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One can have too much of a good thing. Something that would usually be highly beneficial could become unstable and even destructive in too large amounts or too high a concentration. Life energy was no exception.

The Deepdwellers were infused with so much life their entire bodies couldn’t take it anymore, and all had to be released. This resulted in the explosion that infused everything caught in it with so much life it died – only to rise again.

The massive area infected by the explosion suddenly sprung to life once more, with massive plants and mushrooms growing rapidly. The only ones that didn’t rise were the Deepdwellers, who had been the cause of the explosion. Their lives had been fuel for growth, as the life energy had to come from somewhere.¨

Yet this growth would only be temporary. A single cycle before the innate life energy in the entire area was used up, and it would take years for it to return to a stable state once more. It was a sacrifice the Fungalmancers had been willing to make to strike down the invader.

But… once more, they had been under a severe misunderstanding.

The suicide attack was undoubtedly powerful and could kill most early D-grades without any issues. At a minimum, it would leave them crippled from the overflow of life energy and make their own bodies turn against them. An influx of too much vital energy was incredibly dangerous, as Jake had already experienced before during the Challenge Dungeon when he consumed his amalgamation. The energy back then had even been neutral and not actively seeking to harm with. This time he was struck with life mana actively seeking to end him, but such a thing was easier said than done.

In the middle of the huge area that was currently experiencing explosive growth, a single area stood unaffected.

A single figure was kneeling on the ground, covered in dark green scales. Blood flowed from the tiny gaps between the scales as Jake gritted his teeth and stood up. A pink-purple current ran across his body as any small annoying growths were instantly eliminated.

More noteworthy was the blade sticking out of his chest. The scimitar glowed in an almost cheerful red light as it drank the foreign life energy from its owner. Standing up, Jake observed the area in his sphere as he noted the peculiar effects of the explosion.

“Should have learned to focus the effect a bit more,” he chuckled, shaking his head. See, this was why big fancy explosions weren’t always the best way to go. So much life energy is wasted by simply soaking into the ground and leading to growth instead of harming Jake.

Now, if one really wanted the best effect of big explosions, the best way would be to make stuff explode from within the target. Jake was certain the King would agree. This entire ordeal was actually a bit reminiscent of back then. It even included the entire contaminated area and stuff like that, except for one big difference – the explosion back then had been even more powerful. How the fuck the King had survived it to keep fighting was a testament to his durability.

Jake had only survived back then because his energy was the source of the explosion, and all he was hit by was the impact and nothing more. That was also after the vast majority had been focused within the King, and the energy back then was also far more focused in the immediate area around the King. He survived the explosion this time because he was simply too durable for such a thing to take him down.

Between his arcane barrier, Scales of the Malefic Viper, and his subsequent application of arcane mana to destroy any mana getting too close, he eliminated the vast majority of energy. What he failed to stop, he had the Scimitar of Cursed Hunger absorb. Granted, stabbing yourself in the gut to absorb overflowing life energy wasn’t the optimal choice, but it was better than dealing with tumors.

Jake hadn’t handled the fight as well as he could, but he believed it was still a valuable experience in the long run. He had just started the dungeon, so learning what enemies he would meet were capable of was beneficial. Also, it was a new experience for sure. While Jake had tried to be supercharged with life energy before, it had never been by a foreign antagonistic type that held clear intent to kill him.

Now, Jake only had one issue remaining… those fungal-loving fuckers hiding below.

“Either you come up… or I make you come up,” Jake said.

Could he ignore them and lose nearly nothing? Sure, he could. But he wouldn’t. Justice had to be carried out, after all.

Jake re-summoned his wings – they had been destroyed in the explosion earlier, as he couldn’t adequately protect them – and took to the air. On his way up, he summoned his bow. He didn’t fly up very high to keep both Fungalmancers within his sphere.

They were just sitting down there, 100 meters below the ground. Neither of them had even tried to attack, making Jake wonder if they were even able to. Maybe they could no longer see him? Well, they could never see him, but they could still detect him somehow.

Jake summoned an explosive arcane arrow and nocked it. He didn’t bother using Powershot but just shot it down and watched it explode. It made a big hole, and a moment later, another arrow fell, followed by another, and this continued as Jake rapid-fired arrows of pure destruction.

