Chapter 121: Evolved Ellie’s Swordsmanship
[Ellie’s Swordsmanship’s Cooldown has been reduced by 20%.]
[Ellie’s Swordsmanship’s Required Mana has been reduced by 20%.]
[Chapter 1. Sword of Fury, a strong stab that emphasized the fury of the sword. It has evolved into Shatter (Destroy). Additional 60% attack power to strong lunges and stabs, if your attack is successful your attack will have 100% more additional power.]
[Chapter 2. Rampant Sword’s duration has increased from 6 seconds to 7 seconds. There is also an additional 35% attack power to the flurry of swords created by the skill.]
[Chapter 2. Rampant Sword. It has evolved into Connection (Inherit). One strike would result in 7 strikes. There is also an additional 30% damage to attacks.]
[Chapter 3. Ellie’s Swordsmanship’s duration has increased from 6 minutes to 8 minutes. The all stat increase has increased to 20%.]
[Chapter 4. Step. It allows you to take two quick 1m steps. You can move with the first step and use the second step for attacking.]
It was quite an amazing evolution. The first chapter, Sword of Fury had now completely evolved and became Shatter (Destroy). And for the second chapter, Rampant Sword, previously only a flurry of swords could be used to attack indiscriminately. It couldn’t be used to attack a single enemy at all. But with it evolving into Connection (Inherit) it could now attack a single enemy with the flurry of swords. For the 3rd chapter, Ellie’s Swordsmanship, there was a 3% increase in the additional stat increase. Finally, for the 4th chapter, Step… Step was originally a non-attacking move. This meant that no matter how fast he moved in that 1m distance he wouldn’t be able to launch an attack. All he could do was evade the attacks or narrow the distance between him and his enemies. However, it was different right now. He could now freely attack and evade within those two steps allowed by the skill.
Then, Varen summoned a monster in the dreamscape.
It was a giant ogre. Generally, ogres were mob monsters at Lv300. And Varen had only one reason why he summoned an ogre…
‘I don’t know how powerful he is.’
In other words, he did not know what level Minhyuk was. He summoned the ogre to try and ascertain Minhyuk’s level, skills and overall strength. He knew that a Lv10 foreigner would not be able to wield Ellie’s Swordsmanship but if Minhyuk was as strong as what he imagined to be, then he would definitely be very strong.
“This place is in our dreams and quite a lot of things are possible here. Let me see your skills.”
Minhyuk nodded his head.
The ogre furiously ran towards where he was. Its steps were so heavy and aggressive that he could hear a loud bang with every step it took.
Minhyuk quickly used Step.
[Quickly move a distance of 1m for two steps, capable of attacking enemies while moving.]
He moved sideways on the first step and chopped its leg with the second step.
He stepped forward once more, and slashed at its chest the next.
The angered ogre swung its axe heavily in his direction.
Even though Minhyuk’s level was still at Lv210, he has a monstrous stat that could easily surpass other users at that level. He quickly used a skill to stop the axe that was falling down on him.
[Rampant Sword. Connection (Inherit)]
[One strike will result in 7 powerful strikes with an additional 30% damage.]
Sparks flew from the collision of Minhyuk’s sword and the axe.
Bang! Bang! Bang!
A bright red force enveloped his sword as Minhyuk swung it fiercely towards the angered ogre.
Slash, slash, slash, slash, slash, slash, slash!
The ogre’s body was stabbed with the seven powerful strikes that came from Minhyuk’s single attack.
The ogre fell down to the ground!
Then, he felt another movement behind him. When he looked, it was another ogre! Minhyuk quickly evaded its trajectory.
“There’s still some time left.”
“Why can’t you just tell me about it first?!”
Varen shrugged his shoulders nonchalantly as his eyes narrowed in concentration.
‘I can’t believe it……’
No matter how strong the damage from the seven strikes of the Rampant Sword, Connection (Inherit) was, it was still surprising to see the ogre fall down in one shot.
It only meant one thing…
‘He’s not just a simple chef.’
Varen felt that he had seen the light at the end of the tunnel. He finally felt that he could come back alive.
[Sword of Fury. Shatter (Destroy)]
[There will be an additional 60% for strong lunges and stabs, if a vital strike is successful then the additional attack power will be 100%.]
He thrusted his sword straight at the ogre. The energy that was condensed at the tip of the sword resulted in a powerful explosion.
The huge force that exploded after his thrust blew up the ogre in one strike.
Splat, splat, splat━
Minhyuk sheathed his sword.
When he looked at Ellie’s Swordsmanship earlier, its rank had become Legendary and its level reverted back to 1.
‘Ellie-noona told me that she will teach me more of Ellie’s Swordsmanship once I cook for her but……’
If that happens, then will this become stronger?
