I Login Alone - Chapter 14: #184
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After exiting the gate and back to the vacant lot, Jung Si-woo looked up and tilted his head.
“I think it has changed a little.”
Jung Si-woo thought that Soo Ah-rin who is tilting her head to follow him is adorable and replied.
“Doesn’t it feel a lot calmer than before?”
“What are you saying…”
It’s a weekday and we’re in a residential area, isn’t that a given? Soo Ah-rin asked. Jung Si-woo thought that’s not it and scratched his head, but decided to just move on.
“Then let’s go inside the resting area.”
“You said it was a resting area but what is that?”
Jung Si-woo explained about the key that he got. Soo Ah-rin’s expression became increasingly curious after she heard his explanations.
“There is no such thing for players in the Sky Castle.”
“Instead, they have the Sky Castles. Maybe the underground player’s resting place is like the player’s Sky Castle?”
The Sky Castle itself is a symbol of the dungeons, but in actuality it also supports novice players, serves as a venue for different players to organize a party, and exchanges information about dungeons… It could be said that it’s like the base camp to all players in the world.
“If we go inside this resting place, will there be any other underground player besides you? I can hardly believe that there will be someone else in this world who can fulfill the requirements of entry into the Ant Cave…”
Soo Ah-rin was skeptical, but Jung Si-woo was a little excited.
Jung Si-woo always wanted to be special, but he didn’t want to be the only one special. Because everyone deserves to be special!
If there is another underground player, he can get the information he needs from them to clear the dungeons in the future.
Jung Si-woo did not hide his expectations and pointed the key to the ground.
“Then let’s head right in.”
“But the barrier around… Oh, I see.”
The key served as a dungeon entrance. Just by holding the key, the stealth effect is given so that they are not easily discovered. It’s impossible to use during battle, but it will help you a lot in daily life.
However, Jung Si-woo who discovered the unexpected function of the key was distraught.
“Damn it, then I painted my motorcycle for nothing!”
“See, what did I tell you.”
Si-woo trembles in fury and inserts the key into the ground. At that moment, a black hole with a diameter of 2 meters was created around the key, gently sucking in Jung Si-woo and Soo Ah-rin.
It feels strange as if they entered a dungeon in the Ant Cave and once they came back to their senses, a very narrow room came into their view.
“What is this.”
The interior was so simple that there was a bed that looked quite fluffy, a drawer installed across from it, and a piggy bank placed on it. Ah! There was also a door to the outside.
Soo Ah-rin just looked around blankly at the scruffy view of Jung Si-woo’s room, which seemed to be narrower than the hole that sucked them in.
However, Jung Si-woo was not disappointed. It’s because he read the windows that came before his eyes as he entered the resting place.
[Resting Area Lv. 1]
[Bed Lv. 1 – Best used for deep sleeping. Restore your health and mana recovery with a 10% efficiency rating.]
[Drawer Lv. 1 – Area to store items.]
[Door Lv. 1 – Exit to the outer world.]
[In the off chance that you don’t use your beads after clearing a dungeon, you may store the beads inside this safe box.]
[You can use the bead to expand and develop your resting place.]
Indeed, this feels quite familiar.
Isn’t this a common feature in games? A base camp that assists the player in many ways and can be developed at a price. In a sense, Jung Si-woo’s expectations were correct.
However, if the focus of its function is to support a player thoroughly…
“It’s a place meant for one.”
“Sky Castle is meant for the masses, Ant Cave is meant for the loners…”
“See, I told you. You’re the only underground player in the whole world.”
He doesn’t like the fact that Soo Ah-rin is giggling until her shoulders shake uncontrollably. Although the resting area looks like this, there is no guarantee that Jung Si-woo is the only underground player!
However, Jung Si-woo did not have a complaint.
Even if he’s Jung Si-woo, he still suffered a fatigue that could not be resolved by levelling up as he used three strikes in a row, and he did some tricky skills. He has no energy to wrestle with Soo Ah-rin.
“Let’s think after we rest.”
Looking at the shabby room, the desire to upgrade the resting area is soaring, but it can’t be helped because there are no beads left. As he lay down on the bed, Soo Ah-rin quietly sat down at his bedside.
“You should go rest.”
“You’re not going to sleep?”
“No, I’m not tired at all. Because you’re really strong, all I did in the dungeon was cheer you on from the sidelines and fight with the ghost. Moreover, the bed’s too big. You can put a doll house in this room later.”
“Okay, I got it.”
A tone that seems to be proud of Jung Si-woo, but at the same time quite envious of him.
He smiled and closed his eyes. It wasn’t false that it really is efficient in making one enter deep sleep because not long after lying down, Jung Si-woo immediately falls into a comfortable sleep.
“…Hmm, he was attractive.”
Soo Ah-rin muttered quietly, looking at Jung Si-woo’s face.
