It was December 25th, Christmas morning, when Jacob heard a knock on what appeared to be his door. Which was, of course, very strange, since he was new in town and didn know anyone yet, and on top of that, it was six in the morning.
Still in his robe, Jacob went to the door and was startled to see what appeared to be a man standing there, holding a large box.
The reason for the uncertainty of being a man or not, was because despite being someone tall almost 200 cm tall, he wore loose clothes and a hat hiding his face.
”Are you Jacob Smith? ”
”Yes. ” He answered out of reflex, then was taken aback by her voice.
Without knowing why Jacob felt a familiarity when he heard the voice. It was male, but he had the feeling it wasn the real voice like he was changing his voice on purpose.
”This is for you. ” He said, handing it to the big box without giving Jacob time to refuse or anything like that.
”What is it? ”
”Yes. ” He said this as if it was an acceptable answer as Jacob finished picking up the box.
Jacob didn give up and asked, ”Whose is it? ”
There was nothing written like his, or the name or return address on the outside of the box. Just shiny gold wrapping paper and a big white bow.
”No idea, ” he said, as he turned to leave.
”How did you get the box? ” Jacob asked. All this seemed rather strange. He wore baggy green winter clothes with a hat hiding the rest and such.
He stopped and replied without turning around: ”It was given to me to give to you, ” he replied uselessly.
Without giving him a chance to ask any more questions, the man left without turning back.
Jacob stood in the doorway watching him walk back out onto the sidewalk, wondering if he could get into a van with a company logo. But he didn even get in the car; he just turned right onto the sidewalk, then just disappeared.
Jacob felt like rubbing his eyes to make sure he wasn hallucinating. Ghost?!?
It was disturbing to think like that. A man simply disappeared onto the sidewalk.
Without knowing it, his heart skipped a beat.
To be honest, he even thought that it might be a bomb since this situation was too weird. When he nearly dropped the box on the floor, his heart skipped a beat.
However, after he stopped to think, until he felt the weight of the box as he walked back into the house, he felt that it was unlikely, he even wondered if there wasn a simple light pillow inside.
Just to be sure, he tried to listen for any sounds inside, but he heard nothing.
With the big box on the table in the kitchen, curious, he opened it after much hesitation.
The moment he opened the box, the large box started to become particles of light and these fragmented particles dazzled his eyes, as he strained to try to see what was going to happen, Jacob could feel that the particles of light seemed to enter the body his.
When he closed his eyes completely, as he couldn keep them open anymore, with pain in his eyes, something even more surprising happened.
”Then thats it… ”
Minutes later, he simply muttered these words before starting to laugh out loud.
It was also at this moment that something else happened.
[Choose a name: << __>>]
Jacob typed on the holographic keyboard that appeared just above the holographic screen: Achilles.
At the same time he finished choosing the name, something happened in the whole world.
A holographic screen appeared before every intelligent being on earth. Even newborn babies.
[Congratulations to Achilles player for being the First Player of the Law of Return Game. This achievement is engraved on the fame board for all eternity!]
[Congratulations to Achilles player for being the first to earn a unique Title!]
It was as if for a second, the world stopped.
Many believed they were hallucinating, but those who noticed other peoples strange actions deduced that they weren the only ones seeing this holographic screen.
Soon after, the holographic page changed.
[Choose a name: <<__>>]
Unlike Jacobs turn, for the rest of the whole world, only the option to choose the name appeared without giving any explanation.
A strange situation happened for those who had newborn babies, that was the fact that only biological parents could see their childrens page…
Of course, this was only realized after knowing that it wasn just the mothers who could see, but the fathers part too…
Jacob already knew this, hes experienced it himself before!
This wasn the first time that Jacob has seen the Law of Return Game appear. Somehow, the moment he opened the big gift box, he gained memories of another life he had. Be it this life from a parallel world or anything like that, in this life, he also became a player of the Law of Return, however, he hadn been the first player, nor had he even happened to receive such a gift, just like every other the rest of the world, he only had to choose the name.
