Kairo couldn’t believe what he had done. It was one thing when he would experiment with the hazardous waste of creatures to create elements; it was another to clean up little nighttime accidents.
“Alright. What are my stats?” Flay asked immediately.
“...Master. I’m still processing that nightmare.”
“That should make you more afraid of what I, your Master, can make you do! But anyway, let’s move on. You’re a slime. You’ve dived down the bowels of beasts, for crying out loud.”
“It’s different. It’s like, you’ve asked an esteem alchemist to clean the bathroom!”
“Then don’t ever bad mouth your Master!”
“Show me my stats.”
“You may wish to open it on your own, Master. Since we now share the Eos Sol System’s power, you can will it. Visualize wanting to see your power.”
Flay closed his eyes and began to concentrate. Suddenly, his vision began to reveal strange lights written in the foreground of his vision.
Life Force- 33
Armor Value: (Tamer Clothes) 0-2
Weapon Value: (Slime Iron Sword) 1
Agility/ Dexterity- 32
Magic Value- 3
Brute power- 16
Ability: Taming Hand- Red Jewel
Ability Value: ???
Monster Rank: G-1
Life Force- 5
Armor Value: (Simple Slime Coating) 1
Weapon Value- (None) 0
Magic Value- 10
Brute Power- 0
Sol Eos System- Level 1
“I don’t understand this. And your stats are also shown! Is my stats any good?” Flay frowned.
“Any good? Master, for your current Rookie-6 level, it’s amazing! What bizarre stat points! Brute Power of 16? Oh! I understand now! So that’s it! And a Magic Value of 3? You’re already an Acolyte Spell Caster without even having trained in it!”
“Can you explain the stats to me?”
“First of all, considering the brutish lifestyle that you have with hunts, then your clan lives a lifestyle focused on physical training. I would estimate that the average stats of a grown man who is a Rookie-1 would have 10 points of value in Life Force, Defense, and Strength. They would then have an Agility/Dexterity point of 5.”
“A Rookie-1 would have 10, in all but Agility/Dexterity. Got it. Erm… What are those other numbers?”
“Let me start with the basics. Lifeforce refers to your overall health. The higher the life force, the more you are resistant to diseases, how fast you regenerate, and how much damage you can take. In some worlds, they call it Hit Points or HP. Defense value is how resistant you are to attacks.”
“My defense is 41… and I have armor of 0 to 2. What does that mean?”
“In this scenario, you have 41 defense and an armor rating of up to 2. The armor rating changes depending on where you get hit or attacked. Honestly, your current armor is pitiful. But I guess considering the situation of your village, it’s understandable. Descent armor ratings like an average knight in the weakest kingdom would at least have 3-10! It would give 3 minimum increase in defense even on the weak points, and 10 on the heavily guarded parts of the body.”
“Well, sorry for being poor. So my defense could reach as high as 41… Then the Gator’s maw was at what value?”
“Be thankful that your defense is actually higher than average Rookie-6! It’s even beyond the standard Rookie-10!”
“My defense is that high?”
“You never noticed it?”
“I mean, I did get bullied and was in trouble and was told that I could ‘take a beating,’ but I never really thought much of it.”
“I feel sorry for Master.” Kairo sensed that his Master had a rough childhood with tales of being bullied and being beaten
“Your armor value in that scenario where you bore the weight of the Gator's jaw was 0. Your armor can’t resist the weight of the attack even by the slightest. But the Gator wasn’t able to kill you since its attack was only a few points higher than your defense.”
“It still exceeded my defense?”
“I told that that gator was something only Apprentice-ranked cultivators could kill! It was that strong! That’s why I was shocked that you could endure the attack without your bones breaking. You only got some sore muscles and fractured bones which I was able to mend and fully heal when you fell asleep.”
“So my greatest asset is my defense? Sounds sad considering I’m probably Pluton and all.”
“Not just defense, Master. Your Agility/Dexterity stat is impressive. I already expected it to be, but this one is even more amazing than I thought. That’s the kind of stat point that only Speedsters have.”
“Those who take jobs and occupations that are speed-related. Scouts. Assassins. Ninjas. Quick Draw Swordsmen and other jobs. Unlike the other stats, Agility/Dexterity is a stat that combines several factors. It calculates your skill in moving your body, your speed in accomplishing something, your perception of time, and so on. And because of that, it doesn’t increase at a fixed rate at every level. While leveling up will naturally give you a boost in life force, strength, and defense, the Agility/Dexterity stat only increases if it is trained and honed. And your stat is incredible! You haven’t shown great speed, yet your stat already surpasses Apprentice jobs of those who have one! For example, an Apprentice-1 Ninja would have a stat of 15! You have double that!”
