Volume 55 Chapter 4 – Dragon Lair Defense
Oberon smiled faintly and spoke to Weed beside him.
“I will take care of the defense line. I will stall them until I die, so you have to carry on with the objective. Find the Brazier of Sacrifice and transport the treasure.”
He was only asking for them to take care of the dirty work. He was a great leader worthy of praise.
People like him are the ones who miss promotions because they die at the scene.
Weed did not miss this chance to turn around heart-free.
“I got it. I trust you with this situation. I will personally carve your name on your gravestone.”
He only showed his true colors in the midst of a crisis!
Oberon pinned his shield down on the ground and drew the attention of the draconic warriors.
“All of you come at me at once!”
Weed slipped to the back while the draconic warriors were preoccupied with Oberon and assessed the surroundings.
A tremendous amount of treasure was still stacked inside the lair!
It dwindled down slightly as the dwarves carried some out, but there was still so much treasure left as only ten percent of what was in the lair was moved out.
But it was good that the categorization and organization were being done simultaneously which hastened the speed of transport.
Weed asked the dwarves.
“Did you grab the Brazier of Sacrifice.”
“We don’t have it.”
“We haven’t found it either.”
At first, he felt stuffed just looking at the treasures, but now it was a war against time.
At the lair entrance, dozens of dwarves were desperately pushing back Bademix and the other monsters from penetrating through the defense.
< Bademix surrounded itself with a cloak of special power. All physical damage is converted into mana for 30 seconds. >
The assault squad concentrated their attacks on Bademix, but it was having little effect.
Weed observed the situation and turned his head.
“That overpowered… Nide!”
“I don’t know what might happen to us, so we have to find the Brazier of Sacrifice first.”
“Okay. I will help out.”
Weed and Nide began searching through the treasure for the large brazier.
Some treasures formed a peaking tower, and the inside was not clearly visible because they were covered in gold and silvers.
“Brazier… It should be in the form of a brazier. It should be big too.”
“Should we search the places where all the artwork and antiques are?”
“That’s an idea.”
He heard stories that the dragon used it as a heating stove, but even among the artwork and furniture, it didn’t stand out.
Kaybern was indeed on the opposite end of tidiness and organization.
It was like the residence of an independent student that hadn’t cleaned for three years!
Antiques, treasures and jewels were all jumbled.
“Damn, he’s thrown it everywhere like it’s a pile of garbage.”
Weed was troubled that he couldn’t properly examine the piles of treasures which had formed massive mountains.
The hands of adventurer Haruna dispelling the magic traps weren’t too quick either.
“I am doing my best, but we don’t know what kind of dangerous magic traps may await us. I have to confirm each trap one at a time, so going any faster won’t work.”
Haruna had problems of her own to address.
The Cleansing Torch took time to dispel the magic traps, so she could not pick up speed.
“At this rate, we don’t know when we’ll find the Brazier of Sacrifice. We might need quite a long time.”
Weed looked back to the lair entrance, and the attack of the draconic warriors and monsters was brutal.
“Kill the intruders!”
“Eat them alive before Kaybern-nim gets upset!”
The swarm of draconic warriors and monsters rushed in roaring from the lair entrance.
This time, the earth shook.
“This is gravitational magic.”
“Jesus, this is six times stronger than normal!”
From somewhere, a magic spell that applied extreme gravity to the dwarves was activated.
“Fools that entered Kaybern-nim’s haven with no fear. I’m going to extract your hearts and see how big they are. Ku-ku.”
< Lich Smalling controlled the gravity in the area.
All living creatures…
You weaklings will be crushed flat!
Movement is slowed.
Stamina drains more quickly. >
The undead mage lich that defends the lair!
Following Bademix, even the lich Smalling arrived.
The scary thing about gravitational magic was that it was applied over the entire area and therefore could not be avoided.
With low strength, one would instantly fall into a state of incapacitation.
“Keep your positions. Don’t step out!”
The dwarves were barely maintaining a close formation for defense.
The dwarves were usually like tanks given their exceptional armor and endurance in battles, but the penetration attacks they were facing were too formidable.
If the lair entrance wasn’t narrow, they would have taken gruesome damage by Bademix or the draconic warriors.
They were barely standing, fending off the attacks.
