Chapter 159: Chapter 158: Why Are You Coming Out From There?! Part II
The Faroe Islands…
I was standing next to Kylie in front of the Troll dungeon, the high-grade dungeon of the Faroe Islands.
“This is it.”
“It’s pretty close to your home.”
“Yes, it is. The Faroe Islands aren’t that big to begin with.”
My job here was done when I defeated the Duke, but I hadn’t left right away, not with the Werewolf Clan begging me to stay longer. They wanted to fully repay me before I left and I was going to fully capitalize on that, but there was another reason I was still here. I wanted to check out their high-grade dungeon.
The Werewolves were more than happy to let me use their high-grade dungeon, saying that it was the least they could do. And with that, I now had three high-grade dungeons at my disposal, while most large guilds were lucky to have just one.
“The low and mid-grade dungeons are nearby, as well. Shall I take you there, too?”
“No, it’s fine.” After all of the hunting I had done in Alexandria, I didn’t need mid-grade dungeons. Sure, there was a chance that the monsters here could be stronger that the ones in Alexandria, but I was confident. Besides, I had learned a bit about the monsters before I came here.
“I wanted to hunt with you, though…”
“I don’t mind.”
“No, mother and father were very clear that I shouldn’t get in your way and I don’t want to end up as a nuisance, either.”
“Alright. I understand.” I smiled at Kylie, before walking towards the dungeon entrance.
I had rested enough this past week and just because I had defeated the Duke didn’t mean I could continue being lazy. The Duke was just one obstacle that was in my way and there were plenty more out there. I still had to get stronger, and I could.
“Oh, that’s right! Take this with you, Jiwon.” Kylie stopped me and handed me a note. “We only reached up the second floor and have only one FOB there. This marks its location. You can rest and resupply there as much as you want.”
“Yeah, thanks.” I had realized the importance of FOBs in high-grade dungeons back in Alexandria, as hunting through a single floor was extremely time-consuming.
“And…is it alright if I check in every now and then?”
“Thanks! Good luck, Jiwon!”
I watched as Kylie walked away, and entered once she was out of sight.
As soon as I entered, I saw the Trolls that gave the dungeon its name.
“Mana Conversion – Wind. Warrior’s Brave Spirit.”
==[Mana Conversion – Wind Level 2 has been activated.
Increase ATT by 30%.
Successful attacks have a 20% chance to inflict Bleeding effect.
Increase damage of all Wind-based attacks by 5,000-25,000.
This skill has no cooldown.]==
==[Warrior’s Brave Spirit Level 1 has been activated.]==
This was my first time using the Wind Attribute as there was never really a need to before. However, the Wind Attribute was perfect against Trolls that had high health regeneration capabilities. The best way to hunt Trolls was to deal tremendous damage quickly to prevent them from taking advantage of their regen.
(Editor’s Note: Doing tremendous damage quickly prevents enemies from doing anything by dint of being dead.)
“My attack power coupled with the Bleeding effect… hehehehehehe!” I was itching to find out how the Trolls would fare against me and what I could learn from them.
I charged in at a horde of Troll soldiers with a huge grin on my face. The Werewolves had told me that Troll hide was incredibly tough, meaning that they boasted some of the highest DEF among dungeon monsters. However, my Harrier easily pierced the side of one Troll soldier.
“Gwak!” the Troll soldier croaked in pain, telling me that this dungeon was going to be easy enough for me, as well.
The horde of Trolls soldiers raised their clubs and spears and thundered towards me.
“Hah! Yeah, me too! Troll! Kill!” I imitated the Trolls and charged.
I danced around the fifteen three-meter tall Troll soldiers. I dodged whatever attacks I could and took the ones I couldn’t head on. Still, their ATT and DEF were nothing to scoff at for monsters of a high-grade dungeon.
“I don’t want to! Troll!” However, they were still no match for my unmatched Stats and equips, and each Troll fell after six or seven hits. It took me less than three minutes to clear this horde of Trolls. They were about as strong as the Crocs in the Pharos dungeon.
I pointed at the materials and golden rings the Trolls dropped and moved them into the Infinite Space.
“It’s a new hunting ground, so I should at least spend the next month in here.” I gripped my spear and headed for another horde.
The Gnosis Guild’s headquarters, around the same time Lee Jiwon was hunting Trolls…
“He’s practically Hong Gildong at this point (Korean Robin Hood). He’s popping up everywhere.”
“I know, right? Every time things quiet down, he causes another ruckus in another part of the world.”
Ever since the Gnosis Guild had received reports about what had happened in northern Europe, the entire Guild was in a tizzy. The news of the war between the Werewolves and the Predator Duke wasn’t going to become that big an issue as the result was obvious; the Duke was going to win.
