Chapter 67: Chapter 66: Kill Stealing Isn’t Bad Manners, Part III
Once I saw the Stone Golem approach Shin Hyuk, I charged at the damage dealers. I knew that they were exhausted after watching them fight. They were barely hanging on with potions.
I rushed at the broadsword wielder to the right, raised my sword over my head, and swung down at his head. The warrior saw me coming and raised his own sword to block my incoming attack.
The blades crashed into each other with a screech of metal. The warrior lost in the battle of strength, and dropped to one knee. He looked over and saw that my blade had managed to break through his defense and slice into his shoulder.
“Fuck! How high is your STR?”
“Who knows? It’s not like I’ll tell you, though.” I raised my foot and kicked the warrior in this chest. He didn’t have a chance to block my attack and rolled back three meters. He must have still had HP leftover and got up right away.
“Damn, this guy’s STR is crazy high,” the broadsword warrior muttered to his comrade.
“We’ll attack him together.”
The two melee fighters charged at me in tandem, but I wasn’t daunted. They were tired from the long battle, and I was still lively.
I glanced at Shin Hyuk who was still blocking the Stone Golem’s attacks, and rushed forward to attack the melee fighters first. The broadsword warrior stabbed at my chest, while the greatsword warrior swung at my right shoulder. I was going to let the greatsword slice through my shoulder and focus on the broadsword warrior’s attack. It would be easier for me if I took out one of them first, rather than to try to take on both at the same time.
I saw that the Mighty Blow from the greatsword wielder dealt a total of 40,000 health points, but thanks to my already high health, my shoulder wasn’t hurt very much.
I blocked the Heart Strike with the broad side of my greatsword. Because of the skill’s power, I still managed to lose another 10,000 health points and felt a strong repulsive force from the attack.
“Fuck! His VIT is high, too.”
“My Heart Strike can’t find its mark.” The two warriors must have fought together many times as their movements were in complete synch. But no amount of teamwork could ever work against a foe so much stronger than them.
“My turn. Rahh!” I swung my sword at the broadsword warrior’s hip with full intent to cut him in half.
Despite the greatsword warrior’s warning, the broadsword warrior couldn’t do anything but watch as the blade of my sword slice cleanly through his body. His body promptly vanished into a cloud of smoke.
“And then there was one.”
“Shit! Who the fuck are you? Why are you doing this?”
“Didn’t I just tell you? I’m the Stone Golem’s friend, Duck Duck. Don’t dismiss our friendship so easily.”
“You…” The greatsword warrior’s face turned bright red at my reply. I didn’t have all day to joke around, and rushed at him.
“Berserker’s Roar! Raaahhh!” The warrior shouted as soon as I got close to him. The shout was so loud that it felt like my eardrums were going to pop.
[You have been afflicted with Fear from Berserker’s Roar.]
[Fear prevented by status immunity effect.]
The skill managed to stop me dead in my tracks for a split second, but it only made me swing my sword faster at the warrior.
“Gak!” The blade of my sword stabbed into the warrior’s chest. But this guy must have had higher defense than the others, as the blade didn’t pierce him. Instead, the force of the blow forced him to roll backwards. His chest wasn’t pierced, but it seemed that he still took significant damage when I noticed that his face looked drained.
“Argh! Shit! How could my Berserker’s Roar not work? Does that mean you have the Unrivaled skill? If you do, then people should know who you are! Who are you?”
“I’m not telling you. Why don’t you find out yourself?” I approached the collapsed warrior, raised my sword above my head and swung it straight down on him. This time, the sword pierced through.
“Once I find…” Before he could finish, his body vanished into a cloud of smoke.
It took me less than three minutes to wipe out the Yung Gong Guild members, excluding Shin Hyuk. I did ambush them and they were exhausted from fighting the Stone Golem, but I felt very satisfied that I took them all out easily.
I turned around to face Shin Hyuk and the Stone Golem. Shin Hyuk had his gaze fixed at me all the while blocking the Stone Golem’s attacks. His eyes were filled with rage. If looks could kill, his glare would have inflicted at least 400,000 points of damage on me.
“Who the fuck are you? Argh!” Shin Hyuk bitterly asked me while squeezing his body behind his shield to block the Stone Golem’s unceasing attacks.
“I’m Duck Duck!”
“You son of a bitch! Don’t fuck with me and tell me who you are! I know you’re not a normal deva; you know the Unrivaled skill! Do you have any idea how severe the consequences are of fucking with us? Are you not afraid of the Yung Gong Guild’s might!?”
“I am afraid! That’s why I’m Duck Duck right now! Oh! Be careful. That attack looks pretty strong.” As if angered by the previous fight, the Stone Golem used another skill on Shin Hyuk. Its Meteor Fist came crashing down on him.
Squeezed behind his shield, Shin Hyuk’s body that was being crushed little by little. Shin Hyuk was slowly being buried in the ground.
“I, no, the entire Yung Gong Guild, will find you! We know every single Unrivaled out there! We will find out who you are soon enough. Gah! A merciless vengeance will be waiting for you! Don’t think that you’ll get out of this easily!” Shin Hyuk spat at me through gritted teeth.
“I know, right? I’ve come so far. To think that I’m talking to the great Shin Hyuk face to face. But it looks like this conversation is going to be cut short, doesn’t it?” Unable to heal or receive heals during the Stone Golem’s onslaught, Shin Hyuk was heavily weakened. It showed everywhere on him.
