Chapter 56- Powerful Talent
Based on the basic property, compared to before the transfer, the attack power had improved a bit, but the magic defense and physical defense respectively had actually increased by two points.
This was the formidable strength of Ice Mage. The reason it could raise two points of defenses was because of the Ice Armor body protection. This was one of the exclusive skills belonging to Ice Mage, as well as the most obvious sign that distinguished Ice Mage from other profession.
Of course, there was also a strong change to the talent. Originally, Cheng Yang’s magic attack enhancement rate was 3%, and now after transferring to Ice Mage, it abruptly increased by 1%.
This also made Cheng Yang’s talent improve a grade, which in his past life had never occurred.
In the previous apocalypse, there had been some people that successfully switched to a special profession, but none of these people had S-class talent. S-class talent, after all, were very few in number, and the number of special profession were even less. If a person wanted to have both, the probability was simply too low.
However, Cheng Yang’s mind was currently clouded with doubts. The strongest known talent in the previous apocalypse was S-class, while the highest single-property enhancement was 3%. Then all of a sudden, oneself had a single-property enhancement of 4%, what on Earth was going on? This wasn’t a bug, right?
Additionally, some of Cheng Yang’s other properties had also undergone some changes. For example, Magic Missile and Wind Shackle had been completely changed. Although the changes didn’t seem very big, but the property of the two skills had changed from non-attribute to ice magic.
They also had some added special effects to them, like the slowing property on the Magic Missile. Although the probability this effect could occur was only a 30% chance, but when facing a strong enemy, it could often play a huge role. Furthermore, Wind Shackle had been changed to a stronger skill called Freeze. As long as the opponent’s attack power wasn’t twice his own, the effects of the skill would occur.
However, perhaps because the effect of this skill was so good, an added restriction was made by the rules, which was the cast time.
For the casting time setting, Cheng Yang knew very well. During the casting time of the skill, the person was required to stand motionless, before the specific skill could be successfully released.
There was no doubt that with this restriction, the practicality of Freeze would reduce a lot. But, relatively speaking, this skill was a lot stronger than Wind Shackle.
These changes were just an early change made for switching to Ice Mage, the real power of Ice Mage also included other factors. Because once the transfer was made to a special profession, it would have its own unique skill learning system.
However, what skills Ice Mage would have in the end, Cheng Yang wasn’t clear. Next, Cheng Yang opened the Ice Mage’s skill panel.
Originally, Cheng Yang opened just to have a look, but unexpectedly he found a learnable skill, which made him instantly delighted.
Regardless of the practicality of this skill, even if it weren’t high, having an extra skill in the early-stage of the apocalypse was never a bad thing.
Ice Thorn: Raining down from the heaven a wide range of ice thorns, covering a radius of three meters. All enemies within this range are dealt 50% magic damage, have a cooldown for 2 seconds. Learning Conditions: Medium-order Ice Mage’s Apprentice, 200 points of power value.
Cheng Yang immediately widened his eyes, it turned out to be an AOE spell! [TLN: Area of Effect.]
He didn’t expect to get an AOE magic spell so soon, Cheng Yang had no word to describe the excitement tumbling in his heart. In the previous apocalypse, there had been an Ice Mage that indeed learned this skill, but at that time he was already second-order, and everyone felt this skill needed to be second-order to learn, so they weren’t too concerned about it.
However, Cheng Yang then knew, this powerful AOE skill could be learnt in the apprentice order, this disparity could be imagined.
How large was a radius of three meters? In a monster-intensive area, within a radius of three meters it was enough to accommodate seven or eight enchanted beasts. If facing against the skeletons in Undead Canyon, accommodating more than 10 wouldn’t be a issue. If Cheng Yang used just Ice thorns, only two rounds of attacks were needed for him to kill all the monsters in this range. This efficiency, compared with killing by Magic Missile, was much faster.
Cheng Yang immediately consumed 200 points of power value to learn Ice Thorn. After learning the skill, he realized that this Ice Thorn skill was indeed a powerful skill, but the mana consumption similarly was also very serious. Every spell cast needed to consume as much as 12 points of mana.
Next, Cheng Yang gave Yu Kai and the others a command, telling them that he needed the 4,000 points of power value that he lent out back after midnight, then he turned around and exited Luo Feng Village.
At the moment, Cheng Yang did his night raids farther into uncharted region, almost about four kilometers away from the existing walls. Since at closer range, the large groups of enchanted beast were basically wiped out by him. Even though these places would spawn out new monsters occasionally, but it couldn’t meet the needs of Cheng Yang. Besides, if he killed these small group of monsters, what was left for the territory’s profession to kill?
After a night of raiding, Cheng Yang got nearly 2,000 points of power value. In fact, tonight’s action was very dangerous, he accidentally broke into a monster group of nearly 600 enchanted beasts, which caused an outbreak of a bloody battle, consuming most of his mana potion. The following fights, he could only rely on his refined mana potion for support.
To have such a harvest as tonight, naturally, it was inseparable from the powerful might of the Ice Thorn skill. Once a few enchanted beasts bundled together, Cheng Yang would use the Ice Thorn skill to cleanly sweep them. This efficiency was more than double compared to in the past. Of course, his Ice Armor also played a very important role, the strong defensive capability made him fearless against ordinary monsters, as he let their attacks lands on his body as he launched Ice Thorn repeatedly into the monster group.
