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T/N: Changing the name Juntrathep to Jundtrathep from now on. This will also affect past chapters.
Chapter 21: G.o.ddess of Moonlight
Jundtrathep was still shocked that they had actually won against Earth Dragon, a monster of a higher rank. With this, she realized right away that Sila was actually a lot stronger than what Alice had told her.
The experience points she had gained were very high. It caused her level to jump from 185 to 665 right away. However, the strange thing was that Sila had obtained less experience point than her; despite the fact he had been the one who fought the most.
"Big brother Sila, why did you get less experience point than me?" honestly asked Jundtrathep.
"Oh, about that, I have one card that restricts me to receive only 10% of the usual experience point."
'10% of the usual experience point? He had that restriction but he still raised his level this fast?' Jundtrathep was impressed.
"By the way, I'm impressed at how strong big brother Sila is. You are able to defeat a dragon alone."
"I always fight alone like this," Sila replied with an expressionless face. But Jundtrathep could somehow sense sadness in his voice.
Afterwards, Sila inspected the items he had gotten from Tree Dragons. Now his remaining Item Window's s.p.a.ce was lower than 100. The items he had gained from defeating Tree Dragons were as follow: Dragon's Root - C Grade 65 EAs, Tree Dragon Card - C Grade 92 EAs, Earth Ore 30 EAs, and money amounting to 250,000 silver coins. His current saving was considered quite high for an individual player.
"Would you like to accept the money I had gotten? I don't think I deserve it since I didn't help much," proposed Jundtrathep.
Sila waved his hand. "No need. Who told you that you didn't help me out? Jundtrathep, if you didn't tell me that it was weak against ice elemental attack, I would have lost by now. You even used a skill to replenish my qi. Otherwise my qi would certainly not have been enough to defeat the Earth Dragon."
That was Sila's reply. He wasn't the type of person that was stingy about money.
"Well, I guess we should find the treasures that the dragon mentioned. We may get something good if we're lucky," he spoke up, and then headed towards the location.
Jundtrathep didn't say anything. But with Sila's action, she believed she understood him more. She had a vague idea that Sila was the type of person that always distanced himself from others. If someone approached him too much, he would walk away. This might be due to some past event happening in his life.
"Wait, big brother Sila," Jundtrathep called out.
Sila looked back, "what's up?"
"Next time you can just call me Jund, that's my nickname. My username Jundtrathep is quite too long."
Actually, Sila wasn't the type to care much about the name he used to call someone. But as he thought that Jundtrathep was a girl who might be concerned about how she should be addressed, he nodded.
A delightful smile formed at the corner of Jundtrathep's mouth. She felt as if she was now a step closer to Sila.
Two of them had to walk for 15 minutes to reach the location where the Earth Dragon had mentioned. It was a big tree which looked like a Bodhi tree. It was high to the point that one couldn't see the top of the tree while being at its bottom.
10-meters above of where they were standing, there was a big hole in the tree. More importantly, there was a light s.h.i.+ning out of that hole, which Sila presumed that the light must come from the treasure the Earth Dragon talking about.
Sila looked at Jundtrathep's face before saying, "let's go up there, Jund."
But she shook her head, "big brother Sila can go alone. It's impossible for me to reach there. You can just tell me about it when you finished."
However, Sila thought that they had fought together, so this treasure belonged to both of them. He wanted Jundtrathep to witness what they would obtain together.
"Then, let's do it this way."
"W-Wah," the voice came from Jundtrathep's mouth when Sila lifted her up in his arm as if he was holding a princess.
"Hold on to me tightly, okay?"
Jundtrathep's face was blus.h.i.+ng. She didn't reply but nodded once.
Sila circulated "Qi of Little Bird" throughout his body. Then, he soared high as if he was a little bird flying up into the sky. His body precisely floated and entered the tree's hole.
Inside the hole was a small circular room. Being here, Sila found out that the light emitted from the tree's hole actually came from the moonlight s.h.i.+ning through this entrance and reflecting on a strange stone at the center of the room. Its shape was like an egg, but it was three times larger than a normal hen's egg.
'What? Upon having a death match against a dragon, this small stone is the only reward we get?' Sila thought.
"Ermm... big brother Sila."
A voice as soft as a whisper came from Sila's chest.
"Hmm? What's wrong?" Sila bent his head down. The distance between their faces was so close. He founded that Jundtrathep's cheek was now bright red.
"... You can put me down already," she answered faintly.
With that reply, Sila just realized that he was still holding her in his arms. Thus, he put her down, which she later pouted at him.
Then, her attention was caught by the strange stone as well.
"It's beautiful," exclaimed Jundtrathep.
Sila then thought. 'Umm... so women love things like this, huh.'
"Well, let's take a closer look," said Sila.
Both of them approached the stone slowly. But when the distance between them and the stone was shortened into one meter, the stone then emitted a bright light that caused them to close their eyes.
The system sound alarmed.
Monster Luna - G.o.ddess of Moonlight, Marquis Rank, Level 1, has appeared.
