Chapter 10:

Worm Chapter 6: The Deepest Level

Worm


Worm Chapter 6

The Deepest Level

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Racial ability Update: <Phase Change: Gas Lv. 1> has upgraded to <Phase Change: Gas Lv. 2>.
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Racial ability Update: <Phase Change: Gas Lv. 2> has upgraded to <Phase Change: Gas Lv. 3>.
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Racial ability Update: <Phase Change: Gas Lv. 3> has upgraded to <Phase Change: Gas Lv. 4>.
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Since I’ve maxed out most of my skills and the remaining ones are high level, I focused on <Phase Change: Gas> and am able to level it up quite quickly.

I really felt the increase in skill leveling rate that is received by the title.

I split the work to many skills before. Now that I’m focusing on one, it’s pretty easy, at least on low skill levels.

I felt something from Body #10.

Body #10 is one of the bodies that I sent to the higher levels.

The strange vibrations I felt came from multiple humanoid beings.

I headed for the humanoid being and watched from afar.

What kind of humanoids are they?

[“Humans. They seem to be heading down to the lower levels.”]

Are they communicating?

[“I can even understand them. The language they use is the same one we used in our internal monologues.”]

Hmm… should I fight them?

…But I don’t want to get to fight humans

[“They don’t seem to have high class levels, it would be useless to kill them…”]

…Maybe I’ll try to follow them. Thinking about it, humans won’t know it was me nothing will remain if I dissolve them after all.

I made Body #10 follow the group.

In a few seconds, the group of humans encountered a manticore corpse.

[“They are using magic.”]

Magic…? I can’t sense it with anything. Seems that this species can’t detect magic…

[“The magic they are using is dark magic. I don’t know what’s going on behind the dark cloak, but I’m pretty sure they are just investigating it.”]

The group finished in investigating it then left it behind

I transported Body #7 to Body #10 using the inventory gate and had it dissolve the manticore while I made Body #10 follow the humans.

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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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Dissolving a manticore doesn’t make level up anymore.

While following them, they walked up a slope. I feel like I’ve been through here before… Are they going to my starting point?

I also feel the fruits around this place… come to think about it, I didn’t find these in other places other than this part of the dungeon.

While I was feeling the surroundings, I felt a manticore with Body #5.

[“What bad luck, huh?”]

I have ⌠Dualism⌡ anyway. I can fight while following them. I’m evolution level 5 now, this manticore won’t scare me.

I changed Body #5 into gas by using <Phase Change: Gas> and moved to the manticore. It didn’t even suspect a thing.

I entered its body on the form of gas. I travelled to its heart. I turned into solid and pierced its heart.

It died instantly.

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

Level Update: Level has risen. Current level: 41.

Racial Ability Update:
<Phase Change: Liquid Lv. 9> has upgraded to ⌠Phase Change: Liquid⌡.
<Phase Change: Gas Lv. 4> has upgraded 2 times to <Phase Change: Gas Lv. 6>.
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Gained 1 level immediately… that was easy.

…Hmmm? I felt something running away from the dead manticore.

Wait, there was also a manticore with it? I’ll go chase after it!

I transported Body #7 to Body #5, then to the manticore while Body #5 chased the fleeing manticore.

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[Abyth Manticore] has been dissolved.
-Health has been recovered.
-Mana has been recovered.
-EXP has been gained.

Racial Ability Update: <Phase Change: Solid Lv. 8> has upgraded to <Phase Change: Solid Lv. 9>.
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After chasing after it, it stopped and started looking around. It stopped by the entrance of the third level.

Oh? Think your safe already? Time for more EXP!

[“Hey, you’re forgetting about the humans.”]

Crap!

[“Sigh… even if you have ⌠Dualism⌡, don’t forget that you shouldn’t lose yourself. You don’t need to concentrate, but you need to at least be aware. It’s like how a human does not care about its feet while writing.”]

Okay, I’ll leave this manticore here first.

I searched the area with Body #10. While searching I felt the presence of the humans.

They are running towards the downward slope.

Hmmm, they seem frightened. Wonder what happened…

Maybe they met a manticore? Oh well…

I chased after the group of humans with Body #10.

