Elina was cowering on the ground and crying, while clutching the key in both of her hands. She prayed “Goddess forgive me, I’ve taken the life of one of your children…” It was actually the first time that she had ever killed another person before.
Paladins or Crusaders of different sects or races slaughtering each-other was fairly normal, but she was a Priestess of Light, who specialized in healing. Similar to how sex was a taboo, ending the life of another person of the Light Affinity, was an incredibly grave sin.
Contrary to her fears of divine punishment, she received a message: “Light Affinity has reached level-5.” Something that she had been meditating, praying, and working towards for so long, had been achieved after she committed such a terrible crime.
While she was suffering from a large amount of mental shock, Sarah’s body began glowing brightly. Then a monotonous feminine voice resounded “You have reached level-7.”
Before she had the chance to invest any stat-points, she received notification: “Class-Change Quest Completed: A Thief who kills for the sake of stealing a person’s belongings and becoming wealthy, is considered a Bandit. However, an Assassin is also, in the end, someone who murders for a profit. You desire something more, you crave the bloodshed, you love the brutality, and most importantly… you despise yourself for being weak. There is great power in Darkness, but the proper path cannot be chosen for you.”
After that, she was shown three different weapons: A dagger, a sickle, then a slightly curved short-sword, which had only a single blade. They were each simple, dull and unimpressive, so there was certainly no difference in quality between them.
She grumbled “Ugh, what the fuck is all this bullshit? Some kinda test?” Then she turned to the weeping Priestess and yelled “Hey, Dumbass, stop crying like a little bitch and help me decide something!”
Elina immediately snapped out of her shock and looked around her, noticing that all of the white-clothed Inquisitors had been dyed completely red, from their own blood. The corpses were sprawled out onto the inn’s rubble, and a horrible stench was wafting through the air.
Those dark clouds were still blocking out the sunlight, and she witnessed countless incorporeal spirits wandering around the ruins. After gazing up at Sarah, she asked “Why would you help me?”
The Bloodworm-Goblin scowled, before complaining “The hell are you talking about? I killed them because of a Quest; the same reason why I followed you here, and now I need to pick between a dagger, a sickle and a short-sword for some reason. I can use either of the three, but I’m pretty sure the one I choose, is gonna decide what my new Class turns into. Whaddya think?”
Elina grabbed a leather money-pouch off of one of the corpses and placed the rusty key inside, then muttered “A sickle is used by Farmers, Ninja, and Cultists or Necromancers; Daggers and short-swords are too vague… explain their appearances more clearly.”
Sarah tilted her head and said “Let’s see… well, the dagger is kinda wavy, like a slithering snake. The sword has only one edge, and its curved slightly, aside from that, there’s a mark on the hilt of each one. Fuck it, I’ll just go with the…”
When she had finally decided, a pitch-black fog enveloped her body and swirled around rapidly for a few moments, before condensing into the form of a weapon. The Priestess immediately used her ‘Scan’ on the object, and a screen popped-up in-front of both of them: “Obsidian Wakizashi: Increases the wielder’s Dexterity, Agility and Willpower by one, and Attack Rating by twenty. Soulbound to Sarah Carelia, and can only be worn by her. Rare Quality, requires level-five.”
It was certainly an excellent sword, but she still complained “Didn’t even come with a fucking scabbard…” However, she was amazed to discover the pitch-black blade started entering inside of her right palm, and turning into a tattoo.
Then a notification told her “Right-Hand Weapon has been Unequipped: Obsidian Wakizashi.” Reading that, Elina quickly attempted to do the same for her own Soulbound item.
After the cat-girl’s clothes started glowing with a blinding radiance, they suddenly disappeared and only a white seal was left on the center of her chest. With a thought, she was instantly wearing her ‘Robe of Purity’ again.
The stat-bonuses obviously disappear once an item is Unequipped, but at least it could potentially save a lot of bag-space. Elina exclaimed “This is ridiculous! I can’t believe that something so convenient is even possible!”
