Chapter 6:

Worm Chapter 4: Phase Worm

Worm


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Racial ability Update: <Phase Change: Liquid Lv. 1> has upgraded to <Phase Change: Liquid Lv. 2>.Bookmark here

Skill Update: <Regeneration Mastery Lv. 2> has upgraded to <Regeneration Mastery Lv. 3>.Bookmark here

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I’ve been trying to level up without dissolving anything and just through increasing skill proficiency by taking advantage of the effect of ‡Viscount of Sloth‡.Bookmark here

I thought it would be easier, but it’s really not. Looking at the rate my EXP increases, it’s the same rate as dissolving dead monsters.Bookmark here

Because of that, I’ve set two slimes to improve skill proficiency while the other three dissolve dead beings while patrolling area for live monsters.Bookmark here

For <Phase Change: Liquid> I imagine the properties of the liquid I want to turn into. My body forms into that liquid. It always results with properties with lesser quality than I expected. I need to gain more levels for it in order to improve the skill.Bookmark here

For <Regeneration Mastery> I cut my body by jumping onto sharp objects that I assume to be rocks to damage myself then regenerate.Bookmark here

It’s easier to level up the skills due to my other slimes dissolving for EXP and at the same time, the other bodies will practice the skills.Bookmark here

While I was moving around my bodies, I felt a unique shape from the area of Body #5.Bookmark here

The monster is dead, but it is unbelievably large.Bookmark here

I moved closer to the corpse to get a much better feel of its shape.Bookmark here

The monster is larger than that [Abyth Exhobane]… it’s shape like a dear with large horns… what is this?Bookmark here

Pane, do you know?Bookmark here

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Name: Unnamed
Being Category: [Monster]
Race: [Abyth Gistag]
Racial Classification: [Beast]
Evolution Level: 4

Statistics
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A monster with Evolution Level: 4? Even that was killed?Bookmark here

Based on the wound, it’s the same monster that has been going around killing anything without eating it.Bookmark here

I haven’t seen this monster yet… I’m not really scared because I won’t die with one body dead. I actually want to encounter it so I would be ready for it.Bookmark here

Anyway, I’m lucky to be able to get a level 4 Monster.Bookmark here

I dissolved the [Abyth Gistag].Bookmark here

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[Abyth Gistag] has been dissolved.Bookmark here

-Health has been recovered.
-Mana has been recovered.
-EXP has been gained.

Level Update: Level has risen by 3. Current Level: 23.

Racial Ability Update: <Reform Lv. 7> has upgraded to <Reform Lv. 8>. | <Worm Slime Dissolution Lv. 6> has upgraded to <Worm Slime Dissolution Lv. 7> | <Telekinetic Movement Lv. 6> has upgraded to <Telekinetic Movement Lv. 7>|<Split Body Lv. 5> has upgraded to <Split Body Lv. 6>. <Phase Change: Liquid Lv. 2> has upgraded 2 times to <Phase Change: Liquid Lv. 4>.

Skill Update: <Dualism Lv. 5> has upgraded to <Dualism Lv. 6>. <Regeneration Mastery Lv. 3> has upgraded to <Regeneration Mastery Lv. 4>.Bookmark here

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Getting EXP from a being with Evolution Level higher than me really gives a lot of EXP.Bookmark here

Not only that, I think I’m getting more EXP now due to my <Worm Slime Dissolution> now at a higher level.Bookmark here

Now that I’ve discovered an Evolution Level: 4 monsters, I have the feeling the stronger monsters are just ahead this hallway. I need to be cautious in moving.Bookmark here

I made another body and named it Body #6 then split them on two separate corridors.Bookmark here

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After a while, I felt the shape of another [Abyth Gistag] from the area of Body #6. This time, it’s alive. Lucky!Bookmark here

But this time…Bookmark here

Why is it a lot smaller than the one before? Shouldn’t it be larger?Bookmark here

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Pane
Every monster has different sizes depending on age. This one is a baby [Abyth Gistag].
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…So that means, you don’t actually have to start with Evolution Level 0 after you are born!?Bookmark here

Pane
It depends on race. Based on the information I can access, this is the advantages of beast type beings. They can produce an offspring that will have the same Evolution Level as the parents. Reptiles or other types that lays eggs does not have this.Bookmark here

Why wasn’t I born as a beast type monster? In fact, I was born as a little worm that is not even a monster…Bookmark here

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Pane
Look at the bright side, if you weren’t you won’t be talking to me like this.
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…Huh? What did you just say? I thought you don't have any personality?Bookmark here