“What? But I’ve seen Ninjas! They move way faster than I do! How is that possible?”
“That’s what I mean, Master. Agility/Dexterity isn’t just about speed. They may be faster than you physically, but you are faster than them mentally! This explains how you survived the Pteranodon and that Midnight Panther with only the ability to stick through my slime form! You scaled the Pteranodon, evaded the dangerous attacks of the Midnight Panther on the most crucial moments when both groups were way faster than you!”
“Now that you mention it… I could see their attacks and be able to react accordingly. So only my attack sucks?”
“Yes. If your default stats were at 10 before cultivating, you are barely at the Rookie-4 level if you have 19! You should have at least 21 points to be Rookie-4!”
“Well, that sucks. I was awesome at every other stat, but Tamers only valued Strength and only had Strength tests…” Flay cursed.
“Actually… There is something funny about this scenario. Let me explain it later. For now, let’s move on to you having a Magic value of 3 and a Brute Power of 16!”
“Tell me about magic first.”
“Magic value refers to the amount of magic that your body has. Each spell has an amount of how much magic value it can cast. The lowest tier spells, called Rookie spells, would have the magic value of 1. This means you can cast 3 Rookie Spells. That makes you, at the very least, a Rookie Mage! And you haven’t even trained yet! It’s possible that by the time you reach Apprentice, you would have double that amount!”
“How is a Rookie Spell compared to the charges of magic that I can cast with each Sol system? Like that of Venus or Neptune?”
“That’s what’s so overpowered about the Sol System! The Sol System allows you to store 10 more spells of an element! Now, keep in mind that I can only store one element in this body at my current level and size as a Slime. So I can’t have 10 charges of Venus and Neptune at the same time. But since you can fuse with one system, all in all, you’d have twenty-three charges of spells! Three from your magic value, and the rest from the Sol System between you and me.”
“But that’s only if I manage to charge it… How long will it take for you to get more Neptune charges by soaking in this water?”
“Ten charges would take more than half a day.”
“I can’t afford that.” Flay cursed.
“I was only able to cast two rounds of water magic at you and have used the rest to break the seal. So I don’t have any water charges left.”
“That’s even more depressing. But I feel refreshed and rejuvenated right now, so I got that going for me. What about Brute Power? Why isn’t it helping my strength? I always assumed that Brute Power is like this force that increases our strength.”
“It is! Strength refers to the strength your physical body can do. But Brute Power comes from the energy that moves throughout the body. It has many names in many worlds. Chi, Chakra, Aura, Spirit, and so on. Brute cultivation uses this to create special attacks. The powerful arts of swordsmen, knights, and archers to launch special attacks uses Brute. And just like magic value, a Brute power of 16 means that you can perform 16 points worth of Brute attack!”
“The Knights in the Kingdom have this powerful charging ability called Shield Tackle. I’ve seen it push back a Bewilderbison! Are those Brute attacks?”
“Yes. Shield Tackle should be worth at least 2 Brute Power points or simply Brute points. But Brute Power has another interesting function. It can be used to attack or to defend. It can be added on to your strength or your defense!”
“What?! So I should have a total Brute power and strength point of 35?!”
“Yes. That would equal a Rookie-8 warrior at the very least.”
“But… But! I took the strength test in the village! How could I fail?”
“Because you were using only your strength and never your Brute Power.”
“Impossible! Was it the obstruction that you destroyed? But wait! How could I have wounded the gator? You destroyed the obstruction in my body after we absorbed the Monster Core!”
“Correct. You’ve always had the ability to use Brute power.”
“Then why hasn’t it helped me on the strength tests in my village?”
“You are right-handed, correct?”
“Think about it, Master. While you can use Brute power, how can you pour out the Brute Power to empower the fist of your right hand if there was that obstruction of energy? Brute Power would flow everywhere in your body except on your right fist where your Taming Hand is if you used your left hand to punch or use a kick. You might have cleared the test. Same if you used a weapon. Since the Brute force you need would have to empower not just your fist but your entire arm. With Brute Power empowering your biceps, triceps, and all the other arm parts, a slash would have sufficed.”
Flay froze when he heard those words.
He had never tried to kick, punch with his left hand, or use a weapon since all of the villagers who took the test would punch with their dominant hand.
“Wha-What?! You mean all those years… I could have cleared the test?!” Flay roared in great anger. The nearby beast began to guard itself against Flay, who was howling like a madman.
