13: Fated To Die Alone
Liu called out. “Doesn’t that basically mean we can completely ignore all
danger to us?” He asked.
Zellin responded with a nod of his head.
group’s teachers could only shake their heads from afar.
through the city was quite peaceful, with most people ignoring them. Some
people would occasionally raise an eyebrow at the goblin following their group,
but most couldn’t care less.
group leisurely walked out of the city and onto the road, walking for several
hours, occasionally passing other parties who chose to ignore them. During the
night, these seemingly harmless travelers would eventually turn into vicious
criminals when the people grew sparse and the eyes on the road became few. Unlike
Zellin and his friends, most people didn’t have the luxury of being guarded by
high level characters such as the group’s teachers, so they would have to plan
their trips carefully, returning to the city as night fell.
skill, was a common skill book, available to most who wished to remain elusive
to the laws of the world, which provided limited information on the deaths of a
guild’s guild members, depending on the strength of a guild. The Hide skill’s
usefulness, likewise, depended on the user’s level, but it was more than useful
in getting rid of average kids of Zellin’s level and reputation.
group wasn’t in any hurry, as the knowledge of being guarded has ironically
lowered their guard. Having to travel back in the night has suddenly grown to
be a much more relaxing event to the group.
they arrived on the hill where the Unfortunate Child Church stood, they saw
that there were several groups spread out on the very wide graveyard
surrounding the hill. This graveyard spread out several kilometers and many
groups could be seen fighting low-leveled ghosts.
began to leisurely walk down the hill, towards the graveyard. “Let’s get on
with this.” He said, as if this was a menial chore that he was forced to do.
group walked by the numerous graves, they saw that the graves had no names
engraved onto the tombstones. These children were found dead by the World
Moderators, who hadn’t bothered to engrave a name onto their tombstones. They
were purely there to be experience points for the living.
the families of these children, given the choice, wouldn’t have buried their
children here, in a place for people to level.
going on?” Zellin asked, confused. “How come no ghosts are coming out?”
these ghosts are simply confused, not inherently wrathful. We have to provoke
them somehow.” Greenz explained. “But may I make a suggestion?” Greenz asked.
Zellin nodded to him, telling him to go on. “Many ghosts never suffer true
deaths. They simply lose their power to manifest their spirits in this world
because their ‘bodies’ or apparitions lose their energy when they become
damaged. But I suggest we purify them.” Greenz said, looking to Zellin for
do you suggest we do that?” Liu asked.
fire.” Greenz replied.
we do it.” Reyal said, stating his opinion. “No one deserves to live in that
wretched state. I have flame enchantments ready to go.”
we going to provoke the ghosts?” Liu asked plainly.
looked around, waiting for someone to bring up a better idea before sharing
his. No one spoke up; everyone was in the midst of thinking, so Zellin spoke
his mind. “We could, literally, piss them off…” He said quietly.
turned to look at Zellin, disappointment in his eyes. “Dude…” Was all he said.
Zellin responded with lifted hands and shrugged shoulders, as if he didn’t do
anything wrong. “Do you have a better idea? Isn’t the point to provoke them?”
it.” Sasha responded, immediately receiving a loud, “No!”
wants to see that. Seriously, Sasha, have some respect for yourself.” Zellin
responded with disdain.
moment of debate, the group forced Liu to do it. No one else wanted the burden
of the act weighing down their karma.
didn’t mind much and peed freely. After a moment, two apparitions appeared out
of two graves, forcing Liu to finish up and retreat quickly. Zellin shook his
head as he silently thought, did he have
to pee on two graves?
emptiness where their eyes and mouths should be, looking rather gloomy. Their
bodies faded into nothingness at their waists, and their hands extended into
sharp claws. The almost translucent, green-glowing apparitions let out loud
shrieks, extending their hands out threateningly, and displaying the might of
Level 8 Ghosts.
Zellin called out, signaling the flame enchantments, while he called out Bear
and his own fire enchantment spirit. Their already ready weapons all lit up, a
flame encompassing them with an intense heat. The flame enchantment spirit
fused with Bear’s body, similarly encompassing his body with flames, making him
look like a hellhound.
let them pass through you! Always be ready to defend with your weapons; they
won’t be able to pass through them.” Greenz called out.
at one ghost while Bear charged at the other. Liu and Bear both leaped in the
air; Bear lunging in with his sharp, burning fangs, and Liu brandishing his new
Level 8 50 kg Claymore, activating the skill Guard Break as he neared the
ghost. He relaxed his hands and let the intense weight of the claymore come
crashing down onto the ghost, before skillfully ending the skill and regaining
control of the sword.
the claymore was almost twice Liu’s weight, he had always worked hard to
increase his strength despite his scrawniness, and was able to wield the heavy
claymore relatively easily. As for the immense weight increase as a result of
the skill Guard Break, it was simply a matter of balance and control, which Liu
had been adjusting to for a long time.
ghost Liu attacked screeched as the burning sword hacked into its apparition,
causing a mild headache and a loud ringing sound in Liu’s ears. The ghost swept
out with its long arms as Liu landed on the ground, ripping its claws into
Liu’s face. The wound didn’t bleed, turning black where the claw bit into Liu’s
Not good, Liu thought urgently, struggling to regain his
balance and flee. The ghost immediately swept out with its other arm, but was
blocked by Coral’s swift figure and burning daggers, giving Liu enough time to
simply savage, allowing himself to take a beating as he clawed and bit into the
ghost. Zellin took advantage of this situation by freely making use of his Stab
Dismemberment skill; not bothering to control the swift stabs, and simply
allowing the flaming spear tip to stab without restriction as Zellin doubted he
could actually dismember a ghost.
and Reyal took every opportunity to send out fireballs towards the ghost Zellin
was facing off against. Because Bear’s ability to defend was more limited than
Liu and Coral’s, Bear’s opponent was naturally made the main target.
also contributed by shooting flaming arrows. As she didn’t have a fire
enchantment spirit like Zellin, she didn’t allow any of her pets to come out.
the group’s average level was lower than these ghosts, their teamwork allowed
them to slowly whittle down the ghosts’ health. Eventually Zellin’s opponent
let out a hopeless screech, the last of its health being consumed by Reyal and
Greenz’ fireballs. The ghost’s now mostly translucent body became engulfed by
flame and disappeared, leaving behind a glob of almost translucent,
ghost down, it didn’t take long for the other ghost to join it in the next life
as its body also disappeared into nothingness in the midst of a flame.
gathered the ectoplasm while the others gathered the money. “Hey, check it.”
Zellin said, picking up a bronze, rusty ring. “A Level 7 Specter Ring.
‘Distorts one’s image, making one semi-translucent, and allowing one to blend
into their surroundings.’ Hmm, you can activate its effect 5 times a day.”
Zellin read aloud. “Here, Coral.” He said softly, walking over to Coral and
handing her the ring. He still felt quite awkward around Coral, which is why he
spoke so softly, but the ring suited her the best, so he instinctively gave it
grabbed the ring and looked at it before a shy look appeared on her face as she
misinterpreted the softness in Zellin’s voice. “Zellin, I was actually going to
talk to you about this earlier, but… You see, my father’s not quite normal.
He’s very… whimsical. That ‘engagement’ the other day doesn’t have to last if I
come to him in a few years and explain things clearly. The other day’s event
was purely to satisfy a passing thought.” She tried to explain awkwardly. “So
you see, I don’t think I can accept this.” She said, holding the ring back up
was silent for a moment, in shock, slowly processing the information and slowly
becoming revitalized. Before long, a wide grin appeared on his face and he
began to giggle at his past dilemmas before calming down and letting out a sigh
of relief. “Ah, thank you Coral, I needed that. You don’t understand how much I
hate the idea of marriage. I truly don’t believe that two people can truly love
each other in such a close relationship without a piece of themselves dying in
the process. Unfortunately, I love myself and I love freedom. I’d only be
miserable in a marriage. Thank you, Coral, truly, thank you.” Zellin said,
closing in on Coral and giving her a heartfelt hug.
smiled wryly at the situation. Dude,
aren’t you fated to die alone? He couldn’t help but think.
released Coral and began to walk back to the church, merrily whistling and
taking in this moment of freedom. “Ah, the ring!” Coral called out as she
followed behind Zellin. “Keep it,” Zellin replied. “It fits your class the
atop the hilltop, Reyal took out some cooking equipment, cracker ingredients,
the ectoplasm, and some blood, getting to work on the Ghost Crackers.
group lounged around for about an hour before Reyal finished. “I’ve made quite
a lot, but hopefully we won’t need this much.” Reyal told the group.
summoned Leggy as they walked into the creaky, old church, to see that Leggy
now had a silk sac attached to her abdomen. Zellin simply raised at an eyebrow
at this development, wondering how much money he would make from these spider
hatchlings. Zellin considered producing his own personal spider army, but his
mind wouldn’t be able to handle that many spiders and he wasn’t sure of Leggy’s
own ability to control the spiders.
had Leggy climb up to the ceiling and lay down a spider web trap, which Reyal
put some green-glowing crackers onto. Then the group simply sat around and
waited. According to Greenz, Ethereal Mice were apparently quite brave due to
their very successful, sneaky ways, so the group didn’t bother to hide and
simply sat around on the church pews, attempting to seem casual as they engaged
in some light conversation while they waited.
assumed they would have to wait for quite a while, but 15 minutes later they suddenly
heard subtle nibbling sounds. Zellin looked over and saw that some crackers
were being slowly whittled away, with chunks disappearing to nothingness.
gave a mental signal to Leggy and the web that was laid down abruptly rose into
the air, trapping the creatures inside. Zellin casually walked over and grabbed
the web in the air, holding it up to see an empty space in the middle of the
web. Zellin heard some nibbling sounds, assuming that the little buggers were
trying to bite through. Unfortunately they weren’t able to, and the web grew
dead, eh? Well I won’t fall for it.” Zellin said playfully. Zellin suddenly
wondered if he could put them in his inventory, when he suddenly remembered
that Bo had done the same for his spider prince. Zellin casually followed Bo’s
example, putting the web into his inventory. “Well, mission accomplished. Let’s
head back.” He said to the group.
the rush?” Liu replied. “It won’t matter if we stay a little longer. Why don’t
we level for a bit?” He suggested.
