Arcana enjoyed strategy, Chaos loved gambling, Lux would play childish games like tag, Naturae enjoyed gardening, and each of the others had their own favorites as well. However, very few NPCs were ever able to personally meet with an avatar of any of the nine Goddesses.
Sarah asked the ominous woman “I don’t really know any games… What exactly did you have in mind?”
Umbra chuckled then whispered “Ah~, it’s called a ‘Treasure Hunt’ heh~. Somewhere in this room, I’ve hidden seven items; three of them are garbage, two will kill you, one is worth a fortune and the last is priceless. Finding them is the easy part, making the right choice… not so much.”
The worm-girl frowned and replied “Yeah, I’ll play; not sure how this is a game though.” As soon as she finished speaking, that oppressive aura vanished and the obsidian-skinned Goddess faded into the darkness.
With six Perception, even if there was almost no light, Sarah was still able to see fairly well. In fact, with her mana-sense, she immediately located four of the seven items in the relatively small limestone cavern.
Three of them looked like brilliantly luminous, golden Human skulls, and they were hidden inside of large stalactites. She needed to use her Obsidian Wakizashi to uncover them, but when she saw how suspiciously expensive they looked, her assumption was that they were the ‘garbage’ items.
The other object that she found was a gigantic silver greatsword, buried a few meters deep, into one of the walls. It was so massive that the hilt was ten feet long, and far too thick for even an ogre’s hands to grasp.
Sarah sighed and complained “How the fuck am I supposed to find the other three?” After a few minutes of searching fruitlessly, her senses started becoming more acute.
It wasn’t that her Perception was rising, but that she was unconsciously channeling mana into her sensory organs and increasing their efficiency. Her MP began rapidly dropping, but she was able to hear an eerie humming noise coming from one of the small tunnels within the cave.
When she approached it, a throbbing sensation caused her head to feel as if it was about to explode. Without taking another step forward, she quickly retreated in the opposite direction.
The worm-girl had found one of the deadly items on the list, though she had no idea what it was. After returning to the main cavern, she heard a beautiful melody, but ignored it; she knew that it was most likely another trap.
The priceless treasure that she wanted, was something that couldn’t be sensed through her limited range of Perception. Sarah spent forty minutes furiously searching every nook and cranny that she could find, destroying stalactites and stalagmites with her seemingly indestructible blade.
Then she suddenly scowled, remembering that ‘skill-book’ and how it spoke about the various ‘sacrifices’ that people would make to Umbra. Grimacing, the girl laid down on her back and carefully used her wakizashi to slice open her abdomen.
The damage was surprisingly low, as she ‘gently’ opened up the area around her naval: screaming in pain the entire time. While her medical knowledge was practically non-existent, she did remember from the video, where the ovaries were.
Sarah removed the left one first, and was surprised at how similar it was to a Human’s. After tearing it apart with her teeth, she couldn’t find anything particularly special about it.
However, when she opened up the second one, there was a pitch-black pearl-like object at the center. She started laughing hysterically, and unhesitantly swallowed the mysterious mana-core.
A sinister, freezing-cold aura enveloped her whole body and then a terrifying numbness permeated her mind. It would have been nearly impossible for a person with poor Perception to tell, but in that light-less cavern, the worm-girl’s skin began to rapidly darken.
Eventually, her flesh had turned completely obsidian, and not only that, but all of the worms that were wriggling around on her scalp had died. Within seconds, thick locks of bluish-silver hair had emerged; although, it was all clumped together from the slimy mucus and blood that she was laying in.
She quietly slipped into unconsciousness, as pitch-black finger and toenails began growing. Sarah’s skin was still incredibly slimy and smooth; her tail still appeared like a giant bloodworm, but ebony, instead of pink.
Her lips and tongue had changed from an inky color, to a light-blue. Those slightly elongated and pointed ears, started to grow a few centimeters longer, and the wounds on her abdomen quickly healed.
