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Training Overview

 

General Experience Earned

Mana Use: 8907

Stamina Use: 17

[Level Up]

 

Skill Experience Earned

Extend Aura: 1360

Purify: 2420 [Rank Up]

Winter: 191 [Rank Up]

Amplify Aura: 2294 [Rank Up]

Detection: 1123 [Rank Up]

Aura Focus: 334 [Rank Up]

Channel Mastery: 192 [Rank Up]

Velocity: 993 [Rank Up] [Rank Up]

Intrinsic Focus: 8366 [Rank Up] [Rank Up] [Rank Up] [Rank Up] [Rank Up] [Rank Up] [Rank Up]

 

Haha, holy shit, I think I broke it. That’s a lot of rank up messages. Seven ranks in intrinsic focus in one day? Wow.

 

Rain swiped the dialog closed and climbed out of bed. He looked over to Tallheart’s spot, but the man wasn’t there. Shrugging, he ventured out into the chill morning air and headed over to the forge. Tallheart was feeding wood into it to build the fire back up. Rain pulled up a log to sit on near the flames while he warmed himself. It hadn’t rained, but there was a layer of dew over everything and it looked like it was going to be a cold day.

 

I need a cloak or something.

 

“Good morning, Tallheart.”

 

“Rain.”

 

“Is the forge done?”

 

“No.”

 

“Can I help?”

 

“Not with this. Can you find more metal?”

 

I want to stick around here and wait for Jamus. He didn’t show up last night. Maybe I’ll go look later.”

 

“Very well.”

 

“I’ll just sit here, if that won’t bother you.”

 

It does not bother me, you are welcome.”

 

“Thanks.”

 

It was a little hard to get a read on Tallheart, but Rain thought he was in a good mood. His curt responses didn’t bother him at this point; he knew that it was just how the man spoke.

 

Rain used purify to freshen himself up and started peeling off the bandage from his finger. The skin was tender, but not nearly as painful as it had been the day before. He tucked the clean bandage into a pocket; it would be useful if he got hurt again, and purify took care of any sanitary concerns. He pulled up his attributes window to see the impact of yesterday’s training.

 

 

Attributes

Richmond Rain Stroudwater

Level 11

Experience: 4105/7304

Dynamo

 

Health

400

Stamina

200

Mana

520


Strength

20 [10] (+)

Recovery

10 (+)

Endurance

10 (+)

Vigor

10 (+)

Focus

10 (+)

Clarity

120 (+)


Free Points

10

 

 

Wow, that was a lot of experience. What is up with the requirement for the next level? I can’t figure out the formula ever since I took dynamo. It’s going up, that’s for sure. Ten free points, right into clarity, thank you very much.

 

As Rain applied the points, a number caught his eye and made him do a double take.

 

520 mana? Yes! Go intrinsic focus! Stat ring, you’ve been replaced! Statistics.

 

 

Statistics

 

 

Total

Base

Modifier

Health

400

400

0

0%

H.Regen

100

/day

100

/day

0

0%

Stamina

200

200

0

0%

S.Regen

100

/day

100

/day

0

0%

Mana

520

520

0

0%

M.Regen

858

/hr

487

/hr

-28/hr

82%

 

Movement Speed

10

Vision

10

 

Resistances

Heat

Cold

Light

Dark

1

0%

1

0%

1

0%

1

0%

Force

Arcane

Mental

Chemical

1

0%

1

0%

1

0%

1

0%

 

 

 

“Yeah!”

 

Rain pumped his hand in the air at the sight of his total mana regeneration. The boost from winter was really starting to make a difference, almost doubling the base rate. Tallheart looked at him and raised an eyebrow, but didn’t comment.

 

“Sorry, I just got a little excited,” Rain said, settling himself back down on the log.

 

“I understand. I remember what it was like to level up.”

 

“Remember? Are you… capped?”

 

“Yes. I have not leveled for years.”

 

“Oh. You should go find one of those monsters.”

 

“I am not a warrior.”

 

“So you’ve said. I could help you, once I’m strong enough. What level are you, if you don’t mind telling me?”

