Chapter 102 - Kobold King (1)
The sky was dark, and the bright moon illuminated all of the Dark Moon Graveyard.
Compared to the Normal Mode of the Dark Moon Graveyard, a great expanse of dense fog shrouded the wasteland. Not only did it obstruct one’s vision, but it also carried with it an endless air of murder. It was like a battlefield; a heavy and oppressive feeling permeated the wasteland, causing one’s body to grow sluggish.
“This is the h.e.l.l Mode of the Dark Moon Graveyard?” Gentle Snow surveyed her surroundings, revealing an indifferent smile.
She discovered that the fog here was almost alive, and she felt as if she were being watched. Moreover, there were crimson red spots glowing, floating about the fog, most likely the blood-red eyes of the Kobolds.
Just the number of monsters here far exceeded that of the Normal Mode. Moreover, there was also the dense fog hindering one’s vision, greatly increasing the difficulty of battle.
“Ye Feng, what are you trying to do here? Why did you bring us to h.e.l.l?” Zhao Yueru looked towards s.h.i.+ Feng, interrogating him.
After experiencing the terror of Normal Mode, even an idiot knew how horrifying h.e.l.l Mode would be. This was not a place for people at all. Right now, they could not even clear Normal Mode, so coming to h.e.l.l Mode was just plain suicide.
Gentle Snow was also curious as to why s.h.i.+ Feng had done such a thing. Judging from s.h.i.+ Feng’s behavior, he was definitely not a brainless person.
Even s.h.i.+ Feng’s own party members were extremely curious. They had clearly agreed on entering the Normal Mode, yet, why had they entered h.e.l.l Mode?
“I’m the team leader now; my words are final. Since I’ve chosen h.e.l.l Mode, I obviously have my own reasons. You may leave if you have any opinions about it; I won’t be stopping you,” s.h.i.+ Feng said with a smile.
What comes around, goes around.
Previously, he had only humbly submitted to Zhao Yueru because he could not reveal his hand. Now that they were in his territory, naturally, he would no longer act with modesty.
“You… You bully~!” Zhao Yueru’s almond eyes widened into circles as she glared at s.h.i.+ Feng, her twin peaks bouncing indefinitely. She stomped the rock beneath her feet, unable to find any words. She gritted her teeth, immediately turning her head away and no longer looking at s.h.i.+ Feng.
This scoundrel actually went so far as to use her previous words to spite her, possessing not even a hint of a gentleman. When all of this was over, she would properly put s.h.i.+ Feng in his place.
Originally, Blackie intended to mediate between the two. However, when he saw Zhao Yueru’s sudden silence, not speaking even a word, he secretly raised his thumb at s.h.i.+ Feng.
As expected of Brother Feng! He even dared meet a great beauty head-on!
If he were standing in s.h.i.+ Feng’s position, he would not have been able to do such a thing.
“Ye Feng, do you really have the confidence to clear h.e.l.l Mode? You should know that, although the difficulty is only different by two levels on the surface, in reality it is ten or more times harder. The requirement of equipment, cooperation, and leaders.h.i.+p also increases by several levels. I don’t want my team members to die a meaningless death,” Gentle Snow softly asked.
Although the death penalty inside Team Dungeons was much lower than the death penalty in Party Dungeons, it was still a 5% experience loss. Moreover, h.e.l.l Mode was different than the other difficulties. The loss of experience in h.e.l.l Mode after a single death was 10%. Without a success rate of 70% or above, most players were unwilling to dive into the h.e.l.l Mode of a Dungeon.
“There should be no problems. However, we still have to try before we can know the results.” s.h.i.+ Feng did not reveal his full opinion. Based on the team’s current composition and equipment, s.h.i.+ Feng was extremely confident of clearing the h.e.l.l Mode of the Dark Moon Graveyard. Otherwise, he wouldn’t have chosen h.e.l.l Mode in the first place.
In s.h.i.+ Feng’s previous life, only after going through countless team-wipes and experience acc.u.mulation, he figured out several methods of pa.s.sing through the h.e.l.l Mode of the Dark Moon Graveyard. If he let Gentle Snow to fumble about slowly, who knew how long he would have to wait or how many team-wipes they’d have to go through before they successfully pa.s.sed through.
Watching s.h.i.+ Feng’s calm behavior, after giving it some thought, Gentle Snow decided to support s.h.i.+ Feng’s decision. It was a good chance for her to observe the extent of s.h.i.+ Feng’s capabilities. If he performed well, it would be beneficial to invite him to join the G.o.d-Slaying Army.
