluffy Slime.
You have learned a racial skill: Colorful Slime.
You have learned a racial skill: Transparent Slime.
“You should go,”
said the Slime King.
Sila nodded by
shaking his body up and down. Then, he was gliding slowly following Bow and
went outside the palace.
him, his arrival to the Slime Kingdom caused the world of Monster Soul to
experience slight changes.
First, slime at
Beginning Island doesn’t always drop card upon dying anymore. Slime Card’s drop
rate become 0.01% which is equal to the drop rate of some Dragon Card.
Card’s price was slowly increasing in both buying rate and selling rate. This
is due to system correction that determines the card’s value based on its
changes happened instantly upon Sila arriving the Slime Kingdom. However, as
they’re slight changes that didn’t directly affect players, no one was still
aware of them.
(F) Fluffy Slime
Qi-type skill. Slime is a fluffy being. With this skill, you
can change your body’s fluffiness to become soft and cuddly.
(F) Colorful Slime
Magic-type skill. Slime is a colorful being. With this skill,
you can change your body’s color to become favorable to other slimes.
(F) Transparent Slime
Psychic-type skill. Slime is a semi-transparent being. With
this skill, you can decrease the opacity in your body to make sure that your
skin stays bright.
Sila couldn’t open his system window while following Bow as
it took his full concentration just to glide alongside her. Therefore, he
decided to read slime race’s skill descriptions later.
Bow seemed to be
in a hurry. She went ahead of Sila as he was gliding too slow. She only waited
for him when she was almost out of sight. This happened a lot, so Sila couldn’t
help but comment.
“If Bow is busy,
you can just tell me where to go and I can go by myself.”
Brother, I’m not. I’m just impatient,” replied Bow.
A big smile
emerged on Bow’s pink body. “The faster Big Brother finishes your quest, the
faster I will be able to witness the outside world. I’m just so happy. I have
never seen the outside world before.”
surprised yet also pitied her. He looked around and found that it wasn't just
Bow, but other slimes as well that looked at him with meaningful eyes
containing one word.
Sila started to
feel worried. He wasn’t confident in himself. The more hope they placed on him,
the more pressure he felt. Once when he was a child, his teacher always told
him that he was putting too much thought into his actions. Sometimes, people
don’t need to be concerned about unnecessary thoughts, especially during a
battle. There is no need to think about what would happen if he loses or what
would happen if he wins; he should focus on the fight itself, not the result.
sometimes able to do it. But usually, when he faced stronger opponents, he
couldn’t help but think that he might lose.
thoughts running through his head, his body stopped moving. He needed to focus
again to follow Bow who was waiting for him up ahead.
Both of them
finally arrived at the cliff located near the edge of the kingdom. There was a
signpost saying this place is called the Cliff of Heroes. If it
weren’t for the sign, the cliff wouldn’t look much different from other cliffs.
“Bow, why is
this place called the Cliff of Heroes?” asked Sila.
“Because this is
the place where slimes have to face against hard ordeals. It’s a place to test
whether one is mature enough. If one wants to take on the ordeals, one needs to
prove that one is brave enough to jump off this cliff,” answered Bow.
closer to the cliff. “Thank you for bringing me here, Bow. You can leave now.”
He said as he saw her still standing on the edge of the cliff.
Bow seemed to
hesitate for a moment before determination flashed in her eyes.
jump after me, okay?”
say anything back. Bow had already jumped off the cliff.
downward. The cliff seemed to have a bottomless pit, as he couldn’t see
anything down there but darkness. As Bow said, bravery is needed to jump off
and face against something unknown that is waiting for us.
“Even a little
girl like her can jump...” Sila muttered to himself. He swallowed his saliva
and finally jumped off.
Sila was descending. A dimmed light seemed to be slowly
fading off. Sila was swallowed by the darkness. In the end, he was completely
surrounded by darkness. Now he couldn’t see anything.
It was truly
dark. It felt like he himself had become a part of the darkness.
