Glory supported speech and it was extremely lifelike. Only one individual spoke at present. The system had a sound spreading algorithm, the distance directly influenced how loud or quiet the sound was. The game didn’t have any background noise. Only the wind blowing across the grass and other similar sound effects could be heard. When the headphones were put on, it felt like he had become a part of the world.
Ye Xiu guessed that the person shouting was Sleeping Moon. He had already found the hidden BOSS Midnight Phantom Cat’s location. Ye Xiu typed out a “ha ha” and heard Sleeping Moon’s voice: “Speak, why type?”
“There’s someone sleeping so it’s inconvenient.” After Ye Xiu typed it out, he fished out a cigarette from his pocket. He held it in between his lips crookedly and lit it.
“Oh.” Sleeping Moon indicated that he understood and followed: “What about everyone else?”
The other three all said something. Sleeping Moon said disappointed: “Ah, no pretty girls!”
Within the sounds of laughter, the team set off.
Green Forest was a low-level dungeon to let players familiarize with the game. How hard could it be? What’s more Sleeping Moon obviously wasn’t a newbie. He directed the whole journey and killing was smooth and unhindered. After Ye Xiu made Lord Grim cast two Heals, Sleeping Moon immediately used him as a Priest turning him into a pure support role. Actually, this type of low-level dungeon didn’t need this type of iron triangle battle tactic, but Sleeping Moon was already used to it and directed it as if it were a normal routine. He himself became the main tank in the party though. The other three players were in the front lines dishing out damage, Lord Grim was appointed to the rear and he became the big logistics leader.
Killing and shouting sounds could be heard between the five person party as they advanced quickly. Ye Xiu’s excellent technique handling received the team leader’s unbridled praise. Ye Xiu’s mind was in a daze. When was the last time he went in a dungeon with other players? How long had it been since he had this sort of feeling?
Seeing the monsters collapse one by one, Ye Xiu ‘s mind drifted off. He recalled all too well. Adventuring in the Green Forest made him remember of those memories from ten years ago.
At that time, he played Glory with his good friend. He would never forget those memories. You saw clearly, spoke well, planned well, but in the end because of a single unexpected accident, your dreams and hopes all disappeared into nothing leaving only this incomplete Myriad Manifestation Umbrella to me.
“You originally had talent in Glory, a successful talent… …” His fingers gently wiped over the keyboard. With a quiver, Lord Grim cast a heal onto Sleeping Moon’s body. When Sleeping Moon promptly praised him again, Ye Xiu’s mind was no longer in the game.
“Okay, here comes the Midnight Phantom Cat.” After Sleeping Moon cut down a monster, Ye Xiu heard the three words Midnight Phantom Cat and his train of thought immediately returned. The hidden BOSS didn’t necessarily have to appear after completely finishing the stage. Following the system’s guidance, a scene may appear midway. This time, the Midnight Phantom Cat would appear here.
“The Midnight Phantom Cat’s attack may cause you to enter a Cursed state. But being cursed isn’t something to be scared of. However this animal is quick, so it might take a while for me to aggro it. Everyone start supporting me, don’t be panicked and stay together.” Sleeping Moon arranged a tactic.
Everyone nodded his head and Ye Xiu didn’t say anything. There was nothing wrong with what the party leader said.
“The system hasn’t announced it yet. Comrades, we might be the first in the tenth server to kill a hidden BOSS!” Sleeping Moon excitedly said raising everyone’s morale.
“Forward.” Sleeping Moon ordered and the five continued advancing. Black clouds covered the sun casting a gloom over the Green Forest. Everyone’s footsteps in the forest could be distinctly heard. No one said a thing, everyone put their full attention onto the surroundings.
“Fallen Sun. There’s no need to keep looking at the sky. The Midnight Phantom Cat’s not going to fall from up there.” Sleeping Moon suddenly said. Glory was in a first-person perspective. The screen basically showed a perspective from a real human’s perspective. Because the particulars were so outstanding, when looking up at the sky, the character had to lift up his head. Sleeping Moon kept seeing everyone constantly lifting their heads so he couldn’t help but point it out.
“Ha ha ha.” Everyone laughed. Ye Xiu suddenly heard a rapid rustling sound from within the forest. This type of sound wasn’t from footsteps. It was from the rubbing sound between a body and leaves.
“It’s here.” Ye Xiu saw that typing might have been slow, so he immediately yelled vaguely. His mouth still held onto the cigarette! Meanwhile, his fingers lightly tapped twice and Lord Grim leapt back and turned around in a single breath. He had already pinpointed the Midnight Phantom Cat’s general direction.
