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[F-11 and 9] [SP] <Nature's Treasure> Gearing Up

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As Ben stood up to take a look around him, he glanced back the way he came, making sure to check on how fast the materials he had already picked up were respawning. But, to his surprise, he saw a glint of shined metal around some of the trees he had finished searching through previously.

"Eh, Sebastian, is that what I think it is?" he asked a grand smile spreading across of his face as he said it. "I think this may be the haul of ours that finally gets rid of our col problems for a while. Maybe it'll even have enough for us to finally get some furniture. Or at least a nice sleeping nest for you." he joked.

Still, no matter how you cut it, getting this much treasure  at once would be a great windfall for him. So he wasted no time at all in pulling the chest from between the trees it was stuck in and out into the open where he could get at the lock right away.

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Searching for treasure chest Roll ID #167695

LD - 16+9=25

Found Treasure chest!

Total: 52 [T2] materials

 

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It took a minute of maneuvering to get the chest in place, and another for him to get in open properly- these things were secured tight. But soon Ben popped open the lid to the chest and didn't bother to hide his smile- not that there was anyone to hide it from. This chest was filled to the brim with stuff- not only was it more col than he had gotten in a while, but it also held a few more materials for him as well. He picked through everything useful, adding it to his inventory, including a few unidentified items. He'd probably sell them for the col... though the armor might have something interesting in it. He would have to figure out if it was worth the cost of identifying though.

Once it was all in his inventory, he simply had to close the chest up- he wasn't sure if that caused them to respawn faster or not, but he would give it a try anyways- and pick a new direction to start harvesting some materials in.

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Searching for treasure chest Roll ID #167696

LD - 17

Found:
1650 col
8 materials
Perfect Light Armor
2 Rare Consumables

Total: 60 [T2] materials
1650 col
Perfect Heavy Armor [T2] and 2 Rare Consumables [T2] <unidentified> (ID 167696)

 

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Ben moved to a new patch of flowers- this time keeping a closer eye on his caterpillar familiar. It wouldn't do to have him jumping straight into the potential crafting materials before he even got a chance to pick them.

These flowers that he picked this time were taller, reaching up to the middle of his chest with their flowering parts. They reminded him of sunflowers in the real world, except that they had a much large amount of petals and seed pods. It made them look kind of off, but it was a video game, so he was having to get used to it.

As he inspected the first handful of seeds, it appeared that they would be the useful parts of the plant- which at least meant that he didn't have to bend down again. Though it also meant that he had to pick out each handful at a time. It figures all the ingredients he looked at would be a pain to pick up- at least he had the skills to help him out.

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Gathering Roll ID #167706

CD - 8 (+2 mats)
LD - 3+9=12 (1 mats)

Found 3 materials 

Total: 63 [T2] materials
1650 col
Perfect Heavy Armor [T2] and 2 Rare Consumables [T2] <unidentified> (ID 167696)

 

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Ben continued his work through the larger substitute sunflower plants, switching to holding his bag out and trying to simply knock one handful of seeds at a time into his bag. Which unfortunately didn't speed up his gathering speed at all- these plants were just tricky to grab anything out of.

He checked on his familiar once more, making sure that he wasn't doing anything more than glancing over at his work- the last thing he needed was to have his work interrupted again by one of Sebastian's snack attacks. He really needed to get enough materials for a month or two in one go.

He considered once again opening up his friends list for the quest, but decided against it. Most of the other players he knew were focused on fighting and combat- they would be bored as heck just looking for materials for a whole day. Though the extra conversation he would get from having friends would be nice- "Well Sebastian, it looks like you're going to be my sounding board for a while longer. So how do we go about gathering these faster do you think?"

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Gathering Roll ID #167719

CD - 8 (+2 mats)
LD - 2+9=11 (1 mats)

Found 3 materials 

Total: 66 [T2] materials
1650 col
Perfect Heavy Armor [T2] and 2 Rare Consumables [T2] <unidentified> (ID 167696)

 

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Ben continued to work at getting more materials, still going slower than he wanted to. Sebastian, however, decided to answer his question by crawling over to the flowers Ben was working on, grabbing a bunch of them into his grip all at once. "Oh Sebastian... what are you doing? Wait, that might actually work..." he commented, realizing that having all the flowers in one group would allow him to dump all the seeds into his bag all at once. Which was a lot faster than grabbing one handful at a time like before. 

"OK, that actually works out pretty well. Good job there little guy." He gave Sebastian a nice pat on the head as they worked, filling up another bag quick enough. "Looks like we might finish up in time to actually get something decent for dinner tonight. If we can keep up this pace at least."

He finished up with the current bag as he took a look over the field he was working on, guessing he could get one last bag's worth from it before he would have to move on, though luckily there was plenty of places for him to move on to after this. It was a big garden after all.

