169 Earth Drake
Although Jiang Fei had walked away all the poorer from this expedition, he was nevertheless the first to reach Level 30 and had received 500 gold coins as a reward from the system. He now had barely over 1,000 gold coins with him. He had spent without much consideration, especially when it came to buying information from Smart Tomato. He had barely even attempted negotiating the fee. Naturally, money would run out fast, especially when one is as active in purchasing as Jiang Fei was. He was still worth a lot of money, with all the treasures on his person. But most players could not even afford to buy any single one of them.
Regardless of that, Jiang Fei still decided to buy the Odd Beast. After all, he was always going off on long-distance missions. Without a fast mount, he would have to spend hours walking again!
In the end, Jiang Fei chose the Earth Drake which better-suited him. After all, the other Odd Beasts looked comparatively weaker and thinner. With Jiang Fei's heavy armor and massive shield that took up half a bed, he would appear most unsightly on a skinny, scrawny thing. People would accuse him of animal abuse!
After paying a thousand gold coins, Jiang Fei obtained his own mount!
He summoned it excitedly.
Following a low growl, a fierce-looking, huge beast appeared right next to Jiang Fei.
This massive beast looked like a larger version of the prehistoric crocodile -- a Sarcosuchus. It was four meters in length and one-and-a-half meter in height, even as it lay on its belly. The scales on its body were shiny, like metal! Speaking of metal, its head, tail, and limbs were covered by a golden armor. Not far ahead of the saddle, the beast's bloodied big mouth and sharp, glowing fangs made it look oddly cool despite its ferocious appearance. It was hard to believe this was a Roaming Mount and not a Battle Mount!
With a flip of his body, Jiang Fei got on the beast and started enjoying the increased speed, roaming through the streets of Dawnlight City.
"What the heck! What is the thing?"
"F*cking hell! Is that a mount? That's way too cool! Time to level up sooner!"
"Stop dreaming. Even if you reach Level 30, you'll never afford that thing…"
"You goddamned buzzkill! Can't a man dream?"
As Jiang Wei made his way through, heads turned. As the first player to own a mount in Dawnlight City, Jiang Fei had already attracted enough attention. On top of that, he had picked a colossal, over-the-top beast.
Jiang Fei took a few more turns in Dawnlight City before he received a message from Zhao Feng. "Brother Fei, are you free?"
"What's the matter?"
Jiang Fei was most definitely free and unoccupied at that moment. He replied without skipping a beat.
"Help me out with a quest."
"Where are you?" Jiang Fei asked.
"West of the City!"
Zhao Feng sent Jiang Fei his location.
"I'll be there right away!"
Jiang Fei tugged at the reins of the Earth Drake which then started galloping at full speed towards the location Zhao Feng had provided.
Jiang Fei's Movement Speed had been doubled. Travelling had suddenly seemed a lot more pleasant. Turning one's head to gaze at the grass and trees on both sides of the road slipping past him and the wind rushing over his face was most pleasurable!
"Hahaha, this is f*cking amazing! No wonder people are all crazy over mounts. Too much fun!"
Jiang Fei had never experienced horse-riding in real life. However, being able to experience it in the game made up for that, somewhat!
Not long after, Jiang Fei arrived at the rendezvous. He was surprised to see that Zhao Feng was not alone. He had formed a team with two other players.
"What the heck! Brother Fei, the heck is that thing between your legs?"
All the way from the distance, Zhao Feng was already making a big hoo-hah, with large, animated movements.
"Holy cr*p! You really know Verdure Glider?" One of Zhao Feng's teammate cried. Clearly, the two of them had not believed that the little fatty Zhao Feng could be acquainted with the Level Ranking Board's number one player!
"That is of course! We are good brothers!" said Zhao Feng proudly.
Right then, Jiang Fei was already approaching the three of them.
"D*mn! I am actually seeing the living Verdure Glider! Bloody hell. That armor really does make him look like a god. It is no wonder he is known as the Mobile Cash Box. A single raid would easily cover a month's worth of the Knighthood's expenditure…" mumbled the human race warrior.
Jiang Fei glanced at the fellow who was mumbling. He seemed to be evaluating the worth of Jiang Fei's equipment…
Seven Stars Warrior (Human Race, Warrior)
Health Points: 4350
Attack Power: 759
Remarks: Guildless or in a Knighthood.
"Ho. For a pub player, he's pretty good!" Jiang Fei mumbled to himself in his heart. He turned to look at Zhao Feng's other teammate.
Little Rain (Elf Race, Magician)
Health Points: 2140
Magic Attack: 825
Remarks: Member of the Falling Leaf Knighthood
"How the heck did this fatty get to know two such well-equipped pub players?" Jiang Fei thought to himself. Little Rain was just as well-equipped. Both of them basically had full sets of Green Grade equipment. On top of that, they each had one or two Blue Grade equipment, and their weapons were both Blue Grade and above Level 25. That was certainly no easy feat! They had to be some of the best among pub players. In fact, most core members of the big guilds did not even have such equipment!
"Brother Fei! These two are my friends, Seven Stars Warrior, and Little Rain. We discovered this hidden quest as a team. Well, we might have bitten off more than we could chew. So, that's where you come in!" said Zhao Feng, laughing away.
"Alright, alright. Add me up!" said Jiang Fei as he nodded.
"What the heck! 12,000 Health Points?"
Seven Stars Warrior was dumbfounded. As Zhao Feng and Little Rain were of the Magical branch, they were all too unaware of its significance. However, Seven Stars Warrior was different. He was a Support-class warrior, but he was not oblivious about the world of Tanks.
Even the strongest Tank from Fafner in the Azure, Master Wei, only had 7,000 Health Points, and he was already considered a prime example of Tanks. A decent Tank in any other guild typically only had 6,500 Health Points. The typical Tank only had around 5,500 Health Points -- not even more than half of Jiang Fei's Health Points!
Seven Stars Warrior was unable to see the value of Jiang Fei's Defense, or else his jaw might have even fallen off from the shock. Jiang Fei's Defense was already fast approaching 1,100. Basically, no other star player at his level would be able to break through his Defense, unless they had something that utterly disregarded his Defense!
"What did I tell you? We've got it now!" said Zhao Feng proudly.
"Of course we can!"
With a ridiculously powerful tank like Jiang Fei, coupled with the confidence Seven Stars Warrior and Little Rain had when it came to the Support game, the party was all-smiles.
This was, after all, a team's hidden quest. Even if they did not receive anything significant, the sheer volume of common materials that they quest could potentially offer them would make their day.
"Let's go!" said Jiang Fei to Zhao Feng.
"Alright! Just up ahead. Gave it a shot. Proved too much for us. But the monsters are lumbering, slow beasts, so we could outrun them fairly easily. Otherwise, the three of us would be struggling over another matter entirely, wondering how to get our equipment back!" explained Zhao Feng.
"Oh? If they are that strong, don't we need a healer?" asked Jiang Fei.
"Oh, don't worry about it! I have learned a new skill!" said Zhao Feng proudly.