Chapter 75: New Dungeon Core Preparations

Scylla has been spending time with Kline since he arrived a few days ago, so it is just me and Bell at the office, but we aren’t that busy so I leave things to her telling her that Dyson has made a request of me.

I quickly head home. On the way home I try to sort out what Dyson is talking about, but I duck behind one of the buildings as I near the house and once I am hidden I transfer to the core room. I quickly open the observation window then it clicks.

I see a tall white bear like humanoid covered in scars with a suspicious look on its face as it makes it way through some ice covered hallways. I send a message to Dyson.

“Does that mean it is going to try to take out Fredrick today?”

Dyson: “It doesn’t look good, he has already been found out. Fredrick is on his guard, but the idiot is just waiting in his core room hoping the problem is going to fix itself…”

“He isn’t at least raising the protection around the crystal?”

Dyson: “He added a few yetis to protect it, but this yeti of Bless’s is of far higher level… His combat prowess was got him access to the inter-sanctum of Fredrick’s dungeon to begin with…”

“I am still a little confused, if the Yeti was released from Bless’s dungeon almost a year ago, why is it still trying too hard to take out Fredrick?”

Dyson: “That is the power of an ultimate command… I know of a monster that another dungeon tried the same thing Bless here has, but it waited 20 years even after being accepted by the other dungeon before it made its attack. Bless was too impatient though that is why Fredrick was able to figure it out.”

While watching Bless’s yeti take on two of Fredrick’s I seen what Dyson means the difference in strength is easily apparent. After making short work of Fredrick’s yetis it moves on.

“So the one that waited 20 years did it succeed?”

Dyson: “I am still here aren’t I? But she was great in bed, so it was worth the 20 years in my opinion, I felt kind of sorry having to put her down.”

“…”

We continue to watch Bless’s yeti tear though Fredrick’s as it makes its way through the dungeon, but even after a few hours I don’t know how close it is to his crystal room.

“He has been at it quite a while. Does he have much further to go?”

Dyson: “So you can’t see everything…Good to know, but no he doesn’t have much further to go about another hour and he will reach the crystal room.”

It looks like my question gave out a more information then I intended, but Dyson and I seem to be in pretty good standing at the moment, so I guess it doesn’t hurt…

Since Bless’s yeti isn’t bound to a dungeon you can tell the fatigue is starting to build up with him. The question isn’t if he is going to be stronger then Fredrick’s yetis but will he be able to make it that far before becoming to fatigued to carry on.

Sure enough at almost exactly on the hour mark he reaches what appears to be Fredrick’s Crystal room. Fredrick’s crystal is a aquamarine that blends in with the ice so well it is hard to tell where the crystal ends and the ice begins.

There are 4 yeti much like the others Bless’s yeti has fought, but there is also one quite a bit larger that looks to be about equal in size to Bless’s. They look like large humanoid bears, but they fight more like gorillas as they charge Bless’s yeti.

He grabs one of the smaller ones by the head flinging it to the side like it was little more then a nuisance, but two more manage to begin to bite and claw at him. He manages to kick another but not before the large one punches him in the jaw.

The fight takes at least another 30 minutes before Bless’s yeti is the only one left standing. Although he doesn’t look to be in very good shape, he is going to have to take out the crystal before Fredrick has the chance to send in reinforcements.

Fredrick however appears in front of the yeti. The yeti is battered and bleeding, but still towers over Fredrick at least 3 times his size. Fredrick however doesn’t seem afraid. Fredrick begins to speak to the yeti in the yeti’s language.

“What are they saying?”

Dyson: “You don’t understand it? I didn’t understand monster languages when I was an adventurer, but once I got my dungeon then it was like I knew them all along… I thought all cores knew the monsters languages.”

“Well I am not like most cores…”

Dyson: “That becomes more apparent every day… Anyway he is saying about what you would expect. Why are you doing this, who sent you, that kind of thing.”

“Do you think the yeti has a chance now? Fredrick is over level 120…”

Dyson: “if he tries to attack Fredrick he doesn’t stand a chance, but if he goes for the crystal he just might win.”

Bless’s yeti barks something out and all I see a message from Dyson that just says “Bad move.” And with that the yeti charges Fredrick. It is over in almost an instant… I am not even quite sure how it happened, but the yeti’s head has been severed completely from its body and is launched airborne.