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Gathering Roll ID #167972

CD - 8 (+2 mats)
LD - 8+9=17 (2 mats)

Found 4 materials 

Total: 70 [T2] materials
1650 col
Perfect Heavy Armor [T2] and 2 Rare Consumables [T2] <unidentified> (ID 167696)

 

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Ben continued working on the sunflowers (or whatever they were) with help from his familiar this time, cutting down the amount of work that it took to fill up the last bag from the patch before he needed to move it to his inventory. He was glad that he had brought plenty of extra bags with him on this trip- trying to stuff all the materials he gathered up into his inventory individually wouldn't work with this much.

"OK Sebastian, I think that's it for this field. You can hop back on and we can move on." he told his familiar, who was more than happy to jump back onto his favorite napping spot after working. At least he was a reliably lazy little caterpillar. "So, any preferences on where we move out to next? No? OK then, I'll pick which way we go and you can just close your eyes." Even though he was already half asleep by now, Ben still felt like including him in the conversation. He was Ben's partner after all.

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Gathering Roll ID #167975

CD - 6 (+2 mats)
LD - 19+9=28 (2 mats)

Found 4 materials 

Total: 74 [T2] materials
1650 col
Perfect Heavy Armor [T2] and 2 Rare Consumables [T2] <unidentified> (ID 167696)

 

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Ben gave his familiar one last scratch behind he antennae before he moved on to the next garden plot, this one a patchwork of smaller plots with brick dividers between them. Each of the smaller plots held inside of it a small selection of flowers of different type, and were terraced on each other in order to fit a larger amount into the space available.

Ben took a good look at the varied and colorful selection of flowers available in each plot, carefully inspecting them for usefulness before finding that they were fairly spread out in that regard- some plots had very useful flowers, and many had useless ones. Lucky enough for him, enough of the crafting material quests allowed him to spot which ones were which in quick order, not wasting his time picking items he would have no use for. It made things go smoothly this way, allowing a lot of materials to be gathered from here, even if this particular spot wasn't very useful for normal gathering attempts.

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Gathering Roll ID #168026

CD - 10 (+3 mats)
LD - 5+9=28 (1 mats)

Found 4 materials 

Total: 78 [T2] materials
1650 col
Perfect Heavy Armor [T2] and 2 Rare Consumables [T2] <unidentified> (ID 167696)

 

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Ben finished up with the terraced plants, moving on to something that was easier to pick through rather than relying on his experience to find the right ones. Plus, he would eventually run through all of the good spots there really quickly anyways.

So, he headed on to the next patch of garden, filled with some water lilies next to a small stream of water. It was a good place to start, as long as he didn't accidentally step in the water and get his feet wet. Even if it was just virtual water, it wouldn't be pleasant to feel that all over his feet. Especially his socks- wet socks are the worst.

Even with the extra effort of stepping around, he did find a good amount of crafting materials here. The watery plants were very useful in a lot of places, and not too bad to snap up and get into his bag. Plus he could keep following the little stream of water to find more and more of them. 

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Gathering Roll ID #168034

CD - 6 (+2 mats)
LD - 12+9=21 (2 mats)

Found 4 materials 

Total: 82 [T2] materials
1650 col
Perfect Heavy Armor [T2] and 2 Rare Consumables [T2] <unidentified> (ID 167696)

 

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Ben continued down the stream of water, picking up more and more water lilies and tossing them into his pouch as he went, treading as carefully as he could. While this was a good place to gather from, he was going at a pace that was much slower than he would like, and was trying to hurry it up.

That is, until the stream met up with the garden wall it was coming out of, and Ben didn't notice. As he walked along without looking ahead, he smacked his foot into the wall and stumbled, almost going head over heels into the water, but managing to catch himself and simply landing butt first into the moist ground. "Great... hopefully that dries out quickly..." he muttered to himself as he stood up and brushed off the grass from his pants. It wasn't bad, but he reached the end of the water and should probably move on. Especially after he sat down on a bunch of the flowers that were left- there wasn't going to be many materials left after that.

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Gathering Roll ID #168048

CD - 1 (+0 mats)
LD - 20+9=29 (2 mats)

Found 2 materials 

Total: 84 [T2] materials
1650 col
Perfect Heavy Armor [T2] and 2 Rare Consumables [T2] <unidentified> (ID 167696)

 

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As Ben continued on through the garden on his quest, , he spotted a bench on the side of the main path. It looked nice and comfy, and he had been walking for w while... "OK Sebastian, you and me are gonna grab some rest for a minute or two." he told his familiar as he sank his butt into the seat. Sebastian wiggled in his shoulder, settling into place as Ben pulled out a water flank and gave them both a drink as the sat there, idly picking up some of the wildflowers next to the bench as they sat there to regain some of their energy. It had been a long day so far, and he needed a little break in order to keep up the work- it was already mid morning by now.

After a couple of minutes, his thirst was quenched, and the aches in his legs were less painful. He wasn't fully rested, but enough that he could continue on his quest. He needed to continue to gather crafting materials, and got back on his feet, tucking the few wildflowers he had into his pouch before moving on.

