Chapter 3: A Rough Start

I awake to a loud noise and a window in front of me warning me of intruders in my dungeon I rush out of bed and almost smack into Thirty seven as she is standing next to my bed holding the towel.

Thirty-seven: “The attack has already started you overslept again.”

I rush out of the room and place a hand on the door of the dungeon then stop looking over the map of my dungeon. The map of the dungeon shows five red dots on the map in the second room and only two blue ones. I step into the dungeon and Thirty seven is right behind me. I take her by the wrist and pull her with me to the core room. It quickly shows me the last blue slime being burnt by a ugly little lizard man in a robe as two ugly lizard men with spears open the door to the last room. A message quickly displays on the screen.

Intruders have breached crystal room.

I quickly dismiss the warning and watch the two lizard men with spears enter the room and kill off three of the five ill goblins in under a few seconds. The other two ill goblins drop as two of the lizard men with swords and shields enter. As the goblins charge forward the lizard men with spears step back letting the ones with swords and shields take over. The goblins armed with only there fists start pounding on the lizard men but they seem completely unaffected.

Crap I didn’t think of weapons..” I quickly call for a [Weapons] menu and it displays

Rusty dagger 1xp

Rusty Short Sword 3xp

Rusty Sword 5xp

Rusty Great sword 20xp

Rusty Round Shield 10xp

Rusty Large Shield 15xp

Wooden Spear 5xp

I quickly summon one Great sword, two swords and round shields, and two spears at the feet of the goblin brutes. The lizard men with the swords and shields drop the last of goblins and move on the goblin brutes as the goblin brutes are picking up the weapons. The goblin brute that picks up the great sword slams it into one of the lizard man’s shield causing both to recoil. Both the goblins that picked up the wooden spears take this chance to jab at the recoiling lizard man, but the other lizard man with a shield steps in and blocks on of the spears with his shield causing it to splinter and break. The other spear breaks as the goblin thrusts it into the dazed lizard man. The lizard men with spears circle around the goblins while the one in a robe lights one of the goblins with the great sword on fire. The goblins are both run through by the spear wielding lizard men, the two goblins with the swords and shields dive past trying to get to the robed lizard man. The two lizard with swords and shields attack the two goblins with the swords and shields but can’t bring them down before one of them stabs his sword into the robed lizard mans face killing it. The goblin with the great sword stagers while on fire swinging his sword into the injured sword and shield lizard man dropping him but the two lizardmen with spears jab him leaving only the two spear wielding lizard men and one sword and shield lizard man left. The one with the sword and shield walks over and cracks his sword across the crystal and the screens go dark. Leaving only one message on the screen.

Failed to protect Basic Training Crystal

Even though I figured I would lose the first day for sure I still feel disappointed. I then realize I am still holding onto Thirty-seven’s wrist as she is standing with me in the dark dungeon core room silently clutching the towel.

I quickly release her. “Oh sorry..Well its looks just about like I expected I lost.” I try to laugh it off as the dungeon core room drops us out in the first room by the entrance to the dungeon. A message pops up in front of me.

Basic Training Crystal disabled for one hour. Results of battle.

Room 1:

Pit trap: effective for the first kobold entering dungeon, ineffective afterwards.

Spike trap: failed to deploy when trip wire broke.

Dart trap: ineffective blocked by kobold shields.

Room 2:

Sickly Slime and Slime crushed under kobolds feet

Husky slime quickly killed by kobolds before they could attack

Blue slimes stopped by fire magic wielding kobold after only taking light damage.

Room 3:

Defenseless ill goblins and goblins quickly killed by kobold

Armed goblin brutes took down wounded kobold mage and unwounded kobold before all dungeon monsters eliminated

Dungeon crystal broke five minutes and ten seconds from intruder entry to dungeon.

Acquired: 7 XP, 1 mage robe, 1 iron sword, 1 small iron shield, 1 Iron spear, 1 wooden mage staff, 1 torn leather armor. *All new items acquired added to list to purchase.