Fredrick has in his hand a thin blade covered in the yeti’s blood. Frederick wipes clean his sword on the yeti’s fur before the monster’s head reaches the ground.

“I guess it’s over then…”

Dyson: “Not quite, Bless made a critical error. The yeti gave her name before he tried to strike down Fredrick. It may take a while, but the fun is just starting.”

We watch as Fredrick begins tapping away on his [Menu].

Dyson: “Here we go! He just sent a message to the elders asking for a meeting.”

The observation screen fades to black and I receive one last message from Dyson.

Dyson: “Well if anything else interesting happens I will let you know, I better go see what the elders are going to do.”

Well it was after noon when I got the message from Dyson, so I shouldn’t be surprised when I notice that the sun has begun to set. Lilah has already left from the core room, so I transfer down to the house and startle Kline and Scylla appearing right in front of them.

All three of us: “…”

“Uh… Sorry about that, I still haven’t gotten used to this teleport spell…”

Kline: “… Really you were able to learn a teleport spell? I am rather envious… That would help the young master and me a great deal on our trips.”

Scylla: “Yea… He hasn’t figured out how to take anyone else with him yet, and hasn’t been able to travel more than a couple hundred feet. He has even left his clothes behind after teleporting once.”

…I don’t know if that comment was really necessary but maybe it was her way of getting back at me for not paying attention when we have visitors in the house, so I guess I kind of deserved it.

Kline: “Well I am glad I at least got to miss that one…But once maybe you get it figured out you could teach Scylla and we could visit each other more often.”

Scylla: “I couldn’t possibly learn a spell that hard…”

Kline: “You have already come so far, I am sure you will be at that level in no time.”

Scylla: “Well I only have Water magic and a bit of Earth magic as well.”

Kline: You should consider making a trip to the capital pretty soon and see if you have awakened any hidden talents as you have leveled up. The young master and I make a point to check it out every few months just in case.”

Scylla: “I am sure I don’t have anything like that, but next time I am in the capital maybe you could take me…”

“Well if you will excuse me, I better to check how things are going in the kitchen…”

I screwed up pretty bad… But maybe a teleport spell isn’t a bad idea. Dyson has quite a few ways to travel quickly, and maybe he could teach me one as payment for copying something for him. I guess it won’t hurt to ask, it could help the training of the girls a great deal.

Belinda: “How did things go? Bell said you had a request from Dyson, and Lilah said you were quite focused on your [Menu] most the afternoon.”

“Oh it wasn’t nothing to important, but I screwed up and Kline seen me transfer… We passed it off as that I leaned a teleport spell.”

Belinda: “But them are very high level spells…”

“We told him it was only a few hundred feet and only single person…”

Belinda: “Well I guess there has been quite a bit of teleporting traffic as of late in Tobes so I guess we can make due. You also have covered a good chunk of Tobes with the dungeon, so we can use it just in case a townsperson sees you transfer as well.”

“I was actually surprised they haven’t made much larger deal about it as they have…Like you said it should be a pretty high level spell.”

Belinda: “Tobes has progressed so much in the last year and a half, I don’t think much would surprise them anymore…”

“I was thinking of asking Dyson if he would teach me a teleporting spell for my next fee anyway. He seems to have various methods to go about it, surely we could utilize at least one of them to help us out.”

Belinda: “I don’t know I am sure it would take massive amounts of magic…”

“So, how are things going with Scylla and Zoey’s birthday preperations?”

Belinda: “Everything is all set, you have gotten them both birthday presents already right?”

“Of course…”

Belinda: “Yea I know better… You better summon something up for them pretty quick if you don’t plan to get it in town.”

“I will take care of it tomorrow.”

Belinda: “You better their party is the day after.”

The next day when I sit down to get gifts for the girls I quickly summon two stuffed animals. I am going to give Zoey a dog stuffed animal, and Scylla a salamander stuffed animal, and see what their reactions are before giving them my actual gift.

I spend quite a bit, on Zoey as her gear was the worst of all the girls. Unfortunately I can’t use better material, but I up the quality to master level and put a great bit of detail into the design of them. The bow comes out normally enough as [Intricately Designed Master Quality Stout Wooden Bow], but the armor however something strange happens.

