Chapter 2: Setting up a dungeon

After thanking Madam Erin I walk into the room and she closes the door and can hear her large footsteps walking away. I make my way around the room checking everything out. The bed is small, hard, and has a few animal pelts on it for blankets. The vanity, cabinet, and desk are all completely empty. I finally decide to sit on the edge of the bed and call for [Menu] I spend time looking through the different menus and finally find some basic clothing but it cost 1 xp. When I select it from the menu it says I have to develop my dungeon before I can use the menu.

After a few hours of browsing the menu, getting bored and walking the floor, and browsing the menu again the door to the room is slowly opened. A beautiful woman with eyes like emeralds , long chestnut hair, and wearing simple clothing walks into the room.

The woman lightly bows. “I am thirty-seven, Madam Erin asked me to take care of you.” Thirty-seven makes a few hand gestures a simple set of clothing seems to appear out of thin air and she hands it to me.  “After you are dressed I will take you to Madam Erin.” She then just stands there staring at me.

Uhm……I will get dressed now.”

Thirty-seven: “Very well.”     -she says but doesn’t stop staring or even move.-

I finally just turn my back to her and put the clothes on and when I turn around she still hasn’t budged a inch.

After handing her the towel I and on before, she folds it, brings it up to her chest, and turns walking out the door. ” Follow me.”  She says while walking off.

Following Thirty-seven along more staircases and hallways we reach what seems to be a central corridor with a massive door embellished with golden decorations and brass fixtures. Passing through the door we enter into a massive throne room with Madam Erin sitting in the throne. I follow Thirty-seven all the way up to the throne where she then bows to Madam Erin, myself, and then walks back into the hallway.

Madam Erin: “I see you are settling in just fine. Now first I will show you what a dungeon core crystal looks like.” She stands and motions me to follow her through a small set of doors behind the throne.

Inside the room is completely empty with the exception of a large glowing amber rock roughly the same height as myself and twice as wide.

Madam Erin: “Now, this is my dungeon core crystal. It has taken me a very long time to get it to this size so your crystal will start off only a fraction of its size.”  Madam Erin lightly brushes the crystal with her hand before leading me back into the throne room where she sits back in the throne.

Madam Erin: “Now that you have the basics down, I will tell you of the dangers of being a dungeon core. As a dungeon core you can not live without slowly feeding your crystal xp however you can’t gain xp without either luring intruders into your dungeon and killing them with your dungeon, or leaving your crystal behind and searching out things to hunt to gain xp. Most creatures that wonder into dungeons are looking for a safe place to hide or live. For beginning dungeons it can even be beneficial to have a few small creatures supply you with small amounts of xp until you can get off the ground. However you still have to make sure they can’t damage your crystal. Humans on the other hand are the best ways to acquire XP however the most dangerous as well. Tomorrow we will begin your training I will give you a few small rooms and some XP to let you get the feel of it, and for the rest of the month your job will to be to protect a fake crystal inside. I will give you one day to set up your little dungeon and then I will send monsters in for the rest of the month. At any given point if you make it at least seven days without losing the fake crystal I will give you a reward. Also remember even though the crystal is fake if you end up trying to protect the crystal yourself you do run the risk of actually dying so you best think carefully. “

As soon as Madam Erin finishes talking the beautiful Thirty-seven walks back into the throne room still clutching the towel to her chest and walks up to Madam Erin, Bows, and then motions for me to follow her.

On the way back I try to make small talk with Thirty-seven but she never even replies all the way back to the room. finally after reaching my room and opening the door Thirty-seven turns to me and says. ” I will come get you in the morning when it is time. ” Then she bows and walks off. Standing in the hallway I watch Thirty-seven for a minute as she walks away she then enters a room three doors down from mine before I decide to enter my own room and close the door.