Coral responded. “I don’t think we should tempt fate here. It’s true that I
might be guarded, but that’s no excuse to act reckless. We should go back while
there’s still light out.” Coral said, worried.
Coral. You’re the princess, what’s the point in worrying? The king wouldn’t let
anything happen to you. Besides, we haven’t leveled together ever since we came
to Ultimate Super Fighter City. C’mon, it will be like the old days.” Reyal
looked to Zellin, urging him with her eyes to support her, but Zellin simply
shrugged. He really didn’t care.
end, Coral could only follow the group as they continued to hunt.
I have a bad feeling about this, Coral couldn’t help but think to
herself, unable to let go of that feeling in the pit of her stomach.
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14: We All Want Her Forgiveness
not going to rely on possible guards to keep me safe. Farewell.” Sasha said
frankly, walking away. Once she was outside, she summoned a large white bird,
which she used to fly away.
really wanted to go with her, but she couldn’t abandon her friends, so she
stayed, albeit, reluctantly.
finally gone; thank god.” Zellin exclaimed.
group hunted for a couple hours, storing their pee into bottles so they could
gently sprinkle them onto unfortunate graves when they wanted to fight. The
method worked fine, conserving the urine so that the group didn’t have to
passing group expressed their disgust with Zellin and his friends, explaining
that all they had to do was hit the tombstone a couple times, leaving Zellin
and his friends thoroughly embarrassed. Zellin coughed awkwardly in response,
telling the other group that if you urinate on the graves, the ghosts become
more savage and reward more XP.
group’s eyes widened in surprise. “Really?” They exclaimed.
embarrassment was too much for Zellin to take, so he lied to make himself seem
less monstrous, which ironically, turned him into more of a monster, for that
other group would surely test out this theory. Before he could be blamed for
seducing the other group into doing what they were originally so disgusted
about, he told his friends that it was time to leave.
time the group left, the sky was already beginning to darken. Coral slowly
began to walk faster and faster as they walked along the road, hoping that she
could subconsciously urge these guys to hurry up. It worked for quite a while.
Though Zellin was lazy, he really didn’t want to be outclassed by a girl, so
he, along with the others, continued walking faster and faster, unaware that
this was out of the ordinary, or that they were being tricked by Coral’s superior
walked as fast as she could without running, but it wasn’t enough. About half
way on their journey, it became thoroughly dark on the road, and two thirds of
the way there, a stranger appeared on the road, blocking their way.
figure suddenly disappeared, preparing a preemptive attack.
well, well, little ones, it seems you have reached a crossroads.” The masked
figure called out, causing Zellin’s eyebrow to raise as he thought, dude, the road only goes straight from here.
“One path leads forward, to the city, the other leads… to your graves. How
to find the right path you ask? Of course, gold will naturally pave the path to
a brighter tomorrow!” The masked man said theatrically.
looked around to see that five others have surrounded them, and their levels
seemed quite a bit higher than Zellin’s.
wouldn’t try anything if I were you.” Zellin called out calmly. “You are in the
presence of a princess.” He explained.
laughed out loud in response. “You mean this little one, here?” He asked as he
abruptly thrust his hand out and grabbed the air, causing Coral’s image to
appear out of the darkness. The man wrapped his arm around her neck and pointed
a dagger at her face. “So you’re saying that if I kill this little girl, there
will be deadly consequences?” He said unimpressed, with a mocking grin. Coral
closed her eyes in fear. She was scared, as scared as she’s ever been. She
couldn’t even struggle against the man’s unmovable body.
was about to explain further when the man suddenly released Coral, only to
thrust his dagger under her chin, all the way into her brain. The dagger
immediately took the majority of her health, inflicting the bleed effect. The
shock from the dagger stabbing into her brain caused her brain to shut down
soon after, and soon after that, she bled away the last of her health.
watched with wide eyes as Coral crumpled to the ground, and as her body glowed
white before shattering into pieces, fated to disappear into nothingness, like
so many monsters Zellin has killed before.
The man laughed. “Princess my ass. Now hand over your money lest-” The man
called out before the sound was drowned out in Zellin’s mind. Zellin was
completely still as he stared at the pieces of white light drifting in the air,
his mind processing this information slowly. He suddenly felt a silent scream fill
his mind with immense intensity. I was
wrong, I was wrong, I was… He constantly repeated in his mind.
world around Zellin suddenly started to move, and he realized he held his spear
in his hands. Realization of the situation occurred within Zellin and tears
streamed out of his eyes as he thought, come
back, come back, please god…
was a flood of thoughts that entered Zellin’s mind, and as was his nature, his
urge to escape overwhelmed him. “AAAAHHHH!!!” He screamed with all his
world disappeared before Zellin into a white, hot rage and an intense pain
filled his entire body. I deserve to die,
he thought sorrowfully, before completely passing out.
struggled to open his eyes to see that he was back in his room. He looked down
at himself to see that he was heavily bandaged. An intense pain filled his body
whenever he willed himself to move.
slowly recalled what had happened and tears, once again, began to stream out of
his eyes. He sobbed softly, regretting everything; his decisions, his
character. Is god fucking with me? Why
would he reincarnate a useless fuck like me? I should have truly died back
then, before all this…
opened his eyes and looked up at the sound of the door, to see Reyal walk into
the room. When he saw that Zellin was awake, he turned on the lights to reveal
his grim face and bandaged body. “Hey…” He said dejectedly.
I-” Zellin tried to explain selfishly before Reyal cut him off.
it’s okay. She’s alive.” He said softly, causing Zellin’s tear-stained eyes to
widen. “She was resurrected at a church, here, in the city. She’s back in her
room, but she hasn’t woken up yet…” Reyal explained.
was dumbstruck for a moment before asking, “What happened?”
smiled wryly at the question. “I don’t really know.” He responded. “After Coral
died, you lost your mind and began to attack, screaming at the top of your
lungs. The rest of us joined the fight, but he we weren’t their match at all.
Eventually I passed out and when I woke up, I was back here.”
immediately guessed the situation. Our
guards knew that Coral would be resurrected and only stepped in to save us at
the last second. Zellin could only smile wryly. He was happy that no one
truly died, but he intensely hated himself for causing the situation.
Was all Zellin said. After a moment, he struggled to get out of the bed.
there. You look pretty banged up. Where are you going?” Reyal said, worried.
smirked in response. “Aren’t you also injured? I’m going to see Coral. I need
to ask for her forgiveness.” Zellin said determinedly, as he struggled to walk
to the door.
didn’t try to stop him and simply sat there in depressed thought. We all want her forgiveness… He thought
slowly managed to walk out of the door and walked down the hall for a distance
before he approached Coral’s room.
slowly opened the door and peeked in to see Coral sleeping peacefully on her
bed, in one piece. Zellin let out a sigh of relief, thanking god in the
process. He walked into the room, closing the door behind him. He pulled out a
chair from a nearby table and placed it next to Coral’s bed.
there for several hours, awaiting Coral’s return to the world. Zellin was
sleepy, but his need for forgiveness let him ignore it.
watched Coral’s sleeping face with gentle eyes, careful to avoid anything that
might disturb her peace. I never knew how
much I cared for her, until that moment… He thought to himself. He never
wanted to experience something like that ever again. In both of Zellin’s lives,
no one had ever died on him, with the small exception of his grandfather dying
when he was at a very young age. As such, the pain of loss bit into him at that
moment like the cold in middle of a snowstorm. Like he was naked in that storm…
Cold and vulnerable, only wishing for escape.
wouldn’t have hurt that bad if Zellin didn’t care for Coral the way he did. It
almost makes him want to regret caring in the first place… Such was Zellin’s
selfishness. He needed Coral’s forgiveness like he would need water in a
desert. It was necessary for his survival in this world.
until dawn when Coral’s eyes began to flutter open. She looked at Zellin’s
smiling eyes before remembering what happened. As her memories flooded in, so
did the pain. Her tears flowed out uncontrollably from her closed eyes. “Get
out.” She said quietly.
didn’t quite understand. “Coral, I-” He tried to say before getting cut off.
OUT!” Coral screamed. Zellin really didn’t understand. In the instant before
her death, Coral had felt everything. The blood streaming out of the hole under
her chin, and her stunted thoughts as the dagger pierced her brain. She tried
to scream, but her broken mind wouldn’t allow it. Before it ended, she had felt
the pain in full.
please.” Zellin said, attempting to dissuade her.