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Pane
Even if I don’t, I can pretend to have one. I wanted to tease you, just a little.
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Hmmm… looks like a proper personality to me.Bookmark here

Maybe Pane doesn’t realize it yet…Bookmark here

Come to think about it, can Pane hear every monologue I make?Bookmark here

…Of course, Pane won’t admit it…Bookmark here

Time to kill this small monster…Bookmark here

I used {Inventory} to move Body #1 up go Body #4 towards Body #6’s location.Bookmark here

I made the four bodies turn into a liquid with no properties. I moved them to the monster’s feet without it noticing.Bookmark here

When they were on each leg, I made them turn into very small but concentrated puddles directly under it.Bookmark here

I turned the adhesion up to the max and made them climb up until the whole hooves are covered.Bookmark here

Lastly, I turned up the Viscosity to the max to make it as sticky as hell.Bookmark here

I did this very quickly, so the monster could not react.Bookmark here

It could not move… no matter how much it struggled, the monster was not able to move.Bookmark here

Lastly, I propelled Body #6 and propelled it into the monster’s mouth. I maneuvered it until it reached the heart area and turned the toxicity, acidity, and temperature up to the max. I also used <Reform> and <Telekinetic Movement> to make the body compress its heart to make its heartbeat irregular.Bookmark here

After half an hour of waiting, the young [Abyth Gistag] died.Bookmark here

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[Abyth Gistag] has been killed. Kill participation has been recognized. EXP has been acquired.

Level Update: Level has risen by 3. Current Level: 26.

Racial Ability Update: <Reform Lv. 8> has upgraded to <Reform Lv. 9>. | <Worm Slime Dissolution Lv. 7> has upgraded to <Worm Slime Dissolution Lv. 8> | <Telekinetic Movement Lv. 7> has upgraded to <Telekinetic Movement Lv. 8>|<Split Body Lv. 6> has upgraded to <Split Body Lv. 7>. <Phase Change: Liquid Lv. 4> has upgraded to <Phase Change: Liquid Lv. 5>.

Skill Update: <Dualism Lv. 6> has upgraded to <Dualism Lv. 7>. <Regeneration Mastery Lv. 4> has upgraded 2 times to <Regeneration Mastery Lv. 6>.Bookmark here

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Everything levels up very quickly… I haven’t even dissolved it yet.Bookmark here

Since I have almost all of my bodies here, I’ll be able to dissolve it fast.Bookmark here

I just noticed this, but my body is actually a lot larger. I almost forgot because I’m always splitting my body.Bookmark here

While I was dissolving it, I suddenly felt vibrations through the air.Bookmark here

These vibrations… it’s coming from that direction!Bookmark here

I can feel a monster on fours running towards this direction. The monster has four legs, one tail, some manes around its head, horns and wings.Bookmark here

What is this? It feels like a lion…Bookmark here

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Name: Unnamed
Being Category: [Monster]
Race: [Abyth Manticore]
Racial Classification: [Beast]
Evolution Level: 5

Statistics
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An Evolution level: 5!? This is dangerous!Bookmark here

No, actually… I easily defeated one Evolution Level: 4.Bookmark here

…Maybe with a little more effort, maybe I can defeat one with evolution level: 5!Bookmark here

I’ll just have to have proper positioning.Bookmark here

I have started setting up my formation.Bookmark here

…While I was setting up, I felt an unusual movement from the monster.Bookmark here

It’s gathering something on its mouth while it was pointed at my direction.Bookmark here

What’s it going to do?Bookmark here

I could only feel it for an instant.Bookmark here

All of the bodies that were spread out were easily erased.Bookmark here

I do not know what happened, or how it happened… but all of the six bodies I had in the area have been destroyed into nothing.Bookmark here

I wasn’t even able to finish dissolving the [Abyth Gistag].Bookmark here

Just like that, six of my bodies were killed.Bookmark here

I underestimated this place.Bookmark here

I thought I’ll be safe as long as I have multiple bodies, but there really is a possibility that I would die!Bookmark here

All that’s left is Body # 5. I should hide for the time being until I regenerate my body.Bookmark here

While I was regenerating, I felt vibrations again… coming from the same direction where my dead bodies have died.Bookmark here

These vibrations… it’s that beast!Bookmark here

The monster went to hunt this last body, Body #5…Bookmark here

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Is this where I meet my end?Bookmark here

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I split my last remaining body into seven smaller bodies. I separated them to go at separate directions.Bookmark here

