Level 1 Player (MT Novel) - Chapter 42
Chapter 42 – The Second Cataclysm I
I allotted only one day for rest, after which I went back to hunting in the dungeon. In fact, nothing else of note happened. Well, except for the fact that I had to pay for a ruined shield of a rare level, of course. Although it seemed like nothing compared to the reward I got at the end of the day.
I tried to hunt during the day and work hard in the investigation department at night, thus earning money and collecting points. All in all, the routine was enough for me. And at the same time, in other dimensions of VVIP, clients were also “happy” with routine.
“Any way you look at it, it’s still very expensive!”
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I’m literally in love with this game console, but I think that Player Choi Hyun Seong is grossly overpriced. Especially for the high-capacity batteries, for which he’s asking thirty million points. Do you have any idea how long they last? The longest I had them lasted was three days! I tried to compare the energy level in the batteries, so I can say with absolute certainty that it’s less there than in the weakest stone. If I only knew how to charge the game console with these rocks… I have to buy large quantities. Before I knew it, I had spent a fortune on these stones. In the blink of an eye a few decades disappeared. And the most offensive thing is that in the future this amount spent in the past will be increased to ten billion, and then it will be in the hundreds of billions! I believe that the cost of goods should be reduced, so I will organize a boycott for a month, starting tomorrow. Write a few lines if you join me in this protest.
Teru: – Go somewhere else if you’re so penniless.
Bartooq: -I have nothing to say here. If there was something with the “right price,” I probably wouldn’t have spared not just a billion points, but a trillion for it. But that’s not the problem, the owner is charging what he wants, so I’ll join the boycott.
Jin So Pyung: Bartuk has a point. I’m boycotting too.
Bethar: – I’ll join in.
Brough: – Well try harder, you dogs who have become slaves to game consoles.
Dasha T: – In that case, I’m a slave to that console, too. I’ll join in.
Jang Moo Guk: – I join in.
Brax: – I join in.
In an instant, the number of comments increased dramatically. There were those who were simply ignored, but there were also those who didn’t pass up and joined the boycott. This meant only one thing: many Players were angry and did not agree with my pricing policy. In fact, this situation is intriguing. All of the Players who joined the boycott bought high-capacity batteries in huge batches in the course of one month. I even pondered that even if sales were to drop, these batteries would still continue to be bought, albeit in smaller quantities. But what if after one month the price of the product dropped?
It couldn’t get any better than that! Many of my customers have joined the boycott. Now I will have a bit of a problem accumulating points at their expense.
As promised, the boycott began the next day. And with it, I got worried about buying the skills I had been planning to buy for a long time.
“And what should I buy?”
Actually, I was originally thinking of two skills. And the first was on perception.
[Ancestral Instinct (heroic).
Passive ability: allows to sense at the level of instincts, but not to see magical power in living beings and inanimate objects; allows to sense danger, but the possessor of this skill becomes sensitive to malice.
[Price: 29,999,999,999 points]
It’s not really that special of a skill, but it’s very important.
Feeling someone’s magic… When you use all skills, magical power is engaged. In other words, by learning the skill “Ancestral Instinct” I will be able to sense and calculate when an opponent will strike. In other words, thanks to this, the effect of a surprise attack is reduced to almost zero.
The “Ancestral Instinct” skill is worth ten billion more than the “Survival Instinct” skill. This is another indicator that this skill is worth its money.
The second skill I wanted to acquire was combat.
[Vampire Ball (Heroic).
Passive ability: changes any magic to dark magic, enhances attacks, reduces the effectiveness of healing skills, absorbs an opponent’s hit or skill and restores magic and the wielder’s physical strength, increases the physical strength and magic recovery rate.
[Price: 29,999,999,999 points]
Yes, this skill does not increase the power of its owner, but it restores physical strength and magic during combat. Have you ever seen such a thing? It is this skill that will play an important role during the battle with monsters, and with other Players too. It does have one drawback, though. Maybe using it won’t slow down Immortality, but it will reduce the effect of Healing and other health-restoring skills.
“So what should I take?”