However, the Duke was defeated, and at Lee Jiwon’s hands at that. Another deity of the Seven Monarchs had fallen victim to this anomaly of a deva.
“We’re going to have to change how we approach Lee Jiwon, aren’t we?”
“Hmm…” Alpha contemplated Jay’s suggestion. After a while, Alpha spoke up, “Find… his biological mother, and do everything you can to support her. Give her whatever she needs, whatever she wants.”
“What? That’s so transparent.”
“I know, but if we have to do it if we want to remain in Lee Jiwon’s good graces. He’ll find out himself eventually, but embarrassment will be a small price to pay to avoid becoming his enemy.”
No one rejected Alpha’s idea. They realized he spoke the truth.
“Then we’re going to have to hand over the intel now, aren’t we?”
“We have to. I know we planned to hand it over after the Time Attack quest, but… we’re late enough as it is. There’s nothing worse than coming off as incompetent.”
“Sounds good. Let’s do that.”
“I agree a hundred times.”
“Oh, that’s right. Did you find out why the Yung Gong Guild is pulling that crap?” Alpha asked Lim Gina before wrapping up the meeting.
“Oh, that? I haven’t received any solid reports yet, but from what I could tell, the Nayuta and the Cheng Long Guilds are behind it.”
“What? Those guilds? I can see the Nayuta Guild doing that, but the Cheng Long Guild? Why would they choose the Yung Gong Guild, I thought they didn’t like each other that much.”
“That’s the part I haven’t uncovered yet. But if I were to guess…wouldn’t it be because of the Sunbin Guild? They’re probably going to use the Yung Gong Guild to shake the Sunbin Guild’s influence in Korea.”
“Tsk tsk tsk.” Alpha clicked his tongue. “Keep Lee Jiwon a priority for now and check on the Yung Gong Guild when you can.”
Alpha watched as the others left the meeting room and muttered to himself, “Idiot. He probably knows he’s being used, and still he plans to go through with it. Challenging the Sunbin Guild? Even if he has the Cheng Long and the Nayuta Guilds backing him, does he really think it’ll be possible?”
“Phew.” I let out a tired breath as I cleared a horde of Trolls on the third floor. “It’s actually getting harder now.”
The biggest horde on the second floor only had about 20 Trolls. The hordes on the third floor had at least forty to fifty Troll mages, shamans, and warriors. They were definitely much tougher. It wasn’t enough that I couldn’t hunt, but I was taking a lot more damage. The Crocs in the Pharos dungeon were mainly solitary monsters, but the Trolls here were always in a horde.
“At least they yield a lot more EXP.”
==[Shaman Ko’s Selfish Prick Roulette Wheel will now turn.]==
“Oh, it’s already been a full day. But…those really aren’t numbers, are they?” Two of the 100 sections really were obscured, but I was sure of one thing; the sections had words on them, not numbers.
“It can’t be, right?” I had an inkling of what the sections said, but I tried to ignore that feeling as much as possible. And then, two weeks after I first noticed them, I finally discovered what they read.
“Why…are you there?”
“That’s right…Shaman Ko ate them, didn’t it?”
==[Absolute Destruction – Obtain one use every time the Roulette lands on it. Use it to inflict instant death upon enemy as long as you deal at least one point of damage.]==
==[Predation – Obtain one use every time the Roulette lands on it. Use it to consume a target.]==
“Hah…” I wasn’t sure if this was good or bad. I technically still had Absolute Destruction, and had technically obtained Predation. Besides, if Shaman Ko hadn’t eaten it, the Duke would have instead, so I couldn’t really curse Shaman Ko.
“And if they both have a 100% chance of success…” According to their descriptions, as long as I had at least one use for each of them, they would activate. There was no probability of either skill activating. That was one of the good points. I could use it any time I wanted to against a boss monster, and wouldn’t have to rely on the enchanted spear anymore.
“The problem here is actually obtaining them.” The Roulette wheel just had to land on Absolute Destruction first! Only that! I didn’t care about Predation. I wanted what was originally mine!
“Come on! Give it to me!” I carefully placed my hand over the wheel and it began to spin rapidly.
“Don’t give me a 3! I don’t need a 3 anymore! Come on, Luck. Don’t fail me now!” I begged and begged until the wheel stopped… on a 3.
“…” I stared deadpan at the wheel. Normally, I would be happy, but not today. “Why…does it feel like it’ll always land on 3 from now on?”
Up until today, I had wished for that to happen. Now, I was beginning to regret it.
“No, no! Shaman Ko, I beseech you! Just don’t give me a 3 anymore, please!” I implored at the disappearing Roulette Wheel.