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<<Dragon Hunter Anthology - Dragon Hunt 5: the Topaz Hatching>>

This quest takes place on Floor 5.

This quest CANNOT be repeated.

You must defeat “Icefyre the Diamond Hatchling” before attempting this quest.

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After the battle of the chilly dragon, the next battle shall take place at the next floor above… much more warmer location, it is said that the dragon even though its young… can summon up a sandstorm strong enough for a typical player to handle… but that’s just a rumor, do you believe it?

 

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Tabaluga - the Topaz Hatchling

HP: 300 - MIT: 55 - ACC: 2 - EVA: 1 - DMG: 85

 

Abilities:

<<Summon Tiny Sandstorm>> : When you approach this dragon, he will summon up a sandstorm strong enough to give you a -1 to accuracy and evasion.

 

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Recommended Level: 25

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Rewards:

2 SP - 750 Col

<Tabaluga’s Topaz> [Vanity Quest Item] : 1 of 9, collect all 9 and meet whom that waits before you, only then will you get the grand prize.

"And how am I already back here on the fifth floor?" Shield sighed to himself, brushing back his unkempt mane as he squinted into the desert sky. "Every single quest in this godforsaken game is either in the desert or in the tundra."

Norbert, who he always felt bad for when visiting this floor, was currently swimming around in the fountain of the square, or rather walking along the bottom in circles, trying to find a means of escape.

"I don't know where you're trying to get to, buddy, but I promise you that on this floor, it's going to be less comfortable than where you are now," he said apologetically, reaching down and drumming his fingers on the snapping turtle's ridged carapace. He saw some bubbles rise to the surface around where the creature's head was and could just imagine the moody little turtly grumble he must have made under the water. "Yeah, yeah. You're such a victim."

Shield checked his HUD for the time before glancing around, trying to spot Beat in the crowd. He had arrived a little early to give Norbert his cool down swim, but it was getting to be about the time they had agreed to meet.

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Beat stood on the teleportation of the eleventh floor and released a sigh before speaking, "Fifth Floor..." The pad glowed and whisked the player to his spoke destination, the heat hitting him immediately, causing him to wince as if someone had punched him in the face. 

"Guh, this heat. This dragon is getting it harder than the last one." Beat grumbled as he pulled up his map and turned towards Shield, who was already looking at him. He smiled and gave a wave as he walked over. 

"First cold, not scorching heat with sandy wind. Cool. Love this quest." Beat said, rolling his eyes. 
He smiled as he turned his attention to Norbert, "Glad to see you're in such a good mood, Norbert." Beat said as he lightly rapped the turtle's shell with his fingers. 

"Alright, let's get this over with, shall we?" He said, leading the pair out of the safe zone, only to be met with sand filled winds and more heat.

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There were more angry bubbles as Beat tapped on the shell, but despite the protests, Shield grabbed the turtle on the ridge of carapace behind its head and the back of it above the long, alligator-like tail before lifting him out and setting him into the harness. The reptile tried to flee, but Shield knew it well enough to expect as such and held the top of the shell with one hand as he affixed the harness with the other, eventually slinging the hissing reptile onto his back.

"Let's go," he said, waving his hand to gesture for Beat to follow as he made for the exit.

The trip through the desert was as unpleasant as always, complete with blazing sun and pelting winds, a true bouquet for the sense. Shield did as he usually did in the desert, keeping his head down and navigating by HUD map to follow his objective. They made their way to a small oasis, which supposedly made sense. One of the prior dragons had been sunning itself, so in the powerful sun, a means of cooling would be preferable. There on the moist bank, laying on possibly the only patch of green in the entire floor, lay the dragon.

Its head was ridged along the contours of its skull, with thorny looking wings and back to match. As soon as they were within combat space, its head popped up off of its foreclaws and it took to the air. Pulling down the Manticore Mask that sat atop his head, he took a hopping step and rushed forward, axe raised. As he closed the distance, the leather-bound wings of the dragonling kicked up sand from the nearby landscape and sent gusts up into both adventurers' faces.

