Reincarnation Of The Strongest Sword God - Chapter 19-20
Chapter 19 - Evil Whip
When the Kobold Chieftain exploded, items scattered all over the floor. Copper Coins paved the floor as well in a copper glow, shining through the entire mine as if celebrating Shi Feng's success.
At the moment, Blackie sat paralyzed on the ground, cold sweat pervading his entire body. It was as if all of his strength was sapped out from his body;he could not care less about the drops on the ground. This battle was truly difficult. There was no time to even take a breath;every minute and every second were a soul-shocking moment that stimulated the eyes.
Every moment of the battle just toyed with Blackie's heart. He would not be able to take it at all if he did not have a strong heart.
As for Shi Feng, who could battle against the Kobold Chieftain head-on, what kind of heart did he possess?
"This is too great! We won, Brother Feng! You really are my idol!" Blackie loudly shouted in extreme excitement. Seeing Shi Feng's calm face, Blackie was filled with respect for him.
Although Shi Feng's former strength was quite good, surpassing many average players, he was still just an average professional player. Shi Feng's skill had never been out of reach for Blackie. Shi Feng had been previously quick to get excited. He would even get into an endless conflict over a piece of common equipment as if he was an unsheathed blade. However, the current Shi Feng was hugely different than before;it was as if he became a different person. The present Shi Feng was extremely calm and did things without hesitation. He gave off a certain serenity that resembled that of a dormant dragon;he did not do anything outstanding normally;yet when he did, it would shock the world.
"Blackie, wasn't your idol Gentle Snow?" Shi Feng slightly smiled as he said so.
"Of course Gentle Snow is my idol. However, you're awesome as well, Brother Feng! Usually, you keep quiet without revealing anything, but now that you've shown it, even such a powerful Kobold Chieftain was done in by you. Not even a true professional gamer could compare to you, so how could I not admire you? As they said, the shade is better under a large tree. Brother Feng, you should teach me how to play a Cursemancer! Even in my dreams, I've dreamt of becoming a professional gamer." In Blackie's eyes, Shi Feng was just like a mountain of gold. He was glad for the choice he had previously made. If he had gone to Shadow Workshop, he would probably still be a nameless gold-farming member. He wouldn't even have the chance to meet an expert;forget about becoming a real expert.
"Alright." Shi Feng smiled. Blackie's character was just so straightforward.
When Shi Feng was fired in his previous life, Blackie had resigned as well, without hesitation. Blackie had given up a job with an annual income of millions just to share the suffering together with him. Naturally, Shi Feng wouldn't betray Blackie;he would teach Blackie whatever he could. Although Shi Feng had not played a Cursemancer before, he had still observed plenty of expert Cursemancers. Shi Feng knew the general direction to develop a Cursemancer, and it was more than enough to give pointers to Blackie.
"Brother Feng, how do you think I should place my points early on? Do I go full Intelligence?" Blackie asked.
Shi Feng shook his head, saying after some thought, "Although it isn't bad to go full Intelligence during the beginning periods, Agility is a must if you wish to become a powerful Cursemancer. Aside from just increasing your Movement Speed, Agility can also increase your Casting Speed. Cursemancers have very few lifesaving skills, are slow runners, and have many skills that require chanting. A Cursemancer's Spells are also weak in power. They mainly rely on Curses to deal damage. However, unlike Elementalists, who are literal cannons, time is required for a Cursemancer to unleash that damage fully. Hence, after adding Intelligence up to 20 points, you should place half of your Free Ability Points into Agility. This will ensure your safety as well as allow you deal more damage."
In Shi Feng's previous life, there was an extremely powerful Cursemancer. That person had broken the traditional point-allocation method of a Cursemancer by adding a large amount of Agility. Not only could he deal damage both quickly and fiercely, but he was even more powerful in PK. He had destroyed Assassins that were counters to mages. Even in death, those Assassins had not landed a single hit on that Cursemancer, breaking the law that stated mages would die if they were closed in by a melee player. After that incident, many Cursemancers had started adding Agility, causing Assassins to be endlessly depressed as they became bullied constantly by Cursemancers.
Blackie nodded his head. He felt that Shi Feng's words made sense, saying with a smile, "Alright then. After my Intelligence reaches 20 points, I'll go full Agility."
After finished discussing how to add points for a Cursemancer, Shi Feng and Blackie started picking up the drops.
