The Ability He Shows
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|– You have entered the undiscovered dungeon of Kramador.
Bonus: Extra experience for one week, 2x Item drop. (6 days and 11 hours remaining.)
Weed did not receive the Kramador Dungeon’s first explorer message because he came after Hegel’s party, who discovered it first.
However, time had passed by and the monsters inside the Kramador dungeon had already respawned.
Slimy creatures similar to White Lizards were crawling about.
“Nide must have gone through a lot of trouble to discover this dungeon.”
Even for Dark Gamers who made money in Royal Road by tracking and investigating clues, it wasn’t easy to discover a new dungeon especially in the Central Continent.
He could imagine Nide suffering terribly in a dim, dark place.
Gildras’ Book of Strange Stories!
If it wasn’t for that book, it would have been difficult to find this dungeon.
The Forest of Dried Trees wasn’t a good hunting ground, and Growlers rampaged aimlessly at night.
“You’ve gotta read a variety of books after all.”
There was literary fiction, historical books, biographies, and economic textbooks. These kinds of book were not the only valuable works of literature. In particular, Weed couldn’t understand the common notion that famous foreign books were the only valuable ones.
There were a lot of things you could learn from reading porn books, which ignited fires in the chests of all men. Is there any other book that makes one concentrate as well as porn does?
Of course there isn’t!
While reading a book, as the words flowed into the head, those situations were drawn intact.
Moreover, it was an impressive story that had been filled with the infamous seven passions of mankind!
However, even porn books have their varieties. There are a lot of things to learn from the protagonist’s agony, their inner conflict, and the development of their faithfulness to their desires. Gildras was a man who received his domestic education from erotic fiction!
Hasn’t everyone experience bitterness after finding out there were only a few pages left to read when they were young? There probably wouldn’t be any students who would be sad at not having many pages left to read on their textbooks. So from porn, you can learn the mindset of cherishing books.
“Books are truly precious.”
Weed felt pleased when he saw Gildras’ Book of Stories. These types of books were classified as miscellania, and were traded even by the Dark Gamer Union. Unexpectedly, these books were sold for a greater price than encyclopedias, and he couldn’t just ignore the book’s value.
Underneath Weed’s mantle, Wings of Light unfurled magnificently.
Although the wings were spread inside a narrow cave, the wings were not meant for flying in the sky, but for flying at a breakneck speed.
“Moonlight Sculpting Blade.”
Weed swung his sword as he flew inside the dungeon.
In an extremely brief moment as he flew past the monsters, he slashed at their weak points.
Because he was flying way too fast, by the time he saw the monsters, they were already in front of his nose. He swung his sword continuously to cut down the monsters.
Completely disregarding the fact that Knights wouldn’t dare ride their horses inside a narrow cave, flying with outspread wings at a breakneck speed was reckless enough to call him crazy. At a speed where it was impossible to dodge, in a blink of an eye, he would receive serious damage if he were to collide into a wall.
Even with complete concentration, one had to be insane to fly in a fast pace inside a narrow place.
However, Weed was not someone who would reasonably consider something others knew as common sense.
There was no established method for hunting. Monsters had to be slayed by any means possible! Any method as long as it was quick and effective.
Even so, flying at a rapid speed with spreaded wings inside a narrow passage of a dungeon, while slashing away monsters, was a method Weed hadn’t considered before.
Although he didn’t have Wings of Light before, and though the monsters inside Kramador dungeon were relatively weak, it was not an idea someone would usually think of. Even if their reflexes and instinct were honed to a superhuman state, it wasn’t something a person would dare to attempt unless they had complete confidence in their control over their body and sword!
Even though this was the first time Weed had thought of this method and put it to practice, he found it fun.
If he muddled up at any moment, he could die.
Since the passages weren’t just in a straight line, there was a terror that made his heart plummet every time he had to change direction.
If he collided into a wall, it was possible that he might just turn into minced fish paste!
However, whenever he accomplished the impossible, his blood boiled with excitement.
And Weed was considering this kind of act with natural nonchalance.
“I’m starting to feel really dizzy. It must be because of my Dwarven body. It’s definitely not a good idea to fly rapidly while drunk!”
He was flying while drunk, even near-death situations couldn’t get him to sober up. Speed driving!
In an instant, he found his way to the second floor of Kramador dungeon by cutting through waves of monsters.
Weed sent an urgent whisper to Rumi.
- Are you okay? Are you still alive?
- Yeah. But well, we’re slowly dying.
How much Health have you lost?
About 55%. I think we’ll be completely dead in about 30 minutes or so.
Instead of proceeding to the second floor basement, he turned around.
Back to where all the monsters had been annihilated!
“Then I have a few moments to spare.”
Weed unfurled his wings and flew faster than before, tumbling through the path he had traveled through not long ago.
He flew at mach speed to collect the loot! Weed wasn’t someone who would walk away even from trivial japtem.
* * *
Most of the monsters on the second floor basement weren’t any different from those on the first floor.
In fact, since the passage had become more wide, his flying speed became even faster.
By the time he saw a halo-shaped light discerning the exit of the passage, he had already flown through it.
Before the monsters could counteract by opening their jaws wide to spew spit, his sword had already pierced through them.
|– You have delivered a critical hit.
– Your speed gave 382% additional damage.
If it could kill with one blow to the fatal weak spot of any monster, it was a useful technique.
However, it could get problematic if the monster endured the attack. The attack was a method which could only be used with high level of skill and concentration. A narrow passage was enough to impede counteraction.
Weed grumbled as he flew.
“I truly am nothing but a mediocre Sculptor. If I had sculpted these wings a little sooner, I could have hunted in dungeons so much faster!”
