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146 Vessel of The Endless One

 Name: Vessel of The Endless One(Magical Item)

Rank: S-ranked

Durability: ∞(Indestructible)

Charged: 5/100

Usage: When fully charged this item consumes all of its charged stacks to create a unique crystal that has the power to bend the space around realms and other mysterious abilities. Every time a monster is defeated, this item becomes charged. The stronger the monster defeated, the more charged this item becomes.

Special Note: This is the Vessel of The Endless One, those unworthy of obtaining it shall find that this item only brings disaster. Those worthy of its power will find that it grants good fortune. After a single use, this item will seek out a new host to reside in at random and become dormant once again.

After reading over the item, Izroth still had a few unanswered questions. Of course, the first question was that if this item had anything with the Returning Shard.

'When it's fully charged, a crystal is created. Could it be that the crystal that will be created is the Returning Shard?'

Izroth felt that there was an extremely high chance that this would be the case. After all, were S-ranked items so easy to find? He was positive the Vessel of The Endless One was linked to the first trial of the Endless Pandamonium Tower.

The other concern he had was the actual charging of the item itself. When he examined its charged status, he found out that it already possessed five stacks. This was most likely due to having just defeated the rare event boss it was hiding in, the Brooding Behemoth Basbus.

However, if a rare event boss only gave five stacks, then how much would a single monster give?

'It seems as if this trial is becoming more and more unreasonable.'

As Izroth studied the Vessel of The Endless One, the other players were looking at him as if he were a monster. That skill he used was too terrifying! They were not even the target of that skill and yet, it still felt as if it was out to devour them and everything about it.

"What class is that guy for him to be so powerful?" One of the nearby players gave a helpless sigh as he admired the skill Izroth just used moments ago.

"It has to be an extremely rare class! I have never seen or heard about such a skill. He must have come across a great fortune somewhere!" One of that player's friends responded.

Almost everyone had that same exact train of thought. However, if everyone knew that Izroth was the Combat Master class that they all considered to be trash, they would not be able to accept it.

After all, it was common knowledge that the Combat Master class was too unreliable and unpredictable to be of any actual use.

This had been confirmed multiple time by various beta testers. Now only that, but some fools still decided to choose the Combat Master class because they did not believe how challenging it was. However, they instantly regretted their decision.

They could not even pass the Combat Master class basic requirements and had to restart their entire character. This made it so that they fell behind everyone else level wise and made them want to curse themselves for even thinking about choosing the Combat Master class.

For those few who did manage to successfully pass the Combat Master basic requirements, they were even worse off than those players who were unable to. They would invest more time and effort only to be rejected by any party they tried to join.

This was because no party wanted a player with one or two skills and no other uses. They would be much better off saving the spot in their party for an actual class who would obviously be a more suitable choice.

Luna walked over towards Izroth and noticed him holding a beautiful crystal. "Is that the Returning Shard?" she asked in a voice filled with curiosity.

"Not exactly. But, it may have something to do with the Returning Shard." Izroth responded as he showed the effects of the item to everyone within his party.

Valentine was drooling when he saw the Vessel of The Endless One and its effects with a large grin on his face. The first thing he wanted to do was study it and experiment with it.

However, since that item may be their only way of successfully completing the first trial, it was decided that it should be kept away from Valentine the most. Who knew what extent that magic freak would go to?

"I think that it's best if Izroth holds onto the item. I also believe that it has something to do with the Returning Shard." Zi Yi said as she glanced over at Izroth. She was still startled by the 40,000 plus damage she witnessed a few moments ago.

Also, the pressure behind that attack made his other skills seem like child's play. She could not help but wonder what other secrets Izroth was hiding away.

"There are no safer hands that it can be in!" Guan Yu said with confidence. He had already come to respect Izroth and his strength before this but after that previous move, Guan Yu's respect reached another level altogether.

Izroth stored the Vessel of The Endless One into his inventory for now and finally read through the other system alerts he received after defeating the Brooding Behemoth Basbus.

〈System Alert: Congratulations, you have defeated the Brooding Behemoth Basbus〉

〈System Alert: You have been awarded 225,985 EXP〉

〈System Alert: You have leveled up to level 27〉

〈System Alert: You have been awarded+3 stat points for leveling up〉

〈System Alert: You have gained 1,258 points in the event «Protects of Amaharpe». [1,683 points]〉

Loot Drop:

-1 «Behemoth Greaves»

-1 «Behemoth Helmet»

-1 «Brooding Necklace»

-x1 «Skill Book: Behemoth's Quake»

Izroth had gained a massive amount of experience from defeating the Brooding Behemoth Basbus. He had dealt the greatest amount of damage to the boss monster and so the amount of experience he received was quite generous.

Not only did he manage to level up once, but the number of points he received for the event had shot Izroth up to the top 100 players spot on the event leaderboards! To be more precise, he was now ranked 65th. This knocked Minus, who was previously at the 65th spot, down to the 66th spot.

After he checked the system alerts, Izroth then went over to grab the loot that dropped from the Brooding Behemoth Basbus. The first thing that caught Izroth's attention was a book with a black cover and strange markings carved into it.

'A skill book?'

This was the second skill book Izroth had come across during his time within RML. The drop rate for skill books was extremely low, therefore, it could only be attributed to Izroth's good luck that he managed to obtain one from the rare event boss.