The Kobold Chieftain deserved to be a Chieftain-ranked monster. Adding on that it was the First Kill, its drops were extremely bountiful.
It had dropped a total of 8 pieces of Bronze Equipment;1 Gray Giant Axe, 2 Plate Armor, 2 Leather Armor, 3 Cloth Armor. Aside from those, there were also 273 Coppers and 3 skill books. There was [Mock] for Shield Warriors, [Silent Steps] for Assassins, and [Evil Whip] for Cursemancers.
"Blackie, your luck really is too good. This Evil Whip skill book is rare with an extremely low drop rate. It is also one of the few control-and-damage skills that a Cursemancer has. As long as the skill's level is high, it will become a godly skill for grinding monsters." Shi Feng tossed the Evil Whip skill book to Blackie without hesitation. He also gave two of the Level 2 Cloth Armor to Blackie.
Cast time 3 seconds.
Use 5 thorns to bind a target in a fixed area. As long as the target exits the area and breaks the thorns, every thorn will cause a base damage of 20 points, with an additional 30% Spell Damage.
Cooldown: 20 seconds.
Blackie became ecstatic when he saw the skill, learning it quickly. With this skill, his battle standards would be increased by a big leap. After he switched to the two pieces of equipment, it was as if he turned from an air gun into an artillery cannon. Blackie's Intelligence increased to 20 points, increasing his Spell Damage to 48, and also activating the Hidden Basic Skill for Intelligence, [Rapid Cast].
Allows the player to skip the chants of spells that are below 1.5 seconds, requiring only action to cast it.
Also, allows the caster to better focus on attacking their target.
As for the two pieces of Plate Armor, they were the [Recruit's Heavy Armor], and [Black Steel Armguard]. However, amongst these pieces of Bronze Equipment, Shi Feng only fancied the Black Steel Armguard's Attributes.
[Black Steel Armguard] (Bronze Rank, Plate Armor)
Equipment Requirements: Strength 9
Strength +2, Endurance +2, Agility +1
The Recruit's Heavy Armor was just mediocre. The Level 5 Recruit's Heavy Armor could not compare to the Sky Armor at all. However, Plate Armors were still precious so it could be sold for a good price.
The two pieces of Level 3 Bronze Leather Armor could be sold as well.
Amongst these pieces of equipment, the most valuable one was the Gray Giant Ax. It was definitely the darling of Berserkers.
[Gray Giant Axe] (Bronze Rank)
Equipment Requirements: Strength 15
Attack Power +21
Strength +5, Endurance +2
It was the absolute weapon for violence. If a Berserker got ahold of this weapon, their damage would become extremely violent and horrifying.
"If I could create a hype over this Gray Giant Ax, it would definitely be worth a lot of money," Shi Feng slightly smiled. He had a plan in his heart to make a load of money using the Gray Giant Axe.
Afterward, Shi Feng and Blackie returned to the smithy.
"Master Jack, I've killed the Kobold Chieftain. This is its skull." Shi Feng said respectfully as he took out a Kobold's skull.
Master Jack, who was currently hammering away on steel, glanced at the Kobold skull. After he confirmed that Shi Feng had done it, he satisfyingly said, "Not bad, young man. It seems you do have the right to inherit my forging skills."
System: Hidden Quest 'Road Of Forging' completed. Player has learned Forging. Player has become a Basic Forging Apprentice. Player has obtained the Forging Talent, 'Forging Genius'. Rewarding 10 pieces of [Hundred-tempered Steel]
After a successful forging, there is a fixed chance to increase 2 Proficiency Points.
Two Proficiency Points were not to be looked down on. It should be known that a Basic Forging Apprentice making a piece of Common Equipment only had a 20% success rate. After successfully making the equipment, there was a 40% chance to obtain 1 Proficiency Point. Now, however, Shi Feng had a chance to obtain 2 Proficiency Points as long as his forging was successful, increasing his efficiency for promotion to the next rank by several folds.
Becoming an Intermediate Forging Apprentice required 1000 Proficiency Points. An average player required more than ten days, at the very least, to become one. Their supply of materials must also be continuous, as the horrifying rate of failure would waste large amounts of materials. With the Forging Talent, Shi Feng could now save a lot of materials, saving him quite the amount of money.