Like a jackhammer - or Jakehammer if you will - of arcane destruction, he dug. The two Fungalmancers were still unmoving below. The ground was hard due to mana and the earth-affinity mana within, making it even more dense and solid, but he would be able to dig all the way down with enough time.

When he was 70 meters down, one of them finally reacted, but not as Jake expected. The one who had entered the ground first began coming up towards the surface in a very unexpected and 100% moronic move. Unless it was forced to come up for some reason?

Either way… it was in for a bad time. Jake aimed his bow, and before the head even had a chance to pop up, it was hit by an explosion of arcane mana. He heard it scream and struggle. It tried to summon vines, but it failed as the ground it was on was no longer under its control.

It turns out that when you use half your mana pool to explode an area with arcane mana, it left a lasting effect. Who would have known? The Fungalmancer sure knew now as it failed to properly do anything before its life was ended.

*You have slain [Deepdweller Fungalmancer – lvl 125] – Bonus experience earned for killing an enemy above your level*

Jake didn’t do much after that but just waited patiently. After a bit, the last Fungalmancer also began coming up, making him now confident that the hiding skill had a duration of sorts. Maybe it was even dungeon-imposed not to have enemies just hide below ground forever. Either way, the Fungalmancer got absolutely slaughtered once it showed its ugly mushroom-filled head above ground

*You have slain [Deepdweller Fungalmancer – lvl 134] – Bonus experience earned for killing an enemy above your level*

With both dead, Jake went to the one place still standing after the green explosion – the large tent the Fungalmancers had come from. Well, the tent wasn’t really there anymore, but a smashed-together bubble of rubble remained, making it obvious some kind of barrier existed. The mushroom he had seen them sit and mediate around was still in there.

Jake flew down and landed in front of it. With a wave of his hand, he blew away all the debris and saw a green barrier surround the mushroom. As he didn’t feel any sense of danger, he walked closer and found that he could walk through it with no problems.

The barrier was only just a few meters in diameter and was created to protect the mushroom - without a doubt created by the Fungalmancers. Jake used Identify on the mushroom to see what all the fuss was about.

[Infused Golden Mushroom (Unique)] – A golden mushroom grown in the unique environment of the Undergrowth. This mushroom contains energies cultivated over a long period by Fungalmancers of the Undergrowth with the hope of gaining access to the Heart of the Undergrowth. Has been further infused with the life energy released from the Deepdwellers that inhabited the village build to guard it. Collect Golden Mushrooms to open up the Heart of the Undergrowth. WARNING: Golden Mushrooms cannot leave the dungeon. If the dungeon is left with any mushrooms, they will appear at the entrance upon re-entry.

Definitely a quest item, Jake thought as he promptly picked it up and threw it in his spatial storage. It was only the size of his palm, which meant it had only looked all the more ridiculous that the Fungalmancers sat meditating around it.

The item instantly gave him a lot of context to the Undergrowth. First of all, the Heart of the Undergrowth could be opened, yet Jake needed only to touch it to complete the dungeon. What did this mean? That’s right, bonus objective for better rewards.

Collecting mushrooms was clearly an important aspect of the dungeon. It even included the fact that one couldn’t take the mushrooms out of the dungeon. The fact that you wouldn’t lose them permanently meant that one required a specific amount. Jake also assumed there was a limited amount and that you needed as many as possible to open the Heart.

That his first mushroom was Infused wasn’t something expected, but he hoped it was a good thing. It had to be. Jake loved when his own stupid recklessness was rewarded - that damn system and its repeated enabling of unhealthy behavior. Sometimes curiosity truly didn’t kill the cat but gave it a pleasant surprise instead.

With one mushroom in the bag, Jake began to look for his next target. He hadn’t even gained a level yet, but then again, he’d only been in the dungeon for less than an hour. Only the four Fungalmancers and three Deepdwellers had given any experience due to the “downside” of his class.

Jake traveled further into the dungeon, running in a zig-zag pattern to not miss anything. Luckily the dungeon was relatively narrow, but he did notice it opening up more and more. In the beginning, it only had a width of 10 kilometers, but after approximately 30 kilometers it now had a width of around 12. It was a small expansion, but it was there.

Through his exploration, he gathered a bunch of herbs, primarily mushrooms. While he did save some of them, he chose to eat the majority due to something the Golden Mushroom had said – unique environment. Maybe it was just flavor text, but Jake wanted to see if he could somehow glance at what this uniqueness was about by learning from the herbs that inhabited it.

