Chapter 97: The Harsh Life of Being a Chemist
Translator: EndlessFantasy Translation Editor: EndlessFantasy Translation
Chemist was a very special Class in H&G.
At the same time, it was also the most unpopular and unpromising Class for newbies! According to the official website that had various rankings published, in the third month since the game was launched, a player posted the statistics of the Class percentages in the game. Among them, Berserker, Swordsman, Elementalist, and Archer occupied the bulk of Class creation. Those were followed by Bandit, Priest, and Summoner. Chemist was the lowest, with only less than twenty thousand people.
Among the hundreds of millions of players, less than twenty thousand players chose to be A Chemist and amongst them, less than five thousand could play the Class well.
If not for Chemists, the price of potions in shops would be too high and there would not be any HP or MP Potion (L) sold. Additionally, higher grade potions like Antidotes and Attributions could not be found in shops. If not for that, the Chemist Class would have become obsolete.
With the rise of Leagues and Clans, the Chemist Class gradually gain the attention by Clans. Their objective was simple—to save cost and grow their Clan.
With the rapid rise of the Chemists, it finally became one of the major Classes alongside the others.
From Qin Ruo’s conversation with Black Market Trader, he found out that despite the Chemist’s usefulness, there was still of struggles they had to face.
Firstly, the combat ability of Chemists was not strong. Although they had seven different branches just like the Elementalists, they lacked the most powerful ability—Elementalism.
Because of this, the spell casting time or magic condensation of a Chemist was far slower than an Elementalist of the same tier. This situation remained unchanged until today.
According to the official website’s introduction, Chemist specialized at concocting magic potions. They could also use magic potions to quickly restore their status and greatly improve their strength. During this period, they could even surpass other Classes. Unfortunately…
At present, most of the Clans treated Chemist as a support Class! Just like the Class Forager. Their job was to collect and hand over materials to a Chemist for them to craft potions.
As such, Chemists were treated as a low-cost, self-service store that had cheaper prices compared to NPC shops.
Although Clans value Chemists, they would not go the extra mile for them, such as forming a party to some dangerous place in order to get some high-grade Herb.
Probably the strength of those Clans was not enough to go to those places or that they did not realize the future potential of Chemists and thus did not dare to take such a risk just to increase some mastery points in Potion Crafting.
However, Black Market Trader was fed up with this enslaved life.
According to him, he joined the game to have fun, not come in to work for others. Thus he left his original Clan and went out on his own to find an opportunity to upgrade to Master Chemist… That’s when he came across Qin Ruo.
After listening to Black Market Trader’s frank explanation, Qin Ruo had a deeper understanding of Chemists. He sympathized with them as well.
What Black Market Trader said was right, these Chemists may have received some support materials in the game, but in the process of frequent concocting, they have become a support Class that depends on others to survive. They have lost the real meaning of playing the game!
However, to play it safe, Qin Ruo still sent a voice message to Slayer’s Heart, asking about the current market price of the Attribute Potion. Although he was willing to lend a helping hand to this grotesque man, he could not sacrifice his all just for him. His current situation was not that favorable to allow him to do so. It was impossible for him to be completely sympathetic and neighborly.
Slayer’s Heart was online but he was not familiar with the Attribute Potion. He made Qin Ruo wait for half a minute before replying, “Little Qin, did someone sell you the magic potion? Be careful! Now there are only a handful of Master Chemists in the League. In other words, there are no magic potions on the market. Even if they exist, they must be of inferior Quality—you wouldn’t get any benefits after consuming them. Don’t be fooled!”
“I know, I don’t intend to buy them. Instead, I want to trade them for something else. Plus, the Quality of these Attribute Potions isn’t that bad…” Qin Ruo then informed Slayer’s Heart about their Quality as displayed in the trade window.
Hearing those words, Slayer’s Heart sounded really excited on the other end.
After that, Slayer’s Heart’s tone became grim. He said, “Hmm…This guy can even craft two bottles of 9 points of Quality Attribute Potion… Xiao Qin, you need to be careful, this person is not simple! I guess his Chemist tier is almost as Master level. Besides, the Clan he was part of before is certainly not some small one that’s not famous! An ordinary Clan surely cannot provide him with so many high-grade Herbs.”
“Is there any chance that he got it from others?” Qin Ruo heard a little uneasiness from Slayer’s Heart’s tone. He thought about it before, but after the conversing with Black Market Trader and Slayer’s Heart, he noticed one problem. It seemed that as long as Chemist had the raw materials, even if he did not learn any skill, he still could carry out a higher level of magic potion crafting… The only thing was that the success rate was lower, but it could quickly increase mastery points.
If Slayer’s Heart was right about Black Market Trader leaving a big Clan, his Clan would definitely not let him go so easily.
If this was the case, things would get complicated!
This meant that Qin Ruo must not get too close with Black Market Trader, otherwise, he might invite troubles from the big Clan which Black Market Trader had left. This was different from offending a Clan member.
Once you offended a Clan, you would be in deep trouble, and you must be very careful at all times.
After pondering, Qin Ruo made up his mind.
After he ensured that it was worth it to exchange the Violetjade Fruit with seven magic potions and half of the newly-concocted potions, he went to the Mercenary Union to create a private quest. Next, he selected the person to complete this quest, and returned to the inn to hand this task over to Black Market Trader, letting him start the crafting quest inside the inn…