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Gathering Roll ID #168054

CD - 1 (+0 mats)
LD - 4+9=13 (1 mats)

Found 1 materials 

Total: 85 [T2] materials
1650 col
Perfect Heavy Armor [T2] and 2 Rare Consumables [T2] <unidentified> (ID 167696)

 

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Looking up and down the rows of plots in the garden, it was hard to tell which way would be the most fruitful. And if you were not careful, you could end up going down the way you came in and going around in circles. Which is why Ben was using his map to try and stay on the right path- hopefully. 

As he walked away from his rest, a bit more cautious after his close call with falling into the stream of water, his gaze passed across several different types of plants that he could work on, wondering which would be the most fruitful.  This phrasing wasn't lost on him when he saw a patch of fruit trees coming up, and he decided to stop by them next.

The fruit they had on them was some sort of purple... oblong thing. He wasn't sure what he was expecting, but this would at least work for materials so he loaded up his pouch with as many as he could, the slowness of gathering from the lower branches offset by the extra speed his gathering skill gave him in finding the best spots.

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Gathering Roll ID #168096

CD - 7 (+2 mats)
LD - 3+9=12 (1 mats)

Found 3 materials 

Total: 88 [T2] materials
1650 col
Perfect Heavy Armor [T2] and 2 Rare Consumables [T2] <unidentified> (ID 167696)

 

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Taking matters into his own hands, Ben decided to jump up onto the branches of one of the trees, pulling himself up (gracefully to anyone who asks and there was nobody else around who could disagree with that assessment) and balancing himself on top, better able to grab at the materials for himself. He should have done this from the start, as it was the fastest he had filled up his inventory today.

Balancing precariously on the branches was fast, but also a lot trickier than it looked. H hadn't put any skills into athletics, and didn't have any real life experience to back his actions up with, being that he spent most of his days indoors playing video games. So moving from one branch to another was an exercise in caution with any mistake sending him back down to the ground- probably quite painfully. So far luck had been at his side and he hadn't missed a step, so he could only hope that luck kept up the rest of the trip.

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Gathering Roll ID #168300

CD - 12 (+3 mats)
LD - 14+9=23 (2 mats)

Found 5 materials 

Total: 93 [T2] materials
1650 col
Perfect Heavy Armor [T2] and 2 Rare Consumables [T2] <unidentified> (ID 167696)

 

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Hoping over to the farther reaches of the fruit trees, Ben's balance managed to hold out for as long as he hoped, and he gathered up enough materials to fill another one of his bags up as he continued working. Switching out bags would be trickier though, as it would shift his center of weight when he put his current haul into his inventory, so he braced himself as best that he could on the branch he was standing on. There wasn't any good hand holds unless he sidled all the way back to the trunk.

Though his balance faltered a bit, he stayed in place as he got a new empty bag in place and moved to the end of the next branch to begin filling it up. His pace was still quite fast, and he was soon going to be at the point where he had enough for a month of crafting, but with all the extra consumables and time that he had put into this trip that wouldn't be enough.

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Gathering Roll ID #168681

CD - 12 (+3 mats)
LD - 5+9=14 (1 mats)

Found 4 materials 

Total: 97 [T2] materials
1650 col
Perfect Armor [T2] and 2 Rare Consumables [T2] <unidentified> (ID 167696)

 

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Ben picked another piece of fruit off the branch he was balancing on and added it to his pouch, mentally keeping track of how much he had grabbed so far as he made sure to keep himself balanced. Reaching out his foot and looking around, he saw that he had finished picking anything that could be easily grabbed from this height by now, and would have to move on to another part of the garden. He carefully squatted down into a sitting position and dropped himself to the ground, landing with a thud, managing to avoid taking any damage.

He then headed over to where he left Sebastian before he moved out anywhere else, putting the half asleep familiar onto his shoulder and gave him a pat on the head for being nice and quiet, and at the very least out of his way for once. Maybe they were getting more used to each other- or maybe Sebastian was just getting better at following orders as he leveled up.

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Gathering Roll ID #168691

CD - 1 (+0 mats)
LD - 7+9=16 (2 mats)

Found 2 materials 

Total: 99 [T2] materials
1650 col
Perfect Armor [T2] and 2 Rare Consumables [T2] <unidentified> (ID 167696)

 

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Ben looked forward down the path, moving ahead as he found someplace new in the garden to work- this time a field of what looked like planted tubers. He gingerly plucked a few of them out of the ground and took a look at them, his HUD using his advanced skills to quickly identify what he had. Apparently they were actually called spotted tubers- and he would need to grab the fully grown ones to be of any use, but not any that were too ripe. 

Ben let out a sigh- most of these materials had such specific requirements for him to make use of them. Even as he grabbed a few of them up at a time, only a few of them were the type that he could use, and he had to toss the others aside, letting them burst apart into a pile of pixels when they hit the ground. At least he wasn't filling up his bag with useless materials he couldn't craft with- he had a limit to what he could carry around after all.

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Gathering Roll ID #168695

CD - 2 (+1 mats)
LD - 20+9=29 (2 mats)

Found 3 materials 

Total: 102 [T2] materials
1650 col
Perfect Armor [T2] and 2 Rare Consumables [T2] <unidentified> (ID 167696)

 

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