They had encountered the Manticore that I left back on the exit on the upper level.

Hi there, Body #5. It’s a reunion with Body #10.

The group of humans did battle against the manticore.

And they failed.

Most died and they have been reduced to two…

[“Wow, the humans look really devasted. I feel pity…”]

How fun… If only I could see and hear maybe I’ll also feel that way.

When the manticore was about to attack one of the humans, I felt the presence of a bunch of monsters. The manticore felt it too and ran away from the vicinity. That manticore’s a coward, it’s always running away. You won’t escape!

I made the gas formed Body #5 trail the manticore.

I left Body #10 to watch the humans. By watch I mean feel vibrations since I can’t see.

…Are those [Abyth Stinger Ants]?

[“Yes, and a lot of them as well.”]

One of the stinger ants stung one of the humans and the human collapsed. The stinger ants carried the paralyzed human on their backs.

The presence of the other human has faded. Maybe it used a skill to hide its presence.

The human ran away after the ants were too far to detect him.

I transferred body #7 using the gate and chased him with it.

[“What would you do?”]

Of course, follow the ants. If they’re collecting food, then there’ll be a bunch to dissolve at their nest.

The human had just headed for the exit of the dungeon.

I stopped a few meters before the exit. I can feel the air flowing. There are more humans waiting at the entrance, so I decided to stay back.

I had Body #7 on standby.

Oh, Body #5 had already reached the manticore. Time to kill it.

I did the same method as before, it was an easy kill. I dissolved it as well.

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

Racial Ability Update: <Phase Change: Gas Lv. 6> had upgraded to <Phase Change: Gas Lv. 7>.

[Abyth Manticore] has been dissolved.
-Health has been recovered.
-Mana has been recovered.
-EXP has been gained.

Level Update: Level has risen. Current Level: 42.

Racial Ability Update: <Phase Change: Solid Lv. 9> has upgraded to ⌠Phase Change: Solid⌡.
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Good, I wonder how many manticores are left…

Body #10 had chased the ants who had entered a hole.

[“This hole reaches down to the deepest level of this dungeon”]

Then there must be higher evolution level monsters under there!

[“That’s less likely…”]

At least let me dream…

I went down the hole.

Woah, that is a LOT of ants and monster corpses!

After reaching the end of the hole, I reached a huge place underground.

It’s a giant space filled with ant pathways and ant caves.

In the deepest part of the place, I can feel the presence of one big ant. The ant is as big as a manticore.

The giant ant kills the beings captured by the soldier ants and eats them. Wow, that is a good way to level up. Maybe rulers of countries do this themselves. They had soldiers capture monsters and kill them himself.

What is this giant ant anyway?

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Name: None
Being Category: [Monster]
Race: [Abyth Stinger King Ant]
Racial Classification: [Insect]
Evolution Level: 5

Statistics
Level: 41
EXP: 43%
Health: 930
Spirit: 979
Strength: 1246
Agility: 1782
Magic: 903

Racial Abilities
<Consume Lv. 6>|<Acid Spit Lv. 5>|<Stinger Lv. 4>|<Colony Maker Lv. 3>|<Bio Scythe Lv. 2>

Skills
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It has no Racial skills, but the skills category is there. This means the skills of other beings can be shown now.

And Pane said that she had no significant improvement to be aware of…

[“Well, it doesn’t really help that much.”]

It would definitely help with some monsters! Also, it would grant me peace of mind if I know the skills of the enemies I face!

[“Enough of that. So? How will you kill every one of these?”]

I have a plan.

[“I never knew you could do that…”]

It just came into mind.

Right now, I’m making solid walls.

How am I making it? Simple, I split my body and slice them off and have them considered as “dead”.

I realized this when I was training Regeneration Mastery.

The body parts removed from my body don’t register as a body from <Split Body> if there are already 10 bodies. Meaning they are really dead body parts, for as long as I don’t absorb them.

I can use this to my advantage.

After I make a body form a solid wall, I would cut that wall off the body. The wall would not be part of my body anymore, but it would remain.

[“You could do lots of things with this”]

The place I’m making the walls are in the inventory. Two of my body are in the inventory. One is slicing the other body while the other makes walls.