He didn’t know
how much time had passed. Once Sila woke up, he found that he was finally on
the flat ground. He must have arrived at the bottom of the cliff. He was
surprised by how this place was bright as daytime.
“So you finally
woke up.” A bass sound of a man’s voice rang out. Sila turned his head to look.
There was a
slime as big as the Slime King standing in front of him. This slime’s color was
blue. A scar could be seen under his left eye.
As Sila was a
qi-type player, he could somehow sense qi deep within the slime’s eyes.
“Yes, sir. I
have woken up.” Sila replied before looking around. “Excuse me, sir, where is
“That girl? She
is currently participating in the trial,” answered the blue slime.
Sila was curious. Does this slime mean the ordeals of the Way of the Slime?
“It seems you
don’t completely understand, so I will explain. We slime are different from
other races that are born with their natural energy type. For instance, dragons
are magic-type creatures, merpeople are psychic-types, and wolves are qi-types.
Usually, when humans choose a race, they tend to choose a race that is in line
with their current energy type for efficiency. Well, choosing a race of a different
energy type from their own is fine too. Doing so would grant you the skills of
another energy type. Although it’s not an efficient choice, some people choose
this way as it’s more versatile.
slime race is different. We are able to use all three energy types when we are
young. We only have to choose the energy type once we mature. It’s like a
succubus that can choose its gender once it reaches adulthood. Though, slime
needs to be accepted that they have matured. What that girl, Bow, is currently
doing is trying to pass a trial to prove that she’s mature enough to choose her
own energy type. It’s only that…”
Sila was about
to ask for more details, but as the blue slime paused at that moment, he felt
that he wouldn’t like what he was about to hear. However, he asked anyway.
“It’s only that
Bow is still too young. I don’t know if she will survive. Actually, she
should’ve tried to do it in another five years, but she said she was in a
Sila’s body was
pale. “Wait. Why didn’t you stop her then, sir?”
The blue slime
shook its body with a solemn expression. “I can’t. Jumping off the Cliff of
Heroes means that she believes she is ready to face whatever fate awaits her.
There are only two results: pass the trial or death. It’s a rule. The name of
this place already implies that fact. If you dare to face the trial, you also
need to accept the consequence of your actions.”
stunned. He couldn’t believe that Bow was such a reckless girl. No, thinking
about it, this decision of her was made partly because of him. She might have
been standing at the edge of the cliff for so long, hesitating to face the
trial. But his arrival shoved that hesitation of hers away.
Such a powerful
concept which can lead to either good or bad results. It is like water that can
make a boat float while also able to drag it down. Bow must be impatient to get
out of this place and she believes that Sila can help her do that. She believed
in him so much that she showed her resolve by jumping off the cliff to obtain
yourself in other people’s business. You would be better off being concerned
about yours.” The blue slime interrupted Sila.
“Is what I have
said not clear enough? There are only two results waiting for any slimes who
jump off the cliff: pass the trial or death.”
realized at that time. He came to complete Way of Slime’s ordeal too.
“My name is
Poluk. I’m your instructor in the first trial,” said the blue slime.
“My name is
Sila,” Sila said with a quiet voice. He was still unable to stop worrying about
I’m kinder than the others. For my trial, two days from now, I will let you
fight against a Troll, a level 1000, Squire-ranked monster. You just have to
beat it. Easy, right?” said Poluk.
Sila pulled a
wry face. He wouldn’t complain if he was in his usual human form. But with this
slime form, it was hard to even move. Considering both this and the fact that
he wasn’t able to use qi, how would he be able to win against a level 1000
Oh, he realized
that he still hadn’t read the slime race’s skill descriptions yet.
opened his skill window to take a look at his newly acquired skills.
exclaimed Sila after he had read the skill description.
“What are you
shocked about?” asked Poluk.
was shocked at how useless these skills seemed to be. Fluffy, colorful, and
transparent. How could these things help him in a fight? What about that tale
telling him that slimes are comparable to dragons? Is this supposed to be a
“Umm, I remember
that the Slime King told me that I can only rely on the slime race’s skills to
complete the trials. Am I right?” confused Sila.
correct. What’s wrong with it?”