Everybody saw Lord Grim’s movements and knew that it was this comrade that immediately warned them at this pivotal moment.
“Everyone retreat back.” Sleeping Moon shouted yet he himself didn’t move back. He wanted to become the Midnight Phantom Cat’s first attack target.
After the other three retreated back and stood beside Lord Grim, they maintained a certain distance from Sleeping Moon. Everyone held their breaths and stared, but the rustling sound made by the Midnight Phantom Cat had unexpectedly stopped.
“What… …” Right when team member Fallen Sun said these two words, a black shadow flew out along with a shrill cat shriek. The first attack really did fall onto Sleeping Moon.
“Good timing!” Sleeping Moon stood without a trace of fear and brandished his sword. The Midnight Phantom Cat had a small body and moved quickly. This type of monster tested a player’s precision. Ye Xiu had figured out these four player’s skills long ago. He guessed that aggroing the Midnight Phantom Cat would take a bit of time. He was a even a little skeptical thinking that his healing might snatch away the enemy. Only it wouldn’t be a problem if that happened. Ye Xiu alone was enough to deal with a Midnight Phantom Cat.
In the end, Sleeping Moon’s ability burst forth. His sword timing was quite precise and sliced down just as the Midnight Phantom Cat missed hitting thin air. Moreover, he quickly executed a roll to avoid the Phantom Cat’s pounce, saving a Heal from the already prepared Lord Grim.
Although the Midnight Phantom Cat missed, it reacted extremely quickly. It turned over its body and scratched again with its claw. Sleeping Moon erected his sword blade to block it. “Dong!” The sword knocked against the Cat’s claw and Sleeping Moon slid back half a step. He immediately raised his sword ready to attack again.
Beautiful! Ye Xiu couldn’t help but praise him. Sleeping Moon had used the Blade Master skill Block with perfect timing. His counterattack wasn’t the least bit sloppy either. Although his leading skills were superb, he hadn’t expected this. Did he make an error in judging him? This Sleeping Moon’s skill was above his expectations!
Sleeping Moon knocked back the Phantom Cat and followed up with an earth-shattering thrust. Afterwards, he pounced at it and chopped down with a dark-violet sword light. This combo made everyone cheer loudly. Sleeping Moon didn’t give it time to recover and slashed twice in quick succession. He shouted: “Slaughter it.”
The three team members were already prepared. They immediately brandished their weapons and unleashed all of the skills they had learned. Sleeping Moon no longer needed to dodge left and right and mixed in with the others. Reliant on Lord Grim’s healing, they trapped the Midnight Phantom Cat into a steady position.
The situation looked good. The Midnight Phantom Cat let out cries wave after wave. Everyone was extremely happy. Those three new players had already figured out, from Sleeping Moon’s explanation, the value of the hidden BOSS. Everyone looked forward to the Midnight Phantom Cat would drop. But Ye Xiu thought differently.
“Red blood. Keep up the healing.” The Midnight Phantom Cat’s life quickly dropped to under 10%. Players all called this status red blood. A lot of BOSSes will have a few new patterns when they reach red blood. Green Forest was only a newbie dungeon. BOSSes didn’t have any special abilities, but the Midnight Phantom Cat was different because it was a hidden BOSS. It wouldn’t be one if it didn’t have any special abilities.
But Midnight Phantom Cat’s transformation was relatively simple. It went berserk letting its attack speed and damage increase. Thus, the pressure for healing also increased during this period.
Ye Xiu guessed that with Sleeping Moon’s skill, if he dodged a bit, killing it wouldn’t be that hard. Who would have guessed that this guy would continue to directly fight the Midnight Phantom Cat? Moreover, his counterattacks looked a bit held back.
“No mana?” Ye Xiu sweeped across the party panel. It clearly wasn’t the problem. Then this Sleeping Moon’s sudden change to not trying now confirmed his prior thoughts. Just when Ye Xiu was about to warn them, he heard Sleeping Moon shout: “F*CK! OT !!”
1 Off Tank – aggro goes off Main Tank and onto other party members
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Chapter 8: A Life and Death Struggle
Translator: Nomyummi Editor: GravityTales The Midnight Demon Cat suddenly tackled flinging aside Sleeping Moon. It clawed at the nearby party member Fallen Sun.
