17 Chapter 13: The Legendary Annunake pt 2
I started grabbing several of the blue and green magic cores and started using my freya ability on all of the pixies who still were inflicted with disease. Last night 3 of their own had died from this rot. I tried not to look up to see them but I couldn't help myself. I found several new bodies hanging from the cave ceiling that weren't there yesterday. I don't feel guilt for not being able to save them, but I do feel some form of remorse. My memory is one of the cognitive functions I feel has increased the most. It's why learning to read in this world came so easily to me. But now I can remember the faces of those who were laughing and smiling just last night, and are now.....they're decorating the walls of the dungeon....this prison.
'I can only imagine the amount of heartache it is to live here amongst them, to lose those you fought with, you survived with. To see their grim appearance hanging there only as a sick reminder of where your trapped. Reminding you of what you've known your whole life.....A life trapped behind these walls.'
The pixies were very depressed when I first came down to see them today but they have an interesting way of getting over grief.
As I went to sit down on a large stone I wound up crashing on the ground.
Pixies enjoy mischief. I guess you can say they enjoy.....pranking people. It's how they show they like someone I've come to find.
I've already had two situations where I've tried sitting down on an invisible chair only to find the chair was all an illusion and crash down on the floor. But it's not only me they play pranks on....they equally do it to each other as well. It's such an odd behavior but it's how they've come to find enjoyment in living down here.
I looked up and saw that the one who did it this time was Cyanin. So as she started to fly away I opened up the space she was flying into to open up an inch from the ground.
"hehe ehe how'd Vali do that?"
I and all the pixies started laughing and it eventually made Cyanin start laughing as well.....They really are odd creatures.
After using several of the stones on the pixies, the dungeon floor began to light up like fireworks. Each pixie glowed in their own unique ambient light. They shined and lit up the surroundings while they flew and each danced in happiness. Even after Aurora was healed, she continued to live down here with Tanin. She came and fought with us regardless if she would only become sick again. Tanin said she was much farther along than he is and was originally against her coming down but when I told him he would be cured soon the energy in his eyes began to show again.
It was now his turn to get healed and I reached in to grab a stone. I actually saw a yellow one in here. Huh this is one that is the same level of magic power as that purple rabbit from before. Hmmm
As I grabbed the peculiar stone and observed it I thought what the hell and activated it on Tanin.
In a bright a brilliant light a bright red and orange aura began to flow out of Tanin like a gushing waterfall of fire. The light shined much more wildly and bright than all the other pixies. The light had an intense heat to it at first but after the surge of energy flowed from the stone and into him the light that surrounding Tanin looked more like an intense flame. It eventually dimmed down a bit but there was still a difference in light between him and the others.
Tanin spread his wings and they spread out like a butterflies with feathered points. His wings were translucent like the other but they appeared to be made of actual fire. His hair turned a bright orange and even his skin color almost looked gold.
"What....what happened just now."
I asked him to open up his status and his stats had increased dramatically. Not only that but he had a natural fire element added to him from the stone.
"Everyone come open your statuses!"
After looking through everyone who had been healed by the green or blue stones and they all had their stats buffed in some sort of way. The magic cores aren't just healing these pixies, it's doing something to each of them.
The ones who I gave the green stone had a large increase in health and some in strength. The ones I gave a blue crystal too got a large increase in their speed and some in everywhere else. Tanin also now has a small auto heal ability. He now recovers 100 health a minute.
I'm told that magical crystals are the cores of monsters with high magical affinity. The cores are used in some magical ingredients and weapon making. I never knew if used on a pixie could give it such nice buffs
"Hey can each of you continually receive buffs with these cores, or can it only be used once?"
They each looked up at me confused and telling me they didn't know...'...I guess they wouldn't know would they. I don't know why I asked that question.'
After I continued to heal the rest of the pixies Malfius came up and gave me an odd purple crystal.
"We've been doing a lot of training on a floor with a peculiar spider type monster known as an Adamantine Spider. It poses as one of the highest defensed monsters we've found in this dungeon. This came from the top of one of their heads."
"You sure you don't need this to make strong armor or weapon?"
"To those titans, armor's useless. It is simply added weight to make you easier for them to devour. As well as the Reiki weapons are their paws."
Looking back at Malfius he started to look around the large crowd that had gathered and a small smile appeared on his face. He said that he too wished for a better unity between the races. He also wanted to let those stuck in floor one to be allowed to live on a higher floor but it wasn't agreed on by the rest of the council. He mentioned he wished that he could move everyone here up to floor 45 but the land they live in there is actually quite small. The Reiki found a small patch of terrain on that floor that was protected from the rest and could support a small village.
Thinking over this I grabbed the small crystal and looked for next person in line....'....And looks like Cyanin gets to recieve this buff.
A bright purple hue shot out from the crystal and a wave of blue light starting pouring out from Cyanin. Her hair glowed much similar to her name, and her wings grew back and shined in a brilliant royal blue. Her eyes started to shine the same color as her hair and the light began to fade down
Her wings looked to be made of glitter, and where much larger than the other pixies. Her skin now turned a bright metallic color. The bright light from her wings made her skin show to have a unique shine to it. I touched her cheek but her skin showed to be quite soft...I then looked at her status and her defense had shot up by 500. Cyanin's wings can now be used as weapons too as they also look quite strong. and sharp. Her's almost look made of diamond.
She started to run off and dance with the others but she came back and hugged me.
She had tears forming in her eyes and then jumped into her friends and started hugging Aurora and everyone else still standing in line. They had grown close down here on floor 1. They all probably thought this was the end of the line for them, being told your just going to be healed I guess you wouldn't truly believe it till it happens.
I then asked Malfius to go gather some more of these purple crystals if he could because I would like to test if some of these pixies can continually receive buffs or magical traits from these cores. If that's possible then the pixies race's potential is truly something to fear. Essentially these cores could work similar to my own absorption ability as some of them even take on some of the traits from these cores. I'd really love to look into this more.
"Ah...well you see you got to find one of their nests and hope they're are some with the crystals imbedded in their heads. Plus taking a raid party on a spider nest right now I would have to assemble a large number of the Reiki. "
"Didn't you say you were already training on that floor?"