After half an hour and around 50 kilometers total into the Undergrowth, he discovered the next point of interest. This time it wasn’t a village but instead, what Jake could only describe as a hunting party… as for what they were hunting? The first instance of Jake seeing any creature that wasn’t some variant of Deepdweller.

It was an around 7 meters tall hulking monster with slightly humanoid features. It had massive muscles and long hairs covering parts of its body, with a disproportionally large head with an even larger nose. It carried a massive club that looked to be made of wood and walked on two legs. Jake didn’t even really need Identify to know what it was.

That’s a troll.

[Undergrowth Cave Troll – lvl 149]

It was a troll.

The Cave Troll – true to its namesake – stood in front of a cave, roaring at a party of around fifty Deepdwellers and two Fungalmancers. The Fungalmancers were level 131 and 135, respectively, and the Deepdwellers were around the same levels as those in the village. Only a handful were above 115, the highest one at 119.

Jake decided to just keep his distance, for now, making use of Expert Stealth to stay hidden. He noticed that the Cave Troll didn’t want to leave its cave, while the Deepdwellers stayed back and made noises back in response. Neither party looked like they wanted to attack, and Jake could easily guess why.

He could feel that the troll was far stronger than the Deepdwellers. In a fight, it would no doubt be able to crush the other side effortlessly, but it would have to leave the entrance to its cave. Jake assumed that the troll was guarding the cave because something valuable was in there it didn’t want to be stolen – like a Golden Mushroom.

Meanwhile, the Deepdwellers wanted to wait for assistance. Jake guessed the villages only got larger and stronger further into the dungeon, so these Deepdwellers had to have more powerful fighters in their midst.

Jake considered if he should just get the party started but decided to wait…

It took nearly half an hour before anything happened. How the hell they could just stand there screaming at each other for half an hour straight was insane, and Jake was this close to just blowing up a Fungalmancer more than once.

Anyway, a small group of Deepdwellers came, and Jake saw something surprising.

One Deepdweller walked ahead of the rest, and the two Fungalmancers bowed in respect when it showed up. Why they did so was obvious based on the aura it gave off, and Identify confirmed this was no normal Deepdweller.

[Deepdweller Warlord – lvl 146]

The Warlord was wearing some kind of armor that looked to be made of bones. It carried a weapon that looked like a halberd, with a wooden handle and body with a crystalline edge. It looked almost to be made of diamond. Size-wise it looked just like all the other Deepdwellers.

It had arrived with a small entourage of five other Deepdwellers. They also all wore bone armor and carried more ornate-looking wooden spears compared to those the normal Deepdwellers used. Their levels were also a good deal above anything that wasn’t a Fungalmancer.

[Deepdweller Warrior – lvl 137]

[Deepdweller Warrior – lvl 134]

[Deepdweller Warrior – lvl 136]

[Deepdweller Warrior – lvl 133]

[Deepdweller Warrior – lvl 136]

Jake still sat in hiding as he saw the Warlord make some loud noises to its brethren, and the troll responded by screaming back at them. The battle was about to begin, and Jake just couldn’t wait to butt in and fuck shit up for all parties involved. Would it be a bit dickish? Oh, for sure, but none of these opponents deserved mercy, and he was morally in the right.

The troll defended a mushroom: Bad guy.

The Deepdwellers practically worshipped mushrooms: Even badder guys.

Jake hated mushrooms: Good guy.

It was just math.

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zerowom ago

Thanks for the chapter!

FIRST!!! I finally did it!

Now that I have aquired the throne: BOW BEFORE ME YOU PEASANTS!

    wolfSK ago

    Here we are able to see Jake of all trades in his natural (killing) habitat.

      DrGrissom ago

      His pun-ishment is to listen to all the unBEARABLE puns we cheesy folks can think of

      Sylfa ago

      I dunno, he seems like quite the fungi to me.

      Arfoire ago

      Gotta record these on my re-markable whiteboard.

      trashe1 ago

      It's a gouda try. I'm sure you'll Jake in the rep.

      What is an apocalyptic mushroom called? A mushdoom.
      Why are mushroom faeries the favorite at parties? They're good with hyphae.
      How do you think Jake will track the mushrooms? He'll follow their spore.

