I Login Alone - Chapter 13: Necromancer?
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[All Traps Destroyed]
[Killed – Centipede Soldiers: 503, Centipede Assault Soldiers: 3, Giant Centipede: 1]
[Special achievement: ‘Poison? What’s that? Can I drink that?’ Achieved]
[Additional Rewards – New Skill Acquired: Poison Resistance (Passive)]
[Performance Rank – EX]
[Additional Rewards: Access Key to The Ant Cave Rest Area]
The centipede collapsed, the dungeon was cleared, and the cave was destroyed.
Jung Si-woo was speechless while reading the words in front of his eyes, while Soo Ah-rin and the ghost had lost their words after the sight they had seen a while ago.
[Experience Calculated. Level has risen by 5.]
For a moment, Jung Si-woo’s body glowed while he’s rising to another level.
However, unlike when he first acquired mana, this time it was only increasing the amount of mana that he has, so there were no adverse side effects as before.
[Strength: 112 | Agility: 111 | Endurance: 125 | Mana: 15]
[Passive Skill – Tail of Chaos: Lv. 1, Courage of the Ignorant: Lv. 2, Poison Resistance: Lv. 1]
[Active Skill – Amplification: Lv. 9, Strike: Lv. 7]
After confirming his changed status, Jung Si-woo exhaled deeply while making a fist. By rough estimate, it seems that strength, agility, and endurance rose by 2 per level and mana essentially rose by 1 per level.
“But my strength stat value doesn’t necessarily fit the full potential of my actual strength.”
Nevertheless, it wasn’t too bad to be able to see with your own eyes how much your abilities improved. He smiled proudly and confirmed the next reward.
The first one is poison tolerance.
In the process of clearing the dungeon, it seems that he achieved this by not being poisoned for even a moment, but he couldn’t understand why the skill he obtained was poison resistance when he didn’t receive any damage by poison.
Anyway, the effect of the skill is obvious without any need to look closely. The ability to resist poison, the ability to overcome the poison. Poisonous monsters will appear in the future, so this is a skill that must be acquired. Jung Si-woo was satisfied.
The problem is the second reward, the key in his palm.
[Resting Area Entrance Key]
[A key to enter the resting area in the Ant Cave, given to only Underground Players that show potential. Simply insert it into the ground and an entrance will appear.]
“That’s extremely vague, though.”
A resting area? Insert it into the ground? It will be hard to figure it out until he tries it.
Jung Si-woo shrugged and threw the key into his inventory. Then, he pulled his hammer from the centipede’s corpse that fell to the floor, and smashed it, completing the dollar and gems looting. Then he turned to the ghost and said.
“Now give me the quest reward.”
[…Yes? Oh, Yes! Reward, I will reward you!]
The ghost finally came back to his senses.
The technique Jung Si-woo has shown is far greater than the upper echelon of players with his outstanding speed and a mere strike skill… To a 10th stage dungeon retired player like him, it was truly a blinding spectacle to see.
However, if he can help Jung Si-woo as he advances through these dungeons, wouldn’t it be better than the insignificant life he has lived until now?
The ghost felt his heart pounding even though he doesn’t really have one.
[You exceeded the requirement by 500%. I shall give you my record crystal…!]
Finally, Soo Ah-rin came back to her senses.
The record crystal is a great reward that even brightened her gloomy eyes that were frustrated by the fact that she wasn’t doing anything in this dungeon to support Si-woo.
“You mean you’re going to give your skills?”
[That’s right. I shall give you the last possible things I have left in this dungeon.]
After that, the ghost went quiet. He has been translucent so far and clearly visible, but his body glowed brightly right after the declaration of the reward.
Soo Ah-rin frowned at the sight in front of her.
“This is not…?”
“If you know anything, tell me quickly.”
“No, at first I thought he was about to give you the skills he used in his lifetime…”
Skill. Now Si-woo knows the power of skill. It would be a good thing if that were possible, but he doesn’t think that’s the case after looking at Soo Ah-rin’s strange expression…
Then Soo Ah-rin said.
“This guy, I think he’s just trying to give you his entire life?”
“What? Now I feel bad!”
However, even if he regrets it now which he does not, his figure has completely become a fragment of light. At the end, the small crystals of light slowly flew in and penetrated the back of Jung Si-woo’s hand.
Jung Si-woo closed his eyes, blinded by the beaming light from the back of his hand, and saw a strange pattern inscribed there. He then felt a different power than his own in his body.
[You have acquired the skill ‘Soul Collect’. Current soul collected: 1]
[The way to use the power of the soul is still unknown.]
“What is this!”
“This is also my first time hearing that skill. I’m sure he was hugely impressed by your power to give his entire soul, but he should at least tell us how to use that power if he’s going to do it like that…”
They almost pull their hair out while racking their brains searching for a way to use the power of soul inscribed in his hand, but it was impossible to know.
Jung Si-woo was extremely dissatisfied with the fact that the quest reward, which he exceeded by 500% at best, ended with a tattoo of which he doesn’t even know the identity, but he soon accepted the reality.
“Anyway, I have achieved my goal, so I will be satisfied with that.”
“I never thought that you could clear the whole dungeon without any damage, Si-woo.”
Of course, not all dungeons will be like the Centipede’s Lair, but anyway, it was concluded that if the dungeon is of a normal level, it is highly likely that Jung Si-woo could clear it without difficulty.