"Yes...we are attempting to invent a new technique to take on those furry bastards. I'm quite close to perfecting it. But an adamantine spider nest regardless of what floor we've cleared needs to be handled correctly. Many of died on expeditions through their nests not many go to floor 48 for this reason. "
'Hmmm....I'm guessing because it's getting late it would be hard to assemble a lot of people to go to such a location. Hmm I'd really like to go level there right now actually, but I still have quite a bit of people to heal here. After losing 3 people just today from this disease I feel it necessary to see if it's possible to purge this disease entirely.'
I told Malfius to take Hjokk and motioned to the purple bird sitting on my shoulder.
"Huh, your bird can talk?"
Hjokk finally voiced her opinion and outed herself in front of Malfius and a couple of pixies.
"It's ok Hjokk...I think we can trust this guy. I need to stay here and finish healing the pixies. See if you can go with Malfius and collect a bunch of of those purple crystals with him."
She glared back at me and wanted to protest but I don't think killing monsters in a dungeon is going against the rules of the treaty between the god's.
"So Hjokk is going to help fight the spiders? I have been curious about that birds level. Is it an item?"
"I am a Valkyrie of Odin. Servant to the God Loki, and overseer of his champion Vali, as he grows in middle earth. "
"...A what now?"
Hjokk looked back at me and seemed annoyed but I just smirked back at her. I guess you can't blame him for not knowing much about the outside world. I mean I'm not even sure if these people worship any Gods as they have been trapped in the dungeon by a fallen one for centuries.
"Hehe...I'll let her explain, you guys should hurry up though.. Hjokk we have curfew soon and after I'm finished here I wanted to see if we could test more with those magical cores before leaving. "
'Tomorrow I'm seriously going to level hard in this dungeon and try to gain as many levels as possible for the next week.'
"....Ugh fine....Last time!"
She started to fly over to where Malfius was and spoke in contest to me.
"Oh come on....All you've done all day is sit on my shoulder and eat my food....might as well contribute."
"I'm not suppose to get involved! I have strict rules just to watch...Oversee!"
"Listen, you've clearly already done wayyy more than just watch or oversee.....Did you even look at the entrance to this place? Besides is killing monsters in dungeons in anyway breaking your treaty?"
Malfius started staring oddly between me and Hjokk. Not only him but Cam has just walked up and now stops at our conversation.
"....Fine, but stop thinking of me as some pack mule for you."
"I don't think of you as my pack mule Hjokk...Your my bird companion who's always chirping away in my ear and eating my food."
'I don't know why but it's always fun harassing Hjokk. She's such a proud Valkyrie acts kind of high and might sometimes. I don't blame her....she's strong. But she talks of being so high and mighty but she's actually quite simple. '
Today she's just sat on my shoulder and ate some of the food I cooked. She would use her feathers to bring the meat to her beak and was eating the entire time we were here actually. She's been eating since we arrived, she's been eating when I was hunting, she's also been eating while I was healing all the pixies.....All day long while sitting on my shoulders. Yet she's still this small little purple crow.
"......Keep it up child."
After they left I continued to heal the rest of the pixies and gained 2 more levels putting me at Novice Level 2 in Freya Soul Recovery. The Recovery skill now has an area of affect likeness to it and can heal multiple people at once....'Yes....now I can start using this in battle with a party.'
I healed roughly 150 pixies on floor one and there was just enough to heal every sick pixie down there. They all had such dull and tired looks in their eyes before they were healed. Even though they were hugging one another some of them were too weak and simply smiled while holding those that were healed. Each of the pixie race is amazing as they all share in one another's happiness. Now that each of them has been healed the entire dungeon floor looks like an artificial sun has been created on the dungeon floor. The number of different lights shining in dark dungeon produced a bright white light that covered the entirety of the dungeon.
Each and everyone in attendance looked at the bright rainbow light that shined down on all those below. It was a warm light the touched the skin in a different way the the bonfire did. The light tickled the skin slightly and felt almost like a refreshing gust of wind had rushed over me.
Looking up at all the pixies flying overhead they all started flying straight for the ground floor at a tremendous speed....No...they're flying towards me.
Within seconds I was swarmed by hundreds of small pixies and was being hugged and thanked by each of them individually.
"Thank you Vali!!!"
"Tha..thank you Vali!"
Each of the pixies including the three who I hunted with today were in tears and continued to wrap their tiny arms around body. My my arms, legs, waste, head, pretty much my whole body was covered and being hugged by every pixie that was living on floor one. I didn't really know how to respond to the instant swarm of so many people touching me but it was incredibly hard to bring myself to push all of them off of me.
Each of them were crying and many of their tears were rubbing all over me, some of them were still had dirt covering their bodies from working hard today. I just let them basque in their own happiness for now and let them celebrate in their own way.
You have received a new title!
Beloved One of the Hildr Pixies
'Huh...I got a title....Hildr....that...that word I believe translates to war, or battle.....War pixies?'
Looking at each of the small delicate hands that wrapped around me embracing me like a small child would, I looked at each of their crying and delicate faces. They were now shining in a brilliant light and the warmth from each of them washed over me like nothing I had ever felt before. It felt like a cold breeze that sent shivers across my skin....I've just....never been thanked in such a way before.
And just like that...I started to wrap my arms around many of them and smiled....'...Neh....couldn't be.'
After all of the pixies had finished embracing me many of them flew off dancing through the air. I started to look around at everyone eating their fill or making something with today's spoils. I still need to go through some of the things that Malfius brought. I'm sure even if armor is useless against the Fomorians they can still be used someone whose leveling up in this dungeon.
I walked over to the large wagons and started looking through everything. Originally I saw Cam and a woman standing here guarding the wagons, but I see they're both now sitting with Meifeng and eating with everyone else. I see some Annunake there as well. Each of them were eating and I could see Cam was laughing and seeming to enjoy his meal.
As I was looking over there every one of them looked up at me...'...Ugh...that's awkward.'
