LMS - Volume 4 Summary - Part two [spoiler]

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LMS - Volume 4 Summary - Part two [spoiler]

Post  Vielfras on Sat Aug 27, 2011 5:44 am

Mod edit: This thread has been split. The rest of the thread, which has been deemed off-topic, has been moved to the Chat Room section. Feel free to continue your discussion there.

The post on the other topic has become to long... doe's anyone know a way to bypass that?
Until a solution is found the rest of the volume will go here.

Thank go to iheartz again, for keeping up with the hard work even though he has real life issues to deal with.
iheartz, me and many others are forever indebted to you, thank you and good luck.

Chapter 7: Dungeon Hunting
Spoiler:

*The chapter starts with Lee Hyun watching Sinhye Min (the most well known game show hostess in KMC) and Wan talking on the KMC Media channels, thinking how he prefers KMC over CTS because the KMC media has a more friendly and less strict approach with discussion news on Royal Road.

*After some casual chit-chat from the announcers they start talking about how finally, in the kingdom of Hyderabad (or is it Haben?),something that everyone hoped( translated as Obama) for has happened!
Ray Bard has reached level 370.
They ask the viewers to look at a clip of Ray, covered with black armor from head to toe, battling a Barbarian Warrior.
The Barbarian takes a swing at the Black Knight (Ray) which he easily avoids, counterattacking and killing the warrior. The announcer then states how most of Ray’s skills are unknown and how Ray is the leader of the Hermes Clan.

*After the demonstration of Ray's prowess the program continues with talk about other events in the kingdom (Clan wars, thieving gangs, famines, dust storms etc.).
Weed’s mind wanders off, thinking about how much the top character in Royal Road will sell for. He mentions how although there are more than 100 million users in Royal road, many of them visit for the purpose of recreation and non-gaming related fun.
For example, many families go to visit the Bensa River, enjoying luxury food and nice items (despite of their level being lower than 50) by buying virtual cash and items with real money. Furthermore, many people now spend their vacations in Royal Road given the ease of accessing the resort and the things that are a lot more expensive in real life

*On top of all of this, there is also the values of expensive items and strong characters. Considering all of these factors, the value of the character with the highest level will be astronomical. However, Weed states that Ray will never sell his character, seeing as it would be stupid to sell so soon.
Unlike the aged Continent of Magic, where the strongest character is nothing more than a trophy, Royal Road will easily maintain the top game for at least 10 years. Therefore, by owning the best character, you can make an incredible amount of wealth.

*Sinhye Min announces the surprising news, that somebody has reached the intermediate level in Sewing, Cooking and Smiting (daejangil)!
Min states how she didn’t believe at first, due to how hard it is to reach intermediate in one production skill, much less 3. But after seeing the user cook, sew and forge items all one after another they had no choice but to accept it. (Probably the two users who stood and talked how amazing Weed was but never approached him, in the Prismatic Cloth chapter)
Weed then muses about how blacksmith and sewing are easy to level up, but then remembers that his dexterity skill allowed him to level up two times as fast as everybody else.

*One of the announcers then ask whether the player has been interviewed yet, but to their disappointment, it turns out that the player has not been interviewed and that this information was obtained from quite some time ago from when the mysterious player sold clothing created from the Prismatic Cloth.

*The T.V. screen shifts to a thriving medieval town with many temples and pagodas, houses with large gardens, and 2-3 story buildings. Underneath a coliseum, hose drawn carriages and people move, and shop owners and customers haggle for the prices of items. And in the wide open space, is a user offering clothes brilliantly shining with seven kinds of different color to sell, with the bids skyrocketing.
Lee then remarks how it was lucky that he let Mapan sell the items. Wan and Sinhye remarks on how the auctions have become more exciting and then the screen shifts back to Mapan.

*Mapan yells out the qualities of the clothes and describes the information:

Rare Rainbow Tunic: 110/110 Durability. Defense 55.
Tunic made from the Prismatic Cloth
This attire has a high artistic quality, helping prevent attacks from monsters (?)
Requirements: Level 150. Power (Strength?) 80. Agility 80.
Properties: Damage from projectiles (slings and arrows) is reduced by 85%
Durability will not decrease from flame magic
20% chance to block mind magic (Exact word was geongyeokgye magic. Maybe Darkness or somebody else that speaks Korean can help out?)
Reduces the chance to be critically hit (or increases the chance to critically hit with) Maces
100 increase in reputation
20 increase in Elegance
15 increase in Art
10 increase in Agility

*It then explains how the clothing was popular not only because of its absurdly high durability and defence compared to normal cloth armor, but it also has seven unique properties, whereas usually there are only 2-3 different properties for your average armor and they are worthless.
The announcers wrap up this discussion by promising to interview the “Mysterious user” and Lee Hyun thinks how its tedious to be famous. Although you may get a higher price if you are well known, it gets annoying (?) when you have to team up with people on quests and when you go group hunting.

*Wan then goes on to tell about how the Prosperous Empire Clan had neutralized the Balkan Clan. As a result of the war, Fort Ohdein has raised taxes by 70% in order to help with the post war recovery.
One of the announcers is slightly depressed about the tax increase but the other one points out that this is unavoidable, and typically standard behavior. The screen then shifts to a recording of Fort Ohdein from a birds eye view (most likely filmed by a flying wizard) of the battle.
Weed then turns off the television and gets into his capsule, connecting with Royal Road and appearing in Fort Ohdein.