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ID# 82588 results:

 Battle: 5 - 1 = 4 - Miss

 MOB: 4 + 3 = 7 - Hit! - 85 dmg - 134 mit = 1 dmg [insignificant after BH], Thorns - 14, Flame Aura - 16

[H:1] Shield - HP: 920/920: EN: 92/92 | DMG: 3 | MIT: 134 | BH:30 | EVA: -1 | ACC -1 | THN 14 | FLA 16
[H:0] @Beat

Tabaluga HP: 270/300 - MIT: 55 - ACC: 2 - EVA: 1 - DMG: 85

Abilities: <<Summon Tiny Sandstorm>> : -1 to ACC and EVA.

His axe fell wide, his eyes stinging from the sand and failing him. However, the eyes of the mask flashed menacingly, drawing the focus of the little dragon. With a midair tumble, it sent its tail crashing into Shield's shoulder, but even as it did so, a burst of flames and a series of red marks up the tail indicated that the dragon felt the hit far more than Shield did.

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ID# 82596: 11 (9+3-1)

+Keen

All Might + Crit (1) + Charge (3) = 18 * 15 = 270 - 55 =  215 + 24 Bleed Dmg/rnd for 2 rnds

[H:1] Shield - HP: 920/920: EN: 92/92 | DMG: 3 | MIT: 134 | BH:30 | EVA: -1 | ACC -1 | THN 14 | FLA 16
[H:2] Beat - HP: 700/700 - EN: 53/70 | Dmg: 14 | Mit: 12

Tabaluga HP: 55/300 - MIT: 55 - ACC: 2 - EVA: 1 - DMG: 85  Taking 24 bleed [2/2 Rounds Remaining]

Abilities: <<Summon Tiny Sandstorm>> : -1 to ACC and EVA.

Beat smirked at the patch of green that the dragon rested on. It appeared that life could thrive in certain places in the desert, just no where they had ever been, which was saying something considering how many times they had been there. 

"Greedy guy, hogging all of the green plants for himself." He said with a smirk, ready to end the fight quickly. 

He shielded his face as the dragon kicked up the sandstorm that simply added to the sandy winds already blowing through the area, but from behind his forearms, Beat stared at the spot the dragon had been. 

"You think your tricks will save you!?" He yelled as he charged forward and burst through the cloud of sand, surprising the reptile long enough for his strongest sword art to sink directly into the side of his target's head. The dragon screeched as it crashed into the sand, kicking up a decent amount of sand upon impact. 

 

 

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ID# 82599 results:

 Battle: 7 - Hit! - 3 dmg, + 1 hate (mask)

 MOB: 2 + 3 = 5 - Miss

[H:3] Shield - HP: 920/920: EN: 92/92 | DMG: 3 | MIT: 134 | BH:30 | EVA: -1 | ACC -1 | THN 14 | FLA 16
[H:2] @Beat - HP: 700/700 - EN: 53/70 | Dmg: 14 | Mit: 12

Tabaluga HP: 28/300 - MIT: 55 - ACC: 2 - EVA: 1 - DMG: 85  Taking 24 bleed [2/2 Rounds Remaining]

Abilities: <<Summon Tiny Sandstorm>> : -1 to ACC and EVA.

Taking advantage of the downed beast's weakness, Shield ducked low and rushed forward once again, bringing his axe crashing down on the little monster's body. With the dragon already bleeding, there was little hope to do much of any significance, but with the extra hate it generated from succeeding on the strike, it means that even if Beat missed, they would be set for the next round. That, and it was more fun that way.

The little wyrm let out a screech of anger, leaping up into the air and lashing out with a quartet of claws, but in its blind rage, each strike missed, despite Shield's inability to maintain a proper guard in the torrent of sand and wind.

"It's on its last legs," he called out to Beat. He wasn't sure how well the other player could see its health gauge, but either way, the fight shouldn't be lasting much longer. "Bury him in the sand!"