“Umm, I’m sorry,
sir, but allow me to say it bluntly. I can’t see how these skills can help me
in a fight.”
suspecting? Well, as I’m the kindest and most handsome among three Slime
Guardians, I will let your witness the might of the skill,” said Poluk while he
was hopping into the center of the arena. “As I’m the most handsome and kindest
slime, let me tell you something first. I’m a qi-type slime. The skill that I’m
about to show you is Form…,” oops, what was it called again? Oh, right, Fluffy
distracted as he was curious about the criteria of how to indicate that slime
is handsome or not. Therefore, he missed what Poluk was saying. He could grasp
that Poluk was about to show him the Fluffy Slime skill though.
troll!” shouted Poluk.
The ground was
slightly shaken. A wall in front of them was opened. Giant-size monsters walked
through that wall. In their hand was a hammer that looked crooked just like
“Hm? Why are so
many coming out? Well, whatever,” muttered Poluk.
Tens of trolls
walked in Sila’s direction. Their bodies were huge. One of their shadows could
easily cover Sila’s tiny body. It was bigger than him even if he was in his
human form. With him being in the slime form like this, the troll’s body looked
so gigantic and there should be no way for him to beat it.
Poluk said to Sila.
One of the
trolls lifted its hammer up, then smashed it down to Poluk. Meanwhile, Poluk
didn’t even care to dodge. He instead stood firmly, welcoming the attack.
Based on Poluk’s
confidence, Sila didn’t worry at all. He decided to give his all to watch what
was about to happen closely.
The sound of
something cracking could be heard as soon as the hammer collided with Poluk’s
body. But it wasn’t his body that was damaged. Instead, it’s the hammer that
was broken into pieces. Sila could see that Poluk’s body had turned gray like
sprung himself from the ground into the air. He was rolling as though he was a
blue-color ball spinning towards a troll at high speed.
landed on one troll, he was bouncing off and landing on other trolls as if he
was a rubber ball. Sila focused without blinking and noticed that upon contact,
Poluk’s body would turn gray like steel for a moment, then change back after he
hit the troll.
floating in midair before his body turned black and dived towards the ground at
a high speed. Once he was close to the ground, his color changed once more to
white and he landed softly.
turned into white lights and disappeared at that moment. Not even ten seconds
had passed since the last troll came out.
“Well? Did you
understand anything?” asked Poluk.
using his whole body, “Mister Poluk, why did you sometimes turn black and
sometimes turn white?”
“Think about it
yourself. I have shown you enough.”
Sila tried to
use the Fluffy Slime skill. His body seemed to turn whiter. He had no way to
tell whether his body had become softer or not though.
matter how long he tried, his body wouldn’t turn blacker at all.
Seeing Sila that
was trying, Poluk didn’t interrupt him. He just walked around Sila until the
ground shook slightly again. This time, one orange-colored slime came hopping
towards Poluk with a troubled expression.
Poluk went to
talk with the visitor and they began whispering about something. Sila turned
his head to look at them. However, doing so caused him to lose control and
release the fluffy state. He had to refocus his mind.
‘Being a slime
is so troublesome. I can do only one thing at a time,’ thought Sila.
Poluk and the
orange slime seemed to have finished their conversation. The orange slime went
back to where it had come from. The wall shook again and closed itself off.
Meanwhile, Poluk walked toward Sila. Seeing that, Sila stopped his practice as
he could guess that Poluk wanted to tell him something.
“I have good
news and bad news. Which one would you like to hear first?” asked Poluk.
“Bad news first,
then,” replied Sila. He was the type to keep the good part for later. This way,
at least he would feel that the bad news was compensated by good news.
“The bad news
is… that girl didn’t pass the trial.”
“Does that mean…
she is dead?” Sila’s voice was shaken. Although it was true that he had only
met her today, he could tell that she is a very likable and energetic girl.