However, the lithe, four-foot tall frame hadn’t been altered at all. When she opened her eyes, the obsidian sclera suddenly began turning a dark shade of purple; then her very large irises began glowing with a bright blue luster, while her pupils remained pitch-black.
Then she saw a message: “You have been given a new title: The Daughter of Umbra. It is incredibly rare for the Goddesses to take an interest in mortals, but it does happen occasionally. You have been unfortunate enough to be favored by Umbra, and she will likely use you as a source of entertainment from now on. Willpower and Luck have both increased by three points.”
Then another notification popped-up: “You have successfully evolved into a Dark-Goblin. Base stats have increased based on your Luck and the ‘Essence of Umbra’ that the mana-core originally belonged to: +3 Aura, +1 Charisma, +1 Perception, +1 Dexterity, +3 Agility.”
Titles: The Tree-Hater, Of the Eternal Darkness, The Necrophiliac, The Daughter of Umbra
Specialization: Stealth, Melee Damage Dealer
Mana Regen per minute: 30
Health Regen per hour: 30
Attack Rating: 20(+24)
Defense Rating: 1.5(+6)]
Immune System Boost Level 5: Resists Level five infectious diseases and illnesses.
Superior Regeneration Level 2: Organs and bones that have been lost, can be completely regenerated. Recovery speed is dependent on the amount of mana consumed.
Cutaneous Respiration Level 2: Able to absorb oxygen through the skin, as long as it’s properly hydrated. Effectiveness is dependent on Vitality.
Darkness Affinity Level 5: Dark environments increase the speed of health and mana recovery. Increases damage to enemies with Light Affinity by 50%.
Dagger Mastery Level 4: Increases Attack Rating while wielding knives, short-swords, and daggers by 20%.
Umbra’s Blessing of Lust Level 1: Satisfying your carnal desires upon the remains of a man or woman who you’re sexually attracted to, will increase your Aura by one point per level of the corpse.
Aura of Darkness Level 1: Killing enemies of the Light Attribute will increase the Aura stat by 1% of their level.]
Shadow-Step Level 4: Teleports into the target’s shadow. Range is dependent on Agility. Costs ten mana-points to activate.
Shadow-Cloak Level 3: 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 2: 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.]
Staring at her new rank, Sarah started grinning, while slowly standing up. Her body felt significantly lighter, and when she jumped, it took less than a second for her to reach the five-meter high ceiling.
Using her tail, she cushioned the impact dramatically and even launched herself back downward. With an obsidian short-blade in her hands, she practiced some acrobatic techniques, and even used Shadow-Step to teleport a few times.
It wasn’t as if her skills had been instantly learned after all; she needed to train for a while, or it would be impossible for her to be completely comfortable with her new body. However, just when she was starting to enjoy herself, an irritating voice ‘Whispered’ into her mind: “Congrats on the rank-up and race-change… Just curious, but did you really fuck my corpse? I mean like, did his-er my penis, actually go inside of your vagina? It just seems kinda difficult… Did you use some sort of dark-magic to make it hard first, or did one of them already have a boner? Damn it, I should’ve ignored your ridiculous demands and just watched: like a normal person!”
Elina shouted “How is anything you just said normal?!” As one of his Companions, she was also in the ‘Chat.’
Then there was a loud yelping noise, followed by some barking and whining. Michael complained “Oh for fuck’s sake; how can Inari be in the goddamn telepathic conversation? She can’t even speak!”
Sarah screamed “Shut up! What the hell do you bastards want from me!? Also, no, I didn’t try to shove your floppy corpse-cock in my pussy, ya happy?!”
Hearing that, Michael snickered and said “Well, I figured you might have ignored it, or maybe just weren’t paying attention… but there was this huge info-dump notification. Oh yeah, and I kinda-sorta signed us up for a Battleground, so were gonna be teleported into a war-zone in… now.”