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ID# 82600: BD: 11 (8+3+1-1) 

- Keen

Five Swords - 14 * 5 = 70 - 55 = 15 + stun + 24 bleed/rnd for 2 rnds

[H:3] Shield - HP: 920/920: EN: 92/92 | DMG: 3 | MIT: 134 | BH:30 | EVA: -1 | ACC -1 | THN 14 | FLA 16
[H:3] Beat - HP: 700/700 - EN: 46/70 | Dmg: 14 | Mit: 12

Tabaluga HP: 13/300 - MIT: 55 - ACC: 2 - EVA: 1 - DMG: 85  Taking 24 bleed [2/2 Rounds Remaining]

Abilities: <<Summon Tiny Sandstorm>> : -1 to ACC and EVA.

"Oh I'm sure it is, let's change that shall we?" Beat said, moving at high speed, kicking up dust where he stood and using agile footwork to avoid kicking up sand as he maneuvered behind the dragon. 

"Itsutsu no ken!!" Beat shouted as his arms turned into a pair of blurs, striking the reptile in strategic vital points that left it bleeding more than it had been before. Beat simply stood over the whimpering dragon and smiled, folding him arms and watching the dragon's health bar drain slowly as the renewed bleed effect did it's job. 

"Alright, that's it. It'll bleed out before it gets a chance to try and work a miracle to hurt you. Fat chance of that anyways." He said with a chuckle, looking around for the gem. He saw no sign of it nearby, so he assumed it likely did not spawn until the creature had actually been defeated. 

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ID# 82617 results:

 Battle: 6 - Hit! - 3 dmg, + 1 hate (Mask)

 MOB: 9 - Hit! - 85 dmg + 1 = 86 - 134 mit = 1 dmg

[H:5] Shield - HP: 920/920: EN: 92/92 | DMG: 3 | MIT: 134 | BH:30 | EVA: -1 | ACC -1 | THN 14 | FLA 16
[H:3] @BeatHP: 700/700 - EN: 46/70 | Dmg: 14 | Mit: 12

Tabaluga HP: -14/300 - MIT: 55 - ACC: 2 - EVA: 1 - DMG: 85  Taking 24 bleed [DEAD]

Abilities: <<Summon Tiny Sandstorm>> : -1 to ACC and EVA.

With the dragon's death now inevitable, Shield tried his hand at one last swipe, catching the edge of the thing's wing, but not doing enough to put it down. It went to retaliate, but even as it pulled back its tail, the last of its health drained away, and with a shattering sound of broken glass, blue polygons scattered into the dying winds, and both they and the sandstorm were gone as if they had never been there. Satisfied with their work, Shield gave a nod and examined the rewards.

"And yet another gemstone," Shield observed aloud. "Unfortunately, nobody has completed the quest chain to say what these items accomplish. They could perhaps form together into some greater item... but that's speculative at best."

He dismissed the window and turned back to Beat, tilting the mask up to sit on top of his head.

"What do you think? Where to now?"

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Red Cross (2 Bleed, 1 Keen)

+ Sticky Fingers (Skill Rank: Search & Detect, Prosperity 1)

Beat nodded as he listened to Shield's theory. The gems themselves were worth no amount of currency and considering they were tagged as quest vanity items, it made sense that their purpose would be revealed once they had completed the quest line. 

"That would make sense. Quest lines like these are rarely a simple excuse to chain quests together. Add to that, the rewards for these hunts are relatively low, I'm betting that the end of this quest chain will be pretty impressive. At least I hope so." He said before opening his inventory and swapping his weapon for his gift from Shield that would serve to make their hunting more productive. 

"Well, I say we do some hunting. Until these fights get more interesting, all they do is make me crave a decent fight, not that farmable mobs give me that, but they can at least take a few hits." 

