Volume 55 Chapter 3 – Undeniable Danger
At last, the treasure in the dragon’s lair was revealed.
“Just how much…”
“There’s so much.”
The dwarven users were overwhelmed by the mountains of treasure inside the lair.
Just by looking at them, all scattered across the lair, the dazzling shiny equipment and jewelry and assorted ornaments that seemed to promise endless wealth.
< You have infiltrated the dragon’s lair.
You have accomplished a historical adventure achievement.
A safe return after venturing inside the dragon’s lair will grant one permanent level for three adventure type skills. >
< Reporting the achievement will grant 50,000 adventure honor points.
New trends and rumors of the dragon will spread. >
The message alert popped up, but the eyes were fixated on the radiant treasure.
“That is the Hammer of the Everlasting Flame.”
“That’s the Bulwark Cloth. Armor made out of that is…”
The dwarves were more interested in the equipment and treasure than the towers of gold and they could not be more amazed.
“If we stock up all this… We’ll be able to make a killing. Hunting thousands of boss monsters still won’t get us anywhere near as much as grabbing a few things from here.”
“Crazy. This is just crazy. The world’s equipment, all right here.”
The users were reaching out towards the treasure without even realizing it themselves.
Of course, the one who got on all fours ready to pounce was Weed!
Nide spread his arms wide and blocked Weed and the other users.
“Do not forget that this is the dragon’s lair. There are traces of magic on parts of the treasures. The wrong touch will lead to all sorts of danger.”
“He’s right. We have to check for the magic and dispel them first. Or else it will really become dangerous for us.”
Haruna joined in as well.
The dwarves heard it over a hundred times even before the arrival. Though once he saw the treasure, he lost his senses, but the bitter warning brought him back.
“Let’s be extra careful.”
“Yeah, that could have been trouble. This is not a place to run around freely.”
They managed to suppress greed with reason.
If they wanted to get out with the treasure, they couldn’t risk triggering the traps.
Weed slowly stood up from all fours.
Acting as if it was all very natural!
“The lair floor is surely dense. Come to think of it,the ground is always dense. First… K-hmm! Following proper procedures, adventurer Haruna-nim will check if the lair is enchanted with magic.”
The holy artefact borrowed from the Earth Cult, the Cleansing Torch.
Any curse or trap touched by its warmth will be dispelled.
Weed approached Haruna immediately.
“You have to be quick, okay?”
“Yes. Weed-nim. I understand.”
Haruna lit up the Cleansing Torch. Then, warmth spread out everywhere.
Weed spoke up.
“Haruna-nim. We must hurry. We are out of time.”
“I will get right on it.”
Haruna began walking to the treasure, and after only several steps, Weed’s nagging bombarded her.
“Don’t tell me you’re worried about noise complaints right now. “
Haruna self-reflected on her slow footwork and walked with wide strides, revealing her long, beautiful elven legs.
It was just when she brought the torch close to the treasure.
“How much longer? It’s not done yet? Do I have to wait more?”
“The magic trap is being dispelled. Give me a bit of time.”
“Carefully but quickly. Can’t you work more efficiently ?”
“How long are you going to take? Jesus.”
Weed was pestering fiercely.
They got inside the Black Dragon Kaybern’s lair through the mine in Debrado village!
The stacks of treasure were enough to blow away all the hardships they had ever faced.
While Haruna was checking for magical traps and defusing them, Nide was scouting around.
“Fortunately, it’s confirmed that there are no draconic warriors inside the lair.”
“Are you sure?”
“Yes. We caused quite a commotion moments ago, but we weren’t caught because the draconic warriors weren’t here. Though, we can’t be too unguarded. By the footprint tracks on the floor, it seems that they go on patrol.”
Weed was gaining back more of his senses as he heard about the dragon soldiers.
“I was born for this.”
“No. It’s nothing… We don’t know how much time we have in our hands, so let’s grab as much as we can!”
As soon as Weed spoke, the dwarves began moving swiftly.
They expanded the passage connected to the mine and moved the stone debris out of the way so they wouldn’t make a sound.
They had already changed their boots into quiet fur shoes.