While I was making walls, I noticed that the human that escaped had returned to the dungeons.

Oh, the human is back.

[“He has a really angry face. I wonder what happened outside?”]

Just how do you know what an angry expression looks like?

[“I got it from the knowledge you have. You don’t know it, but I have the same knowledge you have.”]

That’s not fair! I don’t know anything you know, but you know everything I know! Maybe you should control the body instead!

The boy reached the ant hole.

Wow, he’s gotten so far without being caught by the manticore, amazing. I thought he’s a human with a low level.

[“He is…”]

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Name: Soldier X713
Being Category: [Person]
Race: [Human]
Racial Classification: [Beast]
Title: None
Class: [Benevolent Hunter]
Class Level: 3

Statistics
Level: 21
EXP: 23%
Health: 427
Spirit: 362
Strength: 394
Agility: 522
Magic: 388

Class Abilities
⌠Detect⌡|⌠Sneak⌡|<Skill Share Lv. 4>

Skills
<Crossbow Mastery Lv. 2>|⌠Night Vision⌡
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Wait, he has high level skills!?

[“Other than that, he’s pretty weak…”]

Why would he go in here alone? Is he dumb?

[“If only you could see or hear, you would understand the reason for the vents you call “dumb act”. It’s a pretty sad and tragic story.”]

She sounds like she’s sorry for him…

…He’ll die if he enters the hole, should I let him in?

[“Of course, I want to see the ending to this tragic story.”]

…No, she’s not sorry for him. She’s only entertained with the story.

I let the human enter the ant hole.

Just as soon as he entered, he got stung and was carried to the ant king.

Pitiful.

[“…Guess that’s the falling action.”].

…Because of how your acting, I’m now interested in them. Guess I’ll somehow save him.

I covered up all of the exits.

Okay, now that all of them have nowhere to go… time to kill them off.

I transported all bodies except for Body #9 who was still on the higher levels. I had Body #1 up to Body #8 transform into gas mixed with ⌠Worm Slime Dissolution⌡ and spread them around the ant base.

At the same time, I made Body #10 jump down to the ant king.

[“His loved one just got slurped like noodles in front of him. What a tragic end.”]

Is he still alive?

[“Yeah, but he’s about to be eaten… ah, he just got stabbed and injected with poison that melts the bones.”]

Say that immediately!

I made Body #10 transform into a sharp blade and cut off the king ant’s head.

After that, I made Body #10 cover the human’s body and turned into solid to protect it.

Even with its head cut off, the king ant kept waving his scythes in the air slicing randomly. Talk about stubborn.

I was able to penetrate its exoskeleton! This is a max level ⌠Phase Change: Solid⌡ from a same Evolution Level being as you, it’s impossible to defend against!

It took half an hour before all the ants were dissolved. It was faster than I thought.

After that, I received tons of panel notifications about [Abyth Stinger Ants] being killed and dissolved. I had Pane stop with the panels and just skip to the level updates.

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Level Update: Level has risen. Current level: 50.

Racial Ability Update: <Phase Change: Gas Lv.7> has upgraded 3 times to ⌠Phase Change: Gas⌡. | ⌠Phase Change: Liquid⌡, ⌠Phase Change: Solid⌡, and ⌠Phase Change: Gas⌡ has combined into the skill: ⌠Phase Change⌡.

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

Evolution Process Update: [Morph Worm] evolution has been unlocked due to evolving with the racial abilities: ⌠Reform⌡, ⌠Phase Change⌡ and the skill: ⌠Regeneration Mastery⌡.
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Oho, I guess it’s time to evolve!

[“I thought you were interested with the human. He’s going to die, what are you going to do about him?”]

Its going to die anyway, I guess I’ll just dissolve him.

[“Wait, at least let him say his last words before dissolving him. I want to see the ending!”]

You like stories, aren’t you? Wait, I won’t have any kill participation if I don’t kill!

[“The kill participation EXP will be very low anyway because the king ant was the one who reduced him to this state. There’s no need for that.”]

I guess so… fine. Listen to his last words.

But... translate it to me too! I'm also interested now!

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