Sarah glared at her as she pulled out the short-sword and ordered “Shut-up and help me loot the damn corpses… We should really get out of here before more of these bastards show-up.” Then the Priestess reluctantly started collecting all the coins that she could find on the bodies, while the Goblin unhesitantly tore open their skulls to retrieve the tiny white beads at the center of their brains.
In total, they gained one gold, seventy-nine silver, and forty-three copper; along with five Light-Affinity, rank-G, level-ten to fourteen, Human mana-cores. Unfortunately, all of the clothes and other equipment were completely unusable by either of them.
Covered in blood and grime, Elina started crying again, while asking “Goddess of Light, what should I do now?”
At that moment, a familiar voice resounded in both of their minds: “Oh hey~, so there really is a ‘Whisper’ feature, huh? Well whatever, congrats on the level-up and Class-change… You should probably put a point in Intelligence and Wisdom, since your mana-usage is pretty outrageous at the moment.”
Sarah casually replied “Yeah, that’s what I was gonna do…” as she immediately opened up her status-screen.
Titles: The Tree-Hater
Specialization: Stealth, Melee Damage Dealer
Mana Regen per minute: 30
Health Regen per hour: 30
Attack Rating: 10(+23)
Defense Rating: 1.5(+1)]
Immune System Boost Level 5: Resists Level five infectious diseases and illnesses.
Superior Regeneration Level 1: Organs and bones that have been lost, can be completely regenerated. Recovery speed is dependent on the amount of mana consumed.
Cutaneous Respiration Level 1: Able to absorb oxygen through the skin, as long as it’s properly hydrated. Effectiveness is dependent on Vitality.
Darkness Affinity Level 4: Dark environments increase the speed of health and mana recovery. Increases damage to enemies with Light Affinity by 40%.
Dagger Mastery Level 3: Increases Attack Rating while wielding knives, short-swords, and daggers by 15%.
Aura of Darkness Level 1: Killing enemies of the Light Attribute will increase the Aura stat by 1% of their level.]
Shadow-Step Level 3: Teleports into the target’s shadow. Range is dependent on Agility. Costs ten mana-points to activate.
Shadow-Cloak Level 2: Creates a shroud of darkness around the caster and all allies within range. Range is dependent on the Aura stat. Costs one mana-point per second.
Hate-Strike Level 1: Channels Dark-Mana into the caster’s weapons, polluting the enemy’s body and soul with destructive energy. Damage is dependent on the Aura stat. Twice as effective on enemies of the Light affinity. Costs five mana per second.]
Elina nervously asked “Michael? Why are you awake? Your Stamina was definitely depleted a few hours ago; actually, how are you even talking to us right now?” Telepathic magic wasn’t that uncommon, but it was usually only usable by Arcane-Mages and was completely one-sided; even her sister had been able to send simple messages, but the distance was limited by the mana-consumption.
He snickered and explained “Well, I was sleeping, until a certain cat-girl started talking about a mission they needed to take care of, and woke me up. Before I had a chance to pass-out again, a slimy little creeper started licking and molesting me for no particular reason, so I got turned on and had to masturbate… Unfortunately, with nothing but my imagination, it took me a while. Then right when it was finally about to fucking end, this asshole slime killed me. Sigh, anyway~, I’m about to start hunting with Inari now, so I’ll meet you guys back at the waterfall in a few hours.” He may have left out the fact that he could always see and hear what was happening, even while his body was unconscious.
Sarah was already starting to walk eastward, as Elina was still listlessly standing in the bloody rubble and wondering what she should do. Then that disembodied voice appeared again, “Oh yeah! I checked out that Quest you’re on right now, and was just wondering… Are you a fucking idiot? You’re like level seven, and you found the key to an endgame dungeon or raid, but you think that if you just show up at the destination, you’ll be able to accomplish something? Hell, it says that as long as you’re carrying the fucking thing, some douche-bag is gonna keep sending assassins to kill you. Just let me know when you’re about to die, so I can at least make sure my Health is topped off first. Whether you ignore my advice and try to go there on your own, or decided to meet-up with me in a few hours, we’ll still be seeing each-other again soon.”