Reincarnation Of The Strongest Sword God - Chapter 15-16
Chapter 15 - After Happiness, Comes Sorrow
Time passed, bit by bit.
Shi Feng and Blackie did not just do nothing. They were killing Level 4 Roaming Gnomes in a place not far from Crimson Star Mine.
[Roaming Gnome] (Common)
Compared to the Kobolds, the Roaming Gnomes were much agiler. They were very good at dodging. However, their Attack and Defense weren't all that good.
Moreover, Dark Moon Valley had yet to be developed. The monsters here were more numerous, and there was nobody here to compete with;there was no need to search for monsters to kill.
Shi Feng was already a Level 3 Swordsman, while Blackie was a Level 2 Cursemancer. After activating Fast And Nimble, the Roaming Gnome's dagger had no chance of even touching Shi Feng. As for Blackie, his damage was even fiercer after drinking a Black Steel Beer. With Shi Feng entangling the gnomes in the front, and Blackie dealing damage from behind, killing off the Roaming Gnomes became very easy. The efficiency was even better than grinding off the Kobolds.
In the front of the Crimson Star Mine, groups of Kobolds laid still before the mine's entrance. Copper Coins and various kinds of ores were scattered all over the ground.
"Brother Tiger, this place is just too great. It's just been over half an hour, and everyone is already Level 2. So much money dropped, as well."
"Hahaha, keep up the effort everyone. You three, lure more monsters. As long as we continue grinding this way, it will only be three to four hours before we can rise to Level 3."
Flaming Tiger excitedly commanded the three Assassins that just recently arrived to lure the Kobolds. The mages were already Level 2, so the speed of killing the Kobolds had increased by a big leap. Luring a group of over thirty Kobolds was not enough for them.
"Brother Tiger, something dropped here." A Berserker held on to a book as he shouted.
"Bring it here, let me have a look at it." Flaming Tiger said while smiling. He licked his dried lips when he saw something dropped.
After Flaming Tiger received the book, he suddenly started laughing loudly.
"Great, really great! Not only has the spot that kid found after much effort been taken over by me, but if he knew a rare skill for Swordsman was even in my hands? I really want to see that kid's look of regret."
"Brother Tiger, I saw that kid when I came here. They were still nearby killing Roaming Gnomes. I'm guessing that they're still unwilling to leave and still thinking of this place. Why don't we go over and kill them? Save us some trouble." A cold glint flashed through Quiet Wolf's eyes. They were filled with killing intent. He was overcome by a great resentment after being killed twice by Shi Feng.
Flaming Tiger waved his hand;with a disdainful smile on his face as he said, "Then let them look. Watch at how fast we level up and earn money, and at how we become the tyrants of Red Leaf Town. Meanwhile, they can only watch from a side with their hearts full of regret and unwillingness. Hahaha, I feel great just thinking about it."
Although Quiet Wolf still held some resentment over it, when he imagined Shi Feng's unwilling appearance and how he could only exhaust himself killing Roaming Gnomes Quiet Wolf's heart felt a great gust of pleasure.
"Just you wait. The moment I reach Level 6 will be your death." Quiet Wolf did not actually give up on killing Shi Feng. Instead, when he thought about the pleasure he would feel after killing Shi Feng when he was Level 6, he couldn't help but look forward to it.
Meanwhile, in the forest 60 yards South of the Crimson Star Mine, Shi Feng was using a tree to hide while he observed Flaming Tiger and the others.
"Brother Feng, can the two of us handle it?" Blackie asked in a worried tone.
These 11 people were not just any average players. They were experts that had passed Shadow Workshop's examination. Moreover, there were two healers on their side. It was impossible to kill all of these people just by depending on the two of them.
"Relax. The time is almost up. We'll just watch the show." Shi Feng looked at the time, indifferently saying, "In a moment, you go stand at the back. Kill whoever has low HP;don't let even one of them get away."
"Time is almost up?" Blackie didn't understand what it meant.
Shi Feng pointed towards the smoke cloud in front of the Crimson Star Mine's entrance, saying with a smile, "That Flaming Tiger must think that killing monsters of a higher level is easy. The Smoke Bomb that we placed before we left has a time limit, and only two minutes are left before the hour is up. Did they think they could continuously enjoy my domain after stealing it from me? Now, I'll teach them how to be proper human beings."
Blackie was struck with a realization. His worship towards Shi Feng became even greater now.
"Brother Feng is still the smartest. Those brats from Shadow are definitely goners this time." Blackie said with a grin.
The reason they could cross levels and harmlessly kill Kobolds was that of the Smoke Bombs. They definitely couldn't do without them. If there were no Smoke Bomb, then the consequences would be horrifying.
Two minutes later, the smoke cloud in front of the Crimson Star Mine slowly dispersed.