 

Tallheart stared at Rain with a contemplative expression, then nodded.

 

“I trust you, but do not tell others. It is dangerous, for a cervidian’s level to be known. I have your word?”

 

“You have it.”

 

“I am level 37.”

 

“Wow, that’s really high. How did you kill something that strong if you don’t fight?”

 

“My wife helped me.”

 

“Oh, so she’s a fighter, is she...”

 

Tallheart stared into the flames, silently.

 

“Shit, sorry,” Rain apologized. There was a pained expression on Tallheart’s face.

 

“It was a long time ago.” The antlered man shook his head and sighed, picking up a larger log and adding it to the fire.

 

“Do you want to talk about it?”

 

“No,” Tallheart said as he got to his feet. “Do not let the fire go out,” he continued as he started off toward the river.

 

Rain winced. He’d really put his foot in it. He’d have to make it up to Tallheart later, but for now he sensed that the man wanted to be alone. He stared at the fire, dwelling on the tragedy that was Tallheart’s life.

 

What the hell happened to his people? Dangerous for his level to be known? Why?

 

Rain shook his head and shivered. He pulled his log closer to the fire and then brought up his skills menu to distract himself.

 

 

Skills

 

Refrigerate (4/10) Exp: 356/700

29-34 cold (fcs) damage per second to entities and environment

Sufficient damage causes slow

Range: 4 meters

Cost: 20 mp/s

 

Extend Aura (7/10) Exp: 1630/2200

Extend aura range by 7 meters

Multiply aura mana cost by 240%

 

Purify (8/10) Exp: 1955/2900

Purify poison, corruption, and contamination

Range: 8 meters

Cost: 80 mp/min

 

Winter (4/10) Exp: 112/700

Multiply M.Regen by 140% for all entities

Range: 4 meters

Cost: 4 mp/hr

 

Intrinsic Clarity (10/10)

Multiply base mana regeneration by 300%

 

Amplify Aura (7/10) Exp: 1686/2200

Multiply aura intensity by 170%

Multiply aura mana cost by 240%

 

Detection (6/10) Exp: 792/3200

Sense selected items of interest

Not occluded by mundane materials

Resolution: 0.50 meters

Range: 6 meters

Cost: 6 mp/s

 

Aura Focus (3/10) Exp: 81/800

Focus on an aura to boost its output

Multiply aura intensity by 160%

Multiply aura range by 160%

Multiply aura mana cost by 160%

User loses all external senses while focusing

 

Channel Mastery (2/10) Exp: 148/400

Allows intuitive control of channeled skill intensity

Minimum skill intensity: 80%

Maximum skill intensity: 120%

Skill mana cost modified by intensity adjustment

 

Intrinsic Focus (8/10) Exp: 2066/2900

Multiply base mana by 260%

 

Velocity (3/10) Exp: 393/800

30% boost to speed for all entities

Range: 3 meters

Cost: 3 mp/s

 

Free Skill Points: 1

 

 

This… is getting a little unmanageable. If I get many more skills, I’ll have to see if I can reorganize the display. I don’t feel like messing with settings right now, so I’ll just live with it. Pretty good progress overall.

 

What should I work on today? Humm. The wells are a bit out of reach until I get aura focus and channel mastery higher, so I guess I’ll work on offense. It’s way too cold to use refrigerate, so I’ll take immolate and train with that instead. Should help me warm up, at least.

 

After spending the point on the skill, Rain considered the forge. He was unsure if he would damage it by adding to the heat of the fire. To be safe, he got up and moved a few meters away.

 

This should be good. I won’t use extend, so the range will be pretty short. Immolate.

 

When he activated the skill, immediately he felt his mana warm as it flowed through his veins and out into the world. A hot wind blasted forth from his skin and made the grass in a circle around him wave slightly. He couldn’t feel the heat directly, but the dew on the grass was quickly drying. He canceled the aura after around ten seconds and bent down to inspect the grass. The area around him in a one-meter radius was dry, the dew burned away. The ground was slightly warm to his touch, as if the sun had been shining on it all day. It felt nice against his cold skin.

 

Good, I’m not going to set the forest on fire. Well, not at rank one anyway. What if I push it?