“Weed-nim! My name is Blowhand.”
One of the dwarves ran hurriedly towards him with a chest.
“I was about to move this… There is a magical scroll in it.”
It was a magic scroll crafted by the dragon!
It could be activated without a mage by ripping it apart and could cost a fortune depending on its power.
Weed was calculating the cost of the scrolls piled up inside the chest.
“It would be a great help to deliver these to the ones in combat.”
His brain which was running at high speed stopped after hearing Blowhand.
“Use rare scrolls…?”
“Yes. The situation calls for it… Would it be unwise?”
Weed heard Blowhand and closed his eyes.
At this very moment, nearby dwarves were watching and listening to him.
Undoubtedly the millions of viewers were watching the live broadcast too.
‘If I turn down his advice now, they will think of me as a cheapskate and a coward.’
In all honesty, he considered himself a cheapskate and a coward.
But, there was a difference between himself being aware and everyone else knowing about it.
It was a small sense of pride that was still left inside him!
Weed swallowed his saliva to prevent his voice from cracking.
“Use it. It is a grave situation, so we have to.”
The support of magic scrolls began to take effect, leading to a bombardment of magic spells at the lair entrance.
Dozens of monsters and draconic warriors were put away, giving the dwarves some grace time! But, the enemy began rushing in a few moments after.
“I don’t think we can hold any longer.”
Weed couldn’t help but think the same.
They could use the magic scroll at every dangerous moment and bought some time , but this was the dragon’s lair.
All kinds of monsters were pouncing at them.
“All houses which shelter humans must be destroyed.”
Kaybern stood on top of the earth and roared.
Castle Bawell was destroyed miserably and only its ashes remained, and the buildings in the city were also razed to the ground.
Bridges were disconnected, and the trees were on fire.
Total destruction! Kaybern inhaled deeply and as he breathed out , he blew down the buildings poorly constructed by the architects to the ground.
The Black Dragon let out a piercing cry as it laid waste to the city.
Kaybern roared and flew up into the sky.
Users observing from afar were waiting for Castle Bawell to be destroyed completely.
The dragon’s behavior up until now was a complete and thorough destruction of the target city. Not one building was left standing, typical for dragons.
“Humans… How dare you enter my territory. You have lost your minds.”
The alert magic around the dragon’s lair was activated, and Kaybern became aware of the intruders.
“He found out!”
The face of the architects that built Castle Bawell turned pale.
The plan was discovered!
If the dragon were to fly back to its nest this instant, the robbery would be in vain.
“Pathetic. My lair will become your grave.”
Kaybern did not cease to destroy the city.
– “Bajo: Weed-nim! We’ve been discovered by Kaybern.”
Architect Bajo at Castle Bawell whispered to Weed and explained the situation.
“This is great… It’s still going to be a while until we get all the treasure out.”
“You low lives, gather this instant and protect the lair of Kaybern-nim, the master of your body and soul!”
The commander of the draconic warriors, Bademix, blew a horn carved from bones.
<The horn’s bellow resounded.>
High and mighty echoes spread to the furthest parts of Ulta mountain pass.
“He’s gathering more of them!”
“It’s already tough as it is!”
Screams came out from the mouths of dwarves.
The group was made up of soldiers and warriors and could hold the entrance barely, but Bademix’s attack threatened the lives of these dwarves with one good hit.
“Push through at all costs.”
“Kill those pest-like dwarves! Flash Rupture!”
The charge of draconic warriors already posed a problem, and on top of that, the lich Smalling added his magic attacks to the dwarves.
Lights flashed, and the air blew up, damaging the dwarves each time.
The users of the assault squad were retaliating as well with ranged attacks.
“The enemy is powerful. But if we hold the narrow entrance, we can endure. Do not step back!”
Oberon let out his War Cry that reinvigorated the dwarves.
At that moment!
A priest in the rear who was preparing to cast a healing spell died and turned grey.
“What? Why did he die?”
The other priests alongside were confused, but a moment later two more lives disappeared.
“It’s an assassin!”
From the defense forces of the dragon lair, another commander-level being appeared.
“Hurry and protect the rear!”
“Everyone stay alert and light up the surroundings to keep away the darkness.”
Some of the assault soldiers sprinted to defend the priests and the mages. Then, they spotted a translucent figure in the darkness that blended into the ceiling and escaped.