"Brother Tiger, why is that smoke cloud disappearing?" an Elementalist asked Flaming Tiger after noticing the disappearing smoke cloud.
"The smoke cloud disappeared? It can't be." Flaming Tiger abruptly woke up from his nap. When he looked over at the mine's entrance, the smoke cloud really did disappear. "If it's gone, then fine. The smoke cloud might be a periodic thing. Don't bother with it;keep on grinding."
Just as Flaming Tiger finished speaking, the usually stupid-looking Kobolds that did not retaliate suddenly looked towards the members of Shadow Workshop in unison.
There were over forty Kobolds with blood red eyes. The Kobolds let out angry growls after finally discovering the people who had been attacking them. Suddenly, they all came rushing forth.
The members of Shadow did not react at all. Within an instant, they were surrounded and given a beating by the Kobolds. A Level 2 player could hardly take 3 hits from a Kobold, not to mention a group of Kobolds.
Seven players died within a blink of an eye. The backline players became a mess as they ran for their lives.
However, the Kobolds were very fast. It only took them moments to catch up to the escaping mages. For each mage, they were gifted a hammer to their heads. The mages quickly lie still on the floor, never to rise up again.
"Crap, what is going on here? Why did these Kobolds suddenly become insane?" Flaming Tiger cursed. He quickly turned tail and ran the moment he noticed the situation turned bad.
They had risen to Level 2 after much effort. However, this death sent them all back to Level 1. There were even three Assassins who were Level 0. It was an absolute loss. With such an increase and decrease, the dream becoming the tyrants of Red Leaf Town also perished. Instead, the current members of Shadow weren't even up to par with the average player. They were even further away from the other Guilds.
Flaming Tiger's heart started to bleed in pain.
"We meet again, 'Brother Tycoon,'" Shi Feng said with an indifferent smile. He currently blocked Flaming Tiger's escape path.
After seeing Shi Feng's sneer, even an idiot would understand that the Kobolds' rebellion had something to do with him.
"You're dead for sure, kid. You dare to actually scheme against me. If I don't kill you back to Level 0, then my name will be read backward." All of Flaming Tiger's hair stood up in anger. He raised his shield and swung it at Shi Feng.
Compared to the other members of Shadow Workshop, Flaming Tiger's skills were clearly a tier higher.
With one hand, he used his shield to block Shi Feng's vision, while he used the other to stab his short sword towards Shi Feng's vital point. It was simple, yet sinister, and it was very hard to stop.
However, Flaming Tiger's confident strike struck air.
"Where is he?" Flaming Tiger fixed his gaze to the front. However, there wasn't even a shadow of a person present.
"Over here." Shi Feng stood behind Flaming Tiger, his sword waving down.
A damage of -36 appeared above Flaming Tiger's head. His HP had instantly gone from 220 to 184.
When Flaming Tiger was hit, he hurriedly spun around and used [Shield Bash].
However, Shi Feng had long since seen through Flaming Tiger's movements. He took a step backward and spun his body around, hiding by the shield. Then, Shi Feng arrived once more at Flaming Tiger's back, giving him another sword slash.
Without the use of any Skills, Shi Feng could only deal 23 damage to a Shield Warrior with high defense.
"You coward! Don't hide if you have the ability. I can kill you anytime I want!" Flaming Tiger could not land any hits on the agile Shi Feng. His HP was constantly decreasing, and only 83 points of it remained now. He had no way of dealing with Shi Feng's attacks, so he decided to start ridiculing Shi Feng in hopes of provoking him, allowing Flaming Tiger the chance to kill Shi Feng.
"Sure, I'll stand here without dodging. Come attack me then." Shi Feng answered without hesitation.
Flaming Tiger silently smiled. He never imagined that Shi Feng was such a fool, taking the bait with just a small amount of stimulation.
"Watch how I'll toy with you to death." Flaming Tiger raised his shield and used [Charge] at Shi Feng. If Shi Feng didn't dodge, then he could only take the hit forcefully. In terms of Strength, Flaming Tiger wouldn't lose to Shi Feng.
However, only disappointment was waiting for him.
Just when Flaming Tiger was 2 yards away from Shi Feng, Shi Feng immediately used Thundering Flash.
Three streaks of thunder went past Flaming Tiger's shield, directly landing on his body. Three high damages appeared above Flaming Tiger's head, -28, -35, -41, his HP instantly dropping to 0.
"You…… Despicable!" Flaming Tiger glared at Shi Feng. He was furious to the point of spitting out blood. If it weren't for himself rushing towards Shi Feng on his own accord, he wouldn't have been struck by all the attacks of that skill.
