Michael sighed dramatically after reading the level-requirement, but Sarah asked him “Can you create backpacks? I’ll need this magical bag to keep all the gigantic fucking carcasses in, but we really do need some other ways to carry normal shit.”
It was something that he unlocked after reaching ‘Leatherworking Level 3’ but he hadn’t even considered making one. First, he took out the six Poor Quality leather strips from his inventory, and actually chose the ‘trash’ option for the first time.
They disappeared from his inventory space, and nothing else happened. Then he selected his last remaining level-six Bengal Tiger carcass; instead of turning it into a single pelt, it became five pieces of Uncommon Quality level-six, rank-G, leather.
From that, he only needed two of them to create a goblin-sized backpack. However, he was given a strange option, so he asked “What color do you want it to be?”
She sighed and told him “Just make it black.” thus a ‘Small Obsidian Backpack’ was created. After Michael handed it over to the her, Sarah quickly placed her new armor inside, and finally stopped her leech-like tail from unconsciously attaching itself to a certain part of his body.
As she was leaving, he stored his Arcane skill-book back into bag-slot two and complained “I forgave her for murdering me, twice, let her evolve, gave her immortality, an overpowered farming quest, a new set of armor, and she can’t even bother to say ‘Thanks.’ Ugh, I’m gonna be really pissed if she laid eggs in my urethra…”
Inari just sat down next to him, and didn’t seem to understand what was going on, so Sarah eventually came back and glared at the naked Human. Michael gazed into Quad-Tailed Nature-Fox’s bright-blue eyes and channeled mana into his voice, whispering “Be a good girl and go with the bitchy worm-woman.” while scratching her neck with his left hand, and pointing with the other.
‘Enthrall’ properly activated, and his words were converted into instructions that the vixen could actually understand. She barked happily, then licked his face a few times before following after the irritated ‘Shadow.’
Once they were finally gone, Michael sighed and immediately took a bath in the river, while satisfying his other needs. Then he finally laid down on the tiger-pelt bed, and promptly lost consciousness.
Fortunately or not, his wisp form was ejected from his body like every other time he had slept. However, instead of wandering off somewhere, he decided to stay close-by, and properly make sure that no slimes decided to eat himself or the cat-girl.
Since he had nothing better to do, he stared at Inari and Sarah’s status-screens while they were off hunting. Time was accelerated dramatically for him, so in what seemed like a few seconds, the worm-girl killed something and received five experience points.
He was even able to ‘Whisper’ her, and say “Pick Perception, it’s not good to rely on a ring for your sight. If for whatever reason, you lose it or get something better, you’ll be fucked.” Without responding, he saw that she did what he told her to.
Then time started moving quickly again, and Inari reached level-seven. Michael decided to raise her Intelligence by two and Wisdom by one.
At that point, he could tell that the two of them had finally reached the destination. By looking into Sarah’s bag-slots, he could tell that she only encountered rank-G, level five to nine Bengal Tigers.
A message popped-up, and in an instant, the wisp had vanished, reappearing in the Forgotten Grotto, next to Sarah. The gigantic, bright-green snapping-turtle opened his eyes and asked “Michael… is that you? I see, so this pest was sent by you, huh?”
He didn’t even glance at the little girl, just spoke to the illusory figure of a man, who was completely naked and standing between the ‘Shadow’ and the fox. After a moment of looking down at his strange, immaterial form, Michael sighed and answered “Of course, who else even knows you exist? Anyway, this brat is my Companion, so you can’t eat her… but, she did come here to feed you.”
Sarah complained “This giant asshole better give me a fucking book for this shit…” as she released a huge pile of ten ‘Bengal Tiger’ carcasses. The instant that they appeared, dozens of colossal tentacles erupted from the creature’s beak, and quickly pulled all of the ‘meat’ into its mouth.
Suddenly, the girl’s body began glowing brightly, and a monotonous female voice announced “You have reached level-nine.” She placed both points into Agility, without even waiting for advice.
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)]
Goliath started laughing heartily, then bellowed “Hohoho, this monster prepared a much better meal than you did Immortal One… Don’t worry child, I always repay my debts. What kind of skill-book were you hoping for?”