      The mortuary worker kept giving out books of mushroom puns to prospective clients. Many clients were incredibly angry at the poor quality of the jokes that close to the end of their life. When asked why he would do such a thing, he said, "Well, you might not like them now but when you're dead, they'll grow on you."

      There once was a famous loam-golem mathematician who was teaching a class on transcendentals. On finals day, he brought a oyster shell mushroom to class and told the class to start studying the mushroom function and turn it in and that would be their final. After everyone turned in their paper he quickly announced they had all failed. Disbelieving, someone finally worked up the courage to ask what the function of the mushroom was. The mathematician looked at them like they were idiots and said "Everybody knows people who study mushrooms are concerned about m i = cos log e"
      The professor's death was ruled justifiable humuscide.

      I am both ashamed and proud of those but saved the worst for last, now that everyone has been inoculated with mushroom puns:

      ... So, there was this sled dog named Room.

      wolfSK ago

      @Arfoire I dont think there is going to be mushroom left on your board after this.

foodiB ago

Tftc

i feel a crusade coming 

SharkMod ago

thanks for the chapter

Interesting how quick the strength of the enemies scales up in the dungeon

    Cimmerian ago

    I get the impression theat Jake will be well into his grade by the end of this dungeon; I'm guessing a few of the other higher grade human leaders will also have taken advantage of dungeons and be similarly leveled-up; I'm actually surprised we didn't see any leader who had done so at the Congress... we now have an alternate reason why William might not have decided to attend, since getting an early lead on all the other humans bu diving a dungeon seems like a pretty smart move that Eversmile might have encouraged.

    Also, did anyone else think that parts of this chapter might indicate bad things for Jake's future?

    So much life energy is wasted by simply soaking into the ground and leading to growth instead of harming Jake.

    Now, if one really wanted the best effect of big explosions, the best way would be to make stuff explode from within the target. Jake was certain the King would agree.

    Why is Jake suddenly thinking about the King? Maybe Jake's instincts trying to remind him of something? What other living, plant based, item might experience a rebirth in a giant life-infused plant-rebirthing environment? Jake sucked the excess life out of his body, but not his...

      Kalidus ago

      Correct me if I am wrong but if I remember correctly, jake's intuition hinted him that the king is still alive or just existed in the mask. That might be the reason he is referencing the king

      Cimmerian ago

      I think that, previously, Jake had a sense that the King was alive in the mask; it even alludes to that fact in the item description, as I recall. However, I don't that that was Jake's insight in this chapter. In this chapter, Jake seems to be focused in on how he blew up the King by putting an explosive inside him; he notes that it is more effective to blow something up with an internal detonation as opposed to detonating something next to or near the target. Not a bad insight, but perhaps not the most important thing he should be concerned about in this situation as he notes mostly-dead plants furiously regrowing all around him.

      My thought was that his instinct brought forth a memory of the King, specifically, for a reason, trying to warn him that "the King was only 'mostly dead' and pay attention to the effects of the life-bomb" (translation: if all the plants are coming back to life, it might revive the dormant tree monster you are wearing on your face), but Jakes underused and overconfident brain misinterpreted that signal as "think about the King and bombs" (mistranslation: I make big boom... yaaay)


      ... Jake - "wow, I'm great... I totally blew that guy up!"

      Kalidus ago

      I did not comprehend your comment immediately and replied without thinking. Thanks for not calling me out.

      I should stop lurking in toxic communities in the internet. I am too disensitized by binging content that I also assume that others just forgot. Sorry for wasting your time to reply to my dense self.

      Avexion ago

      I know we think King is alive in the mask,but honestly I think what he feels is some other part of King's Power within the mask he does not currently have access too. As well as the records of King, even if someone also hinted that two of them made it out. Or referring to him as being two people, King and the one who killed him. Because maybe it's related to a bloodline or something else bottled up inside the mask, waiting to be gained or unlocked. It could be unknown to him the mask of King is a crafting material for alchemy, and it's changing from how Jake is using the mask or some other such.

      Honestly he should go maskless for a while and swallow the mask to learn more about it.

      Cimmerian ago

      Avexion, I think that is an insanely good idea. And, like you, I think the mask has power he hasn't accessed. I wouldn't be surprised if, at some point, Jake and the mask merge a bit... possibly not in a good way, but ultimately, if it happens, he will probably benefit from a merger and pick up some awesome new non-viper/draconic ability. (Because, plot armor.)