"Are you alright, Brother Tycoon? I said I would stand here without dodging, but I've never said I wouldn't move my hands. How could you be so gullible, even rushing over, yourself?" Shi Feng spread out his arms, showing that it was all a mistake, saying, "Oh, right. I still have to thank Brother Tycoon for earning me so many ores. You've saved me a lot of time."
Flaming Tiger pointed towards Shi Feng, wanting to say something. However, his body had already turned into starlight and disappeared. He couldn't even utter a single word, only leaving behind a pile of ore and a single book.
Chapter 16 - Everyone's A Liar
In Red Leaf Town's noisy plaza, flashes of white light appeared. Following which, figures of players appeared, one by one. These players were the revived members of Shadow.
These people had down and extremely depressed expressions on their faces.
Nothing could beat the pain and entangled feeling of having recently gained something, then losing it again.
Just a moment ago, they were still dreaming of becoming the tyrants of Red Leaf Town. Their levels were increasing;it was like flying. In the next second, however, they died. Not only had their levels and Skill Proficiency decreased, but the experience they had at Level 1 was also lower than before. They were much worse off compared to the average player.
Flaming Tiger's expression after reviving was even more livid. His eyes alone could eat a person alive.
System: Player Ye Feng has killed you. You will be revived in Red Leaf Town after 3 seconds. At the same time, you will lose 1 Level, and all your Skill Proficiencies will be reduced by 100 points.
"Ye Feng! I will not let you off! I will definitely make you wish for death!" Flaming Tiger let out an angry bellow after looking at the numbers displayed by the System. His actions had caused the other players to quickly avoid him, not daring to look at this madman.
After venting for a while, Flaming Tiger ordered the other members of Shadow to check their bags, checking for the items they dropped.
Although this death caused great losses for everyone, there wasn't just the EXP gained from killing Kobolds. There was also loot;this was also the only thing they could be happy about. At the very least, they did not busy themselves for nothing.
When Flaming Tiger took a look into his bag, a sweet taste suddenly entered his throat;he spat out a mouthful of blood.
"At once! Immediately! We head for Dark Moon Valley, now! I must kill that kid!" Flaming Tiger's bellowed, his anger reaching up to the skies.
The skill book that he planned on using to ridicule Shi Feng was gone. It was an extremely rare skill for Swordsman, and it was also the most valuable item they got from grinding Kobolds. Now, it was gone.
However, the most unforgivable thing was that the skill book had fallen into Shi Feng's hands. In the end, all of Flaming Tiger's efforts had become Shi Feng's gains. This was something that he would not tolerate. His hatred was something that could not be resolved, even if he were to kill Shi Feng back to Level 0.
The other members of Shadow did not understand what had happened to Flaming Tiger. Going to search for Shi Feng right now was just a futile effort. Nobody would be foolish enough to wait for them to take revenge. Shi Feng would definitely slip away, snickering at them in some other place.
At this moment, Flaming Tiger's System Communication rang.
"Who is it! Disturbing me at this time, are you trying to die?" Flaming Tiger cursed after the call connected.
"Flaming Tiger, your temper sure has grown after not meeting for a day." The voice on the other side was ice cold, as if in a furious rage.
Flaming Tiger felt the familiarity of that voice. When he found the corresponding identity to the voice, his face suddenly turned extremely ugly, "Brother Zhang, it is you. I'm currently educating my subordinates. I never thought Brother Zhang would contact me. Brother Zhang, please don't mind it. I wasn't speaking about you just now."
"Enough. I already know about your problem. Just looking at the damage you've caused towards Shadow's development in Red Leaf Town,Looking at what the good you've done has accomplished towards Shadow's development in Red Leaf Town, I'll come to you immediately. From now onwards, you don't have to continue being Red Leaf Town's Team Leader. Silent Rain, the team's Elementalist will take over temporarily. If, you're still not Level 2 by the time I arrive in Red Leaf Town, then you can just get lost. Shadow doesn't need garbage."
Flaming Tiger became spiritless after hearing these words. His hatred for Shi Feng would never be washed away, even by the five lakes and four seas.
Meanwhile, in Dark Moon Valley, Shi Feng and Blackie were picking up the drops from the members of Shadow.
Shi Feng was currently holding the skill book dropped by Flaming Tiger.
"Flaming Tiger really is too generous. He had even left me such an item." Shi Feng chose to learn the skill without hesitation.
[Wind Blade] (Action-type)
Ambush an enemy outside 5 yards and within 30 yards. Movement Speed will be increased by 40% when rushing towards the target and Attack Speed increased by 20% for 3 seconds.
Cooldown: 25 seconds
A Swordsman mobility would be greatly increased with this skill. It was a great counter to Rangers and mages who love to kite.