New Item Created

Through painstaking effort the [Intricately Designed Master Quality Black Leather Armor] has resulted in the creation of a unique item.

 

The armor that is called [Zoey’s Armor] is made of a combination of black leather, with plates of dark steel leaving the body protected without restricting movement. There are several additions to it that seem to be catered to an archer.

Both sleeves of the armor contain the dark steel plates extending down to a wrist guard on one side and the other extends into a three fingered glove. Unlike normal leather armor it extends down the legs with leg and shin guards, even with a small curved plate covering the top of the foot.

Not preventing movement leaves quite a few weak points in the armor, but over all I have seen full-plate armor with less coverage. It has a half helmet with plates to protect Zoey’s pointy ears. There is even a leather strap that has plates attached to it to protect her tail…

Each plate of the armor has intricate carved designs into it. I looks like it will have decent protection, but by the look alone Zoey will be unable to complain about her armor anymore at least. Now the only problem is Scylla’s gift probably won’t be able to compare…

New Items Available

Archer’s Armor                                     Cost: 1500xp
Archer’s Half-Helm                            
 Cost: 250xp
Beastkin Tail Armor                            
Cost: 400xp

New Skill Learned

Advanced Summoning (Rank 1): The details are everything. Focusing on smallest of details when summoning items or monsters it can lead to results greater than anticipated. Advanced summoning increases the chance of such an events occurring.

I learned a skill while preparing for Belinda’s birthday, and another now while preparing for Scylla’s and Zoey’s… I don’t understand though if there are three new pieces available to summon why did [Zoey’s Armor] show as 1 item.

I use [Menu] and search [Zoey’s Armor]

[Zoey’s Armor]: Zoey’s armor is a unique set of beastkin only archer’s armor, combined with an archer’s half-helm, and beastkin tail armor, that when worn together provides a set bonus increase to the defensive ability of the armor. Zoey’s armor is considered a light armor.

If I thought preparing a gift for Scylla before was going to be hard now it seems all but impossible… her robe and staff are already of master quality, she has the minor ring of magic. I can’t teach her skills or spells. I don’t believe anything I could get her would help her during training so I need to think of something else…

The only time she isn’t working is when she gets the chance to talk or spend time with Kline. Maybe I could come up with something for both of them that she would like. I come up with an idea, but I will have to get Belinda and Logan’s approval.

I pack up Zoey’s armor in a box similar to the one I gave Lilah for her birthday, and take the bow and the box transfer to the bedroom. After setting them down I set out looking for Belinda.

The next day while we finish up preparations Belinda takes the stuffed animals away from me placing them on the table on either side of the cake telling me I can’t give them to as gifts… When we are finally ready we tell the girls we are ready for them.

The party goes off without any problems and we spend quite some time visiting. There wasn’t a good way to wrap Zoey’s bow so it just has a bow tied to it, and that seems to keep catching Zoey’s eye the entire party till she can’t take it anymore and demands we open presents.

Everyone laughs and we agree. Zoey makes a beeline to the bow now finally able to give it a closer inspection.

Zoey: “Boss got me this right?”

“Yea I am sorry only the quality is better than you old bow, but I hope you like it.”

Kline: “The design of it is quite impressive, I would almost think it was elven made, but they use special wood when they make their bows.”

Most of the gifts from the others are clothing and such items Scylla thanks everyone for every gift after opening it, but Zoey seems indifferent about the gifts of clothes. When we get down to only Zoey’s armor I decide to let Scylla know about my gift to her.

“I had a lot of trouble trying to think of a gift for you…But after talking it over with Belinda I think I came up with something. Anywhere you two want to go, here, the capital, where ever for the next month, Belinda and I will cover the cost of it.”

Scylla: “…But…”

“And don’t worry Kline I made sure to get Logan’s permission and he gave me the go ahead. He even said he would chip in if needed.”

Scylla: “We have so much work to do though…”

“Don’t worry about it. You and Kline don’t get to spend very much time together so take this chance while you can.”

Scylla: “I don’t know what to say.”

Belinda: “Just say you will have fun.”

Scylla: “Of course!” –She hugs Kline while he is trying to grasp the situation and he then quickly begins to blush.-

The two of them begin to discuss what they want to do with their month while I get the last box. I hand it to Zoey while she is messing with a questionable set of lingerie that Roxy got her.

“I got one left for you.”

