After the challenge match ended, the mercenary groups admitted their defeat and offered Rhode their equipment according to the agreement of their battle .
Of course, these people were divided into two groups . One group, led by Hiller, that hoped that Starlight could become a support for the Paphield region . Shearer even gave them the fire element giant sword that never left his side, expecting Rhode to complete his unfinished business .
“This sword is not of much use for me, so I will give it to you now… If you really can lead Starlight to victory, then I will feel really relieved . ”
Hiller’s words were very sincere, but it was difficult for Rhode to be moved . He even wondered if Hiller targeted his mercenary group because he didn’t have many two-handed swordsmen, so he intentionally gave that sword to him…
Of course, people like Hiller were a minority . Just like in the game, it was very rare for them to give small artifact weapons; there were more accessories, cloak, and such, but that’s what he had been expecting . He actually didn’t really need artifact weapons because not many of his subordinates could use such weapons . Rhode had thrown a dagger to Joey after the warm-up match, which made Joey so moved that he knelt down and said he wanted to repay it with his life . Of course, Rhode didn’t agree .
Marlene didn’t need a weapon, and Rhode couldn’t find anything better than her family wand . As expected of a rich second-generation…
There were also some people were not very willing to give up their equipment and felt that they were wronged . Particularly, the leader of Mark White mercenary group, Hawk . He had bet an anti-magic shield, which was the treasure of their mercenary group . This was a powerful magic shield and its material was made from the famous obsidian . This material was able to completely seal off magical power . The Magic Association even used it to build a special prison for mages in an island . Once a mage entered that prison, any magic would be completely eliminated and sealed . Because of this, that material was rarely seen in the market since no mage would allow their weakness to be so easily gotten a hold of . Fortunately, this obsidian itself was very scarce . There was an obsidian mine located in the underground but besides mages, no one could easily enter a place which was filled with dark elves, dwarves, and underground monsters .
Of course, mages themselves wouldn’t be so stupid as to look for that place to die .
That’s why this material was very rare, and a shield made of this material was even rarer . Because of this, Rhode was a bit surprised when they handed over the shield, but after observing it carefully, it was indeed the anti-magic shield… This was certainly good news for him .
In fact, Hawk was reluctant to take out this shield because it was originally something that the former leader left for Anne . He intended to give it to her once she got older . However, it was such a good thing and Hawk didn’t want to miss it, so he chased Anne away and then took it . But of course, he couldn’t tell other people the truth; there were already a lot of people who suspected that he deliberately drove Anne away for this shield . Not to mention, this was the former leader’s belonging and should have belonged to Anne . That’s why there were a lot of people who doubted him in the Mark White mercenary group .
So, the reason for his action was to dispel the doubts, and as a way for him to say “look, I don’t care about this thing as much as you say, so don’t make wild guesses . ”
Of course, he said so, but in his heart, he was not willing to give up such a good thing . He deliberately, and even intentionally used this shield against Marlene in order to win and protect this shield . In his opinion, a mage was powerless in the face of an anti-magic shield, so shouldn’t his victory should be certain?
However, the reality gave him a slap in the face . After circling around, this shield still fell into Anne’s hands in the end . Not only had Hawk lost the anti-magic shield, but one-third of his mercenaries also withdrew from the Mark White mercenary group . Anne, Randolf, and Joey’s influence soon emerged . Even others also started to think about their fate if they stayed there …
Of course, this was not a matter that Rhode should consider; what he had to think about now was the equipment before him .
He had gotten a total of 30 pieces of equipment . Of course, it was impossible for Rhode to use all of them himself . There were longbows, two-handed swords, shields, and more . Even if Rhode used all of this himself, it would lead to others’ dissatisfaction since he didn’t fight in the match . Marlene, Lize, and Anne might not care, but it might cause problems for the others . He didn’t want his men to think that he was like Mark White’s leader .
Rhode planned to choose twelve pieces of equipment . The Composition Adornment was able to turn four pieces of equipment into one set of equipment . With twelve pieces of equipment, he would be able to make three sets of equipment, and by adding a halo effect, it would reach a standard equipment . As for the remaining pieces of equipment, he planned to store them . Starlight’s reputation had risen again and their stronghold had reached Level 3 . Rhode spent 500 gold coins to build an underground treasure room to store a variety of equipment . This was a bit similar to the guild warehouse in the game . However, the construction system of the treasure room in the mercenary group was a little bit different than that of ordinary rooms . The wall and door were sturdy, and there was even magic attached to it . Unless he came in person, any attempt to enter the treasure room would immediately trigger a trap and imprison the one who tried to enter . At the same time, there would be an alarm that notified everyone in the stronghold . From this point, it could be seen that having a treasure room was safer than asking someone to guard it .
