Chapter 68: Chapter 67: Kill Stealing Isn’t Bad Manners, Part IV
After I picked up the Stone Golem’s drops, I turned to face the remaining items.
“Look at that; eight whole random chests!” I was still shivering in excitement after finding the Stone Ring. There were still more goodies to come!
Eight chests appeared, as the recommended number of party members for the Seorak dungeon boss raid was eight. These eight beautiful chests were all mine!
“Whew. I need to calm down. These are just bonuses like last time. I barely had to work for these chests; the Yung Gong Guild served them up for me on a silver platter. This is going to be good.”
I started from the rightmost chest this time, and opened it without hesitation.
[Death Penalty Restoration (1) gem x3]
To be honest, I was alright with it if the first chest was a dud. Last time, when I got three duds in a row, then I found a Rank 8 item. If I got seven duds in a row…I wondered what sort of item I would get. But this time, it wasn’t empty.
“Not bad. I could definitely use these later on.” They were better than not bad. They were great. It was very easy to flip them for golden rings as many people sought them, especially the wealthy. They were always frantically looking for ways to lower their death count.
Since leveling and finding decent items became more and more difficult as time went on, an alternative method to becoming stronger was to lower one’s death count!
“I’m off to a good start.” I quickly put the three gems into my inventory and opened the next chest. There were golden rings inside.
“Nice. 30,000 golden rings.” I continued to open chests one after another. The third chest had 10,000 golden rings, the fourth had 30,000 golden rings, the fifth had 20,000 golden rings and the sixth had 20,000 golden rings.
“This…isn’t good.” I didn’t like the fact that the five chests all had golden rings inside them. There were so many other goodies out there; why was I only getting golden rings?
“Not good. The flow isn’t good at all,” I muttered to myself as I stared at the six chests I had just opened.
This was worse than opening three duds in a row back at Bukhan Mountain. It was like gambling. Back then, I won big after losing three times in a row. But now, I didn’t lose anything; I made more than I did back then.
I turned to look at the remaining two chests. I had two chances left…
I heaved a deep sigh before opening the chest on the left.
[Blank Warp Scroll x5]
Thankfully, it wasn’t more golden rings!
“This is good, too.” The scrolls were consumable items, but they were very useful. They acted just like Teleport, and were worth much more than the penalty gems. I placed the five scrolls into my inventory as well. After they were all tucked away, I looked up and stared at the remaining chest.
“All I got so far are golden rings and consumables. Please, give me a piece of equipment. I’ll take whatever I can at this point,” I muttered to myself before opening the final chest.
Fortunately, there weren’t any golden rings or consumables inside. The item was one that I had never gotten to use or even seen in my past life, but I frowned when I saw what it was.
I placed the 110,000 golden rings I got from five of the chests neatly into my inventory and took out the three items I received to check them.
[Death Penalty Restoration (1) Gem (Rank 3)
Devas lose 2 points to their STR, VIT, AGI, WIL and INT when they die, for a total of 10 Stat points. One Death Penalty Restoration (1) Gem removes one death penalty from the user’s death count. The Gem returns 2 Stat points to the user’s STR, VIT, AGI, WIL and INT.
One use only
No time limit]
[Blank Warp Scroll (Rank 3)
Go to wherever place you wish; take out the scroll and state “Save current location” to record the location into the scroll. You can return to the recorded location from anywhere else in the world by ripping the scroll. You will be teleported to the recorded location.
Consumed after recording a location
Dungeons and event locations cannot be recorded
Unable to be used during fights.]
Just as its description said, one Death Penalty Restoration Gem allowed you to recover from one death penalty. A Blank Warp scroll could record one location of your choosing as long as you commanded it to. You could teleport to that location from anywhere and at any time by ripping the recorded scroll.
Each scroll could only record one location and disappeared after use. If there was an important location, people would buy multiple scrolls and record that location so that they could quickly return to it whenever they wanted to.
Though similar in effect as Teleport, there were many that didn’t or couldn’t learn Teleportation magic and would use these scrolls as they were available for anyone to use. The scrolls couldn’t be used to escape dangerous battles, but they were still very useful.
If you made a mistake deep into a mid-grade dungeon and were unable to go forward or retreat and found yourself stuck in the dungeon, you could use a scroll to get you back to safety. The scrolls were expensive, yes, but it was better than having to take on a death penalty. Of course, there were some instances where it was better to die than to use one…
The gems and scrolls were Rank 3, but the value of them was higher than most Rank 4 items. They were even more sought after, as Stores didn’t sell them.
“The problem, right now, is this thing.” I placed the gems and scrolls back into my inventory and took out the last item I got.
“From the Orb of Vitality to this thing…I don’t know about this. Item check!”
[Damage Link Totem (Rank 7)
One of the Link Totems. As long as the Totem is the user’s possession, a portion of damage the user receives is transferred to the Totem. The Totem can absorb a maximum of 15% of damage received. Golden rings can be paid to raise the Totem’s damage absorption threshold. Only one type of Totem can be in possession.
Current damage absorption threshold: 5%
Golden rings required to increase threshold by 1%: 100,000 golden rings (this amount rises with each level the threshold increases.)
Should the Totem be sold to other devas or sold at a Store’s auction house, the threshold is reset back to 5%.]
I sighed as I looked at the Damage Link Totem in my hand.
“There are so many items with immediate effects out there. I get something like this again. It was the same with the Orb!”