On the other hand, Hundred-tempered Steel was a good Support Material for making Bronze Equipment. It could increase the success rate of making a Bronze Equipment by 10%.
With the Forging Talent and Book Of Forging, Shi Feng couldn't help but wish to start forging equipment immediately. However, he needed materials if he wanted to forge equipment, and in a large amount as well. If he were to collect the materials himself, it would waste too much time. He could only purchase them in bulk. However, that required a lot of money. Not only that, making Common Equipment would not earn him any money, but instead cause him to lose it. Only Bronze Equipment could be sold for a good price, but that required Forging Designs that Shi Feng did not have.
"Deathly Forest is a must-go." Shi Feng thought about the Bronze Equipment Forging Design that could be obtained from within the Deathly Forest. The equipment that could be forged using the Forging Design was both cheap to make and had very good Attributes. In his previous life, there were quite a few Forgers who became rich because of that Design.
Just as Shi Feng turned around to leave...
"Young man, you truly make me look differently at you. Even after so many years of forging weapons, it is still my first time seeing a Magic Weapon." Master Jack called out to Shi Feng. He had sent his gaze towards the pitch-black sword hanging around Shi Feng's waist. Even if the black sword was rusty and looked like a fire poker, it could not escape the eyes of a Master Forger.
Chapter 20 - Curse Of The Abyssal Blade
Shi Feng was surprised when Master Jack stopped him.
"Young man, are you willing to let me have a look at this sword?" Master Jack looked at Shi Feng with eyes filled with a burning desire. His tone was no longer indifferent, but instead a little whispered.
"This……" Shi Feng was at a loss at Master Jack's sudden initiative request.
However, it seemed logical after Shi Feng gave it some thought.
The preciousness of a Magic Weapon, not to mention a Famed Sword forged by a master smith, went without saying. A Famed Sword was the lifelong pursuit of every Master Forger. They would definitely want to experience it after seeing one.
Seeing Shi Feng hesitating, Master Jack quickly said, "You can be at ease. I only wish to see it, and I won't let it be for nothing. If you have any requests, do mention them."
When Shi Feng heard this sentence, he became extremely excited.
This was a Master Forger!
Just by simply forging, he could create a piece of equipment of Mysterious-Iron rank, Secret-Silver rank even. His request was just to have a look at Shi Feng's sword.
Shi Feng agreed without hesitation. He passed the Abyssal Blade over to Master Jack.
NPCs couldn't steal items from players, so he was completely unworried whether or not Master Jack would do away with the Abyssal Blade. He would allow Master Jack to look at it however he wished Afterward, Shi Feng would ask for a Secret-Silver One-handed Sword. By then, he would be able to fully display a Swordsman's true strength.
Master Jack held the Abyssal Blade that looked like a fire poker, both praising the delicateness of the blade and marveling at its strength. After looking at it for over ten minutes, Master Jack unwillingly returned the Abyssal Blade to Shi Feng.
"Young man, this is a good and infinitely powerful sword. However, the curse on this sword is extremely evil. The more you unleash the power of this sword, the stronger the curse will get. At the very end, its wielder will become trapped in the endless Abyss. It will be too difficult if you wish to control this sword with your strength, and the curse will easily devour you," Master Jack earnestly cautioned.
Shi Feng knew about this point. Otherwise, he wouldn't have hesitated for such a long time before binding the Abyssal Blade.
"Master Jack, do you perhaps have any methods to weaken the curse?" Shi Feng asked.
Although he knew some weakening methods, he did not have the ability to carry them out right now.
"Young man, you should know that the master smith Olysses forged this sword. There is only one of it in God's Domain, and only one of the other thirty-five Famed Swords could match up to it. Many unimaginably terrifying existences were killed in order for these Famed Swords to possess unparalleled power. After death, these existences were sealed into each sword by master smiths. It was impossible to suppress these swords without extremely great power." Master Jack's tone was filled with unparalleled reverence, but he immediately smiled and said, "However, it isn't that there is no way to weaken the curse."
"May I ask what kind of method is there?" Shi Feng quickly asked.
"If you wish to suppress a great power, you would need an equally great power to do so. The power sealed within the sword is a curse. If you wish to weaken it, you will need to have sufficiently great luck." Master Jack lamented, "In the continent of God's Domain, some stones have gathered the luck of God's Domain. These stones are named Lucky Stones. As long as you have a Lucky Stone, then you could counterbalance the curse. Although this piece of stone could be found throughout the whole continent, there are only a very few people who could obtain it. Even I have not seen it before. Trying to find one is truly too difficult. If you can find a piece of this stone, then I can help you weaken the curse on your sword."