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ID# 82684 results:

 Battle: 8 - Hit! - 3 dmg, Bleed - 24 dmg

 MOB: 6 + 4 = 10 - Hit! - 138 dmg - 134 mit = 4 x 4 = 16 dmg [insignificant after Battle Healing], Thorns - 14 dmg, Flame Aura - 16 dmg

[H:1, 2 vs #1] Shield - HP: 920/920: EN: 92/92 | DMG: 3 | MIT: 134 | BH:30 | EVA: -1 | ACC -1 | THN 14 | FLA 16
[H:0] @Beat

[Anty Paladin 1]: HP: 403/460 | DMG: 138 | ACC: 4 - BLD 24 [1 RD remaining]
[Anty Paladin 2]: HP: 430/460 | DMG: 138 | ACC: 4
[Anty Paladin 3]: HP: 430/460 | DMG: 138 | ACC: 4
[Anty Paladin 4]: HP: 430/460 | DMG: 138 | ACC: 4

Before Beat had finished his thought on hunting, Shield was already off to their stomping grounds on the eleventh floor.As they made their way to the mount where they typically did their mob grinding, he saw something out of the corner of his eye a dozen feet away. As he looked, he didn't notice anything noteworthy, but then he saw something in his other side's periphery. Before he realized what was happening, four mounds rose in the loose dirt of the ant hill in a square pattern surrounding them. As the earth cleared off of them, four massive humanoid ant creatures wearing cross-patterned tabbards took shape, their claws easily the size of either of the players.

Shield grimaced and let out a growl, charging the nearest one and swiping his axe at its leg. The limb gave way, red pixels gushing from the bright red gash that formed along where the blade had struck. The ant's club-like fist came down on top of him like a hammer, though its impact was minimal to the stern-faced man, which for the ant it actually seemed to have taken a chunk out of its health. The others attempted the same, but much to the same result, their fists knocking Shield a foot or so in either direction, but not leaving him any significant harm.

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Consuming Captain's Logger (+6 Dmg/-3 Eva) [ID#79216]

Beat frowned as the enemies appeared. He continued to retrieve his drink for his inventory, but was clearly displeased by the interruption. 

"Man, no respect for a man who likes to enjoy his drink." He said scoffing as he proceeded to down the lumberjack shaped bottle of rum with haste, the flavor still satisfying, but the alcohol burning on the way down. The drinks Beat made were not meant to be savored quickly and the fact that he couldn't enjoy his drink further motivated him to punish them more harshly. 

"What the? The fart is an anty...paladin? DO they mean anti-paladin? Oh god, they do...son of a butt." He said, taking the last swig of his lumberjack themed rum and threw the bottle to the ground, his balance shifting a bit from the effects of the drink. 

"Yeah, you're extra dead. Dunno how that will work, but you are." He said, slurring his words, but very aware of how much he meant them.

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ID# 82801 results:

 Battle: 3 - Miss

 MOB: 10 - Hit! - 138 + 2 =140 - 134 mit = 6 x 4 = 24 dmg [Insignificant after Regen and Battle Healing]

[H:2, 2 vs #1] Shield - HP: 920/920: EN: 92/92 | DMG: 3 | MIT: 134 | BH:30 | EVA: -1 | ACC -1 | THN 14 | FLA 16
[H:0] @Beat

[Anty Paladin 1]: HP: 403/460 | DMG: 138 | ACC: 4 - BLD 24 [End]
[Anty Paladin 2]: HP: 430/460 | DMG: 138 | ACC: 4
[Anty Paladin 3]: HP: 430/460 | DMG: 138 | ACC: 4
[Anty Paladin 4]: HP: 430/460 | DMG: 138 | ACC: 4

"I mean, there are dads who are game developers," Shield sighed. "Their humor has to go somewhere."

He took a step to the side, taking off to dash around the outside of the battlefield. He spotted one of the nearest ants creatures with more health in its health bar. Narrowing his eyes, he darted in close and swung, missing the ant's head by inches as the monstrosity of a humanoid pulled back its fist plunged it into Shield's stomach with train-like force.

He stumbled back, his diaphragm instinctively flinching despite the lack of pain from the blow. The other ant creatures, their segmented eyes following Shield, swarmed onto his location, pummeling fists into his head and back.

"These clowns hit hard," he groaned, stumbling his way back out of the melee. His health bar was really no worse for wear, but the ferocity of the blows had caught him off guard none the less. "I think you need to start returning that favor, Beat."