Those two skills are great. Of course, I’d like to take them both at once, but I don’t have enough money for that kind of glamour. Well, though I might do things differently, take one first, the other later.
“I’ll think about it until tomorrow, then,” I decided and turned on the TV.
Today is my day off. But not a day off in terms of Saturday or Sunday, but a day off from work. Of course, unscheduled calls still touched me, but not so often. And besides, it was not so easy to get a good night’s sleep at work. So I was glad for the only day off a week, the day when I did not have to go to work.
There was a love drama on TV. As it turned out, it was a Korean-Chinese-Japanese TV series to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the “cataclysm”. Definitely, in this cinematic masterpiece poured just a huge amount of money.
“Yes, we all suffered then.”
That day will forever remain in everyone’s heart. Today, as for a decade since that cataclysm, nothing serious has happened again. All was quiet, even the number of dungeons had not increased. On television, they even dared to speculate that since the number of dungeons had not increased, they must, on the contrary, have begun to disappear and shrink. Some reporters even tried to seriously promote this idea. Nevertheless, nothing of interest happened that day. Well, maybe it was for the best, since many in life were now lacking peace.
“So, what should I buy?”
Even as I watched the drama, the thought of what choice to make never left my head. But the reflection was disrupted by the shaking of the building. Repeated several times. And from all directions came screams and an eerie rumbling sound.
“What is that?! – I wondered. – An earthquake?”
I got up from my seat and went to the window. What I saw was unimaginable even in my dreams… One of the buildings had collapsed, and in its place there was a gaping hole in space. There was a roar from the gate that opened, and then a bunch of orcs piled in and started to maul people left and right!
I shattered the window of the motel room I was staying in, and jumped out. Picking up my vampire sword, I lunged at the monsters, moving swiftly and striking everyone in my path like lightning.
Thanks to this skill, I was able to take out an entire group of orcs that had just left the spatial gate at once. But the problem was that too many monsters came out of the gate at once.
“Damn! It’s too crowded in here!”
I couldn’t reuse Firestorm or Firewall. But my first priority was to stop the orc invasion. With a few more swings of my sword, I put my skills to work. Besides, I wasn’t the only one who rushed to fight the monsters. Not far from the gate that appeared was the Red Tarantula dungeon. Players who were hunting there at the time also joined the fight outside.
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All over the city, sirens screamed. And it was all because of the sudden appearance of spatial gates. The first gates appeared in the city twenty years ago, though for the first ten years, not a single new gateway was ever opened. But now the rules have changed.
The Players’ Association has declared a national emergency. At one time space gates all over the country began to open.
– Martial law has been declared!
The army was also brought into action.
– The order to mobilize the Players was issued!
The head of the Players’ Association called on everyone to defend the country. But as it turned out a little later, this phenomenon occurred not only in South Korea, but also in the United States, Europe, Russia, China, Japan, Southeast Asia, and the rest of the world. New spatial gates appeared simultaneously all over the planet!
The battle was in full swing. I tried to team up with the other Players to save as many people as possible. Then my phone and my work pager began to burst into tears like clockwork. I took the call through my headphones.
– It’s Shin Yun Ah! Where are you now?
– Near the Red Tarantula Dungeon, it’s not far from Shinhong Station. A spatial gate suddenly opened here and a mob of orcs came pouring in!
(P.p.: Sinhon is one of Seoul’s neighborhoods.)
– Details? What level of orcs?
– Luckily, low. More Players who were hunting in the Red Tarantula dungeon joined the sweep.
– Yes, they announced a mobilization of Players. So I’m putting you in charge as interim commander of the Players in your area. Once you’ve cleared the area, redirect them all to Namyong Station!
– Oh, and one more thing. Your whole family is safe. They’re in the bomb shelter with the other residents, so you don’t have to worry.
– Thank you very much.
– Don’t forget to send me someone, I’m really short of hands.
– Roger that,” I replied and passed out.
I breathed a sigh of relief at the news that my family was okay.
Soon the situation became easier, as orcs no higher than level fifty appeared from the dungeon. But the situation in other areas was much worse. What if monsters of level two or three hundred appeared there?