At least let one be spared!Bookmark here

After a few seconds, I was able to separate them.Bookmark here

But with no luck, three were hunted down in just a few minutes.Bookmark here

Damn! Split!Bookmark here

I made three bodies split into two. The bodies are very small now…Bookmark here

Why is it hunting me down? What did I ever do to it!?Bookmark here

It was the one that killed those monsters, right? Bookmark here

Ahhh! Two of the pairs that just split got hunted down!Bookmark here

I split two into four to make myself seven again.Bookmark here

Spread out, spread out…Bookmark here

Damn it, three got hunted instantly! Get tired already, goddamn it!Bookmark here

I played tag with it for a few minutes.Bookmark here

I split my body, regenerate a little, then get destroyed. Split, regenerate, then got destroyed. Split, regenerate then got destroyed.Bookmark here

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Racial Ability Update: <Telekinetic Movement Lv. 8> has upgraded to <Telekinetic Movement Lv. 9>|<Split Body Lv. 7> has upgraded to <Split Body Lv. 8>

Skill Update: <Dualism Lv. 7> has upgraded to <Dualism Lv. 8>. <Regeneration Mastery Lv. 6> has upgraded to <Regeneration Mastery Lv. 7>.Bookmark here

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Pane, this isn’t time for this! These skills won’t matter when I’m dead!Bookmark here

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Pane
Hey, I can’t control that part of the system…
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Split, get hunted, split, get hunted.Bookmark here

The same cycle went for a few more minutes… until there’s little of me left.Bookmark here

…I have decreased to a very small size, I’m a size of the usual animal worm now.Bookmark here

If I’m this size, you shouldn’t notice me anymore, right? Sir Abyth Manticore?Bookmark here

The monster stood in front of me.Bookmark here

…Air started collecting at its mouth.Bookmark here

You’re going to use that move that instantly killed my bodies on this little body? Do you have no mercy!?Bookmark here

I know I have lived as an insignificant being, but at least let me live longer! I have finally received a will of my own, don’t kill me!Bookmark here

The manticore opened its mouth…Bookmark here

…but nothing happened. It was stopped at the last moment.Bookmark here

What happened? Huh?Bookmark here

I didn’t even detect any movement. I was only able to analyze the situation after it had happened.Bookmark here

Something has pierced through the manticore’s flank.Bookmark here

The one who pierced it is another being.Bookmark here

It gives of a very stiff but smooth vibration… what is it?Bookmark here

Based on the shape, it’s similar to the being that is called Human.Bookmark here

No, it’s different… there’s no heartbeat.Bookmark here

It’s just a lump of iron that human wear… it’s floating armor. I can feel a shield on its right arm and a lance on its left.Bookmark here

Not to mention it’s size is five times larger than human.Bookmark here

Anyway, thank you sir floating armor!Bookmark here

It might’ve caught the manticore off guard, but to be able to kill it in one attack… that’s unbelievable.Bookmark here

The sir floating armor pulled out the lance from the manticore, making blood gush out…Bookmark here

I see, those weren’t claw marks that I saw before… it was that lance.Bookmark here

…This isn’t time to think about it! I need to hide my presence!Bookmark here

But it wasn’t needed. It didn’t even notice me, it just started walking away.Bookmark here

Whew… that was close… I was saved by luck…Bookmark here

…Why was that manticore in a hurry to kill me? It was even overcommitting to it…Bookmark here

Did it want to level up or something?Bookmark here

Also, the one that killed all of the beings I encountered. The one responsible is sir floating armor. I’m sure about it.Bookmark here

That manticore and sir armor… why are they so violent?Bookmark here

Oh, I forgot… Pane, can you show me what that lump of armor was?Bookmark here

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Name: Guardian
Being Category: [Monster]
Race: [Shynhild Lancer]
Racial Classification: [Formless]
Evolution Level: 6

Statistics
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Woah! Evolution level: 6, and level 58 at that!Bookmark here

Wait, it has a [Name]? and why isn’t it [Abyth]?Bookmark here

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Pane
That being shouldn’t be in this place. This place isn’t its natural habitat.
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Meaning something put it in here?Bookmark here

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Pane
Maybe… I suspect that the reason why there was no [Abyth Manticore] that was able to evolve is because of that being. [Abyth Manticore] is a beast type race that have lived for a long time, meaning it should’ve had have evolved further by producing evolved offspring.
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You’re amazing… you know a lot of things…Bookmark here

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Pane
Don’t praise me too much… This is just things I can access from the system.
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…Anyway, I should be thankful to whatever that is. Because of it, this place is not flooding with those manticores.Bookmark here

