Chapter 39: (3). Unknown Dungeon -2
The first basement level of the dungeon was different from the ground level.
There were countless small grounds linked to each other with iron gates, it was like a prison.
The gate to the next ground was opened after killing all the monsters in the ground Ian was in, so Ian
had fewer variables to consider now.
Monsters here have 1~2 higher levels than ground level monsters, but Ian could hunt more easily.
“Good, good, the First Finder effect is the best!”
Ian couldn’t keep his face straight when seeing the EP rising.
He hadn’t gotten a single decent item, despite the double probability of getting items, but he didn’t
really feel bad about it because he was receiving a huge amount of EP.
Ian fought and fought while he went deeper into the dungeon.
Next, he found a huge iron gate that looked different from the rest.
“Bukbuk, it looks like there’s something special in there, right?”
Ian was about to open the door, but he stopped.
He felt that a boss monster was inside.
‘I must get ready first.’
Ian trusted his instincts.
‘Ly’s Frenzy skill’s cooldown time is about to end…’
Ian checked on his pets. Then he found that Bukbuk’s Potential had reached 20.
‘Huh? Why is his Potential already 20?’
Next, he soon remembered the reason, ‘Right, he ate a mandragora yesterday…’
He still felt sad about the mandragora he had lost, but soon he got over it.
Ian decided to bestow a skill on Bukbuk before he went through the door.
“Bukbuk, come here.”
Bukbuk crawled to Ian.
Because of Ian’s repeated compliment and meatballs, it had become quite obedient.
‘It would be great if he could get a distraction skill.’
Distraction skill was a skill that forced all enemies nearby to focus on the user of the skill for a while.
It was necessary for tankers.
‘Bukbuk’s weird sound is also a good distraction, but…’
Bukbuk’s sound didn’t force enemies to be distracted, so sometimes monsters just ignored it no
matter how hard it crawled around.
Therefore, Ian used the Pet Bestowing Skill, hoping for a distraction skill.
“Pet Bestowing Skill!”
The usual white light was sucked into Bukbuk.
Next, system messages came up.
- You used the [Pet Bestowing Skill] on Bukbuk.
- Bukbuk’s Potential decreased by 20.
- Your pet Bukbuk learned the Enlarging Shell skill.
Ian hadn’t expected much, but he felt anxious at the seemingly useless skill.
Category: Active skill
Usage Limit: can be activated only in the shell
Cooldown Time: 0
Health and Defense Force increases by 100%. Unable to move.
Recognized as ‘lifeless matter’ during the effect.
Use the skill again to disable Enlarged mode. Its size will then return to normal.
Ian read the skill’s information and got disappointed.
He had hoped for a distraction skill, but he thought other kinds of normal skill wouldn’t be bad, either.
The probability of getting a distraction skill wasn’t high, as there were so many skills.
Plus, he thought that if Bukbuk got a decent skill, he would be able to use the skill himself with the
knuckle’s power, so it would raise his own battling power.
But this Enlarging skill couldn’t be used by Ian because of physical limits. And, if it was ever activated
on Ian, it would be even a bigger problem.
Ian preferred to fight using speed, avoiding enemies’ attacks instead of getting blows and moving fast
to attack weak spots. However, the skill would only diminish Ian’s speed.
“Haa…” Ian sighed, “What is this recognized as lifeless matter… is it something like pretending to be
With that skill, Bukbuk wouldn’t die anywhere.
‘Can’t I delete the skill?’
Of course, it was impossible.
The only way to delete the Enlarging skill was to raise Bukbuk’s Potential again and bestow another
skill on it.
Ian pondered about it.
‘Can’t I make use of this Enlarging Shell skill?’
Ian stared at Bukbuk with eager eyes.
Bukbuk seemed it didn’t know what had happened. It had drained Ian’s will, but he didn’t give up.
He wanted to find a way to use Bukbuk in battles.
“Bukbuk, use the skill you just learned.”
Bukbuk nodded and used the skill.
Bukbuk obeyed him well which made him feel a little better.
Bukbuk’s head went into its shell first.
Next, it started to get bigger. Now, it was the size of a huge shield.
Ian sighed again and again.
‘It’s exactly the size of a round shield.’
But then, a brilliant idea went through his mind, ‘Wait a second… a shield?!’
Ian’s head started to spin.