Michael told him “The same kind you gave me, if you have it. Something Assassin-ish, focusing on the ways to train more efficiently in the Darkness Affinity. I assume you probably have a ton of shit like that, right?”
The massive turtle chuckled and said “Indeed, I do have something akin to what you’re looking for.” as a cluster of blue vines emerged from the green water, and carried a small treasure chest over to them.
After Sarah cautiously approached, she opened the water-logged container, and pulled out the ‘skill-book’ with a dissatisfied expression. Before she had the chance to complain, Goliath explained “There was once a mighty Guild of Assassins who used Necromancy and Diseases to massacre entire countries… Of course, they were only Humans in the end, so against me, they were easily devoured. Fortunately for you, I have a habit of hoarding trophies and other useless things to me… From what I understand, someone of the Darkness Affinity can get that thing to work. However, don’t do it here.”
She was still frowning, but just stored the pitch-black Human skull into her first bag-slot, then turned towards the exit. Once the fox and girl left, the giant turtle seemed a bit solemn, as he warned “Michael, you should be wary of that one…”
Before he could finish speaking, the pitch-black figure started laughing hysterically and then revealed “She’s already viciously murdered me twice already, ya know? Well, to be fair, I did kinda-sorta trick her into taking the mana-core of a Bloodworm… I mean, she was a Goblin before that, and not the ugly kind. Although, I still think she’s pretty cute. If you’re worried about her betraying me… I don’t really know how she could, at least there’s nothing she can do to truly ‘hurt’ me right now. Who knows, maybe she’ll trick me into falling in love with her, then turn out to be a total slut. Ah, I guess she could probably wait until I had children, and then kill them; that’d be pretty fucked up, but I wouldn’t really put it past her.”
Goliath finally started chuckling, then said “Maybe I should have warned her to be wary of you instead… Anyway, thank you for convincing her to bring me food. Remember, I have plenty of other little treasures stored in this vault; the better the meals, the greater I’ll reward you and your Companions.”
In an instant, Michael vanished from that cavern and appeared in his normal, black-ball form, floating above his unconscious body. In what seemed like moments, the Moon disappeared as the sky started to brighten; though, the jungle was mostly lit by the bio-luminescent plants and animals, so it was difficult to tell.
Sarah and Inari didn’t kill any magical-beasts on their way back, and with both of them having at least ten Agility points each, they arrived less than half an hour after he last saw them. The worm-girl had discarded her old crude-leather outfit, and was wearing considerably less clothing.
A short skirt, that allowed easy movement, small boots that were little more than shoes, plus a relatively thin belt that barely covered her breasts: All of which was orange and white, with black-stripes. Judging by appearances, it shouldn’t have been nearly as effective as her previous armor, yet it not only gave her six times the Defense Rating, but also raised her Agility by three points.
After playing in the water for a few minutes, the tired fox laid down next to Michael’s unconscious body and fell asleep. However, Sarah was still wide awake, since she had leveled-up less than a half-hour prior.
Noticing the ball of darkness that was hovering around her, she asked “What rank and level was that monster?” Although she didn’t show it, facing such a ridiculously powerful being, she was actually terrified.
Michael snickered and answered “Only ‘A’ but he was a Raid Boss too… As for level, I’d say at least in the seventies or higher.” She flinched, but didn’t retort him, or continue to talk about that subject.
Sarah Shadow-Stepped onto the boulder that she had been using before, and sat cross-legged, before pulling out an obsidian skull from her bags. As she held the ice-cold object in her slimy red hands, she frowned and muttered “How the hell am I supposed to use this fucking thing?”
The wisp sighed and told her “I’d Scan it, but my body’s still sleeping. I still need a few more hours before I can wake-up normally. Well, there’s no point though, cause I’m pretty sure you just have to channel your mana into it.”
As she began emanating an aura of Darkness, the eyes of the human skull suddenly started glowing with a bright-red light. Then they projected words onto her toned and slimy abs: “Shadowcraft and Necromancy.”