Chapter 97: Skeleton Cavern
The mayor went forward step by step until he arrived in front of Ye Tian Xie. He had a reverent look as he carefully gazed at the Badge of Bravery. He lifted his head and said, “Young man with the Badge of Bravery, I represent the entire Gu Ping Town to ask you for a favor…….Can you save us from a disaster destined to come?”
“Alright, please tell me about it. I will help you if I can.” Ye Tian Xie returned the Heavenly Stellar City Return Scroll as he spoke. He showed an attentive looking expression.
The mayor’s eyes stayed on the Badge of Bravery for a while before he sighed and said, “Before my Gu Ping Town was called Gu Ping Town, it was still called Xiao He Village. A hundred years ago, the a terrifying Undead Monarch appeared from the Skeleton Cavern to the south of here. He left his territory and came here, wanting to exterminate all life here. When our ancestors felt despair, a hero, one named Gu Ping had appeared. At that time, on his chest, he had the same badge as the one you have now…..”
The Gu Ping Town mayor slowly told Ye Tian Xie about the distant but not forgotten past. He told him of the powerful Undead Monarch, the strength of the great warrior Gu Ping, and the aftermath of that day. The hero had died in the end that day, but still his name lived on in this little town.
The mayor’s voice suddenly changed and came back to the present as he spoke of the blood coloured phoenix, “No one knows when the blood coloured phoenix was born or where it was born. Three years ago, it appeared for the first time. Phoenixes are embodied by fire so where they live should be a very hot region, but the blood coloured phoenix is different. The place where it lives is a dark and wet place where the light of the sun and moon doesn’t shine……And the Skeleton Cavern, that is where the blood coloured phoenix lives.”
Ye Tian Xie: “!?”
“The undead fear flames, but it’s strange that they are not afraid of the blood coloured phoenix’s flames……Perhaps, it is because the blood coloured phoenix’s flame is not a true flame. After the blood coloured phoenix settled down in the Skeleton Cavern, it was able to live in peace with the undead residing there. It, currently lives in the deepest area of the Skeleton Cavern.”
“What do you need me to do?” Ye Tian Xie knit his brows and asked.
“When the heavily wounded brave warrior from Heavenly Stellar City returned, he brought back a piece of terrifying news.” The Gu Ping Town mayor looked over at the injured Heavenly Stellar City soldier, “On the fifth floor of the Skeleton Cavern, where the destroyed Undead Monarch formed a hundred years ago, there is another Undead Monarch that is beginning to form…..”
Ye Tian Xie: “……”
“The day that the Undead Monarch finishes forming, then it will be able to live in the light. At that time, our Gu Ping Town will surely face another disaster……Young brave one, can you use your courage and strength to eliminate this terrifying Undead Monarch? You have the Badge of Bravery, so you’ll surely be like heroic Gu Ping of the past. You are the hero the heaven has sent to save us from this danger!”
“Ding…..The Gu Ping Town mayor has asked you to exterminate the Undead Monarch on the fifth floor of the Skeleton Cavern.
Quest Grade: Hidden Unique
Quest Time Limit: Half a year. After half a year, the Undead Monarch will reach maturity and the quest will automatically fail.
Quest Reward: Unknown. The people of Gu Ping Town are looking forward to when the Undead Monarch is defeated. The longer it takes to complete the task, the less the reward will be.
Quest Failure Penalty: The favorability of all the citizens of Gu Ping Town will decrease by 10.
Do you accept the quest?”
Defeating the Undead Monarch!?
Isn’t this too much of a joke!
The Undead Monarch, it was a monster that could reach level one hundred. Moreover it was a Heavenly Level super death element boss!
He was only a level fourteen player without a Job……If the Undead Monarch just let out a fart, it was enough for him to die a thousand times.
Ye Tian Xie chose not to accept the mission and said with a calm face, “Mayor, I really want to help you, but I’m only at level fourteen right now. I am not a match for the Undead Monarch.”
“No! Young brave one, you can do it. To be able to obtain a Badge of Bravery, you’ll definitely be able to find a way to do it.” To Ye Tian Xie’s surprise, the mayor who had heard him say his level still had a confident face. The mayor explained, “The current Undead Monarch is still not a true Undead Monarch. It is still in its developmental stage so its abilities still haven’t matured yet……To my knowledge, the current Undead Monarch shouldn’t be past level twenty yet. A person like you who is able to obtain the Badge of Bravery, you will definitely be able to beat him and save our Gu Ping Town from a large disaster. But if you wait too long, the Undead Monarch will be allowed to grow. In just half a year, he will be able to reach level one hundred and reach the Heavenly Level……At that time, it would all be too late.”
