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Chapter 9 - Might Of A Thousand
Although the lies of those a.s.sa.s.sins angered s.h.i.+ Feng, he had to remain calm in facing this unknown situation.
Even members of a Workshop would have their own selfish motives. They would definitely hide some of their important discoveries, silently empowering themselves and making a fortune.
There were plenty of such people in a Workshop. Be they outer members or core members, after some time, there were always some exceptionally strong people who suddenly appeared, their social statuses abruptly rising. s.h.i.+ Feng was one such example. Otherwise, he wouldn’t be able to turn from a core member into the Workshop’s captain.“They only told others about seeing a Secret-Silver Treasure Chest after coming to The Lost Lands and nothing else. There is definitely something more important that Secret-Silver Treasure Chest. Is it this Hidden Quest?” s.h.i.+ Feng called out the System’s Quest Panel.Hidden Quest of The Lost Lands - “Past Glory”.
Aside from the name, there was no other information about the Quest. s.h.i.+ Feng did not even know what he had to do.
“Is it a region-activated Quest?” With his ten years of experience in G.o.d’s Domain, s.h.i.+ Feng quickly discovered the essence of Hidden Quests.
There were some Quests with special characteristics in G.o.d’s Domain. They were only triggered in certain areas. Not only that, these Quests did not provide any information. Players were required to search for it themselves. After the Quest was completed, it would no longer be triggered again, even if another player came to this place. It could be called as a special kind of Unique Quest.At the same time, it was a Quest filled with extreme danger.
Searching for the method to complete the Quest in an unknown region also meant dealing with the unknown monsters of the region. For such special Quests, the region’s monsters were usually several levels higher compared to the surrounding areas. An average player had no chance in completing the Quest.There were 6 a.s.sa.s.sins over Level 20 that came to this place last time. The Quest was also triggered in this region with Level 5 monsters, so the a.s.sa.s.sins could complete the Quest.“There’s no point in bothering. Since I can’t get out, I might as well look around. At worst I’ll just die and be sent back to the town.” s.h.i.+ Feng advanced in large strides after thinking it through.A few moments after walking through the mists, s.h.i.+ Feng spotted a few blurry figures up ahead.
It was a city. A city which had been abandoned ages ago. All around, there were ruined houses. Judging from the size of the city and the magnificence of the buildings, it seemed this city once flourished. It was even more prosperous and brilliant than White River City.However, this ‘flouris.h.i.+ng’ city did not have even a shadow of a person now.s.h.i.+ Feng silently entered the city. He observed the surroundings while looking for clues about his Quest.
Looking through a city that could fit millions was like looking for a needle in a haystack.
Hours quickly went by. After searching through tens of streets and hundreds of houses, s.h.i.+ Feng had yet to find a single clue for his Quest. G.o.d’s Domain had just started. It was the best time to widen the gap with others, yet s.h.i.+ Feng had wasted hours exploring this place. There were plenty of players who had already reached Level 1, but s.h.i.+ Feng was still paused at 34% of Level 2.
s.h.i.+ Feng hesitated. Should he continue looking for clues to the Quest, or should he just end himself here and revive back at the town?
“I’ll look for another hour. If it’s still no good, then I’ll return to the town.” s.h.i.+ Feng laid down a timeframe for himself. Although Quests like these were precious, he did not have that much time to waste. He still had a ton of Quests he could do. There was no need to waste away in this place.
Time slowly pa.s.sed by, bit by bit.
s.h.i.+ Feng arrived at the central tower of the city. This place was once a sacred ground for mages. It was the best place to learn magic. Now, however, it was irreparably ruined. Even the Magic Crystal at the tower’s peak had shattered.
s.h.i.+ Feng went up the tower. He stood in the tower’s observatory, filling his eyes with the city’s scenery. s.h.i.+ Feng would’ve slowly savored the sight were he not in a rush.
After taking a look around, he still did not find any special locations.
Just as s.h.i.+ Feng was about to leave.“Young adventurer, welcome to the City In The Sky.”
