Chapter 122: Chapter 121: India? Part I
After leaving Song Haechang’s room, I headed up to the first floor lobby. I didn’t feel the need to go back up to the 96th floor to say my farewells to Song Daechul. When I got off at the first floor, I saw Haein waiting for me by the front entrance.
“You took longer than I had expected.”
“Yeah, it kind of turned out that way.” It really did turn out that way, especially since I had to wait three hours for Song Haechang to resurrect.
“My grandfather forgot to give this to you.”
“What is it?” I took the note Haein handed to me.
“You received the dungeon blessing as well, didn’t you?”
“I did, yeah.”
“That note has the location of a hidden dungeon that is in our custody.”
“What?” Hidden dungeons were extremely valuable, especially for those under dungeon blessings. They even add 4 points to Dungeon Seeker!
“You have points in your Dungeon Seeker too, right?”
“If you reveal it, you can obtain its 4 points. Also, it’s not a high-grade, but we believe it to be one of the stronger mid-grade dungeons, so it’ll be good enough for your skills.”
“Don’t you guys need it, too?”
“We’ll be fine. We have fields to clear out anyway, and we were going to expand our territory as well.”
“Well, if that’s the case…thanks.” At least I knew where to go train for the next few months.
“We’re not enemies, right?”
“…Of course we’re not.”
“Then can I call every now and then?”
“Yeah, that’s fine.”
Haein finally smiled after having a stony expression all day. “This is my Comm Link. It’ll be better if we call each other through this than through the hotline.”
“Good idea.” I took her Comm Link and connected it with mine.
“Then…until we meet again, oppa.”
“Yeah, see you.”
Haein then headed for the elevators. Before she got on, she gave me a small wave and I waved back. I left as I watched the elevator doors close. The sky was already darkening.
“Ha… I’m going to take the rest of the day off.” All I did today was mostly talk with the Hitman Guild and the Sunbin Guild, but I felt extremely exhausted for some reason. Dealing with Song Haechang had also left me drained.
I headed for the same Kaltz Hotel I stayed at whenever I was in Seoul. Once I got to my room, I fell asleep without even checking the Rank 8 item and the note I got from Haein.
I woke up late next morning. After taking a shower, I placed the Rank 8 item on a table. “Item check.” I already knew what the Rank 9 item was. It was the same item Wai Chung had obtained in the past, but I did not know what this one was.
[The King-Emperor’s Helm (Rank 8)
The King-Emperor, God of his world, wore this Helm whenever he went to war. This lion-shaped Helm was originally golden, but after countless bloody battles, the Helm shines red with the blood of its enemies. Just looking at it brings fears to its enemies’ hearts.
Increase all Stats by 100 points
Increase STR by 300 points
Increase Penetration Resistance by 42 points
Decrease incoming CRIT damage by 94%
Grants King-Emperor’s Weak Dignity upon equip. (King-Emperor’s Weak Dignity: All enemies within a 10-meter radius (monsters included) incur a debuff that lowers ATT, MATT, DEF and MDEF by 3 %.)
DEF 2,500, MDEF 2,100]
“Sweet, an AoE debuff!” An AoE debuff from just equipping an armor piece and not learning it through a skill was always a plus, even if it was only 3%!
“Still, it’s better than nothing.” I put the helm on.
==[You have equipped The King-Emperor’s Helm (Rank 8). Would you like to make it visible?]==
“No.” It’d definitely be weird if I walked around town with a big, red helmet. Happy about the item, I then took out the note that Haein had given me but before I could open it, a message appeared.
==[The King-Emperor’s Commitment (Rank 10) and the King-Emperor’s Helm (Rank 8) coalesces.
The King Emperor’s Weak Dignity is now The King-Emperor’s Prominent Dignity.
The King Emperor’s Commitment coalesces with any items that belong to the King-Emperor that are lower than Rank 10. (If you have more than two, then the King-Emperor’s Commitment will coalesce with highest ranked item.)==
==[The King Emperor’s Prominent Dignity
All enemies within a 10 meter radius (monsters included) incur a debuff that lowers ATT, MATT, DEF and MDEF by 6%.
All enemies within a 10 meter radius (monsters included) incur a debuff that lowers STR, VIT, AGI, WIL and INT by 6%.
Raises user’s Stats by 200 points.]==
“Holy shit!” I had not expected anything like this. Then, as I stood there in shock, I thought of another item. “The Rank 9 King-Emperor’s Mantle!”