The dragon wasn’t present, but the robbery had to be secretive and quick nonetheless.
There was a big ruckus when they just got inside the lair, but the plan soon went underway.
The dwarves came with the wagons and stacked the treasure, Haruna dispelled and confirmed they were free of traps.
“Careful not to get in the way of each other.”
The dwarven users were well-prepared for this day.
Weed set out requirements for entering the dragon’s lair, and they took training on how to move cargo like they do in postal services and moving companies.
At least 10 hours of moving, organizing goods were mandatory tasks.
The difference between the experienced and the unexperienced was huge. Doing a task that was done before allowed the time to be used more efficiently.
“Please be as quiet as you can, and prepare the follow-up groups.”
“Copy that, Weed-nim.”
Dwarves paid full attention in following orders.
They too knew the importance of this moment.
Equipment in the range of level 500 ~ 600 were so common in the lair that they were being kicked around on the floor.
Some items were legendary equipment that could only be worn from level 800 ~ 1000.
“Geez… The pieces of Bulen Set’s Armor are all here.”
“There is even the Sword of Patia. Lord, this is special. It has 13 properties on it.”
“Take it. Take it all.”
The dwarves quickly loaded the items on the wagons and began to transport.
The dwarves were promised 20% of the share if the robbery were to succeed.
Stealing as much as they could meant that their share became larger..
The treasures in the common room of the lair were disappearing gradually.
“I can see magic books too. Even combat type books.”
“Grab them already.”
Haruna found rare magic books and even got to the ancient documents.
Certain skills and magic could only be found in the dragon’s lair.
The ultimate magic spells of fire, water, wind and earth were priceless.
Golden and silver bars were taken first, pearls were discarded at first.
‘Things are going swell overall. Though, it could be faster.’
Weed observed the flourishing treasure being moved carefully in the hands of the dwarves.
‘For the quest, I must find the Brazier of Sacrifice.’
He was blinded by the treasure, but finding the brazier was crucial.
‘There’s nothing worse than coming all this way only to leave without the brazier. If the mine is plugged up, I can’t try this quest again…’
The dwarven race quest.
The race quest also traced back to the destiny of dwarves, so it had to be completed when he had the chance.
‘I need to find the brazier…’
The scene of treasures being loaded onto the wagons came into his view.
‘Treasure. Oh. Spectacular treasure!’
The treasures kept distracting his sight!
The Brazier of Sacrifice was challenging to find in the middle of the valleys of treasure.
His sight instinctively was taken away to the dazzling treasure.
Meanwhile, a sword without any decoration drew his eyes for some reason.
‘I am tempted. It doesn’t look anything special, but it feels like a highly branded item.’
Weed requested Haruna to release the magic surrounding the sword.
Nameless Sword: Durability 87/200. Attack damage 151~214.
A sword crafted by a dwarven blacksmith who concealed himself.
“The best sword must be able to cut through anything. Inside such a sword must be the soul of the metal.”
The blacksmith devoted his affection to the metal.
He embraced it in his sleep each night and refined it every day, creating the most outstanding metal in the world.
“I will hammer you into the best sword.”
The blacksmith spent three years with the metal, fire and the anvil.
When the sword was finally complete, he shed tears.
“Poured with the soul of metal, the unstoppable sword is born.”
The sword was unattended for a long time, but if the blade is sharpened, it will return to its original form.
Requirement: Swordsman only.
— Level 970.
Condition: Requires careful repair.
Properties: Soul of metal with its own consciousness.
+90 to all stats.
Can consume the user’s health points up to 500 per second, increasing the attack damage.
Penetration damage increased in proportion to the enemy’s armor.
Damage and speed increased with consecutive hits.
Mana consumption of sword skills reduced by 70%.
Damage of all skills related to swords is enhanced.
45% increased attack speed.
High chance of instantly executing enemies with under 12% health points.
The sword is in a badly damaged state.
When the repair is completed, it will show its real powers.
One unrecognized by the soul of metal will only be able to draw 30% of the sword’s potential.
“Wow… That’s an incredible sword.”
Such a splendid sword that even adventurer Haruna was amazed.