Zellin! I – said – GET OUT!!!” She screamed at the top of her lungs, her
tear-stained eyes unable to even look at Zellin.
could Zellin do? It felt like his heart was breaking, and he was helpless to do
anything but leave the room, struggling not to cry.
closed the door behind him, and leaned back against it, tears once again staining
his face. Fuck, I’m pathetic. She’s the
one who died, and I feel like I’m the one who needs pity. “URGH!” He
exclaimed, biting his lip till it bled. FUCK
are you OK?” Came a voice.
opened his eyes to see that it was Sasha, holding her hand out as if she was
afraid he would collapse. “Fuck off, Sasha! What the fuck are you even still doing
here!? Get the fuck out!” Zellin yelled, letting out her frustration on Sasha,
before storming off as quickly as he could.
could only sigh helplessly at Zellin’s distant figure. He’s still a child. If he wants to survive in this world, he’s going to
have to grow up. Sasha thought to herself before re-opening the door to
was sobbing quietly with her eyes closed, and didn’t notice Sasha as she walked
over to sit next to her. Sasha waited for her sobs to slow before she spoke. “You
know, I’ve died before.” She said, causing Coral to open her eyes and stare at
Sasha with empty eyes. “I was burned to death with magic. The pain was excruciating.
Until today, I’ve never fully recovered, but do you know why I continue
onwards?” She asked.
Coral asked quietly.
of my sister.” Sasha said, an unexpected softness in her eyes. “You see, Coral,
when someone truly cares for you, you’re not allowed to give up, because to
give up would be to spit in that person’s face. You can only repay that love by
living.” Sasha explained. “Tell me, do you have anyone that cares for you?”
look suddenly appeared on Coral’s face. “No one cares about me. I thought my
father did, but he let my guards watch me die. I thought my friends did, but
they ignored my opinion which lead to my death.” She said, looking down with
despair in her eyes.
sighed in response. “I wouldn’t make that decision just yet.” Was all she said
before she got up and left the room.
stared at where Sasha’s figure was. She
wants me to regain my hope… Coral thought to herself. She sighed and closed
her eyes. For some reason all she could think of were her carefree days back at
was sitting on a bench in the courtyard, staring blankly at the slowly
brightening sky. He tried to stay as still as possible, as silent as possible,
hoping everything would just pass by him. I
should probably leave after today... He thought to himself. I’ll find a good bar, get good and drunk,
then, hopefully, I’ll die from alcohol poisoning.
Came a voice from behind Zellin. He looked up to see that it was Liu, bandaged
and using a crutch to walk. “We’ve been summoned.” Liu said.
king?” Zellin said with a raised eyebrow. “Why bother? I’m leaving soon
anyways.” He said in disdain.
flashed across Liu’s face, and he grabbed onto Zellin’s throat from behind with
immense strength, allowing his crutch to fall to the ground. “You pathetic
fuck.” Liu said with gritted teeth. “I’ll kill you before you run away. Coral
just died, you asshole! What we need to do right now is stay by her side! Let
me know right now if you can’t, cause I’ll end you right here if I have to!”
here, to get that sour taste out of your mouth
15: Insight Into The Dao
responded by quickly jabbing Liu in the nose with his fist, then continued to
throw him over the bench. Zellin sat on Liu’s body and sent fist after fist at
Liu’s arms, which were blocking his face. “Fuck you, fuck you.” He said as he
winced every time his bandaged arms were struck, and Zellin winced when he
simply moved his arms. Liu immediately began to time Zellin’s punches, then
suddenly threw an elbow at Zellin’s face, striking him to the ground.
simply lied on the ground, breathing heavily, with a gash on his face where Liu
elbowed him. There was no more fight left in him. Liu, likewise, also lied on
the ground, breathing heavily, with his arms flaring up in pain.
she doesn’t want me here anymore.” Zellin struggled to say, discouraged.
you.” Liu said with heavy breaths. “Aren’t we a team? Fuck your feelings,
Zellin. You’re the only friends I have; like hell, I’m going to let you leave.”
stared at the sky from the ground, thinking about what Liu said. He suddenly
smirked, self-mockingly. Liu’s more of a
man than I am, and I’ve lived three times as long as this kid. He’s as selfish
as I am but he doesn’t give a fuck what anyone thinks. Zellin thought to
himself. I want to stay friends too…
Liu.” Zellin said slowly. “We’re a team.”
hours later, Zellin, Liu, and Reyal were gathered in front of the king’s
throne, kneeling with their hands on the ground, struggling from the pressure
the king exerted.
didn’t need you, I’d extinguish your little life, here and now.” The king said,
discontent in his voice. “Do you have anything to say for yourself?”
the king sounded displeased, seeing how depressed these kids were gave him a
strange sense of joy. When the king was told of these kids’ situation at that
time the king had ordered Coral’s guards to teach these kids a lesson by saving
them at the last second and allowing Coral to die. Coral had already suspected
his father for doing this, since she had been guarded closely ever since she
was born, and also because she knew her father the best, and his character
wouldn’t see this act as being out of line.
king saw it, since he’s the one who sacrificed his life force to set up a
Resurrection Contract with Coral and the laws of the world, it was naturally
his right to use Coral’s life as he wished. Though he loved his daughter
dearly, to him, it wasn’t like she was truly going to die. Plus, when he
considered the torment that he had to go through to reach his level, he simply
summed the whole thing up as a good learning experience.
tried to say something, but was he was already struggling hard enough to simply
know the name of this city, of this kingdom?” The king asked, receiving no
response. “Ultimate Super Fighter City of Super Kingdom.” The king said slowly,
expressing a point. “Do you know why I’m allowed to name my kingdom like an
idiot? Because my strength is sufficient enough to allow my idiocy.” He
explained seriously. “But as for you kids, you kids are worse than shit in the
eyes of the world! You have no right to act like an idiot!” The king yelled,
the intensity of his voice causing Zellin, Liu, and Reyal’s ears to ring. “The
only way for you to survive in this stage of your life is to cling to life like
a cockroach, using all possible means to survive, and taking the least amount
of chances possible. Thus, as your king, I’m ordering you to stay within the
vicinity of the city unless I decide otherwise. Until you kids gain some
insight into the Dao of cockroaches you’re grounded until further notice.
the king said ‘dismissed,’ he simply lessened the pressure exerted on Zellin
and his friends. The king sat back and watched the kids struggle with all their
might to lift their injured bodies and hobble towards the doors.
doors to the courtroom closed behind Zellin and his friends, they looked at
each other seriously. “He’s right, guys.” Reyal said solemnly. “We can’t keep
fucking around like we use to.”
nodded in response then looked to Zellin who had some hesitance in his eyes.
After a moment, though, Zellin’s eyes grew resolute. “Yeah,” he replied. “We
can’t waste a second.”
they got back to the house, Zellin went straight to work on some body-mending
pills to help their recuperation. Though their HP was filled to the max, their
actual bodies were still recovering.
Zellin worked in his lab, the door opened to reveal Coral’s shy figure, still
dressed in her sleepwear. Zellin turned around and was stunned into silence for
a moment. “Hey, Coral…” He said cautiously. “How are you feeling?”
Coral responded shyly, unsure of how to approach. She felt quite guilty for
yelling at Zellin earlier. It was an emotional moment for her, and Zellin was
unlucky enough to be around. “Zellin, I just wanted to say I’m so-”
Coral. You don’t have to say it.” Zellin swiftly responded. “I’m the one who
should be saying it to you. But I won’t, instead, I’ll earn your forgiveness. I
promise to work harder from now on.” Zellin said, the words almost feeling
empty in Zellin’s mind. He’s repeated those exact words so many times in his
two lives, but he usually reverts back to his lazy mindset. But this time, the
experience that changed him was associated with a death of a loved one, which
deeply affected Zellin. This time, it wasn’t just for himself that he desired
to change, but for the well-being of his friends. I’m not going to let you down ever again, Zellin though resolutely.
smiled in that bittersweet moment. “Friends?” She asked.
smiled back. “Friends.” He said, pulling close to hug Coral.
walked in on the touching scene and couldn’t help but mentally pat herself on
the back, somehow feeling responsible for this moment. But as Zellin hugged
Coral with closed eyes, enjoying the moment, he sensed her presence and simply
said, “Fuck off, Sasha.” He didn’t want her to ruin the moment.
could only frown and leave the room.
you so mean to her?” Coral asked, releasing Zellin from the hug.
probably because she walked into our lives without properly attempting to be
our friends.” Zellin said frankly.
be nicer to her. She’s a good person, and we’re lucky to have her in our group.
If you’re nicer to her, she just might open up to you.” Coral scolded, before
leaving to comfort Sasha.
I should be nicer to her, Zellin thought to himself. Or else her crazy strong sister might seek
Zellin reverted back to peak condition, he began to train every day, harshly
punishing his body and pushing it to the limits. Since he couldn’t leave the
city to level, he was determined to raise his skill levels instead.
frequently sparred with his teacher, using several different kinds of
pole-arms. Whenever he grew accustomed to using one, he would store it in his
inventory, causing his weight to grow over time, and only forcing him to grow
stronger. After reaching his weight limit, Zellin trained in martial arts,
slowly growing accustomed to the weight.
also train together with his pets, improving their coordination and overall
fighting skills. Zellin experimented with various tactics he could use with his
current skills and matched them up with his friends’ various skills, analyzing
the night, Zellin continued to read about the Primordial Tongue, his mind
slowly becoming accustomed to the effect the book exerted on his mind. As his
wisdom stat grew, he began to slowly understand that this was a book on teleportation,
which was related to summoning in a way. There were other uses for the
Primordial Tongue that were lightly touched upon in the book.
for a somewhat detailed account of a minor explosion-type Runic Formation, the
rest of the lightly touched upon subjects were useless to Zellin, and only
served to expand his general knowledge of the Primordial Tongue.
teleportation was way out of Zellin’s league, a Runic Formation of
teleportation was also described in a very detailed manner. After numerous
attempts to create the formation, he eventually succeeded in an attempt,
granting him the Runic Formation skill. And with the information that flooded
into his mind about Runic Formations, Zellin managed to follow the bread crumbs
in his book and construct a minor explosion-type runic formation.
unusual, new manner, Zellin worked hard every day, working even when he was
resting, and growing stronger each day.
the New Year came around, and Zellin received a notification that it was almost
time for the Noob Village tournament. Zellin casually brought it up to his
friends and they were oddly excited for the event. They had stayed dormant
within the mansion for half a year and were eager to test their strength.
days later, Zellin took Reyal and Coral to the Noob Originals base to see the
guild leader and join the guild. After joining the guild, they found Bo and
signed up for the tournament, naming themselves Las Cucarachas.
took this time to give Zellin his share of the money he received from the World
Moderators, as he rarely saw Zellin anymore. During the last summer and fall,
Bo had been helping Zellin find mates for Leggy, because Leggy seemed to hate
all males and ate all of her partners. As the king refused to give anymore
handouts, Zellin and his friends were forced to find their own way to make
money, though Zellin naturally found a lazy way of going about it.