Seeing Shi Feng's slack expression, Master Jack shook his head in consolation, saying, "Young man, you have to know that the Lucky Stone is extremely rare. You shouldn't feel discouraged. It is normal not being able to find one. Only those who are blessed by God can obtain a Lucky Stone, and they are people that we cannot compare to."
"Master Jack, is it this piece of stone?" Shi Feng slightly smiled as he took out the dark-green colored Star Crystal.
"Right, this is a Lucky Stone……" Master Jack nodded his head after seeing the dark-green colored Star Crystal. However, he became stunned a moment later. He was looking at Shi Feng as if he were looking at a monster.
Shi Feng shrugged his shoulders, indicating that it was nothing.
Shi Feng had been sluggish before because he found out that Master Jack was able to use the Lucky Stone to suppress the Abyssal Blade. It should be known that there was quite a few Master Forgers in the Star-Moon Kingdom. However, the number of Master Forgers capable of using a Lucky Stone to suppress the curse of a Magic Weapon could be counted on a single hand. Shi Feng had never thought that the Master Jack in front of him would be one of them.
"Master Jack, can you weaken the curse now?" Shi Feng asked with anticipation.
After a few moments, Master Jack finally recovered to his previous calmness. Pretending to be indifferent, he said, "Ok, no problem. I can finish it within half an hour."
To the side, Blackie held onto his stomach as he tried his best not to laugh. However, Master Jack's stupefied expression was truly too much for Blackie;he had to run off into the forest before laughing loudly.
Half an hour later, Shi Feng received the Abyssal Blade. He discovered some changes to the Abyssal Blade's introduction.
The Abyssal Blade was personally created by master smith Olysses, using the Black Dragon King's fangs as material. It is one of thirty-six famed swords, and it is ranked 31st. However, this sword has been cursed by the Black Dragon King. Aside from being able to provide the wielder with immense strength, there will be a Backlash every so often. However, after being remodeled by Jack using a Star Crystal, the strength of the Backlash has been greatly reduced. If the wielder is unable to suppress the Backlash, then the wielder will receive the curse of the Black Dragon King, permanently reducing All Attributes by 50%.
Shi Feng's heart relaxed by a lot after seeing the description in this paragraph of words. At the very least, the Backlash won't be too powerful in a short period of time.
Shi Feng stored away the Abyssal Blade. Suddenly, he noticed a lot of messages that had been sent by Lonely Snow. All of the messages asked why Shi Feng had yet to arrive, and how much longer would he need to reach the Deathly Forest.
"Blackie, let's go dive into a Dungeon." Shi Feng sent a reply message stating that he would come immediately.
Because of the issue with the Abyssal Blade, Shi Feng had completely forgotten about the appointed time. He let Lonely Snow wait more than half an hour. However, Shi Feng would make the appropriate compensations within the Deathly Forest.
"Okay. I was just worrying that I won't have a chance to try out my new spells," Blackie said excitedly.
When Shi Feng and Blackie arrived at the Dungeon Area of the Deathly Forest, the entire Deathly Forest was filled with people. Level 2 players were everywhere, and many players were forming parties to enter the Dungeon.
"Open party for Deathly Forest, welcoming violent damage dealers, 4 waiting for 2."
"Effective party for Deathly Forest, we are just missing a powerful healer;guaranteed to clear."
Seeing such a scene, Shi Feng shook his head slightly. He walked towards Lonely Snow who was waving his arm. In Shi Feng's previous life, the players had been stuck at the Deathly Forest for a long time. The Dungeon was only cleared when the majority of players were Level 5.
"Brother Expert, you're finally here. Those friends of mine are already becoming impatient from waiting. Let us hurry." Lonely Snow was burning with anxiety when he saw Shi Feng leisurely walking over.
Afterward, Lonely Snow brought Shi Feng and Blackie to the gathering point of the party.
"Lonely, this is the expert you said? I thought he was a person with three heads and six arms, but it seems he's nothing more than this." The male Cleric, Wordless Summer Night saw Shi Feng wearing novice equipment. There was also a fire poker that hung around his waist;it looked as if it was some trash weapon he had randomly picked up. When Wordless Summer Night saw this, he couldn't help but ridicule.