*In Fort Ohdein, he goes to the market square, where many people are talking about how Ray Bard has reached level 370 and how more an more people are heading to Haben kingdom because of Ray.
It then goes on and tells about how Ray Bard stood on the peak of all of the Royal Road broadcasts, with even one of his videos earning millions of downloads and how many people watched Royal Road due to its realism.
In addition to people talking about Ray, there were also many people looking for dungeon parties and similar things.

*We find out that Weed has gone up 2 levels during the siege, and is now Lvl 230. It is explained that when you kill somebody, you earn a lot more experience than just killing a monster of that same level, but because of the higher death risk, not many people take the chance.
After distributing the 10 stat points he gained, Weed goes to the grocery store buying food ingredients, herbs, and bandage materials in bulk.
Jareteuui, the Red Herb: 2 silver: Helps with healing wounds.
Ceylon, the Blue Herb: 4 silver. Helps restore mana,
Ohdein fort has a surprisingly large verity of ingredients and Weed takes his time to browse through it all.
Weed buys 200 of each item for cheap (because the mercenaries got a tax break).

*The scene jumps to a Wizard named Solon who was fighting one of the NPC Thieves/Assassins/Bandit groups (Basara Group) near Ohdein. Because his party consisted of mostly archers and mages, they manage to wipe out most of the thieves before the thieves can get close.
This is when we find out that Hwareong and Jaffre are also in the group.

*Hwareyongs slows down all the left over thieves with Seductive Dance while Jaffre/Zephyr uses Iron Swing and Lure (Zephyr uses a fishing rod as a weapon lol).
After the fight, Solon comes up to Hwaryreong praising her (with stuff like: “although I have seen thousands of beautiful butterflies before, the most beautiful butterfly is in front of me” Note: Remember that Hwareyeong’s name is butterfly related).

*Solon then asks her join his guild Mabaro which Hwaryeong refuses. The novel then explains how the Mabaro Guild helped the Prosperous Empire guild during the Fort Ohdein siege, resulting in them getting exclusive hunting rights in the Basara Caverns.
Hwaryeong complains that the hunting is boring seing as she didn’t actually do anything and the real reason why Solon invited her was because she was really beautiful (we also find out that she wanted to level up more so she splitted up with Mapan and eventually made her way to Ohdein, drawn by the hunting opportunities)


Chapter Eight: Weed of the hunt
Spoiler:


*Solon’s group then attacks another group of NPCs and we find out that although that Solon’s group relied on immense burst ranged damage, with Hwareong, a warrior and Zephyr to mop up the rest. Furthermore, everytime after a battle, Solon would take an extremely long break.
Lastly, Solon was giving most of the loot to Hwaryeong because she is cute (despite of the silent complaints of the other party members).
Although she is getting a lot of exp (about 4% per group?) Hwaryeong worries that her dancing skills themselves were still quite low because she didn’t really use them that often (most of the enemies were already killed and she only had to dance once per a group).