Zellin and Bo split the profits of selling spider hatchlings 50/50, Zellin was
still making several hundred gold with each transaction, and Zellin never
actually did anything. Since Leggy became a spider elite, she would only mate
with males of that rank, and Bo was forced to find these spiders, while making
sure that they were below Leggy’s level, so that Leggy would be able to eat her
partner afterwards. Zellin simply did nothing but take his share of the gold,
causing Bo to feel quite unsatisfied, even though he was also making good
went out of his way to lead guild members to several spider caves, in the hopes
of driving up the price for the spiders.
when winter began, Leggy refused to mate, thus ending this lucrative business.
the day came for the preliminaries of Noob Village’s Floor 1 teams.
the fated day is finally upon us.” Zellin began to recite as he waved his hands
around to accentuate his words. “Let us make haste to the arena, so that we may
sooner vanquish our enemies and rejoice at our victory!”
calm down. We all get it, we’re heroes on a quest to rule the land, blah, blah.
Stop making a scene; people are starting to stare.” Reyal said in the midst of
a large crowd who were on their way towards the nearby arena.
from all over the city were gathering in the arena to watch the fun. Many guild
leaders have also come, hoping to see the talent of the younger generation.
Village was a trial guild, created by the kingdom’s numerous powers, and was
similar to a college basketball team. It was a place for the younger generation
to stand out among their peers, and ultimately show the real guilds what
they’re worth. Getting into a good guild, meant less worries in life, and
automatic power granted by ready connections.
of the many powers backing Noob Village, it also had many connections, allowing
members to easily make money and slowly grow rich enough for the very expensive
class upgrades, whose prices were purposely set by the World Moderators to be
Cucarachas followed the crowd into the arena where they found an usher to lead
them to their contestant’s seats.
wasn’t long before the main arena was filled to the max, with many people
standing along the aisles just to see the show.
ladies and gentlemen!” Called out a well-dressed man, walking to the middle of
the large platform in the middle of the arena. The crowd grew silent and
focused on the man, making him a little nervous. “Who’s ready to see a good
show today?” He said loudly, which was followed by more silence.
with the fighting!” Someone from the crowd yelled loudly, followed by a, “Yeah!
Let’s get shit moving already!” The crowd raucously agreed.
Well fuck me for trying to put on a good show, the announcer thought to himself.
on with the show.” The announcer said, complying with the crowd. The announcer
hurriedly went on with drawing lots and announced in which arena which fights
would occur in. Then the people began to stream out, heading to the fights they
wished to see. But many people stayed in the main arena to watch the team which
was said to be the most likely to win. For the first floor, this team was Bo’s
team, which Sasha’s sister also belonged to.
separate arena, where the crowd was somewhat sparse, Zellin, Reyal, Liu, Coral,
and Sasha stood on stage opposite a group of teenage warriors, dressed in
chainmail and leather. The other group’s members were all Level 8, and were all
wielding either swords or axes.
Cucarachas vs. Team Ravage is about to begin.” The referee announced.
“Remember, to win you must either push the other team off the platform, cause
them to concede, or kill them all. Yes, everyone, killing is allowed, and Noob
Village will take responsibility for all deaths; not that anyone can really do
anything about it. Yeah, I’m talking to you, group of fresh off the teat, Level
5s. Back out now, while you can. No? You know their team is called Team Ravage
right? It means destroy, in case you didn’t know. I can literally feel that
these guys plan to kill you. No? Okay, but don’t blame me. Right, everyone take
a moment to get ready.” The referee said, ignoring these kids’ foolishness.
took this moment to summon Bear, Leggy, and Sparky, who was now half a foot
thick and 3 meters long.
also summoned a wolf next to Bear, a two and a half meter long, pure white dire
wolf. The dire wolf looked to its smaller, half-its-size counterpart, Bear and
began to let out a low growl, causing Bear to back away. Sasha looked over to
Zellin, and Zellin watched as Sasha’s mouth slowly curved upwards, ever so
slightly, into a self-satisfied smirk.
could only smile wryly, thinking, fuck
sorry for the wait
16: Nell, Necromancer
also summoned her white bird, the Snow Garuda. The bird immediately gave Sparky
a glare when she came out, which Sparky simply ignored. This type of birds hate
snakes with a passion. If Sasha wasn’t there to control it, it would undoubtedly
try to rip Sparky apart.
climbed her bird and rose to the air, Reyal enchanted everyone with several
spells and Zellin summoned some enchantment spirits.
what does the scouter say about their power level?” Zellin asked, with an eager
over 9000.” Reyal replied dryly, not seeing the point, but Zellin told him to
say it earlier, and he really didn’t care.
covered his mouth as he began to giggle uncontrollably. Fuck, I love that show, Zellin thought to himself.
in the year, Reyal got a job to fix the enchantments at a local bathhouse near
their house, which served to keep the water hot and produce bubbles. When Reyal
heard of this magical public bath, he naturally spent some time peaking on the
women’s side of the bathhouse.
would sneak in when no one was around and hide behind a bush, waiting for women
to come in. But one day, he was appalled to see that some old man took his
hiding spot. Reyal pretended to be an angry employee to hide his shame and the
old man began to get scared of getting exposed so he offered him an
apprenticeship to keep Reyal quiet.
man actually turned out to be one of those rare, reclusive Scribesmen, who
spent their lives analyzing and recording others’ skills into skill books that
they made available to the public. Since class colleges would be so secretive
were their skills, there were naturally people like the old man who wanted to
learn those skills.
class skills were usually immediately bought by their respective colleges,
Scribesmen still managed to make money. Actually, the fact that Zellin was able
to get his desired Contract skill before getting his class, was simply pure
through his newfound apprenticeship, Reyal learned the skill Insightful Eye,
which allowed him to analyze basic skills and people’s levels and classes. At
higher levels they could even analyze the flow of mana in people’s levels.
seriously, these guys are all Level 8 Warriors.” Reyal responded.
Zellin replied nonchalantly before casually suggesting, “Blitz?”
but we have like 8 minutes. My mana will run out at that time.” Reyal replied,
also not caring too much about it.
guys ready?” The referee asked, receiving nods from both teams. “Right, begin.”
He said as he got out of the way.
first thing to reach the other team was a hail of arrows from above. With
Reyal’s enchantment and her natural skill, Sasha’s hand was a blur as she drew
three arrows at a time and released them in her bow in an instant, before
continuing to send three more in the next instant.
second thing to reach the other team was Zellin, who was not only enchanted by
Reyal, but also his own enchantment spirits, along with his Sprint skill. As
the other team struggled as hard as they could to block the arrows with only
their swords while occasionally getting shot, Zellin came in as a blur,
thrusting out with his quarterstaff, and using the impact of his quarterstaff
hitting his opponent square in the chest, to stop before the enemy team.
opponent was thrown into the air, traveling a large distance, and almost
falling off the stage. But before this unfortunate person could let out a sigh
of relief, multiple arrows pierced his body as he became Sasha’s only target,
for her fear of accidentally hitting Zellin. The person let out a begrudged
wail as he threw himself off the platform.
happened, the other team had realized the arrows were gone and immediately
turned to attack Zellin, but at this time, Reyal and Coral joined the party and
picked out their opponents while Zellin defended against the other two.
Liu, Leggy, Bear, Sparky, and Sasha’s dire wolf came, and, well, you can guess
concede! We concede!” The other team yelled after finding themselves being
beaten to the ground.
