Icarus Translations

Zhan Long

Chapter 20- My First Earnings

Ca!

My Bramble Thorn Sword slices through the neck of the Wild Wolf, and the later falls to the ground with a stream of light. I don’t even know how many monsters I’ve killed, but I’m level 19 now, one step closer to the important promotion of level 20! At the same time, I’ve collected many different cloth armor, but the defense that even the best cloth armor gives is uncomparable to the powerful attacks of the Wild Wolves.

At the same time, I look through my skill window. Up until now, it seems like no one understands the concept on how to make their own skill. There is a simple reason for this. Everyone is bad. Well, to be honest, if custom skills were easily made, this game world would be in complete chaos right now.

After carefully looking through the requirements for creating a combo skill, I realized quite a few things. A combo skill is a skill that effectively uses attacks, defenses, dodges, and knockbacks to force one’s opponents to be one step behind, making the opponent unable to defend or dodge. Afterwards, one’s attacks would easily land while the opponent’s would be weak and useless. Although I can do such complex combos in real life, in the game, the requirements for making a skill are a lot more harsher. The power, angle, and timing has to be perfect, or else you will not be able to create your own skill.

 

……

 

While killing the Wild Wolves, I thought about the past. Even though I trained under the old man for many years, the only technique that he passed down was very simple, it used attacks to suppress the opponent. In reality, he didn’t even tell me the name of the sword technique. Perhaps even he didn’t know himself, since there was no specific set of motions for this sword technique, rather it was more like a lot of attacking moves that did not correlate to one another.

 

Cha!

 

I thrust my Bramble Thorn Sword forward, and with a Puchi sound it pokes a hole straight through the Wild Wolf’s neck. Using the momentum, I slash left, pulling the sword free and spin my body, landing a heavy and powerful strike on the Wild Wolf’s forehead. Stab, slash, and punch. Using this simple combo, I’ve defeated mountains of Wild Wolves, but sadly, even after using them countless times, the requirements for creating a new skill still are not met. I wonder why…

 

Well screw it, let me level up before thinking about it too deeply!

 

Also, I realize that the 3 attacks thats I’ve been using are all ordinary attacks, so even if they really triggers the requirements for making a new skill, the power of the skill won’t be too strong. I should master the melee attacking skills in games, then combine two or more skills to make a custom combo skill. Of course, the combo would need a good finisher attack, because only then will my attacks be classified as dangerous!

 

While killing wolves, I kept on picking Seven-Starred Herbs. Soon, 3 hours flash by, I even forgot to eat lunch! But, my experience is at level 19, with 94% completed. Only 6% left until level 20!

 

……

 

My red, chaotic name turned back to normal a long time ago since I’ve killed so many monsters. At the same time, I hear some walking sounds coming from the far side of the forest. More players huh. It a group of 5 players, all level 18-20. They looked at me from afar and then went on their way. I have no intention of bothering them either, so I grab my sword and leave. There are over 3200 batches of Seven-Star Herbs in my bag, and that’s the result of only one day of herb-picking! In fact, I have enough for me to get my alchemy level to 4, and with this, I should be the first alchemist to reach level 4!

 

Half an hour later, I return to Ba Huang City and after repairing my equipment, I sent Yue Qing Qian a message: “Qing Qian~ I’ve returned to the city now, I’ll wait for you at the Northern plaza entrance. If you want the weapon and the armor come quickly!”

 

Tick!

 

I received a message from Qing Qian, “Okay, I’ll get there in a minute!”

 

Whoosh!

 

In the distance, the bright flash of a teleportation scroll blinks, and the beautiful assassin appears. It’s Yue Qing Qian.

 

“Xiao Yao!”

 

She waves to me from afar, and quickly runs over. Waving her dagger, she smiled. “It seems like it’s time to get rid of my level 7 Black-iron dagger!”

 

Surprised. I stared at her, “Did you just…use a city return scroll?”

 

“Yep!”

 

“That’s, that’s 1 gold coin!” I say heartbrokenly.

 

Qing Qian flashs another charming smile, “Nah, one gold coin is nothing. Prague’s Guild has over 2000 players near Ba Huang City killing monsters, which is enough to allow the top few hundred players to use money freely. Besides, Xiao Yao you are one of my precious friends, when you call for me, how can I not come?”

 

My face blushes slightly. “I really can’t bear it… Whatever, let’s trade!”

 

“Okay!”

 

Opening the trade window, I put in the Bloody Dagger and the green chestplate, while Qing Qian puts in 7 gold coins. How generous, this Prague’s Guild is really rich!

 

I felt a bit curious, and ask, “Qing Qian, how many people are in your guild?”

 

She blinks her eyes, and replies with a smile, “There are currently 40 thousand people registered online, but a lot of people didn’t get the gaming helmet early, so there are only around 2700 people who entered the game, and they are all in Ba Huang City. Of the 60 thousand players who entered Ba Huang City, there are 2700 players from the Prague’s Guild!”

 

After speaking, Qing Qian looked at me weirdly, “Xiao Yao, you should join our guild! Look, you’ve already angered those crazy people at [Wrath of the Heros], and you’re all alone. If you join Prague’s guild, we’ll go and eliminate [Wrath of the Hero Lords]!”