In accordance with the system rules, when the defense value was higher than the attack by 30%, the attack would be completely invalid. And when the defense value was higher than attack but was less than 30%, then there would be a certain probability of reduction in health, which would cause 1 point of damage. Along with the increase in the defense value, this probability would gradually reduce.
Cheng Yang currently had six points of defense, so when facing against an enchanted beast with an attack as high as 5 points, there was a high probability of complete immunity. Firmly resisting the attacks from the large group of enchanted beast wasn’t much of a problem.
After returning to the territory, Cheng Yang took back from the hands of Yu Kai and the others the 4,000 points of power values, and then began today’s cultivation.
A night quickly passed, with the arrival of dawn, Cheng Yang’s cultivation progress had reached 13.4%. It was important to know that last night his cultivation progress was just 9.9%, in other words, overnight his cultivation progress increased by 3.5%. This high efficiency, can be described as very terrifying.
Suddenly, Cheng Yang wrinkled his brows. He noticed something was off. According to the data figured out from the previous apocalypse, with level 3 meditation a daily cultivation should increase the cultivation progress by 0.5%. With six times cultivation speed taken into account, coupled with the level 2 residence and his talent, the increase in the cultivation progress should be around 3.2%, so how did it get to 3.5%?
Prior to upgrading, Cheng Yang had also observed the extent a day of cultivation would enhance, but there wasn’t much of a gap between it and his expectation, so he didn’t care. But now it was off by a whole 0.3%, so he couldn’t help but care. This was equivalent to the base of his cultivation efficiency being enhanced by more than 50%.
According to the experience from the previous apocalypse, using power values to increase cultivation speed and the efficiency of the residences had been tested numerous times, so naturally there was no problem with them. Then the only possible change could be their own talent.
After some detailed calculations, Cheng Yang came to a conclusion that made him ecstatic. The speed bonus in his cultivation talent wasn’t the multiples of the original sum, but rather multiplied. If it were added, then his cultivation efficiency was 6.29 times, and if multiplied, the efficiency would improve to nearly 6.8 times.
Don’t underestimate a few digits after the decimal point, that was only because his level was too low so the changes didn’t seem big, but once his level reached a high level, it would be possible for cultivation efficiency to double the base of the original.
This was playing God, not only would it double the efficiency, but wouldn’t cost a single power value.
Cheng Yang hadn’t been able to calm himself down. His talent was simply too overpowered, and most importantly it would play an invaluable role in upgrading the territory strength. As long as there was a certain amount of development time, Luo Feng Village would definitely stand on top of the world. No, at that time it shouldn’t be Luo Feng Village, but Luo Feng City.
After a long time, Cheng Yang was able to press down his excitement, and then walk out of the residence. As for the 720 points of power value consumed after the night’s cultivation, he had completely put it behind him.
This was the end of the ninth day, in Cheng Yang’s mind was a sense of urgency, because the longer time passed, the greater the possibility the human survivors would have of dying.
Fortunately, now the vast majority of humans had escaped from the hands of the monster and managed to get their way inside the light screen of the main city. If the main city had yet to be won, it was estimated to be difficult for them to rely on their own forces to seize the main city. For the survivors of the city, this would be a crisis of extermination.
Cheng Yang didn’t want to think too far, he only hoped to take advantage of this time to save some more refugees back from Xiangcheng City, while at the same time earn some power value, so that his strength and the strength of territory could upgrade as soon as possible.
Next, Cheng Yang would transfer all his 10,000 power values to Yu Kai’s team. This wasn’t to allow Yu Kai to enjoy six times cultivation speed, but to let him pick 10 people from his team for 4 times cultivation speed.
According to Cheng Yang’s plan, the teams in Luo Feng Village would cultivate in a certain order, with each team cultivating at a fixed time. So as to maximize the use of power value to increase cultivation speed, while not affecting the team’s unified action.
And the time period was Yu Kai’s team cultivation time. After Yu Kai’s team finished cultivating, Niu Bing’s team would be next.
After this arrangement was done, Cheng Yang then entered the Scarlet Church instance. After a lot of fighting, his power value once again reached 1,400 points.
Cheng Yang once again left 1,000 points of power value for people to use for cultivating, and then with Lee Wanshan and the others left the territory. After these days of transferring people, coupled with the increase in the territory power value, Luo Feng Village was able to fill in all the professions’ transfer quota, making each team reached a total of 167 people. At this time, naturally there was no longer a need for Lee Wanshan to stay in the territory.
However, in order to carry out the transfers, Luo Feng Village’s territory power value had been completely emptied. Fortunately, he just cleared the Scarlet Church instance, otherwise he would have to wait for evening to come to upgrade the last property of the Priest Statue.
The group walked along a pedestrian road toward Xiangcheng City, before Cheng Yang had specifically gone to look for this remote traveled road. Along the way, many monster groups were encountered, but under Cheng Yang’s orderly team formation, these monsters were quickly exterminated. Their purpose seemed to only serve to increase the power value of Cheng Yang.