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[PP-F1] The Hunt is On! <<Dragon Hunter Anthology - Dragon Hunt 1: the Emerald Hatchling>>

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Beginning of thread Stats:

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Level - 25           HP - 500             ENG - 50
DMG (Dagger) - 1 (1 base)
MIT - 18                      ACC - 0                    EVA - 3

Equipment -
[EQ] [T2 Perfect Heavy Armor] Cobalt Heart - Mit 1 (18), Recovery 2 (regain 4 additional energy on CD 6+)
[EQ] [T1 Perfect Charm] Green Leaf - Evasion (3)
[EQ] [T1 Perfect Charm] Finder's Feather - Loot Die (3)
Dimensional Backpack adds +1 battle ready item slot

Battle Ready Items (With Extended Weight Limit, Dimensional Backpack, and Large Pockets Mod):
(3) Starter Healing Potions (Heals 50 HP)
(3) Blank [T1] Dungeon Maps
(5) Lesser Burning Edge Potion (+1 damage)
(5) Undaunted Spirit Crystal (Mass Heal) [Tierless]
(3) Lesser Edge Shard (+1 damage crystal) [Tierless]
(13) Lesser Curative Potions (Healer 40 HP) [T2]
(1) Lesser Nature's Vitality Potion (+1 Mitigation) [T1]
(5) Magic Armor Potions (Safeguard)
(2) Teleport Crystal


Benjamin was bored.  Manning his alchemy stall was never very interesting, but at least he made sure the players in the Town of Beginnings got enough healing that they wouldn't be in danger.  He had contemplated moving to a higher floor with the front liners, but it would just be chasing after them as they moved up each floor. People knew where he was if they needed to find him, and his prices were low enough to keep them coming back.  Still... he needed to grab a few quests to make sure he had enough col.

He left his familiar to watch over the shop as he headed out to the town's bulletin board- most quests were way below his level here, but his skills weren't in combat, so he couldn't take anything larger on his own. With a dejected sigh, he checked his own ad- 'Support specialist looking for groups to quest with!'- and made sure it was still visible. Even down here there were quests he could get XP from, if only he had someone to go with. Even the big dragon slaying quest line could be possible, and he may even level up enough to make better crystals out of it! "That's all- I just need to find a dragon slayer in the Town of Beginnings. How hard could that be?" he said out loud, chuckling at his own joke as he looked over the quest notice once more.

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STATS:

Azhoda: 40 | HP 800/800 | EN 80/80 | DMG 16 | MIT 89 | REC 2 | HM 2

Items:

  • Blazing Soul (T2 THAS | Perfect | DMG 3 )
  • Omos Guard (T2 Heavy Armor | Perfect | MIT 3)
  • Flaming Heart (T2 Heavy Armor | Perfect | HM 2, Rec 1)
    • 5x  Standard Healing Potions (T1 Potion, Heals 50)
    • 2x  Vicious Dragon-Fang Potion (+3 Damage for a thread)
    • 1x Rhino's Horn (the First crit ignores 40% of MIT not granted by block)
    • 2 x  Vicious Dragon-Fang Potion (+3 Damage for a thread)
    • Empty
    • Empty

Skills:

  • Two-Handed Weapons THAS Rank 5
  • Heavy Armor Rank 5
  • First Aid Rank 3
  • Quick Change
  • Fighting Spirit

House Buffs:

Rested: -1 energy cost for the first two expenditures of each combat
Filling: Increase the effectiveness of a single food item consumed in a thread by +1 T1 slot.
Col Stash: +5% bonus col from monster kills and treasure chests
Item Stash: +1 Battle Ready Inventory Slot
Working: +2 EXP per crafting attempt
Basic Training: +1 SP to a thread. Limit one use per month.