Ravage concedes, Las Cucarachas wins!” The referee announced.
sparse crowd couldn’t help but have some complaints.
that a little unfair? Their team has two Summoners!” One person complained.
the battle was before the actual battle when they were summoning their pets and
enchanting each other. They shouldn’t have been given that time.” Someone else
those guys really Level 5?”
and his friends levels might make people assume that they’re weak, but their
stats were comparable to regular Level 9s thanks to constant training, and
their skill levels were possibly higher than some Level 10s. And though it
might be unfortunate, the group’s style of fighting half the battle before the
actual battle, was all within the rules.
not bad,” Zellin said, pleased. “I wonder how long we can keep this up?” He
asked. Zellin usually had a negative predisposition towards the future, thus is
uncaring attitude. He always expects life to fuck with him somehow, especially
if things were going well.
next battle, a couple days later…
didn’t have time for a preemptive attack. The enemy’s archer immediately
targeted Sasha, with a slightly lower speed and skill than Sasha, but nonetheless,
it managed to hinder her. As Sasha’s Snow Garuda was an elite beast, even
considering its low level, it was able to easily dodge the incoming arrows and
block whatever managed to close in, but this slowed Sasha’s rate of fire. Sasha
grew annoyed, and the enemy archer unfortunately drew her focus.
enemy mage had also began the attack with the enemy archer, she held out her
staff and electricity gathered at the blue pearl staff head before releasing
the skill Chain Lightning which bolted out of the staff and headed straight for
reacted quickly, using a trick he had recently discovered, his contracted
shield in his inventory was summoned out and was immediately equipped by
wasn’t slow either, casting an earth element enchantment on Zellin, causing a
layer of stone to grow on Zellin’s shield.
aimed the shield as the Chain Lightning clashed against its rocky surface;
though the stone absorbed much of the lightning, Zellin still felt the shield
grow hot and a shock run through his body. Zellin shrugged it off and called
out to his friends. “Time it well,” he said.
his friends, and their small army of pets, ran forward at a steady pace, unlike
their previous battle’s all out sprint, straight towards the warrior in the
led the charge, as he was wary of the mage, and he was also the only one with a
shield. But the charge would only take a couple seconds, so it wasn’t of
paramount importance unless the mage had a secret insta-spell that had some
intense effects. But as the mage saw there was going to be a heated fight, she
began to gather storm clouds; this spell would take longer than a couple
seconds. She was hoping for the warriors to hold out for a little longer.
other two warriors that held back at the sides grew worried as they saw the
charge, and immediately rushed to help, making it at their companion’s side
just as Zellin and his friends arrived. But just as they arrived, Coral and
Reyal leaped high into the air with the support of Reyal’s enchantments and
sprinted towards the mage.
the enemy warriors couldn’t be bothered with it, as they had their own fight to
worry about. Fucking kids, one of
them thought. You’re out of your league;
this tournament wasn’t made for Level 5s!
this might be true for Zellin’s slightly weaker pets, Zellin and his friends
had more than enough right to fight on this stage, which they immediately
proved as the enemy warriors became overwhelmed seconds after they began to
this time, Sasha had dealt with the archer, forcing him off the stage, and the
enemy mage, was similarly dealt with, becoming beaten to a pulp.
maybe we’re better than I thought.” Zellin wondered to himself.
match was more challenging.
enemy team was composed of a dark mage, a priest, a hunter, and two heavily
armored knights with lances and shields.
first thing the enemy did was lower their eyesight with the priest’s spell,
while the dark mage slowed their movement, causing some irritation among Zellin
and his friends.
responded as best as they could. Sasha’s Snow Garuda, Hail, jumped off the
ground and began to take flight as Liu hopped up on its back and Coral grabbed
on to its leg. With the Reyal’s enchantments basically cancelling the dark mage’s
slow effect, and Hail’s natural overwhelming speed, Liu and Coral swiftly found
themselves at the other side of the platform while Zellin began the charge.
knights hesitated for a moment, before falling back to defend against Liu and
Coral. But even though they weren’t being slowed by any spell, their heavy
armor, lances and shields, caused their reaction to be somewhat lacking. By the
time their lances were in range, Liu had already knocked their hunter into
unconsciousness and Coral had forced the dark mage off the stage, while the
priest managed to run off to the side.
would be able to manage the fight quite well, but Coral would have to struggle
as her daggers’ range was negligible in this fight. Luckily, Zellin arrived at
this time and with his help they managed to defend against the knights, while
Reyal took care of the priest.
the end, like their other fights, they managed to win because of their
the audience hated the way Zellin’s group won their matches, they couldn’t keep
their eyes away from their overwhelming charge, which brought in even more
spectators to grumble about Zellin’s team and their unfair advantage in numbers.
In this way, Las Cucarachas earned some fame as ‘that horde of fucking
Eventually, Las Cucarachas made it to the top 14, where they would be forced to fight in duels involving only one person from their team, along with the team match. The team match was worth 2 points, and the duals would continue until a team won 3 matches, for one point each.
came time for their next match, Zellin and his friends had come early to watch
the other matches and see what level the top 14 was at, but Zellin wasn’t
really in the mood so he went to competitor’s lounge to take a nap.
Zellin walked in he saw that someone else in a black robe was already napping
on one of the couches. Zellin ignored it and chose a couch to lay on.
Zellin was in a deep sleep, dreaming about cockroaches.
no… I can’t die… cockroaches are… invincible! Ugh? Ah?” Zellin exclaimed as he abruptly
woke himself up. Shit, how long have I
been sleeping? Zellin asked himself.
got up and saw that black robed kid staring at him from the other couch. “You’re
weird.” He said dryly.
you, you’re weird.” Zellin retorted.
that summoner from that cockroach team, right?” The kid said.
you?” Zellin asked casually.
necromancer.” He replied, just as casually.
we’re like the same.” Zellin said, comparing their classes.
we both have others do our fighting for us.” Nell replied frankly, immediately
causing some annoyance in Zellin. Screw
you, he thought. I fight all the
level?” Zellin asked.
Nell said, continuing on in that casual tone.
level 9? But you’re like my age; how often do you level?” Zellin replied,
avoiding revealing his level, as he was quite embarrassed about it.
really level. Most of the time I’m putting together skeletons, which I send out
in the wilderness to get experience for me. They die a lot, but it works.” Nell
mouth twitched as he heard this. For some
reason this kid is pissing me off, he thought.
that girl Coral on your team?” Nell suddenly asked.
what of it.” Zellin responded.
that she’s the daughter of the king.” Nell said with curiosity.
you hear that?” Zellin said, becoming slightly defensive. “And why’d you want
reason.” Nell said nonchalantly. “It’s just that it’s always been my dream to
get with a princess.”
face twitched again, and was just about to teach this kid a lesson when Liu
entered the room.
we’re up.” Liu called out.
revoir, I’m out.” Zellin said to Nell as he headed out of the room. It’s probably better if I don’t attract
attention to Coral’s status anyway, lest some kidnapping situation or something
occurs, Zellin thought silently, already regretting not beating this little
pervert into a pulp.
to Zellin, Nell’s eyes were wide in shock. Was
that French? Is there even a French language in this world? There is English… Damn,
if I could only google it... Nell began to wonder.
17: The Enemy of All Women
one-on-one match, the group sent Reyal out first, since there was no way to
know who their opponents would send out. Though Liu had the most
battle-oriented class, Reyal had the most ability to adapt because of his
enchantments. And though he was an Enchanter, and this world was setup like an
MMORPG, this world didn’t really wish to take away people’s individuality and
freedom. This allowed numerous ways to develop your ‘character’ and allowed
classes to be less stereotypical.
since Reyal picked up the sword, he was interested in mastering it, and with
hard work and the assistance of his new skill, Insightful Eye, Reyal’s mastery
over swords became no less than Zellin’s skill with spears, and perhaps he was
this world only restricted the armors and clothing you can wear by level and
not by class, Reyal still chose to wear free-flowing robes. They grew wide near
his legs to allow free movement, but were still tailored perfectly as to not allow
it to get caught under Reyal’s shoes. They were much like Zellin’s robes, and were
likewise, Level 8 clothes.
wasn’t too worried about its defense. Though its defense was still quite good,
compared to heavier armors it was somewhat lacking. But Reyal wasn’t worried
about getting hit either, as he had a lot of confidence in his skill.
went up to the fighting platform and took out his sword as he waited for his
opponent. To Reyal’s surprise a pretty girl walked up to the stage and also
took out her sword, a katana. She was wearing the loose clothes of a martial
artist and Reyal saw that she was a Level 10 Swordswoman. Swordswomen or swordsmen,
typically had high levels of mastery over the sword compared to regular
was immediately disheartened and began to walk off the stage.
are you going? Do you wish to forfeit?” The referee asked.
whatever.” Reyal said with a waved hand. “I don’t want to fight a girl.”
swordswoman’s eyebrows furrowed in annoyance. “Why are you afraid I’m not your
equal?” She asked with displeasure.
stopped and looked back. “No, it’s just you’re so pretty. I’d rather date you
than fight you.” He said boldly.
swordswomen only grew more annoyed. “Are you saying women are only good for
dating and that they can’t fight?” She asked again.
grinned in response. “You’re feisty; I like that. I’ll fight you if you promise
to go out with me.” Reyal said eagerly.
shook his head in shame as he watched from his seat. It won’t be long before you’re the enemy of all women, he thought
rather die.” The girl said frankly. “But if you impress me with a fight I might
grow to respect you as a fellow swordsman.” She said, holding in her disgust.
Though she had no intention whatsoever of respecting Reyal in anyway, she
wanted to thoroughly cut him up for looking down on her.
Reyal said, resigning himself to the girl. “But when I win, we should get some
lunch together.” He said confidently.
Someone from the crowd called out. As they were in the main arena and the
matches were being held one by one, the packed crowd was forced to listen to
that whole scene. “Seriously, who cares about your love life?”
stabbing each other already!”
you didn’t even get her name and you’re already asking for dates?”
and the girl held their swords out, and slowly drew closer together, wary of
the other’s skill. Soon there was only two meters between them.
moved into a more defensive stance before saying, “How ‘bout you go first? It’s
the lady’s right.”
eyebrow twitched as she charged in.
sighed at this frontal charge. I was
hoping she’d show some more grace, Reyal thought in disappointment. But the
girl unexpectedly disappeared as she was about to close in. Shit! It’s a movement skill! Reyal thought as he hurriedly threw his body
into a roll, away from his original position.
felt the eerie presence of a blade pass above his head as he ducked and threw
himself to the ground. Reyal’s hair was quite long, so some hair was inevitably
I better start taking this seriously, Reyal thought to himself as he got
up and activated some enchantments. “You’re quite impressive,” he said as he
prepared himself for the next bout.
was now behind where Reyal originally was, didn’t say anything. She fully
focused in this fight. She charged once again.
before, the girl seemed to have disappeared, but Reyal was prepared this time
and was about to send his elbow back to where Reyal sensed the girl’s presence.