However, he made the mistake of choosing his registration name. As many have done. He initially had no problems with this, however, things got more complicated as he got more achievements.
As can be noticed, if someone earns some significant achievement, it will be announced for everyone to see. The fact of that alone brings disgrace if you don have the power to defend yourself.
Even those who had a certain degree of strength were hunted down and killed.
He was never killed, at least not in his memories, however, he was banned for having managed to find a dungeon that had not yet been discovered and managed to conquer the dungeon alone since he was low level. However, the fact was that for being the first he gained a special reward.
Although the bounty he received was not announced, that alone saw him being hunted for two long years and living like a mouse in hiding.
The other me, did it ever die? In the memories, the last few moments he had were of him still running away. He remembers that the Onis guild had found his location and he was on the run.
Not wanting to think about it now, Jacob opened his status.
Title: First Player
Level 1 – Exp (0/10)
Attack: 48 – Agility: 12
Magic: 52 – Resistance: 13
Health: 280 – Defense: 14
Jacob catches his breath, his face turning red with excitement.
Thats 10 more attribute points than I had!
In the memories, he saw that the first time he saw his stats, he only had 2 strengths, 3 intelligence, and 4 physiques.
A 10-point increase in each attribute is a lot. To understand it better, it goes like this:
[Each 1 point of strength adds 4 points of attack and 1 point of defense].
[Each 1 point of intelligence adds 4 points of magic and 1 point of resistance].
[Each 1 point of physical, adds 20 points of health and point of agility].
I no longer need to beg to join a group in order to complete an initial quest…
Speaking of starting missions, he remembers that everyone received one.
People didn finish the quests right away, the difficulty was pretty much the same for everyone, and not everyone believed it at first.
There were even people saying that this was a government conspiracy.
Besides, it took a while for people to discover that they had missions to do.
”Mission tracking. ”
Muttering these words, Jacob saw a new holographic page replace the old one.
A brown page highlighted the only quest available in the main quests: [Eliminate Snails].
Jacob clicked on the mission.
Mission objective: Eliminate snails (0/20)
The snails are attacking passengers passing by [sea riverside street], you need to eliminate these monsters.
Note: Snails are extremely venomous.
1 Labyrinth Key
The quest was the same as in his memories, of course, this wasn something that made him upset or anything, even if it was the same, it wouldn have the same result, since if he got the labyrinth key first, he would take advantage!
”That is… ”
To his surprise, the instant he closed the quest page, a green laser-like line appeared in front of him. Jacob had a bold hunch about that.
Will this take me to the mission coordinate? It was still just a guess, but he remembers that he would have some passive skills for being the first player, Would that be one of them?
It may not seem like much, but it actually changes everything!
Although it was at a time when there was GPS etc.
In missions, they only knew what region the mission was in or who they would have to talk to, other than that, they would have to track it themselves and that took time.
Jacob almost ran away, however, remembering that he was still in his robe, Jacob went to his room very quickly, changed his clothes, and ran out.
Just as he deduced, the lines he saw were giving him the missions coordinates!
As he ran towards the mission location, ignoring the people on the way, even seeing that most were looking confused, he kept running.
When he arrived at the place, on the same street as his memories, his heart was not beating faster just because he had run here, but because he saw the snails, although small, with the names and levels just above their heads.
Snails – Level 1
Even though they are level one, the poison was dangerous even for level 5. Not only did it slowly eat away life for 10 seconds each time they were poisoned, but it also had the paralysis effect, giving the other snails time to attack as well and it almost took another it death the first time.
”If Im not mistaken, every time someone is poisoned, they keep taking life-per-second poisoning, ” Jacob muttered.
Of course, with the amount of life he had, this concern was insignificant, if he also leveled up, his life would be restored. You would need to kill 10 snails to get to level 2.
Although the snails are weak, since they are still at level 1, the quest only counts as eliminated if using bare hands or items dropped from monsters or spells…
At the current time, he could only use his own hands, which was also why it was so difficult for the others to complete this mission.
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