 

It was a quiet day for Shion so far, waking up from a deep slumber in her house on floor 24 after a long session of gathering and battling. To think about it now Shion must have been sleeping for about a whole day as she pulled off a 3-day long gathering and battling session, and food was not even spoken about. So Shion was planning to go to the first floor to get some food. Not something big just something small. Wearing her full armour she walked into the plaza looking around for a bit. Her face was covered by her helmet and you couldn't even see her appearance at all, as well as that you could not tell if she was a girl or boy. She took it upon herself that she went to one of the few places where she could get food.

But before she could get anywhere near she walked passed the bulletin board, were a few people where standing. She walked a bit close by and then out of nowhere when it started to clear up a bit a boy smaller than her, shouted out of nowhere. Shion looked up and it was not hard to understand what he was talking about, The Dragon Hunters Quests. Speaking of he didn't look like someone who was going to fight. With a Sigh inside her helmet, Shion walked up to the guy. "Yeez, no need to shout." She said to him as her voice was a bit hollow because of her helmet as it also was quite hard to her voice at all. "Advice, don't shout like that. At least not of your intentions. You make yourself a target, anybody could follow you and kill you," She said harsh and cold. She looked the guy up and down seeing his gear and items and knowing all too well that if he went alone that he would have been thrown around like a doll.

@Benjamin Bookworm

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Ben looked back in surprise at the response, taking a look at the tank who had spoken. "I didn't think I was being that loud... and I'm pretty sure we don't have some sort of secret cabal of PKers hiding out in the Town of Beginnings, watching for merchants heading out of town." he said with a shake of his head. "I mean, I appreciate the advice and all- but I'm not even actually going on the quest anyways. Not many groups are big enough to just have a support fighter in them, and it's not like I could take it myself." He looked away at the fields out of town as he spoke, lost in thought for a few seconds as he watched some other players heading out.

Letting out a sigh before turning to face the stranger, he pulled himself back to the present. "Um, anyways, I just came from my shop- if you want to stop by, I got plenty of healing items and stuff. If you're worried about getting attacked out there having a few buff crystals might help out."  Ben had switched back to his cheery salesman mode as he spoke, obviously trying to switch the the topic away from the quest he couldn't do. "What kinda stuff are you looking for on the lower floors anyways? With that kind of gear I figured you for someone close to the front line."

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Listening to what the guy had to say it was clear that he wanted to do something but couldn't. Even if Shion was bad at reading people she could clearly see that this guy wanted to do a quest. Once he spoke about his shop Shion tilted her head a bit, and nodded, "So you someone who focuses on being a merchant, Who sells potions and stuff, Sadly for you that is not the reason why I'm here." She said seeming a bit less cold and was trying to find out what the guy was planning. Without thinking, Shion leaned forward passed him looking at the board for a second. She looked at the quest that the guy wanted to take. "Dragon Hunter Anthology," she mumbled. 

Taking a few steps back and looked him up and down, "you're in luck I guess, Name is Kikenna, Shion Kikenna. But call me Shion. Looking at the quest it seems that it is one of the few quests I have not done. So you up for a challenge ... Sorry never caught your name," She said to the guy extending him a hand.  To see or not if the guy would accept the hand was yet to see. If he did Shion knew that the kid was not just gonna sit by and if he didn't Shion would right away take her offer of helping him, plus it was to see as well if he had a strong grip.

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Ben's face perked up as he heard the offer to help out, bringing his hand up immediately, but visibly hesitated before he shook. "That would be quite helpful. I, um, wasn't expecting that answer... sorry.  I'll do my best to help out, um, Shion- these kinds of quests really help out getting extra col to upgrade my shop with." he honestly answered while he felt the knight's strong grip in his much less confident handshake. He was a bit intimidated by big guys like this- and wasn't familiar enough with Japanese names yet to realize otherwise.

While he didn't know just what this guy wanted, or if he was just trying to help, he was glad to take it either way. "Benjamin's my name.  Just call me Ben if you'd like."  he replied as e opened up his menu with his off hand and selected the party function, inviting Shion to form a party for the quest. A task that only someone who spent a lot of time working with those menus would find coming to them so naturally.