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ID# 82803: BD: 9 (6+3) 

Tornado Kick + Charge = 23 * 6 = 138

[H:1, 2 vs #1] Shield - HP: 920/920: EN: 92/92 | DMG: 3 | MIT: 134 | BH:30 | EVA: -1 | ACC -1 | THN 14 | FLA 16
[H:1] Beat - HP: 700/700 - EP: 58/70 | Dmg: 20 

[Anty Paladin 1]: HP: 265/460 | DMG: 138 | ACC: 4 - BLD 24 [End]
[Anty Paladin 2]: HP: 292/460 | DMG: 138 | ACC: 4
[Anty Paladin 3]: HP: 292/460 | DMG: 138 | ACC: 4
[Anty Paladin 4]: HP: 292/460 | DMG: 138 | ACC: 4

Beat released a loud, obnoxious belch as he cracked his knuckles, "Alright, I hear ya. Lesse, tornado kick, ooooor...nah tornado kick." Beat said, pretending to ponder non-existent options. His feet kicked up a cloud of dirt as he propelled himself as a human blur towards the comical ant-paladins. With a short into the air, the martial artist began to spin rapidly, kicking up a twister around himself as he passed through the group of enemies, leaving them all with red, pixelated cuts and scrapes that represented the sizable dent he had put in their health pools.

"There, that'll learn ya! *Hic*" Beat said, releasing another belch as he staggered a few steps to the left before finding his footing again. He looked at the ants again, this time through less sober eyes and slowly began to snicker, "hehehe...anty paladin...hehehe." The snickering continued for several minutes, never quite reaching a full blown laughing fit, but never simmering below a giggle. 

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ID# 82804 results:

 Battle: 3 - Miss

 MOB: 3 + 4 = 7 - Hit! - 138 dmg - 134 mit = 4 x 4 = 16 dmg, Thorns - 14 dmg, Flame Aura - 16 dmg

[H:3, +1 vs #1-2] Shield - HP: 920/920: EN: 92/92 | DMG: 3 | MIT: 134 | BH:30 | EVA: -1 | ACC -1 | THN 14 | FLA 16
[H:1] Beat - HP: 700/700 - EP: 58/70 | Dmg: 20 

[Anty Paladin 1]: HP: 211/460 | DMG: 138 | ACC: 4
[Anty Paladin 2]: HP: 262/460 | DMG: 138 | ACC: 4
[Anty Paladin 3]: HP: 262/460 | DMG: 138 | ACC: 4
[Anty Paladin 4]: HP: 262/460 | DMG: 138 | ACC: 4

And here comes the giggles...

Shield rested his face in the palm of his hand for a moment, taking a deep breath to steel himself for the inanity that was sure to follow. For a time, he was starting to think that Beat was beginning to tolerate the effects of the alcohol. Then again, for a time, he also thought that buying Nerve Gear was a good idea.

He took another swing at the nearby 'paladin,' but much to the same effect as his last swing. The retaliation that followed, however, was not only weaker, but he was better prepared for it. Each of the creatures suffered damage, cuts and scrapes glowing with the damage effects of the game to match the similar marks that Beat had left behind in the wake of his attack.

"That one didn't hurt quite as bad," he said, referring to the impact metaphorically. "That being said, don't take that as reason to go easy on them!"

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ID# 82808: BD: 7+3 = 10

Tornado Kick = 20 * 6 = 120

[Anty Paladin 1]: HP: 91/460 | DMG: 138 | ACC: 4 - BLD 24 [End]
[Anty Paladin 2]: HP: 142/460 | DMG: 138 | ACC: 4
[Anty Paladin 3]: HP: 142/460 | DMG: 138 | ACC: 4
[Anty Paladin 4]: HP: 142/460 | DMG: 138 | ACC: 4

The giggling continued as Beat ceased to find amusement in the names of their enemies and had simply lost the ability to stop giggling, which, of course, incited more giggling about his circumstances. 

"heheh Okay...a second helping of tornado kick coming up..." Beat finally lost it and began laughing hysterically as he rushed forward, flying through the group of soldiers as his feet kicked up yet another twister, his feet and the twister wreaking havoc on his victims. Upon landing Beat doubled over, barely maintaining his footing as the twister continued on, ripping up the ground for several meters before finally dissipating. 