I then started looking through all of the armor and weapons and noticed some very interesting weapons. There were swords, spears, axes, daggers, bows, helmets, chest plates.... There were a lot of assortment of leather and iron armor..'Hm what's this.'
I brushed off a pale blue armor and inspected it. It had a light weight but looked to be rather old....'...Is...is this mithril?'
The moment I brushed off the top of the breastplate a gentle blue hue came out from the armor. It had a slight glow to it. 'Hmm that's cool.'
"Hey Aurora come here..."
The armor appeared to be for females so I was going to see if it fit a pixie.
The moment Aurora touched it and tried to put it on it somehow magically contorted to her body and fit as if it were molded to her own body....'...Huh?'
"Hey what are you guys doing over here."
Cam and some of the others had noticed the odd display and walked over to us.
"I didn't know you guys had something like mithril. This armor's old but it looks to be quite strong."
When Aurora put it on a bright glow started to shine out from the mithril giving it a dull glow that it didn't have before.
"Wha....that cruddy armor? It's about twice as strong as steal but nothing too spectacular in terms of defence....I've never seen it glow before though."
Cam told me his thoughts on the shining blue armor Aurora was wearing and I started to inspect it myself.
"Those are artifacts from the elven race. We tried wearing them once but they weren't all that strong."
The woman who was with Cam said as she walked up next to him.
'Hmm...I started inspecting the armor surrounding Aurora and I've noticed her defense has risen by +650. That is clearly more than any ordinary armor. I can't see if the armor has any attached stats since I don't have an appraisal skill yet. I can't quite see if there's any information I can gain from this. But Cam said they tried using it before. Well if this belonged to the elven race from long ago maybe this armor is only at its strongest when worn by someone with high magical affinity. The pixie's are clearly a race of magical beings as ambient light gushes out of their skin depending on their mood.
I ended up telling Aurora to make all the pixies wear the blue armor and let them pick out between themselves. There wasn't enough for all of them so they played games to see who would get it. Even if one lost they each laughed and enjoyed having a good time. We're going to need to distribute a lot of these weapons and supplies to everyone else here soon as well....'...Maybe I can leave that with Malfius after I leave.'
"Oh hey Vali! My your food earlier was so delicious, thanks for the meal."
The voice of Akino walked up and stated while getting rather close to me. Her bright silver eyes looked back into mine as our heights were actually quite similar. I was fairly tall so for her to match my view is something.
I started looking around at everyone enjoying helping themselves to the large broths I made for everyone. It fed everyone in the dungeon and I even gained 3 more levels of mastery in cooking. Putting me at Novice Level 6. The flavors that I can pull out of the meat now is actually incredible. The flavors that come from my hand I don't know how tastes so good but it has a flavor that I can't quite put my finger on. It feels as if there is an added boost in my cooking in this world now. I guess this is how chefs or cooks raise their levels in this world too so it makes since.
I didn't however raise any overall level doing this as experience for making a meal and hunting monsters is much different.
"So.... I'm quite impressed with all you've been doing down here for those of us on floor 1. I feel bad I treated you so poorly before."
"....No problem it's nothing."
I don't know why but Akino kept getting closer to me. Since I haven't really spoken to her much yet the vibe I'm getting from her just is off. I don't know if she can tell but I'm on to her schemes. She tilted her head and her bright white hair cascaded down to the side.
I can tell this girl doesn't trust me at all. Hell that Adimar guy and his buddies are all still staring at me from afar. Obviously she's just trying to get me to warm up to her so I let my guard down. I guess she wants to see if I'm trustworthy or not.
"But no! I want to show you how thankful I am to you! Please come with me!"
Before I had any chance to reply I felt her skinny soft hands grab the side of shoulder and a strength that I don't know where came from grips me tightly. It almost felt like the meat was being hard pressed to my bones. My weight was almost non existent as she ran holding onto me through the darkly lit city. I asked her what she was doing but she said for me just to hold on. I used my spatial magic and appeared right in front of her and she gave up. She said she wanted to take a walk with me and show me the histories of floor one, so I agreed and followed alongside her.
We rounded a corner of the street and many of the residents were walking around and seeming to collect supplies. Though a larger number of those on floor 1 were still back at the bonfire. Still the city streets were quite busy. We ran through the city streets through the crowd at an alarming speed. We in no time arrived to a large opening to a structure that had many large monuments inside of them. 9 to be exact....no there's 10.
Looking at the old statues I saw large scale rocks carved into each of the 10 races that were all trapped her. 9 of them were still in tact but one of them had been demolished entirely. It was the human one....'...Well Malfius did say the humans were the first to go for their greed.'
I walked past Akino and looked at the artwork left by sculptors trapped her centuries ago. They looked to have shown unity here. But sometimes grand artwork like this rarely shows the reality of some of the things that go on. Even outside this dungeon, art work such as these depict the world the way the artist wants it be, not the way the world actually is.
Each art work was starting to crumble and has barely managed to last the test of time. Though due to their large size and having to stand far away to view all of it. It was still quite an amazing display. If only the species showed the same unity as it did in this statue.
Akino got close to me and wrapped her arms between mine and tried to push her cleavage into my arms. She saw me looking at her and only smiled back up at me....'...Is this chick being for real.'
"So your quite strong yah. You even beat Diaga so simply. You have quite the amazing talents.....human. Mhmhm."
"....Can you not get so close."
"Oh...what's wrong...Don't you find me attractive?"
I started to look at her oddly as I couldn't figure what she was all about. Just something off about her. Her eyes keep wondering around and it almost looks like she's trying to be sexy or alluring.....'Did that Adimar guy tell her to do this?'
"For the love of!....Akino, perhaps I should have just had another girl from the pack do this....You clearly can't be alluring at all!"
"Wha!....Yu huh! He was totally ready to jump my fur if he wasn't an undead!"
"....Ugh I don't want to hear it. That display earlier....Please follow me and then don't give him any chance at a response. Is that how you normally find a mate hahahaha."
Walking out from the dark was a large figure with silver eyes. It was Adimar. He started to walk up to me while Akino let go of my arm and walked towards Adimar seemingly more interested in her debate.
