Solo Leveling Novel, Chapter 48
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Was it because of the restrictions?
The drop rate was good . He had only taken down three knights, but two of them dropped an item . It was a drop rate of 66 . 6% . He had not seen a rate like this anywhere else before . On top of that, most of the items dropped in Instant Dungeons were trash that were sold to the shop . This was not the case here .
You’ve found a “High-level Knight’s Breastplate”  Would you like to acquire it?
‘Of course I would . ’
The breastplate of the first knight Jinwoo took out slowly disappeared then reappeared in front of his feet .
The equipment’s information popped up .
High-level Knight’s Breastplate Rarity: B Type: Armor Physical Damage Reduction +7% (If your strength is below 80, your movements will be slowed . )
7% physical damage reduction! Combined with his natural buff, he could increase his damage reduction to a total of 27% .
‘If I reach a 100%, do I just become immune to physical damage?’
He dismissed the thought after realizing that a B-rank equipment only gave 7% . If the pattern stuck, an A-rank equipment would probably not give 30% or 40% reduction, so reaching 100% would be impossible .
‘Still, every little bit counts . ’
Gathering the boosts bit by bit would have a great impact down the line . He remembered the effectiveness of good equipment the first time he saw Yoo Jinho .
‘So I just do this, right?’
He held up the breastplate . As expected, the System asked him with a message,
Would you like to equip the “High-level Knight’s Breastplate”?
Just looking at the armor, it was not something he wanted to be seen walking around in . If it wasn’t for his experiences with “Gatekeeper’s Necklace”, he would’ve been a lot more hesitant . . .
‘Yes . ’
The “High-level Knight’s Breastplate” has been equipped .
The breastplate was invisible to the eye . Jinwoo opened up his status screen to confirm the benefits .
Physical Damage Reduction: 27%
‘The reduction increased . ’
He felt his chest; he did not feel anything there . He twisted and stretched his body but did not feel the armor hinder him . It was almost as if it wasn’t there . It was the same as the time he equipped the Gatekeeper’s Necklace .
‘Good . ’
Jinwoo turned his gaze to the other knight, crumpled up in a corner . Its crushed form sparked with the light of a drop .
You’ve found a “Leather Pouch” Would you like to acquire it?
Although it was his handiwork, he felt a little bad at its mangled body . It seemed that he could not control his strength when using his bare hands in a fight .
“ . . . ”
With a solemn expression, he stretched a hand to the light,
‘Acquire . ’
You’ve opened the leather pouch . There was 30,000 gold inside . You’ve acquired 30,000 gold .
Without even appearing in his hands, the leather pouch was just opened . It appeared that this was a little different than the other items . He opened his inventory and confirmed that he had received the 30,000 gold .
Current Gold: 863,400
‘Thirty thousand in one go, eh?’
Was it because knights normally carried that much? He remembered that in video games, humanoid monsters often dropped more items than others . Well, it made sense that humans carried more things than beasts or bugs . Not that it was certain the System was copying all of that . Still, this was good news . There were still many things he wanted to buy with gold, and it would be good if gold kept dropping this way .
‘Anything else I could take?’
They say there was no end to man’s greed . Jinwoo looked around with greedy eyes . The knights’ armors were all crushed by his hands and did not look usable… His gaze fell upon their swords .
‘That looks usable . ’
A clean longsword that looked new . Since it was not a dagger, he didn’t plan on using it, but he could probably sell in the shop or to other Hunters . Jinwoo picked up the sword . However, the moment he raised the weapon, it rapidly rusted then turned to dust in his hands .
It happened in a blink of an eye .
‘It won’t let me obtain anything if it’s not a drop?’
Regrettable, but there was nothing he could do . He clapped his hands and picked up the torch he had dropped earlier .
Turning around the corner to where the knights had come from, he saw yet another deep, dark tunnel .
“ . . . ”
It seemed that there was still a long way to go . . .
It was funny, but it almost seemed like he had to study the encounters like a test . After 2 hours of wandering the Dungeon, he had come across 4 types of monsters:
Knights, Mages, Assassins and Archers .
“Is it ‘Stealth’ this time?”
The assassin had disappeared before his eyes . Without panicking, Jinwoo immediately focused his senses and detected the enemy approaching from his back .
Jinwoo parried the assassin’s dagger with Casaka’s Poisoned Fang, then quickly counterattacked after it fell off his balance . His dagger found its way straight into the enemy’s chest .
You’ve defeated the Assassin .
You’ve leveled up!
After receiving a fatal blow, the assassin turned into black smoke without so much as a scream .
All that was left in its place was the leather armor it was wearing .
‘I wonder why they’re all humanoid . ’
Jinwoo thought this every time he defeated one of them . Thankfully, he did not get to see their faces when they fought . The knights had their helmets, the assassins and archers their leather hoods, and the mages covered their heads with the hood of their robes .
Jinwoo turned to continue on his path .
Suddenly, a flash blinded his vision . A mage that hid its presence had completed casting its light-element spell .