Zoey: “Ha! Boss got me two gifts!” –She calls to Scylla, but Scylla is too preoccupied blushing while talking to Kline.”

Zoey opens up the box looking at it questionably…

Zoey: “This is made out of the same thing as Sofia and Roxy’s armor… You didn’t make me a dress did you?”

“It’s not a dress I promise.”

Zoey takes the helmet out first sliding it on her head, only one ear slides into the correct slot the other must be laying flat against her head. She then takes out the tail armor. After looking at it and flipping it over a few times she tries to wrap it around her waist.

“Why don’t you and Roxy take it in the other room and she can help you put it on…”

Zoey tilts her head questionably and Roxy looks over at Kline then nods her head she picks up the box from Zoey’s lap and leads her from the room. From the other room all I can hear is Zoey call out with a loud voice. “Hey! It’s got my name on it!”

Belinda asks me. “That didn’t look like any of the armor I have seen before. How did you make it?”

“I got lucky I guess.”

When Zoey walks back in the room it catches Kline’s attention causing him to stand up, which causes Scylla to turn to look as well. With Zoey in her armor her goofy nature is hidden and her appearance is at least equally intimidating as Logan and Kline in their armor.

Kline: “What kind of armor is that? Did you have it custom made?”

“Something like that, it is made of black leather and dark steel.”

Kline is interested enough that he walks over to check Zoey out.

Zoey is still checking out the armor as well.

Zoey: “See I told you Boss is still watching, how else would he know which fingers I use?” –She says at looking at the three fingered glove.-

Roxy shakes her head and says. “They are the fingers you use to hold your draw your arrows with, dumb dumb…”

Zoey: “Oh that makes sense…”

Kline: “The craftsmanship is simply magnificent…”

Zoey: “Scylla your boyfriend is getting handsy with me…”

Kline quickly blushes taking his hand off Zoey. “I am so sorry…” He then turns to me. “Where did you have the armor made? Was it at the capital?”

“No…Not really…”

Kline: “I didn’t think so… The young master and I had to have ours made in Merretta, but to be able to have it sent that amount of distance and even a perfect fit…”

Scylla: “Kline… What about our trip? –She says while hanging on his arm.-

It doesn’t seem to get his attention however so she blushes and lightly kisses his cheek which does draw his attention.

Kline: “… I’m sorry… I got distracted…”

Scylla then drags him back over to their chairs…

Zoey: “Hey Boss. This is great!”

“I am glad you like it.”

The party slowly begins to progress again, Roxy has a hard time trying to get Zoey to take off the armor, but after whispering in her ear, she quickly heads out of the room coming back a few minutes later without it… Poor Zoey is so easy to read…

Scylla and Kline decide on heading to the Calhoun Capital, which is where the girls went to raise Bell’s rank when they were at Madam Erin’s dungeon. I am not quite sure why they are going there instead of Gown’s Capital, but Belinda figures it just so they can actually be alone.

To make it back before my birthday Scylla and Kline have to leave within the week, but by the next morning they are already packed and ready to go… We have breakfast together and see them off. Belinda whispers to Scylla causing her to blush a brightly and then she hands her a bag of gold coins that should be enough to get them though a month.

Kline’s xp has left us in relatively good shape now, and we have the 10,000xp put back plus a decent amount in reserve. I fiddle with the divine being and divine beastkin again but still no luck…

Dyson sends me some messages every now and again over the next few weeks making sure I am prepared for the birth of the new core and about a week before my birthday he arrives in Tobes again. This time he is without his armor.

Dyson: Greetings. “I thought I would bring you your core summoning stone, and go over the last bit of details before hand.”

“Well I think I am pretty much set I have and two ideas for the new core’s training. If the first doesn’t work I got a backup so it should be alright.”

Dyson: “Good to hear.”

He talks about how the summoning process is going to work.

Dyson: “You see the most of it last year during the elder selection, but once we set the core summoning stone in your dungeon it should take care of the rest.”

I leave Bell to the office and take Dyson to the house. The summoning stone is like a large stone bench so I take him into the ballroom.

Dyson: “This should work fine, although I wouldn’t throw a party for the summoning if I was you.”

“I didn’t plan on it…”

Using the storage magic he pulls the large stone bench practically out of thin air. It is solid stone so it much weighs a ton yet he carries it like a simple wooden bench setting down in the middle of the floor.

