Never Die Extra - Chapter 286
Must Save, Entering the Dungeon (7).
A job, or a class. It was both a blessing and an achievement. Some very special people were born with jobs; they were known to be exceptional and had extraordinary innate talent. Almost every person received a job with the growth of their existence level, or according to their dungeon level.
Among the many ways, the most rewarding method of acquiring a class was through the blessing of God, which was personally given with dungeon level growth. It was more powerful than what you would normally receive from the dungeon.
[Is it the influence of some extraordinary external affairs? This guy is pretty tough.]
[The flow was set from the moment the child was recognized as ‘extraordinary’ for the first time.]
However, no matter how one would get a job, the one thing you could be sure of was that a job would always be closely related to an individual’s skill, and in a way, was a title that reflected a person’s life, or essence.
Or, at the very least, no jobs were given in fields that were unsuitable or unfamiliar with the individual. Naturally, getting a job didn’t bring any dramatic changes, and it just ended with a positive correction in your overall skill set or field.
[Is this all… kid, you…]
[She must become a puppeteer.]
So, the job that Louise got after clearing the fifth floor would have been very relevant to her achievements so far, but… Louise, who had always thought that she would get a special job as a shield warrior or warrior, had received quite the blow.
[You are a puppeteer. At the same time, you will become a doll yourself and move together on stage.]
“…Huh? A puppeteer! Argh!!”
At this point, Louise found it hard to breathe, eventually collapsing onto the ground.
“Uhh, ahh…!” It felt as if someone had ripped off all her organs and replaced them. Extreme pain was indeed a sign of the class being integrated.
‘My body is changing…!’
Of course, there had been no noticeable change, but every part of her was indeed changing. The body tissue had become stronger, and the flow of magic flowing through her body became even more pronounced.
There had also been a change in the magic itself. Should she say that it felt like magic had become a skill, or more precisely, had specialized and manifested into some kind of behavior?
[In the future, as a puppeteer, you will greatly increase the efficiency of all the actions you take when you want to move others your way, and those who receive your ‘control’ will also benefit.]
[Since you are a puppeteer and a doll at the same time, you will receive the same benefits as a self-controlled doll when you are on stage. In addition, the efficiency of all pre-established actions will increase.]
[You have awakened Puppet Strings.]
Louise didn’t quite understand the message of God pouring down on her.
In fact, special jobs were given only to a few special beings. They were often accompanied by vague explanations. Therefore, it usually took a long time to adapt to the job and develop one’s abilities in a proper manner.
However, one person was a cheat key; that was, of course, Must Save.
“When you lead a party, you can use 15 percent more power for yourself and all the party members, use magic to force control the behavior of those under your control, plus an additional 10 percent increase in the use of all kinds of skills…” It was his apostle-like ability!
“Oh, that’s what it was……?”
According to Save’s explanation, the puppeteer seemed to have been an all-rounder job that strengthened her ability.
Since it was applicable to the entire party, the rate of increase in ability was slightly lower. As well, all skill effects were amplified. It was worthy of being considered a top-rated job.
Louise, who had received an unexpected job, had been left in confusion for a while because she didn’t even know her ability, but she was eventually able to breathe a sigh of relief.
“Well, that’s all I’ve been telling you about; uh, the factors that are related to the level of competence… I’m not sure about the rest. I think you have your own authority, but I don’t know.”
“…That’s all right. Thank you, Save.”
Save’s ability was not at all perfect.
‘I was embarrassed at first, but now I know why I got this job…’
Everything she did in the dungeon after meeting Save and Renail was like a puppet show.
She was sure that she would make a slip of the tongue if she talked more deeply with Save about her new job and skills.
‘Ugh, how much did Save find out? I’m glad he is Evan’s fanatic… He probably won’t doubt me too much. No, maybe he’s acting like that even though he knows what’s going on.’
Louise sighed again and shook her head. All this was done by Evan, but why should only she bear the karma?
‘You didn’t mean to do this, Master, did you…?’
She pouted with her pale pink lips, recalling Evan’s face that had immediately managed to attract her. Fortunately, next to her was Renail, who was approaching her with a smile.
“Eunni, what are we going to do now? I think we agreed that once we cleared the fifth floor, we’re going to get out of the dungeon and take a rest.”
