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Passive: [+1 EN

Action: Dimension Stampede |  -14 EP

[H:4] Shield - HP: 1347/1350 | EP: 118/126 | Dmg: 2 | Acc: 0 | Eva: -1 | Mit: 196 | BH: 67 | THN: 87 | REC: 6 | LD: 7 | PRO: 3
[H:1/0/0/0] Beat   [HP
910/910]   [Energy: 61/88]   [Dmg: 27]   [Acc: 6]   [Eva: 0]   [Mit: 0] [LD: 7] [Prosperity: 3]

<Drac> HP: 723/1575 | DMG: 420 [9 - 426/231 AoE] [10 - 504/252 AoE] | MIT: 105 | ACC: 2 | EVA: 2 - ID# 93265:  BD: 1 + 6 - 2 +1 = 6 = hit [DMG: 27 x 15 = 405- 105 = 300] Concentration Used

<Bat Swarm 2> HP: 553/640 | DMG: 192 | ACC: 3 - 
<Bat Swarm 3> HP: 466/640 | DMG: 192 | ACC: 3 - 
<Bat Swarm 4> HP: 466/640 | DMG: 192 | ACC: 3 - 

Beat took up a position in the middle of the platforma as he kept Shield and the other creatures in his sights. The disappearance of the vampire had him concerned for sure and he was certain that the undead creature would show up near Shield at any moment. 

Why do you fight?

"What?!" Beat said as a voice the was not his own spoke to him. 

Putting down your weapons would be simpler no? Join me...

"Simpler my ass! Show yourself." He shouted as he scanned the air around him for signs of the creature. In an instant, the Vampire appeared with speed Beat could barely register. Beat gritted his teeth and brandished his spear at the man. 

"Hohoho you think you can hit me little mortal?" The undead gentleman said with a wry smile on his face. 

"Shield can tell you I don't always think!" Beat said before flashing his spear towards his target, who moved swiftly out of the way. "No you don't!" Beat shouted as he kicked the side of his spear on reaction, changing the course the intercept the vampire and successfully cleaving through his stomach. The creature hissed and dissipated into a swarm of bats, leaving Beat with a smile on his face. 

"Take that you cocky bastard!"

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Passive: [+1 EN] Battle Healing [+67 HP] Recovery [+6 EN]

Action: Parry [-5 EN]

[H:4] Shield - HP: 1334/1350 | EP: 120/126 | Dmg: 2 | Acc: 0 | Eva: -1 | Mit: 196 | BH: 67 | THN: 87 | REC: 6 | LD: 7 | PRO: 3
[H:1/0/0/0] Beat   [HP
910/910]   [Energy: 61/88]   [Dmg: 27]   [Acc: 6]   [Eva: 0]   [Mit: 0] [LD: 7] [Prosperity: 3]

<Drac> HP: 531/1575 | DMG: 420 [9 - 426/231 AoE] [10 - 504/252 AoE] | MIT: 105 | ACC: 2 | EVA: 2

ID# 93270 results: Craft: 7 [Recovery Proc] MOB: 6 [+2+1=9 - Hit! Parry Proc 420/2-196=14 dmg - Riposte - 420/2-105=105 dmg - Stunned! Cooldown: 2/3 THN: 87 dmg]

<Bat Swarm 2> HP: 553/640 | DMG: 192 | ACC: 3 - ID# 93271 results: MOB: 9 [+3+1=13 - Hit! 192+1-196=1 dmg]
<Bat Swarm 3> HP: 379/640 | DMG: 192 | ACC: 3 - ID# 93272 results: MOB: 8 [+3+1=12 - Hit! 192-196=1 dmg - THN: 87 dmg]
<Bat Swarm 4> HP: 379/640 | DMG: 192 | ACC: 3 - ID# 93273 results: MOB: 8 [+3+1=12 - Hit! 192-196=1 dmg - THN: 87 dmg]

Giving up on Beat, Drac materialized on top of his sarcophagus. His first health bar had depleted, leaving a second, incomplete yellow bar. The vampire hunched over, growling with anger as his elegant cape tore down the center. His arms bulged and his back rippled, and he seemed to practically double in size. The enraged boss leaped down, shaking the platform with his impact as he sped towards Shield. Despite his increased size, he was still incredibly quick, and Shield barely had time to bring up his sword to defend. With a clash, he met the claws, sidestepping to allow the vampire to carry through past him. His blade raked across the side of the monster, who let out a howl of his own.

Shield leaped back, satisfied with his counterattack. Wave upon wave of bats washed over him, each time their numbers continuing to dwindle. Some portions of the mass of wings seemed to have died down considerably, while one swirling section seemed more or less in tact.