*The point of view shifts back to Weed who was going to the Basra Caverns. On the way he receives several party offers but he rejects them all.
He then stops in front of the entrance of the Caverns and reviews the information on it: The Basra Caverns are inhabited by an average of 120-200 monsters, with four underground floors, with increasingly power monsters the deeper you go. However, the most frightening thing about the Caverns were the nature of the enemies. Unlike most creatures (undead, beasts, etc), the NPCs in the Caverns will take the equipment you drop upon death, so unlike most dungeons where if you die, you can usually go to your corpse and pick up your items again a day later, the items that you lost upon death are gone. Weed goes to the entrance of the 3rd floor where he is considering party members. Unfortunately, Mapan is to busy due to his significant rise in fame after the Prismatic cloth auctions and has even hired assistants. However, Weed sees that Hwaryeon is inside the cave and finds her fighting the bandits. After waiting for her to finish fighting, Weed walks up to greet her. Solon comes immediately (thinking that Weed was her boyfriend or just another person that was infatuated with her) but is relieved to find out that Weed was just a normal friend and coworker of Hwaryeong’s. Weed joins the party but is extremely bored, since Solon learned that Weed was an engraver, he didn’t let Weed fight at all. Weed comments on how Hwaryeong was extremely popular and Hwaryeong tells Weed that it was because her Appeal/Charm Stat was very high (since she’s a dancer). She then explains how a high Appeal stat adds subtle changes to a person’s appearance, such as a faint halo, whiter skin, finer eyes, etc. Weed then thinks to himself about how pretty women was a weakness of man and how all women costed money xD.
After about 12 in game hours, Solon’s party disbands. This is when Weed says “let’s start.” He pulls out his sword and his grinding stone, sharpening it and increasing damage by 14% (we also learn that his sharpening skill is intermediate 4). He then polishes his armor increasing the defense by 16% and the chances of fleeing (or avoiding attacks) by 2%. Weed then cooks a shrimp dishes (mentioning how surprisingly, the materials at Fort Ohdein were cheaper than that of Rosenheim because of the lack of taxes) After making one shrimp, Weed looks up and notices that Hwareong and Zephyr were looking at him with a extremely hungry expression . Weed charges them a gold each which they gladly pay and they both devour the shrimp entering a cuisine nirvana. Hwaryeong then comments on how Mapan was right for praising Weed and continues to devour more shrimp. All of their life and mana increases by 400, stamina increases by 20, and art increases by 15. Weed then creates a party and invites Hwareong and Zephyr to join which they accept. He then sharpens, repairs, polish, and iron their equipment, leaving Hwaryeon and Zephyr with their mouths hanging open. Zephyr then mentions how they should probably get 3 more people but Weed said that their party was sufficient, and then calls up the Death Knight. Because of the Death Knight’s 20% experience leech, the Death Knight is now approaching 290 (although Weed is still calling the Death Knight a leach because he never had a battle that required the Death Knight; he had the Freya Paladins before). The party then goes to the fourth floor and we find out that the head of the Basra Order was originally from an aristocratic family but decided to rebel. There aren’t that many people on the fourth floor because most of the monsters there are around level 240. While they are roaming around the bottom floor, while Zephyr and Hwareyeong berate Weed for trying to attempt to fight without even a priest or paladin for healing. The party gets jumped by thieves (who scream out stuff like: “This is a robbery!” “Empty out your inventory at once” “In order to fix the country your wealth is needed!”) The Death Knight reacts immediately, casting Dark Speculation (increasing attack and defense) and then uses Death Blade, attacking the closest thief with a sword of dark energy. The energy around the sword then spread like a net, slicing the thief into thousands of pieces. Zephyr/Jaffe and Hwaryeong watches with awe, wondering “Is this the power of a level 290 monster?” and “How the hell did Weed tame something like that?” Weed is surprised that the Death Knight was that strong seeing as the Death Knight didn’t play a significant role in fighting the vampires in Mora. However, it turns out that because they control the power of death, they can only bring out their full potential when fighting living things. Because the Moravian Vampires were undead, many of the Death Knight’s skills were useless. Weed then wonders about the Necklace of Black Life and Vampire Lord Tori. He then commands the Death Knight not to kill the enemies, but just to inflict moderate damage so the party can finish them off. Weed then uses the engraving knife technique and attacks the rest of the enemies (shouting phrases like “Die!” and “Give Me Money!”)
As he rushes towards his enemies, Weed discovers that he is happy to fight, and feels the pleasure of never getting tired. He then recalls his battles, starting from the first time he was taught how to hold a sword in the dojo, training for a year to fighting the vampires. He realizes the combat difference between one that doesn’t know swordplay and one that does is like the difference between heaven and earth. (Speculation) Unlike the other players who don’t know swordsmanship, Weed’s training practically gives him (metaphorical) wings, allowing him to soar above obstacle in his path. With his training, Lee Hyun has learned about the freedom of the sword, the breathing techniques, how to control his body, control his life, etc. (End Speculation) Weed then lands 3 consecutive critical strikes, and a system message pops up asking whether he wanted to register that as a skill (a skill that give a critical attack when attacking the weak spots of the opponent?). Although such a chance is usually extremely rare due to the unlikely-hood of scoring 3 criticals in a role, Weed didn’t save it as a skill upon the basis that the if he can perfectly synchronize his mind and body, he will not need any extraneous skills (basically, he’s saying that he can hit the weak points without computer assisted help). Weed then uses the Engraving Blade technique again, while Hwaryeong uses her Enchanted Dance (the strip-dance one xD), causing the thieves to gape at her (ex: “She’s too beautiful...” *drools*) and Zephyr uses Fishing Swing to attack his opponents. Weed and the Death Knight holds off the main forces of the group but some also start to approach Zephyr and Hwaryeong. Hwaryeong collapses onto the floor, exhausted after using up all of her mana and stamina, while Zephyr holds off the enemies. Due to the incredible endurance and stamina of the Fisherman Class, he takes damage extremely well. Weed continues to another group of enemies and Hwaryeong remarks how its funny that although she’s completely exhausted, she has never gained so much experience or had so much fun hunting before. While they are taking a short repair break, Hwaryeon asks if Weed has always hunted like this (he said yes) and whether he feels afraid when fighting (it goes on to explain how most people froze when confronting such realistic creatures). Weed just remarks that he has seen a lot scarier monsters. She then says how it is fun to be with Weed. After finishing up healing an repairs, Weed remarks on how Jaffe and Hwaryeong were close to dying the last battle and tells them to try to avoid taking a little damage. (incomprehensible part, something about tingles and the two people being surprised about intermediate blacksmithing and tailoring). Weed then asks the two if they accepted Weed as the leader of the party and both of them nod (because Weed was the most powerful and experienced out of all of them, and even though they have both labored hours upon hours on their characters, they were still nowhere close to Weed) In addition, they call Weed a monster behind his back, seeing as he has reached the intermediate level in five skills. It then talks about how the leader of the party is usually the Warrior or another leader class seeing as they have high charisma and leadership, which slightly effect combat. Afterwards, they continued hunting endlessly, only taking time to repair the loot (to avoid breaking and the chance of the money gone forever).
Finally after 16 hours of continuous combat, Zephyr suffered a serious injury from being slashed by one of the Basra NPCs. This passage never fails to make me lol:

