Chapter 146: Chapter 145: The Monster Tribe, Part I
“It took me more than a month but I’m finally back,” I said to myself in front of the Pharos dungeon in Alexandria.
Now that I thought about it, the Time Attack quest was nothing different than a gift made for me. It all probably started when I got the Destruction skill in India and I’d gotten so many more after that. I finally got my AGI to 10,000, and got the reward for being the first, too. Also, now that I had the King-Emperor’s Mantle, the Prominent King-Emperor’s Dignity was upgraded to the Grand King-Emperor’s Dignity.
I smiled as I recalled that day.
After I received the seven Increase Stat Points items from Shin, I headed straight for my room to use them right away, to get that 10,000 Stat point reward.
==[You have used sixteen Increase Stat Points by 100.
You have received 1,600 unused Stat points.]==
I used the nine I got from my one-man dungeon reward and the seven I got from Shin. “Last time I checked, my base AGI was 1,357 points away from 10,000, right? Open Stats Menu!”
==[Name: Lee Jiwon
Level: 538 Death Count: 0
Title: Earth’s First Deva
HP: 8,815,700/8,815,700 MP: 347,800/347,800
Strength: 15,351 + 1,017 Agility: 10,894 Vitality: 14,051
Willpower: 3,418 Intelligence: 3,148
Unassigned Stat Points: 1,600 + 93
Special Effects: Luck Boost (X+1), immune to all Status effects, Dungeon Seeker 14 points, Fragment of the Destruction God
Physical Attack: 56,691 Physical Defense: 29,197
Magical Attack: 10,994 Magical Defense: 16,884]==
“Damn…” I just couldn’t get over how crazy my Stats Menu looked, no matter how many times I opened it. Equipping the Mantle and the Infinite Space Ring also boosted my Stats a bunch, even though I hadn’t leveled up in a while. I started to raise my AGI until the message I wanted appeared.
==[Your base AGI has surpassed 10,000 points.]
Your total AGI points: 12,251
Your base AGI points: 10,000
AGI points increased by items: 1,950
AGI points increased by skills: 300 (Grand King-Emperor’s Dignity), 1 (Kiran’s Stat point)]==
==[You will be awarded a bonus for surpassing 10,000 points in AGI before anyone else.
AGI will be increased by 1,000 points.
This bonus is awarded to the first person to accomplish this achievement.]==
“Yes!” I shouted in joy. I was getting slightly worried that someone else had managed to get their AGI to 10,000 before me.
It had already been a while since I raised my VIT to 10,000 after the Oosara Falls’ hidden dungeon, and things had been hectic since then. I ended up joining Lagus’s and Muskan’s war, and spent a month doing the Time Attack quest. I only managed to get my AGI up 10,000 because of the rewards I just got.
At that moment, the other message I wanted to see appeared.
==[You have obtained a Grand Achievement.]
You have reached 10,000 points in three Stats (STR, VIT, AGI) before anyone else.
You will be awarded a bonus of 2,000 extra Stat points.
This bonus is awarded to the first person to accomplish this achievement.]==
“Heh!” I just got 3,000 extra Stat points; 1,000 for AGI and 2,000 for free use. I put the 2,000 left over Stat points and the Shaman Ko points into STR.
==[HP: 8,815,700/8,815,700 MP: 347,800/347,800
Strength: 17,594 + 1,110 Agility: 13,251 Vitality: 14,051
Willpower: 3,418 Intelligence: 3,148]==
-…Is this alright?-
I couldn’t help but think as I stared at my Stats Menu.
At what level would this Stats Menu seem normal? Is it even possible to get to that level? Even deities would think it’s overpowered, and they’re supposed to be the most overpowered beings out there. In short, it wasnormally impossible to have a Stats Menu like mine.
“But the important part here is that it’s mine and only mine!” I was starting to become like Danhari, nervous and anxious about having such valuable treasures. “I shouldn’t be worrying about anything. I’ve dealt with whatever the new world threw at me so far,” I said to myself with fists clenched.
“I’ll make everything mine.”
I turned to face the Pharos dungeon entrance. “Okay. Let’s do this!” I had rested long enough.
“I wonder what these crocs have in store for me.” I already heard from the Myth Guild what types of monsters awaited me in the dungeon. Inside were normal and mutated crocodile monsters with high ATT and DEF. I looked forward to facing them as they were monsters I had never encountered in the past.
Around the same time Lee Jiwon entered the Pharos dungeon…
A group of people were gathered in a mansion in the Faroe Islands, Denmark, a place known to be a holy place for lycanthropes, or werewolves. These people were devas with pointed ears and covered in thick fur.