Sitting on the bed I try to think of the events that have transpired today and even though it seems natural a few events just don’t seem like the belong. Like I can’t remember anything before today, and Madam Erin said I didn’t even have a name and none of that seemed to bother me. However Madam Erin’s appearance just didn’t sit well with me. I sit on the bed and open [Menu] and look at the blank space next to word name. “Madam Erin said I could pick my own name, but… How does one even choose a name? The names that Madam Erin suggested just seemed wrong, but I don’t know what a good name would even sound like. ” Putting that on hold for now I decide to lay down and sleep.

When I wake up the next morning Thirty-seven is standing next to my bed still clutching the towel to her chest just staring at me.

“Oh…When did you get here? Is it time?”

Thirty-seven: “I waited three hours and twenty two minutes for you to wake, now we are late. Follow.” Without another word she steps into the hallway…

Surely she was not just standing next to my bed staring at me for over three hours…I decide to hurry and follow after her into the hallway. Without another word she leads me through hallway, after hallway, down staircase, after staircase, until we reach a heavy iron double door. Thirty seven easily pushes the massive door open and steps inside.

Inside the room are three archways with doors attached to them just sitting in the middle of the room. Thirty-seven moves over to the door on the right and knocks on it before opening it. Instead of seeing the other side on the room past the door I see nothing. Thirty seven steps through the door disappearing into the emptiness. I hurry to follow her and as I pass the threshold of the door I feel a pull in my chest like someone pulling me gently from the inside of my body. It only lasts a brief second then I find myself standing in a small square stone room with no windows or doors only with a single torch lighting the dark room. When I turn around I see the door we just walked though close and disappear leaving us completely closed off.

Thirty-seven: “I will now give you your XP to use for your training. Madam Erin told me to watch over your training and to remind you that this is all the XP you get. Madam also said don’t forget to save some for the crystal to consume. You will not die if the fake crystal starves however it will be considered a failure if it does.” With a few hand gestors a dull grey rock the size of a watermelon is formed on the floor, and without another word Thirty-seven stands in the corner of the room still clutching the towel to her chest.

I open [Menu] and then open [Status]

Name:                                              Dungeon: Undeveloped                               Crystal: Basic Training Crystal

Level: 1                                          till next Level 10                                         XP: 2000

HP: 20/20

Str: 25

Agility: 25

Endurance: 20

Resistances: None

Armor: None

Equipment: [Old Cheap Clothes]

Skills: None

Crystal formed but no dungeon set, touch crystal to began creation of dungeon

I walk over and pick up the watermelon sized rock and [Menu] changes screens

“dungeon ready to begin development, would you like to begin now?”

I say yes and the screen changes again showing a map with blue dot in the middle, right next to it a diamond shape, and in the corner another blue dot. Two more squares are shown in the map behind me.

“please set entrance to dungeon.”

I select the wall directly in front of me and a large rusted iron double door is formed in the wall.

“Crystal will be placed in room/floor farthest away from entrance, would you like to proceed?”

After saying yes the crystal disappears and the diamond icon on the map now shows in the room furthest behind me.

“No access to crystal room, dungeon cannot be activated until a path is set.”

I open [Rooms]

New Room Cost: 1000XP

Change Room Size Cost: 500XP

Weak Wooden Door Cost: 10xp

Weak Wooden Wall Cost: 20xp

Weak Wooden Floor Cost: 20xp

Weak Wooden Roof Cost: 25xp

*Basic training crystal grants limits to construction items

For now I connect the two remaining rooms with weak wooden doors.

Weak Wooden Door: A standard Door that has no lock

“Crystal room now connected to entrance dungeon can now be activated current XP consumption 1xp/7 days. Would you like to activate dungeon now? Once active dungeon can be attacked. Forced activation in 18 hours 48 minutes.”

Madam Erin said I had a day to prepare before she will send monsters to attack but I think I will still add defenses before activating the dungeon. I only have the 2000xp for the entire month no matter how many times the fake crystal is destroyed so I don’t want to spend to much right from the start so I decided to look through [Traps] and it is divided into two sections.

[Traps]

Ordinary Pit Trap Cost: 25XP

Weak Spike Trap Cost: 25XP

Defective Dart Trap Cost: 25XP

[ Misc.]