The Loa Sword was excellent and this sword was surely an equivalent. What’s more, was that it was not even showing its full ability due to the damage.
“I’d expect nothing less from Weed-nim. This looks better than any other equipment in this lair. You have the insight.”
Haruna tried starting a conversation and Weed’s glare became hostile.
“Hurry up and defuse those magic traps.”
Weed sent Haruna and stealthily reached over.
He was idle, but his hands grabbed it on their own.
< You have obtained the Nameless Sword.
Once the sword is repaired and its consciousness is complete, it may be named. >
It was a heart-warming and rewarding identification!
He felt content like he reached the mature date of his 3-year installment savings.
– Are you the one who woke me up from my long sleep?
You are yet unworthy of wielding me.
The consciousness inside the sword spoke to him in a majestic tone.
“I’m busy right now, so go back to sleep.”
Weed didn’t have time to spare at the moment, so he wrapped the sword on his back.
“Weed-nim. There is a sculpture over here that you made.”
He went over to Oberon and spotted the radiant Kaybern sculpture he made in the past.
A sculpture made from crystals of Agathe glistening like the milky way, carved intricately into beads and threaded through a silver string.
Under bright light, the crystals weaved like waves, sparkling in radiant brilliance.
He worked intensively on it and it was deemed one his best works until now in terms of beauty.
But, it was an unfortunate piece of work that had to be offered to Kaybern.
“At last, I am taking it back. Grab it please.”
“Yup.Leave it to us.”
The dwarves diligently sent down treasure from the lair to the mine.
Even with the expansion, the items were being smuggled through a long and narrow mine passage, forcing the dwarves to shuffle faster on their short legs.
Nide who was scouting came back running.
“No signs of trouble yet?”
“No, hyung. Nothing dangerous yet near this area. It’s almost foreboding.”
“It’s reasonable to think that way. We are in Kaybern’s lair of all places.”
Weed was also vigilant of this silence.
Nothing could really bring assurance, but the treasures that he already grabbed made him happy.
“I can see a lot of footprints of patrols on the path heading to the lair entrance.”
“Well actually, the footprints are a lot bigger and steeper than normal draconic warriors.”
Nide, ever studious, prepared extensively.
He memorized the tracks, smell and traits of the monsters.
“That makes sense. They must be boss-level if they patrol inside the lair. There would be more of them.”
“As you know hyung, the draconic warriors are different from other monsters. They do not slack off even without the supervision of the dragon. They will patrol at precise intervals.”
“How much time is left until the patrol?”
“By the extent of the footprints, it won’t be long. 30 minutes? Maybe an hour?”
“Alright. We have to hurry and save time.”
The draconic warriors had a routine of entering and inspecting the lair. However, they were not known to scout the entire lair.
Castle Bawell was on its bare bones!
The castle wall and vital structures were all dismantled by the group of architects,but the total territory of the city had expanded several fold from before.
The weakest of weak buildings spread endlessly across to the plains and beyond.
– I have come to punish the humans!
When Kaybern arrived, the inner part of the city was empty like it always was.
– Fire Stone!
Flaming spheres fell from the skies and struck Castle Bawell and everything else in proximity.
The castle that was barely supporting its own weight after losing the outer wall finally crumbled and the nearby buildings met the same fate.
Kaybern was content with the scene of destruction it caused.
– Rip to shreds. Chains of Darkness!
Dark chains that linked the land and sky began to strike down on the city.
Houses, roads and trees were crushed mercilessly.
The users were watching from a faraway forest after the evacuation.
“It’s crazy watching from here. It would have been devastating if I was still inside the city.”
“I gained proficiency for wind magic just now. It almost went up by one level.”
“Just by watching, our skills gain levels. It’s worthwhile to observe.”
Now that several cities had been destroyed by the dragon, the users had become resigned to the carnage.
Powerful magic spells at times increased the skill proficiency for mages just by observing, and apart from that it was still a spectacle to watch.
The live scene of a dragon destroying a city!
Such a devastating scene sent shivers down their spinest, but on the other hand it felt very awesome.
There were tourists that seeked to watch it every week.