Like the Orb of Vitality, the Totem wasn’t a bad item in the long run. Yet, the Orb collected one VIT point for free. I had to pay to make the Totem better. The Orb was so much better. It wasn’t a Rank 8 item for nothing.
I had never seen an item quite like this in the past. It was obviously great for tanks. It was good for anyone; you could almost live the rest of your life without getting damaged by anyone.
I was satisfied with what I had received so far, but I couldn’t help but feel that I was a little shafted. I had opened a total of 12 random chests, but didn’t get a single weapon, armor, or accessory from them.
“Open Stats Menu! Open Equipment Menu!”
[Name: Lee Jiwon
Level: 86 Death Count: 0
Title: Earth’s First Deva
HP: 1,007,500/1,007,500 MP: 130,700/130,700
Strength: 3,924+9 Agility: 4,200 Vitality: 1,955
Willpower: 1,247 Intelligence: 1,247
Unassigned Stat Points: 440
Special Effects: Luck Boost (X+ 1), immune from all status effects, Dungeon Seeker 6 points
Physical Attack: 12,246 Physical Defense: 2,600
Magical Attack: 3,741 Magical Defense: 1,421]
Weapon: Orc Champion’s Unexpectedly Strong Greatsword (Rank 3)
Armor: Orc Champion’s Armor (Rank 2)
Stone Golem’s Sturdy Stone Gauntlets (Rank 4)
Accessories: Red Orc Tribe’s Ruby Encrusted Belt (rank 6)
Stone Golem’s Sturdy Stone Ring (Rank 5)
Artifacts: Damage Link Totem (Rank 7)]
“I knew it was a good idea to not lose the boss monster. My Stats Menu and Equipment Menu get better every time.”
The gauntlets and ring raised my STR by a whopping 110. The ring also raised my health by 30,000, so my health finally surpassed 1,000,000.
I was more than satisfied that I got to open the random chests for myself and got the Stone Golem’s drops all for myself.
Thanks to my Unrivaled skill, I had gained 440 Stat points from leveling up 22 times.
“I’ll set my VIT to 2100 and put the rest in STR.” If I continued to rely on my Orb of Vitality, there was a chance that I was going to get so badly hurt that I wouldn’t be able to recover in time. I was going to use it one day, but that was in the far future. I had to make sure my VIT was high enough until then.
“OK. I’m all set.”
I had quite a bit of golden rings saved up now, but it wasn’t enough for the Totem. I needed a million just to raise its threshold by 1%, and would need more golden rings to raise it even further.
I gave one last smile at my Stats Menu and left the boss room to the safe room.
[You have received a blessing for defeating the 83rd low-grade dungeon’s boss.
Granted skill ‘Create Safety Crystal’ for 30 days. (After 30 days, this skill will be removed.)
The ‘Create Safety Crystal’ skill does not consume skill points.
Hunt field monsters for 30 days and a Safety Crystal will amass experience points. On the 1st, 10th, and 30th day, the crystal will take form and you will be able to receive the Safety Crystal.
You will be restricted from entering another dungeon for 30 days.]
“I know already. I had to beat the boss knowing I’ll get it.” I ignored the alert that came up when I left the boss room and sat down in the safe room. The gemstones in the middle of the room shone with a blue light and I could see that the counter was at 167. In 167 minutes, I would be teleported to the dungeon’s entrance.
“Since I won’t be able to enter a dungeon for thirty days, where should I hunt for the time being?” I didn’t regret what I had to do, but now, I had to switch up my plans.
“I was going to stick around here for a month and level until at least 200…” I still had to raise my level by at least another hundred, but that was easier said than done. The difference in experience needed from level 99 to 100 was far less than the experience needed from level 101 to 102. It was the same concept for level 100 to 200. In other words, I needed a lot of experience points. But, fortunately for me, I could easily cut down monsters with my specs. I knew that I could reach level 200 at a much faster pace than anyone else. If I could hunt in dungeons, I could do it even faster.
“Should I hunt giant spiders?” I thought of Paju, which was completely infested with giant spiders, which were very easy prey for me.
“OK. I’ll start off at Paju. If after a week, I’m leveling too slowly, I’ll come up with a different solution. I’ll go abroad if I have to.”
There were two entities that I had to avoid for the time being: the Hitman Guild, and the Yung Gong Guild. I wasn’t sure about the Hitman Guild, but I knew that the Yung Gong Guild didn’t know who I was. I had covered my face and they’d never expect that a low-leveled deva like me was able to learn the Unrivaled skill. The skill was crazy expensive and it just didn’t make sense that a no-name deva could ever be able to learn it.
Not even Song Daechul and Song Haein knew that I had the Unrivaled skill!
“It was a stroke of genius on their part that they were able to find out that I had the skill from the Berserker’s Roar. The biggest problem right now is the Hitman Guild.” I was able to free myself from Kim Jihan’s Frostbite, but I doubted they knew or cared about the Unrivaled skill.
I didn’t feel afraid or threatened by the Hitman Guild, but it would be annoying to run into them again. I needed time, enough time to get explosively stronger!
If I headed straight to Paju, I would be able to avoid their eyes.
“I should take my time and do everything in order. That’ll be more than enough.” I finalized my plans and put my legs up in the safe room.
I wasn’t able to go back up to the third floor anyway, since I defeated the boss. There was nothing else to do for three hours. Besides the location, my plans to power level didn’t change.