Level Up - Chapter 22: Secret Dungeon - 1
Hyun Seok pierced the sword into the neck joint of the queen ant.
The queen ant screamed and started struggling. Hyun Seok shook the sword in the air holding it tightly. In the meantime, he put mana on the sword without any regret.
It was no exaggeration to say that catching the queen ant was a mana controlling match.
The first was how to quickly and accurately flow the mana through the sword, and the second was how to control the flow of the mana to break the core of her head. Of course, both of them were not that difficult for Hyun Seok.
Hyun Seok has been luring the Crimson Poison Guild to the dungeon here because the dungeon was the best place to clear them.
‘I heard the sound of the core breaking. I didn’t hear the real sound, but I felt the vibration.’ The queen ant collapsed on the floor.
Only then Hyun Seok pulled out the sword, the queen ant died instantly by its blow. It’s very simple if you know how to hunt, but if you don’t know, what’s really hard to deal with is the iron ant, and the queen ant was worse.
“There’s only one thing left to end.”
It was very simple to get the three guild members waiting outside the dungeon inside. And it wasn’t that difficult to deal with them.
The level of the men waiting outside was over 40. On the other hand, Hyun Seok was only 32 level.
It was not that easy to deal with three Players at the same time, only if they took power-up kits and fights.
However, fighting did not necessarily have to be head-on. After attracting a lot of iron ants near the entrance in advance, he went out of the dungeon and pushed three guild members inside.
The job itself was very simple. They were attacked by an unexpected surprise because Hyun Seok even took a power-up kit.
It was simpler once they were brought into the dungeon, the iron ants cleared it on their own.
The Dungeon was left Clear.
In the past, Hyun seok had numerous experiences of closing iron ant caves. Iron ants have many weaknesses that they were really easy to deal with.
Of course, that required exquisite mana control, but Hyun Seok’s ability was enough to overflow.
Hyun Seok extracted Spirit Stone from the queen ant from her heart, and if she didn’t kill it exactly like now, the spirit Stone was also likely to be destroyed.
Of course, the destruction of Spirit Stone will strengthen the mana wave, which will help level up, but then the true meaning of hunting will be lost.
Iron ants can be used as materials if they were well collected, but now Hyun Seok can’t really carry them, so he decided to leave them behind.
“You never imagined there would be an Iron ant in Bronze.”
At this time there was less information about these kinds of individual dungeons. The Crimson Poison Guild must have been off guard because the individual dungeons that are found till now have never crossed its limits like this before.
Perhaps if Joo Kyung Chul had a similar level of knowledge and information about individual dungeons as Hyun Seok, he would have never followed Hyun Seok as recklessly as he did.
Even if he came in, he wouldn’t have gone around like that.
Hope in the future, a lot of information on these dungeons will be released. There are people who monopolize information right now, but soon enough individual dungeons will be found that they can’t handle.
Anyway, Hyun Seok took a step toward Dungeon Core while dragging the queen ant with him.
‘Dungeon cores appear in the center of the dungeon. No, I already checked the location. Core won’t show up unless I kill the queen, because I’m there from the beginning.’
“I’d like to have an artifact that I can use properly.” If so, it will be a great help to proceed with the next plan.
Hyun Seok had imagined that a pretty good artifact would come out. Although the Iron ant cave is actually ranked third in Bronze, it was actually about the level of difficulty of Gold.
Artifacts are then provided according to their difficulty.
‘It’s like… Like a reward for the test.’ Hyun Seok has thought that the dungeon system seems to be similar.
Not only Hyun Seok but also many players used to change their perception while hunting in the dungeon for a long time.
Of course it was only for black holes, black dungeons. Whitehall and white dungeons were different from black dungeons.
Perhaps few Players or Guild’s are willing to clear the white dungeon now.
‘Do the research people go inside? No, they won’t be interested in the white dungeon so far.’
The white dungeon itself was completely different from the black dungeon. There was only danger and nothing much to gain.
In a word, the cost-effectiveness was so low that it implies to not go in. Moreover, it was impossible to clear. Therefore, it was almost neglected even now.
But the story changes a little in the future. In the future, research was done on the possibility of a white dungeon. Of course, Hyun Seok died without seeing the end of the study and returned to the past.
However, in this life, he had a vague feeling that he might enter there earlier this time.
After arriving at the core, Hyun Seok put his hand on it. In the future, research on how to break cores has also progressed considerably.
‘I’ve even heard that some players succeeded in pulling out the Spirit Stone from the core.’
However, what Hyun Seok can do now is to increase the probability of artifacts.
In addition, the probability of artifacts coming out of these individual dungeons was much higher than that of dungeons in dungeons creating regions.
“Artifact, I’m sure it’ll come out, but…….”