That being said, there were Hermes Guild members in these groups.
“ I will never let Weed have his way.”
Calcus and the death squad were wiped out at Thor and logged into Royal Road once again.
They did not want to return to Haven territory after losing levels, proficiency and even equipment.
“Since it has come to this, I will go all out to get my revenge.”
Calcus tried to convince the squad to go with him to Castle Bawell. Not all agreed, but almost half of the guild members followed him.
“Keu-Keuk. It’s simple. I just need to go to Kaybern and tell him that the lair is being robbed…”
He would die due to the merciless dragon, but Weed and his followers would also suffer huge losses. Rather than rationality, he was led by his vengeance.
“It’s so easy because this is such a simple method for stopping Weed.”
Calcus was getting overconfident, while a group of users surrounded them from a distance.
“You think we’ll let you do that?”
Michel of the Black Sword Mercenaries and Gunter of Lion Star Guild led the elite users and surrounded them all of a sudden.
Their objective was to subdue the Hermes Guild that may head to Castle Bawell!
“How did you know we were coming?”
“Weed-nim informed us. The one who couldn’t get a punch in will never give up that easily.”
Calcus did not realize it at first, but things began to unravel in his eyes now that the Hermes Guild was rounded up in the forest.
Weed already had prepared countermeasures for several tricks.
Michel had a deep grudge against the Hermes Guild.
“Don’t worry. I will end you all painlessly.”
The Black Sword Mercenaries and the elites of Lion Star pounced with their weapons.
Warriors and swordsmen comprised the surprise attack and took part in the actual combat.
A few area of effect skills exploded, but with no real need for large-scale magic spells as they flooded in from every direction and quickly took care of the situation!
Meanwhile, Kaybern demolished Castle Bawell and was now bombarding magic spells against the entire city.
Michel got her revenge and laughed in satisfaction.
“Everything here went down the way we thought.”
They looted after taking care of Calcus and the death squad. Also, it was enough to signal the rebirth of the Black Sword Mercenaries as this scene would be on live broadcast.
The users that split away after losing to the Hermes Guild were now returning to the mercenaries.
These users were under the Arpen Empire but also chose to affiliate with the prestigious guild factions.
They were joyful in that the honor of the old days was coming back.
Michel sheathed her sword handsomely and spoke.
“I am reporting to his royal highness, the emperor Weed.”
– Weed: how did it go?
“Calcus appeared. We took care of him.”
Michel after reporting to Weed felt as if she was his subordinate.
‘It’s just a stupid hunch. Yeah, just a hunch.’
– Weed: What about the dragon?
“It has destroyed a third of the city now. The buildings are spread wide apart, so there still seems to be a lot of time left.”
– Weed: Thank you for watching over the scene. Please carry on.
Michel was happy to hear his appreciation as if she felt like Weed recognized her success.
“It is an honor, Weed-nim. I will keep you updated.”
“Please be cautious so that the treasures don’t get chipped. Everyone, pick up the pace!”
The dwarven users were working hard to transport the treasure from the dragon lair.
“I never had a day in my life with such a jackpot.”
“How much will it be after selling all this? It’s going to be hard to think of an estimate.”
The speech of the dwarven users was filled with the joy of success.
They were moving piles of equipment and treasure that they normally couldn’t even lay eyes on. The jolt of excitement that they scored the most outstanding load!
It hyped them up even more thinking about how the many broadcast stations would be watching them live.
“The draconic warriors are on the way here now. 20 of them.”
After hearing from Nide who was guarding the entrance stopped the dwarves in their tracks. Only silence remained.
Weed signaled with his hand and the dwarves moved swiftly behind covers they previewed before.
Dwarves had small stature, able to hide just by going behind treasure chests and piles of gold.
As for the large hole connecting the mine and the lair, a painting was put over on top.
Yurin had prepared an elaborate painting in advance.
– Yurin: Oppa, this painting is not perfect either. I didn’t have enough time… The paint isn’t fully dry yet. They will find out if they get close.
Weed thought there was no other choice but to bet on luck.
If the draconic warriors were to inspect the entire lair, the dwarves in hiding would be discovered first.
