Chapter 34 – Early Signs
“You sure are a brave boy!” Qian Ling looked at me, not with praise, but rather with some arrogance as if he was saying, “Little boy, I knew that you would accept when I said that.”
In addition, for a lone player to complete a quest of B difficulty, especially if that player was a healer, would be slightly *cough*, very hard.
But, a promise was a promise, and since I had already promised to get that medicine/potion, I must find a way to get it.
I raised my Ancient shining spear and advanced.
To the north, the entire map was blood-red. That was definitely where the laboratory was, but I had to find the entrance to it first.
As I move forward, my white shoes stepped on the black pliable grass. The entire area around me was filled with bones and the stench of death. The air was filled with flies, and the corpses sometimes even twitched, but I didn’t worry since none of the corpses showed signs of reincarnation. Even if it did, I would have an advantage, since it would be newly reincarnated.
Looking at the minimap, a small blue dot had disappeared. I knew this was a sign of another player, so I was not alone. There were several reasons for it to suddenly disappear: death or stealth. Of course, a player could also recall back to the city or suddenly go offline, but the chances were slim…
I kept moving forward. At the same time, I sneaked glances behind me. As predicted, invisible footsteps appeared on the delicate grass. Here he came!
I quickly turned around and swung my spear in a wide arc.
The blow of the spear heavily clashed with a green dagger, diverting it and knocking its owner back. The assassination attempt had clearly failed. The assassin who appeared was approximately around 20 years old and carried high level expensive equipment.
ID: Wind Chaser
Wind Chaser saw that his attack had been diverted. and he immediately prepared for round 2. With his dagger, he used [Gouge] , a skill unique to assassins used to stun enemies. It was the ace of their trade.
“Baby Bobo, attack!!”
With a golden hexagram flashing on his stinger, the deadly Baby Bobo quickly emerged and immediately did a Lv 3 [Combo] attack. Two quick attacks came out. Baby Bobo’s combo could do a maximum of three attacks and a minimum of two. The skill dealt a fatal amount of damage to Wind Chaser.
Being hit by those two strikes, Wind Chaser’s body turned limp and slowly collapsed to the ground. His resentful voice emerged before he fell: “Xiao Yao Zi Zai, just you wait; this map will be your grave. “
I frowned deeply while looking at his corpse. Where did he come from and what would he gain by killing me? It seemed like he had been waiting for my arrival to assassinate me, but he didn’t expect Baby Bobo, which resulted in his death.
I could see two possibilities. Wind Chaser was either from Liu Ying or The General. However, since the character of the The Generals was pretty decent and they didn’t hold a big grudge against me, it could only be Liu Ying. Liu Ying was finally taking action to kill me within Ba Huang City.
I bent down and picked up what Wind Chaser dropped: a green tiered leather armor. Unfortunately, I couldn’t equip leather equipment but it should be worth at least a couple of gold coins, so I threw it into my inventory.
I moved on with my spear resting on my shoulder, while shaking my head and saying with a smile, “I don’t care if you try to kill me. I’ll go and do my mission. If you come, I’ll be happy to send you to your grave.”
The closer I got to the core of the map, the worse the smell got due to the increase of rotten corpses. Any normal player would have turned off the smell system because of the suffocating smell, but I didn’t since I had been accustomed to the smell of death since long ago and I couldn’t afford to lose one of my senses when someone was trying to kill me.
In the distance, I saw a bloody, giant’s skull that was half buried in the ground. You could see it had recently been placed there; it was still leaking huge droplets of blood and had maggots crawling all over it. There was a large man-sized hole between its sharp teeth. This must be the entrance to the laboratory.
I almost vomited after seeing the entrance. Whoever designed this map definitely had a really sick taste.
I squinted my eyes together as I entered the Giant’s head. As expected, there were stone stairs which continue down into darkness. It looked kind of fishy, but I continued anyways.
System Notification: You entered the【Black Blood Cave – First Floor】(A Wicked Warlock’s laboratory)!
Yes, I found it!