'Wait...did they just call me an undead?'
"So....Vali. How are you enjoying the city of beginnings?"
"....Quite well Adimar, thanks for asking."
I turned on presence sense and noticed it was only the 3 of us here...'...Wasn't the city streets just filled with people walking through it.'
I activated echolocation and then found two more points that weren't there roughly 20 meters behind me...'...Hehe...so...they set up a trap for me?'
"Why don't you take off that mask human. I wish to see your face."
I smiled back at him and removed the white mask I had forgotten I was wearing up until this point. I got use to the night vision that I was using. After removing the mask I activated Eclipse View.
My eyes started to glow red and there I saw it. There standing in front of me were the bright figures of Adimar and Akino standing only several meters away from me. But what I saw behind them were maybe 50 new heat signatures. Eclipse View didn't just see heat but saw life force even past layers of solid rock.
"So....are we inviting anyone else to this little dance of ours or is it just gonna stay the three of us?"
I commented to him and the large white wolf chuckled to himself while there behind him walked up several more large figures. Each of them were large white wolves similar to Adimar but he stood a head taller than each of them. Walking up beside him was Akino and glared back at me. Their eyes still shined in the darkly lit room coming off their life signatures.
"Hehe....You know your the first human anyone down here has ever seen....We had to look through old ruins and artifacts of old just to see what humans looked like. We went through old bones and saw that they weren't much different than us demi human tribes...is that true."
Guessing he wanted to have some small talk I flattered him because I was curious what their beef with humans would be considering they've never even met one before.
"That's true. In fact other than animal like traits I think we're not much different."
I answered him back sounding bored and looking around my surroundings. Each of the white wolves standing on two legs were around 270. They each looked to be quite strong and each stood a head taller than myself. They were all members of a legendary race of demi humans made by god long ago. Though now they're just stuck here like all the other races.
"You see ya say that...but I don't think your human."
"Huh?....Why's that? Listen is this about me dropping your boss out of the battle yesterday?"
"Haha No...We all thought your little display with Diaga was quite funny. This is about something else entirely boy."
As I tried to press the wolf further he and none of the other wolves moved from where they were standing. They continued to stand quietly back at me. Adimar smiled and continued.
"You yourself said that humans and our race are quite similar, did you not?"
"And yet your bones are black, not like any of the other white bones from the ancient humans we found. We had to dig quite deep into the sands of floor 2 just to find them....Your bones don't have the same color...in fact they remind me of another creature I've sen before...He also held that weapon you happen to be holding."
"Yes.....tis convenient don't ya think.....human? Or are you still going by Malthiel now?"
With that I glared back at them noticing now what this entire situation is about.....These people think I'm that King Reaper.
"....You all think I'm Malthiel.....Listen, I know it's hard to believe but I'm really someone from the outside..."
"And what about your heartbeat?"
Adimar then contested before I could finish speaking.
'Huh...what is he talking about?'
"What are you talking about?"
"You don't have one...."
Appearing right next to me was the visage of Meifeng. She had appeared so close to me it was startling as I couldn't notice her presence with any of the tracking abilities I had turned on. Presence sense, echolocation, even eclipse view. Nothing picked up her presence standing next to me. She then something very odd and walked off and stood next to Adimar and the rest behind him.
"I don't....what do you mean?"
"What do you think it means?.....I think it tells me you aren't who you say you are Vali. The convenient story about being a human from outside, his scythe, those bones, no heartbeat...I think it tells me your not at all who you say you are."
'Maybe I acuqired more traits from Malthiel than I originally realized.....Absorbing something like him. Did it really change my body to such an extent that I don't feel a heart beat. I always wondered why I could never feel my own pulse with Death Grip.....I just thought it was some safeguard against backlash from the ability.'
".....Although I didn't know about the heartbeat thing.....I can explain. I'm a human from outside this dungeon. I'm not Malthiel."
"Oh I'd love to hear all about it."
Adimar raised his large fist and attached a small black shackle across his wrist. It was then I noticed it....Attached to the black shackle was a chain. Following down the chain I saw a long trail leading up to....my hand?
"See told ya Akino, I can subdue males better."
Meifeng stated this and my vision started to blur and distort. I felt a slight pain pierce my brain, and it began to become hard to breath. I just kept hearing a loud rattling noise....
"Umm.....I have a thing about chains."
"Oh do you Malthiel...Sorry....Vali. I'm just using this as a precaution you see."
'I ca(rattle)n hardly he(rattle)ar what he's saying. (Rattle) He thinks I'm (rattle) Malthiel?'
(Rattle) "Im tell(rattle)ing you (rattle) I'm not(rattle) him."
I activated Dark pressure for the first time as a warning for each of them to submit or things were about to get ugly. Immediately upon doing this I could see the hairs on each of their furs stand on end and their eyes started to glow brightly. After only a few seconds they each shook their thick coats and bared their fangs back at me. Each of their growls echoed in the dark room. It was hard to hear though....The sounds of rattling just kept filling my ears. It reminded me of unpleasant memories. It reminded me of being to weak. It reminded me of losing them.
"That's quite the first attack. Allow me to show you ours."
A piercingly loud battle cry from the practically ruptured my ear drums echoing against the solid walls made of rock surrounding us. I could hear the sounds of the walls shaking and with that all my hairs began to stand on end.
You have heard The Cry of the Wolf
You have been struck with fear!
Due to your resistance to fear some effects have diminished.
Strength reduced by 10%
Agility Reduced by 5%
Ability to perform skills reduced by 7%
And with that loud howls came from the white wolves standing behind them and each of them began to rush me. Their speed was incredible. Lights on my display began to flicker and now I notice I'm actually being surrounded. Within only a second everyone converged on my location.
I activated my spatial magic and appeared just behind Adimar.
I turned around and Adimar was standing behind me. Though he should be standing just behind him on his flank.
"Haha! You know I didn't think this trick would work but Izzie said we had about a 40% chance of this working.....Try to jumping around now."
With that Adimar gripped the chain that was connected to me and wrapped it around his forearm. He started back at me grinning his fans.