Or the tracks left from transporting the treasure would be revealed.
By their tracks, the draconic warriors were said not to be too keen in their patrol, but I can’t rely on that information entirely.’
The sounds of footsteps by the draconic warriors drew closer.
Weed kept silent but got ready to swing the Loa Sword in case he got discovered.
‘The patrolling draconic warriors aren’t a problem. The real issue is the army outside the lair.’
If the draconic warriors and monsters come charging as a whole, a face-off was inevitable.
The dwarves were each hiding behind cover and rolled their eyes. The dwarves were small, perfect for hiding.
– Pale: We are waiting.
The assault squad was also positioned in places suitable for an ambush.
“It is quiet.”
“Krrk. That’s because Kaybern-nim isn’t here.”
“There are a lot of incredible treasures in here.”
“This is the home of the great Kaybern-nim. The dwarves offered these in respect for him.”
The draconic warriors surveyed their surroundings with their snake-like eyes.
Weed’s group hadn’t touched the treasures near the route of the patrols.
“Kaybern-nim hates our scent. We cannot be here for long.”
“We have to patrol the outer layer now.”
“Let’s do that.”
A moment later, the draconic warriors slowly walked out of the lair.
“Whew. They left.”
“Let’s carry on.”
The dwarven users continued loading the treasures.
Weed searched around for the Brazier of Sacrifice, but his mind was unsettled after the draconic warriors passed through.
‘This is a race quest with S rank difficulty. But, I feel like this is all turning out too well. Kaybern should have been in his lair if it was the usual pattern.’
Even though the dwarves dug through the mine into the lair, as long as Kaybern was inside, it was highly unlikely to succeed.
Just the presence of a dragon could turn a quest into the worst success rate of all S rank quests.
‘Kaybern’s absence must have changed the difficulty. I would say it went down by a lot… But, even then this is way too easy.”
Weed read too many stories of villains meeting their demise because of poor planning and underestimating; he was weary.
For a villain, self-conceit had to be avoided at all costs.
‘Am I slacking nowadays because I became emperor of the Arpen Empire? Well, I’m well fed and I’m starting to sweat. I think I’ve smuggled enough treasure already for good profit even if the quest fails.’
Though if someone asked if he could throw out the yogurt lid without licking it, there was not a chance that he would.
‘This doesn’t feel right. We did clear it easily, but it doesn’t mean that this place is safe. It’s too arrogant for us to assume that it’s safe inside a dragon’s lair. It’s not like I am aware of everything in this area. This feeling, it could only mean…’
Weed’s senses were giving out a critical warning.
The back of his head was itching like he was about to get struck!
– Pale: Yes.
“What’s your position?”
– Pale: I am assisting with the transport in the mine. There’s a ton of treasure.
After the draconic warriors’ patrol, the assault squad users were helping with the transport.
They were relaxed in the thought that there would be no battles for a while.
“All members of the assault squad, meet me back in the lair.”
– Pale: Copy.
Weed trusted his instinct and recalled the assault squad.
‘I hope that I’m wrong about this… But, it’s better to be prepared.’
It was only about 2 minutes after he called the assault squad.
“Hyung! The dragon soldiers are swarming in!”
As he was watching the lair entrance, fully equipped dragon soldiers came charging into his view. Small lizard-like mages followed as well.
“Everyone prepare for battle! There are already over 200 enemy troops and those are just the ones in view!!”
Weed pulled out the Loa Sword and sighed deeply.
“Damn it, why are the bad hunches never wrong?! Really, you think you’re going to win the lottery, but you never do.”
The dragon soldiers saw the reflections of the dwarves on the surface of the treasures and had gone back to get reinforcements.
“The enemy is coming in!”
Weed used his Lion’s Roar.
– 1st and 3rd dwarf group, continue transporting the treasure. The rest will run over to the lair entrance and prevent their advance. You can make all the noise you want now, so please move as quickly as you can!
Weed never forgot the reason for coming to the lair!
“Follow Weed-nim’s command!”
The dwarves laid down the treasure and drew their weapons.
The 1st and 3rd group were comprised of level 450 and higher.