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Pane
Wrong. That thing should’ve leveled up long ago if it was killing monsters around this place for a long time. This place shouldn’t have any monsters anymore… Meaning it has only been killing monsters only recently.
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Only recently? Then what stopped those manticores from evolving?Bookmark here

Pane
I can’t find any information about it in the system.Bookmark here

Even with the knowledge I gained, there are lots of things I don’t know in this world…Bookmark here

I don’t even know the condition of this world…Bookmark here

Well, I guess I’ll just have to find out later.Bookmark here

…Enough of that.Bookmark here

Time to eat the corpse this Evolution Level: 5 monster, the manticore!Bookmark here

I dissolved it slowly. As I dissolved it, I regenerated parts of my body. Bookmark here

I was able to dissolve the [Abyth Manticore] without any problems.Bookmark here

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[Abyth Manticore] has been dissolved.
-Health has been recovered.
-Mana has been recovered.
-EXP has been gained.
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Level Update: Level has risen by 4. Current Level: 30.

Racial Ability Update: <Reform Lv. 9> has upgraded to ⌠Reform⌡. <Worm Slime Dissolution Lv. 8> has upgraded to <Worm Slime Dissolution Lv. 9>. <Telekinetic Movement Lv. 9> has upgraded to ⌠Telekinetic Movement⌡|<Split Body Lv. 8> has upgraded to <Split Body Lv. 9>. <Phase Change: Liquid Lv. 4> has upgraded to <Phase Change: Liquid Lv. 5>.

Skill Update: <Dualism Lv. 8> has upgraded to <Dualism Lv. 9>. <Regeneration Mastery Lv. 7> has upgraded to <Regeneration Mastery Lv. 8>.Bookmark here

Being Update: Level limit of current race has been reached. Evolution conditions are met. Evolution is available.Bookmark here

Woah, 4 levels immediately! I think there’s even more excess EXP for that! I’m getting a streak of luck here!Bookmark here

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I noticed that the level 9 skills didn’t go to level 10. They had the level removed and the borders were change from <> to ⌠⌡.
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Anyway, time to evolve…Bookmark here

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Evolution Options
[Phase Worm]Bookmark here

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Only like what was said before, evolution is locked to one choice.
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[Phase Worm]: A worm that has the ability to solidify itself. It can also change the properties of itself at solid form.Bookmark here


Racial Skills: <Phase Change: Solid>

Example: <Phase Change: Solid> can turn the being’s body into solid form and use it for offensive purposes.Bookmark here

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Oh, this one makes me turn solid while the previous one liquid…Bookmark here

There’s no other choice anyway, I choose [Phase Worm].Bookmark here

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[Phase Worm] has been chosen to be the superseding race.
-Being will be in a stasis state during evolution process.
-Being will be in full recovered status after evolution process.
-Evolution time is set to 5 seconds due to ‡Viscount of Sloth‡.
-Level will not reset after evolving due to ‡Viscount of Sloth‡.Bookmark here

Evolve to [Phase Worm]?Bookmark here

Confirmation: [Yes][No]Bookmark here

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Goodnight, Pane… [Yes].Bookmark here

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Pane
Sweet dreams.
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Race Update: Official race has been changed from [Lesser Phase Worm] to [Phase Worm].

Title Update: ‡Viscount of Sloth‡ has changed to ‡Count of Sloth‡.

Evolution Level Update: Evolution Level has risen. Current Level: 4.

Panel Intelligence Level Update: Panel Intelligence Level has risen due to acquiring the ‡Viscount of Sloth‡ title. Current level: 5.

Racial Ability Update: <Phase Change: Solid> have been acquired due to the change in race.Bookmark here

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Excess EXP from before evolution has been acquired.
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Good morning Pane! Now, the info.Bookmark here

[“Good morning.”]Bookmark here

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Name: Worm
Being Category: [Monster]
Race: [Phase Worm]
Racial Classification: [Formless]
Title: ‡Count of Sloth‡
Evolution Level: 4
Panel Intelligence Level: 5

Statistics
Level: 30
EXP: 89%
Health: 757
Spirit: 699
Strength: 746
Agility: 719
Magic: 726

Racial Abilities
⌠Reform⌡|⌠Telekinetic Movement⌡|<Worm Slime Dissolution Lv. 9>|<Split Body Lv. 9>|<Phase Change: Liquid Lv. 5>|<Phase Change: Solid Lv. 1>

Skills
<Dualism Lv. 9>|<Regeneration mastery Lv. 8>

Special Skills
{Mind Activation}|{Inventory}Bookmark here

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Hmm… Hmm… I see…Bookmark here