“Let’s go now.”
The moment Varen clapped his hands, they were once again back inside the carriage.
“How did it go? Did your skill evolve?”
“Yes. It’s not that bad. I have to get to Valkyrie Kingdom fast.”
“I have to eat sushi!”
It was very Minhyuk to say that his evolved skill was not that bad but he was extremely excited to eat sushi.
At that moment…
They heard a distressed cry from Lute who was sitting outside. Then, the carriage shook heavily before stopping.
Lute was thinking deeply as the carriage ran at a fast speed.
‘I wish we could get away from our enemies and meet with Ellie soon.’
The place where Ellie and Varen were supposed to meet was not that far away from them right now. If they continued at this pace, they would be able to meet with them safely and complete the quest easily.
‘If we meet enemies……’
The only one who looked reliable was the woman who was sitting in the carriage.
‘His Highness, Varen, was not that good at fighting. His redeeming qualities was his special ability……’
Just as he was thinking about their situation…
An arrow that was as big as a spear flew towards them and pierced through the two horses all at once.
Both horses could not even let out a scream as they fell down helplessly on the ground. As the horses fell, the carriage shook loudly as it stopped in its tracks.
Lute hurriedly pulled his bow out as he tried to raise his awareness of his surroundings.
[Your eyes can easily spot enemies near you.]
They were in the middle of a forest and once he used his skill, he was able to see the enemies lurking behind the trees. The enemies were marked red and were seen at a glance.
‘Damn it. There’s a lot of them.’
Their numbers were a lot. In particular, there seemed to be a lot of archers that were pulling their bows and aiming at them. It seemed like there was a user among their enemies.
Red was aiming a great bow at them. A great bow was a bow that was gigantic in size. They loaded an arrow that was as big as a spear on the bow and aimed carefully.
Red was a user that was in the top 100 of the archer rankings. He was well known for his wildly destructive arrows that had enormous power and could destroy anything on its way. Now that they had found the enemies, he could now see the enormous rewards that he would be able to receive after this.
He slowly aimed at the door of the carriage.
[Party Chatting Red: As soon as another person comes out of the carriage, I will shoot all of them down except for the king. You guys should keep that archer user in check!]
He hurriedly closed the PC window and took a deep breath.
Lute, who was riding on horseback, hurriedly took out an arrow and aimed at Red.
[An arrow that can hit a vital point.]
The arrow flew at a straight line.
White-colored arrows rained down from in between the trees.
[An arrow that can counteract an enemy’s arrow.]
The arrows that were flying straight at Lute fell down helplessly on the ground.
At that moment, the door to the carriage opened and a man walked out.
The man had a frying pan hanging on his back.
Red hurriedly adjusted his bow and aimed it at the man.
[A powerful arrow that can easily penetrate the enemy all at once.]
Red grinned darkly. His Power Arrow was a very powerful skill, even Lv400 users would have a hard time dealing with such a skill. Once they got hit with this skill square on, they would receive a huge amount of damage.
Lute quickly pulled his bow tight.
[Triple Induced Shot!]
[Three arrows that can counteract an enemy’s arrow.]
He pulled the bow hurriedly and shot the arrows but it was still countered by plenty of arrows from the enemy.
Red’s arrow flew unimpeded towards the heart of the user with the frying pan. In other words, his arrow flew straight at Minhyuk’s chest.
Before Red could finish his words…
The arrow hit the armor and fell down in vain. Then, a strong force bounced back to where he was. The attack ended up being useless.
[Physical Damage Reflection!]
[Returns the physical damage with a x2 increase in strength.]
And at the same time…
Red shrieked in pain as a strong force penetrated his chest.
[Your HP has fallen below 20%.]
[You were struck by a heavy blow. You will be stunned for 3 seconds.]
‘W, what in the world is that damned armor!’
He was astounded. As soon as his arrow reached the armor, it fell down uselessly. The attack did not work at all and he even received twice the amount of damage.
Minhyuk rubbed the part of his armor where the arrow struck.
“Is this so good?”
He grinned when he saw the effects of his armor.
Then… Genie popped out of the carriage. Her hand was holding a bright red whip.
She swung the whip around and it caught the neck of one of the hidden archers.
Genie pulled hard and the archer that got entangled with the whip was dragged out.
[A strong flame that can easily incinerate the enemy.]
The flames that sprouted out of Genie’s whip immediately devoured the archer.
The archer was forced to log-out after being subjected to a very strong flame.
Genie was also a holder of a Legendary Class. She was a Whip Conjuror and every time her whip lashed out, another archer would be dragged out from their hiding spot.
[Party Chatting Red: Damn it, she’s strong. What the hell is this woman?!]