Gentle Snow nodded. At this time, even if the others were still unwilling, they had no choice but to listen to s.h.i.+ Feng’s commands. However, it was not because they believed in s.h.i.+ Feng; rather, they believed in Gentle Snow’s decision.
After which, s.h.i.+ Feng started a.s.signing responsibilities. Overall, his arrangements were mostly similar to Gentle Snow’s. The difference was that he placed three Elementalists in the Dagger Party and disbanded the Scout Party to place their members in the Protection Party instead, protecting the healers.
“After entering the fog, both MTs are to activate your lifesaving skills and rush after me without stopping. However, pay attention to dodge attacks. Everyone in the back must also follow, and remember, no matter what happens, never stop moving your feet. Healers only need to use instant-cast skills to heal the two MTs. Everyone else should use your own recovery potions,” s.h.i.+ Feng explained. “If all of you understand, then everyone should use a Speed Scroll now.”
Everyone grew suspicious after hearing s.h.i.+ Feng. What was he trying to do, turn them into kamikazes? He even wanted them to use Speed Scrolls. Was he complaining that they wouldn’t die quick enough?
Moreover, they could only earn so much money from a trip into the Dungeon. There were twenty players in the entire team, which meant they would be expending twenty Speed Scrolls. Just how much money was that!?
“Alright, everyone just use your Speed Scrolls,” noticing the unwillingness in everyone’s eyes, Gentle Snow could only helplessly support the command.
Everyone was helpless. Speed Scrolls were very expensive, and each of them had only prepared two. However, before they even started killing monsters, they were already required to use one of them. This was just too extravagant.
However, such a decision did not alarm s.h.i.+ Feng’s party members. Speed Scrolls had long since become a necessity for them to grind Elite monsters, so they each had six or seven on their person.
After everyone used a Speed Scroll, they followed s.h.i.+ Feng towards the entrance of the maze area.
“Follow closely. I won’t concern myself if you fall behind,” s.h.i.+ Feng reminded in the team chat.
Having s.h.i.+ Feng tell them in such a way, everyone became nervous. If they fell behind, needless to say, only death waited for them.
“Run!” After seeing everybody ready, s.h.i.+ Feng activated his t.i.tle, Might of a Thousand, greatly increasing everyone’s Attributes. As a result, their running speed also increased.
Before shock took hold of anyone over their increased Attributes, s.h.i.+ Feng started running. Every one of them tightly chased after him, disappearing into the fog.
Within, the fog ma.s.sively limited everyone’s vision. They could only barely make out an area of five yards.
After running for some time, s.h.i.+ Feng suddenly said, “MTs, use your lifesaving skills. Healers, heal.”
Hearing s.h.i.+ Feng’s commands, the two MTs started activating their lifesaving skills. The healers also started using their healing skills on the two MTs.
Following which, black rays appeared, fired out from the fog. The black rays struck the two MTs, dealing a horrifying amount of damage. Fortunately, the healers constantly replenished their HPs to make up for the damage they received. In addition, the two MTs had high movement speeds, reducing the chances of the black rays striking them.
With the two MTs taking the full brunt of the damage, the other team members behind had nothing to worry about.
In such a way, everyone ran after s.h.i.+ Feng for a full ten minutes, making twists and turns every so often. In between, they all used another Speed Scroll. If the healers were lacking Mana, they would drink Mana Recovery Potions. Such a situation worried the members of Ouroboros greatly. How was this still a Dungeon raid? They were just throwing money away!
Moreover, everyone clearly felt the countless monsters closely chasing after them. The monsters constantly bellowed, and as long as they halted their steps, those monsters would definitely kill them.
Fortunately, this place was just like a maze. There were plenty of paths available for them. Moreover, the paths were relatively narrow, resulting in a situation where the monsters hindered each other’s advance. As a result, it would not be easy for the monsters to catch up to the team.
“Turn left ahead and enter the small path. After everyone has entered, both MTs block the entrance of the path and use your lifesaving skills. Healers, spam your heals on them. Blackie, prepare to use h.e.l.l Flame. When the MTs are unable to hold on, the three Elementalists should use Frozen Nova to block the monsters. If the MTs die, all melees are to stand forward and block the way, but none of you are allowed to attack!” s.h.i.+ Feng immediately shouted in the team’s chat as he looked towards the small path a short distance away.
