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[SP-F1] Yet Another Fetch Quest <The Second Lesson is Also Free>

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Shinji stares at his current stats in the stats window with thoughts of getting stronger cross his mind like passing, literal trains of thought. A revelation was revealed upon him in his dream last night. A voice telling him that he shouldn't rush head on towards monster slaying and wander too far. Rather, he must learn the necessary skills and strengthen them to enhance his sword. He must also build up more vitality, just enough to withstand damage for some time while being able to heal or if Aincrad permits, kill his foes in time.

And the way to do that? Some more fetch quests. He must go back to the blacksmith Lyle Tealeaf and fulfill his need for materials.

As much as he hates fetch quests, they had to be done for that reason. Another reason is for an item that he realize he will need to improve his accuracy. While previously reviewing the available beginners' quests, he found out that the third will grant him a ring with such a property. But Lyle's job will have to be done first. Letting out a soft sigh, Shinji stands up, wears his usual garments consist of a simple shirt, pants and boots, and steps out of his boarding room.

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Stats

Level: 7 -- HP 140/140 -- Energy 14/14 -- DMG: 6 -- MIT: 17 -- ACC: 1

Skills

Sword Art: Two Handed Straight Sword (Rank 2)

Two Handed Weapons (Rank 2) (+4 DMG)

Heavy Armor (Rank 1) (+8 MIT)

Equipment

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Name: Silver-Etched Greatsword - Gleam

Item Type: Two Handed Straight Sword

Tier: 1

Quality: Perfect

Enhancements: +1 DMG, +1 Bleed, +1 Keen

Description: A silver greatsword bearing a blade thin enough to easily follow up attacks. Near its point are its 'teeth' that allows the wielder to bleed their foes. Engraved on the blade are small leaves twirling in the wind, giving the greatsword a decorative appearance much like a nobleman's sword.

 

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Name: Iron Cuirass

Appearance: https://cdn0.rubylane.com/_pod/item/1524904/2179C-141/France-late-19th-century-small-astonishing-pic-1o-2048%3A10.10-73-f.jpg

Item Type: Heavy Armor

Tier: 1

Quality: Uncommon

Enhancements: +9 MIT

Description: A simple iron cuirass that only provides protection for not only the torso, but vital organs as well.

 

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Name: Starter Healing Potion (4)

Item Type: Potions

Enhancements: +50 HP

Description: A small vial containing a red liquid, capped by a cork. Restores health at a decent rate.

 

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Name: Healing Potion (5)

Item Type: Potions

Tier: 1

Quality: Uncommon

Enhancements: +40 HP

Description: A glass vial containing a red liquid that restores vitality.

 

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Name: Over-Health Potion (1)

Item Type: Potions

Tier: 1

Quality: Uncommon

Enhancements: +50 Temp. HP

Description: A glass vial containing an orange liquid that temporarily extends health for a short amount of time. Lasts one thread.

 

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Name: Necklace With Miniature Round Clock Attached

Item Type: Trinket

Tier: 1

Quality: Rare

Enhancements: +1 LD, +1 Accuracy

Description: This is a unique necklace with a working clock hanging on it. Increases the ability to find objects and one's accuracy.

 

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Name: Matriarch's Stinger

Enhancements: +1 Damage

Description: Its deadly poison can be applied onto a weapon, granting extra damage. Lasts one thread.

 

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Name: Hoya Of Minos

Appearance: https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0797/3477/products/Heart-Darkness-V6-1_1024x1024.jpg?v=1516826609

Description: A pendant in the form of a red solid heart. The pendant is a sought out gift among players for weddings, friendships, romance and so on. Don't know what a loner like you will do with the pendant, but it's yours after all, so do what you want with it.

 

 

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The Starting City is bustling with activity as usual, though lately there are not many high leveled players around the corner as most already moved on to the frontlines. Shinji heard that the 25th floor is so far the latest floor to be, in a simple word, unlocked. The 24th boss was a leviathan, successfully killed in spite of the fight's difficulty. And now the 25th's labyrinth guardian were just discovered, and it turned out to be a dragon that was taught to be dead by a bunch of minotaurs that discovered it, only to arisen and killed them. Shinji wonders how many dragons are in Aincrad, and whether this dragon is more formidable than the rest.