Lost: 1 trip wire, 1 faulty dart trap, 5 sickly slime, 5 slime, 5 husky slime, 2 blue slime, 5 ill goblin, 5 goblin, 5 goblin brutes, 2 wood spears (broken beyond repair), and 1 rusty great sword (Stolen)

[New Items Available]

Mage robe Cost: 20xp

Torn Leather Armor Cost: 35xp

Iron sword Cost: 15xp

Small Iron Shield Cost: 20xp

Iron Spear Cost: 15xp

Wooden Mage Staff Cost: 20xp

[New Monsters Available]

Young Kobold Cost: 25xp

Young Kobold Mage Cost: 45xp

We lost a lot for only gaining 7 XP, but at least we learned how to make some new things. Thirty-seven, what did you think of my first battle?”

Thirty-seven: “You died. There is no upside.”

Well I guess you’re right if it was my real crystal I would be dead now. Maybe I should stop thinking of the fake crystal so lightly.”

I wait for the hour till the crystal reactivates the I begin repair and resupply of the dungeon. All the monsters died, the trip wire broke, and the dart trap was only good for one use anyway so none of them are salvageable to I just clear them from the dungeon. Sense the tile switch that was on the dart trap still works and is no longer attached to anything and the trip wire on the spike trap failed I move the tile switch to the spike trap. The slimes did not seem to preform well at all, the blue slimes seemed to do some damage to the mage but I find it rather underperforming for costing twice as much as the goblin brutes. I missed there fight though so I am not exactly sure went down either. I will give the blue slimes one more chance but the rest seem pointless. I put two blue slimes in the back two corners of the first room. I also place eight more goblin brutes in the first room. I give one the iron sword and shield, two the rusty swords and shields, summon two more rusty sword and shields for two more, I give one the iron spear, summon another iron spear for one more, and summon another great sword for the last and give him the torn leather armor. In the second room I place six of the young kobolds all with iron swords and shields. In the crystal room I place four more kobolds with swords and shields, two kobolds with iron spears, and one kobold mage with the robe and wooden staff. With under 100xp let I call it quits and receive a message.

Dungeon consumption up to 2xp/ 7 days ( 1xp consumed to make up the difference 6 days remaining. )

When I close the window Thirty-seven speaks. “If you are done Madam Erin would like to speak with you.”

I follow Thirty-seven to the throne room I actually think I remember the way this time as we enter the throne room Thirty-seven bows to Madam Erin and myself then steps outside again.

Madam Erin: “Well I did warn you barely scrapped past the five minute mark. You didn’t even make it past the first wave.”

I get a little worried now that I spent almost my entire remaining xp when she mentions that there where more groups waiting to charge in if I killed the first ones..

Well I didn’t expect to make it though that time but I am sure I will do better tomorrow.”

Madam Erin: “For your sake you better hope so, pup. And don’t think I didn’t notice your eye twitch when I mentioned waves. Thanks to you, one of the kobolds managed to gain a level. It was the one that ran off with your great sword. I will make sure I hold on to him for at least the second or third wave. I was surprised to see the blue slimes already, it usually takes a week before dungeon cores can make them. Sadly they were by themselves against the mage. I would also suggest not oversleeping tomorrow, well best of luck to you tomorrow lets see if you can make it through at least one day.”

Thirty-seven immediately  enters the room again to lead me back to my bedroom. After sitting on my bed I groan. I wasn’t expecting multiple waves in one day I thought it would be the one group and that was it.. I am pretty confident of taking two or three waves but I thought that would be over the course of a few days where I would have time to plan in between. Well not much I can do about it now. It is not even mid day yet. Maybe I should ask Thirty-seven to show me around, so I can see how Madam Erin does it. I decide that is a better idea then sitting in this small room all day worrying so I head over to Thirty-seven’s door and attempt to knock, but again she answers the door before I touch it.

Thirty-seven: “Is there something you need?”

Well I was just wondering if you could show me around Madam Erin’s dungeon so I can get some ideas on maybe how I should set mine up.”

Thirty-seven: “Dungeon layouts are highly kept secrets, however I do not see a problem with it if we go to one of the lowest floors that the humans have thoroughly mapped. Is that acceptable?”

Well I am not going to learn anything sitting in my room I might as well.”

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