A white-bearded, old man suddenly appeared. The old man’s voice was filled with vicissitudes and wisdom. The sudden appearance of the old man shocked s.h.i.+ Feng into a jump. He had even thought the old man was some monster that had appeared. However, he let loose a breath after noticing the yellow indicator above the old man.
City In The Sky?
s.h.i.+ Feng became shocked when he thought of this well-known city of G.o.d’s Domain.
City In The Sky, the name of this city had once shaken the entire continent of G.o.d’s Domain. There were countless legendary Jobs in this city. There was even the famous DemiG.o.d ranked Sword Saint, Ultear. It was a city which was even feared by G.o.ds themselves. Unfortunately, the city had fallen during the Third G.o.d’s War, becoming a regret of G.o.d’s Domain.
“Respectful Elder, is there anything I can help you with?” s.h.i.+ Feng smiled and asked in a formal tone.
“Help?” The white-bearded elder shook his head, smiling as he said: “No, I don’t need any help. I imagine you wish to become stronger. I can help you with that, but are you willing to accept a test of mine?”
“Of course, I’m willing to receive your test.” s.h.i.+ Feng felt relieved. The trail to the Quest, Past Glory was here. He didn’t have to die back to town, losing both levels and SP.The elder nodded his head in satisfaction, gravely saying, “I’ll give you three choices. The first one is the Normal difficulty. After you pa.s.s it you’ll get a Mysterious-Iron Treasure Chest. The second one is the Hard difficulty, where you’ll get a Secret-Silver Treasure Chest. In addition, you can get additional rewards depending on your rate of completion. The third option is the h.e.l.l difficulty, where you’ll be rewarded a Fine-Gold Treasure Chest. You’ll also receive additional rewards depending on your rate of completion.”
“Young adventurer, which do you choose?”
Three choices. Each harder than the other, and each more attractive than the other. The 6 a.s.sa.s.sins who were over Level 20 had chosen the Hard difficulty. They returned with the Secret-Silver Treasure Chest but chose to hide the additional reward. This meant that the additional reward was even better than the Secret-Silver Treasure Chest.After some thought about it, s.h.i.+ Feng decided to bravely challenge it. A person who had been reincarnated should have courage.
“Respected Elder, I choose the h.e.l.l difficulty.” s.h.i.+ Feng was confident he could manage this difficulty. If he could complete it, then it would have a great effect on his future developments.“Hahaha! Young people sure are full of energy! I truly admire you, but be sure not to regret your choice.” The elder disappeared after his hearty laughter.System: Quest “Past Glory” accepted. Face off against 1000 monsters of the same level. Considered Pa.s.sed after killing 500 monsters. Time limit of 4 hours. Quest failure penalty - all Attributes permanently reduced by 10 points.
Attributes are the essence of a Job. If s.h.i.+ Feng’s Attributes were all reduced by 10 points, then he was as good as crippled.
“This penalty sure is ruthless.” s.h.i.+ Feng’s scalp started itching as he looked at the countless Specter Warriors appearing below the tower.
The countdown started. There were five seconds remaining before the monsters attacked.[Specter Warrior] (Common Monster)
HP 230Fighting against one of them would be easy. Against an ocean of them, however, even s.h.i.+ Feng would start to panic.Rus.h.i.+ng in was just plain suicide; s.h.i.+ Feng would quickly become surrounded and killed. The only choice was to fight the monsters one by one.s.h.i.+ Feng had a wealth of experience in battling. He quickly ran down the tower and stood at the staircase.The stairs only allowed two monsters to pa.s.s through at a time, so it was the best place to attack from. s.h.i.+ Feng would be able to clear this Quest so long as he guarded the staircase.Once the five seconds were up, every single Specter Warrior rushed the tower with wild abandon. However, the staircase was too narrow. As a result, they were blocking each other; s.h.i.+ Feng only had to face 2 Specter Warriors at a time. With regards to the warriors’ attacks, s.h.i.+ Feng could dodge them with relative ease.Thundering Flas.h.!.+Chop!Three streaks of light flashed across, instantly causing a high damage of 60 to all Specter Warriors within a two- by ten-yard area. The Chop that followed dealt 33 damage.