‘Bukbuk will get almost no damage with the Enlarging skill and his Unique Abilities put together… He
would make a perfect shield!’
Ian finally found a way to use Bukbuk, therefore, he smiled, ‘The problem is that… the enlarged
Bukbuk is too heavy to carry with one hand… and my weapon is a two-handed knuckle…’
Those problems were quickly solved.
Ian smiled slyly and went to Bukbuk.
“What about… a piggyback ride?”
“Hu, we killed it finally.”
Herss sat down on the dead body of a huge Ice Ogre and wiped the sweat off his forehead.
“You’ve done well, Herss. We have met the qualifications to upgrade our base into ‘Hamlet’, right?”
Herss nodded at Clovan’s question, “Yes, our land’s value is 1000 now.”
Herss opened the status information of Lotus Base to check.
Rank: Base (upgrade conditions met)
Square Meter: 3582
Base of Lotus Guild.
Not safe from monsters. Isolated economically and culturally.
Land Value: 1007
Public Order: 12
Culture: (not opened yet.)
Diplomacy: (not opened yet.)
When a guild got a base in Kailan, the land’s rank is the guild’s ‘Base’.
When Public Order and the size of the land, which were the most basic factors of a village, reached a
certain amount, the base could be upgraded into ‘Hamlet’ and it could be upgraded every time the
guild qualified for higher conditions.
No land of players had been upgraded beyond Hamlet, so the highest rank of land known so far was
‘Manor’, which was the next rank coming after Hamlet.
“Shall we upgrade it now?’
Lotus Guild mobilized all of its members to kill monsters nearby and widen their area of influence. As
a result, it met all the conditions to upgrade their base into the ‘Hamlet’ rank.
Herss upgraded the base immediately and every guild member at the base saw a system message.
- Lotus Base had been upgraded into Lotus Hamlet.
They were all happy to see it. Then, another message came up.
- Guild master Herss automatically became the village chief of Lotus Hamlet.
Clovan burst into laughter when seeing that.
“Hahaha, Herss, you are the village chief of our Hamlet!”
Kawin also looked at Herss, laughing.
“The leader of the Hamlet is a village chief. Don’t laugh about it. Anyway, it fits Herss.”
Piolan agreed, “Our guild master looks a little too mature, haha.”
Herss shook his head.
He had heard that he looked older than his age, but…
“Hey, Piolan, this leader of Hamlet is too much. I know I look a little older, but it’s not like I’m an old
man with wrinkles and a beard…”
Herss was about to get sulky, so Kawin and Piolan hurried to soothe him.
“Anyway, chief, what should we do to meet the condition for the Manor now?” Clovan spoke with a
Kawin shook his hands, “Hey, stop, or he will be mad!”
Herss glared at Kawin once and sighed. He gave up.
“Upgrading into Manor won’t be possible for a while.”
Piolan asked, “Why?”
“First, there must be at least one user who qualifies to become the lord of the Manor, but you need the
title of ‘baronet’ in order to become a lord.”
Kawin muttered with surprise, “Haa… you have to do the Empire quest to become baronet… but at
least 400,000 Reputation is needed to receive that quest!”
“Yes. 400,000 Reputation and a level higher than 90 is required to get the Empire quest. There can’t
be too many people who can complete that quest. 20, 30 users, at most? And those who already are
baronet… there can’t be more than 10.”
Piolan asked, “400,000 Reputation isn’t easy to get… but to have so little people? Shouldn’t there be
“Of course, there are more users with 400,000 Reputation. But the Empire quest is very difficult, you
have to be at least Lv.95 to try it… and I think there are almost no players who have 400,000
Reputation and are at a level higher than 95.
Not all high-ranked users had big Reputation.
Rather, users of the highest levels did not have such a high Reputation.
There were many ways to raise Reputation, but the main way was to do a lot of quests.
But hunting was more efficient in gaining levels than doing quests, so the players with the highest
levels didn’t have the highest Reputation.
Clovan, who had been listening, spoke, “Hey, haven’t users like Sailon, the Knight of Brilliance, and
Remir, the Mage of Red Flame, been doing the Empire quest for a long time? Their levels are really
high as well.”
Herrs smiled bitterly, “Let’s think of them as an exception.”
The users Clovan mentioned were famous users, all in top 5 of each class’s ranking.
In each class, there were a few crazy users who had both high levels and high Reputations.
Piolan nodded, “Well… there are always some exceptions.”