Hwaryeong: You demand too much! Don’t you see, we’re human beings, we feel tired also?!!” while secretly thinking Dammit, that lucky bastard, you’re going to get a one day rest. Who’s going to save me from the grasp of this devil?
Jaffe, while lying on the ground: “It’s fine Hwaryeong, Weed. Don’t worry yourself about it, I don’t blame you.” *weakly laughs* “Just leave me be and continue on! There are no priests or other healers here so I’m going to die”
Because Zephyr was slashed in the stomach, he’s suffering from a gut wound, causing his life to fall extremely fast leaving Zephyr with only 23% life remaining. This is an extremely dangerous situation but it can be avoided. However, if there are no healers, Zephyr will definitely die. Zephyr prepares to get out of his capsule with the intention to relax. However, Weed pulls out his bandages and says “I’ll heal”
“Ha ha! Very funny...”
“Apply Bandages!”
*You roll the bandages around him lightning fast*
-The wound stops bleeding
-The injury stabilizes
-Life is restored. Current life: 26%
-Life is restored. Current life: 29%
“Gahk-” Zephyr’s eyes pop out, choking in his surprise. He reels back from Weed in fear and asks Weed. “Hey...Weed? How high is your bandage skill?....”
“Oh, Intermediate level 9, Why?”

It the goes on, mentioning stuff about how Weed always used bandages and hunted without healers, leading to a ridiculously high bandage score. Also, he had fought lvlv 270 vampires (albeit with the help of Ron Alves) so fighting the Basra NPCs were a cakewalk for him. Furthermore, the thieves only used daggers and Weed had an insane amount of vitality. With his 14,000 health (2 times as much as before) and the blacksmith techniques to enhance his attack and defense, Weed can probably single-handedly hunt vampires now. The benefits of the Moonlight Engraver class is then explained, with the masterpieces giving many stat and skill points and the access to every single production skill. After a whopping 29 hours of straight hunting, the party’s inventory became so filled that it was impossible to store anymore. Relieved, Zephyr and Hwaryeong remark how it was one of the hardest and worst experiences ever. However, Weed shocks them by saying: “I’ll go to the village to sell the loot. Let’s meet again soon to finish up.”


Chapter Nine: The Dark Gamer's Union

Spoiler:
The chapter begins with Lee studying over a math book, complaining about the uselessness of learning complex calculations seeing as most computers and calculators can already do it already. He considers ignoring the GED for a moment, but then banishes the idea on the basis that he already paid the money for it. After 2 hours of studying, his sister decides to assist him:
“Ok, look at it this way, brother. How much money do you get when you deposit XXX won (Google trans puts it at .3 Won, but that’s definitely a screw-up, and I don’t want to reverse calculate it) for 12 months with a bank with 5.39% interest.
Before she even had a chance to blink, Weed declared, “3,700,505 Won! Although you originally have AAA Won, you have to pay the tax on the interest. When you sign up for tax breaks, you can save....”
Well, you get the idea. So, after converting all of the math problems into money related problems, Lee does extremely well on the math. Weed then studies continuously for 3 days, until finally, the day of the GED test comes. Before he takes the test, he stops by the hospital to visit his grandma, where she tells him that, she doesn’t care how many times he has to take/retake it to pass the test. Weed then goes to Korea University, one of the most prestigious universities in South Korea, to take the GED test. The test-takers are split up into groups of 30, and then the tests begin. Lee manages to pretty easily past most of the parts of the test until he is completely baffled by one section. The section, is (guess what!) Morals. To be more specific, the novel shows Lee agonizing over one specific problem:
“You have found a wallet full of money on the ground. What do you do?”
1. Ignore it
2. Pick up the wallet and ask around for the owner
3. Take the wallet and go
4. Check the identification in the wallet and contact the owner
5. What wallet?

Lee was on the verge of tearing his hair out over this problem. “Dammit! What’s the answer? Why do they make things so ambiguous? Hmm...Let me use process of elimination. Well...I’m sure it would be wrong to leave the wallet there...”
The exam is finally finished and the test-takers mill about, most of them discussing about Royal Road (the items that they have, etc.) One of them was discussing about an ax, and the novel briefly explains how Axes have a lot higher destructive power, but a very narrow range of attack. So, if you can’t hit the target, all that attack power is useless. However, a really good and experienced warrior wielding an Ax can be quite formidable. Lee Hyun then hears a mention about the Dark Gamers Union (Union for gamers who make money off of gaming), and finds out that to his surprise, many people think that being a Dark Gamer is enviable, instead of embarrassing like he originally thought. Lee then takes a car to a Dark Gamer initiation meeting inside what appears to be a converted warehouse with a table and several capsules(not sure if I mentioned this in my previous summaries, but he has gotten many invitations to the Dark Gamers Union because of his high selling items). The organizer then explains to the newcomers how hundreds of thousands of people make their living by selling items from Royal Road, mostly concentrated in India, China, and Southeast Asia. The novel also mentions things about Royal Road breaking the language barrier between countries and gamers with an automatic language translator developed by Unicorn Inc (the company that made Royal Road) which allowed people of different languages communicate with each other without problems. As a result of all of these people selling items, the Dark Gamers Union was created, in order to organize this selling. The organizer goes on to explain how, the first thing that the Union does is to set up a place where people can buy and sell their information. (The more valuable the information is, the more money the person will have to pay to obtain it). Two people then sign up for the union, and Lee is approached by a curious veteran, asking if Lee is going to join. Lee tells the veteran that he refuses to join, stating that he doesn’t want to owe others for the information and disclose his identity. The veteran, accepts, saying that everybody has their own circumstances. The veteran gives Lee a password anyways, (account: kj9008, password, 165008) with access to C information. Lee asks why the veteran is doing this and is told that they all follow the 1st rule of the Dark Gamers: To never trust anybody and that the second law is: Give as much as you received. Lee decides to join the Dark Gamers Union and then returns home, logging back on to Royal Road.