Following which, everyone quickly poured into the narrow pathway. Both the MTs just happened to block the entire entrance of this path successfully.
When both MTs were in position, they received powerful attacks, one after another, constantly pus.h.i.+ng them backward. Damage appeared above their heads endlessly. Just as the two of them were about to be sent flying from the barrage of attacks, s.h.i.+ Feng placed both his hands on their backs, bracing against them. The two MTs felt like they leaned against a wall; their bodies unable to retreat any further.
“Blackie, hurry up! Elementalists, prepare your Frozen Novas!” s.h.i.+ Feng hurriedly commanded.
“I’m ready!” Blackie chanted the final incantation.
“MTs, retreat! Elementalists, cast Frozen Nova!” s.h.i.+ Feng yelled.
Following which, a Frozen Nova spread out to encompa.s.s all the monsters, freezing them and stopping their movements. Over twenty points of damage appeared over every monster’s head.
“Such a high Ice Resistance...” Zhao Yueru’s brows slightly cringed. She was extremely dissatisfied with the damage she inflicted.
At this time, pillars of green-colored flames shot up amidst the monsters, causing damages of over -300 to every monster. The pillars of flame lasted for 5 seconds, and during this period, the monsters’ HP incessantly fell. This scene dumbfounded everyone.
Even Blackie, himself, was stunned. Wasn’t this damage a little too high? After all, these monsters were all Elites and Special Elites. Being able to cause damages of over -100 was fortunate.
However, what Blackie did not know was that the Kobolds in the Dark Moon Graveyard lived in this cold and dark environment for many years now. They loved the cold but were afraid of fire. Hence, the damage from fire-attributed magic would be multiplied by several folds. It was especially true for the Kobold Zombies, as they feared fire the most.
After h.e.l.l Flame ended, the two MTs stepped forward once more to block the monsters. Due to the road being narrow, only two or three monsters could attack at a single time. If it was the large-sized Kobold Zombies, just one of them was enough to fill the entire path. Moreover, the Kobold Zombies were unable to display their might in such a narrow s.p.a.ce. At most, one or two claw attacks would land on the MTs, and even then, the MTs were sharing the burden with each other. As a result, the Kobold Zombies became utterly harmless.
After more than ten minutes pa.s.sed, Blackie’s h.e.l.l Flame annihilated the Kobolds that rushed towards the team. Everyone’s experience greatly increased as a result, and there was even a pile of dropped items.
The members of Ouroboros were astonished. Although Blackie’s magic surprised them, s.h.i.+ Feng’s strategy thoroughly stunned them. He was actually able to think up such a strategy and discover such a location. His mind and perception were truly great.
Members of Ouroboros had always revered the strong. As a result, every one of them now felt embarra.s.sed over their previous slandering of s.h.i.+ Feng.
Even Zhao Yueru was rendered speechless after witnessing s.h.i.+ Feng’s leaders.h.i.+p. However, she still felt hatred for s.h.i.+ Feng inside her heart. She silently lamented over the stupidity of these monsters.
“As expected, he does possess real skill. It is no wonder he rose to Level 6 so quickly.” Gentle Snow started her reevaluation of s.h.i.+ Feng’s strength. She did not imagine that he would be capable to this degree. Not only did he possess a t.i.tle that could raise the entire team’s Attributes, but he also had such a frightening perception. s.h.i.+ Feng’s performance far exceeded her expectations. If her team had such personnel in the future, they would have a much easier time conquering Dungeons.
“A total of twenty-eight pieces of equipment dropped. Among them, there are nine pieces of Mysterious-Iron rank, while the rest are Bronze Equipment. We’ll distribute them according to Jobs.” s.h.i.+ Feng arranged the loot and distributed the equipment. He distributed them accordingly, and players who had similar Jobs would Roll for the equipment, with the higher number obtaining the equipment.
Hearing s.h.i.+ Feng report their gains, everyone sucked in a deep breath. They were unable to utter a single word due to their excitement.
Currently, Mysterious-Iron Equipment was considered top-tier equipment.
Previously, they had killed so many monsters in the Normal Mode of Dark Moon Graveyard, yet, only a few pieces of Bronze Equipment dropped. Right now, however, they only killed a large wave of monsters, but already obtained so much Mysterious-Iron Equipment and Bronze Equipment.
This drop rate was just too frightening!