273 Abyssal Prime 2
This change did not make him stronger in any way, but it provided a solid foundation for Draco to achieve the purpose of his existence. One could think of it as half of the first step he needed to take.
Back in the world of Boundless, Draco naturally did not notice any of these changes. The pods afforded a full and perfect synchronization with the game unlike the helmets, so one could say that he was fully immersed in Boundless.
Draco gazed over the other system announcements that had come. The system stated that his class was unique and not documented, so he would not receive its support.
This troubled him greatly. A class was special because it was a thing of the system. The system generated skills and possible techniques for players and NPCs based on this.
It would also generate special equipment for the class as well as possible advancements/unique factors.
However, the Abyssal Prime was a standalone class that could only be improved by Draco himself. If he improved it, the system would catalog it and add it, but he would have to do the work the system did for other classes - even his old Avenger class - all by himself.
He would have to develop techniques himself and then use something like the Scrivener Tradeskill to turn them into skill/spellbooks if he wanted any system assistance whatsoever. This sounded simple on paper, but how could a Legendary Tradeskill output Divine skills easily?
Draco would need to be - at least - a Grandmaster in Scrivener to do so. How far away was such a thing? He could barely climb out of the Amateur Rank, much less hit Grandmaster. His Aether Crystal cheat would not work on that, so he would have to roll up his sleeves and put in the work.
So, it was clear that apart from his current class skills Ranking up, he wouldn't be getting any more of them in the near future. He could only use techniques for combat weapons or subjective magic to fight, as well as Control as his bloodline techniques.
At least he could use racial skills and race-locked skills, so he could learn a lot from those skills. Thinking along those lines, Draco took out the skill book Rina had forwarded to him a while back that he had forgotten about.
｢Angel's Blessing – Active Skill
Effect: Send out a random buff to every ally within 10 miles. Buffs last 10 minutes and can't be dispelled.
Note: Race locked to Angels and sub-Angels.
Cooldown: 30 minutes｣
It had been sitting in his inventory for a very long while Draco had formerly possessed so many skills that he didn't even bother to add this, especially with subjective magic in his repertoire.
Draco immediately learned it. Once he did, he checked its description to see if there were any changes.
｢Angel's Blessing (Corrupted) – Active Skill
Effect: Send out a random debuff to every enemy within 10 miles. Cannot be dispelled.
Duration: 10 minutes
Cooldown: 30 minutes｣
Draco now understood what the corrupted part did. The wholesome and holy Angelic skills would be turned into harmful and twisted versions of themselves, performing the opposite of their intended task.
A skill meant to bolster allies in support turned into a skill to weaken enemies via malevolent means. Draco didn't think this was a bad thing though, as this could prove far more useful to him.
Draco was pleased by another thing, which was the fact that he could learn any skill of his four races regardless of the skill's tier. After all, the system had kicked out his old skills because they were mortal.
But it seemed that as long as the skill belonged to one of his four unique races, he could learn it regardless of tier. That was actually pretty good and would be immensely useful later on.
Building on that, he was unhappy about his skills being kicked out arbitrarily. He had collected a few useful ones over time, like Omnipotent Archer, Armageddon and more.
These had been skills with plenty of use for him now and later on. Now, that he had lost them they had also become something he could never learn again.
The one thing that pacified him though, was what he had gained in exchange. Those skills were a small price to pay for the power he had received. Besides, Draco had long since gotten used to the give and take nature of the system.
Even if it was going to give you something good, it would extract a pound of flesh beforehand. The system did not give handouts.
Draco also paid extra attention to one notification from the system, which was it telling him he was the only player on the main plane to have a Divine Class.
This made Draco frown heavily and his face became grave. Why was this so? Well, Draco was possibly one of the only two people who could claim the know the system just as well as it knew itself.
He knew that its wording in any matter was important, and there were always layers behind it.
When Draco had become a Grandmaster of Enchanting, he had also been congratulated by the system in a much similar manner.
However, back then, it had told Draco directly that he was the only Grandmaster of Enchanting for this era. In essence, among the races and across all the planes, he was the only one alive.
However, he was now told that among the players, he was the only one with a Divine Class.
Well, that should be obvious. Putting aside who could even get an Epic one, who else could possibly find 1 billion platinum to pay for a Divine Class attempt? Who even had anything that would qualify them for such a right?
The players would not have anyone with a Divine Class unless Draco intervened and assisted that person. The only other option would be the AI giving handouts, but that would go against its own protocol, so it was impossible.
In other words, the fact that he was the only player with such a class was as obvious as the fact that traps were gay.
For the system to state it like this, it meant that there were NPCs or monsters out there with Divine Classes. Maybe not in the main plane alone, but hidden away in different corners of the world.
In essence, Draco could not claim to be the greatest in the mortal world. There were other talents like him hiding somewhere, and he might encounter them one day.