The anger and frustration that Flay felt all those years began to flash through his eyes. He had gone through intense bullying, mocks, and jeers from those who were of his generation.Flay was an orphan and grew up challenging his friends to various contests of strengths. He would always win and was seen as a genius. But he soon became a fallen genius.He failed when he claimed he had finally reached Rookie-4 and took the test. And the result of the test was rather embarrassing.The Strength Measuring Sto
“The horror… The horror…” Kairo was clumped to the side and felt so… dirty.Never before was he used as a soap.“Ah, get over it! You can dive into monsters and move in their guts without a problem! Why are you being so dramatic after I used you like a bar of soap? Relax, Majekon!"Kairo was still weeping."Why don't you try and be someone else's soap!" Kairo wept."I guess you have a point there. Well, actually, I’ve been thinking about it… Since you are a slime, can you merge with other slimes? Can you control them? Because, if I had several of you, I could have several Slimes with a specific Sol System. Won’t that make me greater than the mages in the town? And that way, id' have plenty of soap to use.”“I… never thought about
Splash! Splash!The angry Xandra rose from the waters. But the nearby Kragg Hippos and the Bewilderbisons were now glaring at them.“If we fight any more, these beasts will kick us out of this Habitat! Calm down! And stop exaggerating! What happened?” Flay asked.“It’s your fault! You and that stupid ears of yours! We should have never followed you to that cave! The Might Wolves attacked!”“The Elite Tamers decided that. I acted on orders and led them to that cave because of the thump! You were there that night! After we successfully tamed the Spike Tortoise, everyone decided to turn this hunting expedition into one that was to understand the changes in the Homeostasis in this land! The Master of the Hunt, Glum, asked me to do this! Why are you blaming and attacking me for following orders? And the Tamers are strong! Have
Two large leaves were seen moving across the desert. The desert was a wide, open land that stretched out endlessly with dunes rising and falling, making it impossible to see the distant terrain.But despite this, Xandra was still a Tamer of Monster’s Edge. And as a woman, her initial training was that of the Scouting Tamers. And so, despite her previous panicked retreat to escape the Might Wolves who chased her deep into the Desert Lands, she still managed to take note of the terrain and knew the path that would lead them into the Craggy Rock Plains.But the journey of the two tamers was very quiet. Flay knew that Xandra still blamed him for the death of her friend.They continued to move, and Flay simply watched Xandra take the lead.Finally, Flay spoke.“Erm… I need to get something there. Desert Vultures are there, and
Flay and Xandra continued to race towards the edge of the Desert Lands.The journey now no longer had the same tension as it did before. Xandra was kinder when talking to Flay. But Flay did his best to remain calm and not initiate any conversation about how he survived as he knew that if Xandra was genuinely interested and was willing to listen to the impossible deeds of Flay, she would ask her.Xandra asked about Flay strength and even asked for Flay to show his true strength.“I guess we’ll wait for an enemy. How about this, if we see few vultures trying to devour something, then let’s kill one. We are getting closer to the end of this Desert Land, right? I can feel that the ground below is not made of pure sand but have a mixture of soil.”“Yes. We’re getting closer to the end of the Desert Land. That’s one of the
Xandra charged forward and began to give continuous quick stabs to harass the vultures. Flay was in no position to fight as he was still recovering from his current form.Xandra was furious at the stupidity of Flay, who rushed forward and suddenly decided to bury his face on the sands.STAB! STAB! STAB!Xandra’s spear managed to stab the vulture's body, but each stab only produced shallow wounds.Her attacks were fast and steady, but the defenses of the vulture were much stronger than the damage Xandra was inflicting. The numerous wounds still annoyed the vulture, and it finally screeched and flew up. As the first vultures charge was stopped, it flew up high so its allies would finish the job.Xandra kept stabbing as the vulture flew up. She was des
The desert heat was no longer a problem to Xandra and Flay. The two rode the Unicorn, who managed to carry them with ease. The leaves the pair used as umbrellas provided great shade for them. And along the way, Flay found plants and cactuses and began to gather water and plant essence to rejuvenate and protect everyone from the wild battles they had. They continued to hurry to the path where Xandra saw the slime colony was. Without knowing what state the Grass Land was in, the two decided strengthening Kairo was a top priority. Flay and Xandra began to talk more about their power along the way, and Flay continued to list out the possibilities that Kairo pointed out. But Flay presented these facts as wild theories. “So you think that ev
The Unicorn continued to move in the desert. Vultures would often see it and fly above the sky to watch it, but the Unicorn didn’t seem to be exhausted as it continued to strut at full speed despite carrying two people riding it.“We’re almost there.” Xandra finally spoke. It had been nearly an hour that she didn’t talk. She was doing her best to calm down.As they rose and down the dunes, Flay could finally see the end of the Desert Lands. The Grass Lands could be seen on the distant horizon.Flay could not help but give a huge sigh.“And here I thought I’d be stuck in the Desert Lands for days and would hop from one Oasis to the next…” Flay smiled.Xandra leaped of Dara and began to look around.“It was just around this area. The sand dunes an