Chapter 425 - Jack of All Trades
After the Dark-Gold Treasure Chest unlocked, s.h.i.+ Feng immediately tried to open it.
The instant s.h.i.+ Feng touched the treasure chest, however, a sudden sense of danger flooded his mind. He felt as if some poisonous snake stared at him, his body trembling involuntarily.
“Guild Leader, what’s wrong?” Fire Dance, who stood to one side, asked curiously when she saw s.h.i.+ Feng freeze.
s.h.i.+ Feng did not answer Fire Dance’s question immediately. Instead, he frowned at the golden treasure chest in front of him, before examining his surroundings.
Suddenly, he discovered that the terrain here was somewhat unique.
The ground 30 yards around the Dark-Gold Treasure Chest was slightly indented. Although the ground around the treasure chest was 15 centimeters lower, the difference was indistinguishable due to the large area and the dim lighting in the cave.
To s.h.i.+ Feng, whose five senses were extremely acute, he could even discover traces of spiderwebs.
While adventuring in the fields of G.o.d’s Domain, one would frequently stumble across traps. These traps were very powerful, and in the past, many players had given their lives to these traps. High-tiered players were no exception. In the past, while s.h.i.+ Feng was a Tier 3 Sword King, he had fallen into a trap, losing his life. Hence, no one could afford to be careless while adventuring in the wild.
With the strange terrain before him, how could s.h.i.+ Feng not grow suspicious?
“Fire Dance, stay 40 yards away from this place.” Although s.h.i.+ Feng did not know what was special about the area, he would not give up this Dark-Gold Treasure Chest.
Even the most inferior quality item in a Dark-Gold Treasure Chest was Dark-Gold rank. There was even a small chance to obtain an Epic item.
“Mhm.” Although Fire Dance had no idea what was happening, she listened to s.h.i.+ Feng’s command and distanced herself over 40 yards from the treasure chest.
As a safety precaution, s.h.i.+ Feng unsheathed the Abyssal Blade from his waist.
A doppelganger suddenly appeared beside s.h.i.+ Feng. For 40 seconds, s.h.i.+ Feng could swap positions with his doppelganger instantly.
s.h.i.+ Feng had his doppelganger move 40 yards away from the treasure chest as well.
“Alright, everything seems in place.”
After s.h.i.+ Feng prepared for the potential trap, he slowly opened the Dark-Gold Treasure Chest.
The instant he opened it, a blinding light escaped from the treasure chest, illuminating the cave. After the light dispersed, s.h.i.+ Feng was stunned when he saw the contents of the treasure chest.
A lone dark-blue crystal pendant sat inside the chest.
Previously, s.h.i.+ Feng had gained multiple items from the Dark-Gold Treasure Chest he had opened in the G.o.d’s Grave. Among those items, the most valuable was the Forging Manual for the Dragonscale Set Equipment. Now, however, there was a single pendant inside this Dark-Gold Treasure Chest.
“I wonder what’s so special about this pendant.” Although s.h.i.+ Feng was slightly disappointed, pendants were extremely rare in G.o.d’s Domain. Dark-Gold ranked pendants were more scarce. Although it could not compete with the value of the Dragonscale Set Equipment Forging Manual, it was still a considerable harvest.
The moment s.h.i.+ Feng picked up the pendant, a light-blue magic barrier appeared 30 yards around the treasure chest, trapping s.h.i.+ Feng within.
“A trap that imprisons people?” s.h.i.+ Feng carefully observed his surroundings, noticing that the light-blue barrier had sealed him in completely.
Fire Dance immediately grew anxious. Das.h.i.+ng up to the barrier, she used Instant Kill, a Tier 1 a.s.sa.s.sination Skill. The skill allowed her to attack her enemy with astonis.h.i.+ng speed while inflicting ma.s.sive amounts of damage. It was one of the fastest and most powerful skills among the Tier 1 skills of a.s.sa.s.sins.
However, when Fire Dance’s swift and violent attack struck the light-blue barrier, her attack was ineffective. The collision did not even generate a small spark.
After Fire Dance attacked the barrier, the earth began to tremble.