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Passive: [+1 EN]

Concentration CD: 1/5

Action: Dimension Stampede | -14 EP

[H:4] Shield - HP: 1334/1350 | EP: 120/126 | Dmg: 2 | Acc: 0 | Eva: -1 | Mit: 196 | BH: 67 | THN: 87 | REC: 6 | LD: 7 | PRO: 3
[H:1/0/0/0] Beat   [HP
910/910]   [Energy: 48/88]   [Dmg: 27]   [Acc: 6]   [Eva: 0]   [Mit: 0] [LD: 7] [Prosperity: 3]

<Drac> HP: 231/1575 | DMG: 420 [9 - 426/231 AoE] [10 - 504/252 AoE] | MIT: 105 | ACC: 2 | EVA: 2 | ID# 93274- BD: 3 + 6 - 2 = 7 = Hit [DMG: 27 x 15 = 405- 105 = 300]

<Bat Swarm 2> HP: 553/640 | DMG: 192 | ACC: 3 - 
<Bat Swarm 3> HP: 379/640 | DMG: 192 | ACC: 3 - 
<Bat Swarm 4> HP: 379/640 | DMG: 192 | ACC: 3 -

"Not so creepy and handsome now are you?" Beat said mockingly as his eyes widened in astonishment at the Drac's new size. It was clear that they had pushed him over a threshold and the fight was moving into phase 2. this was a mechanic that almost all MMO games used to create difficulty and add complexity and depth to boss fights, normally in raids. 

In his rage, I should have more clearance to catch him off guard. 

Beat closed the distance quickly, leaping into the air and raining down blows with his spear, holding it like a javelin and stabbing the raging undead several times before it batted his weapon away and leaped back in retreat, roaring with rage as its health bar dropping into the red zone. 

"One more should do it Shield! If you can stun him, this fight is over!" He shouted as he prepared to end the fight.

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Passive: [+1 EN] Battle Healing [+67 HP] Recovery [+6 EN]

Action: Parry [-5 EN]

[H:4] Shield - HP: 1334/1350 | EP: 120/126 | Dmg: 2 | Acc: 0 | Eva: -1 | Mit: 196 | BH: 67 | THN: 87 | REC: 6 | LD: 7 | PRO: 3
[H:1/0/0/0] Beat   [HP
910/910]   [Energy: 48/88]   [Dmg: 27]   [Acc: 6]   [Eva: 0]   [Mit: 0] [LD: 7] [Prosperity: 3]

<Drac> HP: 0/1575 | DMG: 420 [9 - 426/231 AoE] [10 - 504/252 AoE] | MIT: 105 | ACC: 2 | EVA: 2 |

ID# 93275 results: Craft: 7 [Recovery Proc] MOB: 10  [+2+1=13 - Hit! Parry Proc 504/2-196=56 dmg - Riposte - 504/2-105=252 dmg]

Crit AoE: ID# 93283 results: MOB: 2 - Miss

<Bat Swarm 2> HP: 466/640 | DMG: 192 | ACC: 3 - ID# 93276 results: MOB: 7 [+3+1=11 - Hit! 192-196=1 dmg - THN: 87 dmg]
<Bat Swarm 3> HP: 379/640 | DMG: 192 | ACC: 3 - ID# 93277 results: MOB: 10 [+3+1=14 - Hit! 192+2-196=1 dmg]
<Bat Swarm 4> HP: 379/640 | DMG: 192 | ACC: 3 - ID# 93278 results: MOB: 10 [+3+1=14 - Hit! 192+2-196=1 dmg]

Loot:

 

ID# 93284 LD:8+9=17 CD:5 9450 Col, 2 T3 Materials, 1 T3 Uncommon Consumable

Shield clashed his sword against the Manticore Mask to acknowledge that he had heard and was ready. His eyes were forward on the boss, and right there before them, the now bloated and distended thing began once again to grow. It sprouted a thick mat of light brown hair that covered it from head to toe. Its clothes ripped away as it hunched forward. It arms elongated and bent at sickening angles, skin stretching between lengthening fingers like a membrane. Its nose lengthened and then flattened into a pig-like snout, and its ears migrated to the top of its head, sprouting hair and widening into cat-like things.

Drac was leaving human form altogether, taking on the form of a massive bat. Even as it scurried forward on its wings' fore claws, it was easily twice Shield's height. It was like an elephant or a small whale, and it dominated the small platform. It let out a shriek that rang through the void around them and shook the ground. Shield kept his balance. As the thing drew near, he could feel its movements through the ground. Once it was only a few feet away from Shield, it drew its wing back and swung, sweeping at the players, less to damage them, and more to knock them off of the platform entirely.