 

He activated the skill again, using amplify and channel mastery to boost it. He left off aura focus, not wanting to be without senses should he inadvertently set his pants on fire. The hot wind gusted out, noticeably stronger this time. Rain watched as the grass started yellowing and drying out. He left the skill on for another thirty seconds until his mana started to get low.

 

Good, no fire. I can practice this here; I just need to be careful. Now that the grass is dried out, it might burn if I do that again.

 

Rain started pulling up the dead grass as he waited for his mana to regenerate, piling it on the dirt in front of him. Once he had cleared the entire circle, he sat back down in the center and checked his mana. It was nearly full again, so he re-activated the skill. This time, he used focus as well.

 

He was able to hold it for around 20 seconds. The smell of burned grass greeted his nose as his senses returned. The pile in front of him was blackened and smoldering, having been ignited by the heat. Additionally, a circle of grass outside of the dirt ring was now dried and yellow.

 

Oops, I forgot about the range boost of aura focus. At least that grass was still wet. Even if it did catch on fire, the rest of the grass is probably wet enough so it wouldn’t spread that far. I… need to be really careful with this.

 

Rain eyed the burned pile of grass, then fingered the hem of his shirt contemplatively.

 

My clothes aren’t burned. Huh, they’re barely even warm. I guess the skill makes an exemption for things I’m wearing. Why? Purify doesn’t do that. I’m not complaining, though. I like wearing clothes. Still, I expected it to be stronger than this. Refrigerate can kill a slime, easy, so why does immolate take so long just to kill grass? Refrigerate is higher level, true, but... Slimes must really suck if they are weaker than grass. What does that say about me?

 

Anyway, I can’t use this willy-nilly. I kinda get where the Watch is coming from. Once this is all leveled up and stuff, I could accidentally burn down a city block if I used it without thinking. That explains why they take such a hard line with magic. I’m not sure if I’m mad at them anymore. Sure, they kicked me out of the city, but that was second-hand information they were working on. That big blue bastard though, him I’m not going to forgive.

 

How the hell am I going to get back in the city if there are no monsters around here to farm for tel? The only places I can think of are the sewer, which I can’t get to, and that mine, which would probably get me killed. There were slimes in the forest where I started, but not many. Maybe I could try there. I’ll ask Jamus if he knows any good farming spots.

 

Rain pulled out his notebook to write down the question, then started looking through his notes while he waited for his mana to regenerate.

 


 

Hello! Tallheart! Rain! You there?”

 

Rain looked up at the sound of the voice. He was waiting for his mana to recover after his latest bout of immolation. He’d been practicing for the last few hours, and Jamus’s voice came as a welcome distraction. Just sitting and using his aura was hardly exciting, and Tallheart had yet to return.

 

“Over here!” he called out, climbing to his feet.

 

He saw the brilliant orange of Jamus’s robe break through the trees into the clearing. The man standing next to him was much less visible in his tattered black outfit. Rain walked over to join them, leaving the circle of scorched earth behind.

 

“Hi Jamus,” he said, then turned to the other man. “Val, are you ok? I was really worried about you. Sorry, I couldn’t get them to heal you.”

 

“Don’t apologize. I owe you my life,” the man replied in a firm voice, stepping forward and offering Rain his hand to shake. When Rain moved to take it, the man reached past his hand, grasping his forearm instead. Rain did likewise. The man released him and stepped back.

 

“Don’t worry about it. Anyone would have done the same.”

 

“No, they wouldn’t,” Val stated flatly.

 

Rain had no response to this, but luckily Jamus cut into the awkward silence.

 

“Sorry we were late, Rain, there was some news in the city. It caused a bit of a commotion in the guild. By the time it all calmed down, it was too late to head out here.”

 

“Don’t worry about it. What was the news?”

 

“The <something> of Adamant declared <something> on the <something> kingdoms.”

 

“Sorry, what?”

 

“Oh, right, most of those words haven’t come up. Here, I got you something.”