'Apparently when I move between spaces, I open up the space I'm in. Somehow with this wolf attached to me he can come with me. But if I were to use spatial magic I couldn't get closer to him as he would just come along for the ride appearing the same distance away from me again.'
He branded his large fists and glared at me begging me to fight him.
I activated flicker and dashed towards him.
A large white beast attacked my shoulder from the side and suck his fangs deep into my flesh.
You have been struck by Vicious Assault
All movement speed decreased by 30% for 30 minutes.
Mana has been decreased by 6,000
Stamina has been decreased by 20%
You have received 750 damage.
All movements will be tracked now within a 100 meter radius of the pack
I grabbed the back of this things neck but it had a good hold deep into my flesh. I tried to yank him off me but he appeared to be quite strong.
Then suddenly a sharp pain pierced my other side. Then my legs. Then the sides of my neck....A flurry of lightning fast attacks began to scratch and pierce through my tough flesh as if it were paper. Blood burst through the tears in my skin and an intense pain rushed up my spine and into my brain. The term mind mind numbing comes to mind as each of the lacerations sent shockwaves through my body.
You have been struck by Moonlight Paw
Mana has been decreased by 9%
Stamina has been reduced by 4%
You have received 950 damage
You have been struck by Crescent Cleaver
Mana has been decreased by 2,000
Stamina has been reduced by 6%
You have received 1100 damage
You have received an additional 1200 poison damage
You have been struck by Blood Moon's Descent
All Recovery will be reduced by 50% for the next 10 minutes.
All Mana Recovery will be reduced by 33%.
You have received 1,200 damage
You are bleeding, you will lose 20 hp per second until wounds are healed. Due to the nature of the cuts, mana will continue to deplete until healed
The pain rushed through me with each attack. The white wolves had surrounded me and continued their relentless assault. Whatever their claws and fangs are made of feels like a paralysis poison as it is honestly so painful just to receive their attacks. My skin has now been opened up and my body has been torn apart, but I don't care. I activated Freya's soul recovery to slowly heal some of my wounds.
The pain was somehow magnified straight to my head. I activated it Demonic awakening and everything became much slower. A surge of energy washed over me but it didn't feel the same as the last time I used it. It felt like the first time back in that castle.. I was filled with rage.
I grabbed the back of the wolves head tearing him away at my my skin and threw him. As I gripped the back of his head the skin he had sunk his fangs into began to peel off along with him.
I tossed him into an in coming wolf and advanced towards him!....Towards the leader!
My entire body then was rushed by several wolves at the same time. My arms, shoulder, legs, and the side of my ribs had one of these large wolf men biting or clawing away at my body. The pain was unbearable. I tried to reach up to pull Abgrund out of my inventory.
Another white furred wolf man lunged and sunk his fangs into my forearm and yanked it down. My whole body was being turned into ribbon by these things. Sensing the crisis I activated one of my trump cards. My only area of effect skill.
A small dark cloud began to overlap my body and the wolves that were sinking there fangs into me took on the full force of my darkness.
Many of them began to be eaten away by my attack but continued to dig their fangs even deeper into my skin. I started grabbing and throwing each of them away from my body only to tear more of my own body with them. I gripped their thick forearms and snapped them with my overpowering strength and threw them back at rest of the oncoming pack.
I continued tearing each of them away and activating lightning step to parry or counter any oncoming attack. Some attacks got through but I continued to gain ground against these animals. With my Demonic Awakening my defense has been raised so it's much harder to tear at my skin now. My strength was barely enough to overpower them before but now I'm simply landing blow after blow. The mist covers my blind spots as anyone who wishes to attack me from the back will only get enveloped by the power of the abyss. I continued towards Adimar at a much quicker pace.
Congratulations Flicker has now advanced to Grade 2
Flicker had finally passed the beginner stage. After activating it looked like there were around 3 images of me all dashing into different directions. The speed of my dash has also increased to some extent.
Then I saw Akino dashing towards me. Her appearance had changed and now had much bushier hair as well as her hands were covered in white fur. She darted towards my ankles and paid no mind at all to the other images of me. I was about to react whenever a large attack exploded on my back.
You have been struck by Moonlight Claw
Mana has been reduced by 12%
Stamina has been reduced by 8%
You have received 2,000 damage
You have been struck by Mantra Bomb!
Your internal concentration has been greatly affected.
- All Mana has now been reduced by 33%
- All skills have been cancelled
- You have received 6,000 damage
My vision went dark and all I could see was the darkly lit city of Anfang. We were still in the monumental room but with that last attack my vision now went back and my Eclipse View was canceled.
I could feel the breathing on those surrounding me. I was about to be attacked by the pack again. I looked and attached to Adimar was the chain that was still attached to my arm.....
I activated spatial magic and opened the space up on the roof of a building next to this one.
"...Just me and you now."
"Wouldn't have it any other way boy!"
He tightened the chain around his arms and I activated flicker towards him.
I won't deny these opponents are truly terrifying. My hp right now is at roughly 40%. I tried healing some of my wounds but my recovery is somehow been reduced by their oddly sharp fangs. My mana was at about 50%. I sealed up all my cuts and open wounds and continued towards Adimar.
I activated Flicker and lunged towards him. Regardless of the increased speed or other images lunges towards his direction, he never broke eye contact with me.
I swung my fist and it landed on his open palm. It was much larger than man and stopped the impact entirely.
I knew he would deflect so I landed my second strike into his ribs while activating lightning step.
Blood flew out of his mouth as I felt the bones in his ribs were crushed by the increased velocity of my swing. Activating demonic awakening along with lightning step is incredibly. My cognitive functions almost feel.....to have doubled. With my stats risen along with lightning step, the effect was incredible. I continued to unleash strike after strike into his tough stomach. Even with my increased strength his exterior gave a lot of resistance to my punches. I started using my claws and opened him up.
He swung his arm like he was going to strike me but caught my forearm with his claws. He swung his other claw at my throat and I ducked. And swung my claws at his thigh. He somehow managed to stop my movements in lightning step with his claw. He then flung his large mouth into the direction of my neck and chest.