An Earthen Guard suddenly clawed its way out of the ground within the barrier. Similar to the Flame Guards, the Earthen Guard was a Lord ranked monster.
[Earthen Guard] (Lord Rank)
Compared to the Flame Guards, however, the Earthen Guard’s Attack Power and Defense were far stronger. Although the Earthen Guard was inferior to the Flame Guards against a group of players, against a solo or a handful of players, it was significantly more devastating than the Flame Guards.
“So it’s a twofold killing-type trap.” s.h.i.+ Feng suddenly understood his situation.
If any other player were trapped in this place, the Earthen Guard might annihilate them. Fortunately, s.h.i.+ Feng was no ordinary player.
When the Earthen Guard swung its iron fist down on s.h.i.+ Feng, the air felt as if it had been blasted apart. Not daring to tarry a second longer, s.h.i.+ Feng immediately swapped places with his doppelganger.
In the blink of an eye, s.h.i.+ Feng’s doppelganger arrived inside the barrier and sent a Chop at the Earthen Guard’s fist. Meanwhile, s.h.i.+ Feng had arrived outside the barrier, standing safely where his doppelganger had been.
However, the difference of strength between the doppelganger and the Earthen Guard was ma.s.sive. Not only did the Earthen Guard toss the doppelganger, smas.h.i.+ng it into the barrier, but it also dealt a damage of over -1,200 points; the doppelganger lost close to one-third of its HP after a single hit. If it had not attacked with its sword, its HP would have fallen to critical levels. The Earthen Guard’s second punch would have then finished it.
Against the Earthen Guard, even s.h.i.+ Feng would last a few hits at best.
“Let’s go,” s.h.i.+ Feng said to Fire Dance, who stood by his side. He could not be bothered to manipulate his doppelganger.
“What about the Earthen Guard?” Fire Dance asked worriedly as she watched the Lord inside the Barrier.
Fire Dance knew about s.h.i.+ Feng’s Phantom Kill skill. Although s.h.i.+ Feng’s doppelganger only had 70% of his Attributes, it could still overshadow anyone else in the Guild. Yet, s.h.i.+ Feng’s doppelganger had barely survived a punch from the Earthen Guard. Its frightening Strength definitely surpa.s.sed the Flame Guards by severalfold.
If such a powerful Lord ranked monster attacked the team, Cola and the others stood no chance against it.
“Relax. It can’t get out of there.” s.h.i.+ Feng understood Fire Dance’s concern. Smiling faintly, he said, “The Earthen Guard should be the barrier’s core. If one wishes to break the barrier, they would first need to kill the Earthen Guard. If the Earthen Guard doesn’t die, the barrier will remain in place. Hence, even if the Earthen Guard were more powerful, it would never escape.”
With s.h.i.+ Feng’s a.s.surance, Fire Dance relaxed. Unable to help her curiosity, she then asked, “Guild Leader, what did you get from the Dark-Gold Treasure Chest? Not only was it locked, but it was also trapped. The item should be quite valuable, right?”
“Right, I had almost forgotten about it. There was only a single pendant inside the chest. I’m not sure what its quality is, either. However, at the very least, it should be Dark-Gold rank. We will have truly lucked out if it is an Epic item.” s.h.i.+ Feng then took the deep-blue crystal pendant from his bag. As it was Unknown, it could neither be identified nor equipped.
“What a high-end item,” s.h.i.+ Feng laughed as he shook his head.
He then activated Omniscient Eyes and began his appraisal. Compared to other advanced identification skills, Omniscient Eyes was a jack of all trades. It could ascertain, perceive, and appraise. It was very convenient.
During the later stages of G.o.d’s Domain, most items players found would be Unknown, and such items needed to be appraised before use. As a result, players had another thing they had to spend money on—appraisal fees.
The more valuable an item was, the higher its appraisal fee would be.
As a result, many players had chosen to take on Appraiser as a subcla.s.s. That way, they could earn an impressive income. Only, it was not easy to raise an Appraiser’s Proficiency. Hence, if one wished to have an advanced item appraised, they needed to look for NPC Appraisers.
If a player managed to learn Omniscient Eyes, they could simply set up their own shop and work full-time as an Appraiser. Their fees alone could grant them a life of luxury.