 

Jamus pulled out a large, leather-bound book from a bag that he had slung over his shoulder. He handed it to Rain for him to inspect. Taking it, Rain flipped open the cover, revealing page after page of hand-written script. From the layout, it appeared to be some sort of dictionary.

 

Damn, I wish I could read.

 

Rain peered closer at the page. He’d been practicing with his notes and he thought that he had most of the alphabet down, but it was still going to take him quite a while to decipher the cramped text.

 

“Oh, wow. Thanks, Jamus. It’s written by hand… This wasn’t expensive?”

 

“I know a guy. Don’t worry about it.”

 

“Thanks,” Rain said, tucking the book under his arm.

 

Jamus shifted to adjust the bag on his back, then looked around the clearing. “Where’s Tallheart? I have a few other things I want to give you guys.”

 

“Down by the river, I think.”

 

“I’ll go find him and leave you two to catch up. I’ll just put this stuff over by the… hut.”

 

Jamus walked off and left Rain and Val standing awkwardly in the clearing. Rain inspected the man surreptitiously. In the mid-morning light, he could see that he was in good shape, despite the mage’s robes he was wearing. He didn’t share the spindly build that he had come to associate with Jamus and other mages. In fact, even calling the black tattered garment a robe was a bit inaccurate. It was more like a long trench-coat, but without the buttons. The man had dark skin and his straight black hair was still tied into a ponytail as it had been in the sewer.

 

“So, you… live out here?” Val said, sizing Rain up in turn.

 

“For now. I got banned from the guild.”

 

Val raised a hand to touch the copper plate hanging from his own neck, then dropped it. “So Jamus said. Something about magic in the city?”

 

“Right. I pissed off the Watch, even though it was a harmless spell.”

 

“Which one?”

 

“Purify, the one I was using in the sewer. This one.”

 

Rain activated the skill to demonstrate, the pulses of white light visible even in the sunlight, thanks to the increased strength of his skills. Val took a cautious step back, then relaxed, letting the light wash over him.

 

“Were you? I don’t really remember that much after I hit my head. So, you’re a mage, then? What does it do, purify?”

 

“It…cleans things. The skill description says it works on poison too, but I haven’t ever tested that.”

 

“That’s convenient. Wish I’d had that when I went down there.”

 

“What were you doing in the sewer, anyway?”

 

“I was trying to kill that damn giant slime. Thing had way too much health.”

 

“Giant slime? The one from the quest in the middle of the board? They let you go after it alone?”

 

“Nobody tried to stop me. Wish they had. I guess I look stronger than I am.”

 

“So you’re a mage too? What was that light spell?”

 

“Lunar orb. It isn’t good for much, other than making light. Still, I need it, for my build.”

 

“What build? Oh, I’m being rude, sorry.”

 

“A little. Don’t worry about it. You saved me, so I owe you. Can I trust you to keep quiet about what I’m about to tell you?”

 

Rain nodded.

 

“Good. I know of a rare class, including the <something> requirements. I am trying to unlock it, so I need to pick some really specific skills.”

 

“Oh, I see,” Rain said, debating whether to tell the man about his own rare class. He decided against it for now. He really didn’t know anything about him, other than the fact that he was some sort of mage. I’ll get to know him a bit better, first.

 

“So you went after the slime to, what, earn money? Experience?” Rain asked.

 

“Neither. I need to kill a strong essence monster, and I’d hoped that the slime would be one. It wasn’t, but by the time I found that out, it had already blocked the tunnel behind me.”

 

“An essence monster?”

 

“Yes. It’s a requirement for the class I want. I’m stuck at level 5 until I pick something. I’m not taking mage, that’s for sure.”

 

“Oh, so it’s not just the cap? You can’t level until you pick?”

 

“Right.”

 

“Oh, I didn’t know that. It never even occurred to me to not pick right away. Shit. Thanks for telling me about it.”

 

“Thanks for saving me. Is there anything I can do to pay you back?”

 

“Well... I do need tel to get back into the city...”

 

“Sorry, I’m flat broke. I lost what little coin I had in the sewer. In fact, I was hoping that I could join you out here so I don’t have to pay for lodging. I’m not from around here, and I don’t fancy hunting slimes so I can afford the bunkroom.”