The strange stone scattered into pieces. Afterward, when the light faded, a woman in ancient armor was now standing in front of the two. Her armor sent off a soft yellow glow. In her right hand was an ancient spear, while her left hand was holding a round s.h.i.+eld with mysterious alphabets encrypted on it. At her back, there were elegant white wings. She had a very gorgeous look with short hair. Its length only reached her shoulder. In conclusion, she was like a brave female warrior, except for the wings at her back and a halo floating on her head that made her look like an angel.
Sila pulled Jundtrathep back to the rear. He felt regretful that he had been foolish enough to be tricked by a dragon to come here just to be killed. Now that he thought about it, the relations.h.i.+p between their races wasn't peaceful, there was simply no way the Earth Dragon would be kind enough to easily give him a treasure.
He circulated a little bit of his qi that had been left throughout his body. He decided to give it his all, planning that he would at least flee away with Jundtrathep.
However, the angel who had just appeared looked rather friendly. There was no hostile movement towards them. Seeing that, Sila let his guard down a bit.
"Am I correct to presume that it is you whom released me?" asked the angel.
Sila nodded instead of giving a proper reply.
"I'm Luna, the G.o.ddess of Moonlight, who has been sealed here since long ago. I've always been here, waiting for someone to release me," said the angel.
"I'm Sila, and she is Jundtrathep," answered Sila, and he immediately continued, "we're not here to fight. We're here to collect the treasure that a dragon had mentioned. Anyway, it seems like we're in the wrong place, so, if you would excuse us ..."
"Yow two have come to the right place. I'm the treasure you're looking for," she replied with a smile.
"You're the treasure? I don't understand," asked Sila.
"Yes. The person who comes to this place at night will be granted an option of getting me as a Partner. Moreover, you will also be able to change your race to one of the hidden races - G.o.d Race."
"Partner? G.o.d race?" Sila didn't understand a thing. That was because the information regarding partners.h.i.+p and G.o.d race were high-cla.s.sed information that couldn't be known easily in Beginning Town which provided only basic information.
Even Jundtrathep, who had been playing this game for a longer time than Sila, still barely had any information about partners.h.i.+p. Tiger had told her once that partner wasn't something one could get just by being strong, it was something one must also possess a tremendous good luck too.
As for the hidden races, they were something she hadn't even known they existed in this game.
The angel saw Sila and Jundtrathep didn't understand what she had said, so she began to calmly explain.
"Partners.h.i.+p is a special bond similar to a bond with a pet, except one player is allowed to have only one partner. Still, partner is different and greater than pet in aspect that it has more freedom and possesses player-like ability. It can shop or hunt in your place for an unlimited distance. Its overall potential is also several times higher than a pet. To be concluded, the partner can act like your double. Its versatility is very high."
Then, she continued.
"As for G.o.d race, it's a hidden race that could only be obtained via special methods. Getting me as your partner is one of the methods to change your race to angel specie of the G.o.d race. For your information, it's a specie that no one ever had a chance to change to before."
"I have already changed my race. What will happen if I get you as my partner?" asked Sila.
"That's a shame. My answer is that you can still have me as your partner, but you won't be able to change your race to our race."
"Then, what is the strong point of that angel specie of the G.o.d race?" Sila asked again.
This was a learning he had learned by discussing various races with Tiger's party. Sila now knew that each race had its own benefit. (Though, he still couldn't figure the benefit of slime race yet.) So, he asked Luna for the hidden race's sacred information.
"Angel specie has high and balanced capability overall, well, they focused more on defensive ability more than offensive. The special skill of angel specie is a summoning skill; we can summon the guardian from heaven to fight in our place. We also have a resurrection skill that allows us to resurrect other beings. These two are unique skills that only us angel specie possess."
Sila listened carefully and found that its strong points didn't sound alluring to him. What is the point of ordering others to fight in his stead? He also didn't like the sound of supportive and defensive skills Luna had mentioned too.
"Then, Jund, you should take it," Sila simply concluded like this matter was just a last candy in his dish.
"Eh? You want me to take it?" she shocked.
How could she not feel shock? What she had obtained from Sila so far was too much already. Just the experience points and money she had gotten from Sila hunting the Earth Dragon were plenty enough. Although it was true that Sila tried to tell her that it was due to her help that he could defeat Earth Dragon, in her opinion, she thought that Sila could still win the fight anyway even if she was not there.
And this time he even wanted her to take the treasure? There was no way she could do that.
"Yeah, it doesn't suit me well; that supportive thing the angel was talking about. I also don't like having other people fighting in my place too," Sila simply replied.
"Moreover, I have already changed my race, so one of the treasures would be wasted if I am the one who take it. Oh ... or you're more preferred to change your race to plant race?"
"That's not it, but ..."
Of course, for her who had been playing supporting role, G.o.d race was certainly better than plant race, no, it might even be better than dragon race. Not only it had higher quality supportive skills, it also suited her preference better. The only thing that kept her from accepting this offer was her being courteous. She had always been the one who ended up receiving something. There was also the fact that she and Sila had only met each other only for a short time - to be exact, it was even less than one day. Accepting many things from him should be improper.
Sila ended this conversation by informing Luna.
"Please make a bond with this person," Sila pushed Jundtrathep forward.
