Chapter 62: Do you Have the Courage to Compare Items?
Translator: Noodletown Translations Editor: Noodletown Translations
Nalan Mingxue, who had already passed Resident Evil One, was considered an old player. However, because of what happened a few days ago, she had been resting at home this entire time and didn’t get to leave her place until today.
Although she was born into a prestigious family, she had always been low-key.
However, she arrived outside Fang Qi’s shop today in a cart, not trying at all to hide her status at all.
Her face was still pale, and Jiang Xiaoyue was shocked to see her coming through the door!
Why would anyone come here when they’re sick?
Nalan Mingxue hadn’t been here in a while. Even though the outside of the shop was still the same, she noticed that its interiors were somewhat different.
For example, she saw a cute loli sitting upright at the front desk as soon as she walked into the shop, and this loli was looking at her in all seriousness.
“Hm, where’s the owner?” Lan Yan looked around and finally spotted Fang Qi who was hidden amongst the players after a while.
“Ms. Nalan, here!” Lan Yan’s eyes lit up as she hurried over with Nalan Mingxue.
How dare they… ignore me, a princess? Jiang Xiaoyue felt like she received 10,000 points of critical damage!
Fang Qi was killing monsters that were considered easy opponents for his current level. When he heard someone call his name, he turned around and saw two familiar faces.
He froze for a second before asking, “Are you… all better?”
“Yes, thank you,” Nalan Mingxue replied; she still sounded as cold as ever.
“Business is business.” Fang Qi nodded. “You should rest at home for a little while longer.”
As soon as he finished his sentence, Lan Yan rolled her eyes at him. “If you can sell us a computer and two boxes of Sprite…”
“Sick people should walk around more and enjoy the outdoors. It’s good for your recovery,” Fang Qi immediately changed his position and said sincerely, leaving Lan Yan speechless.
Lan Yan stomped on the floor and said, “Sir, we would like two bottles of Sprite!”
“Sure.” Fang Qi wanted a bottle as well, so he turned around and waved at Jiang Xiaoyue who was staring at them intently. “Xiaoyue, get me three bottles of Sprite!”
“Your shop changed quite a lot.” Nalan Mingxue looked around. Not only was this place filled with customers, but a lot of players were also playing Diablo.
Most importantly, the atmosphere was as lively as it could be.
Fang Qi looked around and said, “They’re so loud; I’m going to mute them all in a second!”
Before he could say anything else, shouts came from the first row!
“She is dying!”
“Use spells! Catch up with us, forget everything else!”
“One more volcano!”
Lan Yan was surprised. “What’s going on? This place is so lively.”
Nalan Mingxue looked in the direction of the noise and saw two familiar figures amongst the players. Frowning, she walked towards them.
The shouts attracted the attention of quite a few players.
“What’s going on?”
“I think they’re killing Andariel?” Bai Lang couldn’t sit still in his seat. “Come on, let’s go take a look!”
“They’re killing Andariel?”
“They’re so far into the game!”
“Is it our kids?” Ouyang Zhen looked towards An Cheng as he said to An Huwei and Bu Lei.
“Should we go look?”
“What’s going on?” Jiang Xiaoyue followed the crowd in curiousness as well.
Soon, a group of people surrounded An Cheng and the others.
“Two gold unique Items, two yellow rare Items and… a green item?”
“Let me see. Aren’t yellow rare items better than blue magic items, and gold unique items are better than yellow rare items, right? What’s a green set item?”
It was normal that they had never seen green set items since these items were scarcer than rare and unique items.
“Come on, let me try first!” Nalan Hongwu picked up the items and placed them onto his body. He laughed and said, “Let me experience these amazing items first before distributing them to you all!”
After putting on the new items, Nalan Hongwu’s entire body was equipped with yellow rare and gold unique items. The lines of property descriptions left everyone dumbstruck as they all looked at him with envy and jealous.
Nalan Hongwu burst out laughing as he shook the armor on his body. “What do you think? Do you think I can pass Act II with these Items?”
“Grandpa, you’re too wise and powerful!” Nalan Jie was first to respond, “We can’t compare with you.”
Upon seeing this, Nalan Mingxue froze.
What is going on? It’s only been a few days since I came last came, but Grandpa and Older Brother are both here at Fang Qi’s internet café? Moreover, Grandpa passed Act I?
Lan Yan was dumbfounded as well. “The Family Leader has many good items?”
Just then, a voice sounded at the wrong time, “Are gold unique items the best? The stupid owner has a lot of those…”
It was Jiang Xiaoyue.
When she was bored, she would watch Fang Qi play Diablo.
