Point of Return

The Beginning of the End

posure and looked around me once more to find that players and NPCs alike were still staring right at me. Ive never been this lucky. Usually, everything has been going wrong in my life. The only time that Ive had any stroke of luck was winning a raffle during a stream for an entirely different game.

I scurried my way out of the hall past the audience that I just created and made my way to a somewhat secluded corner in the town center. While walking there, I caught passing glimpses of players gossiping about my newfound specialization.

In this moment of comparative peace, I opened up my character page with the usual gesture.

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[Character Page]

[Nickname: [Shin] | Level: 1 | Specialization: Savant | Profession: NONE]

[Attributes]

Strength: 8 | Agility: 8 | Intelligence: 8

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It looks like it wasn just my imagination. Seems like my base attributes have gone up since my specialization but as expected, Im still level 1. However, a new panel opened up to the right of the character page with my stat points and skill tree. Like most games, it seems like I can assign points into each stat to increase it. Strangely, there seems to be a lock preventing me from assigning attributes.

[Savant players are unable to assign stat points]

”Interesting design choice ” I mutter under my breath so as to not draw any unwanted attention.

Next, I open the skill tree. As the character panel collapses, the skill tree panel opens to take up the entirety of my vision. There were various nodes that were interconnected with prerequisites and branching options. The sheer number of skills overwhelms me as I do a brief scan through skill names to find my starting three options.

[Perception]

[Basic Proficiency]

[Enhance]

[Perception] seems to increase the awareness of my surroundings and senses. [Basic Proficiency] gives me the ability to wield most tools and weapons at a basic level. These all seem pretty straightforward with the exception of [Enhance].

”Focus your mana to apply a strengthening effect to an object of your choosing within a short radius. ”

Applying a strengthening effect could really be anything. Ill have to try it out later. Since the skill trees should differ for each specialization, I would assume that my skill tree is unique given the rarity of my specialization. The inability to manually assign attributes might be troublesome later though. Even though savants are known to be geniuses and good at everything, this seems like the ”jack of all trades, master of none ” archetype.

My specialization gave me a single skill point so I guess Ill put it in [Basic Proficiency] for the time being. I let out a defeated sigh at the thought of the daunting complexity of the skill tree. Closing the panel and walking back into the main plaza, I began looking for Hale.

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”Hey there! ” Hale pauses as he greets me as I follow his eyes up toward my name above my head ”Shin, right? ”

”Yeah, hey. I was thinking Ill take you up on your offer to join your party. ”

”Sure sure! ” Hale ardently replied while sending me an invite. The ragtag group of two adventurers behind him seemed to stare me down with interest.

[You received a party invitation from [Hale], do you wish to join this party? Y/N]

[You have joined [Hales] party]

”Great great. Hey man, we
e around level 5 so we could take you over to the goblin area so you could skip the slimes. Sounds pretty great, huh? ” Hale said excitedly.

I nod in agreement and we left the town through the opposite side from where I initially entered. Large gates of stone and metal greet us at the exit of the town. Two NPC guards stood at their posts and signaled for the gate to open. As the gates opened, the feeling of adventure enveloped me.

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”Haah! ”

”Fireball! ”

Large swarm groups of goblins fell before me before I got a chance to do anything. That being said, I don even have a weapon aside from my bare fists. Before we encountered the goblin village, Hale introduced me to Geoff and Omen, the other two party members.

Geoff was a man of large stature, similar to Hale, he also wielded a massive greatsword. Omen on the other hand was an artificer. He carried a codex of sorts on the side of his belt that he used to conjure magical spells. Upon inspecting my allies weaponry, I could see that the stat requirements of these weapons were at most 5. Weapons in Mythos Online are mostly locked behind certain specializations. The only exception is Savant. The problem with this seems to be the minor detail right beneath the details of the weapon itself.

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[Rookie Artificers Codex]

[Specialization: Artificer, Savant]

[Attributes]

Agility: 1 | Intelligence: 3

Magic Attack: 10

[Required Attribute

Intelligence: 5

(?) – Attributes of this weapon are reduced by 50% when equipped by a Savant

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I guess this is the price I pay for being able to use whatever weapon I want.

After toppling over a tent full of goblins, Hale, Geoff, and Omen all level up to 6 while I reached level 3. I quickly assigned the two skill points I gained into [Perception] and [Enhance] so I could experiment with them. [Perception] and [Basic Proficiency] are both passive skills so they are automatically activated as soon as I learned them. However, [Enhance] was something I had to manually use.

While I was digging through the details of my skills, I received a notification from the Zero VR device on the top right corner of my vision. Quickly realizing that my mom was back, I thanked Hale, Geoff, and Omen before logging off and taking the headset off.

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Shin took the headset off and was immediately greeted by a message notification on his PC. ”I don think Ill be able to make it home tonight. Just eat whatever leftovers we have left in the fridge. Love you. ”

Shin was stunned as he sent a message back.

”What happened? I can take care of myself but let me know what happened. ”

Another message chime sounded off.

”Well, it seems that the government doesn want to risk anyone leaving the office because of Hemoxythra so we were asked to shelter in place. I tried asking them plenty of times but they won tell us anything. ”

Taken back, Shin was unable to come up with any immediate reply. About a minute later, Shin started typing again.

”The damned CJP government always pulls this type of shit. Let me know when you hear anything back ok? Ill have dinner first. ”

Shin made his way out of his room and into the living room. The atmosphere was ominous and empty without his mother or friends there to accompany him. The last time he interacted with any of his school friends in person was before the breakout of the disease. The central couch in the living was where everyone would try and cram into to watch shows has been devoid of anyone aside from Shin for some time now. Anxious about the messages sent by his mother, he turned on the TV and stood beside the couch.

”-hats right, we
e hearing from the World Safety Organization that the has now escalated Hemoxythra to a pandemic, and governments across the globe have begun to take extreme quarantine measures to prevent its spread. Not much is known about the syndromes of the infected but initial reports claim that the infected experience rapid deterioration through fatigue, and potentially death as fast as one week. ”

”Fuck! ” Shin thought to himself as he hit the corner of the couch.

”So much for being lucky today. ” Shin continued as he continued to clench his fist.

Powerless, Shin moved to the kitchen and took out the leftover spaghetti from the fridge, heat it up, and ate alone with the TV on.

”Experts claim, the CJP government, which was already economically struggling, may begin to collapse as political power continues to move towards consolidated mega-corporation Pentrafil. ”

Pentrafil was an organization established in 2024. It was originally a biochemical and pharmaceutical company. Their profits eventually led to massive expansions into other industries with record-high buyouts of companies. Everyone in the world knows the name Pentrafil by now. As their monopoly over all things grows, the economy of every country they do business in grows as well. However, as expected, not all the wealth is fairly distributed. Seven years ago, Pentrafil acquired Finale Game Studios which went on to develop Mythos Online.

”At least all of this wealth went into at least one good thing. ” Shin thought as he ate.

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