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It seems with a bit of hesitation and thinking the guy seemed okay to accept the invite from her, It would be beneficial for both of them as A. Shion has not done this questline, B. it would mean that this guy got to see some of the combat out there. Hearing his name and a quick invite to the party Shion accepted it and nodded. Her name popped up next to him revealing her in-game name and her level being 40, almost double Ben's level. "Well Ben, Know any more information about this quest, I do know that the dragons we have to fight are strong and on every floor, and you need to beat them in order, apart from..." She was cut short has her belly started to rumble quite loudly.

Shion's posture fell down right away and she seemed less energized than before. "Ahh... Aahh... before w-we go, for some food" she said from under her helmet. Shion was looking around for a bit before speaking up again "Sorry, But I have to get some food, that was my official plan for getting down all the way here, I live on Floor 24 you see and most food there is all the same so I want to try something different, and a lot of places here offer a big range of food al over." She said to Ben looking around for somewhere to eat and get her stomach refreshed.

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"Well, I do know..." he trailed off at the sound of a very hungry stomach made itself known, interrupting both of their thoughts. "Ah, yea, food to start out with would be nice. Usually I just grab something at the shop, but there's a pretty good seafood shop near where the beginning quests are found. They grill up and  sell a lot of the seafood that comes in from players practicing the skill- or just making enough from the local ponds to live off of." he continued "Though if you look well enough off some of the players who've never left the town might try and beg a meal off of you. Can't really stop that kinda thing I guess."

He hoped the shop wouldn't be too crowded- it wasn't quite lunch, but it was getting late enough there might be the local fishers heading in for a break, and he really wanted to get to questing quick- it wasn't a chance that he got to take very often. "Um, I can lead the way if you're OK with that kinda place, and we can talk while we eat. There's some inside sitting that should be quiet enough." And with that he began heading off, more energetic than before as he led the way this time.

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It seemed like a nice invite to go and get some food with the person Shion soon would hunt down some dragons. So why not it looked to be a good deal, plus it has been months since she was not eating alone. And if she was eating alone she mostly was eating instant noodles so she didn't need to wait long for her food to get to her. Hearing that Ben knew a place made Shion relax a bit more meaning she didn't need to look aimlessly look around. "That is very much appreciated Ben, I am in need of some food." She said before looking up at the sun and covering her eyes as the lights shined right into her helmet. "Yeez it is warm with this armour, sorry you wouldn't mind if I took it off right," She said looking at Ben for a second.

But Before getting any reaction from him she already opened her menu and went to her inventory selecting her armour and changing up her armour. Her full darkend armour and closed of helmet disappeared and took the appearance of a gold chest plating and shoulder plates, with a red and white cloth around the arms and legs. As soon as her helmet fell away, her red hair appeared and fell down past her shoulders with two small wing clips on the side of her head. From her appearance from before to now, she looked like a young strong and capible woman with elegent body shape as well as sky blue eyes. "Alright much better, at least some armour that can breath normally." She said coldly as she grabbed her arm and without knowing herself she flexed a bit and stretched out. She didn't look at Ben who was clearly younger then her, almost 10 years or so.

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Ben glanced over at Shion as they walked, about to answer her before she just changed out of her armor without warning. Her hair falling down over her golden armor as he looked on in surprise, just realizing she was a woman underneath all the thick plating. He tried to say what he was thinking, but the words died in his mouth. Huh. It always seems like I get paired up with the female players... who are all higher level and better at combat... he thought, wondering if he was really this far behind everyone.

"Well, um, glad to see you are feeling... um, good..." he managed to stammer out, still getting over his surprise while picking up his pace to catch back up. Apparently he stopped when he took a look, but quickly got moving again on the way to the food shop. "Um, well, the shop should be just a block or, uh, two ahead of us" he finished as he pulled his scarf up a bit, habitually hiding his embarrassment as they walked along. Hopefully she would be hungry enough to let him recompose himself while they walked.