Faulty Trip Wire Cost: 10XP

Faulty Tile Switch Cost: 20XP

I place one of each kind of trap in the first room so I can test them out.

Ordinary Pit Trap:  A hole in the ground. Easily avoided unless properly hidden. It causes almost no damage, but is good at slowing whoever falls into it.
It can be spotted without the [Trap Detection] ability.

Weak Spike Trap: Can be places on any wall, ceiling, or floor. Causes minor damage and may brake after activation. Can easily be seen without [Trap Detection] ability. *Requires activator.

Defective Dart Trap: Standard non-poison darts can not penetrate any armor and only cause minor damage. Only good for one use before becoming unusable. Can easily be seen without [Trap Detection] ability. . *Requires activator.

Faulty Trip Wire: A obvious wire easily seen without trap detecting abilities. Chance of brakeage after use, and chance of not setting off trap on use. *Can be set off by any type of creature including dungeon monsters.

Faulty Tile Switch: A obvious tile that can be seen without trap detecting abilities. Can be set on floor, ceiling, or walls. Normally only activated by intruders. *Due to faulty nature small chance of dungeon allies activating switch when touched.

I place the pit trap right inside the entrance of the dungeon, then place the spike trap after that activated with the trip wire, and the dart trap right before you get to the door activated by the tile switch. Adding nothing else to the first room I move on to the next and decide to fill it with monsters. After adding five sickly slimes, five slimes, and five husky slimes I get a pop up message.

“Blue Slime now unlocked.”

Blue Slime Cost: 50XP

I decide to place two of them as well before moving on to the crystal room. I decide to fill this room with goblins, and add five of each type of goblin available. I then head back to the dungeon entrance and Thirty-seven is still standing in the corner holding the towel to her chest. I would think she was a statue standing there if it where not for her blinking every once in a while.

“Well I guess that will do for now. Activate dungeon.”

the [Menu] displays a message that activating dungeon will consume 1xp/7 days and asks me if I want to proceed. After saying yes there is a message of congratulation on the screen. I then close [Menu] and ask Thirty-seven.

“So is that it? Do we wait here or do we go back until tomorrow?”

Thirty-seven then steps out of the corner, steps over the trip wire, hops over the pit trap, and exits out of the door of the dungeon.

I follow her out the door and we are standing in one of Madam Erin’s dungeon hallways. She then opens the door directly to her left then enters the room three doors down. I look inside and find what appears to be the same room I slept in before. I look back at the dungeon entrance and the large rusty iron door is now separating what was a long hallway earlier. I pull the iron doors shut then head into the bedroom and sit on the edge of the hard bed.

well now what do I do? It is not even midday so what do I do with the rest of my time? I open [Menu] and it displays the map of the dungeon I sit on the edge of the bed watching the little blue dots in the second and third room just wonder around the room aimlessly. Maybe I should of given them something to do…Oh well they probably wont last through tomorrow anyway. I keep the map displayed while looking through the rest of the menus. I find a section that shows as [Dungeon Core]

Anything found within [Dungeon Core] can only be placed within a sealed room inside the dungeon that only the dungeon core has access if you would like to set up a dungeon core room you must be inside the dungeon.

I decide to check it out so I exit my bedroom and head back to the dungeon. Entering the dungeon again the message pops up asking if I want to set a dungeon core room.

“Basic training crystal allows the setup of a basic dungeon core room for free would you like to set it up and enter it now?”

After agreeing I feel a tug on my chest and am now standing in room everything is completely black except the floor. The floor is made of simple stone and extends out about ten feet in all directions. As I go to take a step the black lights up and displays [Menu] over the entire room there are screens that display the goblins sitting around in the third room and one showing the crystal with great detail. There are more that show the different slimes moving around the second room, and more showing the empty trap room with one screen fixed on the entrance to the dungeon. One screen directly in front of me displays a message

The dungeon core room is used to keep track of everything going on in the dungeon you can view any room from any angle on the screens, and can summon items from the [Dungeon Core] in this room only these items cannot be removed. You can enter this room from anywhere in the dungeon and leave this room to access any room of the dungeon. Any non-intruder can be brought into the core room as long as it is not engaged with intruders. Due to the nature of the Basic Training Crystal, the dungeon core room and several items within [Dungeon Core] are free to purchase. Any other crystal the standard XP charge applies. Due to the nature of the items being bound to the dungeon core room items might cost less then an identical item that can be placed within the dungeon.