“Just how many of these Bademix-like guys are there?”
“Just defend. Protect them!”
More casualties occurred from the dwarves and the assault squad.
Swift Coldwind: “Nearby monsters are all directed to the lair.”
Weed observed the situation anxiously.
– Swift Coldwind: “Ah, yes. I thought you would have noticed that already but what I mean to say is that all monsters within a 10 km radius are headed that way!”
From the dungeons and demon lairs, fearsome high-level monsters were spawning.
Shockingly, they were all headed for the dragon lair.
“We are done for, right?”
“Are we all going to die here trapped in this lair? We have to escape right now!”
The dwarves in the middle of the search began screaming and ran around anxiously.
Nide turned back with a concerned face.
“What do we do, Hyung? The monsters right now are… We didn’t even look over half of these treasures. At this rate, the rest of the monsters or Kaybern are going to get here before we’re even close to done.”
On the contrary, Weed felt more composed.
“Of course, this kind of danger is to be expected when robbing the dragon’s lair.”
They’ve been found out by the dragon within no time and driven into a predicament.
He had to keep his head straight at a time like this.
In that moment he had the resolve of a man drinking ice cold water right after a dental treatment!
“Unless we have Kaybern’s breath coming right at us, then it can always get worst. Also, we already smuggled some treasure, so we already got ourselves out of the worst scenario.”
Weed spoke with determination.
The dwarves got emotional while listening to him, but not all shared the same feeling.
“If this isn’t already the worst, it means we can fall further to certain doom.”
“Yeah… Kaybern is on his way too.”
Pale fired his arrows against the draconic warriors.
His arrow flew 30 meters through the air in a flash, striking right in the forehead of a draconic warriors soldier. He loaded the next arrow as the draconic warrior fell.
“Pale-nim, what do we do now?!”
One of the assault squad members asked with a trembling voice.
Kaybern had discovered their plans and the monsters were frantically rushing to the entrance of the lair.
The sheer danger of the lair they were staying in made them anxious.
Pale’s answer was simple.
“We prevent those monsters from coming inside.”
“But… Aren’t we doomed if Kaybern gets here? It’s already too much defending against just the monsters.”
Pale’s arrow this time pierced through a monster.
An arrow, released from his fully drawn bow, pierced through several monsters, but only one died.
It was a reptilian creature fuming with a strange smell.
It was their first encounter with these monsters, and they lacked information about them. So, he struck down the one who looked the most dangerous.
“Focus on the battle at hand. Fluttering around isn’t going to get us anywhere. If you’re unsure about what to do, just fight the enemy in front of your eyes.”
“But… What if we advise Weed-nim to retreat? We already have plenty of treasure. You can ask him since you’re close to him, can’t you?”
It was only then that Pale looked to his surroundings.
He saw that the assault squad was shaky. They were of high level, but lacked experience dealing with a crisis.
The Central Continent users had never engaged in large-scale raids as they were oppressed by the Hermes Guild.
Even for the prestigious guild users that went through all sorts of events, the dragon’s lair was a place that planted fear inside their hearts.
In comparison, the dwarves of Thor in their territory acted independently and experienced various battles.
This was likely the reason why they were the majority of the warriors leading the frontlines.
Pale let out a sigh.
Oberon was holding the line together with the dwarves that followed him, but they looked overburdened.
It felt like breakwater barely holding against the raging tides.
The monsters came clashing ferociously, and the dwarves had their hands full defending with their shields upfront.
At the same time, they retaliated with swords and spears, defending their severely wounded comrades.
Pale grit his teeth.
“Make it your own choice whether you want to fight or not. We won’t fall back.”
“Why? There is no reason to die intentionally.”
“If we back out now, when are we going to get stronger?”
“The situation is bad. Instead of being greedy over the treasure…”
“Don’t think about the disadvantages. The enemy is here, so we just fight. Please speak with your heart. Aside from our objective in the lair, if we retreat, can the other dwarven users escape too?”
If they were to withdraw, the dwarves that were barely holding back the draconic warriors and monsters were guaranteed to be slaughtered.
“Weed-nim said that battles are fought with the heart more than the body. If you don’t want to fight, leave by yourself.”
