417. The Beginning (4)
“Congratulations, you have surpassed the 35th floor of the Tower of Trials.”
“As a breakthrough reward, all abilities increase by +100.”
“You have received ‘1,500,000 points’ as a breakthrough reward.”
“You have obtained ‘80,000 SP’ as a breakthrough reward.”
“As an additional breakthrough reward, ‘Pure Madman’s Pendant (S+)’ will be sent to your inventory.”
“Please move to the waiting room.”
As I passed through the ordeal clearing messages that appeared before my eyes and passed through the portal placed in the center of the stage, the familiar scene of the waiting room came into view.
“I entered the waiting room on the 36th floor.”
At that, I narrowed my eyes and pursed my lips as if curious.
“It’s the 36th floor… … .”
Not a place like the 10th floor or the 20th floor, which is close to the lower section of the Tower of Trials, but a place closer to the upper section.
Before you know it, you have reached the upper level, which is considered a fairly high level even among challengers climbing the Tower of Trials.
“For a short period of time, less than a month at most, I think it’s come up quite a lot.”
step… … .
‘It’s just so-so.’
That was it.
It was a bit strange, but I didn’t really feel anything about it.
If I were to be honest, should I say that it is surprising that, contrary to the existing expectation that climbing the Tower of Trials to the upper level would be difficult, it was not that difficult?
But even that didn’t feel that big.
Well, if you transform into the concept of divinity itself and become one of the ancient deities of this universe, there is no way you will fail to climb the Tower of Trials, even though it may take some time.
‘Actually, moving up to this upper class was something that was already decided.’
It was boring.
Is this because the increasing difficulty of the trials due to the numerous penalties that have been suffered so far has all disappeared?
After returning from the Pantheon, even though I was focused on climbing the Tower of Trials, I didn’t like any of the trials.
‘No way, I would have thought that the disappearance of numerous penalties from the Tower of Trials was closer to bad news than good news to me.’
Fortunately, this 35th floor trial given by the Tower of Trials was a combined trial, so I received a lot of challenger’s items as tribute and made a nice side income, but the rest was not like that.
‘In general, the quality of each trial, from the difficulty of clearing the trials to the rewards for clearing the trials, has decreased to the point where it is completely different from before.’
It was serious.
Compared to the power I have, dealing with enemies who have established a hierarchy similar to that of ants or flying insects makes enduring the excessive boredom feel even more difficult.
Moreover, as the trials given by the Tower of Trials were all downgraded, it was not possible to achieve meaningful growth with the supernormal abilities of Necromancy or the myth <Possibility of Transcendence> following the rewards for clearing the trials.
I knew the answer.
According to the original nature of the Tower of Trials, the difficulty of clearing the trials will increase exponentially as you go up the floor.
In fact, the difficulty of clearing the ordeal was gradually increasing.
Perhaps, if I could continue climbing the Tower of Trials and reach the mid-40s or early 50s, I would likely regain some of my previous growth.
But even that just feels infinitely slow.
‘… … ‘There isn’t much time left.’
Most of the powerful people in this universe probably had feelings bordering on contempt for me.
‘… … Whether it’s the god of despair, fall, and madness lurking somewhere in the universe, or an ancient deity in the pantheon, he’s going to do something at least once.’
Moreover, there is no way that ancient gods or higher-level gods who have figured out that this side will reach the transcendent will remain silent.
‘There is no place to retreat anymore.’
This was something that the God of Despair, Fall, and Madness had already clearly noticed when he sent the God of Heaven down to Earth and played a trick.
‘Until then, you have to be strong.’
In fact, even if you have climbed the Tower of Trials beyond the 40th floor, if you are not suited to growing on your own, you will have to look for a new method.
And, based on what we know, this new method of raising the status of divinity may not be a method that one likes.
That’s because among the gods seen at the Tower of Trials, those who became strong in a very short period of time all adopted methods that showed no consideration for mortals.
“… … .”
step… … .
‘There’s nothing to worry about.’
At that, I smiled coldly, almost mockingly, and gave a cold look in my eyes.
‘If I can gain new possibilities by simply throwing away this vague humanity, I will do so.’
If you can reach transcendence by throwing away all your weak humanity, there is no way you will not choose it in the end.
‘I have a general sense of what alternatives there are.’
step… … .
‘therefore… … .’
That was it.
‘Until then, all you have to do is climb the Tower of Trials.’
Isn’t that the last option?
‘That way, I can decide whether the Tower of Trials is more valuable to me or whether I should choose another alternative.’
So, I got out of my thoughts and did everything I had to do one by one.
「Use all the commands you have to permanently increase your stats.」
“Strength has increased by 9.”
“Agility has increased by 8.”
“Stamina has increased by 9.”
“Magic power has increased by 11.”
“Durability has increased by 10.”
“Concept has increased by 1.”
All abilities were raised by consuming all the newly obtained spirits through necromancy at once.
‘It’s at a level that’s acceptable.’
In fact, considering that all of the challengers seen at the Tower of Trials were at the level of a swarm of ants, they achieved a high level of increase in their abilities.
「… … .」
“Exclusive authority #D-0007 [Increased Compensation] is activated.”