 

“Sure, I’ll have to talk to Tallheart, though. This is his hut, though I suppose we did kind of build it together.”

 

“Stick to being a mage.”

 

“I know, right?”

 

“Tallheart is the cervidian?”

 

“Yeah, did Jamus tell you about him? Is that going to be an issue?”

 

“No. I have no problem with his kind, as long as he doesn’t have a problem with me.”

 

“Oh, good. Well, then, I’m sure he won’t mind...”

 

Rain stood awkwardly as Val looked around the clearing.

 

“Should we go find him?” Val asked.

 

“No, I think it would be better if we let him talk to Jamus for a little while.”

 

“Then what should we do while we wait? What were you doing before I got here?”

 

“I was just training my magic.” Rain waved at the burned circle of grass.

 

“Fire mage, then?”

 

“No, I am… an aura mage, I guess. I use auras. It isn’t my ‘class’ class.” Rain made air-quotes with his fingers to explain what he meant, but this just got him a puzzled look.

 

“I don’t think I’ve ever heard of that one before. There are some aura users in the <something>, but they’re more… humm. They aren’t adventurers, let’s say.”

 

“The <something>? Jamus said that word before. Sorry, I’m not from around here either. This isn’t my first language.”

 

“Yeah, Jamus told me that you were a bit… different. Your accent is pretty strange, that is for sure.”

 

“What did he say?”

 

“Just that you were quick at learning languages, and that you were from somewhere, very, very, very far away. His words.”

 

“Ah, yeah. That’s accurate. I was teleported here, I don’t know how.”

 

“Hell of a thing. So, training, huh? Fancy a bit of a spar? You don’t seem like you’re too much higher level than I am.” Val looked at him expectantly.

 

“I don’t know... My magic isn’t really good for that kind of thing.”

 

“Ok, what then?”

 

“How about if we go hunting? All I have to eat are ration bricks.”

 

“I can’t eat those damn things. Your bartender... Khurt? Was that his name? Anyway, he’s <something> for making them like that. I didn’t believe Jamus when he said they were your favorite food. He has a stack of them for you, by the way.”

 

Rain scoffed. “Don’t listen to Jamus. I don’t eat them because I like them.”

 

“Hah. I knew he was full of shit. Well, I’m up for it. What are we hunting?”

 

 

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AnthonyL @AnthonyL ago

Thank you for the chapter.

Post read edit:

Bah it's confirmed, he might have lost out on a really good class at level 5, at least he knows he can stop at 25 for a bit till he maxes every skill, might unlock something then.

he continued, as started off toward the river -as he-
He really didn’t know anything him -about him-


Newbage @Newbage ago

Aura IFF is a must-have, of course. Unless I’m going to go solo, I need to be able to hurt monsters and not my allies.

Wrong. He'd need it even if he were solo so he could exempt enemies from beneficial auras like healing.

    AnthonyL @AnthonyL ago

    Healing isn't something to do mid battle though, and he can only use one aura at a time for now so it's gonna be pure damage auras, his biggest weakness is his small mana pool so he really can't afford to waste a single mp and risk being unable to finish the fight.

      TheKingsRaven @TheKingsRaven ago

      Beneficial aruras could kept away from enemies by precise positioning. That requires skill, but it's not impossible.

      He could also pump the aura to maximum inbetween battles to recharge the team; it's really about maximising his total utility to the team rather than specifically combat utility.

      AnthonyL @AnthonyL ago

      Ok first we were talking about solo fighting, in a team he absolutely has to and will have IFF.

      Second the utility only really comes into play between fights.

      If you're getting your face eaten by a beaver monster the appropriate course of action is to kill it asap and then start healing. Doing both at once is not gonna come into play till he gets prismatic and by then he'll have IFF anyway.

      Daniel Vickerman @Daniel Vickerman ago

      Yes and no, IFF is not neccesary for benefical auras except for velocity. The obvious problem is if your running away you don't want to speed up the monster chasing you. So IFF does have a notable benefit for solo play but other than that it's niche.