Pale didn’t have the extravagance to engage in a long conversation at such a dangerous time. After all, who could really understand it? He just did what he was capable of!
Since he followed Weed through the most dangerous and difficult battles, Pale thought there was still a fighting chance.
Extremely efficient hunting speed was about keeping health points and mana at the smallest sliver possible whilst continuing to engage the monsters.
Without concentration, it was always dangerous, no time for relaxing.
Pale stepped up and sprinted sideways on the lair wall.
The agility stat turned his movement light and fast.
“Multi penetrating arrows!”
He rode the wall, spun in midair as he fired the arrows that consecutively landed on the monsters’ heads.
< The arrow penetrated through the head of monster Prem!
You killed Monster Prem. >
< Bow skill proficiency is significantly increased. >
Pale let go of his bowstring while spinning in midair.
He never missed a target within 200 ~ 300-meter distance.
The entire process of precise aim, the arrow launch and striking the target formed a natural flow.
“You’re gonna get screwed over listening to your friends.”
“You need to hold your own ground. You have to know how to express yourself firmly.”
Pale thought about all the things he heard when he was little, and he smiled.
‘Everyone was wrong.’
His personality made it difficult for him to turn down the requests of others.
His school teacher was worried that in the future Pale would become a ‘loser’.
However, he came across friends and comrades that he could walk with for the rest of his life. After he became known to the public, people that he met were all envious of him, and relatives he hardly knew constantly contacted him.
Occasionally his combat videos were posted online, easily reaching 10 million views.
‘I must not get overconfident. I have to be careful with my behavior. I’m just a lover of adventure.’
Pale thought that he himself was living and growing proudly as one of the veteran archers and a lord of the Arpen Empire.
Oberon witnessed nearby dwarves sent flying by Bademix’s attack.
The dwarves were his comrades and friends from Royal Road.
“Hold your positions!”
All Oberon could do was butt up against the draconic warriors assault and shout desperately.
It was getting out of hand defending against the ones right in front of them. Using War Cry at every chance he got to recover stamina and health points, keeping them alive and allowing them to stall Bademix was all he could do.
‘We will defend. We must.’
If the entrance were to be breached, the dragons and monsters would stream into the lair.
The consequence was inevitable destruction!
The warriors and soldiers put everything on the line to defend.
< The Sky’s Blessing has been applied. Defense is enhanced by 200% for 3 minutes.
Health points are recovered 5.2 times faster.
Strength and endurance are increased temporarily.
Combat level will be improved against strong enemies. >
A protection spell from an unknown priest was applied.
The holy magic of the priests gave the warriors on the frontline limitless courage to fight.
That instant, the draconic warrior going on a frenzy with a spear against Oberon collapsed slowly.
There was a giant man that appeared after smashing the dragon soldier’s head with a greatsword.
“I’m Python. You?”
“I’ve heard a lot about you.”
“The same goes for you. I think we will both have to take care of that one.”
Python and Oberon after a short greeting began to set up a plan.
Bademix was the commander of the draconic warriors.
In a mass battle, having a commander in the ranks had a great effect. That being said, the draconic warriors and monsters would rush in regardless of Bademix.
“How many minutes do you think we can hold?”
“We have to try for at least 5 minutes.”
“Seems like this is going to be one deadly battle. Let’s go.”
Oberon and Python charged together at Bademix.
– “Idiots! How dare you challenge me? I will slice you in half by the waist.”
The leader of the dragon soldiers Bademix accepted their challenge and the warriors parted around them, leaving them room to duel.
– “This is my power. Rumbling Swing!”
Bademix’s halberd wiped out even his own men that had cleared the space around him
Oberon easily dodged it thanks to his shortness, but Python slammed his sword into the ground and leapt.
Python struck hard from the air.
“Such big attacks are dangerous!”
Oberon screamed in panic, but Python had his reasons.
Monsters with intelligence took weak hits directly but could not bypass a menacing attack to the head.
‘It will definitely dodge or deflect it.’
As anticipated, Bademix swung his halberd up in a direct motion.
“Pierce the sky!”
Bademix went against Python’s Skull Crush with his halberd enveloped in a blue aura.
Python quickly cancelled his skill and changed to a defense skill. He was able to respond swiftly because he already anticipated the move.
