The players realized that their level had reached an upper limit due to the storyline. The players weren’t disappointed but excited instead after they glanced through the side mission’s details.
They immediately realized that this so-called “rapid strength-enhancing” nightmare should be the dungeon instance available in this world.
The phrase “Don Juan Geraint may know how to enter nightmares,” combined with the prompt “prestige store is opened [a.k.a affection rate store],” gave them a bad hunch.
Do I need to use Don Juan’s affection rate to buy the entry tickets for this dungeon instance?
This isn’t nice. This is really bad.
The players were discussing nervously on the forum.
Annan, the planner, lurking in the players’ forum, realized it after seeing the occurrence.
Indeed, I can also put the tickets in the affection rate store!
Wait, I can forcefully sell the tickets to the players at the price of 50 affection rate for each ticket.
Lest they come up with crooked ideas that everyone will take turns exchanging for one ticket.
Thinking of this, Annan glanced around.
Fortunately, when Annan went to the manor, he had summoned all the players. Forty players, including the few who were resurrected after being killed, were all here.
What a timely excuse for me to deduct the affection rate of everyone present.
Hence, Annan immediately urged, “Do you have anything else to ask?
“Remember to go to the study to get your rewards, and then you can go back to the Freezing Water Port. I have to deal with some things here with Salvatore. It should take a few days before I can go back.”
You have a complete showdown, haven’t you? Actually, you don’t need us to protect you.
The players couldn’t help but complain at the bottom of their hearts.
It was like receiving a mission to “escort an important NPC to somewhere.” After the players got there, they triggered a cutscene CG and found that the NPC being escorted was much stronger than them.
“Young Master,” The lively Jiu Er approached and asked under the gaze of all the players, “Do you know what’s a nightmare?”
You finally came here to trigger the unique plot with me in person!
Annan secretly applauded.
Immediately, his expression became serious, “Of course I know.
“The so-called nightmare is the wreckage left after Transcended death. As I told you before, all the extraordinary power in this world comes from a curse. The nightmare is the manifestation of the curse.
“It is very dangerous to enter a nightmare rashly. Once you die too many times in a nightmare, your soul will be overwhelmed and get contaminated. Simply put, you will go crazy.”
Annan said in the alert, “Do you want to enter a nightmare?”
Before Jiu Er tried to plead, Annan interrupted her again, “Forget it. I won’t stop you anymore. I have stopped you many times. I see your desire for power. You have already proved to me that you all have good morals, excellent learning ability, flexible problem-solving skills, self-discipline, and unity.
“It’s right about time to tell you something that I haven’t told you before.”
Annan said in a deep voice.
“Have you stopped us before?”
“It should be a setting; it should be a setting…”
“Wow, I like his gaze!”
“Control yourself! Give me your serious expressions. Don’t laugh when discussing serious matters!”
The players’ expressions were as heavy as being lectured by the class teacher, but they misbehaved on the forum.
Annan put up a stern expression to announce something serious, looking at the players with a heavy and serious face. It came with a slight sense of sacredness in his eyes.
But, he was also staring at the players chattering on the forum.
“This is your choice, and I respect your will. The nightmare can indeed increase your strength quickly, but the nightmare is also risky. I want to warn you in advance—”
Annan continued to explain the precautions for the players and supplemented fundamental knowledge, “The reason why nightmares are dangerous is that in nightmares, most Transcended may not be able to use their abilities-such as swordsmanship abilities or spells.
“Because you will ‘become another person’ in the nightmare. It means that you will use the body of another person. This body may not support the fighting style you are used to. Even at a high level and rich experience, it is also possible for Transcended to die carelessly in the nightmare. Therefore, you should never take the nightmare lightly.
“Of course, this is also your advantage because you are not a Transcended. You have the mentality of an ordinary person, so when you play the role of an ordinary person in a nightmare, you will not fall into some traps that people are prone to dismiss easily.”
Annan fulfilled the mission of guiding the NPC with due diligence. He explained to the players with a serious face.
Players then complained about Annan’s introduction in real-time.