      Something_witty @Something_witty ago

      Except, ironically, velocity behaves like a harmful aura because it only speeds up the body, so using it on an enemy chasing you would actually be useful.

      starburst98 @starburst98 ago

      Except if he gets prismatic intent he can have healing and damage running at the same time. Get that to level 10 for maybe 11 at once and with enough mp regen to run it all at once and he will be a walking blender, monsters he by fire, ice, light, dark, and force at the same time.

      Misery's End @Misery's End ago

      I have to agree, iff isnt important while solo till he is able to get multiple auras running at the same time. Once he has multiple auras if he doesnt have iff, he would only be reducing his own damage or regenerating mobs resources.

Frederic Axt @Frederic Axt ago

I dont know why, but somehow i think that huntingtrip will go wrong and there is a strong monster involved.... we will see :) Nice chapter ^^

    Samelie @Samelie ago

    Im more hoping for a little time skip or more progress instead of only 1 day per chapter, Mc needs some levels and skill levels, and since hes an aura user it just means having them on, so skipping a couple days for major power ups would be nice xD at least until he caps out and is about to set off into the world again. He only lacks a dedicated front line tank, and he could potentially powercreep the hell out of the world. A pure str blacksmith, a pure clr aura buff, and some decent tank could do wonders xD even more so, if with the help of a strong tank, they could kill a level 25 monster, so he can get his 2nd class upgrade, which would probably make him very OP very quickly, since otehr then being rare, he would be tough as hell.

Alkanyseus @Alkanyseus ago

Thank you for the chapter, this is an awesome story

Zethuron @Zethuron ago

Thanks for the new chapter, and seriously, this exploded even more than i had expected. Your story is currently going for the top 5 of best rated. And it deserves it!

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    SenescentSoul @SenescentSoul ago

    How do you think I feel? 0_o

    Does not compute. Seriously, some of the fictions I have passed are awesome and have been running for ages and ages. Go rate them higher instead of me! I'm just some n00b!

      TheKingsRaven @TheKingsRaven ago

      A litRPG where the MC thrives because he designs a good build is something I've been looking for for a while; I guess I'm not the only one.

      Focusing on a single protagonist PoV is a plus too (with one exception so far). I don't mind multi-PoV, but I think it doens't work in stories where there's a clear protagonist.

      Fyrefly @Fyrefly ago

      It's the concept. An Aura Mage is a concept nobody's ever written about on this site before that I know of, and both your concept and your execution are well thought out and interesting. That is literally all it takes. You've done a really good job so far, you don't have to be so humble.

      AnthonyL @AnthonyL ago

      I also think a big part of your success is because you're one of very few to do the litrpg parts properly.

      Most leave out a lot of the math or blur it with stuff like every point in the stat does more than the last.

      It makes it easier to write and make it easy to explain away why the MC is as powerful as he needs to be for the story to flow well. But it takes away a lot of the fun in the rpg elements.

      Delve on the other hand has cold hard math, it allows us to get in on the munchkining and makes every level exciting.

      Fyrefly @Fyrefly ago

      Another thing that helps make it popular, at least on this site, is the sense of continual progression.

      Every chapter he learns a new skill, or levels up, or makes a few new discoveries about the world. It can slow down eventually when he reaches the point where he's pretty awesome, but the idea that every chapter there's that next little bit of progress is what keeps us LitRPG fans on the hook.

      Owlish @Owlish ago

      I hadn't really thought about it in those terms, but yes!

      pato @pato ago

      not designing the entire system around the sole purpose of strengthening the protagonist is a big plus for litRPG

      there aren't too many authors willing to do that because it's so much easier to just fudge a few numbers or make up rules as they go

      Samelie @Samelie ago

      Thats a big point though, that the RPG elements also affect other people, not just the MC, so having them rooted in hard math makes it easier to judge peoples strength to a certain point, and it makes the world more believable, if the MC isnt a special snowflake, because as was said, others have done the same thing, and it has its pros and cons. Since at some point, he would encounter people with similar, if not the same builds as him.

      Mattian @Mattian ago

      I'm reading a whole pile of things right now and yours is one of ones at the top of the list.