As much as he wants to see and at best, slay a dragon, it is too bad that he is way too under-leveled to do such a deed. He could see that before he can even reach to the higher levels, the dragon will be long dead, slain by the frontlines.

Finally, he arrives at Lyle's shop, looking up the helmet sign above the wooden door before stepping through it. The warmth of the furnace welcomes him as he shuts the door behind him.

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The old blacksmith is sitting at his table, reading a book until Shinji's presence becomes known in his shop. He looks up from the book to smiles as he sees him.

"Changed your mind, boy?" Lyle says with a chuckle.

Shinji nods, "What is it you need, sir?"

"Oh, just a simple task," continues Lyle as he sets the book down. "I need three tusks from boars, especially pups. They are very easy to kill, especially with this...blade of yours. I must admit, the craftsmanship is superb..."

Shinji nods in agreement and draws his sword, then carefully bring it forward to Lyle with the blade across his hands, its surface facing upwards. Lyle examines the silvery texture of the metal, as well as the sword's 'teeth' and its twirling leaves.

"Amazing..." says Lyle as he rubs his beard, admiring the sword's deadly beauty.

Shinji straps his sword to his back and keeps listening to Lyle who continues further about the quest.

"Well, just three tusks and that will be all. Come back here with them and I will forge you a better armor, unless...they are already good enough for your travels?"

Shinji brings out his inventory and his current breastplate, then with it in his hands, he shows it to Lyle, perhaps to hear his opinion about it.

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"Well, this breastplate is alright, but in my view, it'll be better if it covers your entire torso and back rather than just your vital organs," says Lyle. "I will also forge a pair of spaulders that will go along with your new plate so you won't have to worry about your shoulders. Interested?"

A new breastplate with spaulders? That will make his protection a nice change for a little bit of fetching. Shinji nods with a small smile, which pleases Lyle so much. He gives back the breastplate to its owner who then dons it, then waves goodbye as he steps out of the shop.

Three tusks from boar pups. While it doesn't sound like a challenge, Shinji thinks that for a fetch quest, it is appropriate especially since he doesn't want to waste any more time with it. Exiting the square and eventually making his way out of the city's gates, Shinji draws his sword and starts looking around his surroundings for boar pups, hoping that their parents aren't nearby when he kills them.

It doesn't long for Shinji to find hordes of boars, both pups and adults, scattered around the fields doing nothing but grazing and standing idly. He firmly grips his sword as he perceived a boar pup from a distance, then walks towards it and starts to take his first swing without warning towards it.

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ID: 135735 -- BD: 4 + 1 = 5 -- MD: 3

Shinji: HP 170/170 -- Energy 12/14

Boar Pup: HP 5/5

Well, that is a shame. The pup somehow manages to dodge Shinji's greatsword and pathetically dashes towards him, only to miss its attack in return. Now turning aggro towards Shinji, the pup squeals as it shows no sign of stopping whenever it makes a dash and still miss its target. So far, this is barely a fight at all, but instead it's just a game of dodging attacks as Shinji miscalculates its height and still misses his swing while the pup runs past him.

Any players seeing this spectacle would probably laugh when they see a player with a greatsword and a boar pup playing dodge with each other. Shinji sometimes look around for any visible players, and thankfully none are present in this area. He worries more about being seen and humiliated by other players than the boars around him, which isn't really a problem considering his current level and strength.

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ID: 135755 -- BD: 3 + 1 ACC = 4 -- MD: 2

Shinji: HP 140/140 -- Energy: 11/14

Boar Pup: HP 5/5

The boar pup is either too fast or too low for Shinji's sword to reach out, much to his frustration. By this point, the commotion already attracted a couple more pups as it runs close to them. Immediately they turn aggressive and now moves around Shinji in a circle, letting out squeals and snorts as he stands still, holding his sword firmly.