Because of this, Rhode was relieved because he finally could begin to consider other things . He intended to bring the guild system in the game into reality . After he classified these pieces of equipment, he moved them to the treasure room . If a mercenary performed well, it could be rewarded to him . Of course, although these things could be taken out to sell, Rhode had other ways to make money . Just like in a time-traveling drama, the main character knew which stocks to buy to earn money . The same went with Rhode, the one who had created a new era in the game . Naturally, he knew that current;y cheap things would cost a lot of money later . When the time had come, he would definitely earn a lot of money . It was just that now, he didn’t have the time and energy to do so .
Money could be earned anytime, but precious equipment couldn’t be bought once the opportunity was missed .
A lot of veteran players knew this principle .
You could buy equipment, and even subordinates with money, but you couldn’t buy loyalty . Now, Rhode wanted to invest his equipment to increase his mercenaries’ loyalty and strength . These things just couldn’t be bought with money .
Certainly, it didn’t mean that money was unimportant .
But now, what he had to think about was his own equipment .
When choosing an equipment, one had to be very fastidious . He couldn’t just judge an equipment by its rarity or strength . It also had to be suitable to his fighting style . No one was perfect, and it was impossible to be perfect even with the help of good equipment . So what Rhode had to consider was how to utilize the equipment to his own advantage .
Spirit Swordsman could be classified into many types due to summoned spirits . Some summoned spirits had high durability, so they would be more suitable as a tank . Some had strong offense but weak defense, so they would be more suited to burst damage . If a summoned spirit had a strong ability effect or high dexterity, it could be used for crowd control .
As for Rhode, he naturally chose the type he was most familiar with . After he activated his Dark Dance swordsmanship, he determined that his fighting style would revolve around speed . It meant that he would need equipment that could increase his speed, dexterity, and critical attack .
Once his target was clear, it would be easy to find a suitable equipment .
Soon, Rhode had found what he needed .
The first one he chose was the ‘Doppelganger Ring’ . It had a ‘mirror’ magical skill and was able to project two identical images of the holder to move according to the holder’s thought . Of course, these projections were not dangerous . They were just phantom images and the effect was similar to the shadow of Rhode’s Dark Dance Swordsmanship . But Rhode was very clear, and with this ring, he would have more chances and choices as opposed to his Thousand Shadow .
The next was a necklace that enhanced perception, earrings that increase intelligence by +3 . Rhode even found a combat bracelet, and although it did not offer an additional effect that could increase swordsmanship level, it provided a property that was important for Rhode: stability . Stability was a very important factor for swordsmanship like Dark Dance, which focused in speed . Being fast was important, but stable combat techniques and flexibility were important too . Otherwise, if his speed was all over the place and Rhode was unable to grasp it, it would be like a racing car that lost control, which resulted in a bad ending .
Rhode shifted his gaze towards a beautifully crafted ring . It looked very luxurious and beautiful, and it was inlaid with a hexagonal diamond in the middle . Rhode was mesmerized by its beauty, because it was almost impossible to craft something this beautiful out of a magical equipment forged with a magical array . Inside this pile of equipment, this brushed gold ring with luxurious design looked more like a wedding ring than a magical equipment .
What is this?
Rhode curiously stretched out his hand to pick up the ring, condensing his energy . Soon his power entered the ring . In general, when he did so, he would be able to find out the structure and attributes of the ring before him .
But this time, the system prompt that appeared before him made him surprised .
[?? Ring in a deep slumber]
That was all .
Looking at the system prompt, Rhode didn’t know how to react . It didn’t explain anything at all . ?? What’s that? This situation usually only happened with magical equipment that had not been successfully appraised . However, besides the introduction, the attributes of the ring hadn’t even been shown . So how could it be a failure?
Just as Rhode was feeling puzzled, something in his pocket suddenly moved . Then, a black shadow suddenly flew out and hovered before him .
It was the Hell Soul Core .