“Oh, yeah… Did you collect all the trophies? And the box of achievements?”
“We got everything earlier.”
She had no choice but to accept the job that she had already acquired, and she couldn’t shake it off even if she wanted to.
Louise struggled to clear her thoughts about her job as a puppeteer. She faced a stone statue in the center of the compensation room, ignoring Renail and Save, who were both looking at her with sparkling eyes. It was a black stone statue of a very beautiful woman.
“Is this a sculpture of God?”
“The teacher called it the statue of a demon.”
‘My teacher told me about this and said that it’ might already be broken, but fortunately, it isn’t.’
Louise nodded and took a small bead out of her arms. It was a bead with complex patterns.
“The stuff he entrusted to me to seal the magic. That’s one of the reasons why I joined the dungeon.”
“As expected, Master Evan…!”
After hearing the explanation, Renail and Save were all the more sparkling. Perhaps Louise was really meant to be a Puppeteer, after all…!
Louise felt more complicated, but she eventually took it to the statue to carry out her teacher’s instructions. Then, the stone statue seemed to be vibrating loudly, and soon, it fell to pieces!
“Look, black magic!”
“Everything’s being sucked into the bead. As expected, it’s his strength…!”
Renail and Save exclaimed when they saw the statue collapsing and the sticky and ominous magic of the rising energy being sucked into the bead.
Although it was a magnificent sight, Louise, who already knew where this magic would be used, could not help but feel complicated.
Louise didn’t want any more variables, so she turned around with a sigh of relief…
“Oh, I’ve got magic resistance. I think it’s because I was exposed to the magic already… why are you looking at me like that?”
“No, nothing. Now, let’s go back and get some rest.”
“Oh, I want to go to the Brotherhood Bathhouse, eunni! I’ll clean your back, so come with me!”
“I have to go there as soon as I get out of the dungeon.”
Save was up to no good. Louise led the party out of the dungeon, vowing not to let him and Evan meet again. This was the moment when the prologue of the warrior sub-party adventure came to an end.
* * *
Hell Minotaur, the 50th story’s floor master, had also gotten knocked out by a single shot of Mirole’s arrow.
Without hesitation, Mirole picked up the Magic Stone and other trophies, handed them to Evan, and tried to head to the room with stairs to the next floor, but Evan stopped her before that could happen.
“What’s wrong, sir?”
“Well… I thought it would be better to grab the 50th floor hidden boss and move on. It’s a shame we can’t give up the first time to the others, but I think it’s much better at this point to catch it.”
At Evan’s words, Mirole bowed and asked in reply. “Is there a reason for us to do that?”
“Yes, I’ve been thinking about it, and I think if it’s at the rate that Mirole has worked so far, you will get a second job as soon as you reach level 51.”
Although she had been with Evan from the 31st floor, all of the accomplishments were acquired by Mirole alone.
Evan now speculated that her achievements would be enormous, and, of course, it was true.
It was also true that God was determined to give her a second job as soon as she broke the 50th floor and reached level 51. Evan himself had already grown enough to see through the thoughts of God.
“So, I think sweeping through the 50th floor, which is the most important, will help us get a good job.”
“But to the point where I gain new strength… Well, no, I guess so. If you want it, I will follow as you say.”
Originally, Mirole felt proud of her ability, but she was still getting ahead of herself, so she couldn’t say such a thing even when she saw Evan, who couldn’t settle down.
There was no end to strength. It was something you could acquire more of even when it was safe.
“Will I be able to get a little closer to the leader once I get my second job?”
“What are you talking about? I still can’t catch the arrow that you shoot.”
“Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean you can’t stop it. I can’t picture myself surpassing the leader’s powers.”
That was not wrong, either. In fact, even though he was amazed at the thought that Mirole’s arrows were fast and powerful, he couldn’t easily imagine himself being compromised by them.
However, Evan decided to shut up because he thought the party members would say something if he admitted it. Belois, who had guessed his thoughts, chuckled.
“Then let’s move.”
“I’d appreciate it, and please do.”
Because the 50th floor was so large, it took them quite a while to get to the boss.