[Party Chatting Voltno: Crazy……! A damned whip can be used like that?!]
What was more surprising to Lute was the situation around him.
The enemies that were surrounding them were all at least at Lv300 but the woman easily entangled them. She could even drag them out group by group. And that wasn’t all… There was also the chef user, Minhyuk! The arrow that struck straight at his chest just bounced off and fell down uselessly.
‘These people…… Who in the world are they……?’
But even though he was surprised, he still promptly came back to his senses and pulled at his bow.
As soon as he let go of the arrow loaded on his bow, the arrow flew swiftly and lodged at Red’s neck.
Lute, who forced a user to log out, quickly came in front of the doors of the carriage.
“Minhyuk-nim and Lute-nim should protect His Highness!”
Genie shouted hurriedly as Lute turned to Varen.
“Your Highness, we should run!”
Just as they were about to move, Lute felt it clearly.
‘The enemies are coming……!’
Their enemies emerged one by one at a speed visible to the naked eye and their numbers were not small.
“Don’t worry. Just run!”
Genie smiled at him as if it was just a piece of cake. Lute nodded his head at her as he turned around and ran with Varen and Minhyuk.
Lute quickly countered the arrow that was flying towards them.
Minhyuk exclaimed in admiration.
“Haha. Even though I look like this, I used to shoot arrows quickly.”
Lute laughed at the thought. He felt that if he didn’t smile in the situation that they were in then he would be overcome with a crippling sense of anxiety and fear.
The three of them ran as they left Genie alone behind. However, what they heard was not her screams but the shrieks of their enemies as they fell down one by one under her hands.
Then, at that moment…
Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang!
The enemies began to blow their trumpets. It was a signal. A signal for the rest of them to flock to this place.
Lute was overwhelmed in panic.
‘What should we do? How can we get out of this?’
Can I do it alone? Can we even escape from here with a chef with outstanding armor and Varen who can’t fight? I don’t know. We just have to run.
Athenae’s PR team was moving urgently in the background. They have been working tirelessly as they answered phone call after phone call.
“The live broadcast will begin soon!”
“Wait for the appropriate timing!”
Among them was the Team Leader of the PR team, Lee Taejin.
‘Before the update, a live video of Varen and his escorts that are trying to fend off the attack of their pursuers will be broadcasted. I’m sure that we will get plenty of responses for this.’
This was a unique way of promoting their content. However, he was still unsure of the effect.
The attackers were one of the 4 top guilds in the country, Ares Guild. But the escorts were also quite formidable. One is the guild master of Legend Guild, Genie, and the other was the currently trending Frying Pan Killer.
Team Leader Lee Taejin’s hands were sweating just as he watched the monitor. He did not know how this coincidence could happen that two opposing guilds would meet in this quest for the update. However, he was sure of one thing. They would be able to capture the best footage and garner the best response among the populace.
At that moment, Team Leader Park Minggyu of the Special Users Management Team and Team Leader Lee Seokhoon of the Development Team entered the room together.
“When will the broadcast begin?”
“We will start at the most exciting time.”
“The most exciting time?”
“Look over there?”
Team Leader Lee Taejin pointed over at two monitors. One of the monitors was displaying Varen, Lute and Minhyuk’s situation as they ran away at a rapid pace. The other monitor displayed six people chasing after them. Team Leader Park could see that the person leading them was someone that he was familiar with.
Kohei was a gamer that Iris Guild spent billions of won just to bring him directly to the country from Japan. He was a pro-gamer in the same league as the number 1 gamer Rovan. But what was more interesting was…
“Just like User Minhyuk, he also has a God Class.”
He had the Cursed Knight class, a God Class like Minhyuk’s class.
“A story about the Frying Pan Killer and the Cursed Knight. It’s a very interesting sauce. I hope the Frying Pan Killer will be able to give a fight.”
Lee Taejin’s tone showed that he believed that User Minhyuk would lose unconditionally.
Team Leader Park grinned at him.
“What are you saying? I hope the Cursed Knight will give a bit of a fight.”
Lee Taejin looked at him in confusion.
Team Leader Park should know that the gap in their level was very wide. The Cursed Knight was at Lv300 but he was pretty much under the spotlight for his video hunting a Lv400 user just recently. And on the other hand? User Minhyuk was just at Lv221.
However, Team Leader Park’s expression looked like he was saying ‘Let’s see about that.’.
“I’ll bet a month’s worth of coffee that User Minhyuk will win.”
Team Leader Park who has grown accustomed to our monstrously strong Minhyuk! Kek. Lee Taejin will buy coffee for sure.
As game devs, they probably are drinking like a pot a day. That’s a lot of coffee to bet…
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