I Login Alone - Chapter 15: Radar
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After completing the three-day dungeon outing, Jung Si-woo returned to the resting area after confirming that there were no other types of dungeons as well as other centipede dungeons nearby.
“Huu, I want to wash up.”
“We’ll be going home soon. Before that, let’s organize ourselves.”
“…Now you sound like a player.”
After sitting on the bed of the resting area that he became quite familiar with for three days, he first checked his status. The status, which was overwhelmingly rich compared to just a few days ago, made him quite happy.
[Strength: 132 | Agility: 131 | Endurance: 150 | Mana: 25]
[Passive Skill – Tail of Chaos Lv1 | Courage of the Ignorant Lv3 | Poison Resistance Lv5 | Soul Collect Lv1]
[Active Skills – Amplification Lv13 | Strike Lv9 | Combat Sprint Lv4 | Mana Shots Lv5]
“The Centipede’s Lair… There are no more of them, right?”
“I’m sick of looking at centipedes now.”
They cleared as many as six centipede dungeons in less than three days.
They practically lived in the Centipede’s Lair, except for several hours of sleep in the resting area, and now they were able to vividly recall how the centipedes’ dozens of legs moved even when they closed their eyes.
“I wish I could have developed more poison tolerance.”
“I’ve encountered players that were willing to take damage from the enemy for the sake of raising specific skills, but why does it have to be you of all people.”
After acquiring poison resistance, Jung Si-woo tried to insert poison inside his system a little bit at a time. Though, if not for Soo Ah-rin’s detoxification magic, that would be impossible.
Soo Ah-rin, who had a chance to play an active part, couldn’t help but think that this somehow doesn’t feel right .
However, her complex and subtle emotions were not known to Jung Si-woo, who decided to develop his skills and devoted himself to poison resistance training.
At first, he was only poisoned by an ordinary centipede, then later by an elite centipede and lastly, he was even poisoned by the boss centipede.
Their poison was definitely strong, but the level of poison resistance obtained by Jung Si-woo was also a good return that when he reached level 4 in poison resistance, he was able to move even if he was hit by the boss centipede’s poison or its poison laser.
After it became level 5, even after being poisoned by the boss centipede, it only stings a little bit for him, and, of course, the growth of the resistance skills slowed rapidly. If he wants to raise the skill more, he could do it again, but at this point, there are no more Centipede’s Lair left, so it is inevitable.
“Other than that… Hmm, the combat sprint and mana shots.”
Both skills are not from training or skills acquired as a reward for dungeons. It was a reward from the souls he met in the dungeon.
Of course, the souls did not appear in all of the dungeons.
Rather, it seemed like a lie that the ghost appeared in the first and second dungeons. As they went on clearing through empty dungeons without any trace of souls, it was only in the last dungeon that they met another soul.
Anyhow, both souls who were waiting for someone to come, presented quests to Jung Si-woo, but the contents of those quests were also subtly different, and there were no strange rewards like giving their whole soul as a completion reward.
Instead, the rewards he earned were active skills, combat sprint and mana shots.
“I still haven’t gotten used to this feeling in my body.”
“Because you have also inherited their achievements. It takes some time for their traces to completely permeate you. But I’m certain that both skills are really valuable. Though it’s not that easy to learn and comprehend.”
Like its name, combat sprint is a skill that literally consumes mana and raises your speed during combat. When using this skill with other combat skills, the effect of that skill will be greatly improved.
However, in order to properly shift the power from the sprint skill to another combat skill, he needs a technique to control and maintain the modification of mana during the process, so it is still a little too risky to be used by Jung Si-woo.
On the other hand, Mana shots were a little simpler. It could also be seen as an evolution of the throwing strike skill as it seems to be blasting the aggregated mana in a certain direction, but it is a skill that sends only mana, not weapons.
It is weaker than a strike, but it’s a lot faster than charging up a strike, though he needed a technique to separate mana from objects to handle this skill properly.
“Actually, players with this skill often use artifacts to boost the skill’s overall power and are also known as ‘Gunners’. It’s a difficult skill to find, to the point where we consider it cheating once someone obtains it.”
Were they perhaps a strong player when they were alive?
However, they couldn’t cross the 10th stage dungeon and retired, so it doesn’t matter now. They will also be grateful if Jung Si-woo used their skills. Actually, even if he doesn’t, it does not matter.
Of course, the change that happened to him does not end there. In the second dungeon, all of the beads including the boss centipede’s bead was devoted to the altar and they succeeded in obtaining a single piece of a venomous leather armor that looked like a set with his gloves.
[Protection: 550 – 850]
[Proficiency: 27 / 200]
[Option – ???]
[A leather armor created with the essence of centipedes carrying a strong poison. It has a very tough material, retaining the poison in its past.]
The Centipede’s Armor seems very good.
It is quite thin for leather, so it is not noticeable if you wear it inside and put on a jacket over it. According to Soo Ah-rin’s words, the defense is also on the upper side ranking, so for the time being, he decided to stick with it.
Of course, since he had never been attacked with poison after wearing the armor, he didn’t know how great its performance was specifically!
However, Soo Ah-rin still feels he’s lacking something.
“Usually, if people confirm the existence of a set, they will try to acquire them all and complete the set.”
“Are you saying we should go around finding similar dungeons, bearing in mind that we can only do a single run-through just to find other items in the set? I’m not crazy!”
After luckily getting the upper body armor from the second dungeon, Jung Si-woo collected the beads from all the other centipede dungeons he cleared. He just collected them.
Other Players will lose their beads when clearing and leaving the dungeon, but Jung Si-woo, the Underground Player, can send it all to the piggy bank in the resting area!