However, his frown eased into a smirk.
"If we were the only ones standing at the precipice of the world, wouldn't that be too lonely for Eva and I? Epic classes, Legendary classes, Divine classes, give them to whoever you want. Let them come. I'll be waiting with my soulmate." Draco stated cockily, before turning to leave the Training Hall.
Now that he had acquired the Divine Class, it was time to make some final preparations before heading for the Refinement God's Treasury Unique Quest. Most of the stuff he prepared, like the Advanced Spatial Creation Devices, had been used up.
While Draco went down the elevator of the Guild Hall, he thought to open his character sheet.
｢ Name: Draco
Class: Abyssal Prime
Race: Hybrid (Human/Ultima Sunt)
Rank: Adventurer (1)
Combat Skills: Dragon Form, Demon Form, Devil Form, Necrotic Hands, Evil Curse, Life Steal, Divination, Dark Resurrection, Beckon.
Non-Combat Skills: Soul Bond, Charm, Insight, Foresight, Flexibility, Illusion, Evolution, Ultimate Stealth, Pinnacle Intelligence, Dragobond, Aether Conversion.
Tradeskills: Smithing (level 60, 10%), Alchemy (level 60, 15%), Enchanting (level 100, 0%), Cooking (level 80, 99%), Taming (level 1, 10%), Tactics (level 1, 25%), Magical Engineering (level 14, 15%), Scrivener (level 1, 90%)｣
He was pleased to note that he had retained his Aether Conversion skill. It did make sense that it would stay as it was not a technique that the system had optimized into a skill for him, like the Ruler of Nine Hells.
That one had been assimilated by his Demon Form active skill, since it was transforming into his Horned Demon true body that had granted him the skill in the first place.
As for the 13,450% experience he had there, it was from when he had slaughtered the thousands of Void Fodder that had amassed in the Ruined Plains of Deriam.
He had used Lugh's Might to ravage the entire Field Zone, clearing all the low-level void monsters with ease. He originally planned to use this experience to shoot up through the levels of Rank 2 after conversion, but it seemed he would have to use it now.
Draco chose to release the experience, and could only smile bitterly when he was only granted 1,345% experience. His 10% experience gain was already chewing his bum viciously, and he could feel his future looking bleak.
Draco understood now that his fate and style of progression would change drastically with this class.
Before, Draco could kill almost anything within his Rank, fight destructively with something above his Rank then flee, and as for something two Ranks up? He could only run like a dog.
'Almost killing anything in his Rank' meant that the pinnacle of the Rank would be hard to kill, and this was not in terms of level, but in terms of Combat Rank itself.
For example, Rank 1 monsters started from Private, to Specialist, to Sergeant, to Lieutenant, to Captain. Within these Monster Ranks, Draco could kill them with relative ease if they were at Rank 1.
Sometimes, rare Major Ranks appeared in Rank 1, like Dragons or such higher beings. They were impossible for the previous Draco to kill on his own, hence why he could kill almost anything within his Rank.
Rank 2 started from Specialist Rank monsters up to Major Rank. No Private Rank Monster could reach Rank 2, unless they achieved a State of Being evolution.
Now though, Draco could kill Dragon Lords or the Four Horsemen in 1v1 battles with some modicum of ease. Of course, he would have to be at the same level as them to perform such an act.
He could now fight Rank 2 beings head-on and not lose. In fact, if he played his cards right, he could kill a Rank 2 entity, but he would have to go all out!
This was much better than fighting destructively, where he was on the losing end, and then be forced to flee. It was only against powerful Rank 2 Captains and above that he would have no chance of killing until he hit Rank 2 himself.
As for Rank 3, he could defend himself respectably. He wouldn't have to flee on sight, but he would be killed if he dragged the battle on for too long and wasted his 3 cheat-like active skills.
Now that he had gained 13 levels and had been sent to Rank 1, level 23 he gained an extra 39 stat points which he could allocate. Now, the beauty of a powerful class when upgrading was shown.
The higher your starting stats, the higher you could climb stats wise, reaching levels no other class could hope to match! Every class change would send you back to Rank 1, level 10, allowing you to accumulate more stat points as you climbed back up.
Of course, this was only useful early in the game, or if you had trustworthy people to power level you. Resetting your class, unless it was for an Epic or above, after Update 5 was suicide of the highest proportions.
Draco placed his stat points in three different points. He put 19 in Strength, 10 in Dexterity and 10 in Endurance. He was looking forward to bringing his physical stats to 100 points each, before he would focus on his mental stats.
Draco closed this screen and went to Cario City's Portal Center. He then took the portal to Vita City-State, where he breathed in the Aether-Rich air with a smile.
He then walked towards the Aether Hall. Soon, the Refinement God's Treasury would become a barren land when he was done with it.