However, this method wasn’t something that could be used all the time, as dungeons have different structures. In spacious dungeons, even though he would be free to fly, the danger would be greater.
Ranged monsters could attack him if he unknowingly flew past them. His speed would only urge him into their rain of arrows, and Weed would die because of his speed and suffer disastrous injuries!
In addition, for monsters who survived the first blow, it wasn’t easy to attack them again with his sword while trying to brush past them.
It was an idea that spontaneously popped into his head when he saw the monsters gathered within the dungeon of Kramador. Although it was a smashing success, Weed still berated himself for incompetence!
After he had cleared the second floor, he descended to the third floor.
Naturally, he made sure he did not overlook any of the japtems.
Since he was flying in midair, he was able to avoid many of the traps, even for traps that were activated magically. Before they even triggered Weed had already passed by and was long gone.
From behind him, the boulder trap that had made Hegel fear for his life had been triggered.
Even though the boulder was rolling forward, Weed’s speed was much greater. He was flying at least five times faster than the boulder.
Weed waited for the boulder and allowed it to come close enough.
“Fortunately, that boulder will help me find my way through this complex labyrinth.”
He had heard from Rumi beforehand, how the others had fallen into a trap. While they spoke, he heard an interesting tale, all the while, he had been looking for a way to save them.
Within moments, he saw a passageway where a large boulder had destroyed part of the passage and was stuck.
“Rumi is probably on the other side of that boulder.”
Weed took a deep breath as he flapped his wings.
No matter how he looked at it, the boulder which looked to be about 10 meters in height, was impossible to destroy.
Even if he flew to build up his speed then crashed into it, though his destructive powers would greatly increase, it was obvious the boulder in front of him would not break, and he would only turn into a piece of beef jerky. And if he survived thanks to his Resilience and Perseverance, if he was crushed underneath the other boulder that was rolling towards him from behind, the pressure would spell his definite death!
“That’s no good.”
Weed reached into his pockets and pulled out a sculpture. It was one of the Fine pieces he crafted and kept when he was making sculptures in Thor Kingdom.
It was a sculpture of a young female adventurer laughing happily.
Weed mercilessly twisted the neck of the sculpture.
“Sculptural Destruction! Add additional stats into Strength!”
|– You have used Sculptural Destruction.
The pain of destroying a Fine sculpture! The grief!
5 Art stats have been permanently lost. Fame has been decreased by 100.
For a day, Art stats have been converted to Strength in a ratio of 1:4.
His Fame and Art stat were consumed and converted into Strength!
The muscles in Weed’s stubby legs and arms began to inflate like balloons. His chest became muscular and his thighs bulkier.
His Dwarven body was unusually muscular, it surpassed the body of a Barbarian. In fact, the only strange factor of his physique was his extremely short appearance.
Weed unfurl his Wings of Light and flapped it slightly.
Since the boulder behind him was rolling closer and closer, he didn’t have time to hesitate.
Weed flew rapidly towards the boulder and struck it with his sword.
The spectacle looked liked a shooting star was penetrating through the passage.
In a single strike, half the boulder was destroyed. However, because it wasn’t completely destroyed, Weed’s body was hit with the recoil impact.
The recoil impact was not the end of his troubles. His body collided with the remaining boulder.
“Dammit! Nothing ever goes right for me.”
His Health was reduced by two-thirds.
If it wasn’t for his Resilience and Perseverance, as well as the Dwarven racial characteristics, he would have experienced death for sure!
As he flew as fast as a shooting star, Weed had faltered.
After all, he was still Human.
‘Do I really need to crash into it at such a fast speed? Wouldn’t it be fine if it was a little weaker?’
His fleeting hesitation reduced his speed, and as a result, Weed fractured his body instead of destroying the rest of the boulder.
If Weed was able to cast magic, he would have able have to destroy the boulder more effectively, but since he couldn’t, his body was forced to suffer for his attempt.
With his battered body, he spread his wings once again. Since the Wings of Light did not receive any damage, he was able to extract his buried body in an instant.
“Let’s try this one more time.”
The boulder behind him had rolled much closer, so he didn’t have time to do anything half-heartedly. Nevertheless, in that short space of time, he accelerated 30% times faster than he had before.
“Whatever happens, happens. If I die, so be it, but I will take down this damn boulder with me!”
Death was something all Dark Gamers feared most.
The agony of losing experience points and skill proficiency.
Weed felt the same way, however the current situation was ‘all-or-nothing’.
In order to completely destroy the boulder, Weed flew towards it at full power, reassured by the fact that he will get resurrected by ‘Power to Reject Death’ even if he loses his life.
In addition, Weed focused all his strength and speed at the point of his sword. The point of his sword started to quiver, and because of his Moonlight Sculpting skill, the sword was enveloped with beams of light.
Then the other half of the boulder was destroyed in a single slash.
* * *
“Hey Rumi, how much Health do you have left?”
“We’re gonna die soon. After all dungeon exploration is dangerous. Looks like we’re gonna die without another squirm.”
“Damn. If we were in a wide plain instead of this narrow passage, there would’ve been no way we would’ve gotten caught in this spider web crap.”
Hegel and the rest of his party were tightly wrapped up in spider webs like mummies, with only their mouths free!
As they were awaiting their deaths, they heard an extremely loud noise — as if a thunderbolt had crashed down before them. Without delay, a shockwave swept past them and shook the entire pathway.
“Wh-what’s going on?”
“I don’t know. Could it be that Weed-oppa has arrived?”
“Rumi, how could Weed-oppa know where this is and find us?”
“Because I told him.”
“That means he has fallen into the same trap as we did? Wasn’t the sound earlier was of a boulder crashing? It seemed like the soun