Level 1 Player (MT Novel) - Chapter 22
Chapter 22 – The Sow Guild (Part 2)
Even though I named the sum of a hundred billion, I still kept getting calls from this Ko Jin Seong. He flooded my ears with sweet talk, though he didn’t say exactly what he would pay me. I stopped answering the phone, and when he got brazen and came in person, I just ignored him. Even if they had given me that hundred billion, I would have refused to open a status window and join the guild. That exorbitant sum was just an excuse to turn down the offer.
I concentrated on the hunt. Among the skill books I came across were passive health-related skill books in particular. I decided not to sell them, but to give them to my mother. It would be great if the books showed up more often, but that just can’t happen.
Also, after three weeks, I was able to get three ranks. And on top of that there were also a lot of points. The proceeds from selling the stones also went up. The new ranks were obtained by changing low level dungeons to higher level dungeons. I looked a little younger after my points went up. But, predictably, not as much as I would have liked.
– Here, I’ll keep up the good work.
It seems that if I continue to persevere like this, I will be able to acquire the Elixir faster.
– As soon as my father recovers, all our troubles will be over, and then we’ll be all right.
No, I’d be happy just to see my family’s happy faces. And I’m already halfway there.
I went hunting, as usual. Today, though, my destination was the dungeon of the Red-Haired Wolves. This is a place where Players of levels 15-20 usually hunt. Compared to the Blue Lizards dungeon I hunted yesterday, this dungeon is higher level, which, still, I shouldn’t even worry about.
– In any case, no one is going to get away from me.
My current characteristics can be compared to those of the mid-level Players who have completed their second Awakening.
– And now you can take a look at the status window.
[Name: Choi Hyun Seong
Rank: Executioner of Horned Rabbits (Legendary), Executioner of Blood Foxes (Legendary), 1st Heroic level (Heroic), 1st Legendary level (Legendary), Executioner of Vampire Bats (Legendary), Executioner of Blood Red Rats (Legendary), Executioner of Giant Ants (Legendary), Executioner of Blue Lizards (Legendary)
Strength – 70+76,
Special Skills: Trade
Active Skills: Healing (low), Fireball (low), Provocation (low), Magic Missile (low), Shield (low), Ambush (low), Stealth (low), Stone Shield (low), Healing Other Players (low)
Passive skills: Strong Body (low), Endurance (low), Three Afflictions (low), Sword Art (low), Elemental Magic (low), Shield Skill (low), Stone Body (low)]
If you compare the increase in characteristics with potions and after gaining ranks, I was given more ranks. In addition, I was able to learn non-repeatable skill books, as a result, I now have nine active and seven passive skills at my disposal. So for me, both level 10-15 blue lizards and level 15-20 red-haired wolves are easy! Of course, I haven’t tried them yet, but I think I could handle monsters of levels 60-70.
– Well, let’s get down to hunting red-haired wolves then.
That was my goal for today.
I entered the dungeon. Surprisingly, it was quite crowded.
“Chances are, the higher the level of the dungeon, the fewer people there will be.
Lately, the number of Players has been steadily increasing. If someone levels up, they improve their characteristics, become stronger, and head to another higher level dungeon. The only problem is that the number of gates is not increasing. But the number of space gates, which were constantly increasing for ten years after their appearance, suddenly stopped increasing with the appearance of the heroic level gates, which happened nine years ago. Well, as a result of which, they simply existed.
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I went to a place where there were hardly any other Players, and I began my hunt. I swung my sword confidently. The red-haired wolf was unable to counterattack me, and it let out its last gasp. But the victory did not last long: after defeating the first one, the wolves in the vicinity began to gather into one group. Red-haired wolves are monsters with a strongly developed pack mentality. This explains such a reaction from them that as soon as I killed one, all the others fled. Other Players would have been frightened, but I was in high spirits.
Hot flames rained down on the pack of red-haired wolves.
– A magical rocket!
The missile, which fell not far from one wolf, killed it in the same spot. At that moment, the wolves, aggressive and gathered from all around, attacked me.
Once again hot flames enveloped the red-haired wolves. The monsters that were near me were similarly thrown away by my sword and shield.
I swung my right hand, which held the Vampire Sword, and the four wolves died on the spot. And in my left hand I had a huge shield, which I used to shoo away the wolves that had fled from the area.
Suddenly the wolves roared. The ones closest to me were destroyed by a missile, and the ones farther away were finished off by a fireball. And there were also those who were able to escape the terrifying power of that fireball, but they too were killed, only by sword and shield. Besides, before the attack, I prepared myself and applied an active shield skill.
In an instant, the wolves evaporated. After that, rocks began to appear and of course… the achievement!
[Incredible Achievement (low)]
You killed 300 red-haired wolves of various levels alone
Reward: Rank [Red-haired Wolf Killer (low level)]
– It ended faster than I expected.
After my magic and willpower scores increased, it became a lot easier to hunt. I was able to improve and pump my skills without any problems. And thanks to the Vampire Sword, my strength and stamina recovered quickly during battle.
– Well, then let’s go to another place,” I said and went deep into the dungeon.
– What’s the point of this watch, anyway? – Oh Chang Soo asked with a frown.
– “That’s what I mean. Annoying,” Park Ho-young echoed with a whiny expression on her face.
Oh Chan-soo and Park Ho-young were also the kind of Players who were the first to awaken. And of course their conversation was about the time the security officers were on duty. It was a deadline they pushed back as much as they could. And since they couldn’t put it off any longer, they went to the Players’ Association. As a result, the two of them were assigned to the Red-Haired Wolves dungeon.
– How much longer do we have to stay here?
– Seventy-eight more hours.