But he froze. Fuck! I really can’t hit a
girl! He said helplessly as he felt a cold steel blade cut into his neck
sending blood spraying out of the wound.
instantly threw himself to ground and yelled “I concede, I concede!” as he
curled his body up and defended his face.
The girl exclaimed coldly.
audience immediately began to boo in displeasure.
a fucking loser!” Someone called out.
home! No one wants to go out with you!” Someone else yelled.
his Preserve skill to stop the bleeding on his neck then slowly walked off the
stage with slumped shoulders. This is the
biggest failure of my life, he told himself.
Reyal.” Zellin said as Reyal sat down. “You actually successfully dodged the
first time and failed to dodge the same move the second time. As failures go,
that was pretty impressive.”
Cucarachas, send up your next competitor.” The referee called out.
go.” Zellin told the group.
grew quite wary as Zellin walked onto the stage. She knew that Zellin was a
Summoner and that it would be tough to get past his pets and face him alone, so
she decided to taunt him. “Tch! A summoner!” She exclaimed in disdain. “If you
were a real man you’d fight me by yourself.”
crowd immediately expressed their approval. “Yeah! Stop hiding behind your
summons!” Someone called out, while others also expressed their agreement.
smirked in response. “Fine, I won’t use my pets. But the result won’t be any
different.” He said.
long before the two competitors were facing each other. The girl thought that
beating a summoner without his pets would be simplicity in itself and didn’t
plan to do anything special as she closed in to attack. But as soon she got
close, Zellin threw a powder into her face which served to immediately blind
showed no mercy as he stabbed the girl over and over, causing her to concede. Though
Zellin also believed in equality for all, Zellin had no innate concern specifically
for women like Reyal did. Fuck feminism, he
thought. It’s nothing more than excuse to
be a bitch. It’s better to simply be a humanitarian.
shook his head in shame as he watched from his seat. It won’t be long before you’re the enemy of all women, he thought
next opponent was an ice elementalist who sent a barrage of ice spears at Zellin,
and tried to finish him off quickly before he could summon any of his pets. But
Zellin pulled out his shield and dodged as he summoned a speed enchantment spirit;
after fusing with it, it wasn’t long before the enemy mage was repeatedly being
stabbed into conceding.
opponent was a paladin, to which Zellin immediately conceded, causing loud boos
from the crowd. Instead, Liu went up to face the opponent.
up on stage and pulled out a large, weighty, meter and a half maul.
referee announced the beginning of the match, and Liu confidently walked
towards his opponent with his war hammer over his shoulder. From the way he held
his weapon, you might assume that it was a tough weapon for him to wield, but
that assumption is dead wrong. Liu’s strength stat is the highest among his
group of friends, far surpassing the strength of regular Level 5 warriors, and
was closer to, or might be higher, than most Level 10 Paladins; he could wield
the weapon like it was an extension of his hand.
got closer, he asked, “Ready?”
paladin smirked under his helmet. “How could I not be ready for a child?”
shrugged in response before holding out the full weight of his maul. He raised
his maul as if he was about to strike, but unexpectedly charged instead. Liu
activated the skill Tackle, which tripled his speed and strength as he closed
in from close-range.
paladin was caught unprepared and Liu charged into him, causing him to step
back and lose his balance. But Liu didn’t stop and immediately used the skill
Guard Break, increasing the weight of his maul as it aimed to hammer the
took another step back and hurriedly raised his shield. The maul and the shield
collided with the loud sound of metal clashing against metal. As the force was
too much for the paladin, his shield was forced downwards by the impact, and
his chest immediately became the target of a heavy kick from Liu.
all his strength above the paladin’s center of gravity, on his sternum, causing
the paladin to inevitably fall down to the ground with a heavy thud.
Liu cried out, activating the skill War Cry, which increased his damage by 10%,
before ruthlessly beating the paladin on the ground.
became frantic and hurriedly raised his shield as he healed himself. This
caused Liu to begin aiming for his legs, but just as the maul was about to
strike, the paladin rolled out of the way, causing the maul to clash against the
solid arena floor. As this stage was usually meant for fights between much
higher leveled people, the floor was extremely sturdy.
rebound vibrated up to Liu’s hands with intensity, causing him to release the
maul. “Shit.” Liu exclaimed.
paladin got up and instantly pounced on the unarmed Liu, savagely slashing at
him with his sword.
concede!” Zellin yelled from his seat.
Cucarachas concedes, stop fighting!” The referee called out, causing the pissed
off grudgingly walk away.
happy either. “Why’d you concede?” Liu asked after walking off the platform. “I
could have beaten that guy.”
stubbornness would have gotten you killed.” Zellin reprimanded. “Here take
this.” Zellin said, handing Liu a pill, before leading the group to the
platform for the team battle.
immediately had an advantage as the swordswomen couldn’t fight because she was
still blinded, making it that much simpler.
opponents were somewhat smarter than their previous opponents. They had a
warrior, a paladin, the ice mage, and an archer. They grouped together, with
their fighters at the front, and waited for their opponents to come to them.
and his friends responded by pulling out their bows and sending a barrage of
arrows at their opponents. Though most of them were only mildly skilled in
archery, it wasn’t hard for them to simply aim and shoot.
warrior and the paladin were hammered with arrows, and whenever the ice mage or
the archer moved out from behind them to send out their own long range attacks,
they immediately became targeted.
mage did the only thing she could think of and prepared the spell Cold Mist,
causing a mist to soon spread out over the whole stage. It effectively chilled
Zellin and his friends, slightly slowing their movements and hiding their
was slightly positive about the situation. This
could work out, he thought to himself.
activated Insightful Eye while Coral’s activated Night Hunter Vision, which all
served to enhance their eyesight. Insightful Eye would be able to pick out
subtle changes in Reyal’s surroundings, and Night Hunter Vision was a sort of
thermal vision skill.
and Coral charged out to hunt, while Sasha took to the skies to see from above.
Zellin also let Sparky out, many snakes had a skill similar to Coral’s.
take long for the other team to quit.
me, or we much better at this than I think?” Zellin couldn’t help but wonder.
end, the crowd was still mad as Zellin and his friends cowardly avoided confronting
the other group. Then when they won in the midst of the mist, they could only
attribute it to foul play.
remained, and the other teams gathered in the arena to see who would get the
free pass to the next round.
winner of the draw is… Las Cucarachas!” The announcer called out.
Of course they won!” Someone in the audience called out in displeasure.
guys don’t deserve it!”
could only smile wryly. “How did the crowd end up hating us so much?” Zellin
asked his friends.
first, we won most of our matches by outnumbering our opponents. And our last
match probably didn’t help either; especially since you blinded that girl.”
why didn’t we just fight them normally?” Liu asked.
shook his head in disappointment. “Liu, don’t you see? Fighting like cowards
will only lead us further down the path of the cockroach. You need to meditate
more and gain some enlightenment.” Zellin reproved.
couldn’t respond, and only sighed as he thought, the only enlightenment I’m having is I’m slowly on the path of losing
all my honor.
made error in chapter 16. top 14 not top 10.
18: Fucking Losers
day, Zellin and his friends watched the other teams from the top 7 do battle.
Zellin couldn’t help but be a little intimidated. Zellin cringed at the thought
of fighting Bo’s team as they completely slaughtered the team they faced. Everyone
on their Bo’s team had high skill levels for this Floor 1 competition, and
Sènah’s huge polar bear was absolutely ferocious.
Zellin also saw that Nell’s team made it to the next
round. The crowd hated him as much they hated Zellin’s team. Nell overwhelmed
his opponents with a large pack of beast skeletons that were seemingly endless.
Zellin was quite impressed by the fact as he couldn’t manage controlling that
many summons; his current limit was 4 summons. So whether he summoned his pets,
an elemental, or an enchantment spirit, he could only summon 4 at once.
Eventually it became time for the next round, and
unfortunately for Zellin, his team was facing off against Bo’s team, according
to the structure of the tournament. Zellin could only sigh helplessly as he
made his way to the arena with his team. I
wonder how soon we should forfeit, Zellin pondered to himself.
They had come quite early today, before the crowds came
in, as the tension got to the whole team, causing them to become restless.
Surprisingly, when they walked into the arena, they saw
that Bo’s team had also come early.
Sasha immediately rushed to hug her sister.
“Woah there, little sister.” Sènah exclaimed as Sasha wrapped her arms around
her. “I know I said to follow your friend everywhere he goes, but you should
visit more often. This way, you won’t be so excited whenever we meet.” She said
with a smile.
greeted Zellin and his team as they approached. “Sorry if she’s been a bother.
I didn’t expect her to take my words so seriously and start living with you.”
She said with an awkward smile.
it’s not like you dropped off a baby for me to take care of, or anything.”
Zellin said wryly. “It’s not like you left her there expecting me to find a
home for her and buy her skill books, or anything. It’s not like she
relentlessly follows me everywhere I go, or that I sometimes find her outside
my door, waiting for me, in the morning or anything.” Zellin expressed
nonchalantly, in detail.
smiled in return, ignoring Zellin’s sarcasm. “Well, thanks for taking care of
Bo signaled, nodding his head to the side.
took the hint and walked off to the side where the two could talk privately.
when have you been friends with Sasha’s sister?” Zellin asked casually.
her. Yeah, I never really noticed her until half a year ago. At that time, she
was suddenly popping up everywhere, asking to go hunting, and do quests
together. Or just to spar and practice our skills. She’s kind of clingy.” Bo
replied without thinking much.
smiled wryly in response. “Did she mention she had a sister?” Zellin
yeah. I asked if she had any family once, and she said she just had a sister,
but that she would likely become jealous of any friends that Sènah makes.” Bo replied.