He wasn’t a stylish handsome man, but his clear eyes, characteristic and his likable face made the scene when he rescued her look a little bit like a scene from a romance movie.
‘But as soon as I thought of that, I became like this.’
My skills were lacking, and I ended up retiring, so I should be grateful for being able to survive. Furthermore, isn’t there still hope that one day I could return back to my original state? Soo Ah-rin smiled and closed her eyes.
Jung Si-woo was not the only one who had to practice mana. Since she lost almost all of her skills and became a supporter, she has to raise her skill level by playing around with her mana as much as possible.
If possible, she wanted to regain the variety of buff skills that she had in her days as a healer.
‘I need to make sure that Si-woo will only have to focus on the battle.’
Of course, this man seems to be able to solve all problems around him by force, but still, there is always a situation you can’t overcome with force.
The boss battle against the giant centipede, it ended quickly because it was overwhelmed by Jung Si-woo, but in fact if his attack had been a bit late, he would have been poisoned by the giant centipede.
‘He really acts like he’s challenging the dungeon alone, though it might be because I didn’t have a powerful enough presence.’
There was nothing more humiliating for Soo Ah-rin, who used to be a proud top-tier healer in Korea. I will surely regain my ability and surprise Jung Si-woo!
To achieve her goal, she has no time to rest. I will grow stronger rapidly until people would wonder if I’m a monster that grows stronger just by breathing!
Thus, Soo Ah-rin started her mana and skill training. She was more desperate than when she fought in the frontline.
Jung Si-woo opened his eyes after about 2 hours passed. At the bedside, Soo Ah-rin was seen sitting in the same position as before she fell asleep.
There was no answer, so he checked and realized that she was sleeping while sitting. Jung Si-woo looked at her and laughed. She is someone who was more worried and nervous for the player, Jung Si-woo, rather than herself when entering a dungeon. It’s understandable that she fell asleep now that all the stress has been relieved.
“It can’t be helped.”
Jung Si-woo puts her on the bed with his hands very carefully, and he sits upright. He couldn’t just wake her who’s sleeping sweetly, so he should at least practice with more mana until she wakes up.
The gap in their skills that Soo Ah-rin narrowed so far widened once again.
Three hours later, Jung Si-woo and Soo Ah-rin finally opened the door in the resting area and came out.
When they open the door, the passage returns them to their past location, the vacant lot where they opened the entrance, but now, that’s nothing to be surprised of.
“What are you going to do now, Si-woo? Should we go home first?”
He has already rested enough in the resting area and told his mother that he’d be gone for a couple of days. So, there is no reason to come back home early.
“Let’s look for another dungeon.”
“I don’t know if we can find another dungeon so easily…”
Found it. In less than 10 minutes, they found another one in the nearby garden!
[The Centipede’s Lair: Low Difficulty]
“It’s the same dungeon!”
It’s a type of dungeon that he has already cleared once, so this time it was nice to know the name of the dungeon even before he even entered it!
“So, it’s like that!”
At that time, Soo Ah-rin exclaimed as she realized something.
“When a player dies, the structure of the party becomes vulnerable, so the rest of the party members are likely to die as well after him. People who died in the same dungeon would fall down one after another, so similar dungeons were formed near each other! So, in the future if we are looking for a dungeon, we should explore the nearby places to find a similar dungeon!”
“That sounds like such a boring way to explore other dungeons!”
Even worse, every single retired player has their own dungeon!
Jung Si-woo lifted his tail while he was confused by his own position as an underground player.
“Then let’s clear it.”
“Ah, I’m afraid to see how much faster it will be this time…”
Jung Si-woo, who has gotten used to using his tail, expertly dug the dungeon at once. He even knows the timing of the opening of the entrance to the dungeon! Soon the two fell into the dungeon.
[The Ant Cave Area #184 Centipede’s Lair]
[Clear time limit – 5:00:00]
“Ah, there we go.”
Even the area number code was the same. As a result, it was concluded by Jung Si-woo that an area number is not used to categorize each individual dungeon, but rather the type of dungeon it lies under.
“That means there are at least 183 different types of Ant Cave dungeon areas that exist in this world.”
“Oh, there is another one there.”
Not surprisingly, instead of the centipedes in the first room of the dungeon, they saw a spirit emitting a dim light. The ghost shouted as soon as they saw them.
[Human… It’s really human!]
“Yes, yes. Now give me the quest.”
The ghost of the female player panicked and asked.
Perhaps the grudge they had is not deeper than the ghost in the first dungeon as the color of their eyes was relatively close to the normal version of the ghost before. However, it is still unknown whether it is a vengeful spirit or not.
Jung Si-woo said firmly.
“I already know everything so spit out the quest now.”
[I-I’ll give it!]
For the next three days, Jung Si-woo cleared through six other nearby Centipede’s Lair, collecting beads, dollars, and experience.
His level then reached 25.
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