“The level of compensation increases with exclusive authority #D-0007 [Increased Compensation].”
「The 35th floor breakthrough reward of +100 to all abilities has been strengthened to +200 to all abilities.」
「The 35th floor additional breakthrough reward, ‘Pure Maniac’s Pendant (S+)’ will be strengthened to ‘Pure Torsion’s Pendant (SS+).」
That’s not all.
If I were to be specific, the +200 increase in all abilities given by the Tower of Trials as a reward for clearing the 35th floor trial was satisfactory compared to the useless items obtained on the previous floor.
There is no better feeling than being able to sublimate your physical abilities into a special move that is close to a divine supernormal ability through divine <fighting spirit>.
‘But that’s not all.’
step… … .
This is just the tip of the iceberg.
‘If I were to be honest, the +200 increase in all abilities, which is a reward for clearing an ordeal, is a valuable reward in its own way… … .’
It’s not different-.
The moment I opened the inventory.
‘Actually, the biggest benefit I gained this time is something else.’
Numerous items accumulated in the inventory poured out.
Rather than just low-grade items that can be found anywhere, there is a mountain of fairly high-grade items that are valuable enough to make anyone quite greedy.
There are also a number of items with rare value, such as skill proficiency increasing potions that are impossible to obtain anywhere other than the Tower of Trials.
“Skill ‘Steel Eating’ is strongly activated.”
‘Shall we start off lightly?’
However, just for a moment.
“Strength increases by 4.”
“Agility increases by 3.”
「Stamina increases by 4.」
“Durability increases by 6.”
“Magic power increases by 5.”
Most of those items were too difficult to use anyway, so we dealt with them appropriately.
「… … .」
「The Seal of Offering (SS-) exclusive effect ‘Offering (供養)’ is activated.」
“I received 11 items as an offering from myself.”
「Replace the relevant items with divine power and store it in the heart.」
It didn’t take that much time.
Replacing useless items in divinity or one of the abilities has already been done dozens of times.
After disposing of the items that had piled up like a mountain in the blink of an eye, only high-quality items with high usability remained.
「Skill Proficiency Increase Potion」
“A special potion specially created by the tower for beings with skills.”
「When taken, you can randomly increase the proficiency of one of your skills by 30%.」
For challengers climbing the Tower of Trials or those who have skills through the system, special items such as skill proficiency increasing potions can forcibly increase the skill level, so the higher the skill level, the more valuable it is.
“You have consumed the skill proficiency increase potion (B+).”
“Select a skill that will increase your proficiency.”
Is that why?
「… … .」
「Challenger Han Seong-yoon’s mastery of the power skill ‘Starlight (SS-)’ increases by 210%.」
The moment I drank all of the ‘Skill Mastery Increase Potion (B+)’ that this side had.
「The proficiency of the power skill ‘Starlight (SS-)’ has reached 100%.」
「The grade of the power skill ‘Starlight (SS-)’ increases by one level.」
「The proficiency of the power skill ‘Star Light (SS)’ has reached 100%… … .」
「The grade of the authority skill ‘Starlight (SS)’ increases by one level… … .」
「The proficiency of the power skill ‘Starlight (SS+)’ reaches 100%… … .」
「The level of the power skill ‘Star Light (SS+)’ has increased by one level… … .」
In an instant, the skill rank soared to a point close to the ceiling.
“Now, following the Honwon Demon Sword, the Holy Light has reached SSS-level…? … .”
Among the skills we have, Seonggwang’s skill, which can inflict the greatest area damage, has reached SSS-level.
‘Even when it was only a high-ranking god, after the Honwon Demon Sword grew to SSS-level, it was able to demonstrate destructive power close to that of an ancient god, even if only momentarily.’
That means only one thing.
‘How much stronger has Seonggwang become following the Honwon Demon Sword?’
In fact, it is highly likely that the Holy Light this side has is not limited to the original Holy Light of the Dragon God, but has a higher level of perfection.
‘That’s something to look forward to.’
「… … .」
“Challenger Han Seong-yoon’s concept increases by +70.”
「… … .」
“Constitution has been improved.”
“Stamina has increased by +10.”
「… … .」
“Mana absorption complete.”
“Magic power has increased by +20.”
In an instant, I finished preparing to climb the Tower of Trials again, using up designated stat-boosting potions and various elixir-type items.
‘At this point, there’s nothing more to do.’
however… … .
‘Slowly moving on to the next ordeal… … .’
Contrary to the original plan, it was not possible to climb the Tower of Trials right away.
「… … .」
“The Tower of Trials has confirmed that the total number of people who have broken through the 35th floor trials has exceeded 1,500.”
Suddenly, as I was about to advance to a new floor, system messages appeared in my field of vision.
“System expansion begins.”
“Usage permission expansion begins.”
「… … .」
‘It’s called system expansion… … ?’
It’s no different… … .
「Exclusive permission #G-1047 [Choice of Choice] has been obtained.」
「When entering a new trial, you can autonomously select the ‘trial theme’ according to the unique keyword.」
“However, the autonomous selection of ‘trial theme’ must be decided within the three options optimized for the individual based on unique keywords.”
“The details of the ordeal will vary depending on your choice.”
It was an unexpected upheaval.