 

My heart leaps at the benefits of joining, but I quickly dispel that thought. “Nah, it’s fine. I’ve already been accustomed to being alone. Moreover, I am not used to being ordered around, let’s just leave it as that…”

 

But Qing Qian continues, “Look. You are at level 19, and you’re almost at level 20, you can get promoted soon! When you learn the true healer skills such as [Heal] and [Therapy], you would become one of the most important players in our guild…”

 

I laugh, unable to hold it in, “Now now, don’t try to convince me anymore, or else I’ll think you’re selling insurance… ”

 

She laughs as well, “Fine, I’ll leave it as that. Are you planning to start making some Seven-Star pills?”

 

“Yep. Are you going to stay here and watch me make the pills, or will you come back in a while?”

 

Sha!

 

Qing Qian pulls out the Bloody dagger from her waist, waved it a bit in front of my face, and smiled, “The attack on this dagger is pretty high, I’m going to go out the city to kill a few monsters. When you’re almost done brewing up your potions, send me a message, then I’ll come find you. How’s that?”

 

“Perfect.”

 

……

 

Seeing Qing Qian leave the city, I immediately go a material store to buy a whole bunch of refined water and alchemy furnaces. Level 3 pills cost 3 bottles of refined water and one alchemy furnace, a total of 50 copper coins, or 0.5 silver coins. But, every pill can sell for 5 silver coins, this is an absurd amount of earnings! My chance to make big money is here!

I open up the alchemy window, and finish creating a pill~

System Notification: You have successfully created [Seven-Starred Pill] x1, [Alchemy] familiarity +1!

System Notification: You have successfully created [Seven-Starred Pill] x1, [Alchemy] familiarity +1!

System Notification: You have successfully created [Seven-Starred Pill] x1, [Alchemy] familiarity +1!

System Notification: You have successfully created [Seven-Starred Pill] x1, [Alchemy] familiarity +1!

 

……

I get a pretty good feeling when I see my alchemy level continuously rising. After nearly two hours of pill making, finally I stuffed my inventory full of Seven-Star Pills, and the system also pops an alarm to tell me reward my hardwork!

Ding!

System Notification: Congratulations! Your [Alchemy] level has risen to LV-4, and since you are the first player to reach [Alchemy (LV-4)], you are rewarded with 4000 experience points, and charm +2!

Shaa!

A stream of light falls upon me, and I automatically level up to level 20. I finally reached the level where I can get promoted!

Putting all my points in strength, I feel like a complete new person~

[Xiao Yao Zi Zai] (Healer Trainee)

Level: 20

Attack: 126-137

Defense: 64

HP: 290

Mana: 260

Charm: 7

……

As I continue creating more pills, I send Qing Qian a message. When she comes flying in from the north door, holding the Bloody Dagger, I had almost finished using up my materials.

“Finished?”

“Mm. So you want all 3000 pills?”

“Yep, wait a moment, let me grab some money….”

“Okay!”

A few minutes later, a level 21 male elf player, grasping a longbow, comes flying down. It seems like he has already been promoted to an official archer. He takes out a bag of coins and throws it to Qing Qian. At the same time, he observes me and smiles, “So this is the person, the healer swordsman that you’ve been talking about, Qing Qian? Quite a person huh…”

“Hello….”

“Okay, I’m leaving now, my team still needs me!”

He tightens his grasp on the longbow and stomps both feet on the ground. Instantly, he flies up and out of the city. Impressive, the speciality of the elves really is something, they can both fly and run…

……

I open up the trade window, separate the 3000 pills into 5 separate trades. 600 pills per trade. Qing Qian also carefully gives me 30 gold coins per trade, which equals a grand total of 150 gold coins! When I finally finish the trades, my total balance is also around 150 gold pieces. When I bought the alchemy furnaces and bottles of refined water before, I spent around 15 gold coins, now I earned it all back in one go.

 

Looking at my satisfied face, Qing Qian laughs a bit, “Xiao Yao, now you are probably the wealthiest person in the entire Ba Huang City, how are you going to spend all this money?”

 

I paused before continuing, “Isn’t there a currency market or something in [Destiny]?”

 

“Ah? You want to sell the gold coins?”

 

“Yep, the selling prices are the highest right now!”

 

“True.” Qing Qian smiles a bit. “Looking at the current market, 1 gold coin can bring you about 20 Yuan (~3.2 dollars) or so. These 150 gold coins can bring you quite a bit of money huh. Do you really have an urgent need of money right now?”

 

I shamefully nod my head, “Yep, I have an urgent need of money right now. In my little friend group, I am nicknamed the “Penniless God”….”

 

“Pff.. Well then “Penniless God”, I wish that you prosper eh?”

 

“Mm, okay….”

……

 

After receiving the pills, Qing Qian didn’t leave, but instead tilted her head and looked at me, “Xiao Yao, you’re already level 20, how about you go get your promotion quest! I’ll even help you finish the mission!”

 

I gave it some thought and replied, “Nah, its fine. I’m pretty confident in my own abilities. If I really do need help, then I’ll call you at that time. You are the deputy chief of the Prague’s guild, I don’t really want to trouble you.”

 

“Ah, that’s fine then.”

 

Qing Qian spins around and leaves, while I logged onto the official game website. I enter the “Treasure Grove” section, which is the virtual and reality economy market. Naturally, there are people who are selling gold coins. I scan across, and I find out that there are people selling 1 gold coin for 30 Yuan (~4.8 dollars)! I’m not going to be that greedy, so I post a offer of 100 gold coins for a price of 2500 Yuan (~400 dollars) for them. Hopefully someone buys them!

 

……

 

Clapping my hands, I think its time to get promoted! The level 20 healer skills are waiting for me!

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Author: Shi Luo Ye
TL: Gravity

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