“I would really like to learn that magic one of these days. I also was wondering if the next time you need something copied, if I could ask for a means of teleportation magic as a reward.”

Dyson: “Storage wouldn’t be hard at all unless you can’t use shadow magic, but teleportation… They are all pretty high level spells. I think the only one you would be able to cast would be a self teleport, and the range wouldn’t be that great.”

“Well I have a mage type class so maybe that would help?”

Dyson: “The lowest group teleportation spell I know costs 500mp”

“Well I could manage… It would be at my limit, but I could use it.”

Dyson: “Really you have exceeded 500mp at your level? You really must have taken every mage skill available. In that case I will see what I can do.”

“I hope the ring was sufficient for your needs for the last request?”

Dyson: “It was a big help, although you didn’t need to spend the extra on such an elaborate ring, a simple band would have sufficed.”

“Well it wasn’t really a problem.”

Dyson: “I was glad to hear the xp gem was sufficient as well, I think I have a pretty good understanding on xp to gold conversion rate, but rare items like that ring can really throw you off sometimes.”

“Human gold still leaves me scratching my head most days.”

Dyson: “Well you are all set up. The new dungeon core #245 will be born in one week at exactly 10am. Her race and personality will be based on her training core, so hope you don’t have any weird fetishes or your princess might find out about them.”

“Well I don’t have anything like that.”

Dyson: “Well we will see… I will be keeping an eye on the training of the new cores so don’t be surprised to see me looking in on you.”

“Like I said I really don’t mind as long as you avoid the bedrooms and bathrooms if you don’t mind to keep the girls at ease.”

Dyson: “Well I have never been particularly fond of beastkin, so no need to worry much there. Well you are my first stop, so I got 6 more of these to deliver so I better get along with it.”

Without as much as a nod he disappears… I open up [Menu] and it shows a screen for the core summoning bench, but I can’t do anything with it and it just has a countdown timer. That ends what is most likely 10am, 7 days from now.

Since I am already here I decide to pop in on Lilah to see how things are going in the dungeon. She has summoned a few combat training items in the core room and when I arrive it is just in time to hear a loud crack of her whip at it hits a training dummy.

“You have gotten pretty good with that thing. I remember thinking that there was no way it would make a good weapon, but I guess it just takes the right touch.”

Lilah: “Lilah practices every chance she gets.”

“Well I am glad you are getting the use out of it, but don’t over work yourself. Don’t forget to take some down time as well.”

Lilah: “Yes Master.”

“How are things going in the dungeon?”

Lilah: “Lilah used the xp from Kline to finish out most the rifts in the existing rooms, but the dragonkin. The slimes at the bottom however are a rift.”

“Has anyone made it past the last floor yet?”

Lilah: “We had a few get close, but the silver slime are sneaky and quick, even with the warning about them at the adventurer’s guild they are still unable to pass the room.”

“Just be careful. We don’t need a hero showing up.”

Lilah: “Lilah would like to see what one fights like though.”

“We have come quite a ways since Listel visited, but I assure you, we still aren’t ready.”

Lilah: “Yes Master…”

I leave Lilah to the dungeon and return to the office looking at the new office as I pass by. It is taking quite a long time for its construction and I was quite surprised when Belinda said it might take even till the end of the year before it is completely done.

It however seems to be at least the size of our house and is constructed from stone they are cutting directly out of the mountain and hauling down so I guess it shouldn’t be much of a surprise.

Also the stone that is left from when a one of the golems in the dungeon dies is quite sought after for buildings such as this, so a commission has been set to recover as much as possible from the dungeon.

I finish out the rest of the day at the office with Bell and we meet up with the others for our weekly dinner together. Things seem to still be going great with Roxy and Zoey. Bell and Sofia seem to have kind of grouped up together, but they are mostly quiet.

Lilah has still been worrying me a bit with how she is acting in the dungeon, but we make her take a few days off a week, and with her combat training she seems to be making a bit of progress.

I tried to get Belinda not to make a big deal about my birthday, since I’ll be busy with the new core, but she has already began making the preparations, and invited what I think is half the town for it. She told me Scylla and Kline are also on their way back from their vacation and should arrive the day before.

Now all I am left wondering is just what the new core is going to be like…

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