Chapter 20: Chapter 19: Low-Tier Dungeon, Part III
This was only the first floor of a low-grade dungeon. They were the weakest monsters; created to be fodder for beginners.
They were monsters that I hunted many, many times during my past life, but now, the experience was different.
[You have leveled up.]
As I was trying to come to terms with this new feeling, a message popped up, telling me that I had just gained a level.
“Awesome,” I said in self-satisfaction.
“Seems like a waste to stop now, now that I have a taste.”
My body was itching for more action, and I had too much adrenaline running through my body for me to stop now.
“Alright, then. I’ll go all the way to the third floor and get the first boss.”
It didn’t matter how much the Sunbin Guild appeased and considered other devas; the fact that the guild had the dungeon’s bosses on lock was a different story, even when the bosses were the lowest of the low.
The Bukhan Mountain low-grade dungeon had only one rule people had to follow in order to use it; the bosses could only be defeated by the Sunbin Guild!
There really was no reason to curse or blame the Sunbin Guild. Other guilds did the same with the dungeons they monopolized.
It didn’t matter how strong the bosses were; they were actually taken care of by guilds quite well. Larger guilds even had guards keeping an eye on the bosses at all times.
“I should go. I’ll need to hurry if I want to kill a boss monster today.”
Each floor of a low-grade dungeon could be big enough for just over a thousand people to hunt in.
I had to hurry if I was going to cross three floors in Bukhan Mountain’s dungeon and kill a boss by the end of the day.
“Oh, that’s right. I shouldn’t forget about the golden rings.”
I picked up the golden rings that appeared in place of the dead orcs’ bodies. Most times, one golden ring would drop without items and weak orc grunts usually dropped two golden rings.
“It’s better than nothing.”
I put the golden rings that I hadn’t seen in a long time into my pocket.
“I should save up as much as I can and buy an inventory box as soon as possible. That way I won’t get mugged by thieves and have to carry all this around with me all the time.”
Inventory boxes weren’t just given out in the beginning. You had to buy them.
A person could have up to three inventory boxes in their possession. There were five different sizes of inventory boxes one could obtain: 10 slots, 20 slots, 30 slots, 50 slots, and 100 slots.
It was possible to have three 100–slot boxes, giving you 300 slots to work with. The problem was that a 100-slot box was crazy expensive.
“If I recall correctly, a 100-slot box cost a billion golden rings.”
In my past life, someone like me couldn’t even dream of owning a 100-slot box. Heck, even a 50-slot box was way out of my reach.
Back then, I had 1 20-slot box and 2 10-slot boxes, which gave me only 40 slots of inventory.
I had the money to switch my 10-slots to 30-slots, but my inventory was constantly filled with items and I never had the time to get out of the 40 slots.
“40 slots of inventory was way too frustrating. Let’s get out of that rut now.”
There were general items that had to be equipped, consumable items, and random material loot that monsters dropped in hunts. All these added up quickly and were too much for 40 slots.
I always thought that, at a minimum, the three boxes should all add up to 100 slots.
I began to make my forward after putting the golden rings into my pocket.
Even though it was a low-grade dungeon, the Bukhan Mountain dungeon was actually quite large.
The first floor of this dungeon was larger than those of other dungeons, and two thousand devas could hunt simultaneously without any problems. The second floor was similar.
I made it my mission today to clear the third floor. In my past life, I came so many times to hunt in this dungeon, but never made it to the third floor. That floor was where boss monsters spawned.
I’ve never actually been there, but boss raids were news stations’ favorite stories to cover, and I saw plenty of videos of raids on air.
Unlike the first and second floors, the third floor was built to be narrower than the other two. Once you go went down to the third floor, there was a room filled with elite monsters. You had to clear that room before you could enter the boss room.
There was also a safe zone between the rooms where you could safely rest up before moving on.
“I hunted so many times in this dungeon, but I don’t think I could ever have dreamed about entering the boss room. This time, there’s no one controlling anything here, so I’m going to try to kill that boss.”
I continued forward, with confidence exuding from me.
I sprinted down the path leading to the second floor.
I had hunted in the dungeon so many times before that I knew the paths like the back of my hand and moved forward without hesitation.
I only hunted the monsters that were in my direct path. I didn’t need to stop for anything. All I needed was one hit to kill them
As I finished off a swarm of orcs, another group appeared, noticed me, and charged towards my position.
I saw them rushing me and took a nearly dead orc grunt straggler by the foot, spun him around and threw him like a shot put.
“Arrrgh!” Seven orcs crashed down like bowling pins. I threw the orc so hard that the orcs that were hit died instantly.
[You have leveled up.]
[You have leveled up.]
I picked up the golden rings that appeared as the bodies of the orcs disappeared.
“A penny saved is a penny earned.” I couldn’t afford to miss even a single golden ring right now!
“Hehehe!” I was having as much fun hunting the orcs as I would at an amusement park.
I wanted to hunt all the orcs in every nook and cranny of this floor, but my plan was to reach the third floor as soon as possible, and leave the farther orcs alone. I only attacked the orcs that were directly on the path to the second floor.
I took the most direct path to the second floor, but it still took me eighty minutes to cross it. That was just how big the dungeon was.
“Let’s see here. I’ve gained six levels so far.”
I only hunted casually, but the level-up messages from before showed up three times.
“Well, it doesn’t look like I have to allocate my stat points quite yet. Well, I’ll need to get to the safe zone to even have a drink of water, so I should quickly clear the second floor and make it to the third floor.”
I didn’t bring any food or water with me when I came to the dungeon, so I had to be quick.
[Orc archer straggler]
[Orc solider straggler]
[Regular orc archer]
[Regular orc soldier]
As I entered the second floor, I saw orcs different from those on the first floor. These orcs were physically bigger and didn’t have “Weak” in front of their names.
“But that doesn’t matter to me!”