“The Duke hasn’t been attacking us because he already found out what our plans are?”
“Yes. He has already discovered that we plan to ask Lee Jiwon for aid, and plans to consume him first before we can get to him.”
“Lee Jiwon, huh…”
“He seems to be waiting for someone strong like Lee Jiwon to enter his domain, as his Predation takes a while.”
“Lee Jiwon also has a special ability that the Duke wants to consume.”
“Will it be alright to seek his help under these circumstances? Something could happen to him because of us. It won’t be a simple death, either.”
“That…may be true but…” No one could come up with an answer for Lod.
“How long has it been since the Duke used Predation last?”
“It’s been a little more than four months.”
“Hmm… it’s been too long. He’s practically screaming to us that he’s going to use it on Lee Jiwon.”
“Yes, it would seem so.”
Lod and the other commanders here had been battling against the Predator Duke for over a year now. They’d all become victims of the Predator Duke’s three abilities: Predation – Digestion – Extraction. They could deal with Predation and Digestion if they were the Duke’s only abilities as they don’t do much other than kill their targets. However, the biggest problem was Extraction. Victims of Extraction stood to lose everything.
Extraction took away all of its victims’ Stat points and skills and absorbs them into its user. The potency of this ability had a four-month cooldown, but it was still extremely harmful. Furthermore, victims of Extraction couldn’t use the Sea of Reset. All they would get was a message:
==[Your abilities have been absorbed by the Predator Duke.
Until you recover your abilities, you will not be able to use the Sea of Reset.]==
The Predator Duke didn’t keep the abilities he absorbed forever; he was technically borrowing them and until he returned those abilities, his victims would be unable to use the Sea of Reset. Of course, if the Predator Duke didn’t want to return those abilities, he could never return them at all. In other words, the only way to recover those abilities was to kill him. All abilities he had absorbed would return to their rightful owners upon his death. But it was easier said than done.
The Werewolf Clan was a clan made up of all devas.
Lod, the head of his family clan, obtained the Lycanthrope Lord Random Skill, which turned everyone in his family line into werewolves. Lod’s clan, the Schutt van Agassi family, had a long history of 800 years behind it. The Schutt van Agassis ruled a part of Switzerland under Cheringen, but were forced out by the Habsburgs in a series of defeats, despite their fierce struggle to repel the invasion.
The van Agassis fled north to Norway, where they restored their family name and lived for centuries. Although only a fragment of their former glory, the van Agassis had become an influential power in Norwegian society.
Not long after the world changed, the entire van Agassi family had become devas and under the Lycanthrope Lord Random Skill, they all turned into werewolves.
The van Agassi family then invited all Norwegians to join their family, and after about a week, revealed to the world the birth of the Werewolf Clan. They then moved to the Faroe Islands, where more than 50,000 people once lived, but it was abandoned after the world changed and the land turned into a haven for werewolves.
The Faroe Islands weren’t too small nor too big; they were the perfect home for the werewolves. The Islands even had a low, mid, and high-grade dungeon which was perfect, as Lod had an ability where he could choose one dungeon and increase all EXP gained in that dungeon by fifty percent. This ability allowed the Werewolf Clan to quickly grow stronger, and they kept that ability a secret until they could protect it from the rest of the world.
They had to, as they had a major weakness as werewolves. While they were devas from the start, they were also monsters. Should a normal deva or deity kill someone of the Werewolf Clan, they would receive a huge amount of EXP, much more than the EXP of normal monsters. There was even a chance that golden rings and items could drop from a werewolf.
On the other hand, werewolves could receive neither EXP nor golden rings and items from killing devas and deities. In the end, there was more reason for werewolves to be treated as monsters.
No, it was true that they were monsters. It no longer mattered that they had started as devas; they made the choice to become werewolves.
That was why Lod kept his abilities hidden to the world until his clan grew strong enough, but his secret had been revealed earlier than he expected, and to their worst enemy.
“Master Lod, I suggest we at least ask for help.”
“I agree. Lee Jiwon even defeated the Blood Prince, when everyone else expected him to lose.”
“We have nowhere else to turn. If we choose to do nothing, all that’s left for us it to become the Duke’s slaves. We should tell him everything and ask for his help.”
“Hmm…” Lod thought for a moment before making his decision. They were going to ask for Lee Jiwon’s help even if he turned them down. “Fine. If this is our last chance, then we’ll have to take it. However, make sure to tell him everything. Hiding anything risks turning even Lee Jiwon into an enemy.”
“Yes, my Lord!”