Chapter 19: Chapter 18: Low-Tier Dungeon 47
The dungeon looked different on the inside than it did from the outside.
Like the Stores that appeared on Earth, dungeons were magically designed. Some were bigger on the inside than on the outside, while others were smaller on the inside and bigger on the outside.
In other words, you could never judge what a dungeon was capable of unless you went inside.
[Weak Orc grunt]
[Weak Orc archer]
[Weak Orc soldier]
As I entered the dungeon, I noticed that the monsters were those that I had fought and encountered in the past. It brought a smile to my face.
In the past, I hesitated so much that it took me a week before I went hunting monsters. After I became a deva, I didn’t have a single golden ring on me, so I couldn’t buy any skills with my ten skill points. I had to fight them with my bare hands!
All I had then was a kitchen knife, but even then, I wasn’t a match against them and for a while, I felt like I had nowhere to turn. Finally, Sunbin Group came forward and gave out small loans to new devas to start. I borrowed twenty thousand rings, learned Fire Bolt, and finally managed to start hunting.
Most devas had a repertoire similar to what I had.
Guns and explosives could provide quite a bit of help when hunting, but that only worked in the beginning.
A Fire Bolt cost less than three thousand golden rings and was better than a rifle in the long run because there were maintenance costs and ammo costs to take into account. Soon or later, skills would end up being more cost efficient and stronger than most modern weapons.
Anyway, these were the first monsters I’d encountered since my return and I didn’t feel afraid or threatened. In fact, I felt a glad to see them.
As I walked towards the orcs, the orcs turned and noticed me. As soon as we locked eyes, they sprinted towards me.
5 orcs – 3 weak grunts, 1 weak archer, and 1 weak soldier – thundered towards me.
The weak orc archers on the first floor didn’t fire arrows, even though they were archers. Actually, it was more like they couldn’t. Even they were archers; all of the arrows they carried were broken in half.
“I have no items, no skills. Looks like it’s just my two fists.”
I swung my fists accurately at the heads of the grunts that were at the front of the group.
My fists were fueled by 1225 STR and VIT made contact with the orcs’ face before the orcs could reach me.
It only took one hit. All it took was one hit to crack open a weak orc grunt’s head!
The orc’s body continued forward after being clotheslined, but I dodged past and moved towards another one.
The other orcs weren’t phased that their comrade had fallen with one hit, and continued their charge.
I knew the damage one punch could do so I had no reason to back down either.
This was only the first floor of a low-grade dungeon. I could just keep charging forward and attack. I didn’t need to chase after anything.
A bow twanged.
I deftly dodged an arrow shot from the right by the orc archer. While the archer was floundering at his missed attack, I swung my left fist at him and struck his temple.
Even the weak orc archer fell to one hit.
The orc’s body bounced off my fist and spun once, before rolling onto the floor wo meters away.
I could easily see the orcs’ attacks. It was extremely refreshing to feel my body move where and how I wanted it to.
I had never experienced hand-to-hand combat like this before.
After failing with my kitchen knife and learning Fire Bolt with the money I borrowed from the Sunbin Guild, I never went back to close combat.
Of course, there were melee monsters that got too close that I couldn’t avoid. I died without being able to counterattack, so I couldn’t really call that close combat.
“This is pretty nice.”
My fists were covered in orc blood by now, but I didn’t feel grossed out or anything. I was reveling in the adrenaline that I hadn’t felt in a long time.
“That’s right. Come on.”
The remaining three orcs didn’t miss a beat and continued their charge. I closed the distance between us and slipped into the middle of them.
During the year before the world changed, I didn’t waste a single day of boxing and Hapkido training.
I felt my physical force rise as my 1225 STR, VIT, and all my training combined.
As soon as I slipped into the triangle of orcs, I planted my fists into their faces. Bone crunched and broke.
An orc grunt got pushed back and crumpled to the floor, without even a reaction. At that moment, the orc soldier swung a sword that looked like a sorry excuse for metal skewer at my back.
I couldn’t see the attack but I could feel it clearly. I ducked my head and felt the sword swing pass my head.
I already knew that with my high DEF, the metal skewer would just bounce off me and wouldn’t even leave as much as a scratch. But to be hit by a weak orc on the first floor wouldn’t do well for my pride.
Thinking these thoughts in the middle of a fight didn’t make sense, but I smiled regardless. The fact that I had wandering thoughts meant that I was confident that I had this fight in the bag.
As soon as I ducked, I spun around 180 degrees and swung an uppercut at the orc who was unbalanced by his attack.
I hit the orc soldier in the head so hard it practically came off his neck and his body flew back over a meter away.
At that moment, the remaining orc grunt swung his fist at the side of my head. I tilted my head to the other side to dodge and grabbed the orc’s arm as it swung past my soldier and judo-flipped him over my head.
The orc’s arm audibly cracked as his body came crashing down.
As the orc floundered in pain, I kicked his head to finish him off.
With one kick, the orc grunt’s body slid across the floor over two meters away.
I finished all five of the orcs with one hit each. The whole fight didn’t even take a minute. I stood in place and looked down at my hands.
“I’m… strong now!”