Jiu Er: “In short, the dungeon instance is a built-in RPG game.”
“I think it’s a TRPG, probably like Clash Of Clans.”
Lin Yiyi suddenly blurted out: “I suddenly feel a bad feeling. I hope it isn’t a horror game.”
Wandering Child casually said: “Impossible, even if it does, it must be by that time it comes to high difficulty in the future. At most, it will bring some decryption elements. If this simple difficulty dungeon instance can scare me, I will do a live broadcast and help you all – helpful like the electric fan in the summer.”
Jiu Er: “Please be merciful to the electric fan.”
Yiyi: “Please forgive the summer.”
Wandering Child: “We will find out after going for one round.”
Fang Leek: “I kind of wants to skip.”
Wandering Child: “You can try to press ESC or long-press the circle button.”
Garlic Chives: “Shit, I want to kill you!”
Lin Yiyi almost couldn’t help but laugh out loud.
She quickly raised her head and glanced. Annan was still explaining the settings seriously, with a heavy and serious expression.
She quickly took a picture of Annan and added a line of words below.
I have to find a way to beat these naughty children.jpg
Then, she posted the freshly uploaded package.
At this moment, Lin Yiyi noticed another post on the forum immediately.
It was sent by Jiu Er.
“[Plot discussion] I always feel that this mission doesn’t need us at all.
“In the mission [The Disaster of Roseburg], what did we do? En, it is stated our role is to protect the young master. How come I’m fine after blocking a shot?”
Lin Yiyi quickly posted to take the second slot:
“You’re right, indeed. You are useless.”
Wandering Child: “I think blocking gunshot may be your mission.”
Yiyi: “It’s just that Young Master Don Juan is braver. Otherwise, I think you may have to block several shots. You’re like those funny cartoons who take a shot and go, ‘Ah, I’m dead!’ Then, you chirp and fall to the ground. As the second shot is fired, your body jumps up and takes another shot. Then, you go, “Ah, I’m dead again”~”
Jiu Er: “Shut up! Think carefully about whose meal you are eating and whose bed you are sleeping in!”
Wandering Child: “Huh? Wait, Sister Hyphen, we can elaborate on this.”
Purple Hydrangea: “Cute brother, if you want to talk about this, I’m not sleepy anymore.”
Delicious Wind Goose: “It’s quite useful. The main reason is that the kid suddenly reveals a mob which resulted in our success. If he didn’t reveal the Boss Monster in advance, we might have to come to the manor first, deal with the viscount, and find clues. Gerald will have the upper hand by then. It will be a difficult boss battle.”
Wandering Child: “Thanks, old goose. You are an honest goose.”
Delicious Wind Goose: “I haven’t finished typing!”
Annan watched the chat and deducted 50 affection rate for each of them.
[Don Juan Geraint’s affection rate has been revised to friendly (50/500).]
Why did I drop 50 affection rate suddenly?
The players were suddenly surprised.
There was an influx of “???” in the forum. Everyone looked horrified. It was like the face when the headteacher found out that the student was playing with a mobile phone in class.
“I will tell you the entrance to a nightmare.”
After deducting the affection rate, Annan took a deep breath and murmured, “I’m still reluctant to tell you this.
“The way to enter the nightmare is to pronounce the name ‘the Venerated Skeleton’ within the territory of ‘Freezing Water Port.’ You can enter the nightmare and wake up before the sun rises the next day.
“But the difficulty of this nightmare is very great. If you die in the nightmare, you will lose all your memories, and the nightmare will be reset. It is easy to have unlimited deaths.
“So I suggest that after you rush back to Freezing Water Port tonight, you can lie on your bed and give your first attempt into the nightmare. When the sun rises the next day, you will wake up.”
[Expended 50 affection rate to get information about the nightmare “Gallery.”]
Until then, the players breathed a sigh of relief.
It turns out to be like this. I got to use the affection rate to buy entry tickets!
Since the affection rate was already deducted, the players weren’t overwhelmed by it. They just thought it was a normal process.
However, some worries arose in their hearts,
If we clear this dungeon instance too soon, will it be too boring afterward?