Even then, his health points decreased over 30% from Bademix’s attack.
Python, after taking the unbearable hit fell in the middle of the draconic warriors
While the monsters were rushing towards them, Python shouted with no sign of defeat.
“Come on, you damn lizard servant!”
“You wish to die. I’m going to chop you up into pieces.”
Bademix broke free from the surrounding dwarves with big strides.
“Get out of my way.”
It swung his halberd and slashed through the draconic warriors in its path.
“What are you doing?!”
Oberon chased after Bademix, screaming.
He could not bear to watch Python die in isolation.
“It’s a good day to die.”
Python grinned as if he was having fun. Then he shouted to someone.
“I never really fought with my back entrusted to someone else.”
Oberon wanted to question the absurd comment but swallowed his words after seeing the following scene. Bademix did not pay any attention to the surrounding monsters and draconic warriors as he swung his halberd.
The attacks were aimed at Python but inflicted more damage to its own forces.
Due to the battle with Bademix, a third of the enemy was dead or being pushed away.
Oberon’s eyes glistened.
‘He drew him in on purpose.’
Python did look more comfortable sitting in the middle of enemy lines.
One-sidedly taking hits from Bademix was all the same, but it was different from when he couldn’t evade because of their comrades.
Monsters and draconic warriors within the range of the halberd were also being blown away, giving him enough space to move around.
No comrades nearby.
If he meets another dangerous moment, he will surely die, and how much worse could it be than being surrounded by monsters?
“This is a ridiculous move but…”
Oberon loved it so much.
The dwarves that have been suffering until now could be relieved of some pressure.
‘Just a bit of breathing room will last us a few more minutes.’
Out of nowhere, light sparked, and healing spells concentrated on Python and Oberon.
< Purification of light healed abnormal conditions of the body. >
< Healing Touch mends your body.
Health points recovered by 4,950. >
< Shell of the sea turtle was applied.
The skin becomes hardened ,and defense is enhanced. >
< Wings of the badger has taken effect… >
< Origin of the adventurer has been applied. >
< Strong lower body! >
< The mind is enlightened. >
Over ten kinds of blessings that recovered health points, stamina and mana to full capacity and buff over combat level were concentrated.
The sound of wind coming from behind caused Oberon’s heart to run cold.
But, those flew right by Oberon and stuck to Bademix’s chest.
It was a special arrow with a tip crafted from obsidian, capable of piercing through monsters.
Python grinned widely.
“It’s Pale-nim. So, this means that he read my mind and is out to support me.”
Bademix raised its halberd high and shouted.
The shockwave swept the surroundings, but Oberon laughed.
“Weed-nim’s comrades. I am in love with all of you and so disappointed that I only got to know you this moment.”
To be overwhelmed or defend was still to be decided.
An intense battle was taking place.
Weed and Nide, searched the lair thoroughly.
“Is it here?”
“It’s not here!”
“Search thoroughly. We are running out of time!”
The dwarves scraped gems like rubies and sapphires into their sacs as if they were sand.
There were so many gold coins being kicked around the floor, that no one paid attention to them anymore.
Not one eye turned, even if they were gold coins from the old Niflheim Kingdom or the Kelten Kingdom worth hundreds more than their face values!
A whisper arrived for Weed.
– Bajo: There is good news. Kaybern is not leaving Castle Bawell.
“Why is that?”
– Bajo: I think it’s due to its arrogance. Since it began the destruction, it plans to see it through to the end.
Kaybern realized that intruders were inside his lair. However, he did not return preemptively.
It decided to destroy Castle Bawell; his arrogance dictated that he must finish the job that he had started.
“Indeed, villains fall because of their pride.”
Weed was anxious thinking that Kaybern was going to return any moment, but now, he even felt lighter. It was like stopping for coffee at a vending machine while being chased by police after a robbery.
Weed spoke out loud.
“Focus on grabbing things; this is the moment of our lives.”
While his eyes were scanning the lair for the Brazier of Sacrifice, his hands never stopped.
There were more treasures available as Haruna dispelled the magical traps.
He identified the treasures like someone with no tomorrow and immediately seized things worth over 100,000 gold.