The screen displaying [Dungeon Core] shows a great number of items including books, furniture, and items. The list with 0xp cost include a desk, chair, and a small cot. I go ahead and summon them setting them up in the room. Afterwards the screen displaying the dungeon entrance shows Thirty-seven entering the dungeon carrying the towel.

Thirty-seven: “Madam Erin has called for you?”

It said I can exit from this room to anywhere in the dungeon but how exactly do I do that? As I think that I feel the pull on my chest again and show up in the dungeon’s first room a few feet away from Thirty seven. She then turns exiting back out the dungeon and leads me back to the throne room where Madam Erin sits. Thirty seven bows to Madam Erin and myself before walking out of the room.

Madam Erin: “I see you have prepared your dungeon already, and even made a dungeon core room already. I would be quite impressed if it where not for the defenses you have left in your dungeon. Are you sure you are taking this serious?”

I believe I am, I have to preserve the XP that I started with for the entire month so if I use it all now I have no hope of making it the entire month. However if I start out with minimal defenses and see just what I need then I believe I will even meet your goal of preserving the crystal for a entire week.”

Madam Erin: “Ha not bad pup. I don’t expect it to be as easy as all that I am not just going to be throwing the same monsters at you every day. For every day you go without your crystal being broken I will increase the difficulty. Well we will find out tomorrow what you are made of.”

You know I have realized that I have been here for two days and still have not eaten anything. Do dungeon cores even need to eat?”

Madam Erin gives me a weird look. “Of course not your core takes care of all that. However if you are trying to blend in with humans to gather information and such it is possible to consume human food. You will however have to expel it the same way they do, and it is a rather disgusting process.”

I also wondered about keeping clean.”

Madam Erin: “These are common sense questions pup you should know all of this. Just use your magic, although I have been known to enjoy a soak in a hot bath from time to time. I guess not everything the humans have came up with is entirely barbaric.”

Magic? We can use magic?”

Madam Erin sighs. “Of course we can use magic pup what do you think a dungeon core is? Even humans can use basic magic. You can learn more magic from the [Menu].”

I know you said humans are dangerous, but why would they go after the crystal if they are getting xp from the monsters and the treasures we leave for them?”

Madam Erin: “Humans seek out dungeons to hunt for treasure and earn xp themselves. When they kill a monster in a dungeon they get the XP that you would get from breaking it down. For example if you summon a husky slime for 10xp if you decide to break it down you will get 1xp returned to you, and if a human kills that monster they will get that 1xp instead of you and it makes them stronger. If a human takes out a crystal it grants them the xp as if everything in the dungeon including the rooms is broken down at once. That is why if your crystal is broken not only you die but your entire dungeon dies. There are also rumors that humans gain special magic and skills that are exclusive to dungeon cores when they break a crystal. Well that is all we have time for today I look forward to crushing your crystal in the morning so get some rest.”

Thirty seven entered the room and escorted me back to my bedroom. After entering my bedroom I open [Menu] and a find a new window labeled [Magic] that wasn’t there before. If it is common knowledge I wonder why it didn’t show up in my menu before I learned of it.

Clean                    Cost: 50xp

Heat                     Cost: 50xp

Cool                     Cost: 50xp

Soil                      Cost: 50xp

Light                    Cost: 50xp

Shadow              Cost: 50xp

I go ahead and buy all 6 spells available. I don’t know if I will be able to keep them sense its not my xp I am using but I guess I will find out. After learning the spells I get a message.