Tranok @Tranok ago

The most obvious reason to suspect for their level secrecy is if cervidians are treated as essence monsters, as is almost certainly the case here. At least that's the way the foreshadowing is going.

With that in mind, we can reasonably predict the story flow for the next few plot events.

    AnthonyL @AnthonyL ago

    Bah just finished reading and I was gonna post that.

    It feels pretty discriminatory of the system to make a sapient race into essence monsters though.

    Maybe all adventurers count as essence monsters too but murder is only a serious crime if the victim is a human, so people target the cervidians.

    I'm not liking Tallheart's odds considering:

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    iwannabeatiger @iwannabeatiger ago

    That was my thought too. Though I'm not sure whether all sapient monsters count or if you hit a certain level you count as an essence monster and monsters sapient or otherwise don't have the same(any) legal protections which would help explain the taboo on sharing stats.

      Elaborate @Elaborate ago

      Essence monsters must have a second way to go up in level, though. The system doesn't work if the only way they go up in level is by killing a bigger one; that's not sustainable. The fact that Tallheart hasn't gone up in level in years points against the theory of him being one. Only slightly so, though; he's not a warrior and he lives in a low-ranked area. Maybe to go up in level like an essence monster, you need to kill lots of low-level monsters, eat high-mana-level food (which would explain why the musk-wolf hunted Rain), meditate in high-ranked surroundings - things Tallheart can't do.

      Retrospectme @Retrospectme ago

      Monsters may simply spawn that level. Its said they are "created" from scratch

      Elaborate @Elaborate ago

      Yes, but then what incentive would essence monsters have to seek out high-mana prey to eat?

    pressea @pressea ago

    On the plus side, if Tallheart does die, he'll probably get his level cap boosted. Really, really not looking forward to the angst if that happens though.

    Quantum_Mechanic @Quantum_Mechanic ago

    Here I thought my idea was unique but I wanted to scan comments first anyway.

      Samelie @Samelie ago

      If the MC can flee after "stealing the kill" of Tallheart, as level 37, it hink it was, is pretty damn high, would guarantee that he can get into the middle to upper echelons of power in the world though. At least from the point of few of current power levels. If 25 is rare, at least in these parts of the world. It would at least guarantee him a class upgrade, and then some.

      AnthonyL @AnthonyL ago

      Well with 25 being silver, gold is probably 50 if not a higher multiple of 25.

      37 would put him in the middle of silver ranks which is a minority within the minority that is adventurers but not exactly enough for Rain to get super strong and start seeking revenge for Tallheart.

      Would probably be enough for him to go solo underground and start levelling like crazy though.

      Samelie @Samelie ago

      Its probably around the level range that pure builds like his would start taking off, considering that you get 2nd class, and a lot more skill points and stat points to unlock and grind. It is still weird why noone bothers to go with a build like his, you dont even need to go for the offensive build, just go full on utility and defensive auras and you give like 30% reduced dmg and shit, that has to be something actual organisations invest in, since his build just acnt be original, since there just cant be original builds after a certain amount of time, what with people being able to be carrier by a strong group into being able to level like crazy, and auras with mp regen being kind of OP for grinding xp.

      Misery's End @Misery's End ago

      They do, he was told that in the more "civilized" and advanced countries they do have people that go for dynamo and it's close cousins. The main issue out here in BFE is that most people are restricted to low level classes. Because of the mob that was attracted by Rain's arrival, he lucked out and was able to out level the average villager. He lucked out again when he chose his class and skills. Now he just needs to reach his cap and start leveling his skills to take down bigger mobs.

      Just wish that didn't mean having someone that help him killed by xenophobic asshats soon after he built him a bunch of gear.

      Samelie @Samelie ago

      With any luck, the Silver rank adventurer that picked him up, might return, and they get friendly, and go out as a group or something.

      Quantum_Mechanic @Quantum_Mechanic ago

      Friendly or 'friendly'? *wink wink*

      Samelie @Samelie ago

      It might be both at some point xD

      Misery's End @Misery's End ago

      No romance tag... yet. They are easy to add after all xD

RyuNaga @RyuNaga ago

thanks for the chapter