“Dead? Why are
you cursing her like that? She just didn’t pass the qi-type trial. There are
still the magic-type and psychic-type trials left,” said Poluk.
“Phew. You told me that it was bad news, so I thought…”
“It is bad news
though. I always hope that there will be one more qi-type slime. Geez…” sighed
this. At least Bow was still trying her best. It seemed like one could afford
to fail up to two times in this whole ordeal.
“What about the
good news, sir?” Sila asked happily.
“The good news
is, just now, there was an error. All of the trolls have been released. There’s
nothing for you to beat now,” replied Poluk.
“Ah? What about
my trial, then?”
This handsome and kind slime has already come up with a solution.”
“What is the
solution?” asked Sila.
“It’s easy. Just
fight against me instead. If you win, you pass.” Poluk smiled.
Sila’s body went
paler without him activating any skill. He wondered how this slime
differentiated between good and bad news.
Chapter 41: Poluk’s
it too hard, sir?” asked Sila.
is it hard?” suspected Poluk.
“At first, I need to
fight one troll, but now I have to fight against the one who defeated tens of
trolls within ten seconds. Isn’t this obviously harder, sir?” objected Sila.
Poluk still pondered. “How? It doesn’t matter how
many trolls there are, does it?”
don’t use your standard to measure others, please. I just started coming into
this world, you know?”
didn’t you kill the Earth Dragon?” Poluk said with a confused expression.
sighed. He started telling Poluk how he had won against the Earth Dragon.
finally nodded in understanding, “You are indeed just lucky.”
right, sir. So, please think of a trial that I might be able to pass. Even just
a slim chance is fine.”
Then, how about making me acknowledge you?” asked Poluk.
“Yeah. Fight against
me. But you don’t need to win. If I acknowledge that you have understood Form…,
pu! what is it called again? Oh, Fluffy Slime, I will give you a passing grade.
On the other hand, even if you win against me, if I decide that your
understanding of this skill is lacking, you will fail,” proposed Poluk.
thought for a while. Compared to winning against Poluk, this trial’s difficulty
level is significantly lower. Thus, he accepted the condition.
let me be blunt. I’m stronger than you so I will only use this skill, while
it’s fine for you to empower yourself with qi,” said Poluk.
replied spiritlessly, “the thing is… I can’t use qi now.”
“When you were still
unconscious, I inspected your body. It’s not that you can’t use qi. You just
haven’t learned how to execute it properly.”
“Haven’t learned how
to execute it?” wondered Sila. He had used qi since the beginning. Why was
Poluk saying this to him?
What level were you when you obtained qi?” asked Poluk.
3, sir,” answered Sila.
I see what you are lacking,” said Poluk.
confusion grew. Why did obtaining qi at level 3 cause him to not be able to use
it well? How is that related?
could see that Sila was confused, so he explained, “Do you know which level
normal people obtain Basic Qi?”
50, isn’t it?” answered Sila.
“Yes. Now think about
it. If you are a normal qi-type player, but your level still hasn’t reached 50,
what would you do?” asked Poluk.
Sila now started to
give it a thought. What would he do? Ignoring qi and hunting monster with the
basic attack? That didn’t sound right.
He couldn’t come up
with an answer, “What would I do, sir?”
sighed, “I guess you must be a direct-confrontation-type of fighter. You
usually win against a weaker opponent or an opponent that rushes at you. But
you always lose to calm and collected opponents, am I right?”
Sila recalled all his
battles. Although he didn’t know why, but it was exactly as Poluk had said.
Therefore, he nodded in acknowledgment.
because you couldn’t use qi directly,” said Poluk.