"Nope!" Shield bellowed, holding up his sword which drove through the wing, cutting it clean off as it swung through him. He then pivoted and drove the blade into the side of the creature's neck. It tossed back its head as its health gauge dropped to zero, letting out a wail and bursting into shards.

The bats around them reacted immediately, rising up into the air and turning like a great cyclone. The tower of bats streaked into the air and pelted down at Shield, washing over him like a flood. The attacks were such that the bats themselves very rarely took damage from him. A few were thinned out, but for the most part, the boss' death throes had been designed to be precise, if not ineffective against Shield's defenses.

"Let's see how that spear can handle swarms, Beat!"

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Passive: [+1 EN

Action: Weeping Moon + Charge | -15 EP

[H:4] Shield - HP: 1334/1350 | EP: 120/126 | Dmg: 2 | Acc: 0 | Eva: -1 | Mit: 196 | BH: 67 | THN: 87 | REC: 6 | LD: 7 | PRO: 3
[H:1/0/0/0] Beat   [HP
910/910]   [Energy: 34/88]   [Dmg: 27]   [Acc: 6]   [Eva: 0]   [Mit: 0] [LD: 7] [Prosperity: 3]

<Drac> HP: 0/1575 | DMG: 420 [9 - 426/231 AoE] [10 - 504/252 AoE] | MIT: 105 | ACC: 2 | EVA: 2 |

<Bat Swarm 2> HP: 187/640 | DMG: 192 | ACC: 3 - ID#93285- BD: 5+5 = 10 = HIT [DMG: 31 x 9 = 279]
<Bat Swarm 3> HP: 100/640 | DMG: 192 | ACC: 3 - ID#93286- BD: 8+5 = 13 = HIT [DMG: 31 x 9 = 279]
<Bat Swarm 4> HP: 100/640 | DMG: 192 | ACC: 3 -ID#93287- BD: 4+5 = 9 = HIT [DMG: 31 x 9 = 279]

"Nice kill!" Beat shouted, his pride in Shield rising as the traditionally unmovable object decide to bare his fangs and end the fight once and for all. He had little time to celebrate, however, as the bats had formed a large twister and begun to pelt his friend. The damage was far from impressive, but he knew how unpleasant it likely was. 

"Alright, giant swarm of bats. Looks like it's time to dust off an old favorite!" Beat said with a smile as he charged forward, his spear already glowing with the tornadic attack he had adapted from when he had done martial arts. He held his spear out and spun his spear rapidly, generating the twister so that it actually formed towards them. The natural disaster drew the creatures in and tossed them around as it drained their hit points away. 

"Alright Shield! One more of those should do it! Then we're home free!"

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Passive: [+1 EN] Battle Healing [+67 HP] Recovery [+6 EN]

Action: Energize > Beat [Shield: -10 EN, Beat: +8 EN]

[H:4] Shield - HP: 1334/1350 | EP: 117/126 | Dmg: 2 | Acc: 0 | Eva: -1 | Mit: 196 | BH: 67 | THN: 87 | REC: 6 | LD: 7 | PRO: 3
[H:1/0/0/0] Beat   [HP
910/910]   [Energy: 42/88]   [Dmg: 27]   [Acc: 6]   [Eva: 0]   [Mit: 0] [LD: 7] [Prosperity: 3]

<Drac> HP: 0/1575 | DMG: 420 [9 - 426/231 AoE] [10 - 504/252 AoE] | MIT: 105 | ACC: 2 | EVA: 2 |

<Bat Swarm 2> HP: 100/640 | DMG: 192 | ACC: 3 - ID# 93288 results: Craft: 9 [Recovery Proc] MOB: 7 [+3+1=11 - Hit! 192-196=1 dmg - THN: 87 dmg]
<Bat Swarm 3> HP: 100/640 | DMG: 192 | ACC: 3 - ID# 93289 results: MOB: 1 [Miss]
<Bat Swarm 4> HP: 13/640 | DMG: 192 | ACC: 3 - ID# 93290 results: MOB: 6 [+3+1=10 - Hit! 192-196=1 dmg - THN: 87 dmg]

The swarms had dwindled down to next to nothing. However, as they regrouped, they formed into three relatively equal masses that all seemed to act independently. Even if Shield could take care of one of them, it would ultimately be Beat who took care of the rest. He decided it would be best to throw his support behind the real damage dealer. He focused his mind on the end of his blade, watching as a blue pinprick of light formed and expanded into a sphere a little larger than a grapefruit which he then tossed over to Beat with a flick of his sword.