You have been struck by Alpha Fang
Mana has dropped by 10%
Stamina has dropped by 5%
You have received 8,000
'These stupid notifications are getting distracting!'
I swung my arm at his left eye and activated lords earth shattering smash.
The force from my blow sent the wolf man flying towards the other building.. My chest and shoulder that his fangs had torn into was torn off with him. Their fangs are so strong that it can even pierce my strengthened defense. The image of him flying towards the next roof leaves my site...'.Ha...serves you right....'
When a heavy force began to yank my right arm I forgot that this person and I.....are chained together.
I flew along with Adimar and landed on the roof next to this one...'...Ugh....I keep calling myself a genius. I really need to stop that.'
I stood up and faced Adimar who was breathing hard. His left eye looked to have been completely destroyed. Blood was coming out of his head but he still stood tall. His hp was at about 50% after that last attack on his head. Mine was at about...25%?
What how? My hp just keeps dropping. I activate Soul recovery and increase my mana to put my hp and stop at about 50%. My mp is started to get dangerously low. I have about 15% left.
Me and Adimar faced off again. We lunged at each other with everything we had. I've never had a battle like this in my life. Everything was laying on the line and I wasn't thinking straight. I just wanted to beat the opponent in front of me. I've already lost so much already, I want to see just how much I've grown. I've realized that with my abilities I am sort of a cheat.
I never got to see just how strong some of these fighters are due to my cheat like abilities. These aren't just a normal race either. Not a lot of time has gone by since this battle has taken place....Maybe 2 minutes tops, I don't know it's all been a blur. And they have drawn me to such a state. They aren't just strong their highly intelligent.
They're a race that has lived a long life of trying to figure out the weaknesses to certain monsters or bosses in this dungeon. They have actually made a life out finding the weaknesses of other creatures to survive down here. They only watched me fight once and figured out a clever way combat my unique fighting style. I can activate spatial magic but it would only bring along him for the ride. All because of this odd durable chain.
I landed another lords earth shattering smash into his ribs and now I'm positive I've broken them. After landing to solid hits to this spot I can only imagine the type of internal damage I've done to this wolf.
After landing the hit his hp dropped by 20%. . He then gripped tightly only my arm that had landed the blow and wrapped his incredibly large fists around them.
He then took me to the ground by bending my arm in an odd way. My strength was much higher than his in this state but he managed to take me to the ground. He then began to sink his fangs into my arm.
You have been struck by Alpha Fang
Mana has been reduced by 4%
Stamina has dropped by 3%
You have received 3,000 damage
His chest was write in full view while he continued to gnaw at my arm. I sunk my arm deep into his side and twisted my hand. His fur was strong. It actually caused me light damage whenever his hair would brush against mine. But my claws in this state became able to pierce threw it.
He thens swung his arm backwards and the claws crashed through my face. The claws dug through the skin and peeled away quite a bit of meat along with with hit. I can feel my vision is already distorted by some of my loosely hanging skin.
I started swinging my free arm into his chest and began to open up a wound of my own. I continued tearing away at Adimar's chest while he tried to continue tearing away one of my arms. He felt more like an beast than a demi human at this point. The pain was unbearable but I continued to open up wounds and activate fireball.
We continued to tear away at each other as our hp began to decrease percent every second. His hp was at about 20% and mine was at about 8%.. I don't know why but my health just continues to drop for some reason.
I looked over at my arm and the meet from my forearm to my fingers has been torn away. Only a black skeleton hand remained. Some flesh hash had lingered in place but it was literally be picked cling by this wild animal. I then decided to activate one of my new abilities.
I then grabbed his free arm sunk my own fangs into his arm....
'Hey an arm for an arm!'
I then activated vampirism and started to chew away through his deep white fur.
My hp wasn't going up very well as the blood rushed into my throat it had an almost wine flavor to it. It had a kick to it and I could feel a slight increase to my health. But my health was still decreasing at too rapid a rate.
My mp was at about 4% now. I can't die here.
I then decided to tap into my second trump card. I activated death's grip and tapped into his pulse. His movements began to freeze. Beat....Beat....Beat..Beat.Beat.Beat beat beat beat.
His heart began to race and I could feel the flow of his blood being sent through the veins and arteries lining his body. He really was made quite similar to humans. His anatomy isn't very different from ours actually. I then started to change the rythms of Adimar's. I channeled the blood flow with the effects of death's grip and vampirism and began to drain this wolf of all of his blood.
My hp was now at 12% and his was at 10%. My vision started coming back to me as I got out of the critical condition I was in. I drained him until he was at about 2% and tossed his limp body away from mine.
I staggered up as I saw that I was actually surrounded this entire time. All those who had attacked me before were now surrounding me. Only now there was also several Eis Nekos and that same blue haired woman from before.
Alysteir yelled.."Sic em'"
Everyone brandished their weapons and lunged at me. The Annunake there each leaped into my direction and were flying through the air. They each showed looks of rage at me defiling their leader.
The sound wind blowing past my face as I stopped everyones movements with death's grip. I decided if they came to kill why shouldn't I use death magic as well. I can't find Hjokk or Malfius right now so I'll have to explain later.
I was actually quite tired. This Adimar guy and those white wolves tore at me like a scratching post. My entire left arm is gone and I have no idea how my image must look. I'd heal myself but I need to use what HP I have left to end them.
Everyone then began to hover above the ground. I staggered towards Alysteir and floating next to her were Akino and Meifing.
'Akino and Meifeng, one pretended to want to be close to me while the other swore to be a teacher....Rattle. Not that I have a thing against killing women (rattle) but if you were to kill me then.....I wouldn't be able to save Kaylan from this place. (Rattle)'
I began to clutch onto each of their life forces. I remember Meifeng's being difficult to grasp at first but I'm thinking quite clearly now. Lightning Step, Demonic Awakening and Death's Grip.....All at once my mind is actually quite clear. If it weren't for that constant rattling.
I gripped much tighter and those floating in front of me all began to hope for air and clasp their chests. The Annunake, the Eis Neko's. Everyone there with a pulse was within my range of death magic. They.....are all going.....to be executed!