“Listen, all energy
resources like qi points, psychic points and magic points. They are just pure
energy before being spent performing the skill. The basic of the basics is to
use them without relying on an active skill. It is used to strengthen your body
directly. For instance…” Poluk walked toward a rock. He bumped into that rock,
causing it to shake slightly.
now, I normally slammed my body at it. Next, I will strengthen my body with
the end of his sentence, Poluk bumped at the rock again with the exact same
speed. This time, however, the rock shattered into pieces.
eyes were wide open. Based on Poluk’s jumping speed, his bump seemed very weak,
yet the result was this destructive.
it. You can also use it to strengthen your ankle to jump further. It’s easy to
do. You just haven’t tried thinking about it. Given your ability, I think you
can do it within a few tries,” said Poluk.
closed his eyes and concentrated on thinking, “qi, come, come, come, come,
minutes had passed when, finally, qi power was surging around his body. The
system alarm went off.
You have unlocked a
skill – Qi Reinforcement Level 1.
get it!” Sila felt glad.
“You are happy over
this trivial thing? Qi Reinforcement is normally obtained before Basic Qi so,
of course, it’s easy to obtain,” said Poluk, “Looking at you, it seems that you
don’t possess many basic skills, movement skills, or martial art skills, do
good skills from Lone Wolf’s transmission and the Right Arm of the Seal One was
a double-edged sword. Powerful skills might cause Sila to easily beat
weaklings, but against strong opponents, his weakness would be shown. Sila was
like a person who could run but could not walk. If he couldn’t finish a fight
quickly, he would eventually lose.
For other qi-type
players, Qi Reinforcement is the very first qi-type skill they would obtain.
Later, they would train themselves by getting either martial art skills or
movement skills based on their preference. Meanwhile, Sila had arrogantly
obtained high-tier qi-type skills at the beginning. Given the superior speed
and offensive attack power, he could finish opponents quickly. However, upon
facing a true expert, the result wouldn’t be the same. For instance, when
Montra smashed Lookhin using his mage staff, Montra didn’t use any skill except
Magic Power Reinforcement.
Magic Power Reinforcement, and Psychic Power Reinforcement, are F-grade skills
that have limitless potential. Players can strengthen their body or a part of
their body without limit. Though, they need to be careful, as using it
incorrectly can cause the power to dissolve into thin air. Worse off, there can
be a backlash which will inflict damage onto the user himself.
more thing, you are using Qi Reinforcement incorrectly,” added Poluk.
who was still happy with his newfound power asked back, “How?”
are really stupid. After seeing you use your Qi Reinforcement for that long,
what opponents would be foolish enough to wait for you to throw a punch at
them? By the way… aren’t you tired?”
I am, sir. Qi reinforcement is easy to use but so tiring to maintain,” answered
Sila. He felt like he had run for ten kilometers despite how it had barely been
a minute since he had successfully used the skill.
are wasting your qi. Actually, you need to release your Qi Reinforcement the
moment your attack connects with the target,” said Poluk.
Sila stopped and tried
again. This time, He quickly released his Qi Reinforcement. But the power that
strengthened his body was low.
Then it’s not powerful, is it, sir?”
“That’s the difference
between normal people and an expert. Qi Reinforcement is a simple skill that
anybody can use. But for you to use it well, you need to quickly release it
while using the most appropriate degree of power,” Poluk said, while releasing Qi Reinforcement ten times in one second.
The power surging each time was very powerful.
can do it faster than this, but the power I get will be weaker. Ten times
within a second is my current limit to use it in actual combat,” said Poluk,
“Do you know why I am teaching this to you?”
it because I’m weak, sir?”
“You’re a weakling, I
know that much myself without having you to tell me. The actual reason I teach
you this is because Qi Reinforcement has a similar concept to Formless… oops!
Again! I meant, Fluffy Slimel,” said Poluk, “so, try practicing Qi
Reinforcement first, then use it as a model for practicing Fluffy Slime later.”
one last piece of advice from the kind me. Do you want to hear it?” Poluk
started a conservation again.
course, sir, what is it?”
“Our slime-race skills
always have more than one way that they can be used. The characteristic of our slime race is formless, so our skills aren’t
limited to what they appear to be. Well, I have given you too many hints. I’m
going now and will come back tomorrow. Your food is lying there,” said Poluk
before walking away.