"I...can't...stop...bahahahaa!" Beat managed to get out, his sides beginning to ache as the laughing ceased to be entertaining as he struggled to stay upright. "Shield, I...think...I..have a...problem!" He said through laughing fits as he clutched his sides. "Ow...oh god.."

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ID# 82809 results:

 Battle: 7 - Hit! - 3 dmg

 MOB: 3 + 4 = 7 - Hit! - 138 dmg - 134 mit = 4 x 4 = 16 dmg, Thorns - 14 dmg, Flame Aura - 16 dmg

[H:4, +1 vs #1-2] Shield - HP: 920/920: EN: 92/92 | DMG: 3 | MIT: 134 | BH:30 | EVA: -1 | ACC -1 | THN 14 | FLA 16
[H:1] Beat - HP: 700/700 - EP: 58/70 | Dmg: 20 

[Anty Paladin 1]: HP: 61/460 | DMG: 138 | ACC: 4
[Anty Paladin 2]: HP: 109/460 | DMG: 138 | ACC: 4
[Anty Paladin 3]: HP: 112/460 | DMG: 138 | ACC: 4
[Anty Paladin 4]: HP: 112/460 | DMG: 138 | ACC: 4

This is my life now...

Shield had to resist the urge to facepalm yet again. The level of focus seemed to be decreasing, so they needed to end this quickly. He thrust his shield forward into the exoskeleton covered chest of the ant in front of him before swinging his axe into the creature's leg. He cursed under his breath, failing to trigger the bleeding effect he had hoped for.

A fist collided with his shoulder from behind, and then another with his ribcage. One after another, each of the ants struck him. His feet held fast, his body not giving an inch under their attacks. Their fists on the other hand, each bore the aftermath of Shield's offensive defenses. Scorch marks and scratches, glowing with the intensity of the damage inflicted by the effects of Shield's mask.

"You think you got one more in you, Beat?" he called out, hoping to prompt his counterpart to actually end the fight so he could go home and sleep off the headache Beat was beginning to give him.

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ID# 82810: BD: 10+3 = 13

Tornado Kick + Crit (2) = 22 * 6 = 132

[Anty Paladin 1]: HP: 0/460 | DMG: 138 | ACC: 4
[Anty Paladin 2]: HP: 0/460 | DMG: 138 | ACC: 4
[Anty Paladin 3]: HP: 0/460 | DMG: 138 | ACC: 4
[Anty Paladin 4]: HP: 0/460 | DMG: 138 | ACC: 4

 

Loot: 

Loot Roll 1: ID#: 82811 LD: 24 (19+5) CD: 11 = Perfect T2 Consumable + 1840 col

Loot Roll 2: ID#: 82812 LD: 22 (17+5) CD: 3  =  [5x] T2 Mats + 1840 col

Loot Roll 3: ID#: 82813 LD: 8 (3 +5) CD: 8     =  [1x] T2 Mats + 1840 col

Loot Roll 4: ID#: 82814 LD: 8 (3+5) CD: 12    = [1x] T2 Mats + 1840 col

 

Total Loot: 

7360 col

[7x] T2 Mats

[1x] T2 Perfect Consumable

"My sides...oh god..." Beat rolled on the ground, slowly but surely forcing himself to regain control. He slowly picked himself up and eyed the health bars of the comically named paladins, "Okay...still funny, but my ribs feel like they're sticking out of my body, so I think I'm laughed out..." He said through deep, cautious breaths, being careful to avoid the pain in his sides.

He took off at a run, practically holding his breath as he approached the weakened group of insects. He quickly became winded and settled for a ranged approached as he performed his familiar double spin to created and launch a fierce twister through the group of insects, shredding them to pieces as their health bars were depleted to zero. 

"Ow...never...laughing again..." Beat said, clutching his sides and wheezing for air, careful to avoid taking breaths too big for his sore sides. 