– Oh, there’s still half that left.
Even though these two had a ton of their own whining on their hands, there was nothing they could do. And then it happened.
With a low growl, a creature with red fur and three heads appeared at the gate. Even though its fur had a reddish hue, one couldn’t help but notice that it was very different from the local wolves. Even in stature this monster was much larger than the red-haired wolves. Besides, it turned out to be a three-headed leopard. There was no way he could not be confused with the red-haired wolf.
– О? – Oh Chan-soo was surprised to see a three-headed leopard with bright red hair.
Besides, it’s a monster that shouldn’t be in a level 15-20 dungeon.
– Aren’t we supposed to eliminate it? – Oh Chang Soo asked.
– Of course,” Park Ho-young smiled and got up from her seat. – You could die of boredom here.
– Yes, I guess you’re right.
Oh Chang-Soo and Park Ho-Young drew their weapons and headed for the three-headed monster. If another monster appears in a dungeon, it means that its level is much higher than that of the monsters that inhabit the dungeon. Usually the level of the monster not from the corresponding dungeon is 10 levels higher than the usual inhabitants of those edges.
Oh Chang Soo attacked first. Her spear struck directly into the side of the red-haired, three-headed monster. The leopard quickly turned around and pounced on Oh Chang-Su, opening its mouth with sharp teeth.
– Where are you going? – Park Ho-young shouted, quickly standing in front of Oh Chang-su and blocking her from the three heads with a huge shield.
An uproar arose. That noise didn’t come from blows at all, though. The red-haired three-headed leopard pounced on the girls with all its might. But the two continued to fight cohesively as one. Oh Chan-soo attacked from afar with her spear, and when the monster managed to counterattack, Park Ho-young wielded her shield and mace.
This battle lasted long enough. But as time passed, the winner and the loser were determined. There was not a single scratch on Oh Chang-Soo and Park Ho-Young’s bodies. But the red-haired monster’s entire body was mutilated by multiple spear holes. In addition, two of its three heads were severed. And the red hair was beginning to take on a redder hue from the blood oozing everywhere. And at that moment…
The decisive blow. Oh Chang-Su’s spear pierced through the third and final head of the bleeding monster, causing the breathless body to collapse to the ground. Only then did the remaining magic form into stone.
– Oh, pebbles!
– I’m sure his level was a little higher than ours.
In fact, Oh Chan-soo was a level 71 Player and Park Ho-young was a level 72 Player. The stones are evidence that the girls’ level differed from the monster’s level by no more than 20. Certainly he had excellent fighting skills, and besides, if you consider the fact that the probability of getting a stone decreases when the level between the Player and the monster exceeds 10 levels, then this three-headed red-haired leopard was probably a level 60.
– Strange, why did he show up here? – Oh Chan-su whispered.
Sometimes, if other monsters appear in a level 15-20 red-haired wolf dungeon, they usually do not exceed level 30-40. But this three-headed leopard was clearly different.
– It’s all weird, of course. But thanks to him, I got some pocket money,” Park Ho-young said as she picked up a stone from the ground.
– Have you seen three-headed leopards before?
– No, today was the first time I’ve seen one. I don’t think I’ve even seen one in a monster guidebook.
– Then you can get money for its pelt? Material from new monsters usually fetches a triple price.
– Then you can get more money for the hide than you can for the stone.
While the two whispered, there was the roar of wolves on all sides. They were attracted by the noise of the battle that had recently ended. But Oh Chan-soo and Park Ho-young weren’t bothered by it at all.
– For once, I have to earn an achievement.
Level 15-20 red-haired wolves to Oh Chan-soo and Park Ho-young were just ants to be trampled on. Here, the girls couldn’t get rocks or experience points, and after they became security officers, they lost their ability to hunt in low-level dungeons. But if the monsters attacked first, there was certainly no choice.
The red-haired wolves pounced on the two girls with a roar. Even though Oh Chan-soo and Park Ho-young had such power coming down on them, they were only level 15-20 wolves after all. These monsters simply didn’t even stand a chance against the Level 70 Players. So each wolf suffered a tragic death.
– Ha ha, that’s a great way to get rid of stress.
– Yes, it would be nice to hunt like this periodically.
After the girls switched from hunting their level monsters to low level monsters, there was a sense of excitement and joy. And all because of what?
Oh Chan-soo and Park Ho-young didn’t notice as something appeared out of the darkness of the spatial gate. With a terrifying sound, Park Ho Young’s head disappeared and the decapitated body fell lifelessly to the ground.
– А?! – In surprise, Oh Chan-soo turned her head and saw a huge, house-sized, three-headed red-haired leopard.
One of the monster’s heads was chewing on Park Ho-young’s head. This blood-haired monster was very similar to the three-headed leopard that the two girls had killed not long ago. They could be compared to a mother and a cub.
– Ahhh,” Oh Chang-Su shouted and stabbed the monster with her spear.
The girl immediately activated magic and all her skills, but one of the leopard’s heads bit off the girl’s right arm. The expensive spear that was made from the body of a 100-level monster and Oh Chang Su’s right hand crunched in the monster’s mouth like a cookie. And… disappeared into her stomach.
The armless girl screamed in agony and ran with all her might toward the exit. She had to get away. This monster was not a level she could handle. The girl’s legs were stumbling with fear.
“It’s a monster, a monster!”
That was the last thing Oh Chan-soo had time to think about, because the monster’s front paw blew the poor girl’s head off. And her breathless body fell to the ground. Then the three-headed leopard began to eat the bodies of Oh Chang-Soo and Park Ho-Young, and when it was done eating, the leopard roared low and headed for the exit.