"Looks like you get a little energy after all," he said, sheathing his sword and ducking behind his shield as the different factions of bats closed in on him. They streamed past him once again, though with their boss properly dead, they seem to have lost their direction and purpose, this time taking the brunt of Shield's defenses.

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Passive: [+1 EN

Action: Weeping Moon

[H:4] Shield - HP: 1334/1350 | EP: 117/126 | Dmg: 2 | Acc: 0 | Eva: -1 | Mit: 196 | BH: 67 | THN: 87 | REC: 6 | LD: 7 | PRO: 3
[H:1/0/0/0] Beat   [HP
910/910]   [Energy: 28/88]   [Dmg: 27]   [Acc: 6]   [Eva: 0]   [Mit: 0] [LD: 7] [Prosperity: 3]

<Drac> HP: 0/1575 | DMG: 420 [9 - 426/231 AoE] [10 - 504/252 AoE] | MIT: 105 | ACC: 2 | EVA: 2 |

<Bat Swarm 2> HP: 100/640 | DMG: 192 | ACC: 3 - ID#93291- BD: 5+6 = 11 = HIT [DMG: 27 * 9 = 243]
<Bat Swarm 3> HP: 100/640 | DMG: 192 | ACC: 3 - ID#93292- BD: 7+6 = 13 = HIT [DMG: 27 * 9 = 243]
<Bat Swarm 4> HP: 13/640 | DMG: 192 | ACC: 3 -  ID#93293- BD: 6+6 = 12 = HIT [DMG: 27 * 9 = 243]

Loot: 
ID#93191- LD: 13 + 7 = 20 CD: 8   = 3840 col, 2 T3 Mats, 1x Uncommon T3 Consumable

ID#93192- LD: 16 + 7 = 23 CD: 9   = 3840 col, 2 Perfect T3 Consumables

ID#93193- LD: 20 + 7 = 27 CD: 11 = 3840 col, 1x [F-21] Intermediate Dungeon Map

Total Loot: 

51x T3 Mats
5x Uncommon T3 Consumables

1x Rare T3 Consumable

3x Perfect T3 Consumables

1x T3 Perfect Armor/Shield

2x T3 Perfect Weapons

3x [F-21] Intermediate Maps

116515 col

"I won't complain about that!" Beat said, snatching the small sphere of energy out of the air and enjoying the warming sensation it brought with the significant boost in energy. "You know? That may be the best support ability in the game save for healing if you're full support." 

Beat returned his attention to the mostly scattered swarm of bats, charging his spear and letting another vicious twister after them. The bat attempted to scramble out of the way, but they lack cohesion and mostly ended up bumping into each other, wasting their window of opportunity to dodge. The bats were drawn into the tornado and shredded to pieces, flying out of the whirlwind as mere pixels. 

Beat wiped his brow as the loot screen came up, showing the drops and the total loot. Beat whistled as he walked over to Shield, "This may not have everything we wanted, but it's a nice haul. We can finish our houses for sure." 

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Swapping Gear:

-Spirit Spines
-Spirit Plate
-Manticore Mask
+Raw Passion [+3 Prosperity]
+Finder's Keeper [Expertise - S&D]
+Seeking Aura [+3 LD]

Shield let out a breath of air. The previous fight had been tough, to say the least, but with careful strategy and the right application of skills, they had come out on top with a decisive victory. That being said, he was almost certain that if a chest could be found in a room occupied solely by minions and elite monsters that there must surely be more to find in the boss room. He opened his menu and swapped out his gear, changing to his earrings and the new trinket he had picked up to boost Col drops. It had already more than paid for itself. He figured it was a good chance to let it shine again.

"Keep your eyes peeled," he said, nodding to the area around them. "I'm not too certain we've found everything there is to find. This dungeon likes to hide things. It was a secretive spot for the dungeon in the first place. For those with the skills to do so, I'm sure there's plenty more to be found."

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Searching for mats: ID# 93321: 8 + 7 = 15 = 1 T3 Mat found (6 Total)

"With a dungeon like this and a final battle like that, there had better be something in it for us beyond the standard loot." Beat said looking around, his eyes scanning the darkness for a secret platform or a section of wall that looked out of place. When those did not turn up ideas, he went as far as to look underneath the platform, only finding the massive brick pillar that supported the stage where they had fought. 

Surely there isn't nothing...

He pulled himself back up and sat upright on the ground, his eyes falling on the sarcophagus that had appeared to be an altar before the fight had begun. Beat quickly stood up, walked over to it and began to examine it carefully, not wanting to provoke another fight or trap. 