“Now that we have cleared all the centipede dungeons, we should see what the beads in the resting area can do.”
In fact, Jung Si-woo felt that it was a waste sacrificing the beads in the second dungeon to get armor. If it weren’t for Soo Ah-rin’s earnest eyes, he probably wouldn’t have used it.
It wasn’t that he didn’t value his life, but because he can feel the potential in the resting area given to him.
‘While I’m usually healthy, I haven’t been able to sleep much these past few days. However, I was in great shape and that’s probably because I rested in this bed.’
Time is gold. It is true that after graduating from college, he has only been staying in his room, but even then, he still spent hours exercising and studying regularly.
Now that he has become a player who can grow reliably by investing time wisely, the value of equipment that reduces the damage of such time is more valuable to him than weapons and equipment.
“Then the first thing I need to do is level up this bed…”
However, when he touched the bed with a pounding heart, a notice came to his eyes.
[In order to raise the level of the resting area’s facilities, you must first raise the resting area’s level.]
[You can increase the level of the resting area by consuming 80% of the saved beads. Would you like to upgrade it?]
Anxiety struck Jung Si-woo, who read it in an instant. 80% of the beads to upgrade the resting area? No matter how much he thought about it, it doesn’t feel like the remaining 20% of the beads could enhance the level of the bed.
“I collected all the beads from five dungeons, but have to use up 80% of it to upgrade the resting area.”
“Doesn’t that mean the value of the resting place is just as great?”
Even if he swept through five dungeons, it was also true that Jung Si-woo came back unharmed after three days, all due to their inferiority compared to his abilities. The value of the monster bead gets higher as the level of the monster increases.
“Damn it, I can’t help it…”
Even so, I can’t just give up on what I have decided.
Jung Si-woo then upgraded the level of the resting place by investing beads and vowed to later upgrade the bed as well.
Then bang! Suddenly, the area of the resting place was expanded more than double of the size before. It was an instantaneous change that is hard to catch, even while looking with both eyes.
However, a notice came before his eyes as if to block Jung Si-woo’s view on the scene of the changing place.
[The resting area is now level 2. The room has expanded.]
[Bathroom Lv1 is added.]
[Bathroom Lv1: Bath available. You can now wash away weak poison, curses and other unclean energy remaining in the body.]
Jung Si-woo looked at it and nodded. After all, investing the beads in the resting place was the right decision. Isn’t it obvious just by looking at the added bathroom right now!
There was everything that was needed in the small bathroom. He decided not to care about how the water and sewage facilities work there.
“I think we can just live here?”
“I was wondering why you raised the level of the resting area, so it was your dream to have your own house.”
Half the answer was correct.
Jung Si-woo scratched his head and replied.
“We couldn’t just go back and forth from home to work as an underground player.”
“That’s right. I can’t stay in the dollhouse forever. Then, I will wash up first.”
The bathroom was designed based on normal human standards, so it was a little difficult for the mini-sized Soo Ah-rin to use, but she bravely flapped her wings to the bathroom as if she didn’t care about such a minor problem.
Like a gentleman, Jung Si-woo closed the bathroom door and turned. Then, an additional notice emerged in front of his eyes.
[Radar Lv1 can be created. Radar is a small device that searches for nearby dungeons by consuming beads stored in the resting area.]
[Creating a radar by consuming 50% of the remaining beads is possible. Would you like to create it?]
The moment he confirmed it, a smile couldn’t be hidden from his mouth.
Isn’t this an advantage that can’t even be compared to a bathroom?
It feels as if the fact that he had cleared the dungeon with an incredible rank and got a resting area and gathered beads to invest in the resting area by robbing all the centipede’s dungeons around him was fated to be.
If he hadn’t gotten the resting area or hadn’t invested his beads in the resting area, he would have to wander a lot in the future to find dungeons.
He sighed with relief and immediately created a radar. Soon, a handheld terminal smaller even than a smartphone was in his hand.
[It consumes 10 beads from the centipedes and can be activated for 3 minutes.]
Fortunately, activating the radar didn’t cost much. Jung Si-woo only wanted to know the location to find it later so he activated the radar. Immediately, a mini map popped up on the radar’s screen with a radius of 10 km around the place where they stayed. Luckily, there was a green dot around the edge of the mini map.
[Based on the player, the difficulty level is ranked as green for easy, yellow for normal, and red for hard.]
“Yeah, I know that much.”
Despite the useless response to the radar that would not return an answer, Jung Si-woo remembered the location of the dungeons on the mini map. At that moment his phone rang.
[Yes, son. Where are you? Are you perhaps in Sanha-dong?]
The dungeon he located was in Sanha-dong! At that very moment, there were goose bumps on Jung Si-woo’s body, and he knows that his mother has been doing well.
[That’s good then. My friend does business there. I’ll give you the address, so quickly go ahead and save him. My son can do it, right? It looks weaker than you on TV.]
“Huh? What does that mean?”
Wasn’t there a dungeon in Sanha-dong? But what? Save him? TV? It looks weak?
His mom then responded to Jung Si-woo, who was confused because he couldn’t understand what his mother was talking about.
[The strange monsters, can’t you defeat them with your strength? Most of the guys who can fight the monsters, players or what they call them, are in the Sky Castle right now and they say it’s hard to come there!]
It feels like ice was poured on his back. Jung Si-woo urgently hung up on the phone with his mother and connected to the Internet. And in less than 30 seconds, he got the answer.
I guess I have to do something about it. It’s a more serious case than clearing the 32nd stage dungeon, because it was happening in Seoul, the capital of Korea.
Right now, there are monsters appearing in Sanha-dong, Seoul, and they are rampaging.
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