Sila said his goodbye
then focused his concentration on practicing Qi Reinforcement. Once he felt
tired, he would stop, and then start anew. He was focusing on the speed of
releasing qi reinforcement prior to the power obtained from it. He would
increase the power later, bit by bit.
Once he became quite
accustomed to Qi Reinforcement, he decided to switch to practice Fluffy Slime.
This time, his body became soft very quickly, unlike his first try before he
had practiced Qi Reinforcement. Sila was glad by such result. Therefore, he
tried harder in practicing Qi Reinforcement.
didn’t know how much time had passed. This place was under the cliff but it was
always so bright even though there was no sunlight. Sila guessed that it must
be due to some kind of artificial sun.
Currently, Sila was
quite proficient in Fluffy Slime. However, no matter how many times he tried,
he had never once succeeded in changing his body color to black.
Poluk said that all slime skills always have more than one method to use for. I
have to try recalling the time he used this skill.’
for his qi to regenerate, Sila was recalling the fight between Poluk and the
trolls. He tried to remember which time Poluk’s color had become black.
‘This skill is similar
to Qi Reinforcement. So far, he only used it for the brief moment that his body
connected with a troll,’ thought Sila.
Sila was talking to himself, “There’s one time he used it outside the combat,
Poluk had finished defeating the trolls, he was floating in the air. Then, his
whole body turned black and dived downward at high speed, before changing to
white before softly landing on the ground.
diving down at such speed should result in high impact, causing a loud noise.
But when his body turned white, there isn’t even a slight crack on the ground.”
Sila gave it some
thought. He was racking his brain to come up with an idea. Finally, he got his
understand now. Hahaha. I’m quite smart, yes?” Sila was shamelessly
voice came from behind him. Sila turned his body to look and found that Poluk
was standing there.
sir, have you been there all the time? I couldn’t feel your presence at all.”
haven’t. One day has passed so I returned. Well, if I’m really waiting for you,
you wouldn’t feel my presence either way. Now, tell me, what do you
understand?” asked Poluk.
smiled and started to explain:
Slime isn’t only able to make our body softer. It can be used to make us
heavier, lighter, harder, and softer, totaling in four characteristics. Being
heavier is used for attacking, being lighter is used for dashing, being harder
is used to increase impact, and lastly, being softer is used to increase
speed.” Sila made a big smile.
isn’t 100% correct. But your understanding passes the mark. Very Good.”
the end of Poluk’s sentence, Sila’s slime body was glowing.
system sound could be heard.
You have overcome the
trial Way of Slime (Qi Part).
Skill (F) Fluffy Slime
has been promoted to skill (A) Formless Soldier.
was surprised and opened his skill window to check the new skill’s description.
Racial skill: (A)
Qi-type skill. An art
of the qi manipulation. Can be used to change a part of the body or its
junction to become harder, softer, heavier, or lighter.
The power of its
effect is depended on Qi Reinforcement.
qi-based attack power by 20%.
are you letting me pass, sir? We still haven’t fought yet,” asked Sila.
“I told you. If I
acknowledge you, you pass. This trial’s objective is for you to understand this
skill. Given that you have understood it to a certain extent, there’s no need
for us to fight,” replied Poluk, “Viola will come here in a minute. Before we
part, let me tell you something. The highest level of Formless Soldier is to
become harder, softer, heavier, and lighter simultaneously. If you achieve this
level, you can say with confidence that you’re an expert.”
Poluk had finished, he dashed toward the wall. He hopped over it and descended
down at high speed. This time, though, his body didn’t have any change in
realized something at that time. Poluk was very proficient in this skill to the
extent that there was no need for him to change his body’s color. Poluk had
been deliberately changing his color to give Sila a hint. Moreover, he even
taught Sila Qi Reinforcement and gave him a clue about slime skills having more
than one way that they can be used.
“Mister Poluk is
indeed a very kind person,” muttered Sila.
Fluffy probably makes him resist blunt damage, and at higher levels maybe he will be able to make himself hard like rock.