As I gripped around their life forces my vision began to become dark. My vision became dark. a bright light shined at the bottom of my vision and my consciousness started to fade away.
"Seriously Alphi, you should be in bed healing. That monster nearly killed you."
"No...I need to be here for this."
"Yes...I understand Adimar.....Though watching something like this is never good for the eyes."
'Yes...we had finally managed to subdue the one we believe to be an affiliate with Malthiel if not the disgusting undead himself. It took us roughly ten minutes to subdue him but the injuries we faced at taking him down were staggering. Those of the pack that had latched onto him receiving the full brunt of that black mist have been horribly disfigured. The ones who have survived are currently covered in bandages receiving treatment but it's not likely they will all survive.'
Maybe we can get him to heal them. He did show to have healing magic along with his other abilities.
'It's hard to believe things came to this. But after receiving the information gathered from Alysteir it is highly likely this person is not who he says he is. He claims to be human, and yet one of the boys hands hands has been entirely torn off. Only a black undead like arm remains. After looking through some of the bones we excavated....human bones are white....same as ours.'
"Ohhh.....You are quite strong aren't you Mr. Vali!"
Alysteir began to dig a short dagger made of the same material of their swords into Vali's chest. His appearance was nothing like when I saw him for the first time yesterday.
He honestly didn't look much different than us Annunake's. He had shaggy white hair but was much shorter than the males in our race. He however was incredibly strong. Regardless of showing a level of 165 he managed to take on the entire pack of Annunakes still loyal to the alpha Adimar. We were once the elite's of this dungeon. His movements were odd, not like any warriors I've ever seen before.
But the white haired boy moved like a storm through my brethren as if we were dogs. He wasn't large but he he was incredibly durable. Anyone who gripped onto him were tossed away and the extent of Adimar's injuries cannot be over looked. He is the alpha, and he almost died by this man. It's obvious the pack wants him to pay for his crimes here.....But Alysteir is the one taking charge of this situation...It was agreed that, she would torture him, to find out who it is.....But this is just....
I started to look away from the boys grizzly appearance. I remember only a few hours ago we were on floor 1. I was eating a meal he had prepared for everyone one who wished for it on floor one. He didn't ask for payment and simply made it all himself. Anyone who was hurt or injured throughout the hunts from today were all healed by his bright touch. It almost resembled the same touch of the hands we knew most...
He even managed to heal so many of the pixie race who are practically extinct down here. They were just too small and without any powerful magic they were simply food for the devourers....Even with our presence here on floor one, deaths happen everyday. So seeing Vali save many of those who were only going to eventually become a new decoration of this place was.....
He finally made a noise as his whole body flinched when Alysteir began to flay one of the boys fingers. His entire left arm up until his elbow was missing. His face was now had three gashes and some of the bone from his chin and face can be seen...They're also black.....Just like this eyes were....Although, the majority of those injuries came from Adimar.
We just don't know if this person is Malthiel but he does appear to have the same weapon. After hearing the reports and gathering data it's just impossible for this person to be who he says he is. The black bones, the same magic. Meifeng said she never once felt a heartbeat coming off of him as they hunted together today.
After the information we received we needed to find out who these people are. It is been wildly known that their is most likely a traitor in a ranks. It is one of the reasons that Adimar decided to move away from the higher floors as he feared treachery would only end our race.
Malfius says he believes the boy has the ability to help us escape this place...Ha!....Maybe once I would have believed that sort of thing. I tried to smile but....looking at this site really is bad for the eyes. Even if he is an undead, his appearance of a boy smiling just a short while ago, now being skinning in front of me.....He hasn't said much since he woke up. He just grinned and looked back up at all of us surrounding him.
He almost killed everyone on that rooftop. We found him and Adimar fighting one another on even terms and then the fight turned into trying to remove the others limb. It's a normal fighting technique our kind has performed for centuries. If you take away a limb you reduce the combat risk of the opponent your taking on by roughly 40%. . But regardless of what weapon or our claws....he just kept plowing through us. Going after Adimar. Alysteir tried cutting the bone with her sword but not even it can cut this persons black bones. With a level like 150...well the evidence just speaks for itself.
Maybe in this body his powers have deminished to some extent. But he wasn't mindful of his surroundings. He didn't take notice of the poisining we attached to our weapons...'One of the old spider queens venom...still quite potent.'
"Oh come on Vali. I need to you to focus."
Alysteir then sat on Vali's lap and started to tear his chest open. Anytime he was about to bleed out she would use a strange tool to heal him. She said this helps in her torturing. Alysteir was always....like that.
He didn't respond. He only stared straight into Alysteir's eyes. He then blinked and looked up at me.
"Oh come now, we don't want you getting distracted."
She then had one of the Annunake scratch Vali's shoulder. She continued to do this after every few minutes. She determined that Vali had a large mana pool. We've faced plenty of high class monsters in this dungeon that can do quite a lot of damage with only a little mana.
We can't see just how much mana he has but we determine since his body is that of someone at 150 he can't have as much. Anytime his mana would start to rise to a certain point Alysteir would have one of our brethren strike him. Our claws were blessed by the wolf god Amarok. They deplete magic and decrease healing abilities with every scratch. It is what has made us so dominate against bosses of this dungeon. Only after a few minutes the monsters mana will be gone and their stamina would be non-existent.
That must have been what happeend to him. He went brain dead when his mp hit 0. It's something that we've seen from the Elkia race before. They wake up later, we used it as an opportunity to transport him to a room on floor 52.
Some wanted to just kill him there but Alysteir wanted to find out information on him. Adimar actually agreed to this as well but I can't know why. The extent of his injuries...His left eye is gone. His chest down to his stomach has massive scars covering his body. We used as much treatment as we could but his wound is still open. We wrapped his stomach and arm up with bandages and he said he needed to be there for the questioning.
He continued to keep the chain attached to him. He said he couldn't let this person escape if he's what he thinks he is. If he is malthiel this could be a great opportunity to take him down. If he's just some subject of his then we can gain any information we can off him.....And if he really is a human...