That bitch! Zellin thought to himself. She pawned off her obsessive sister on me so
that she could get a boyfriend! Bitch!
Bo continued. “I have a proposal to make.”
said, snapping out his thoughts of revenge. “What is it?”
‘bout we call ‘no summons’ for our match?” Bo suggested.
Why? All you guys really need to do is sent out Sènah with that beast of a beast of hers, and the
match is yours. Are you perhaps giving us a chance?” Zellin asked with a raised
grinned in response. “Let’s just say it’s a way to enhance both of our teams’
individual battle skills.” He said. As Bo had a somewhat close relationship
with Zellin, he didn’t want to be ruthless.
Zellin agreed. “Do you want to set up the individual matches too? I suggest you
send Sènah out first.
I’d love to face her without her summons.” Zellin suggested.
grinned as his sense of competition arose. “Okay, fine. Who do you want for our
second and third participants?” Bo challenged.
‘bout the warrior and the shapeshifter. And how ‘bout we say that spirit
enchantment summons are allowed, as they’re basically normal enchantments?”
Zellin suggested, hoping to get as much as he can get. They also had a flame
elementalist, but that guy was seriously deadly and Zellin wasn’t inclined to
having slow healing burn scars for the next couple of months.
ho. You don’t want to face up against me?” Bo taunted.
kidding?” Zellin responded, intending on being frank. “You’re just as bad as Sènah’s polar bear. No one wants to
face up against you.”
If that’s the way you want it, that’s fine with me.” Bo said, complying with
Zellin’s wishes. “But you know, you’re still going to lose, right?”
yeah.” Zellin said dismissively. “We’ll see for sure when it’s done.”
teams simply sat on the arena platform and chatted as they waited, knowing that
it wouldn’t be long before they were fighting instead of chatting on that
flows on and the arena slowly becomes filled with people. Soon, the arena was
packed and the referee announced the beginning of the match.
went on stage, and as agreed upon, Sènah went up too.
The referee called out.
simply stood there, waiting. Sènah also remained still for a moment, before calling out, “Should we
have a moment to enchant ourselves?”
Zellin responded. Zellin summoned the spirit of a cheetah and fused with it, causing
his agility to gain a boost. Zellin didn’t stop there, he also emptied his
inventory of all his weapons. Multiple spears and staffs appeared out of thin appeared
and landed on the ground with a clang, along with a halberd and a glaive.
stretched his arms and legs before moving all his weapons off to one side and
equipped two javelins. “Ready.” He called out.
Sènah raised an eyebrow at this sight. Is he aiming for a long ranged fight? She asked herself. Sènah also fused with some enchantment spirits after equipping her mace and shield, then prepared for the javelins.
She replied. “Let’s start.”
words barely left her mouth before Zellin’s body flickered slightly and Sènah saw that the javelin was already
upon her. She instinctively raised the shield to cover her face. CLANG!
javelin clashed against Sènah’s shield, Zellin was already sprinting forward. When Sènah lowered her shield, her eyes
widened as she saw the second javelin flying straight at her, leaving her only
with enough time to raise her shield again. CLANG!
Zellin threw the second javelin, he instantly summoned a reserve spear from his
inventory, and when his javelin once again clashed against Sènah’s shield, he was already upon
lowered her shield and instantly felt a sharp object poke her neck; Zellin’s
spear was subtly resting on her throat.
sighed. I was going to stab her
mercilessly, but after getting to know the other team, I’m just not in the
also sighed. She could receive the damage from the spear and attempt to fight
back, but if she was too slow, the spear could pierce through her neck, leaving
her trapped. Though she’d have sufficient health points left over, Zellin could
literally pick her up with the spear and throw her off stage.
concede.” She said with some bitterness.
crowd was surprised. “Well that wasn’t too bad.”
Someone else said with a nod. “He actually used some skill this time.”
and he didn’t mercilessly stab a helpless girl either.”
Zellin vs. the warrior.
seen this guy on that spider dungeon clearing the guild did. Though he seemed
quite skilled, Zellin wasn’t really sure as he never had the chance to stand
out while Zellin was watching.
thought about using javelins again, but quickly abandoned the idea. It only
worked last time because Sènah’s shield limited her visibility, but the opponent was wielding a
two-handed sword; plus, they’ve already seen that trick. Zellin equipped a simple
warrior didn’t waste any time and activated the skill Charge, which was pretty
effective in closing the distance with your opponent in a short time. He
abruptly stopped and lunged his sword out; he was slightly wary of the range of
quickly dodged to the side and thrusted his spear with his right hand, but then
he saw his opponent’s sword was already sweeping in from the side. Zellin had
no choice but roll to the ground, mid-strike. He’s faster than I thought, Zellin observed. Zellin quickly got up
and defended against the next strike. As Zellin was quite confident in the
durability of his spear and his own strength, he held his hands out and let the
shaft of the spear accept the full force.
Zellin couldn’t help but exclaim as he felt the force of the impact. Shit, he’s stronger than I thought too,
Zellin thought with slight worry.
warrior pulled back the sword, Zellin abandoned the idea of transitioning his
stance as it was too slow, and simply let go of the spear as he opted to insta-summon
another short spear which he immediately stabbed at his opponent’s wrist.
The warrior exclaimed as the spear pierced his wrist, disabling his left hand’s
movement, and forcing him to wield the two-handed sword with one hand. That
didn’t stop the warrior though, as hurriedly slashed down once again, but
before the sword got far, Zellin leaped and insta-summoned a shield which he
used to block the sword before it was half-way down.
smirked. This is more my speed, he
thought as stabbed his short spear into his opponent’s jugular, midair. He activated
the skill Penetrating Stab, and forced the spear in deep before once again,
abandoning the spear to insta-summon another, which he used to completely
disarm the opponent’s sword, leaving him at the mercy of a series of quick
concede!” The warrior exclaimed. The warrior awkwardly pulled the spear which
stabbed down his throat and into his chest. He cringed as the spear painfully
made its journey out of his body, before handing the spear to Zellin and
walking off the stage.
Zellin vs. the shapeshifter.
referee announced the match to begin, Zellin quickly sprinted forward, while
the opponent took the time to transform. The shapeshifter’s muscles bulged out,
his hair grew thickly on the sides of his face and fur grew on his bare upper
body. Zellin threw javelin after javelin as he ran, but the shapeshifter refused
to dodge and allowed the javelins to pierce into his body. Then the
shapeshifter’s eyes began to glow with a yellow light and his hands transformed
into deadly claws.
time, Zellin within range, and he thrusted his recently summoned pike out. The
shapeshifter’s elongated arms weren’t slow, and managed to catch the pike,
mid-strike, and ripped it out of Zellin’s hands. Zellin tried to summon another
spear, but as a new spear found itself in his hands, the back-end of his pike,
now in the hands of the shapeshifter, whipped against his face sending him to
that, the shapeshifter’s beastly and bloody body pounced, and thoroughly
ravaged Zellin into conceding.
Zellin exclaimed, as he walked off the stage. “What a beast.”
wants to go up next?” Reyal asked.
and Sasha immediately refused. They didn’t want to be at the mercy of a savage
go.” Liu called out bravely.
For the win.
Liu vs. the shapeshifter.
fought bravely,” was all Zellin could say when Liu’s beaten and bruised body
walked back to his seat. Liu was simply overpowered. Whether it was speed or
strength, he was thoroughly beaten when up against that beast. It didn’t take
long for him to be cut up with claw marks, and it didn’t long after that for
the beast’s immense strength to send him flying off stage.
guess it’s my turn.” Reyal said dejectedly. He couldn’t force this responsibility
on a girl.
bravely went on stage, but the second the shapeshifter charged forward on all
fours, he immediately yelled, “I concede!”
losers!” The crowd yelled out.
shook his head thinking, there’s no point
in trying now. Zellin saw that they only really had a chance in the
one-on-one duels, and had no expectation of winning the whole match. He only
went this far for the fun of it, so he went up on stage and announced his team’s
forfeit to the referee.
crowd was no doubt, displeased, and quickly commented on their team’s
cowardice. But Zellin didn’t care, as there was no way to win against Bo’s
team. He’d rather save himself the trouble.
Liu was also displeased that they forfeited, he too, saw no way of winning.
shook his head as he watched the match disguised as an old man from the crowd. What a bunch of babies. How am I supposed to
raise that kid if he has no fighting spirit? That Liu kid though, he has potential. I seem to remember he began
walking down the road of the blacksmith. Maybe, I should help him out… The
king thought to himself.
i'm thinking of rewriting the story, let me know what you think
19: Living In A Well
they lost, it didn’t faze Zellin. He had no real intention of winning the
tournament anyway; he just wanted to see how much progress he’s made.
their match, Zellin and his friends stayed to watch the next match.
watched the one-on-one duels, but he grew uninterested after sometime as
nothing impressive stood out for him. Then the group match began, and a curious
light flashed in his eyes as he saw Nell walk up on stage. He was curious as to
whether or not he could pass this stage.
other group were no pushovers. They had three highly skilled clerics, an
enchanter quite proficient in archery, and their leader, a beautiful minstrel.
They even won the earlier one-on-one duels, albeit, barely, with a 3 wins, 2
didn’t seem impressed. He looked as uninterested as Zellin when this match
referee announced the beginning of the match and both teams immediately went to
work. The three clerics charged and the enchanter raised their agility and
strength, while the minstrel took out a fiddle and began to sing.