"Brother Feng, the Meteorite Ore we need are all here. There are also quite a few Bronze Ore. Shadow really helped us big this time." Blackie laughed loudly. As he was collecting the ore from the ground, he noticed a piece of dark green ore. Picking it up, he asked, "Brother Feng, what is this [Star Crystal]?"
When Shi Feng heard about the Star Crystal, he ignored the Meteorite Ore below his feet, instantly turning around and running towards Blackie.
"Damn, it really is a Star Crystal! Blackie, your luck is really too good. You even picked up such a thing." Shi Feng said excitedly as he carefully looked at the dark green ore after receiving it.
Every monster in the world had a chance of dropping a Star Crystal. The chances were a million to one. Maybe it was trash to other people, but to Shi Feng, it was a priceless treasure. It was also the thing he needed the most.
"Brother Feng, what is this Star Crystal for?" Blackie curiously asked. Shi Feng was usually calm and indifferent. Such an excited reaction from him displayed the preciousness of the Star Crystal.
"It's for eating, but not for players." Shi Feng smiled slightly but did not continue explaining as he kept the Star Crystal.
"It's for eating?" Blackie was slightly confused. Who would eat a rock? However, Shi Feng must have his own reasons for not explaining, so Blackie did not continue asking about it.
A moment later, all the drops were collected. They had received a total of 14 pieces of Meteorite Ore, and 32 pieces of Bronze Ore. Not only had they completed Shi Feng's Quest, they even had some leftovers.
Subsequently, the two of them arrived at the smithy.
"Master Jack, I have collected the Meteorite Ore you asked for." Shi Feng handed over all of the Meteorite Ore, not leaving even one behind. These were all Quest Items. A stack of them would only sell for 1 Copper to an NPC. It was utterly worthless.
"Not bad, young man. However, if you wish to become an outstanding Forger, you still need to have enough strength to obtain precious ore. There is a powerful Kobold Chieftain. Go kill it to prove your strength." Master Jack said eloquently as he stored away the Meteorite Ore.
System: Hidden Quest 'Road Of Forging'. Kill the Kobold Chieftain inside Crimson Star Mine. Time limit of 1 hour.
When Shi Feng saw that there was still a second stage to the Quest, Shi Feng wished he could curse Hammer Trading. He had caused Shi Feng big trouble this time.
As expected, everybody would have kept something to themselves. Nobody could be trusted. Everyone's a liar.
In Shi Feng's previous life, Hammer Trading had not mentioned a second stage of the Quest. Now a second stage, time-limited Quest had appeared. It was even against a Chieftain monster. That wasn't an Elite monster you simply run across. A Chieftain was even stronger than a Special Elite. It was the equivalent of a Dungeon's Boss. Shi Feng was just Level 3, and a Leader monster was just too deadly to him.
In Shi Feng's previous life, Hammer Trading was Level 16 when he accepted the Quest. Completing the Quest was extremely easy.
"Forget it;let's have a look at it first." He could do nothing about being tricked. However, Shi Feng did not plan to give up. The Forging Talent had too great of a use, and Shi Feng must learn it.
Following which, Shi Feng and Blackie cleared the way of Kobolds as they headed towards the deeper parts of the Crimson Star Mine.
Compared to the Kobolds at the entrance, the Kobolds inside were no longer Level 4;they were Level 5. They took more time and energy to kill. Often, another Kobold would respawn before one was killed. If there weren't enough Black Steel Beer to reduce the Kobold's level by 2, then Shi Feng and Blackie's killing speed would be completely unable to keep up with the respawn rate.
Half an hour later, Shi Feng and Blackie arrived at the deepest part of the Crimson Star Mine.
It was a large piece of empty land. There were over ten Kobolds mining for ore in the surroundings. There was a huge figure standing in the center of the empty area. It was a Kobold that wore armor, and it was constantly giving out commands to the other Kobolds.
[Kobold Chieftain] (Chieftain-rank)
Just its HP alone could cause a person despair, not to mention the heavy armor worn on the Kobold Chieftain;its Defense was definitely high. It was nearly impossible for physical-type attacks to cause a lot of damage. Moreover, Chieftain Rank monsters had a recovery speed of 2% HP every 5 seconds when in battle. That meant the Kobold Chieftain would recover 42 HP every 5 seconds. It was not a number to look down upon. An average Level 5 player with physical-type damage might not even be able to deal 42 damage within 5 seconds.
As for using the Smoke bombs to kill the Kobold Chieftain safely, that was completely impossible. A Chieftain monster's range of vision was extremely wide. Even a Kobold would have a vision range of 55 yards. Using the Smoke Bomb to reduce its vision by 10 yards would still leave it with 45 yards. Even for Rangers, who had the furthest firing range of 40 yards, it was not enough.
Shi Feng thought through it again and again as he looked at the Kobold Chieftain before him, helplessly laughing, "Do I really have to use that?"