“AH! So sorry!” Fallen Sun was by himself. How could he have avoided the swift attack? Only then did Sleeping Moon hastily apologize. This was all because Sleeping Moon had taught these three newbies all along the way. He had definitely taught them the chance of an OT!!” mistake could not be blamed on the MT!!”.
“Stop. Don’t attack it.” Sleeping Moon told Fallen Sun to immediately stop attacking. He rushed up to aggro it again. Who could know that after clawing at Fallen Sun a few times, the Midnight Demon Cat would pounce towards a different party member.
“F*CK, a chain OT!” Are you kidding me?” Sleeping Moon angrily roared. The party member that was being attacked just stood there confused. He was also a mage wearing cloth armor. Being clawed by the berserk Midnight Demon Cat was disastrous. His life crashed down, but Ye Xiu reacted beyond fast. He immediately ordered Lord Grim to begin casting a heal. But some things couldn’t be solved relying on skills. A cloth-armored mage resisting a berserk hidden BOSS’s attack, how long could he keep him alive?
The answer came quickly: seven seconds. Lord Grim’s Heal was still on cooldown. And the berserk Midnight Demon Cat tore him apart smoothly. Sleeping Moon pounced over to rescue him, but couldn’t aggro it back fast enough and the mage died.
In Glory, when a player died in a dungeon, he would be forced to leave the dungeon and wouldn’t be able to come back. In other words, the original five member party became a four member party.
“F*CK, Lining up to OT. You guys are KILLING me!!” Sleeping Moon crumbled. After the mage died, the Demon Cat did not get aggroed back to him and instead sharply clawed at the third member.
The third member was also a cloth-armored mage but this time, Ye Xiu didn’t order Lord Grim to heal him and instead healed Fallen Sun.
Using Heal could only save him from death for seven seconds, but these seven seconds were crucial to Fallen Sun. This was because other than the attack speed and damage increase from the berserk status, the Midnight Demon Cat also had an additional ability: Bleed.
The Midnight Demon Cat had unfortunately made Fallen Sun bleed. Ye Xiu had payed attention to his declining life bar. Even if he healed the mage, it would only be for seven seconds. In these seven seconds, not only would the mage die but Fallen Sun would die too. He might as well try to save one of them.
Ye Xiu had lost faith in Sleeping Moon and directly abandoned the mage to heal Fallen Sun. This sudden act made Sleeping Moon extremely angry and he roared: “WHY ARE YOU HEALING HIM?”
Ye Xiu didn’t reply. Without assistance, that mage collapsed in an instant. While Sleeping Moon angrily cursed at him, the Midnight Demon Cat pounced onto Fallen Sun without hesitation.
“HIT HIM YOU F***ING IDIOT!” Sleeping Moon complained without knowing why. He swore while chasing the Demon Cat to pull aggro.
Ye Xiu calculated a time. He couldn’t tell if Fallen Sun had bad luck attached to him. Right when the Bleed status wore off, the Midnight Demon Cat swiped at him again causing him to Bleed yet again. These types of status inducing attacks only had a small probability to appear. But it seemed as if someone added a 100% percent probability halo around Fallen Sun. Cursed, Bleed, every status effect that the Midnight Demon Cat could give, he possessed. Thirteen seconds. This was the amount of time Ye Xiu could keep Fallen Sun alive for. In this time, Sleeping Moon could pull aggro and save him. But what was Sleeping Moon doing?
That sharp Sleeping Moon that began the battle was now always hitting as if his hands kept slipping. Slice after slice, his sword hit nothing. In the middle of his cursing and yelling, Fallen Sun finally collapsed.
The Midnight Demon Cat finally attacked Sleeping Moon. Lord Grim was considered the least threatening because Ye Xiu’s skill was too good. He didn’t make any unnecessary operations so the aggro range only covered a small circle.
“Brother, stand your ground! Do you still have mana?” Sleeping Moon encouraged and welcomed him.
“You should be the one to stand your ground.” Ye Xiu typed out.
“Don’t worry. Us two match well. Beating it down won’t be a problem.” Sleeping Moon heroically said. In the end, his hands slipped again and the sword hit air. The Midnight Demon Cat clawed at his face.
No response. Lord Grim had been healing promptly and well the entire time. But at this time, he didn’t cast a Heal onto his body.
“I can’t add. It’ll OT.” Sleeping Moon saw what Lord Grim typed.