It was an explosion that pierced the ears!
But Jinwoo had already moved behind the mage .
“ . . . !”
The mage detected a presence behind it and quickly began to cast a spell, but Jinwoo had already brought down his dagger down upon it . The mage disappeared with a black smoke .
Jinwoo stared at the robe that lost its owner and put away his dagger .
‘I was hit by an attack like that before, you see . ’
In fact, he was already preparing to move when he felt the collection of mana from a distance . Jo Gyuhwan’s light-element magic . Jinwoo was not as naive as to be struck by an attack he was hit with before . This was the meaning of studying the encounters .
‘Not only that . ’
Each of the monsters needed a specific stat to deal with .
Knights with strength, assassins with sense, archers with agility and mages with constitution .
If the appropriate stat was not above a certain level, dealing with the corresponding enemy would’ve been very difficult . With a low strength, he wouldn’t have been able to damage the armor of the knight; with a low sense, he wouldn’t have been able to detect the assassin .
‘Looks like distributing my stats evenly was helpful for situations like this’
Well, his intelligence was a bit low, but that could be dealt with by managing his mana carefully .
You’ve opened the leather pouch . There was 20,000 gold and a “canteen with warm water” inside . You’ve acquired 20,000 gold and a “canteen with warm water” .
Jinwoo opened his inventory and took out the canteen and drank from it .
Fatigue was piling up .
‘How much longer do I have to go?’
No, was there even an end?
Jinwoo dropped the empty canteen and stood with his hands on his hip . It’s been 3 hours since he had started the quest . Both his body and mind were becoming tired .
‘ . . . Should I rest for a bit?’
He sat down with his back against the cave wall .
‘Status screen . ’
His fatigue had almost reached a dangerous point . Above 70, it would have a noticeable debuff on his body and mind . Even for a moment, he had to rest his eyes and recover his stamina . Jinwoo rested his head against the wall and quickly began to doze off . Even in this environment, he was so tired that he would fall asleep in a moment . Unfortunately…
A sharp sound flew across the air! With his agility stat slowing down the world, Jinwoo was able to grab the arrow that was flying towards him .
The Hunter’s eyes shot open . At a distance, the archer was preparing its next shot .
‘Won’t let me even sleep, huh . ’
Jinwoo summoned Casaka’s Poisoned Fang as he got up .
The breastplate caved in at Jinwoo’s punch, and the knight struck the wall . Its body slid down the wall, sprawled out on the ground and stopped moving .
You’ve defeated the Knight .
You’ve leveled up!
It was unfortunate that it was not accompanied by a status recovery, but Jinwoo was still steadily leveling up through the battles . It was a small consolation amidst the piling up fatigue . The man stared at his slightly scratched knuckles and clicked his tongue . It would be nice if he could just rest for a little bit, but the monsters did not give him any room to breathe . Thankfully, they did drop a lot of items .
Equipment  Gatekeeper’s Necklace (A) High-level Knight’s Breastplate (B) Mid-level Assassin’s Shoes (B) Low-level Archer’s Gloves (C) High-level Mage’s Ring (B)
Other than what he had equipped, there were several items that he put away in his inventory as well .
‘Wish they dropped a usable weapon . ’
Unfortunately, the daggers dropped by the assassins, while having a similar attack power as Casaka’s Poisoned Fang, did not have any special effects so could not be considered an upgrade .
‘Alright, what’ve you got?’
Jinwoo stretched a hand toward the light from the fallen knight .
High-level Knight’s Gauntlet Rarity: B Type: Armor Physical Damage Reduction +3% Additional effect: Protects the hands from injury (If your strength is below 80, your movement will be slowed . )
‘Oooh . ’
Jinwoo obtained the gauntlets with a happy expression and equipped them . Just like the other equipment, the gauntlets did not show their form and did not impede his fingers .
‘Good . ’
After moving his fingers around, Jinwoo raised his head .
Ahead of the tunnel, the torches that lined the wall finally ended . At their end was a giant door . Jinwoo remembered the entrance of the underground temple from back then . His party was not prepared and met a tragic fate through the doors .
It would be different this time .
Jinwoo looked back on the path that he had walked so far .
‘It’s been six hours since I came in here…’
His level had reached 45, and he had picked up a lot of new equipment .
He was prepared .
He wanted to rest for a bit and recover his stamina, but he knew that it would just summon more monsters that would interrupt his sleep . He could not afford to increase his fatigue any more through such encounters .
HP: 4,511 / 8,330 MP: 660 / 790 Fatigue: 43
‘I have to win with just this . ’
After performing a final check on his status, Jinwoo grabbed the handles of the door .
As if moved by some unknown mechanism, the doors opened apart easily .
: “High-level Knight’s Breastplate” (상급 기사의 흉갑): “advanced/high level” 상급 + “knight” 기사 + “breastplate” 흉갑
: All pretty literal and straight forward . The equipment are divided into 3 tiers, high-level, mid-level and low-level (상급, 중급, 하급) .
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