‘Shield of Amanta. The current market price is 278,000 gold. 5% platinum in its composition. I can get 40,000 more for reputational increase. Pelsian’s magic modifier will be an additional 30,000, and with an added margin for an appropriate rip-off…’
He was nowhere near as good at calculating as Scholarly mathematicians, but he was quite formidable in terms of market price.
Every time Weed passed by, the quality treasures disappeared.
The dwarves were filled with nervousness, but were also overtaken by a strange feeling.
‘Let’s pack them.’
‘Feed and die.’
‘I lived to see this moment.’
The dwarves watched as their leader lost himself to feverish greed.
With such a role model, they gradually lost their minds; their hands seemed to know only how to grab and snatch.
A loud bang from an explosion right beside them did not hinder them from grabbing the treasure. Not a second could be wasted.
Though they bought some time with extensive buildings in Caste Bawell, it wasn’t plentiful.
“Weed-nim, I found a door here!”
Dwarf Vindel found a small door in the corner of the lair. The Cleansing Torch wore out the illusion magic, causing the wall to sway and uncover the form of a door.
“A secret door?”
Weed, Nide and Haruna quickly ran up to Vindel.
“It is locked by magic. I will dispel it right now.”
“Get on with it.”
“Yes, I am. I need time…”
“You have to be quicker. Hurry up!”
Finally, the spells on the door were lifted and the door opened on its own.
What laid beyond the other side was another mountain of treasures!
“There are traps in the passage too. I will dispel as quickly as I…”
All of a sudden, Haruna was surrounded by dwarves watching her with glittering eyes.
They had already laid their eyes on the treasures.
They remembered that upon death in the midst of this robbery, they would be granted two additional treasures.
“To save time, I will charge through this passage.”
“No, there is no need to do…”
*Crash!* Split!* Crumble!*
The dwarves relentlessly charged into the magic traps, shaking the lair violently.
Haruna was lost for words.
The traps in the passage were activated by force and taken down respectively, resulting in the death of over 40 dwarves.
“Ow, ouch. That hurt…”
“I survived. I should have been dead. How wretched my life is.”
“K-ugh. I would have died for sure if I took off my armor.”
They were the dwarven accident fraud team!
The dwarves that were barely wounded writhed and pretended they were dying.
The dwarves fighting at the lair entrance advised Pale to retreat. However, the dwarves here were different.
Standing beside Weed, they were swept away by the atmosphere without realizing it.
They were in great anticipation and didn’t know how to hold back.
They were under the impression that a little more would grant them wealth and honor for life!
It was to save time before the monsters began flooding in, but if it weren’t for pure greed, the charge would not be possible to carry out.
The dwarves, the natural born capitalists, all ran to the treasures at once.
“Weed-nim! There’s a brazier here. But.. This isn’t the Brazier of Sacrifice. Nonetheless, I think it’s in here.”
There was a pile of utensils for blacksmiths, tailors and farmers.
Big sparkling jewels were in the mix as well with other incredible items.
“Raktisha’s plough? It is instilled with the essence of nature, and it triples the amount of harvest and substitutes for the requirement for growing the best crops. It also has 100,000 additional health points.”
“Look at this Cloud Sprinkler. Increases the chance of rain and enriches the soil.”
There was especially a lot of equipment related to farming.
Farming equipment was rare among magic items, and these equipment were truly amazing finds.
Weed and the dwarves wildly loaded the equipment onto the wagons.
Production type items were more precious than any other and there was high demand for them.
Quickly, they swept away anything in sight. The treasures inside this secret room weren’t protected by magic traps.
Using his know-how from working in moving companies and delivery service, Weed stacked them nicely on top of the wagons.
“Secure the best traffic.”
Upon sighting treasure, two dwarves pushed the wagon at full speed.
They swindled the treasure out like machines.
“Weed-nim, I found the Brazier of Sacrifice!”
At last, the Brazier of Sacrifice was found.
When Weed approached the dwarf who shouted out, he saw a rusty brazier about 2.5 meters tall.
It was undoubtedly worn out, looking like it endured rain and snow for five years, in the corner of a pawn shop.
“To find the brazier so early… Identify!”
< Brazier of Sacrifice.
The forgotten artefact of the dwarven race.
An item of the legendary blacksmith.
It generates intense heat and perfectly removes the impurities in mineral ores.
It is capable of combining various special metals into alloys of the highest strength.
