I Login Alone - Chapter 10: Crawlies
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When he came to his senses after the impact of the crash, Jung Si-woo realized that he had reached the entrance of a cave similar to that of the test dungeon. Suddenly an interface – notification window popped up in front of his eyes.
[The Ant Cave Area # 184 Centipede’s Lair]
[Time limit – 5:00:00]
Jung Si-woo waved his hand through the alert window and asked Soo Ah-rin.
“Are there any time limits in the original dungeon?”
“As far as I know, no. But the information in Sky Castle does not fit 100% in the Ant Cave. If there are any particularly concerning features…”
What happens if you do not clear the dungeon within the time limit?
Will the dungeon collapse as it is? Or is similar to when you retire from the Sky Castle, you will lose all of your mana? Either way, it was unlikely that Jung Si-woo would die, but there is nothing wrong in being careful.
[Time Limit – 4:59:48]
“So, hurry up a little bit, Si-woo. Of course, it doesn’t seem like you’re in any danger.”
“Don’t worry, I’ll make sure you don’t even have to lift a finger.”
Jung Si-woo confidently takes out the sledge hammer out of his inventory and swings it through the air, feeling as if he could even penetrate the sky.
Normally, in movies and cartoons, the people who show off like this are the first ones to die, but if Jung Si-woo is determined to break through the sky, he will really break through the sky. Soo Ah-rin, who had been overwhelmed enough by his progress for those two weeks, was sure of it.
“But you still have to be careful, Si-woo. I don’t think there will be a high-level monster in the first dungeon, but…”
“The dungeon we need to explore right now is not the first-level dungeon, but a completely different dungeon, right.”
“If it’s a centipede, then they must have poison. I’m saying that you, who is not poison-resistant, shouldn’t be so calm about this.”
“Yeah, it’s just a centipede.”
“Can you still say that if you meet a 10-meter long centipede?”
“Uh, well. That’s big…?”
Soo Ah-rin was reborn as a supporter and regained some of the skills she originally has, but the problem was that her mana is not enough to use them several times.
They have no healing potion or armor, so it’s a situation where she has to heal all of his wounds with a healing skill. To make it worse, she needs to use a poison cure skill? At best, she could only do it twice. In the worst case, the centipede’s poison will be so strong that it may be impossible to cure.
“It won’t make any difference even if you do a detailed calculation like that. Let’s go ahead.”
“I knew you would say that.”
Doesn’t he remember the name of his skill, ‘Courage of the Ignorant’? There really is no other skill that matches Jung Si-woo like the name of that skill! Soo Ah-rin pouted her lips and only muttered it inside her head.
“Go, just go.”
“If possible, don’t get out of my pocket. Though I can’t sense the monster yet…”
“Your gut’s radar is really fascinating.”
The dungeon wasn’t as dark. Jung Si-woo walked toward the entrance of the dungeon while feeling a little nervous. His five senses clearly conveyed to him that there was no enemy in the room.
But there was a ghost.
Soo Ah-rin screamed at the ghost and quickly hid inside Jung Si-woo’s pocket.
[Is-Is it a person… ?!]
He was like a ghost floating in the middle of the room. There is no color left on his skin, and his body was white and translucent enough to make people think it’s a wandering soul.
“Yeah it’s a ghost. Now, be quiet.”
“I hate undead monsters!”
“There was such a problem…?!”
Jung Si-woo wanted to have a deep discussion about religion and soul, but when he thought about it again, if players and dungeons exist then it’s not weird for supernatural beings to exist, so he was convinced that it is a real ghost.
[Really… It is a person…!]
Meanwhile, the ghost was very happy to see them.
“I’m sorry, but can you speak a little faster?”
[Been… too long since… I open my mouth!]
Soo Ah-rin still trembles, hiding in Jung Si-woo’s pocket. Jung Si-woo tilted his head in confusion and asked him.
“Are you a real ghost?”
[For sure… I retired, and yet here I am…!]
“Retire. So, you were also a Player.”
Jung Si-woo’s eyes were bright. Retired Players appear as ghosts in the dungeon, so it’s getting more and more fun.
“A-A retired Player…?”
After hearing that, Soo Ah-rin’s curiosity wins over her fears, and she poked her head out of his pocket and looked at the ghost.
The ghost shouted after seeing Soo Ah-rin.
Jung Si-woo stared blankly at the sight of Soo Ah-rin who’s having a staring contest with the ghost and raised his hammer.
“Let’s hit it first.”
“I wonder if he was a monster that comes out of the dungeon.”
[Wait, if you hit me, I’ll die! Really die! Seriously die!]
“You’re already dead.”
[I’m already dead, but I’ll die more violently and aggressively!]
The man who was slow to talk surprisingly became a fast talker when he saw the hammer lifted by Jung Si-woo. Jung Si-woo, who was worried about losing money as it was, smacked his lips and asked him while pointing the hammer to him.
“Are you not our enemy?”
[I am not an enemy! Ever since I opened my eyes in this dungeon, I’ve been waiting for someone to come here! Those who will take revenge on my behalf, those who will perform my quest!]
As soon as Jung Si-woo replied, a new alert popped up in front of his eyes.