The Rank 8 King-Emperor’s Helm had basically just become a Rank 9 item with the synergy effect from the King-Emperor’s Commitment. A Rank 9 could become a Rank 10!
“But then again, it’s not like I can go back and ask to exchange a Rank 8 for a Rank 9…” That would just make things very awkward and difficult to explain, even if the Sunbin Guild did agree.
“Tsk. I’ll leave it here for now. I’m sure I’ll a chance later on to get it from them somehow.”
I calmed myself and opened Haein’s note. “Huh?” I didn’t expect this to be location. “India? That India?”
I didn’t expect it to be in Korea, but I thought that it would be in China or in Japan. I never thought that it would be in India. “But I guess it would be obvious for a hidden dungeon…”
==[Inside the Waterfalls in Koliwada district of Mumbai, India.] ==
(TLN: Author calls the waterfalls “Oosari” but I could not find any waterfalls in Koliwada.)
The Sunbin Guild was powerful, but I was still amazed that their influence reached all the way to India.
“Hmm…India, huh?” I was going to go to whatever place was written on the note, if it meant getting four points to my Dungeon Seeker, but I really did not expect it to be India. I had never been there in my past life, and if I remembered correctly, people over there usually did not like outsiders very much and kept to themselves.
“I only know of Arman Lagus from there…” There was also his younger brother I had met in Macau. “Should I go?” I thought for a moment. It would have been difficult for me in the past to go to a foreign country on my own and risk encountering the guild in control there, but that wasn’t a problem for me anymore.
“Of course I should go! I want those four points!” I stood up and quickly left the hotel. As I entered the lobby, I came to an abrupt stop. “I’ll be gone for at least a month; I should eat before I go.” I turned for the restaurant inside the Kaltz Hotel and stuffed myself as if it were my last supper.
After lunch, I headed for Store 72. The teleporter was around there anyway, so I decided to do a little shopping before I left.
“I don’t have any skill points to use. I guess I’ll switch out my lower ranked items for Rank 7 items.” I had 1.4 billion golden rings to spend. It was the most amount of money I’d ever had. It would be difficult to buy a Rank 8 item, but Stores didn’t sell Rank 8 items anyway.
I headed for the general store to restock on food and potions for now. I also decided to increase my inventory slots. I wanted to buy some 50 or 100-slots, but they still cost way too much for me, and I decided to buy three 30-slots instead. I sold all of the materials I had picked up and headed for the auction house.
-I should get a better Comm Link for now and sell my 10-slot inventories.-
I sat down on an empty chair and searched for Comm Links.
==[Comm Link (5 connections)
Call any connected Comm Link from anywhere, including dungeons.
Price: 750,000 golden rings.]==
The basic Comm Link could hold up to five connections, and was the most common on the list.
-Hmm…I should get twenty connections just in case.-
==[Comm Link (20 connections)
Call any connected Comm Link from anywhere, including dungeons.
Price: 4,517,000 golden rings.]==
The price difference was 3,700,000 golden rings for only a difference of 15 connections, but I bought it without hesitation as I knew I would need that many one day.
I transferred over all of my connections on my older Comm Link to my new one and put the older one up for a lower price than its counterparts. I had just about finished up my shopping, except for one part.
-Should I get better items or not?-
I had more than enough golden rings now. Even if I couldn’t buy Rank 8’s, I could still get some Rank 7’s.
-I suppose it won’t hurt to look around.-
I searched through the auction house for equips that I didn’t have yet.
Three hours later, I had spent a little over 100 million golden rings and bought two items, a pair of greaves and a cape.
-Well, I guess these are good enough.-
The accessories that were on sale were just way too expensive for their effects. That was just how rare they were. It would be a waste of money to buy one.
Happy that I had a full, decent set of armor now, I left the Store and headed for the Teleporter.
“India, here I come!” I was half-nervous and half-excited to set foot in a country I had never been to before.
I walked up to an employee of the Messenger Guild.
“Where would you like to go?” he asked.
“I want to go to India. Where do you have stations there?”
“We have one in New Delhi and one in Mumbai.” That was a very small amount for a country of that size.
“Take me to Mumbai, please.”
“Very well. That’ll be 150,000 golden rings.”
I paid the man and stepped onto the platform. Soon, my body felt like it was being lifted.
-I’m going to spend an entire month just hunting. I have to get to level 500 as soon as possible.-