"Brother Wordless, how could you say such things about Brother 'Expert'? He is a dignified Beta Tester, so he definitely must have 'something extraordinary'. Otherwise, how would he dare to take all equipment for Swordsman and Cursemancer?" The Shield Warrior, Battle To The End, stood to the side and sneered.
The two of them had already felt displeasure for Shi Feng. This was because Shi Feng had wanted to take away all Plate Armor and Mage Equipment immediately after joining. Wouldn't they just be working away for nothing? If it were not for their Boss wanting to have a look at Shi Feng, they would have long since invited other players and dove into the Dungeon. Now that they saw Shi Feng in such poor equipment, they could criticize him and force him to leave.
Lonely Snow wanted to retort as Shi Feng was someone he had personally invited. However, Shi Feng's equipment did not give Lonely Snow any chance to do so. He could only stare in silence.
"Alright, let's party up. A lot of people have already entered the Deathly Forest. If we don't dive in, we won't have a chance at competing for the First Kill." As the party's leader, the handsome male Ranger, Waving Slowly But Surely interrupted as he said.
Blackie wanted to argue back, but Shi Feng stopped him. Shi Feng thought nothing of the two people's ridicule. No matter what he said, he and Blackie had left them waiting for more than half an hour, so couldn't he just let them speak a few more sentences?
Just as they finished partying up, the Shield Warrior furiously said, "Crap, this noob is just Level 1! He's just here to swindle equipment!"
"Boss, Deathly Forest is a Level 2 Dungeon. If we let a Level 1 noob enter the Dungeon, aren't we just waiting to get wiped?" Wordless Summer Night looked towards the Ranger, Waving Slowly, showing his displeasure.
Lonely Snow was equally shocked when he saw Shi Feng's level.
It should be known that many players had already risen to Level 2. How was it possible for a Beta Tester not to reach Level 2?
Boss Waving Slowly looked towards Shi Feng. Before this, he still had some hope for Shi Feng, but now it was all gone. He suddenly said in a cold tone, "Did you die once before this?"
"Nope." Shi Feng shook his head, honestly saying: "However, entering Deathly Forest at Level 1 is enough."
"Then you can go now. We don't need such an 'expert' like you here. We hope you can understand." Waving Slowly coldly said, his brows slightly wrinkled.
"Boss, this must be a misunderstanding. How about we try it out first?" Lonely Snow explained.
"Try it out?" Wordless Summer coldly laughed, "Then who will be responsible when we die? You should know that we still lose experience if we die in a Dungeon. Although it is low, that is still 10%. Can this noob repay such a loss?"
"Wordless, don't make it hard for Lonely." Waving Slowly repeatedly said, "Lonely, I know you are trying to cover for this Swordsman, but I have to take responsibility for our party. I will only find veterans to enter the Dungeon. I will not waste time partying up with a novice. You have two choices now;one is to follow us into the Dungeon, two is to leave the party together with them."
"I will leave the party." Shi Feng did not want to embarrass Lonely Snow. He immediately left the party, turning to leave, "Blackie, we'll party up with other people and enter the Dungeon."
"Alright." Blackie smiled with a 'hehe', leaving the party without a second thought.
"Humph, humph. The 'expert's identity has been seen through. At least he has some self-awareness to leave after knowing he can't swindle equipment anymore." The Shield Warrior grinned and jeered, "Lonely, you really are gullible. Such a noob would trick only you. You need to learn properly from Boss Waving Slowly in the future."
Lonely Snow's face turned livid after hearing this. However, he did not feel that he was mistaken;Shi Feng was definitely an expert.
"Boss Waving Slowly, sorry for this." Lonely Snow chose to leave the party. He was prepared to join Shi Feng in order to determine whether or not his judgment was correct.
"You!" Waving Slowly was immediately stunned. He never thought Lonely Snow would be so decisive. It was simply a foolish decision. He would have long since chased Lonely Snow away if it wasn't because he had good techniques.
Wordless Summer Night looked towards Lonely Snow, saying with a cold smile, "Lonely, you better not regret the choice you made. You'll regret when we clear the Deathly Forest and obtain great equipment. You'll regret it for ten years, twenty years that you didn't follow Boss Waving Slowly."