“Well, have a nice trip. I’ll be sure to make good use of the dungeon treasure. Oh, that’s right. If I get something good from the random chest hmm…what can I do? I’ll make good use of that too. But did you know? For some reason, good items do come out in these situations.”
“You son of a bitch! Just you wait! I’ll find you and I’ll kill you!” Shin Hyuk roared at me so loud that his eyes became bloodshot and his voice became hoarse. I could tell he was really mad.
“Someone once told me that the grass is tastier on the other side. That’s not right. Was it greener on the other side? Anyway, thanks for the loot! Oh, before you go, what do you think about someone turning over a new leaf? It’s hard, isn’t it? A leopard can’t change its spots.”
“Shut the fuck up! You piece of shit! Just you wait! I’ll find your parents, family, friends, and even your distant relatives and kill them all! I’ll make you live through Hell!”
“Oh dear…looks like I need to be careful from now on. But let me say one thing, too. I’ll make sure the same happens to you, too.” I brought my face closer to Shin Hyuk’s raging face and looked straight at him to tell him what I would do as coolly as possible.
“I’ll get my reve…” Before Shin Hyuk could finish, the Stone Golem completely crushed his body, killing him. His body soon vanished in smoke, as well.
“Did I come off too strong?” I asked myself as I watched the smoke dissipate.
I knew that from the moment I decided to interfere with the raid, I would make myself an eternal enemy of the Yung Gong Guild. I made that decision proudly, and I would make it again if I could.
“I guess I finally got to screw over the Yung Gong Guild, after dreaming about it for so long.” I wasn’t sure what was in store for me now, but I didn’t regret what I did. My head was really getting to big for me.
The Stone Golem and I were now the only ones left in the boss room. The Stone Golem looked up from Shin Hyuk’s vanished body and turned towards me.
“From friend to foe, is it?” I said to myself as I looked at the Stone Golem. I tightened my hold on my sword’s grip. The Stone Golem charged at me. But, unfortunately for it, it was a boss monster whose health was at rock bottom now. I met the Golem’s charge and swung my sword in the air.
The Stone Golem’s attack smashedinto me, but I ignored it and continued to attack. This raid was already 99% over. I had no reason to take my time.
After my fifth attack, the Stone Golem stopped moving. Its body crumbled into a pile of rocks and collapsed to the floor.
[You have leveled up.]
[You have leveled up.]
[You have leveled up.]
Multiple level up alerts came up in front of me consecutively. There was no one else in the boss room, and all of the boss’s experience was transferred to me.
“Damn! I just gained 22 levels at once!” I rummaged through the dead Stone Golem’s body as I watched the message alerts come up.
“Sweet! 1,809,000 golden rings!” Among the million plus golden rings, I found a high-grade Stone Golem Nucleus and 29 Magic Stones. I would have been pissed off it that was all I found, but fortunately, there two more items that shone with blue light. They were rare items that could be Ranked anywhere from 4-6.
One of them was a pair of gauntlets, and the other was a ring. I decided to check the gauntlets first, as I didn’t expect much from them.
[Stone Golem’s Sturdy Stone Gauntlets (Rank 4)
A pair of gauntlets made from the magic stones from the body of a Stone Golem. The gauntlets boast high DEF and high penetration resistance thanks to its material. However, because it is made of stone, its weight decreases attack speed.
Decrease attack speed by 4%
Increase VIT by 60
Chance to avoid critical hits decreased by 37%
Increase penetration resistance by 8
Increase DEF by 350, increase MDEF by 40]
“That’s more like it.” It had decent effects for only being a Rank 4 gauntlet. My attention went elsewhere, however, as there was something a little better.
Of all equipment types, the most sought after and useful were weapons. Weapons had the most valuable effects: critical rate, critical damage, and penetration. Having good weapons was also the best way to greatly boost ATT.
One good weapon was the same as having multiple accessories and pieces of armor equipped.
Armor and accessories were always secondary. Accessories themselves were rare. They were expensive, and their drop rates were extremely low. That was why some people sought more accessories than weapons.
“I managed to find a Rank 6 belt at the weaker Bukhan Mountain dungeon. This dungeon is stronger.”
I was always happy to check items. My body tensed with anticipation.
[Stone Golem’s Sturdy Stone Ring (Rank 5)
A ring made from a magic stone from the body of a Stone Golem. The ring boasts high DEF and MDEF thanks to its material.
Increase STR by 50
Increase HP by 30,000, increase MP by 6,000
Critical chance increase by 1.2%, chance to avoid critical hits increased by 55%
Decrease chance to avoid physical skills by 2.5%
Increase penetration resistance by 5
Increase DEF by 195, increase MDEF by 5]
“It’s Rank 5. That’s more than good enough! Finding that Rank 6 belt was just too much. Finding anything above Rank 7 there would be just too crazy.” I was more than satisfied with what I just found. I would have been happy if it was a Rank 4!
“I would have preferred VIT and WIL instead of health and mana, though.” If it were my VIT and WIL that were increased, my HP, MP and DEF and MDEF would have gone up together. I could have knocked two birds with one stone ring.
I slipped my hands into the gauntlets.
[You have equipped Stone Golem’s Sturdy Stone Gauntlets (Rank 4). Do you wish to toggle on the gauntlets’ outer appearance?]
The gauntlets began to fade from view until they were completely invisible. I put on the stone ring right afterwards and set that one to invisible, as well…