Weed is shown directing Hwaryeong and Zephyr, who are now resigned to following Weed’s commands and lost all hope of escaping from Weed. Weed mourns about loosing time due to taking his GED, thinking about how the exclusive hunting rights to the Basra hunting grounds that the Prosperous Empire Clan had lent the mercenaries and guilds that helped it, has almost expired. Because the Basra Caverns was a pretty famous dungeon in the continent, players will soon flood the dungeon, causing there to be a lot less monsters available to hunt (not sure about this). However, Weed has now leveled up 17 times, for a total level of 247. Weed then decides to go to the Pit (google trans: Great Depression) to fight the boss, Basra, of the Basra Caverns and Basra’s guards, the Knight Battalion. At first Hwaryeong and Zepyr objected to the plan:
“You’ve got to be kidding me! Have you gone mad?!”
It is very well known that the level of Basra is 290 and the Knights of his Guard average 270!
“Weed! I can see why you would want to attack the boss, and yes I admit that the rewards are nice, but this is suicide!”
“Yeah. Haven’t you heard, Basra is not only a Warlock, but a Necromancer as well! So not only do we have to get through his magic attacks, we have to deal with the undead he summons too.
Weed interrupted their objections, asking “Basra’s magic is strong right?”
“Of course! Your First Aid skill will be useless against it. Bandages are only useful at the end of fighting, to recover health. Anyways, even if you can use your First Aid skill in the middle of battle, Basra’s attacks do too much damage! We’ll never be able to surv-......”
At that moment, Zephyr and Hwaryeong’s expressions suddenly changed, their objections vanishing.
“Never mind, we changed our minds. Of course we want to go boss hunting with you!”
So we can die and be freed for the rest of the day!

Weed remarks that the two are interesting, and then begins walking towards the Pit, with Hwaryeong and Zephyr-out of earshot-quietly yet enthusiastically almost singing in joy about how they were going to die soon. The character Basra is then described. Basra was (conjecture) originally a Grand Duke who, due to certain circumstances, fell. (end conjecture) He then eventually founded the Outlaw Order. Once a player reaches the peak intimacy with Basra it was possible to get special quests (either that, or it is possible to reach the peak intimacy with Basra by doing several tasks), such as assassinating one of the Archdukes of Britain (?) or stealing rare items. However, the player risks forming a hostile relationship between Britain or several other countries. In addition, if the player’s fame level is high enough, they can receive a meeting with Basra as well (?).
However, Weed doesn’t care about an audience with Basra, he just wants the loot. Weed uses the Blessing of Agatha granted with his sword (by holding it up and shouting “May the Lady have Mercy on your soul”) and also uses the Blessing of the Archbishop (or some other high-ranking church position. Still not sure what the google trans word “tube” is). As a result of those two blessings, Weed’s abilities, for 20 minutes, have been improved by 200%. Weed order the Death Knights to engage the bodyguards of Basra and for Jaffe and Hwaryeong to support the Death Knight. Some of the Basra’s Knights charge at Hwaryeong while she is using Seductive Dance so Hwaryeong closes her eye, thinking that dying would hurt a little bit but that it would be way more preferable to not even being able to move a muscle due to a full day of hunting fatigue. Strangely, she hears the Knights stop and start talking to each other, saying “Knight 1: You should kill her. Knight 2: I don’t really want to, what about you? Knight 3: I can’t. The codes of chivalry states that a knight shouldn’t hurt a woman. Knight 4: Yeah..but it is Basra’s command so...I’m sorry lady.” The knights then start moving forward again but then slowly fall asleep. It turns out that, because she closed her eyes while dancing, Hwaryeong discovered the Enchanted Dance Skill, which puts the enemy to sleep.
Zephyr, who is in the back providing backup, keeps an eye on Weed’s fight, impressed that Weed dodged the multiple magic bolts that Basra had hurled at him with the black magic spell Dark Arrow. Weed then manages to get close to Basra, but before Weed could do significant damage, Basra uses the short range teleportation spell Blink, to retreat a distance away. It then describes how the advantages of Weed’s Engraving Swordplay is that it ignores defenses. Being a class in the Spellcaster category, Necromancers have low life, unless the Necromancers are of the Lich or Vampire races. Basra then looks around the pit and sees how he is slowly loosing the battle. In a rage, he uses his necromancy powers, summoning Skeleton Mages, Warriors, Archers, Fighters, etc. stating that the Caverns was a place where bodies have been buried for generations, how he has been training here since he was little, and how this cave will be Weed’s tomb. Weed tries to move towards Basra, but finds his way barred by the Skeleton Warriors and targeted by magical attacks. It states how many of the attacks of the stronger Necromancers can take out more than 1/3 of Weeds vitality. In addition to magical attacks, the Necromancer has access to many curses, the spell Corpse Explosion, and the ability to summon undead. As a result, the Necromancer was probably the most concentrating intensive class in Royal Road. Because the quest involving the Plains of Despair will probably involve fighting Necromancers, the fight against Basra would be a great opportunity for Weed to experience fighting a necromancer. Weed dodges a blow from the skeleton warrior, estimating that the average level of the undead are only around 220 and therefore not a very big threat. However, the problem is that the blessings only last for 20 minutes, and once those have worn off, the battle will be a lot harder. Because of this, Weed decides to use the strategy of fighting fire with fire. He pulls out the magical helm that he obtained from killing Van Hawke (the death knight) the first time (btw, for those who didn’t know, Weed got the necklace summoning Van Hawke, Van Hawke’s helm, and several other pieces of loot, from killing Van Hawke, who was guarding Freya’s Chalice). He then equips it and uses it to summon skeletons (it mentions that the reason that he didn’t use it before was that a player must be level 50 (or have higher than 50 leadership) to equip it and also the amount of undead summoned depends on the level of the user’s leadership). Weed then commands his skeletons to fight Basra’s skeletons, while Weed manages to finally kill Basra with the Triple Skill and Power Break/Backstab (something called Baekeotaek? Idk what it is though). Meanwhile, the Death Knight, with Zephyr and Hwaryeong’s help, has managed to kill Basra’s Guard. Weed’s Endurance and Fighting Spirit rises and he gains a level. It then explains why Weed gained so much exp from killing Basra, who was only lvl 290. Although the vampires were 290 as well, Basra gave a lot more exp because he was a Boss character. In addition, Weed had lots of help fighting Tori, so the exp was split multiple ways. At first, Zephyr and Hwaryeong was filled with elation due to the success of the hunt, but then they freeze noticing that they still are leaving, dejectedly preparing themselves to hunt more.