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Shion was not paying much attention to Ben's face as he spoke, however, she did notice that she stopped for a bit and she slowed down a bit. Looking back as Ben came up to her again, she didn't really notice his actions and just brushed them off. She didn't know the guy to either care or just have time for what he was having. Right now Shion was focused on food and getting to this quest as fast as possible... and maybe get a strong ally in the shop industry as Shion was lacking some contacts there. "So how long have you been handling a shop if I may ask. As well a second question, I many times did you see or take part in actually boss like fights. Like, say ... the event bosses or something," Shion asked seeing to understand if she just needed to go on full guard or slow it down and just go in with Ben together. 

To understand your ally or partner you are working with is key to something like this especially this quest line as the dragons are no joke around. She already saw people taking on this questline and coming back like they been into hell and just got back. So knowing what you up against and who fight along your side is very important for at least Shion it take in as a factor. logocal thinking Shion would not even take Ben to this quest but sometimes you have to make exeptions the least she could do it make sure it is dead in one shot.

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Ben hustled up to keep pace with Shion, scratching his head as he answered. "Well, I've been crafting since the game started- it was one of my first skills since I ventured out of town... more than two and a half years ago I guess. Man, it has been a while. Boss battles though... I don't have the levels yet for a floor boss, and I just keep missing the calls for event bosses. So... none. I've been in enough battles to know when to stay back and heal. Plus I got enough items on me to keep us going through the long haul." he admitted, but kept his head held high as he did so. Just because he hadn't been in a boss battle didn't mean he was helpless.  Still- if she was a knight who's job it was to protect people, he probably looked fairly green to her. Honestly, he figured it would be a bad sign if she wasn't a bit concerned. It's not like he should be worried about being a failure who hasn't actually accomplished anything... or looking a bit uncomfortable at the question.

"Well, we can see the roof of the food stall from here- it's that wooden building with the fishing nets hanging off the front awning. How about we grab a couple seats and I can show you what I have?"

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Shion listens to what Ben had to tell, so no real boss fights or anything and outside that he also was mainly focused on crafting so that would explain a bit why he didn't see to have much equipment on him. But it was a good test for Shion as well to test her new skill as well if Ben got hurt. Knowing this Shion opened her menu for a bit and looked at her skill for a bit, 'First Aid' is was a good skill for her type of playing style. Paladin as her friend called it. But her train of thoughts was cut short as Ben mentioned the shop up ahead. "Ah yes, So we just take a seat inside and get something inside out stomachs. It does help to fight on a full stomach give you all kinds of boost. But not in-game even tho there are some items that do, but I believe the rest of the food just gives a visual boost to your body," She said holding her hand to her chin and thinking a bit.

As soon as the got to the shop Shion looked at Ben and opened the door for him so he could walk in, once inside Shion looked around for a bit and nodded walking up to some NPC. "Table for two, and please some quiet place with a good view," She said to the NPC before she took Ben's arm and followed the NPC to their table. Once at their table she lets go of Ben's arm and looks at the chairs taking a place of her own, "Come sit, so we can get some food soon," She said cold and monotone, like she spoke the whole time, as a small slight smile was finally visible on her face.

@Benjamin Bookworm

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Benjamin follows Shion into the shop, glad hat she hadn't made any comments about his skills. He was a bit confused why she was smiling and talking so coldly, but didn't know how to broach that topic. So he just sat down at the table with her, not even glancing at the menu as he shrugged off his backpack and placed it on the chair next to him. "I'll just get the fish of the day- they all mostly taste the same to me, and that one's always the cheapest, but if you have a favorite " he stated as he felt his arm where she held it.

"I've gotten a few of the boosting foods too, but I prefer the stuff from shops that's just made to taste nice. I guess most cooks focus on either buffs or taste, because I haven't had anything that gets both done well before." Ben added with a nod. It would be nice to have something to settle his stomach for the quest ahead. And hopefully get to know the tank he would be working with.

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