It’s been a week since my Awakening.
In that time I’ve filed the report stating that I’m an Awakened, and got an ‘Awakened Certificate’.
Originally I was planning to report right before the time limit, but I learned that without an ‘Awakened Certificate’ you can’t enter dungeons.
It’s like buying a Benz without having a driver’s license.
I sat through 6 hours of boring basic education and 2 days of combat training.
But the Certificate I received after was enough to get me all excited again.
Well, it’s only a card that has a photo, name, class and the issuing date though.
Since I got it after the holidays, the school wasn’t informed.
My mother wouldn’t know either, right?
Entering a dungeon was easier than I thought.
At the entrance of a legally sanctioned dungeon there’s a certification card terminal and a fingerprint scanner. You insert your ‘Awakened Certificate’, after it gets processed you use the fingerprint scanner.
The time limit is 1 hour! But there is no limit to how many times you can go in.
There’s no limit to the number of people that can go in, but as there is a limit to the amount of loot you can get per run, you get more profit the less people you have right?
The diamond of this era which you can get by killing monsters and bosses inside the dungeon, the ‘Blood Stone’!
Because it floated on top of a dead monster’s body, it is also called the ‘Rising Sun’.
It’s an important resource to humanity who evolved with the monsters’ arrival.
It’s an energy resource whose efficiency goes beyond that of oil, electricity, fire, wind, or nuclear-powered generators.
Of course, the ways of producing energy listed above can only be found in museums or history books now.
The theory exam is over, now the practical exam is just ahead.
According to Tae-Seong and Jin-Ho, to clear a Level 1 dungeon Level 1~5 Awakened form a party of about 5 people to clear it.
The reason for this is safety.
With the brand new start of a new life of an Awakened, the Awakened can’t meet the end of it at the same time right?
But today, I go in alone!
-Please scan your card.
-Please scan your fingerprint.
-The dungeon will now be activated.
I read forum posts until I was worn out just for today!
“I can smell it… The smell of money, it’s slowly coming!”
The first thing I feel on entering the dungeon is a muddy floor.
It’s like mud or a mire, but it also has a sticky kind of feeling that makes you feel bad.
The second thing is the stench!
It’s definitely the smell of mold in a basement, but it also has a familiar fishy scent.
The interior of the dungeon is quite simple.
It’s similar to a cave without any split paths. Even though there are no lights anywhere, there’s a brightness which is similar to a gentle light being turned on.
Kkirik! Kkirik! Kkirik!
A sound comes from the inside of the dungeon.
As I step forward, the sound becomes more and more clear.
I get goosebumps as I hear for the first time the cry of a monster.
If the Association’s information is correct, the source of this sound should be the ‘Black Goat’.
It’s literally a black goat.
If there are points that differ it from a normal goat, it would be its erect gait and the halberd that’s gripped in its hands which replace its hooves.
“Hey, if it’s like this isn’t its name just Black Goat?”
I feel that the association’s naming sense is actually really unoriginal.
It didn’t take a while for the ‘Black Goat’ to appear in front of me.
A bigger body than I thought, and stupidly large muscles.
‘Is it ok for Level 1 dungeons to be like this~’
It gave off pressure enough to make me think this.
“What’s motivating me right now is money!”
“What can I do if I shrink away from this low-level dungeon!”
I berate myself as if to try and hide my nervousness.
I summon ‘Frost Orb’ on both of my hands and prepare for battle.
‘Black Goat’ swings his halberd with a cry to the surroundings.
Although I’m someone who doesn’t have any combat experience, I could see its weakness in a single glance.
Its thin hind legs compared to its strong upper body! It looks as if it can’t support it.
“You’re only a goat and you dare to walk on 2 legs?”
I cast the two ‘Frost Orbs’ at its legs.
‘Black Goat’ starts to shout and sounds like what you would hear in a slaughterhouse.
Its legs are frozen to the muddy ground.
I again cast ‘Frost Orb’ at his frozen legs.
A beautiful sound created by the giant halberd crashing onto the floor is heard.
Its legs get cut off while being stuck in the floor, and its muscular body falls down onto the ground.
It keeps crying out strangely while in pain.
“Hoo…… This is easier than I thought.”
To me who has infinite mana it isn’t a very hard first hunt.
Even if I didn’t see its weakness I could just spam ‘Frost Orb’ and win.
But looking at its eyes I feel a bit sad.
How do describe it, for a hunter's first hunt, it was awesome?
Only for a moment though.
It drools like it’s really excited, and swings its halberd at my legs.
The sadness didn’t take a long time to turn into anger.
I spammed ‘Frost Orb’ at its head, and it eventually turned to dust and died.
[10 exp gained.]
The voice I heard when I Awakened informs me that I got exp.
A ‘blood stone’ floats above the guy’s head.
The hand which holds the ‘blood stone’ shivers.
It’s an opaque white jewel but strangely emits a red light.
My first income in my life!
It’s the start! It’s the farewell point from poverty!
I put my first income carefully into a hip sack which I prepared beforehand.
Then I stop walking.
Because the noise that told me about the exp rising is caught up in my heart, I open the status. (TLN: He feels worried for some reason)
Skill exp only rose when it hit the monster.
So if you used a great skill on a large number of monsters, the amount of exp that rose for the skill would be proportionate to the amount of monsters that were hit. Back when I cast the skill at the cans, it didn’t count towards the skill exp.
To get to the boss room you have to kill about 30 Black Goats.
The blood stones that I thought would keep coming out every time I killed a Black Goat didn’t appear for quite some time after killing that first one.
The amount of blood stones I get after killing about 30 is 2!
It seems like they have a drop rate of less than 10%.
Due to the constant non-appearance of blood stones, I have the thought ‘Is there something wrong?’ while advancing.
At the boss room, there’s a ‘Goat King’ who is 2 times as big as a ‘Black Goat’.
On the way here, I became level 3 and ‘Frost Orb’ became level 4.
When looking at the giant ‘Goat King’, I’m feeling thankful at the first ‘Black Goat’ who presented me with that pressure.
It taught me the ‘walkthrough’, if you could call it that, of attacking the lower half.
The boss was comparably stronger than the ‘Black Goat’.
When it sees me it gets excited and sticks its halberd into the ground, and which starts radiating light.
Even though it was struck on muddy ground it gave off a large shockwave.
But even it didn’t last long and eventually knelt down.
It is similar to a boxer’s feet being tied together and fighting.
[30 exp gained.]
The thing that is more exciting than the notification that my exp has risen is the blood stone which rises from the top of its head.
This blood stone was comparably different in size from the other ones.
If a blood stone obtained from an ordinary monster is the size of a thumb, then the blood stone obtained from the boss is the size of your index and middle finger put together.
This also probably has a drop rate of less than 10%. But as if congratulating me for the first dungeon clear, it came out like this. I can’t be any happier.
“Haak, big and beautiful!”
‘A day where I talk to myself a lot’ this kind of thought surfaced.
Today’s goal is to fill up the hip sack with blood stones from this level 1 dungeon!
At the end of the dungeon which had no monsters left is a exit which is similar to the entrance.
The time it takes to clear this dungeon is about 30 minutes.
Undoubtedly the speed would get faster.
Before the thrill of the first dungeon clear even wore out, I put the card in again.