Chapter 10: The Mausoleum of the King


Spoiler:

The “free-hunting rights” given by the Prosperous Emperor guild has finally ended when Weed emerged from the Caverns, with a level of 259. Since the rights have expired, the Guild is charging a huge price for entrance, plus claims over any rare items found while hunting. This caused a huge blow to the guilds influence, with many players flaming them for being greedy bastards. However, it also caused an increase in the amount of people wanting to join the guild (seeing as guild members can hunt for free). Weed parts with Hwaryeong and Zephyr, going to the nearest Freyan chapel. He shows them his ring that he got from the Head Freyan Priest, and asks to use the teleportation gate. In addition, a Priest blesses him, giving him a buff in +26% armor, +30% recovery rate, additional power against evil, increased strength, and improved fitness. Although most people pay to receive the blessings of the goddess, Weed receives the buff for free (since he pretty much single-handedly promoted the Church to the powers it had currently. Before the return of the Chalice and the Crown, the Freyan order had an influence of ~500-1000. By returning the two artifacts, Weed boosted its influence by +4000. Forgot the exact numbers) While the story mentions that the players who are qualified to use the Freyan teleportation gates are almost nonexistent, Weed steps into the Gate and teleports to Rosenheim city.
Weed appears in front of a fountain, traveling a distance that took one month by foot in seconds, to the sounds of players selling items, gathering parties, joining parties, etc. Weed is then approached by Pale, Irene, Surka, and Romune, who after greeting him, asks for a taste of Weed’s cooking. They then socialize over a meal of sweet and sour (something) that Weed made. One of them remarks how although her level is pretty low, she just achieved a level of 220. Then, Pale mentions how they have been in touch with Mapan, who has been a big help with supplies and told them that Weed was hunting in the Basra Caverns with Hwaryeong and Jaffre. Pale then asks Weed what level he is, and to the amazement and jealousy of his teammates, Weed replies that he is level 259. Suddenly, they are surrounded by Rosenheim soldiers. While the spectators theorize that the party are law-breakers, one of the four (Pale, Irene, etc) turn and ask Weed whether he has killed anybody lately. Weed then says that he doesn’t think he had killed anybody, while struggling to remember if he had committed homicide. One of the soldiers then ask whether Weed was an engraver and tells Weed that the King of Rosenheim wants to meet with him. The onlookers are amazed and the news quickly spreads (I believe this is one of the, if not the, first times that the King has summoned a Player). Weed then considers his options, and decides to go with the soldiers (because he judged ignoring the King for no apparent reason would be a very bad decision). Weed then asks the soldier if it was ok for him to stop by the Temple of Freya before meeting the King. The soldier agrees, and escorts him to the Temple (because matters of the State and Religion are kept separate, they have no right to interfere with each other, so the soldier must let Weed stop at the church). Weed then goes up to one of the Senior Priests and asks for information about the Plains of Despair. He is told that the Plains are a harsh land, roamed by Orcs, Dark Elves, and monsters, with humans barely managing to survive in the land. Recently, the Necromancers led by Bar-Khan, the Immortal/Undying Lord, have gathered in the Plains of Despair, away from any prying eyes. Weed then weighs this level B quest, remarking on how he had 300 paladins and almost 100 priests when he was completing the Moravian Vampire Quest. He inquires how many people the Church can spare to assists him, and is shocked to find that he only has a handful (50) of priests and paladins. The Priest explains that all of the other paladins and priests are on missionary activities at this time, and are too busy to help Weed out. The Priest then tells Weed that the teleport to the Plains of Despair is ready to go at any time, while Weed departs, thinking about how he was now stuck in a deep whole. After finishing acquiring information, Weed goes with the soldiers to see the King, followed by a huge crowd of curious players. While walking through the halls, Weed examines the pieces of art in the castle, with each piece increasing his art stat by 1-2 (A sculpture, a collection of weapons, and a painting were among the 3 mentioned). His art stats rise by 30 while he finally finishes walking through the halls, and then he meets the King, an old, pale looking man. After asking if Weed was the engraver (and having Weed answer that he was), the King starts to speak, but coughs up blood instead. The knights and servants rush to the assistance of their King, but the King holds up a hand to stop them, and asks whether Weed was a Moonlight Engraver. After Weed admits that he is, the King says how Weed must know about Zaha Beu, to the surprise of the King’ attendants (it was mentioned in Volume 1 that Zaha Beu was a topic that was supposed to be hushed up, with the Royal Knights disposing of anybody that asked about him). The King then tells his attendants that everybody inside the room already knows about Zaha Beu and he will not bother trying to hide things. He then talks about his life, and how he had done his best to ensure a reign of peace both inside and outside his country, and defeated Brent Kingdom. The King then goes on, telling of his achievements, until one day, five years ago, he fell off his horse and broke his leg. Afterwards, the King became more ill each day, and has finally decided that a new home is needed; a place to relax his tired body; a tomb worthy of a King. Weed then receives a quest from the King to build his tomb:
The Mausoleum of the King:
In the Rosenheim Kingdom, each generation of rulers have commissioned a tomb for themselves before they died. To follow the tradition of his ancestors, the King has commissioned a famous engraver to build his grave. If the finished tomb does not live up to the majesty of the King, you will fail the quest and receive several punishments.
You can hire workmen to build the tomb
To cover the costs of construction, you will be given 100,000 gold
Difficulty: B
Reward: If successful, at least 2,000 reputation/familiarity with the Royal Family. Depending on the results of the finished work, you may gain more reputation.
Failure: Failure will result provoke the wrath of the king. Furthermore, you will receive a sharp drop in reputation.
Weed’s reputation with the Freya order exceeds a whopping 4,600 thousand. With a high religious reputation, there are many benefits, such as receiving free treatment with the priests, the ability to hire paladins and priests, ease of traveling across other countries, and sometimes even an increased chance to discover quests. However, having reputation with the Royal Family was even more useful than that. With the increase in familiarity, a person may even be able to receive weapons and armor from the royal family. With 2000 reputation, it is even possible to receive a rare weapon. Weed considers his options, ad decides that it was an offer that he couldn’t refuse (also, because rejecting a quest from somebody like the King would mean getting penalized severely), and accepts the quest. As Weed walks out of the palace, he is deep in thought about how to make a magnificent and gigantic mausoleum. He considers the idea of using rough stones and rock pillars, but immediately tosses it out, judging that something so simple would definitely anger the king. He the judges that in order to make the tomb, he will need more money than he has, and although receiving a rare weapon may make up for the money loss, he can only get the rewards after completing the quest. The chapter then ends with Weed considering how he shall make a mausoleum fit for a king.


