Aincrad 1st floor, The Town of Beginnings
Outside the tower, there is a large expanse of grassland that seemed like it stretched on forever . Ignoring the Town of Beginnings that stood at the center of this floor, you won’t find anything other than grass if you explored outside the town . Well, there are flowers here but one would have to cut away the grass that shrouded them from view .
The mob monsters here are boars that are greenish-purple in color . They roamed the grassland like grazing goats rather than pigs . If one had to nitpick about the settings of the mob monsters then this would be it .
Of course, these wild boars are way better looking than the pigs that are in the real world . For one, they had shiny fur that looked like they groomed themselves every day or something . The boars, if domesticated, would make a fine addition to the aesthetics of one’s house .
When Wu Yan came out of the Town, he saw this go, no, organic pig farmland . He wanted to riff on this scene but there’s nobody around to listen to him grumbling so he decided to persuade himself to take it easy since this is just a game .
Maybe the mob monsters here picked up the disdain in Wu Yan’s sight, the closest mob to Wu Yan got aggro-ed and it started stomping its legs like an enraged bull . Wu Yan couldn’t endure this weird scene anymore .
If you wanna mimic goat then that’s fine, but, now, you just look silly with your goat and bull-like behavior .
Wu Yan gave it credit for emitting oink like a proper pig . Armed with two sharp tusks, it charged at Wu Yan in a very predictable pattern and trajectory, it was also very slow, in Wu Yan’s perception anyway…
He continued using a judging look on the pig . It didn’t matter much to him since the boar is still too far and too slow to make Wu Yan take it seriously . An opponent on this level is not even a foe for a tier 1 novice magician in his mind . And, because he’s so cocky…
He got in trouble in the next instant .
He slipped up, the body in this game is just an inferior digital copy of his physical body . It wasn’t as robust as his True Ancestor body . In terms of speed, defense, and strength, he was closer to a human than his real body . He had a lot of battle experience but the problem lies in the fact that his body simply couldn’t keep up .
When Wu Yan wanted to pull a cool evasive maneuver, his body felt very sluggish and it didn’t move as he ordered it to . This delay was enough time for the boar to land its attack .
The boar kissed his stomach with its tusks . His eyes bulged and he gasped in pain as the attack sent him flying into the distance .
I just got rammed by a boar…
His mind filled up with this negative thought . He drew a parallel line with the ground, and soon, he landed like a heavy sack of potatoes . He pushed hard against the ground and he flipped once in the air . Drawing two shallow trails with his feet, he steadied himself after about 2 seconds of sliding back .
He lifted his face and he was livid with a dark blush on his face . He bore a deep grudge against this boar, ignoring his HP gauge which stood at 67% after the tusk charge .
He is probably the first True Ancestor to get sent flying into the distance by a mere mob boar .
“I will be damned to 100 days of celibacy if I don’t gut you for meat and make shoes out of your hide!”
He emitted a guttural voice . That is a very nasty curse he placed upon himself, that just shows how much he hated being struck by a mere mob monster . The boar stopped in place for a second but it got into a stance for another charge attack .
Steadying his breathing, Wu Yan returned to a calm state as he quickly grasped what his body could do with renewed vigor . At least, in this way, he can prevent another shameful display on his part .
A normal iron sword blocked the boar’s charge and another whipping leg came as retaliation . This kick forced the boar into a steady retreat .
Another flash of light came, as a sword strike landed on the boar’s neck . The boar’s HP bar depleted until it was 90% .
He frowned when he saw this . Then, he sighed in dejection .
“This power, it’s like when I was only level 10, yeah, this isn’t okay…”
After entering this game as a tier 8 with Lvl 70+ power, he got de-powered until he’s only bottom-feeder like tier 1 – tier 2 in power . It’s not a pleasant sensation for someone who stood near the top .
Without Eternal Arms Mastery, his de-powered self wouldn’t even be comparable to a Level 10 cultivator .
Eternal Arms Mastery can be very OP if the body can exhibit such a level of power . Similarly, Eternal Arms Mastery can’t shine if the body itself is weak and feeble .
“I should try out my skills . I don’t know how I can grind quickly without using skills…”
At level 1, Wu Yan only has two skills at his disposal, “Lunge” and “Hurl“ .
“Let’s see, after making the preparation motion, the skill should trigger…”
Wu Yan closed his eyes and the skill came into his mind . He brought his main sword arm up to shoulder-level and he stood sideways .
A bright red sheen started covering his sword and when he opened his eyes, he shot out at 6 times his normal speed .
He passed through the boar with this attack and he stopped behind the boar .
The damage was registered as red lines on the boar . The boar suffered tremendous damage and its HP bar fell and turned from green to yellow and yellow to red . Finally, its HP gauge was depleted .
When the boar died, it turns into a myriad of digital pieces in a glorious explosion . Wu Yan got EXP points, Cors, and materials from the mob monster .
He checked his drops and he materialized the drop in his hand . He laughed out loud when he saw the item .
“I was only saying it for fun, to think I would actually get a boar’s foot…”
He stored the item away . At this stage, this normal boar’s foot is quite rare as it can be sold for about 30 Cors .
After gathering data from his perimeters and the battle with the boar, Wu Yan more or less understood where he stood in relation to others .
Although he hadn’t played before . He reckons he is at least several times stronger than Beta Players who already played this game before it released, including Kirito .
“Well, yeah, if I can’t even perform better than average players in this normal world, I would be throwing dirt on the names of all world-crossers…”
Wu Yan said this with confidence . He conveniently forgot how a mere mob boar sent him flying with a charge attack .
After assessing his stats, he fell into contemplation . He looked at the boars who are woefully unaware of their impending doom as they minded their own businesses .
He checked the time inside this game and it’s a little under three hours before the game will change from an industry-changing game into a death game .
It would be a damn shame if he didn’t use this time to grind properly .Please download our sponsor's game to support us!