“Alec, do you think you can help me with NM tomorrow?” Arkades asked yesterday.
“Oh? Where? And what NM is it?”
“Ro’Maeve, Shikigami Weapon.”
“Ummm….” I pondered, “…if it’s not too late, I’m free. Have sky late at night here.”
“Aw boo… It’s going to be around 21 hrs from now.”
So I counted with my fingers, trying the best to use my dumb mathematics skill to calculate the time, and finally found out after about 5 minutes.
“Yeah I’m free.”
“Thank you! Nice! My friends can’t make it, it’s too early here.”
“That’s too bad. I’ll be there!”
“Er…” he hesitated, “What jobs do you have at 75?”
“Monk, White mage, and Warrior.”
“Can you come WHM? I’ll come PLD/DNC But I think you’ll need to sub RNG to track the NM.”
“I’m not sure if we can do it. I used to duo with Elfi, if you come MNK/DNC maybe that’s good too.”
Well, hell yeah, I want to go kick asses as a Monk sub Dancer too, but….
“My DNC is gimpedty gimp, at level 26!”
“Ah…” Arkades exclaimed “Have to be Whitemage then.”
“If we have problem with links, might have to zone them. Can you make it to the zone?”
“Let’s try it!” I said with determination “We will see.”
“Whoa, great, I like your attitude.”
“Well, no pain, no gain. If we fail we only die.”
“Right, but I kind of feel bad to make you risk dying.”
Dying? That’s fun! I checked my status and it said I had 42000/44000 exp! And this is WHM, with RR3. So when I die I only lose about 200 exp. Hehehe!
“I like dying! Excitement! I got a lot of buff exp just for dying!”
“Hahaha! That’s a relief to hear.”
“Yah! See you tomorrow.”
“Thanks, see you. I’ll try to recruit more friends too.”
Today when it was about time, we found out that Elfi is coming to help too, with SMN, the foe of Shikigami Weapon. Supposedly the Carbuncle will help in claiming. So this is an important reinforcement, since we have so many competitors in claiming.
Ark arrived first, then me. Elfi had some problem and had to go to WC, but eventually arrived around 25 mins before pop time.
While I was talking to Elfi about this appointment, Earthgiven popped and asked what we’re doing. When he found out he volunteered to help. Right, with NM claim war to fight, more people is better, so I asked him to hurry and come.
In the mean time, Ark said his THF friend arrived. And the one walking towards us while yawning with sleepy eyes wasn’t just someone, but Dragonkng. We greeted for a bit, and suddenly Maxpeter who’s been quiet all the time spoke up in LS,
“Invite to join party.”
I was like O_o!? Huh!? Is he coming too!? I had to check the conversation twice to make sure it wasn’t a mistell. Hell no, he really meant it. Maxpeter is really in Ro’Maeve!!!
So, we have 6 people. I feel so much warmth and love!!!! Awwww!
I don’t know, I feel so happy and joyed. When we mentioned we need a hand, all friends jump in. Elfi who just got back from going outside, Earth that’s still tired from his golf tournament, and Max who’s been exceptional quiet recently and seems to be quite busy, preparing to be an amateur father very soon. <3 Alec the Mithra feels soooooo delighted!
We spreaded out to camp different spots. Elfi called Carbuncle as a claim assistance.
When it’s time, Ark alerted us, “That SMN is running around spamming magic!”
Since all the weapon-typed monsters will detect and aggro magic casting, and Shikigami is a special monster that cannot be attacked or claimed until it has aggroed someone, that was the only way to make it show itself up.
Well, I checked my Wide Scan and oh oh oh !! It popped!!!!
“}POP!” I yelled with such a hurry.
Everyone went alerted. I ran straight ahead, looking closely at my compass.
“Westttttttttttttt” I yelled.
“W” Earth helped spamming it.
My legs brought me west, and I found myself heading towards Elfi.
On the way, I kept looking for the Shikigami Weapon, with intense attention. But there’s nothing! Nothing at all! No NM! When I passed small room or any intersection, I lookedm and it wasn’t there. The compass still lead me to west….
But when I arrived at Elfi, compass said I’ve already passed it!
I backtracked, and looked at where my compass was pointing to…. Nothing, just an ordinary weapon.
Uh? Or is it in one of these small rooms? Or someone had already gotten it??
There was no one else there, just Elfi who was idle because of RL activity. (Well, food > all because food is the source of all energy!)
When I passed that weapon again, the compass turned around one more time! And now it kept spinning.
I was so damn confused. I was afraid someone would snatch it, I was also dumbfound at such situation. Then I decided to use the text command I’ve typed and prepare previously, planning to use it when I spot the NM.
Immediately, the Shikigami Weapon showed up in front of me and started slapping me around ruthlessly. Moreover, it was joined by another ordinary weapon (the same one that I had been staring questioningly at a bit before) that was near.
The NM promptly reacted with Bio III, dealing 105 HP damage on me (and also DoT me heavily, but I didn’t have enough time to pay attention at that point) while I tried to Repose it. I got interrupted because of the savage whacking…
Shit! I’m dead.
It was ringing in my brain. But beyond that, and even more dominant in my mind, was that we would lose the claim war if I die! All I saw in my eyes at that time was that the other campers who’re competing against us were running towards me! Someone else would surely snatch the NM!!!
I can’t die.
Above all, I must claim this NM! Now its name was still yellow. I quickly decided to cast Flash right into the eyes of the Shikigami. Mean while I yelled “help” in the party channel. Friends rushed to me. I cast Repose on the normal weapon and put it to sleep. Then I ran away a little and Cure’d myself up.
Cure V that I used in that split second cured me for 819 HP.
Everyone arrived and took the NM, while I could only utter out one word, “SCARED!!!!” before moving to a safer distance, heart racing, and kept an eye on the other weapon that I Reposed, in case it wake up and start slapping me again.
I was sweating and my hands were so trembling that I could hardly cast correct spells.
Ark exclaimed “cool” when he saw that I claimed the NM, and the laughed when I said I was scared. Elfi asked who claimed it, but I was too excited to answer.
I stood around and watched friends fight. I only supported them a little because that NM resisted the Enfeeblings I cast, so I became lazy. So I only made sure no one die, and just watch for the other weapon if it wake up.
When the NM died, they killed the other weapon. We’re done for the day.
The item? Bah! It didn’t drop. /comfort Arkades.
Tomorrow he can’t come, so it will be the day after tomorrow to try again.
Of course I’ll come to help! I love thrill and excitement!!!
, Shikigami Weapon