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Re: LMS - Volume 4 Summary - Part two [spoiler]

Post  evertosword on Sun Aug 28, 2011 5:00 pm

Thank you very much Very Happy
Vielfras + iheartz + everybody else who anticipated this.

Lets keep supporting Moonlight Sculptor!!!

Now to read this Very Happy

Side Note:
Spoiler:
“Ok, look at it this way, brother. How much money do you get when you deposit XXX won (Google trans puts it at .3 Won, but that’s definitely a screw-up, and I don’t want to reverse calculate it) for 12 months with a bank with 5.39% interest.
Before she even had a chance to blink, Weed declared, “3,700,505 Won! Although you originally have AAA Won, you have to pay the tax on the interest. When you sign up for tax breaks, you can save....”

You can't reverse calculate the starting amount without knowing what is the tax that Weed speaks about. Also is it monthly or yearly? You can guess its around 3.5 million won or 3 million ...
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Re: LMS - Volume 4 Summary - Part two [spoiler]

Post  Namorax on Mon Aug 29, 2011 5:03 pm

[...]either that, or it is possible to reach the peak intimacy with Basra by doing several tasks[...]

Did you really have to use "Intimacy"?! You should have used Reputation (or Esteem, or Status, or Standing).
Now that you used "Intimacy", I have this picture of a Necromancer who's living inside a cave full of dead people, bossing around some thieves (which are probably unwashed) and doing whatever it is that shady and grubby bosses do in dark caves deep underground.
->And he's getting (very) close and comfortable with you. Very... Intimate... pale

PS: Would it fit if the Prismatic Clothing has 20% resistance against Blindness? Prismatic is light-related term, so it would make some sense if the clothes protect you against magical, blindness-inducing flares.

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Re: LMS - Volume 4 Summary - Part two [spoiler]

Post  evertosword on Mon Aug 29, 2011 7:46 pm

You're asking the wrong person.
Besides the word intimacy is a better word than reputation or the other two in this context.
The context suggests relationship.
Reputation suggests fame and renown.


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Re: LMS - Volume 4 Summary - Part two [spoiler]

Post  Namorax on Tue Aug 30, 2011 5:18 am

Isnt it something similar to the "Public Service"-Stat you earn for doing Quests/Tasks that benefit a city or village? You apparently do tasks that make the other party appreciate/like you.
Since this is an Individual and not a town, friendship would fit. Or something similar at least.