      For now, go without the mask for a while. It is unhealthy for him to wear it as much as he does; it is borderline autistic antisocial behavior. I don't have a problem with him wearing it in combat, as armor, but out of combat it is a bit ridiculous. (I might, at one time, have suggested that he wear it as a disguise or alter-ego, but that ship has sailed.)

      Sylfa ago

      I know we think King is alive in the mask

      We have pretty good confirmation, that viviomancer (turns dead into living husks that follow his commands like undead, except living) went up to Jake during the congress and said bye to "both of you" as he left. One of his powers is being able to see souls/life force.

      Combine that with the rank ups diverting power to the mask and the mask description changing and you have a pretty clear answer.

      King is "alive" and growing, but that doesn't necessarily mean he can manifest himself again like before, he might become a symbiote of a sort instead - I mean the mask already is a symbiote, so it's not that big of a stretch.

      Why is Jake suddenly thinking about the King? Maybe Jake's instincts trying to remind him of something?

      It's not very suddenly as he was pondering about the mask both after the evolution and with more certainty after the congress, which just finished. So it's not at all strange that King has been on his mind.

      He in fact welcomes King's return - hoping for a good rematch. So it's less of a bad thing if the energy hastened King's growth and more a "careful what you wish for".

      But I think the final point is important, he was wearing the mask and used his magic to get rid of as much of the energy as possible - it certainly would have had a chance to absorb some of that energy as it's not under his scales and Jake had to drain some life energy to avoid the life energy causing changes. But it would have received far less than the terrain around them.

      Honestly he should go maskless for a while and swallow the mask to learn more about it.

      That's an interesting thought, but could he really upgrade just any item by eating them you think? It's supposed to process natural treasures, ie unrefined items. Such items would have strong powers but wouldn't have intent behind them, they just are. Whereas a sword has been refined with mana, intent, and structure. I imagine consuming those would ruin the intent and strucure leaving just the now unbound mana to dissolve - leaving a lump of weaker material behind, assuming he can even make the attempt in the first place.

      Because, plot armor.

      I really hate the expression plot armor, it's so reductionist. It reminds me of the expression "yolo is carpe diem for dumb people". To me it basically states that "because story structure says the single pov protagonist cannot die or be seriously injured without changing or ending the story, I don't need to look for in-story reasons why the character will survive".

      It's not untrue by all means, but it's a bit like saying "there's no need to try and solve the mystery since the main character will do that at the end of the book", that's true as well but you lose something the story is offering with that philosophy.

      As to why the mask won't harm Jake: It's sponging off of his energy, by the time it starts to draw more than half Jake would fight it since simply letting it slowly drain him to death is not a challenge, just stupidity. The only way for the mask to continue the drain at that point would be to weld itself to him, which would be the more interesting story line as he would have to find a method of removing it or awakening it so he can fight King properly - but he has a direct line to some of the most ancient gods in existence, so he won't be lacking information on how to free himself of a clingy parasite. No doubt the answer would lie in an alchemical concotion as that is what Villy specialises in.

      I think a symbiotic relationship would be more interesting, more character interactions and more of a long term risk for dubious short term gain. A parasitic one would bring up a different challenge. And awakening into a rematch is probably the most boring one, he's to the point now that he could fight the original King without requiring multiple system provided crutches for a chance - and no doubt King wouldn't be back to his original strength after just getting second hand energies. King awakening into a new subject would have promise as well, but feels a bit too "optimistically turn enemies into friends".

      Cimmerian ago

      I don't disagree with most of your points, excep for the it may not hurt you one.

      First, kings done share. It won't want to be Jakes buddy if it starts to wake up.

      Next, I've worked around trees; they are physically invasive. The grow around and into things they are in contact with. That mask has the magical property of being undetectable to Jake (can't see it, and it causes his skin no discomfort). If Jake went a while without removing it, or a shorter period when the mask was growing more quickly, he might face some uncomfortable realities regarding where that mask put down roots.

      Finally, wanting to constantly fight the strongest enemies in life or death battles is simply dumb. Unless the universe bends over backwards to prevent your death, eventually, you will die. It is safe to say that the mask/King was powerful, has likely continued to grow alongside Jake, and knows Jake very well... assuming the mask doesn't simply try to skip the fight and parasitise Jake, it has a better chance than most of killing him, especially if he doesn't shed his arrogance.