The first dungeon is completed perfectly.
“Then now I will throw the gems on the altar… Eh?”
At the edge of the boss’s room, he found an altar that emits bright light, and Jung Si-woo, who was approaching in a hurry, shook his head. This is because a little red altar next to it came into his view.
“What is this?”
“…I don’t really want to tell you that.”
Soo Ah-rin frowned, but soon sighed and opened her mouth.
“This altar shows itself when you clear a dungeon at or above an excellent rating. It’s called the ‘Reinforced Altar’. Once you put an artifact in there along with monster gems, it’ll strengthen the artifact. The direction and degree of reinforcement are determined by the nature, quality, and number of the monster bead.”
“So, it’s like that.”
“Si-woo, please, let’s get armor first, okay?”
However, Soo Ah-rin already knew how Jung Si-woo would move even if she said that. Nonetheless, he turned completely away from the bright lit altar and headed for the red altar.
“There’s no guarantee that I’ll get armor in the first place. On top of that, we never know when the reinforced altar will pop up again. So, it’s better to strengthen your weapons when you can. Well, some say that the best defense is a good offense, right?”
After concluding his logic, he put the sledge hammer on the reinforced altar with the boss monster’s bead and 3 beads of the elite centipede. However, the altar emits a strong red light and bounces back 2 beads of elite monsters.
[Maximum reinforcement reached. This artifact cannot be reinforced beyond that.]
The grade of the sledge hammer was already too high in the first place.
The limit of the artifact reinforcement has been reached with only one bead from the boss monster and one bead from the elite monster. Jung Si-woo pouted but continued to observe the reinforcement process on the altar.
The brilliant bright red light filled the cave for a moment and then disappeared.
Jung Si-woo then confirmed that the hammer on the altar did grow stronger. Not only that, it was impressive to see dozens of sharp thorns on the edge of the hammer.
[The Black Wolf’s Paw]
[Attack power: 450 – 1,050]
[Proficiency: 9 / 240]
[Option: 1. ??? | 2. A certain probability to inflict poison when attacking]
[A Sledge Hammer that holds the strength of the Giant Black Wolf’s paws. It is destructive and powerful, however, it weighs just as much as its power, making it difficult to wield. Strong poison has been added.]
“He actually got a D++ class weapon in the test dungeon and reinforced it to D+++ in the first dungeon…”
Regardless of Soo Ah-rin’s expression, Jung Si-woo swings the newly transformed hammer in the air. He liked that it’s heavier and longer now, and the attack power was increased too.
“There are more options attached. Though I still don’t know what the first option is…”
“Perhaps it’s an option that resembles the nature or skill of the Giant Black Wolf? Don’t worry, if you increase your proficiency, it will unlock naturally.”
Soo Ah-rin said, grabbing his sleeve and leading him to the bright altar. Now that we have the weapon, the next thing is armor. Of course, there is no guarantee that the armor will come out in the first place!
“It would have been great if I could use all of these beads on the reinforced altar, but since I can’t…”
Jung Si-woo longingly looked at the reinforced altar glowing with red light but shook his head and poured all of the beads on the other altar. 353 ordinary centipede beads and 2 elite centipede beads at once.
This time, Soo Ah-rin did not try to stop him. She’s just praying that he could get an armor for once.
The altar shined brightly. Soon after that, Soo Ah-rin laughs after seeing what appeared together with the bright lights.
“Haha… Hahaha… Huu…”
She laughs in disbelief.
[Attack power: 250 – 500]
[Defense: 250 – 450]
[Proficiency – 0 / 200]
[Option – ???]
[A pair of leather gloves created with the essence of centipedes’ strongest poison. It’s very sturdy and tough to defend with one’s hands. The small, hard thorns embedded into the knuckle area are a threat to the enemy.]
“Oh, it’s armor.”
“Where are you looking at for this to be considered as an armor? It only protects your hands… No, this is basically a weapon!”
Unlike Jung Si-woo, who excitedly exclaims as he picks up the leather gloves with sparkling metallic thorns, Soo Ah-rin facepalm after seeing the glove.
“I know that the altar’s reward items are affected by the dungeon clear record, but still.”
“People won’t get suspicious even if I wear this around. Moreover, it’s better to have this than just my bare hands, right?”
“Yes, but from now on, let’s find an easier dungeon, so…”
“Yes, thank you for worrying about me.”
Jung Si-woo wore the gloves on both of his hands and stretched it out.
Noticing that they had finished their business including the ghost’s, and as the gate to the outside world was created, the dungeon started to collapse slowly.
‘This is weird. Originally, the dungeon of Sky Castle is permanent unless there’s a special quest that occurs. Could it be because it is built based on the retired players of the Sky Castle…?’
Soo Ah-rin bites her lips as she sees what happens. This means that it is impossible for Jung Si-woo to reconquer the dungeon that he once cleared to gain stable experience.
There is also a degree of difficulty. The Ant Cave really is a place where it goes beyond the Sky Castle.
“Okay, let’s find out what the resting area is when we go out.”
“What is that about?!”
It’s so complicated that she feels like dying when he pulls out a new keyword again! As Soo Ah-rin was amazed by him, Jung Si-woo jumped through the gate with a smile.
Soon after, the dungeon was completely destroyed.
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