You have learned your first spell. Spell power and MP have been added to [Status], and learning a spell from each class has granted the skill [Uniquely Gifted] (Rank 1)

Name:                                             Dungeon:  Training Hall                                        Crystal:  Basic Training Crystal

Level: 1 XP                                          till next Level 9                                                   XP: 1169

HP: 20/20                                             MP: 75/75

Strength: 25

Agility: 25

Endurance: 20

Spell Power: 50

Resistances: None

Armor: None

Equipment: [Old Cheap Clothes]

Skills:

[Uniquely Gifted] (Rank 1): Most creatures favor one element above all others, and are unable to cast spells from the oposing element. You however do not, thus granting you a 25 bonus to spell power and 50 additional MP. The more magic is used the greater the bonus that will be granted from [Uniquely Gifted]

Spells:

Clean (Water) (Cost 1mp): summons water to clean items and objects up to ten feet away. This spell can be kept active by repaying its original casting cost once per second.

Heat (Fire) (Cost 1mp) : summoning your mana with the power of fire you can heat items and objects up to ten feet away. This spell can be kept active by repaying its original casting cost once per second.

Cool (Wind) (Cost 1mp) : Summoning your mana with the power of wind you can cool items and objects up to ten feet away. This spell can be kept active by repaying its original casting cost once per second.

Soil (Earth) (Cost 1mp) : summoning your mana with the power of earth you can soil items and objects up to ten feet away. This spell can be kept active by repaying its original casting cost once per second.

Light (Light) (Cost 1mp) : Summing your mana with the power of light you can light items and objects up to ten feet away. This spell can be kept active by repaying its original casting cost once per second.

Shadow (Dark) ( Cost 1mp) : summoning your mana with the power of darkness you can cast shadows on items and objects up to ten feet away. This spell can be kept active by repaying its original casting cost once per second.

It says summon you mana.. but how exactly do you summon your mana.. I try everything I can think of and still can not figure out how to cast a spell so I decide to ask Thirty seven. I leave my room and head to her door and as I go to knock she opens the door still clutching the towel to her chest.

Oh excuse me…Are you busy? I was wondering if I could ask you a few questions.”

Standing in the door way she simply replies with. “Speak”

Oh, I am sorry to interrupt you I just don’t know how to cast magic, so I was wondering if you could teach me. I learned a few spells off of [Menu] however I still can’t figure out how to cast them.”

Thirty-seven: “Summon your mana while speaking the spell while thinking of what you want the spell to do.”she says then disappears back into her room closing the door..

ah…” I go to knock on the door again and before my hand reaches it the door opens back up.

Thirty-seven: “Is there something else?”

Well you see…Madam Erin said casting magic like it was common knowledge however it just made no sense to me.. I have tried but I don’t understand what you mean by summon your mana… How do you summon your mana?”

Thirty-seven: “You use it just like you did when you walked through the door when we teleported to your dungeon the first time, or when you teleported to me inside your dungeon.” She steps back again but this time waits not shutting the door.

Do you mean the pulling in my chest is that was summoning you mana feels like?”

Thirty-seven: “Exactly.” She simply says before shutting the door again leaving me standing by myself in the hallway.

I spend the next hour trying to use magic again in my room to no avail then I get the idea to head to the dungeon. I enter the dungeon and think about entering the dungeon core room and feel the pull on my chest and I am standing in the dungeon core room. I do the same thing to return to the entrance of the dungeon trying to remember the feeling of the pull. After several trips back and forth and using a simulated hand gestor I cast my first cool spell. A light breeze crosses my face and after a few more attempts I am able to cast the spell without the hand movement. I head back to my bedroom while practicing my magic spells. First sending a cool breeze across my face, then warming my hands. I light the door knob up as I enter my bedroom then cast a shadow in the corner. Casting soil on the desk covers it in dust and then use clean to clean it back off. Finally I sit on the bed and cast clean on myself and it takes a few seconds till I feel clean and refreshed. I lay back in the bed casting light and shadow on a ceiling tile over the bed a couple of dozen times before growing groggy and  drifting off to sleep.

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