      Sylfa ago

      Ah, well King didn't seem to harbor particularly bad feelings towards Jake - he wasn't even going to kill him if you remember. But I didn't say that it was the likliest option, merely it's one of the options of how it turns out.

      Good point about growing into, and yes being unnoticeable to Jake could well be a problem, but then again I did mention symbiotic/parasitic- relationship which would be caused by the mask drawing energy from him.

      wanting to constantly fight the strongest enemies in life or death battles is simply dumb ... eventually, you will die

      Eventually everything dies, if your passion risks it being sooner then it's a choice between not being passionate for a longer time or living life to the fullest. Also, he is quite fine with having a way out of death, retreat is an option to Jake.

      To revive king it would have to draw enough power to do so from Jake, if it is unnoticeable then King will always be weaker than Jake. The risk is him being influenced into accepting a higher and higher draw and refusing to take the mask off, but other than being imperceptible it hasn't shown much of that so far.

      Cimmerian ago

      Eventually everything dies, if your passion risks it being sooner then it's a choice between not being passionate for a longer time or living life to the fullest.

      If he were tournament fighting, or squashing ants, perhaps. But, where your opponents are the biggest baddest ones you can possibly find, stuff happens. Jake has shown us, a couple times, that his style of combat puts him into situations where, or he pushes things to the extent that, retreat isn't an option.

      Each to their own opinion, but to me, that isn't living life to the fullest, it is just foolhardy. But, I'm not a single guy any more, responsible only for myself. I have people who depend on me now and a better understanding of how my death would impact the people who care about me. Jake may not yet realize (or maybe he truly does not care) how dependent the people in his city are on him for their daily survival and well-being.

      Sylfa ago

      It is foolhardy. But it's Jake's personality. It's what he lives for. He will choose to risk his life repeatedly.

      I mean, his biggest goal is to fight Villy... The one that makes everyone else shiver in fear. I'm a bit surprised this needs to be pointed out this late into the story...

      Anyways, Jake has a couple of flaws, one of those is that he's a battle junkie. But it's the thrill of life and death fights, not sadistic glee at killing. So he will go for the harder fights, even to the point where he lets his enemy power up if he feels they are too weak. He trusts he can escape if he makes a mistake, and he accepts that death can come at any moment for him and while he doesn't want to die he's not willing to avoid a good fight just to ensure it.

      He's aware that the mask is King regrowing and is welcoming it, because he wants the rematch.

      As for the city, he knows how dependent they are, but he never intended to make a city in the first place. It's more of a bother than anything to him, but he's also not so callous as to throw them out. But neither is he going to become their guardian and stop living life for them. Should he die then that won't mean he failed them, just that they have to chose on their own if they want to go to Sanctdomo or stick around and fend for themselves. Not protecting them in the future won't mean he didn't protect them in the past, and protecting them in the past doesn't mean he's obligated to continue doing so in the future. If anything, they would owe him for that, not the other way around.

      Cimmerian ago

      His goal to fight MV didn't need to be pointed out. I just don't think that fighting MV requires a pathologically risk-taking battle style. Regarding him "letting them power up if he feels they are too weak"... he hadn't even seen either of the two mushrooms attack, and he had no idea how powerful they were. He spent zero time observing their camp or figuring out anything about them (aside from what he saw from the low-level spear warriors who were clearly fighters of a different type).

      Certainly any growth towards ultimately seeing a Jake vs. MV battle will involve a period of growth, and several time-skips, but the readers would need to suspend a whole lot more disbeleif along the way if Jake keeps thoughtlessly tossing himself into danger than if he took a more measured approach.

      Also, for the record, I think it is BS that the system gave Jake a trojan-horse reward for his final battle during a TUTORIAL. "Here kid, congratulations on finishing your first week of Kindergarden, take this pet scorpion for your prize; we will learn about insects sometime in the next couple years, so make sure it stays healthy!!!"  The only thing that might make sense is that if, when the King wakes up, it was bound to serve Jake... that, would be far less creepy and inherently anti-prize.

    Rasty ago

    I suppose it wouldn't scale so much if he wasn't waiting there for the natives to regroup. A normal party could have provoked a confrontation between the troll and natives, take them all out, rest, and then face the "boss fight" against roughly the same number of Deepdwellers (5 vs 5+1).

Dave4567 ago

Thanks for the chapter.

It was awesome!

 

Edit: so I actually read it. It was ok. 🙂

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