[Revenge in the Centipede’s Lair]
[A retired player, whose name and spirit has long since been forgotten, asks that you clear out all centipedes within the dungeon. Preferably, viciously and cruelly.]
[Quest Condition – Target Overkill of Centipedes: 0/150]
[Accept the quest? If rejected, a penalty will be applied.]
Quest. Although the meaning has changed a little from the dictionary definition, it is commonly used to refer to ‘request’ in games and comics. In other words, it could be said that the ghost has been killed here to entrust his request to Jung Si-woo.
“Yes. Quests could be assigned to a player by another player. That is, as long as you can clearly present the rewards of the quest.”
“What kind of rewards?”
“It’s very diverse. Ordinary artifacts, potions, and other real-world treasures such as privileges may be required… On the rarest occasion, they could even put up their life or mana as a reward.”
Soo Ah-rin was already convinced that the reward for this quest would be in that direction.
The reason is simple, because the ghost already lost his house and money, so if there is anything left over, it won’t be much. Jung Si-woo nodded and asked the ghost again.
“Is this quest a part of completing the dungeon?”
[I am not sure. But no matter what, I want to see those centipede bastards suffer! Just as much as I suffer, no, even more than that!]
The eyes of the spirit spitting out those words were colored bright red at first glance and felt eerie. If he learned anything from manhwa, usually characters like this are fine in the beginning but always become a trouble in the end…
Should I just kill him now? Jung Si-woo held the hammer’s handle firmly while thinking, but it was a pity to miss his first quest.
“What do you think, Ah-rin?”
Eventually, the baton was passed over to Soo Ah-rin. Soo Ah-rin nodded, feeling a little proud seeing him relying on her as well.
“I think it’s good to do quests. We have to clear this dungeon anyway. I’m a little conflicted over the word overkill though…”
“Isn’t it just that you have to beat the shit out of the centipedes?”
“More precisely, it’s a term that refers to killing them with much more damage than the enemy’s overall health. It increases the odds of a monster bead coming out, but it’s a bit tricky.”
Rather than just killing an enemy, it takes twice as much power or concentration as it has to properly exhaust the enemy’s health and inflict strong damage at once. The loot acquisition method was like that too, just as he thought, the dungeon really is a place made to be the battles of strength!
“There might be a penalty if we fail the quest. However, even if you reject the quest, you will be penalized, so there is no difference. I think it’s better to just accept the quest first, face the centipede and then decide whether to give up or continue.”
“Good. Then I will take the quest.”
When Jung Si-woo nodded and expressed his intention to accept it, the quest’s notification window disappeared, and a new notification window appeared.
[Quest Accepted. If failed, a penalty will be applied.]
The spirit was delighted to hear him accepting the quest, but the eyes of Jung Si-woo, who looked at him, were extremely cold. It’s a penalty if you reject a quest and it’s another penalty if you fail, the quest was forced onto him.
“Now then, let’s go catch some guys called centipedes.”
[They have poison in their teeth, so be careful. I will assist you!]
“You’re so kind.”
“Assisting Si-woo is my job though…”
However, Jung Si-woo did not express his feelings. He just raised the caution level switch in his mind.
So, a strange temporary party of Players, supporters, and ghosts was formed.
[They always appear when you least expect it. That’s how I was bitten by them for the first time.]
The ghost went along with the party while chattering non-stop. Unlike when they first met, it seemed like he has a motor in his mouth now.
This dungeon became a Centipede’s Lair, because it seems that he died by a centipede monster in the Sky Castle. Jung Si-woo doesn’t know how ugly a centipede monster looks, but it wasn’t helpful information at all in their current situation. But in case there is something important, Jung Si-woo listens to him carefully.
“Have you ever explored this dungeon?”
[I never did. I was just killing time in that room waiting for humans who will accept my quest to appear. In fact, I couldn’t move. But how did you get in here? Looking at your tail, I don’t think you’re an ordinary Player…]
The ghosts who said the centipedes are dangerous stuck with them, chattering endlessly like they’re on a picnic.
Jung Si-woo quietly stopped in his place and muttered.
Jung Si-woo quickly turned around, holding his hammer firmly. Then they saw a monster dropping from the ceiling towards him.
A monster with many legs and a long torso with a pair of swaying antennae. It was a giant centipede over 2 meters long.
Jung Si-woo turned around after warning the ghost while the red-tinted centipede was threateningly flashing and aimed at his neck.
However, at the moment when it seemed like it had achieved its goal, Jung Si-woo’s hammer extended neatly and struck its head off!
The centipede’s body flies away and crashes on the wall of the dungeon! Knocked. Was the impact recognized as looting? His body disappeared, and a $100 bill with a red monster bead appeared on the ground. The ghost jaw was wide open.
[What happened just now…?]
Jung Si-woo walked quietly, collecting the money and beads, and checking the quest window.
The achievement goal was changed to [1/150], so the blow a while ago was clearly an overkill. Jung Si-woo smiled satisfactorily and swung his sledge hammer in the air.
“Wow, it really is different when we have weapons! If only monsters like that appear, then I don’t even need to use mana.”
Achieving overkill just by pure strength, Jung Si-woo laughed without grasping what he had done. Both the ghost and Soo Ah-rin who saw the image went silent.
Of course, his brutality has only begun at that time.
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