Intimacy suggests a relationship thats WAY too close (and past professional). The most I could understand is "friendship". Heck even "Relationship" itself sounds better to me then "intimacy".

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Re: LMS - Volume 4 Summary - Part two [spoiler]

Post  Musica on Tue Aug 30, 2011 9:27 am

Intimacy? Isn't it "friendship"? XO
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Re: LMS - Volume 4 Summary - Part two [spoiler]

Post  Mojo on Tue Aug 30, 2011 1:33 pm

Wow thank you for the summary. Right now I'm in the middle of reading the Google translation of volume 7 and I practically keeled over laughing at .. well I can't seem to figure out how to hide spoilers, so I won't say the exact wording of the mistranslation but they kept talking about Freya's member... you know, the type that dangles and shouldn't even be anatomically possible on a goddess.. it was hilarious. It's nice to have a more accurate idea of what going on, it makes re-reading the Google translations more comprehensible.


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Re: LMS - Volume 4 Summary - Part two [spoiler]

Post  evertosword on Tue Aug 30, 2011 10:36 pm

Definition of Intimacy Included.
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Intimacy lol.
I went to dictionary dot com and looked up intimacy. I read the definition, says close and familiar etc... I start writing a post about word choice and all. Then I start thinking about intimacy and how it's related to sexual activities.

Then bam!
Etymology!

Intimacy
1640s, from intimate. As a euphemism for "sexual intercourse," from 1670s.

No wonder, I was getting this image.
The current meaning is somewhat different than back then but it still holds that connotation.

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Re: LMS - Volume 4 Summary - Part two [spoiler]

Post  doshin on Wed Aug 31, 2011 6:45 am

where u get ure material from ._. very well write ups , i tried the google translated ones i found but they are bloody unreadable ._.

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Re: LMS - Volume 4 Summary - Part two [spoiler]

Post  Mojo on Wed Aug 31, 2011 8:25 pm

@ evertosword, thank you

@ doshin, I got my version of the Google translations from jcafe forums way back in 2010, I'm not sure if they are even available for download anymore. Reading them has been a challenge, but I have more difficultly reading the babble that passes for English that I often encounter on the net. Call it text-speak, or chatspeak I can't seem to understand more than half of what people are saying in that lingo.

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Re: LMS - Volume 4 Summary - Part two [spoiler]

Post  Vielfras on Thu Sep 01, 2011 3:10 am

So many people looked through the summery, and none could note that there was a mistake in the chapters?

Just now as I was editing the 7th chapter and what do I notice????
Chapter 7 and 8 were merged together, and The dark gamers union which is chapter 9 was titled as chapter 8...
I don't ask with help in phrasing whole paragraphs, although that would be nice, but if you see such a huge mistake at lease state it so I can change it...

Anyway, just thought I'd take a little break and say this say it cuz it annoyed the hell out of me.
Anyways back to editing chapter 7...

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Re: LMS - Volume 4 Summary - Part two [spoiler]

Post  Mojo on Sun Sep 04, 2011 11:27 pm

Just for clarification I think by looking at the sculptures on the way to the King in chapter 10 it was Weed gaining stats on his new skill not his art stats.. I think they are different things, maybe?
"Passive Skill: Understanding the sculptures will be created" (google translation) which he gained as a reward for completing Sculptor's Darone final request in chapter 5. I think you put it as
"Sculpture Comprehension 1 (0%): Allows you to create even higher quality works of sculptures you know. As skill level goes up, additional effect of Sculptural Shapeshifiting will be added. Beginner: Adds 10% to the effect of transformation. Can only change into earthbound races
Intermediate: Adds 20% to effect of transformation. Can now change into flying creatures. However, you must learn how to fly.
Advanced: Adds 30% to the effect of transformation. Can transform into colossal creatures."
I think this means that he is gaining better transformation abilities with this.

BTW, WTF is with this volume and characters puking blood? First Sculptor Darone is puking on Weed with a final request and now the King is.. like ew gross, I hope he is gaining stats on his new laundry skill cleaning off all that blood, as any one whose had to clean it off their clothes knows it's tricky and requires skill.

Edit:
@Vielfras Thank you for all the hard work! This is the last chapter of volume 4, will you be continuing with a new thread of volume 5 in a week or so? I love Weed's scheme to save money making the King's tome. I just had I hard time understanding some of what was going on. Google translations Razz

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IMPROVING MACHINE TRANSLATIONS

Post  telchar on Mon Sep 05, 2011 6:50 am

Hey people, I found a way to improve the machine translations.
If you first translate from Korean to Japanese and then to English,the grammar is significantly better.
Don't know the reason though.

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Re: LMS - Volume 4 Summary - Part two [spoiler]

Post  ReddishWhite on Mon Sep 05, 2011 7:55 am

telchar wrote:Hey people, I found a way to improve the machine translations.
If you first translate from Korean to Japanese and then to English,the grammar is significantly better.
Don't know the reason though.

Problem with that is that any improvement in grammar is offset by the loss in the intended meaning you'll get from translating a translation.

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Re: LMS - Volume 4 Summary - Part two [spoiler]

Post  Knight on Sat Sep 10, 2011 2:42 am

Man... Real Awesome!!! cheers
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