She watched him play for a while yesterday and noticed that all of Fang Qi’s items were written in gold.
What she said immediately created a thousand ripples.
“What items? We got so many items! How can our items not be better than his?” An Cheng was the first to doubt Jiang Xiaoyue. After all, they had just passed Act I!
Therefore, he glared at Jiang Xiaoyue with disdain. “Little girl, you don’t even play the game, how would you know?”
Jiang Xiaoyue thought, Just because I don’t play doesn’t mean I can’t watch the owner play!
“How good can his items be? Are all his items gold unique items?” An Huwei didn’t believe her as well.
After all, the items Nalan Hongwu had on him right now were the best that he had ever seen!
“I bet all his items are all flashy low-level items,” An Cheng said with contempt, “Those aren’t even as good as high-level blue magic items.”
“Yeah, if you don’t understand the game, you shouldn’t say anything,” Ouyang Cheng chimed in.
“Where’s the owner?” An Cheng glanced around and immediately saw Fang Qi who was sitting in a corner.
Then, a team of players stormed towards him!
Fang Qi had just obtained rune #9 and finished his quest. He went back to the encampment, opened his storage box, and took out the grey shield that had three holes on it; it took a long time for him to collect everything.
“Eight, nine, ten…” He placed the runes in order and finally dropped his blue magic shield which he had been using for the longest time.
Just then, he noticed a bunch of people behind him.
Confused, he asked, “Why are you all here?”
“Owner, that little girl said that you have good items.” Nalan Hongwu glared at him. “Let’s compare!”
Although he knew Fang Qi was already level 18, the map of this remake version was significantly bigger than the original, and it had more monsters on it than ever.
Therefore, after passing Act I, Nalan Hongwu had reached level 16, and he was about to catch up to Fang Qi.
Right now, he borrowed the groups gold unique items, and he couldn’t believe it when Jiang Xiaoyue said that Fang Qi’s items were still better.
Unconvinced, Nalan Hongwu asked, “Do you have the courage to compare items?”
“You want to see my items?” Confused, Fang Qi glanced at him and opened his items bar.
Helm: Nadir Helm (Runeword armor, unique item)
Armor: Stealth Chain Armor (Runeword)
Weapon: Malice Crystal Sword (Runeword)
Shield: Ancient’s Pledge Shield (Runeword)
Upon seeing all the gold unique items and the rows and rows of powerful properties, Nalan Hongwu was immediately petrified!
“What kind of items are these?”
“At least half of them are gold unique items!”
“Where did you get them, Sir?”
Shocked by what they saw, the other players attacked him with questions!
“Sir, you passed Act II already?”
Chapter 63: You Can Sell Virtual Items as Well?
Translator: Noodletown Translations Editor: Noodletown Translations
“These are called runewords?”
“These things exist?”
Runewords were empowerments to items. In most cases, it required white normal items that had the exact number of sockets that matched the number of runes needed. Then, the players could place the runes into the sockets in the correct order and give the item exceptional properties.
With runewords, even the most common white normal items could be comparable to gold unique items.
Fang Qi was now standing before Deckard Cain.
After passing Act I, Deckard Cain would teach the player some basic runeword knowledge.
There weren’t official Diablo sites that displayed runewords, so this responsibility landed on this old scholar.
“Why does this seem more powerful than the different array formations on spiritual artifacts?” As a professional artifact forger, he felt like he could better understand runewords when comparing them with the array formations on the artifacts in the real world.
“Placing different runewords in order can create powerful properties?” An Cheng suddenly asked, “Do they have to be white normal items? What about white normal items that already have some properties? Will the original properties be kept?”
He remembered that he got a two-hole grey staff before.
Grey items were white normal items with sockets on them, and sometimes they came with unique properties.
The staff he picked up allowed him to cast level 2 Fire Bolt and level 2 Frozen Armor!
If he could keep those properties, he would obtain more properties with a normal runeword!
“They will be kept.”
Based on the selection of basic items, the item, in the end, may vary drastically. This was a hot topic of discussion amongst Diablo fans!
“Who has a rune #8?” After An Cheng received a positive answer from Fang Qi, his eyes lit up with desire!
Since his staff had two sockets, it was perfect for a basic runeword.
If the four level increases in skills were kept, his weapon might be even more powerful that Fang Qi’s weapon!
Even though runes weren’t hard to obtain later on in the game, it wasn’t so easy to obtain in Act I. They were rarer than set items at the moment!
After completing his runeword, Fang Qi had none left.
No one responded to An Cheng for a while.
Suddenly, Song Qingfeng and the others shut in excitement!
“We killed her!”
“One gold unique item and three yellow rare items!”
“There’s a rune?”