"Are you sure?" asked Luna. She was the reward of the hidden quest: Unseal the G.o.ddess of Moonlight, which one must defeat Earth Dragon at night with a party with less than three members. She somehow knew that it was Sila who was the main one who accomplish that quest.
She was an existent that one might kill even his friend to obtain a partner and keep the hidden race to oneself, but Sila instead gave her away to someone else easily.
Sila had no idea what Luna currently was thinking about. He was just a bit curious why she asked only him. Nevertheless, he confirmed his decision.
"I'm sure," repeated Sila.
"I see, then..." she reached her hand to grab the hand of Jundtrathep which was now shaking a bit.
Suddenly, the system sound alarmed inside Jundtrathep's head, and since Sila was still in her party, he could hear its content too.
Player Judntrathep has made a bond with Luna - G.o.ddess of Moonlight, Marquis Rank, Level 1. Luna has become player's partner now.
Player Jundtrathep has changed her race to G.o.d Race (Angel Specie). By the way, due to the lowest rank of G.o.d Race being Knight Rank, Player Jundtrathep's status and rank have been promoted to Apprentice Angel of Knight Rank, Level 1.
Player Jundtrathep has obtained Necklace of Moonlight 1 EA. It's a personal item which cannot be sold or transferred.
Player Jundtrathep has learned a special skill: Summon the Guardians of Light.
Player Jundtrathep has learned a special skill: Angel's Tear.
Player Jundtrathep has learned a special skill: Angel's Blessing.
Player Jundtrathep has learned a special skill: Land of Promises.
After the end of system alarm, she was impressed by how many things she had gained just now.
"The necklace is to be used to seal me in, master," said Luna.
"Umm... how many cards do I have to collect to obtain the Invitation Card to the race's kingdom?" Jundtrathep blankly asked. She was fully aware that she wouldn't be able to collect even a single card.
"For hidden race, there's no need to collect the card, master. There's also no Invitation Card available. That's because discovering the hidden race was considered hard enough by itself," answered Luna.
Sila noticed that the morning was going to come in no time, so they should go back to their camp soon.
"Jund, I would like to regenerate my qi for about 10 minutes before heading back to the camp. Please use this time to chat with Luna for now, okay?"
Then, Sila sat down; closing his eyes, and began to circulate his qi.
Just as she was suggested, while waiting for Sila to circulate his qi, Jundtrathep used her time to ask Luna about her newly acquired skills.
Soon, Sila opened his eyes and stood up. It was the sign that he was ready to go now.
"Luna, please stay in the seal for now, okay?" said Jundtrathep.
"Seal Luna," with that word, Luna's body was turned into light and absorbed into the Jundtrathep's necklace
"Let's go," said Sila to Jundtrathep. He lifted Jundtrathep in his arms then soared back to their campground.
Jundtrathep's cheeks were slightly dyed in red. She couldn't feel at ease no matter how many times she had been carried by Sila like this.
Jundtrathep's obtained item:
(S) Necklace of Moonlight
Increases magical defense by 5,000 units.
Increases power of light-elemental spell by 20%.
Increases casting speed by 50%.
Can be used to seal Luna - G.o.ddess of Moonlight within.
Jundtrathep's acquired skills:
(A) Racial Skill: Summon the Guardians of Light
Magic point consumption is based on the number and the level of summoned guardians.
The number and the level of the guardian that could be summoned are based on level of skill "Basic Magic" that user possesses.
The summoned guardians could stay active for 30 minutes until: the end of skill duration, user cancelation, or being destroyed. (They could still stay active even when user is dead if the time of skill duration hasn't run out or being canceled by user.)
(A) Racial Skill: Angel's Tear.
Consumes 5,000 magic points.
Delay time: 60 minutes.
Resurrects one player. The player that is resurrected by this skill will have 50% of his/her total health point.
*Every player within 1 kilometer radius of the owner of this skill will not be turned into light immediately upon dying. Everyone dying inside this radius will lie down as a corpse for 30 minutes instead.
(A) Racial Skill: Angel's Blessing.
Consumes 5,000 magic points.
Delay time: 60 minutes.
Increases physical and magical attack power together with physical and magical defense to all party members by 100%. All members' recovery rate of health, magic, qi, and psychic point will also be increased up to 5 times. The duration of the spell is 10 minutes.
(S) Racial Skill: Land of Promises (Ultimate special skill of the strongest players in angel specie of G.o.d race)
Consumes 500,000 magic points.
Delay time: 7 days.
Create the territory of 1-kilometer radius around user for 30 minutes.
In this territory, every player, monster, and summoned monster that is user's ally will be automatically and immediately revived upon dying. Health, magic, qi, and psychic point of creature that is revived by this skill's effect will be returned to 100%. Moreover, physical attack power, magical attack power, physical defense, and magical defense will be increased by 10% every time one is being revived by this skill.
*When this skill is activating, the user cannot move nor use another spell, or else this skill will be canceled.
*This skill's effect will be rendered useless to the user of this skill. Its effect will also disappear if the time run out, user cancel, or user has died.
*The effect of this skill will not affect the creature that was dead before this skill is activated.