Skill Name: Behemoth's Quake

Skill Level: MAXED

Skill Rank: A

Requirements: 500+ Attack

Active: The user stomps their foot on the ground and sends out a strong Quake Wave within a thirty meters range every 1 second for 10 seconds. Each Quake Wave deals a fixed amount of 200 physical damage that ignores all defenses.

Special Note: This skill can also be leveled up through repeated usage and proper execution.

Cooldown: 5 Minutes

'The attack requirements for this skill is quite high.'

Izroth was a bit disappointed that the skill only dealt a fixed amount of 200 damage, however, it would still be useful at their current level. Eventually, it would become useless for most players as they became stronger and 2,000 damage turned into a miniscule number.

That was the truth for most players, but for someone like Izroth who had some useful skills, this could be a destructive weapon no matter what level he reached! The Behemoth's Quake was considered physical damage, therefore, it was capable of triggering the effects of things such as Izroth's Blood Stigma, Hellfire Rampage, and even stacking Lightning Charge.

Not only that, but he should be able to use Essence to increase the damage output on the skill. Who knew how much Essence he would have to spare in the future? To Izroth, this skill had countless uses now and in the near future.

But, since it was a skill that required 500 plus attack power, Guan Yu and Zi Yi were the only other two who were capable of using the skill.

As for the other rare items that dropped, Izroth was unable to use any of them. Or rather, they did not fit his playstyle as they were all plate related items except for the necklace. The necklace was surprisingly a magic based item.

It did not take long for Izroth and his party to divide the loot. The Behemoth Greaves went to Halls while the Behemoth Helmet found its way into Guan Yu's care. As for the Brooding Necklace, it went to Valentine by default since Luna did not want to replace her current necklace.

For the skill book, Zi Yi did not want such a skill as it was unsuitable to her current playstyle. While she may be able to use it, it would be better off in Izroth's and Guan Yu's hands as they were true physical type players.

Guan Yu, however, immediately turned down rolling for the skill book since he had already obtained a rare item.

"Brother Izroth, I would be too greedy if I wanted to devour everything before me. Ahahaha!" Guan Yu said as he let out joyous laughter.

"Then, I won't be polite." Izroth said with a carefree expression on his face as he immediately used the skill book.

〈System Alert: Congratulations, you learned the skill «Behemoth's Quake»〉

Izroth had added yet another skill to his arsenal. Not only that, but it was a much needed AOE skill.

Just a few moments after Izroth finished off the Brooding Behemoth Basbus, every player participating in the event Protectors of Amaharpe received a system alert.

〈System Alert: Wave six of the event «Protectors of Amaharpe» has ended.〉

However, what everyone did not know was that the end of the sixth wave would not be anything that they suspected.

...

"Hm?" Aegis, along with his two party members, had already entered into the Endless Pandemonium Tower and encountered that same mysterious voice as Izroth and his party. He had arrived around ten minutes after Izroth's group and also took part in the sixth wave.

At the moment, Aegis was surrounded by a group of more than twenty players who all had darkened expressions on their faces. Within Aegis' hands was something Izroth would have immediately recognized because he had obtained the same item. It was surprisingly another Vessel of The Endless One!

Beneath Aegis' feet was the corpse of a monster. However, it was not just any monster, but rather an event boss monster!

"Even if you are members of Heaven's Law, don't think that you can come and go as you please within a zone claimed by my Hollow Tempo!" One of the players yelled at Aegis. It was quite clear that they were furious.

That player appeared to be a middle-aged man with a very rustic look about him. He wore dark plated armor and wielded a long curved blade with a chain attached at the bottom. That player was one of the high ranking members of the guild Hollow Tempo.

He was known as Dark Suffice and his position was the equivalent of Blue Oasis' Seven Captains or Cross Haven's Five Great Generals.

When the event boss monster had appeared before them, Dark Suffice was in a good mood at their fortune. However, this party of three players had appeared out of nowhere and snatched the boss from right under their noses.

Not only that but when his guild members tried to stop Aegis and his party, he eliminated them without mercy. How could he not be furious?

"See Aegis? You're hated by everyone! Chichi!" The cloaked figured by Aegis' side said in a teasing manner.

"Hmph, scram while I'm still in a good mood! If you continue to block my path then you'll have to accept the consequences." Aegis said in a voice full of authority.

However, this only angered Dark Suffice and the other members of Hollow Tempo even further.

"You-" Just as Dark Suffice was about to snap, one of Hollow Tempo's scouts rushed over to him in a panicked manner.

"Boss! Dark Suffice, boss!" One could tell from their voice that they had hurried over as fast as possible. "We're being attacked! The big boss has said to return immediately with your squad!" The scout said.

"Attacked?!" Dark Suffice was shocked. Who would dare to openly attack one of the top ten guilds? Did they have a death wish? But by the sound of things, it seemed as if it was urgent.

Dark Suffice glared at Aegis as he said, "Count your luck! Next time we cross paths, hmph, let's just say Hollow Tempo never forgets a face!" He then left with haste along with his squadron of players.

"Empty talk from an empty man." Aegis said not paying any mind to Dark Suffice's threat.

As Dark Suffice hurried to meet up with his guild leader and the others he had to ask, "Who is behind the attack?"

"It looks like the work of Sage Falls!" The scout responded.

Sage Falls? They had never been on friendly terms with them, but they could not be considered enemies. Why had Sage Falls chosen to attack them now?

"Tch, what's even going on during this event?!" Dark Suffice muttered to himself.