So this is how it will be done huh? Shinji thinks as he lets out a sigh, remembering a Sword Art with an AoE ability, which he hasn't used ever since he first got his sword. It will take a lot of energy since he will be attacking three pups at the same time, but at least it will kill all of them and hopefully drop their tusks, even if he will only get one. It better be that than nothing at all. Bending his knees, Shinji remains in his fighting stance as he prepares to unleash his Sword Art upon the pups.

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ID: 135756 -- BD: 4 + 1 ACC = 5 --MD: 4

ID: 135757 -- MD: 7

ID: 135758 -- MD: 6

Shinji: HP 138/140 -- Energy 10/14

Boar Pup 1: HP 5/5

Boar Pup 2: HP 5/5

Boar Pup 3: HP 5/5

Without warning, the pups are already closing in, giving Shinji no window of opportunity to unleash his Sword Art as he is forced to dodge the first, but took hits from the other two at his leg. It feels like some large plastic tennis ball is thrown at him and bounces off him harmlessly, but Shinji does notice that his health chipped off for a tiny bit. Letting out a 'tch', Shinji dodges and kicks away another charge from one of them, which does nothing but to make then angrier. Shinji steps away from the circle and stands in his usual stance as he watches the three scraping their hooves along the ground, ready to charge at him in unison.

He wonders if an AoE attack is really necessary...in case he won't get three tusks altogether. But Shinji tries to ignore this thought as he glares at the pups. He has to try. That or he will never find out. His sword will determine the results.

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ID: 135759 -- BD: 2 + 1 ACC = MD: 2

ID: 135760 -- MD: 5

ID: 135761 -- MD: 2

Shinji: HP 138/140 -- Energy: 9/14

Boar Pup 1: HP 5/5

Boar Pup 2: HP 5/5

Boar Pup 3: HP 5/5

The three pups dash towards him, their small tusks pointing towards Shinji as he clenches his teeth, eager to end this annoying fight quickly. But Aincrad decides to keep his luck pinned onto the floor and beaten up. A line of adult boars suddenly appear and block both Shinji and the pups that later stop to let them cross. Shinji lets out an annoyed grunt as he looks to his right to see more boars coming in. Jumping over them would be out of the question as he doesn't feel confident in doing so successfully without accidentally kicking one of the crossing boars. He doesn't want any more of these pathetic beasts to join in and make this fight more tiring.

After what feels like a few minutes of waiting for no more boars to interrupt the fight, he looks at his right again and notices the end of the line. He quickly dashes past its rear and swings his sword towards the pups that then retreat. Shinji gives chase in response, running through the horde until they are all outside the social circle. Now it is just Shinji and the pups.

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ID: 135763 -- BD: 8 + 1 ACC = 9 (No ACC based critical)

Sword Art Used! (x6 (2+2+2) AoE Blast)

Shinji: HP 138/138 -- Energy: 4/14

Boar Pup 1: HP 0/5

Boar Pup 2: HP 0/5

Boar Pup 3: HP 0/5

Shinji sprints out of the pups' circle and keeps running as they give chase, only to turn around and suddenly unleashes his Sword Art. The glowing green arc of his sword is swung across all three pups at their level, slash wounds visible across their jaws. They explode into polygons and Shinji pants as he remains in his fighting stance, window for a loot window to pop up in front of him.

ID: 135763 -- LD: 10 + 1 Bonus LD = 11 (Found 1/3 Tusks)

ID: 135765 -- LD: 17 + 1 Bonus LD = 18 (Found 2/3 Tusks)

ID: 135766 -- LD: 1 + 1 Bonus LD = 2 (Found no Tusks)

Two out of three tusks collected among their corpses. Shinji smiles a little at the result. It's better than getting one or no tusks at all. Just one more and he'll finally hit home run. Standing up, he takes a deep breath and straps his greatsword to his back before moving on. He thinks about going back to the same area with hordes of boars, but decides against it and walks back to the direction of the city gates, hoping to find another pup on the way. 

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