In front of me was a swallowing darkness. My vision was limited to about 1-2 meters in front of me. I was completely dependent on the red dots shown on the minimap to avoid or encounter monsters. As I descended the final step of the stone stairs, I emerged onto a moist stone floor. Less than 10 meters away, there were two red dots, and they were emitting a few low growls.
As I slowly move forward with one hand pressed to the wall, my hand hit a moist object. Bringing my hand to my face, an oily smell invaded my nose. Holding up the Ancient Shining Spear and using the light green light emitted from the spear, I saw that my hand had hit a lamp. Underneath the lamp was a steel ring, and after pulling on it, the entire cavern lit up.
Slightly farther away were two zombies in tattered clothing. I attempt to see their attributes…..
【Merciless Zombie】（Ordinary monster）
Description: Merciless Zombie, the guardian of the underground Laboratory.
Unfortunately, its level is 6 levels higher than mine, so I could see any of its attributes, but did it matter? When Baby Bobo and I were together, we were invincible!
I readied my spear before issuing orders to Baby Bobo. As always, he immediately initiated his attacks with a sting and then a combo. The Merciless Zombie screamed and his health dropped by 500+. The non-defense orientated monsters simply could not stand up to Baby Bobo’s attacks.
Waving their nearly fallen heads, the two zombies headbutt Baby Bobo. At the same time, a strange green glow fell on their heads and the attacks instantly connected with Baby Bobo.
Baby Bobo’s health points immediately dropped into the red zone. Looking at the incredible damage inflicted, I quickly used a Lv 3 [Heal] on him.
I quickly stabbed the necks of the zombies with my spear and together with Baby Bobo’s continuous attacks, we killed the first merciless zombie in around 11 seconds. I could clearly see the huge chunk of experience from killing that zombie raise my experience bar. That was some legit experience!
In addition to the high XP reward, it also dropped a silver coin.
Slowly but surely, me and Baby Bobo developed a unique teamwork. I would heal him while he would relentlessly attack. But as I picked up the silver coin, I reminded myself that there was no shame in letting a pet do the hard work, after all, I was still working hard to heal him.
It didn’t take long before the second merciless zombie collapsed under the adorable Baby Bobo’s continuous attacks. This time, it didn’t drop any silver coin, but a piece of equipment and a blood red card instead.
As I reached down, I saw that it was a pair of dull green leggings.
【Merciless Death’s Shin Guards 】(Green Tier)
Level requirement : 25
A typical attack orientated shin guard that could definitely be sold for profit; it got thrown into my backpack.
More importantly, this blood red card looked a lot more promising. It didn’t disappoint…
When I looked at the stats, I thought for a bit. It surely was a type of pet that would become mainstream at some point, since it was well balanced and offered high basic stat values. Yes, its value wasn’t nearly equal to Baby Bobo’s who had 5 stars in attack, but it was still good. It was the type of pet which would be able to hit hard and sustain a good amount of damage for a long time.
The illustration card changed into a ray of light as it entered my illustration handbook. I dearly hoped that the map contained fire skeletons and hoped even more that there were loads of level 1 skeletons. I would get rich!
I quickly continue forward while killing. After all, they were zombies, which meant they re-spawned quickly. After quite a while, I finally found the stairs in a corner, which lead to the next level.
When I came down to the next floor, I saw that it was already lit up with lamps, and showed level 30 imps carrying tridents. If I had to describe them with one word, it would be ugly. The imps had blood red veins snaking around on their skin, and looked like they would burst at any moment. It seemed like they were quite lacking in strength but it was probably compensated with increased attack speed. I guessed that they had an attack speed of around one attack per second. This was gonna be a tough test for my healing skills.
I had the choice between two different corridors, so I chose the one to the right, since I had no need to exterminate every single imp on the floor.
The first imp which we fought met his end by a single combo of Baby Bobo. As I approached to pick up the loots, a bang sounded while the imp’s body blew up, splattering blood all over me.
Nearly one hour later at the end of the second floor, I found the stairwell to the third floor. Just before I was about to go down, I heard the voice of a distant player speaking.
“Look! There’s a monster’s corpse! Somebody has gone past here; it must be Xiao Yao Zi Zai. Forward!! That dog made me unable to approach Lin Wan Er! Humph. Just wait and see! I always get the last laugh!”