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As the laughter and the battle both died down, Shield set himself down on the ground and leaned back on his hands, looking up at the sky for a moment to give Beat time to recover himself. He didn't speak, leaving the silence to hang in the air. It wasn't often that the two of them just took time to sit. For that matter, it had been a long time since he had just taken time to sit. With the threat of upcoming floor boss battles, Shield had been pushing himself to try to new heights and further beef up his tanking abilities. It had paid off, and he was nearly finished with his armor skill tree, but at the price of becoming more than a little worn down.

After a long while, Shield pushed himself back up onto his feet, dusting himself off as he swapped out his combat gear for his loot gear.

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Swapping gear:
- Pain Drinker (-54 Regen), -1 Bloody Hell (-2 dmg, -24 bleed), + Finder's Keeper (+1 skill rank: search & detect), +Seeking Aura (+3 LD)
ID# 82815 results: Loot: 15 + 3 item + 1 skill + 1 skill item = 20 - +1 Material (1 total)

As soon as his Seeking Aura earring was in place, the glow on his shoulder told him there was loot to be found nearby. At his foot, there was a stone which he turned over to reveal the characteristic red staining of iron ore. He recovered the item and stored it away for later use.

"You ready to go?"

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ID# 82816: LD: 11+5 = 16 = 1 T2 Mat found (1 Total) 

Beat next to his friend, slowly catching his breath and the effects of the booze again tying the pain in his side for his attention rather than being an afterthought. His eyes followed Shield's hands as they retrieved the iron ore, noticing a remaining shimmer in the divot left in the ground. He slowly leaned up and dug in the ground for a moment with his fingers, retrieving a fist-sized chunk of quartz. 

"Shiny." He said as he admired the chunk of mineral before stowing it away into his inventory.

"Yeah, I'm ready....sorry for the laughing fit by the way...those were some really stupid enemies though..." He said as he rose up and began walking towards their home, his eyes peeled for any hidden dungeons near their home due to recent success in the area. 

"Wonder if there are any more surprises in this canyon. Another Dungeon perhaps?" He said, hopeful that he had not jinxed himself. 

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"We've found a few there before," Shield said with a shrug. He was tired, but with quests running thin, it was well worth the extra little walk to take the long way.

He led them down the rocky slope to the outcropping that hung over the gorge. The path followed a hairpin turn around the narrow ledge. Shield grabbed Beat's shoulder, steering him to keep him away from the edge as they navigated their way along the downward back and forth path, each pass of which brought them closer to the canyon floor. When they were low enough, Shield released Beat's shoulder.

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ID# 82818 results: Loot: 20 + 5 = 25 - +1 Material (2 total)

Upon reaching the bottom, the shade cast by the sides of the canyon shut out enough light to see the glow cast by Seeking Aura. Looking at his feet, he saw a large flake of flint that had broken off from the surrounding rock. Bending down, Shield discovered that it bore an item tag. Storing it away, he beckoned for beat to follow him and struck out on the path that followed the canyon.

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ID#82828: LD: nope = no dungeon found

Beat ignored the glowing ring on his finger that was practically begging him to retrieve the diamond sticking up out of the ground as he literally stepped on the stone, burying it out of sight. His eyes scanned the walls eagerly, his hope perhaps a little too high, partly due to his enthusiastic nature that was only amplified by the strong alcohol he was still doing his best to manage. 

"Aww man. I think I got my hopes up for nothing." He said as they drew nearer and nearer to their home, knowing that the dungeons often spawned randomly and stayed in place until cleared, so he knew that nothing was impossible. Unfortunately, the duo reached their home with no dungeon in sight. 

"Alright Doc, call it." Beat said with a heavy sigh, opening their front door and walking inside, heading to his cafe, "Hungry? I've got something that should sober me right up."

 

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Rewards 

3 SP (1 Length, 2 quest)

4,630 col

<Tabaluga’s Topaz> [Vanity Quest Item] : 1 of 9, collect all 9 and meet whom that waits before you, only then will you get the grand prize.

Beat

[1x] T2 Perfect Consumable

[5x] T2 Mats [4 loot, 1 Found]

Shield

[5x] T2 Mats [3 Loot, 2 Found]

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