Evan and his party first discovered the Hidden Boss’ Battle Room location, set the conditions for eligibility, and activated it with Mirole.
Prior, Mirole had taken down all the bosses to unlock the Hidden Boss’ Battle Room within an hour.
“It’s not a Hell Minotaur waiting inside. It’s a rare-species boss named Hellrise Ogre that unleashes hellish flames, more dangerous than a superior demon.”
“I see. I think I’ve met one before.”
At Evan’s explanation, Mirole nodded.
‘You must have met it because it was the main enemy of Yo-Ma Great War Zero, a monster that had changed under the influence of the demons.
As one would say, Yo-Ma Great War Zero had a higher power scaling than any other game in the series! That was…’
“It’ll take one shot.”
“Yes, it’ll be one shot.”
“…Sir, if it’s just one shot anyway, did you even need to explain it?”
“But it’s a hidden boss, and I thought it’d need an intro…”
“How sweet of you…”
However, he was also ephemeral. Soon after the Hidden Boss’ Battle Room was activated and the arrow that flew into the crack of the door exploded with an outrageous roar, the only thing that came out over the wide-open door were the remnants of something that was once a Hellrise Ogre.
He didn’t even have time to describe his appearance. Mirole must have felt empty, so she smiled vaguely while looking down at the wreckage.
“I’m glad to think that it’s been a long time since I’ve seen such a beast…”
“I know I’m not supposed to say this, but are we here to do long runs in the dungeon?”
Evan didn’t answer Shine, probably because he felt the same way. Instead, he looked at Mirole and said, “This dungeon expedition is to the 50th floor, Mirole. And the next time we come into the dungeon together, I’d like you to adjust the output a little bit. The depth beyond the 51st floor of the dungeon is different, and we need to train there to adapt.”
He felt like running all the way to the 70th floor, which he had already targeted in the past, with Mirole on the bus, but the power of the party would be weakened.
Evan did not criticize Mirole’s ridiculous hunting style because monsters up to the 50th floor did not help the group improve their skills.
But not from the 51st floor. Since the Dungeon went through a major transformation, from the 51st floor going forward…
Evan tsk-ed his tongue thinking of the game’s CG.
“The next time I come into the dungeon, I’m going to re-educate you about the 51st floor… okay?
“Yes. I’m satisfied if we can explore the dungeon together.”
Mirole replied with an unchanging smile. Indeed, the last few days of dungeon exploration were “together expeditions”, but all the other party members agreed not to argue about it implicitly.
“So, are the Gods going to give Mirole a job?”
When Mirole nodded and smiled again at Evan’s words, Shine, who stepped in from the side, proudly declared.
“For reference, my job is Blood Butler. Did you know that sticking to the same job name can help strengthen your job? I’m a Blood Butler who has been strengthened three times to serve Master Evan… that’s me.”
“As much… I am a Mana Maid.”
“They’re doing this again.”
They were calm at other times, but whenever they talked about their jobs, they became impatient because they could never seem to emphasize their jobs as a butler and a maid enough.
Evan tried to calm down Belois and headed to the compensation room with his party.
As soon as Mirole found the stairs, a bright light covered her.
“The response is unusual, too. I think you got your second job.”
“I was already strong, but I can’t believe I got a second job…”
Some people were purely amazed to see Mirole get her second job, while Belois and Arisha, who both bravely burned in competitiveness, clenched their teeth.
It was then… Somehow, Evan suddenly felt as if his own strength had increased. No, it was not a mistake. Apparently, his body and powers were also strengthening. It was so distinct and dramatic that Evan himself could feel it!
“What, you got a job, but why would I…?”
“Hu, it’s done.”
Just at that time, after talking to God and the voices, Mirole returned to Evan. Evan asked her candidly if she had any connection with the job he had earned.
“Mirole, can you tell me what your second job is?”
Mirole turned her head away from Evan’s eyes, her cheeks reddening as if she was ashamed.
It was her first genuine reaction after meeting her.
“That’s a secret… I can’t just tell you yet.”
The reaction convinced Evan, but he was afraid of her answer; the situation was surely frightening.
And on the way back, the jealous female members pinched Evan’s thighs.
Shine seemed to be in a bad mood, but he decided to ignore it all the same.