Even the worst of them were well equipped with good shields and over half of them were warriors with exceptional defense.
Weed and the dwarves charged to the lair entrance.
“Everyone act calmly. We just have to block them at the entrance. It’s simply a change of plans from a robbery to a raid!”
The Arpen Empire conquered the Central Continent, naturally gaining control over the ocean.
“We sure took the right side.”
“Yeah, the best one in fact.”
“Back when we were headed for Jigolaths, I thought we were doomed for good…”
Hye, Fractal and Board mir.
The three crazy sharks of Becky nin smirked every time they reminisced about the past.
They were villains that did not care about what other people say about them.
There was a time when they committed petty theft and felt proud; they had moved up in the world since then.
Things had ended up working out for them due to their diligence of misdeeds and their encounter with Weed.
Becky nin’s 3 mad sharks watched Weed and gained a new perspective on evil.
“We will take over the world too through being pirates.”
“Yeah. We are past our fun with petty crime.”
“Let’s grow our ambitions. The seas will be ours from now on.”
The Arpen Empire’s pirates. If they could exercise dominance over them, they could seize the seas.
Though they cannot overtake the continent, if they could seize the ocean of this world the power at their control would be tremendous!
“Let’s charge toll fees on the ocean.”
“Yes. That is a great idea.”
The maritime control of the Arpen Empire encompassed the entire continent.
There was still the Haven territory of the Hermes Guild, but ever since the Gripis command ship was sunk, they barely roamed the littoral seas.
The Rosenheim Kingdom and Brent Kingdom in the east were nations that were ruined completely by the Embinyu Cult.
Even if the Arpen Empire did not officially conquer them, the users of both kingdoms were already abiding in the empire and crossing the ocean was not an issue.
“What if Weed-nim says something about us charging a toll fee?”
“Are you saying he’s going to punish us?”
“Yeah. There is nothing to worry about except for the Arpen Empire… There is no navy in Arpen but Weed is a problem by himself.”
For the 3 mad sharks of Becky nin, still had to face the final boss named Weed!
They could not let up because they were on the ocean. He could ride on flying barraggs and burn down their entire fleet.
“We just have to use bribery.”
“Yup. Half of the earnings should be enough.”
“Then it’s settled.”
“Of course! Villains are supposed to bribe the higher-ups. It’s called mutual aid.”
“Is it the tight bond that Weed-nim always talks about?”
Bekinin’s 3 crazy sharks announced their control of the oceans.
– All users heading out to sea must turn over 1 gold each! If you wish to avoid the wrath of us pirates that is. Har-har-har!
They claimed dominance over the sea!
Merchants from that day on began paying toll fees to the pirate union.
Seoyoon used the collection to develop the ports and provided funds to unoccupied islands and new sea route findings.
She also made an official request to Becky nin’s 3 mad sharks and the pirates.
– Seoyoon: I appreciate you guys for your consistent hard work. Please continue to tend to the users.
In some ways, she had more power than Weed.
The pirates bowed their heads to Seoyoon’s whisper.
“Of course. We will keep to the ocean.”
“Leave it to us. Please have faith in us. We will not let you down.”
The pirates made a promise and kept to their word.
Securing the sea was a given, as well as protecting the sea routes and saving users from sea monsters.
“When there is no space for luggage, it’s great that the pirate ships load them for us.”
“They even repair broken sails.”
“Pirates are knowledgeable about the geography in new sea routes. They inform you about the locations of sea monsters that must be avoided.”
The pirate users that grew up together with Port Varna since its pioneer days thought of the Northern merchants and adventurers as their own kind.
They wore pirate caps and sailed the seas on pirate ships with skull flags.
– Kill all the intruders!
– How dare the lowly dwarves enter the lair. Murder them all!
– Chop them up! Rip them to shreds!
The draconic warriors blurted foul words as they approached.
They weren’t common soldiers, but the elites defending the lair!
Weed led the dwarves and stood against them.
“Let’s defend the entrance. We have to stop them from entering the lair.”
The dwarves were already wearing the metal armor that they carried in their backpacks.
For the robbery, heavy armor was not worn because it slowed them down, but for battles speed was not so necessary.