“So many high-quality items!” An Cheng and the others’ expressions changed. “Are they fighting Andariel too?”
As soon as An Cheng heard the word ‘rune’, he immediately hurried over to Song Qingfeng and the others who had just defeated Andariel.
When Song Qingfeng and his friends turned around, they saw a group of players huddled behind them. There were at least 20 people!
“What’s going on?”
“You defeated Andariel too?” An Cheng was surprised. Song Qingfeng and his friends’ progress were significantly slower than his before.
Then, An Cheng saw some gold words flash before Song Qingfeng’s screen that said, “Rune, Ral.”
“Let’s exchange, or you can sell it to me!” An Cheng’s breathing became rapid.It’s rune #8!
He reached out a hand. “I’ll give you five crystals!”
As soon as An Cheng said that, the people behind him gasped, dumbstruck by what they just heard!
But at the same time, they all wanted to see the runes being used in action. They were curious as to the possible power of runewords.
Song Qingfeng and his friends looked at An Cheng, confused and bewildered. “You want to buy something from the game?”
Sure, they could buy spiritual artifacts and materials in real life, but they had never seen anyone spend money on a virtual item in the games!
Moreover, it was just a rune that needed to be placed into a socket and wasn’t even an item that could be used right away!
It was understandable to spend money to play games. After all, the games in this internet café helped with cultivation, and the magic spells and combat techniques were worth studying.
However, what could they do with virtual items? Why would someone buy them with crystals?
The only thing a virtual item was capable of doing was to help the player to level up faster and play smoother.
They were happy to obtain rare items in the game, but they found it hard to believe that someone wanted to spend money to buy it in real life.
To them, it was equivalent to spending money on a counterfeit. Even a rich young master like An Cheng wouldn’t spend money like so!
An Cheng froze for a second. Was I too impulsive just now?
After all, they just started playing this game, so they had never even tried to buy a virtual item with money!
After some thought, he decided to keep his offer since five crystals were just a small amount of money to him.
Therefore, he waved his hand and said, “Are you going to sell or not? I want to try it out, that’s all.”
He really wanted to see what the runeword and the staff that offered him four additional skill levels could create! Moreover, he didn’t lack money; even his meals cost more than five crystals!
Song Qingfeng was confused. “You’re willing to spend this much money on a rune? Do runes have other powers?”
An Cheng told him about runewords. They heard Fang Qi mentioning it, so there was no point in trying to keep it a secret.
“What? You’re serious?” Song Qingfeng and the others were left in shock.Different runes can give exceptional properties to items?
They glanced at each other and asked each other, “What do you think?”
Lin Shao said, “If he wants it, just give it to him. None of us are sorcerers or sorceresses, and we don’t need rune #8 at the moment.”
Xu Luo chimed in, “Plus, we can take a look at the abilities of a runeword and see if it is really that powerful!”
They didn’t even have to ask for Wang Tai’s permission since the latter was a necromancer and would never use a rune like this.
“Sure.” Song Qingfeng nodded. “I’ll add you to our room.”
They were surprised that they could make money out of playing this game. Although five crystals wasn’t a lot to Song Qingfeng and his friends, it was certainly a pleasant surprise.
Soon, An Cheng joined Song Qingfeng’s team, and the latter handed the rune to An Cheng who gave him five crystals in exchange.
“First #3 and then #8, right?” An Cheng reconfirmed the sequence before taking out his staff with two sockets on it.
“#3… #8…” An Cheng muttered to himself as he placed the runes onto his weapon.
The people around him all stared at the staff in An Cheng’s hand, waiting for something magical to happen.
As soon as the runes were in, something magical really happened!
An Cheng looked at the newly-updated properties of the staff in his hand:
+3 To Fire Skills
+15 To Damage
+ 5-30 Fire Damage
+3 To Fire Mastery
+3 Fire Enchanted
+3 To Fire Bolt
+3 To Inferno
+3 To Warmth]
“It really transformed?” Everyone felt like they had just seen the doors to a new era open!
The rows and rows of properties, in addition to the level 4 skills that the staff already had, left all the players in awe!
Then, everyone exclaimed in shock!
“This item is so powerful!”
“The sorceress if going to be unbeatable with this staff!”
“Go try out its powers!”
All the players looked at An Cheng with jealousy and envy!
“Haha, I’ll show you all!” An Cheng laughed hysterically after he switched to this high-level staff, leaving Song Qingfeng a little dumbfounded.
He looked at Lin Shao and the others before slapping his leg. “I feel like we sold it for too little!”
The people who were excited that they had sold a virtual item for five crystals were all regretting their decision now after seeing the actual effects.