“You… …” Sleeping Moon suddenly turned his head and saw Lord Grim leisurely sitting under a big tree and coldly looked at him. Sleeping Moon realized the situation wasn’t looking too good. This Lord Grim wasn’t a newbie. It was still early for it to go OT. How could he have made such an error?
“It won’t go OT. Hurry up and add.” Sleeping Moon could only yell this. But in the end, there still wasn’t any reaction.
The Midnight Demon Cat had already reached him. Sleeping Moon’s reaction suddenly quickened. He sliced horizontally and blocked the claw. He immediately leapt and began skillfully attacking as he had been when he first began the battle. Sleeping Moon suddenly stopped missing.
But this time, his combo hadn’t been as smooth because it was a berserk Demon Cat this time. Sleeping Moon’s movements almost couldn’t keep up with its increase in attack speed and damage. After leaping up, his combo attack finally missed and the Demon Cat bit down.
“HURRY UP AND ADD!!!” Sleeping Moon was worried now. Although he could fight better than the cloth-armored mage and Fallen Sun, he wasn’t unequaled.
“What does add life mean? I only see that you’re bleeding.”
“You… …” Sleeping Moon was beyond angry.
“What a pity, if you only you could fight the hidden BOSS. Then, you could’ve rotated the party order and leader. That way, team members wouldn’t leave their posts and the hidden BOSS would’ve been yours.”
“Only how regretful. Your skill isn’t good enough, so you needed to rely on others to kill the BOSS. As a result, you deliberately aggroed it properly at first and then let the BOSS OT at the right time. The other team members would have been wiped out leaving you with a low-health BOSS to solo. The items also would have certainly been yours. Whether or not you could finish the dungeon wasn’t important at all compared to the hidden BOSS.”
After Lord Grim sent out these two messages, Sleeping Moon’s forehead broke out in a cold sweat. He didn’t think that this guy, who had only said a single sentence along the way, had seen through his entire plot. Correct, he had let the Demon Cat OT onto the other three members to kill them. His original plan was while the healer was still frantically healing the other three members, he would have the BOSS aggro onto him. But he didn’t think that Lord Grim would suddenly give up healing. Could it be that this guy had seen through his own own plan at that time? That guy he knew that he couldn’t save anyone else, so he deliberately controlled the aggro so that it wouldn’t fall on him. Could it be that he wouldn’t heal him and let him die under the Midnight Demon Cat’s claws?
“Brother… …” Sleeping Moon saw that this person wasn’t a virtuous crop and immediately began trying to persuade him: “For now, let’s not argue about this matter. It’s not like you know those three players. Let’s team up to beat this Demon Cat. We’ll each have a 50% chance of getting each of the items, isn’t that pretty good?”
“50%? I like 100%!”
“Fine… …” Sleeping Moon grinded his teeth, “Materials won’t usually be the only drops. When the time comes, you first take your pick and I’ll give up on it. Everything else, let’s roll die for. I can give all the equipment to you too.” Without the assistance of heals, Sleeping Moon knew that he definitely wouldn’t be able to beat the BOSS. He could only say this.
“This, who could believe this!”
“Then what’s your proposal?” Sleeping Moon immediately answered. His life had already dropped to half. He couldn’t deal with the Demon Cat after it turned berserk. Having to negotiate with Ye Xiu only made it more difficult. He had already secretly written down Lord Grim’s name. He swore that he would definitely humiliate this guy one day.
“You don’t need to worry about what I’m thinking. Be at ease and drop dead!”
“You… …You’re crazy. If I’m dead, wouldn’t you be dead too? Then, no one would be able to take the items.” Only a quarter of his health remained.
“Friend, there’s no need to get into a life and death struggle!!” Only a fifth of his health remained.
“You’re an idiot!” A seventh.
“Lord Grim, you haven’t gone mad have you? Do you know my Full Moon Guild’s strength?” One ninth.
“You’re finished!” One hit point.
“F*ck… …” The Midnight Demon Cat clawed down and the world turned quiet.
Lord Grim had not moved up until now. But he also hadn’t escaped. After settling the matter with Sleeping Moon, he immediately pounced over.
Ye Xiu laughed faintly. His left hand flew across the keyboard hitting a few keys and his right hand moved the mouse. Lord Grim brandished the Myriad Manifestation Umbrella and opened it. Furthermore, he opened it extremely exaggeratedly and the umbrella actually flipped the other way. He retracted the umbrella a bit and now the Myriad Manifestation Umbrella looked like a lance.
The lance-like Umbrella had already whooshed towards the Midnight Demon Cat.