It is also capable of crafting massive weapons.
A brazier of honor, only to be used by the best among the dwarves.
If returned to the dwarves, they will return the favor with the best treatment and a high degree of respect.
On the other hand, there is a mysterious legend about the brazier, and that was how it obtains power by burning away the user’s own health points and levels.
Health points and levels poured into the brazier are melted away forever, but as a result, the user will turn radiant for a short moment.
Production Requirement: Advanced Blacksmithing level 7 and higher.
Properties: Blacksmithing skill effect increased by 79%.
The dire concentration with the aura of fire increases the chance of crafting a masterpiece by 4 times.
Produces items with high durability and minimal flaws.
Starting the fire in the Brazier of Sacrifice and throwing in health points and levels will grant 10 times the power.>
“This is the Brazier of Sacrifice!”
It’s abilities were just as what Weed knew already.
‘If I take this back, the dwarven race quest is a guaranteed success. This is such a desirable object.’
If he were to install it in Morata or the Earth Palace, I could create the best tourist trap for the dwarves. All artisans of blacksmiths will gather as well.
‘Anyway, that’s something to think about later… 10 times the health points and level.’
What he heard from Oberon was accurate.
A limit of 10% meant by a simple calculation that a level 500 user was allowed to burn 50 levels.
Well, it’s not necessarily good to burn as much as possible. Honestly, just about 50 levels sounds grotesque already.’
The higher the level, the slower the growth rate will become.
In Weed’s case, he started as a sculptor, which had the worst growth speed, and mastered it, only to take his foot and stick it on the path of the necromancer as well.
So, even though he had the confidence to level up twice as fast as any other person, 50 levels were still a huge sacrifice.
If the best rankers of Royal Road used the brazier, they would plunge from the peak to merely the level of casual players.
‘I am glad that I succeeded with this quest, but… This right here is truly the devil’s artefact.’
Weed decided to take the Brazier of Sacrifice with the dwarves.
“Hurry up, Sh-Sheek!”
“Greetings to big brother’s wife!”
Geumchi2 took 50 apprentices to Orcland.
For them to have arrived so fast despite being so far away, was thanks to Yurin’s Paint Teleportation Skill.
“It’s nothing. It’s easy to draw you guys.”
“We have pretty thick lines.”
“You all have the same hair-style and similar muscular physique, so all I have to do is make slight adjustments to the angle of the eyes, nose and mouth.”
Geumchi2 and the apprentices recognized one another, but the reality for other people was that it turned into a game of hide and seek if they grouped up!
They could have been ticked off, but instead, they laughed in joy.
They were tearfully thankful for her calling them Oppa even if she were to curse at them a hundred times.
The reason being that over half of them had been called “Sir” since their teenage years.
“Can I go too?”
“Of course. You’re always welcome.”
Yurin decided to stick around since she came all the way to Orcland.
“Dragon, Sh-sheek. It seems to be looking for something, Sheek!”
Seechwi led through the broken orc villages and explained the situation to Geumchi2 and the apprentices.
“This is strange, for sure.”
“Yeah. A dragon doesn’t usually look over anything like this.”
Geumchi2 and the apprentices walked around the orc village with a serious face, but in reality, they had no particular thoughts.
‘I’m hungry. When are we going to eat?’
‘I wish there are some strong monsters around here. My body is turning stiff.’
‘I’m just going to act like I know something, concerned about something. Though I have no clue.’
In spite of their serious appearances, they were just acting like they were thinking!
After a long investigation of the village, Seechwi couldn’t help but feel something was strange.
‘What should I do? I think I need to look into this further.’
For the time being, she decided to look for more orc villages.
The Red Dragon Landony did not destroy every week, unlike Kaybern.
It was just roaming around, while destroying orc camps and strongholds.
Orcs with extraordinary reproductive abilities already made establishments in a different location.
‘Could the dragon be controlling the population balance of orcs?’
Seechwi eventually got to such conclusions, but they weren’t viable.
‘The Red Dragon is known to be more tyrannical than the Black Dragon. It doesn’t protect peace or nature like the Green Dragon. It loves destruction and genocides.’
There was a need for further investigation.
“Let’s track Landony, Sheek!”
In the end, they planned to follow in Landony’s path and collect information.