The probability is not 100%. But unless you’re unlucky enough, there will be artifacts.
It’s an individual dungeon, and when you break the core, you’ll be able to control the mana that increases the probability of artifacts.
“I am confident that I am better at mana control in this field than anyone else.”
Even before he died, Hyun Seok was so good at core breaking control that he was counted as one of the best in the world.
In the meantime, while clearing the mutant thunder dragonfly nest, he deliberately tried hard to prevent artifacts from coming out. Except for the first time. The second artifact was literally just luck.
‘Anyway, I didn’t have to do that this time. However, I only expected good artifacts to come out.’
The artifact that came out Clearly, that was simply a typical randomness. There could have been a really rare and great artifact in Bronze Grade 5.
Of course, the higher the rating, the higher the probability of better artifacts. However, low-quality artifacts were not necessarily produced.
On the contrary, high grades do not necessarily mean to produce good artifacts either.
“Well…… I’ll use it for a while anyway.”
‘I didn’t intend to use it for a long time even if it’s a good artifact anyway. I’ll use it for a while and sell it.’
Hyun Seok knew too well that the artifact of a black hole didn’t mean much to anyone else. To get a real artifact, you have to grab a different dungeon.
Anyway, at this moment, good artifacts are needed, so Hyun Seok put mana into the core with a prayer.
As the core broke, a wild mana storm wrapped around Hyun Seok’s body. Hyun Seok could feel that his level went up intuitively.
The scenario has changed into the mountain where the entrance to the dungeon was located. And an artifact appeared where the entrance was. Floating in the air.
Hyun Seok’s eyes brightened as a rare artifact appeared. It was a bracelet.
“The bracelet doesn’t come out very well, but I got it.”
Floating in the air was a simple-looking bronze bracelet. When Hyun Seok picked it up, mana waves spread everywhere.
Hyun Seok checked the bracelet with mana power.
[Bracelets that increase the strength of the wearer]
“Wow, that’s awesome.”
It was a bracelet that raised the strength by as much as 10 times. If the force increases, the destructive power can be increased while attacking. It was different from simply being strong.
You must level up at least five times to increase your strength by 10. Every time you raise a level, you randomly raise one or two of the numbers from one to two.
If you’re not lucky, the level might not go up itself. Of course, it was the information he got while leveling up in this life.
In fact, in the past, he only knew that when the level went up, the mana also went up and the body became stronger little by little. Even those who studied the player closely can not theorize properly.
Of course it may be simply unknown because it was a secret, but it was not well-known knowledge or information anyway.
Hyun Seok had learned about the increase in the figure through a skill called Siman*.
‘So how would it feel to increase the power by 10 times?’ Hyun-seok immediately wore the bracelet.
‘I felt with my whole body that my strength increased at once.’
Hyun Seok’s face crept a smile while clenching his fist. It was a very satisfying hunt.
“Will it take about a month to be reborn?”
The difference between individual dungeons and dungeons was the creation area, the same dungeons were created again in the place. However, the period was long.
In this regard, individual dungeons were more important in ‘actual grades’ than in appearance. However now, the iron ant cave will be reborn every month to month and a half.
‘It wasn’t originally owned by our guild, so I’m not sure exactly, but it should be.’
Hyun Seok felt the need to keep a separate record of the famous individual dungeons.
‘Before the memories fade further. Where was the easiest dungeon to own…….’ he kept on thinking.
For now, it is enough to keep a record and deal with it later. There was still plenty of time.There was something more important now.
“Come on, then……let’s go set up the equipment.”
Hyun-seok cracked his bones. Now he felt better because he felt like things were going smoothly.
* * *
Hyun Seok drove on the highway. The car he was riding was once owned by the Crimson Poison Guild to chase Hyun seok taxi. The destination was Seoul again.
Hyun Seok, who entered Seoul, left the car at the right place. And traveled by public transportation and walking.
The real destination was Gangnam, so it took quite a while to reach.
After arriving in Gangnam, Hyun Seok looked around the buildings that were standing all over the place.
In fact, it was meaningless to look around and find his way. This is because it was discovered when he couldn’t see, anyway. But he knows where it is. Hyun Seok walked towards his destination.
He felt a faint flow of mana. ‘I found you!’
There was something I wanted in the middle of a narrow alley between the buildings. Hyun Seok went into the alley.
And he stopped in the middle to look up.
‘I couldn’t see anything. However, I felt a certain flow of mana. It was a dungeon.’
There are two known dungeons in the world. Black holes and white holes. However, Hyun Seok knew there was one more dungeon.
It was an invisible dungeon right here.
Hyun Seok looked up at the transparent dungeon floating in the air, shining calmly with various emotions.
Siman : deep eye