That dick who cut in line,
I’ll make sure to cut his dick off,
That asshole who stole my swine,
I poisoned it! So I hope it melts his ass off,
And any piece of shit that wants to whine,
I’ll beat you down, ‘til you’re begging, ‘Ma’am,
all I want is to fuck off!’
no doubt, immediately had the whole crowd singing along. Zellin couldn’t help
but smile as he thought, what a vulgar
the song was amusing, it was just as effective, and served to raise the damage
of the party by 20%.
clerics spread out as they charged with their maces and shields, leaving room
for their enchanter to aim where he needed to. The four warriors of the
opposite team, also spread out to meet them, in order to protect Nell behind
casually pulled out a bag from his inventory, from which he grabbed a handful
of rocks, which he apathetically threw in the air. When the rocks landed, it
summoned a black smoke from which appeared his wolf skeletons.
rocks were actually Gravestones, a Necromancer summoning tool.
continued to reach in his bag and throw stones in the air without a care, until
the bag was empty. Soon, there were more than 30 wolf skeletons summoned, which
charged out to meet the clerics.
the clerics’ eyes went wide, they didn’t lose faith just yet. With their
immense buffs, it didn’t long for them to defeat the warriors, knocking them
unconscious, and then they faced off against the undead with determination.
They were confident as they were all capable of holy spells.
watched the battle for a while, unfazed as his skeleton wolves toppled on after
the other. He simply pulled out another Gravestone and threw it beyond the
battle in the center of the stage.
stone flew and exploded into black smoke a short distance from the minstrel and
the archer. The smoke faded, revealing 3-meter long bear skeleton who
immediately pounced on the minstrel. It threw her down to the floor where it
began to ravage into the minstrel’s neck and face.
The enchanter exclaimed. “Retreat!” He yelled at the clerics, as he pelted the
bear skeleton with arrows, attempting to draw its attention. But the undead
bear was a Nell’s slave and simply ignored the arrows at the command of its
minstrel’s health became dangerously low, so she was forced to yell out their
Fuck, Nell exclaimed in his mind with disappointment.
I wonder how it feels to kill someone…
day, Zellin and his friends fought the losing team for 3rd place.
They had lost the one-on-one duels with 3 losses, and 2 wins, but they managed to
get 2 points from the team match. Though it was a struggle, they had ultimately
won through numbers. Sasha took out the minstrel with her arrows as she dodged
the enchanter’s arrows, while everyone else ganged up on the clerics. Without
their damage buff, it wasn’t too hard to accomplish. Eventually, they forfeited
was the match for 1st place. Bo’s team won 3 straight one-on-one
duels and ravaged the wave of undead in the team match to win the whole thing.
It was simply no contest for Bo’s team throughout the whole tournament, so it
wasn’t a surprise that they won.
were going to have an awards ceremony but the unruly crowd wasn’t interested
and they had all left. To most of them, a kid’s tournament was simply to amuse
themselves or a small while. To others, it was to see if anyone really stood
out, but most of the children were ignored.
smiled wryly and awkwardly gave out the top 3’s prizes. Zellin’s team had
received amulets that allowed for 10% more experience in battles, while Nell’s
team received the same but with 15% more experience, and Bo’s team got 20% more
all, Zellin was satisfied for something he did on a whim.
on third place.” The king asked casually.
let out a satisfying grin. “Not too bad.” He said, appraising their
performance. “It was actually quite simple to get into the top 3.”
gave them a blank stare before he responded. “That’s right. It wasn’t much at
all; actually it was quite unimpressive.”
his friends raised an eyebrow. They thought they had done pretty good for their
a tournament for children. At that age, most kids simply focus on leveling to
raise their stats and disregard skill and stat development through training.
Also they didn’t have the luxury of being supported by me to buy all their
skills; forced to earn money the hard way. So at this level, most kids only
have basic weapon and spell proficiencies, and sometimes the additional
crafting skills. So you’re right, it wasn’t much at all. And no, you shouldn’t
feel good about it, especially since you so cowardly forfeited that match.” The
king solemnly admonished.
smiled awkwardly. “Aren’t you the one who said we should live more like
laughed in return. “Yeah, but who really wants to be a cockroach. That’s just
could only continue smiling awkwardly, not knowing how to feel. Isn’t this the worst sort of role model?
He asked himself.
the king continued. “From now on you need to continue leveling, raising your
skills, and making money, as you won’t be receiving any from me. In addition, I
will occasionally be giving you quests, so be prepared, lest you die from laziness.
Dismissed!” The king said, watching as the group turned to leave. “Zellin, wait
a moment.” He said abruptly.
friends turned to look at Zellin, who simply shrugged before turning back to
the king. “Yes, king?” He said after his friends had left.
eyes, once again, turned serious. “I know my daughter’s death has had a severe
effect on your behavior lately, and I know you’ve been working hard to make sure
she stays safe. And I want to say I’m proud of you.”
didn’t know what to say, so he just said, “Thank you, king.”
simple effort isn’t enough to keep my daughter safe in this world.” The king
continued. “As you grow older, you’ll realize that the diversity of your skills
and their levels will become increasingly important. If you watch the rest of
the tournament for the 2nd and 3rd floors of Noob Village
eyes also turned serious as he listened intently. “As such,” the king continued
to speak. “The most valuable asset your team has is currently your friend,
Reyal. As he’s learning to be a Scribesman, the variety of skills he can
provide your team will greatly improve its overall quality. So keep that in
mind.” The king instructed. “And to further the quality of your team, I have
provided a gift.”
Hmm? Gift? Zellin thought expectantly. Two tomes floated
over to Zellin which grabbed in the air. Death
Alchemy? One tome was a book on Death Alchemy, and the other was a skill
book, for the skill Transmute.
Alchemy is a rare and evil art, that focuses on corrupting the soul. Though it’s
despicable, it is extremely powerful. As, in you’re the group, you’re the one
with the most common sense, I chose to give it to you; use it wisely.” The king
warned ominously. “Remember to continue working hard. I have high expectations
for you and if you disappoint me, I’ll torture you for 3 days and 3 nights. Now
go.” The king said dismissively. At that, Zellin’s determination could only
grow in face of the threat of torture.
next few days Zellin and his friends watched the rest of the tournament, and it
was as the king said. The skills used in the floor 2 and floor 3 tournaments
were at a much greater level than the floor 1 tournament; more than double.
Also, the diversity of those skills were greater as well. There were mages who
used two-handed weapons, and warriors who used magic; their skills became
applicable in numerous situations so the struggle against each other was
greater and the battles were much bloodier than the floor 1 tournament.
was amazed at the immense difference in quality from the floor 1 tournament; it’s
as if he had been living in a well all these years.
was sitting on the floor of his and his friends’ living room, with Sasha, meditating.
He had found out a while ago that by simply thinking and philosophizing about
ways he could achieve his dream of a lazy heaven, his Wisdom stat would grow.
So it naturally became part of his daily routine.
instinctively tried to teach Sasha, since she followed him around everywhere,
but Sasha had no real aspirations of a better world, so she couldn’t
understand. She simply meditated and imagined herself dancing in the snow with
her sister, but that was enough, and her Wisdom stat slowly grew as well after
finding her happy place.
suddenly came into the room. Though she was a maid, she was also a trained
assassin. Most people in this world had some sort of battle skills.
Sasha, there’s someone at the door for you.” The lady said. Though the maids
and guards were friendly to Zellin, Coral was the princess, so Zellin and the
others were treated casually.
and Sasha went downstairs to the front door to see a black robed, scrawny man.
my name Vrago.” The man introduced himself, to which Zellin also introduced
himself. Sasha remained silent. “I represent a Summoner’s guild in the northern
country, Alfheim, called The Conq-” The man tried to say, but was interrupted by
tell this man to leave.” She said with a sour face, before walking back inside.
raised an eybrow. What’s with her? He
wondered, before turning to the man. “Sorry, not interested.” He said frankly,
before closing the door behind him. Zellin had no plans to move to the north,
so he payed no attention to the offer.
into the guild and met Bo near the bar. Liu was currently learning the art of blacksmithing
and Bo was helping him sell his merchandise. Unfortunately, the quality wasn’t
very good, so Liu had to modify his products to suit children even younger than
Liu. Bo was using his connections to sell them to schools in the city that
conducted their business, the one-armed bartender approached them. Liu’s eye
twitched as he saw him approach. What
does this guy want? He wondered with annoyance. Ever since the incident
with the whiskey, Liu naturally grew to dislike this guy.
Liu?” The man asked in a gruff voice.
you want something?” Liu asked.
talk in private.” He said, before walking out of the room. Liu raised an
eyebrow before following him out to the alley nearby.
want to learn some real blacksmithing?” The man asked when they were alone.
Liu said in surprise. “This seems kind of shady.”
ignored him and continued to speak. “The king seems to dote on you and your
friends a lot. As such, he’s asked me to teach you a skill of mine.”
would I want to learn a skill from you?” Liu said in suspicion.
else? To grow stronger.” The man said frankly. “This is a harsh world, and if
you want to live through it with your friends, you’ll want to use any means
thought about it for a moment and his eyes slowly grew more resolved. “What
will you be teaching me?”
enjoying a sunny day at the park, when he was suddenly approached by a black
robed, scrawny man, who introduced himself as Vrago.
The north, eh?” Nell pondered. “That’s quite a ways. How ‘bout if I’m ever in
town, I’ll look you guys up.”
well, if you ever change your mind, this ring will instantly teleport you to
our headquarters.” The man said as a he handed Nell an engraved ring with a red
crystal. “Think it over thoroughly. Our guild can be very supportive, and
offers a freedom you won’t be able to find here.” The man insinuated. He had
seen the disappointment on Nell’s face when he saw that he couldn’t kill that girl,
and he instantly knew that Nell would fit in quite well in their organization.