…wait.Bookmark here

Pane!?Bookmark here

[“Yeah?”]Bookmark here

A voice? What the heck? You can talk now!?Bookmark here

[“Haha, Surprised?”]Bookmark here

Why wouldn’t I!?Bookmark here

… though, what is that voice? Is it a masculine or a feminine voice?Bookmark here

[“I have no gender… want me to talk with a deep voice or a cute voice?”]Bookmark here

I don’t have any gender either, so let’s leave your voice like this… Do you have more access to the system or any new information?Bookmark here

[“Well, there is a little… well, you shouldn’t care about that. I now have a personality and I can talk. Isn’t that more important?”]Bookmark here

Yeah, that’s more than enough… I feel really happy.Bookmark here

[“Next, you want to see the information about the evolved title?”]Bookmark here

Okay, show me the information about ‡Count of Sloth‡.Bookmark here

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‡Count of Sloth‡
-Increase EXP gained by 50%+(Level*1%)+(Evolution/Class Level*10%).
-Increase skill level up rate by 50%+(Level*1%)+(Evolution/Class Level*10%).
-Increase skill acquiring rate by 50%+(Level*1%)+(Evolution/Class Level*10%).
-Grants {Mind Activation}.
-Grants {Inventory}.
-Earning EXP increases Skill Proficiency.
-Earning Skill Proficiency increases EXP.
-Level reset when evolving or class advancement has been removed.
-Upon evolution or class advancement, the world average of the statistics of the superseding race will be applied. If conversion of statistics from previous race or class to the superseding race or class is above the world average, the conversion is done instead of applying the world average.
-All evolution process lasts 5 seconds.
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The rate has increased! It now adds evolution level to the calculation of bonus EXP. I can level up faster now!Bookmark here

[“Though there are no other additional abilities… did the title lose creativity?”]Bookmark here

You shouldn’t talk that way, aren’t you relying on that system as well?Bookmark here

[“Relying? How? Aren’t you the one who’s relying on me to rely on the system?”]Bookmark here

…Pane can make those kinds of comment now? This is the best thing I got from an evolution…Bookmark here

[“Yes, yes. I’m glad that you like me. Anyway, this is the info about your new racial ability”]Bookmark here

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<Phase Change: Solid>: Ability of the being to solidify parts of its body and change its properties.
-Speed of phase change depends on level.
-Maximum and minimum hardness level of solid depends on level.
-Maximum and minimum elasticity level of solid depends on level.
-Maximum and minimum durability level of solid depends on level.
-Maximum and minimum flexibility level of solid depends on level.
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Similar to liquid, I can do whatever I want with it… I should test it.Bookmark here

I made one tentacle arm then made it into a solid blade.Bookmark here

I tried slashing on a rock… it worked!Bookmark here

Okay, now I can fight without using traps and tricks! I can win in a one on one fight!Bookmark here

[“What are you talking about? Taking advantage of the situation is what your best at. Don’t change it.”]Bookmark here

I was just exaggerating.Bookmark here

…Am I really the type to take advantage of any situation?Bookmark here

I guess so… Most of my previous levels are done by dissolving corpses that are killed by another being. Bookmark here

I probably won’t level up just by dissolving weak monsters now… I need to hunt stronger monsters…Bookmark here

[“You’re already at the third level, but near the entrance of the second level. To go deeper, just go into the third hallway to your left.”]Bookmark here

I see… wait, you know this place!?Bookmark here

[“I have this vague access on the density of monsters killed based on the system… There are no low-level monsters killed in that area, meaning there are only strong monsters in there. I think it’s the best choice.”]Bookmark here

This is great… Pane is the best, make my life easier!Bookmark here

[“Hey, I’ve been doing that since a while ago. I’m your convenient spouse.”]Bookmark here

Spouse? She can even make jokes now…Bookmark here

[“Enough of that, what do you want to do with the information I just gave you?”]Bookmark here

… I’ll split myself into 9 and head into that direction. I’m going to leave one on safe places on the higher levels just in case of emergency.Bookmark here

[“Be careful, there are deaths of non-monster beings on the higher levels…”]Bookmark here

What are “Non-monster beings”?Bookmark here

[“They have [Class Level] instead of [Evolution Level]. Humans, elves, etc.]Bookmark here

I see… okay, I’ll put two bodies in opposite directions just to be safe.Bookmark here

I spread out seven bodies into the dangerous lower levels and two bodies into the safe higher levels.Bookmark here

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