“Hoo-hah! I came to this place expecting to die. My comrades are too good.”
“Let’s hold. I think we can do this. We got nothing to worry about if Kaybern isn’t here.”
The dwarves did get frightened when they were discovered, but they were high-level veteran warriors. The warriors fought at the frontlines and were therefore brave and fearless.
They had faith in the other dwarves they had known each other since their youths.
The draconic warriors clashed with the dwarves in a straight line.
“You will not be forgiven for intruding into Kaybern-nim’s haven. You all are already dead.”
The dwarves put up their shields and withheld the attacks.
The dwarves over level 400 had a great amount of endurance and were not easy to take down.
The retaliation of swinging axes and spears struck against the skins of the dragon soldiers.
“Keep to the defense line and do not get pushed back!”
“Hold this position.”
The dragon soldiers defending the lair were higher in level than usual, but the dwarves chose to maintain close formation despite the impact and fended against the attack.
Weed stepped forward and struck down on the ground with the Loa Sword.
The earth split apart and crimson lava engulfed the draconic warriors.
The immediate damage was incredible, but it also pushed back the enemy lines.
“Krrak. Keep pushing even if it costs your life!”
“We must defend Kaybern-nim’s treasures.”
The draconic warriors forced their way through the Lava River. They rushed forward even as their bodies began to burn. The dwarves formed 3 layers of defense formation and put forth their shields to defend.
Some of the assault squad led by Pale arrived just a moment after.
“Weed-nim. We have arrived. We’ll jump right into the battle.”
“Those of you that are capable of ranged support, please snipe the dragon soldiers. Leave the ones with large weapons as they will get in the way of one another, but we have to prioritize the boss-level monsters first.”
Weed quickly analyzed the dragon soldier swarm.
There were approximately 200 of them, and around 40 were deemed to be boss-level!
There were especially stronger monsters or ones with special abilities that could emit fire, lightning and ice auras.
He assessed that it was advantageous to eliminate them first.
The assault squad split up into smaller groups according to Weed’s command.
The melee combat classes charged forward and the rest were led by Pale.
Wherever Pale’s fire arrow flew, the magic and arrow ranged attacks were focused.
Dwarves were formidable, but this group was the top elite of the Arpen Empire, each over level 500!
‘I will do my fair share.’
‘Won’t I be rewarded for doing something at least?’
The users went a little insane with dry mouths after passing by all the treasures in the lair.
Only with some accomplishment could they proudly take some equipment, so they bet their lives on this defense.
The concentrated attacks killed off 7 boss-level monsters.
Over on the side with the rest of the draconic warriors, the dwarves and the assault squad combined forces and led to an intense battle.
They did not dominate over the dragon soldiers, nor were they pushed back easily with their impeccable defense.
“Kreeeak! Kaybern-nim will unleash his wrath upon you.”
“Be it human or dwarf, leave none alive. Kill them!”
More draconic warriors were streaming to the lair entrance.
< You are under the influence of Bademix, Commander of the draconic warriors.
Unparalleled fear grasps you.
Maximum health points are decreased.
Higher chances of falling into a state of confusion and fear.
Higher damage received by attacks. >
“What is this?”
The dwarves panicked.
A monster three times bigger than other draconic warriors appeared at the lair entrance.
Massive weapons like axes and spears were strung on its back.
They managed to take down the boss-level draconic warriors, but they were inside a dangerous place, the dragon’s lair!
A true boss monster had arrived.
“You have entered this place without permission!”
Bademix swung his halberd, a combination of an axe and spear toward the other draconic warriors. It blew away everything in his way, leaving him a clear path that ran right up to the dwarves.
Each time it swung its halberd, the defending dwarves went flung back several dozen meters. Blue smoke covered their bodies and drained away their health points each second.
‘This is bad.’
Weed’s instinct was warning him.
Bademix was considered the boss of boss-level monsters, an extremely dangerous being.
If the dwarves could cooperate and fight, they could hold for now. But, it was a problem that several other monsters like Bademix could show up.
All monsters and draconic warriors under Kaybern’s command will be headed this way.’