"Come on you didn't think I was going to let you zap out of here did you. I only let you gain a few mana here and there to crush your hope later....Now why won't you talk really. "
"What? Who are you?"
"....I'm someone from outside this dungoen. I found ...."
Alysteir stood up and back handed him.
"What did I tell you about lying Vali....tsk tsk"
She walked back to the table with sharp and odd torture devices. She's used these a lot considering the shape their in. She's the strongest in this dungeon and wasn't always. She too use to live on the lower levels once. I don't know what caused her to become like this but she seems to enjoy torturing people.
Alysteir turned back at the laughter. It was Vali. He just kept staring at the floor and laughing to himself.
He looked back up at us and his eyes weren't blue anymore. They were black. Just like when the pack attacked him.
"Oh..Are you finally starting to have some fun with me Mr. Vali?"
Alysteir continued looking at more torturing devices....Did....did she already break him?
A large portion of the skin on his face has been torn away. His jaw shows his white teeth connected to a black jawbone. His left arm was missing and now a large majority of the right hand was gone as well. It was hard to look at him. Red blood was dripping down his arms dripping off his bony fingers. Blood continued to drip down his legs and made a small puddle at his feet...'....But ...but he stole that blood from Alphi. He deserves this!'
Anytime he was about to die, she would heal him. After all of the agonizing pain he never once showed a face of pain. He would at times flinch but hardly ever made a sound during the heinous acts that were being enacted on him. Most of the wounds he held came from the fight with Adimar however. His entire left arm, his face. Going toe to toe with an Alpha and he somehow managed to survive....
"No....I just think it's going to get interesting in a minute."
She asked him nonchalantly as she started digging away at the meat on his legs.
He looked up at me, then moved his vision over to Adimar, then Meifeng. He then lazily looked over at Alysteir and smiled. He looked to barely be hanging on. I don't know how he has survived everything that has happened to him so far. How was he acting so confident in such a situation.
Crashing through the front door was Malfius. Flying above him was that strange bird without the level that was on Vali's shoulder all day.
The purple bird flew in and looked around the room until her vision met with Vali's. The eyes of the purple bird widened and froze while her her wings started flapping quickly.
"Wha...What have you done!...WHAT HAVE YOU DONE!"
Malfius's voice yelled when he saw the extent of the wounds the pack and Alysteir had put on him.
"Oh Malfius....It's just you."
Alysteir didn't seem very interested and raised her large saw towards the right leg of Vali.
A loud roar shook the building and the ceiling began to cave in and crash into those in the room. Debris and dust began to fill the room.
Wha...who's making that noise.
Everyone covered their ears as the sound that was rupturing our ear drums sounded like loud horns that have immobilized all of us.
I started looking around frantically and noticed the source of the sound was....the...the bird?
The sound that was being emitted by the bird was so loud that it destroyed the building we were standing it. A bright purple light started being emitted from it and it flew towards Vali..
'No...I cant.....let....him ...escape!'
I started trying to crawl into his direction but that sound was so loud.I've never felt an attack like this before. It felt like my head was going to explode. '...What did he say about that thing.....I thought it looked tasty he said...it was scarier than he was?'
"I won't....let you!"
The chains covering Vali were crushed and the bird picked up the weight of Vali who couldn't hold himself up. The loud sound continued to ring and Vali looked up at me. He smiled and glanced over at Alysteir with his same dark eyes.
"See...told you it'd get interesting."
I used quick paw and every agility buff I had and lunged towards Vali at the fastest speed I could manage. I felt the form of Adimar fly past me and I gripped onto his tail to slingshot me.
Right now the image of Vali and his purple bird are standing right in front of me and Adimar, but everything else has changed. There's a large open area. A large battle occurred here. Theres clouds and a...Moon! It looked nothing like the crimson moon on the floor we use to live on. It's......so beautiful.
Adimar stood next to me and was swept away by the gorgeous sight in front of us.
You have bathed in Moonlight
All stats rise by 300% when under the light of the full moon
It was a buff we of the Annunake received when under the light of a moon. But it's never buffed us so high before!
"Now....now that were outside shall we have a decent one on one?"
I turned my head and there standing was Vali. Not the same Vali I saw just a few minutes ago but one that has been entirely healed....Ho...how?
Adimar glared his fangs and showed we didn't have time to enjoy the view.....'He said outside?' We have to work together to take this person together. With the power of the moon....we'll tear him apart!
'Huh...where's that voice coming form?'
I turned my head and running towards Vali is a .......an ....an Annunake?
The small white haired Annunake girl was running away...from...Are those Baums? Large dark tree monsters that slither across the ground were chasing her. There were at least a 100 of them all around level 100-120. Why are there so many.
The girl was roughly 300 paces away. I leaped and covered the distant in an instant and gripped the girl tightly. She was...healthy. Such a beautiful little Annunake girl but what was she doing out here? Where is here.
She looked up at me curiously and I pressed our noses and foreheads together. It's a sign of love and admiration towards your fellow wolfman. It's how you show your a friend.
"Eh...umm....who..who are you?"
The little girl looked up at me and then back at Vali. He too was looking at me oddly. He gave me an odd face then looked towards the encroaching monster heard. He squared his body towards them when a white flash zoomed past me and him.
Adimar had leaped into the incoming hoard of Baums and landed right in between the monsters and me and the girl.
"Hehe...I'm Akino, you?"
'Huh...I saw the image of Vali now flying through the air. Attached to his wrist is still the chain that bound him to Adimar.
He crashed next to Adimar and stood up wobbily. Adimar continued to slash the bark easily away between every oncoming Baum while taking notice of Vali. He however didn't face Adimar to fight him. He just held his head and looked back towards me.
No he's not looking at me.
"HJOKK!!! You forgot one of the chains!!!"
The purple bird was now.....talking?
He then turned around and starting fighting the Baums.....alongside Adimar.
"Who are these people?"
End of Chapter.
I'll start editing and redoing some old chapters now. Rate my fiction guys and tell me what ya think in the comments. What do ya think of the legendary Annunake race. Or maybe the Hldr pixies?