The mayor’s explanation made Ye Tian Xie’s heart beat in excitement. Not level twenty yet……He had beat the level twenty Lord Class Boss, Amethyst War Tiger when he was just level ten. There was no reason why he couldn’t beat this premature Undead Monarch. And this was clearly a hidden unique quest – one that was hard to appear. It was even rarer task than normal hidden and unique quests!
And it could be said that this was the most difficult kind of quest, but at the same time, it was the quest with the greatest reward.
“Alright, since it is like this, I will go and destroy the Undead Monarch.” Ye Tian Xie relaxed as he confidently said.
“Ding, you have accepted the quest ‘Gu Ping Town Mayor’s request – Kill the Undead Monarch on the fifth floor of the Skeleton Cavern’.”
Ye Tian Xie was suddenly infected by the the Gu Ping Town mayor’s confidence. An embarrassed smile appeared on the mayor’s old face, “Thank you, you’ve allowed me to finally have some hope. At this moment, the pressure I have been feeling has finally become lighter. The Skeleton Cavern is south of here. If you walk to the south, you will see a patch of black land and a black hole. Before you go, if you need any kind of help, you can just ask and we will try to help you as much as we can.”
Very quickly, Ye Tian Xie already knew what this “greatest help” would be……
Thirty bottles of level ten HP potions that could recover four hundred HP and had a cooldown of five seconds. Also thirty bottles of level ten mana potions that could recover four hundred mana and also had a cooldown of five seconds. Seeing the sixty medicinal bottles in his inventory and then looking at the people that had come to see him off as he set off for the Skeleton Cavern, seeing their faces full of enthusiasm, hope, and worship, Ye Tian Xie had a kind of feeling where he wanted to cry, but he had no tears.
Too stingy……This was just too stingy…….
The reward for the quest couldn’t also be this meager…….Ye Tian Xie depressingly thought.
The mountain roads were hard to walk on and there was no where that was flat. As he moved forward, there was less plants on the ground. After Ye Tian Xie went forward for an hour, he could not see any plants on the road. The few that appeared were usually all withered.
Actually this was very normal. A place like this that could breed undead monsters and could even form an Undead Monarch, there would be a lot of yin qi condensed here. Yin qi was another name for aura of death. Life and death were natural enemies and would drain away life force, so weak little living beings would not be able to exist. And because of the condensed yin qi, there were no birds or humans in the surrounding area.
The Skeleton Cavern and Gu Ping Town were not far apart. After an hour of travelling, Ye Tian Xie arrived at a terrifying black area. Seeing the black landscape in front of him, it continued stretching out, making people feel as if they were entering into an abyss.
A faint cold wind blew across that was cold enough to make people’s teeth shiver, bringing a disgusting rotten smell over.
Ye Tian Xie silently stood in place for a while before finally walking forward.
The Skeleton Cavern had existed for a long time, but no one was able to find out how it came into existence or why it existed. As Ye Tian Xie entered into the cavern, his surroundings became quieter and it became darker as the smell of rotten flesh became stronger. Ye Tian Xie knit his brows.
When his eyes adapted to the darkness, he felt that the cavern was not black. Rather, the surroundings were covered in a blue glow…..a gloomy dark blue glow. This kind of light didn’t come from the outside and the sun shining down. It was instead phosphorescence emitted by the rotting corpses. Taking advantage of the weak glow, Ye Tian Xie could barely see five-six meters around him.
The ground was a deathly black colour, but it was very smooth. Moreover, it was very quiet here, too quiet. There was not a single sound to be heard.
Skeleton Cavern, first floor.
And since this cavern was a hole for stashing things, it obviously would not be lacking in skeleton based undead beings.
A sound finally rang out in the silence. No matter who heard this sound, they would recognize it as the sound a skeleton makes. Ye Tian Xie quickly turned around and saw a black shadow appearing in the darkness. He instantly used his inspect skill.
Skeleton Soldier: Level 17
The aura of death seeped into the skeleton of a person who died and formed a new undead being that now instinctively attacks living beings. Although it doesn’t have a consciousness, it has an incomparably strong body.
Undead Body: Automatically restores HP under the effects of darkness or an undead aura and provides 70% death element resistance.
Skeleton’s hand: Brandishes its dark white boned hands to tear apart its target. There is a 20% chance to deal 150% damage.
The sound of the skeletons staggering rang out from in front, behind, left, and right of Ye Tian Xie and the originally silent cavern was filled with this terrifying noise. Ye Tian Xie was also a little tense, but he instantly calmed down……Normally, the farther away from a main city an area was, the higher the level of the monsters present. The monsters on the first floor of the Skeleton Cavern was level seventeen monsters…….Although there were many of them, they still couldn’t be considered a threat to him.
“Gazhi, gazhi, gazhi……”