Within an instant, the first Specter Warrior had only half of its HP remaining, whereas the tens of others behind had lost a quarter of their HP.Previously, s.h.i.+ Feng faced off against high-leveled monsters with very high defense; the effects of Thundering Flash and Chop were both greatly reduced. Now that s.h.i.+ Feng was facing monsters of the same level, Thundering Flash could vividly display its prowess as a powerful AOE damaging skill.With Thundering Flash’s damage amplification effect, s.h.i.+ Feng only needed 5 strikes from his sword to finish off the first Specter Warrior.
In order to increase his killing speed, s.h.i.+ Feng activated Gravity Liberation to increase his Attack Speed.
Coupled with the damage amplification, each warrior only needed three seconds to be dealt with.
Unfortunately, the Specter Warriors did not give any experience. Instead, Skill Proficiency had a 100% chance to increase by 1 point.
With every death of a Specter Warrior, s.h.i.+ Feng’s SP continuously increased. s.h.i.+ Feng became very happy after seeing such a sight.
The elderly NPC probably had not imagined that a Level 2 Swordsman would possess such a powerful AOE skill. With such a skill, s.h.i.+ Feng feared crowd-tactics the least. s.h.i.+ Feng could also easily dodge attacks in a one versus two scenario.Other players would have most likely failed the Quest, yet s.h.i.+ Feng was able to complete it with perfection.
After two hours had gone by, Thundering Flash had reached Level 2 after its SP increased to 300 points. The skill’s damage increased from 130% to 135%, and its cooldown reduced from 30 seconds to 28 seconds.
Chop’s SP had also increased to 426/600. It would reach Level 3 with just a little more.s.h.i.+ Feng’s monster grinding speed increased once more after Thundering Flash reached Level 2. The Specter Warriors fell in batches. When there were only 20 over warriors remaining, there was still an hour and a half remaining for the Quest.With another use of Thundering Flash, the last remaining 20 Specter Warriors fell as well.
“Not bad. Here’s your reward, youngster.” The elder appeared once more with a chuckle. Looking at s.h.i.+ Feng, the elder took out a Fine-Gold Treasure Chest and a pitch black longsword.
System: Quest “Past Glory” completed. Rewarding 1 Fine-Gold Treasure Chest, 1 Magic Weapon (Job-related). Obtained t.i.tle “Might Of A Thousand”. [Might Of A Thousand] (t.i.tle)
When this t.i.tle is in use, allies in a 30-yard radius will receive an attribute increase of 10%. Simultaneously, t.i.tle user will obtain an additional effect of Strength +5 and Endurance +5.“I’ve given you your reward. You can go now.” The old man waved his hand after finis.h.i.+ng his piece.
s.h.i.+ Feng’s vision blurred. When he opened his eyes once more, he was back in the plaza of Red Leaf Town.
Di! Di! Di!s.h.i.+ Feng’s system communication continuously rang. Blackie was contacting him.
“Brother Feng, you’ve finally picked up. How come I couldn’t contact you before? What should I do now? I’m already behind others by a level.” Blackie was extremely panicked. However, he still patiently asked because he believed in s.h.i.+ Feng.
He had wasted seven hours just to run to Red Leaf Town. While he was still at Level 0, the players that filled the streets were already Level 1. How was he to make up for this gap? n.o.body would want him in a party now; their minimum requirement was Level 1. A Level 0 noob like him would just be pushed aside.
“My bad, I was doing a Quest. Come to the central plaza, I’ll take you with me to level.” s.h.i.+ Feng apologized.
It had already been over 8 hours since G.o.d’s Domain started, and s.h.i.+ Feng had spent over 5 hours doing his Quest. At this stage of the game, most players had already risen to Level 1, while some professional players were already close to Level 2.
As a person who had been reincarnated, helping Blackie level up was an easy task. It wouldn’t take long before Blackie would catch up to the professional players.