"Hey Shield, what about this? It's not exactly a chest, but these sometimes contain loot. It's about the closest thing to a chest I can see."

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ID# 93326 results: Loot: 16+12=28 - Success!

As Shield patrolled the perimeter, his earring lit up, casting dim golden light across the bare ground of the platform. He looked about, but couldn't find the source that had triggered his earring's detection. He inched closer to the edge, peering over the side. The drop was dizzying, but he could see the item in question jammed into the side of the platform itself. He laid on the ground and reached over the side carefully, feeling for the smooth facet of the stone he had glimpsed. He tapped it and quickly selected the option to collect the item before scooting back from the edge.

Straightening up, he hear Beat call out to him and considered the words. "It's possible," he said, stepping closer. Though he was hesitant. Such an object was equally likely to contain a trap as it was any loot. Perhaps it contained both. In any case, he approached cautiously.

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Searching for mats: ID# 93329: LD: 3 + 7 = 10 = no mat (6 Total)

"I'm going to keep lookout...over here..."

Beat took a few steps back from the sarcophagus as Shield approached it. If it did contain another vampire, he definitely didn't want to be the first thing it saw. If it was trapped, being close was never going to be a good idea, so he did what what he always did while Shield opened the chest and acted as lookout while he waited for what he hoped was good news. 

"Well, if that this does have treasure, it needs to be armor or more weapons. I can't believe how scarce those have been in here, though I won't complain about the money and mats I suppose," Beat said, looking at the loot screen with one hand and his own inventory with the other. The money would certainly buy his house, something he definitely needed, and the mats would help him once he hit the next tier. 

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ID# 93330 results: Loot: 17+12=29 - Success! Chest found!

Shield took another step and then another, listening carefully to the room around them. It had fallen deathly silent without any enemies, and the players' voices echoed though the infinite darkness in such a manner that made Shield very uncomfortable. As he took one last step, his earring lit up. He felt a small amount of relief, but the fact that it contained valuable items and loot did not necessarily rule out the option of a trap.

"I've heard stories of players encountering mimics, but I've done what I can to avoid such things," he said, stepping up to the side of the stone tomb. "Still."

He reached out and went to open the lid, but before doing so, he noticed something. In the center, below a small, broken symbol of a cross, there was a key hole. He let out a sigh of relief.

"It's a chest. The sarcophagus itself is a chest."

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Searching for mats: ID# 93331: LD: 7+7 = 14 = no mat (6 total)

Beat walked over and examined the keyhole, grateful that they would not have to fight another squad of bats or, even worse, another vampire. HE was being less cautious now and was now watching eagerly for what was inside. Their last chest had been pretty generous and had even given them some of the things they wanted, so he was hopeful that his chest would do the same. 

Beat's attention was suddenly drawn to movement within the darkness around them. He set out and patrolled the perimeter of the large, stone disc that they had fought on, straining his senses to find whatever it was within the darkness. He wasn't sure what he had seen, but it had only been within the range of the torch light for a moment before disappearing once again. Beat resigned himself to defeat after several minutes of looking.

Whatever it was, I won't find it unless it wants me to...

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Using Golden Key. Opening Chest:

ID# 93333 LD:1+7=8 CD:6 2,025 Col, 3 T3 Materials, 2 T3 Rare Consumables

Shield quickly pulled out another of his golden keys and used it on the sarcophagus. It popped open, displaying the item payout. Shield frowned. It was paltry. The last chest on its own had been more significant. He closed the container with a crash of stone.

"Let's get out of here," he grumbled, straightening back up and turning towards the exit. "I'm going to go kill some slimes st home. It's not a lot, but it'll make up for the bad equipment drops a little bit."

He swapped in his combat gear for the journey back, hoping beyond hope they might find something worth fighting along the way. He had hoped for a lot on this venture, and although they had found a lot of stuff, it was not what he had hoped for.

Here's to hoping this isn't signs of things to come! I don't know how much grinding like this I can take.

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- Quest Rewards -
 

- Beat -

8 SP [3 quest, 3 pages, 3 dungeon]
60,183 Col
34 T3 Mats
3x [F-21] Intermediate Maps [ID#:93193] [ID#:93186] [ID#:92968]

 

- Shield -

7 SP [3 pages, 2 dungeon, 2 Mega Slime Farm]
60,184 Col
35 x T3 Mats
1x T3 Perfect Armor/Shield
2x T3 Perfect Weapons
5x Uncommon T3 Consumables
1x Rare T3 Consumable
3x Perfect T3 Consumables
<<Darkness Salve x 2>> Increases Mitigation by 20 at the cost of 3 DMG. Lasts for one thread. Takes a post action to apply.

 

 

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