The Only Thing I Can Upgrade is Strength chapter 207

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The feeling of a level was hard to describe… I imagined mine were a little bit different from others because it directly came with an increase in Strength, since the attribute points were distributed automatically. Experience was a whitish mist, but it didn’t feel cold or wet. In fact, it was almost warm. A level up was just a certain point in the accumulation of experience at which point you just felt… better. However, after experiencing it many times in rapid succession it lost some of its potency. That was what came from being a low level in a group with level 20’s. Of course, I contributed my part which is why I actually got such rapid experience. I had just reached level 5, and looked at my status screen.

Name: Llyr Merrick Class: None
Level: 5 Attribute Points to Distribute: 0
Base Levels Class/ Magic Items Special Total
Strength 603 +150 +0% +0 +10% 828 (+189)
Dexterity 306 +0 +0% +0 +0 306 (+22)
Toughness 255 +0 +0% +0 +0 255 (+15)
Constitution 254 +0 +0% +0 +0 254 (+14)
Intelligence 146 +0 +0% +0 +0 146 (+10)
Wisdom 179 +0 +0% +0 +0 179 (+7)
Willpower 171 +0 +0% +0 +0 171 (+5)
Focus 220 +0 +0% +0 +0 220 (+7)
Luck 190 +0 +0% +0 +0 190 (+3)
Skills:
Passive:
All In (Strength)
Club Mastery (4)
Dodging Mastery (7)
Melee Weapon Mastery (8)
Halberd Mastery (2)
Awareness (5)
Bow Mastery (6)
Sling Mastery (2)
Ranged Weapon Mastery (7)
Warhammer Mastery (2)
Armor Mastery (6)
Mace Mastery (7)
Striking Mastery (2)
Grappling Mastery (3)
Longsword Mastery (3)
Parrying Mastery (4)
Shield Mastery (5)
Glaive Mastery (3)
Spear Mastery (6)
Rapier Mastery (3)
Poison Resistance (1*)
Blessing of Strength
Dagger Mastery (6)
Active:
Bash (8)
Analyze Attributes (5)
Martial Trance (6)
Whirlwind Attack (5)
Piercing Throw (7)
Rapid Shot (3)
Light (4)
Disarm (4)
Return Weapon (5)
Rage (Basic)
Water (3)
Fire (3)
Wind (3)
Healing (4)
Electricity (2)
Darkness (2)

I’d been training in all sorts of magic though I couldn’t say any of them were useful enough in combat to bother with yet. Not when we had people better at things and when I had more useful things to do with my time in battle. Like hitting things.

I noticed that I hadn’t gotten a class. That wasn’t surprising, but I wasn’t sure if I was happy about it or not. Sage Norwood had mentioned some possibilities, and this could mean I wouldn’t be getting a class again. Alternatively, it would give me another chance to learn a class normally. As for what class… that was the question. I could pick another martial class- any type of warrior would suit my high Strength just fine. The problem was my mental attributes. I couldn’t distribute any points to them to shore up their weaknesses so I had to increase them through training. While I didn’t necessarily want to be a mage, I also didn’t want to be inhibited in training those attributes. Besides Focus, Martial Adept hadn’t supported growth in any of the other attributes- in fact, it had hindered them slightly. 

A pure magic class would put me ahead in three mental attributes and allow the last to grow quickly… but that would inhibit growth of physical attributes. I didn’t care about Strength- if I never gained another point of Strength it would be fine. However, Toughness and Constitution were important. Even if I was planning to transition to a back line role- which I wasn’t- those were still very useful attributes. I saw how hard it was for Kasner to train them. He didn’t mention it, but he got up early to go running. Toughness training was the most difficult because it involved getting hit, but our little academy had sparring areas as well as swinging sand bags that could hit people. It wasn’t as good as facing a real attack… but it was much less dangerous. 

Maybe I should just accept my weaknesses and just focus on physical attributes. I really didn’t need more Strength, but I didn’t know of a class that got Dexterity, Toughness, and Constitution. What would that be, some sort of… agile tank? I couldn’t deny that Dexterity was useful even in armor, but wearing armor took Strength. Alternatively, I couldn’t imagine using Toughness as the main defense when getting hit, instead of armor. 

I had an adamantine dagger but choosing a class around a single piece of equipment that could be lost wasn’t a great plan. It was possible to get more adamantine equipment in the future… especially once we became E or F rank, and more specifically once people started going through class advancement. The ten percent bonuses to attributes would change to twenty percent among increased growth for attributes and skills. I would be behind in that area, but it wasn’t like I couldn’t catch up. Especially if we started fighting monsters worth more experience… but first we needed to finish investigating the combined dungeon. Outside of the combined boss, we hadn’t really run into any dangerous situations. The only real problem had been the weapon enchantment that we didn’t recognize… and we would have avoided the fight if we knew what it did, or at least we would have had a way to deal with the axe partly ignoring armor.

Kantrilla had given me a good idea about my book. Instead of waiting to compile a whole book, I could release in smaller doses. Sometimes it was just a few sheets of paper, but my ‘Basics of Adventuring’ series was being produced a little bit at a time. It was more like a magazine or newspaper, especially since I wasn’t the only writer. Other people had released books on adventuring, but nobody else was being so thorough… or so public about it. I only barely covered my costs with what I sold and encouraged people to share. To be honest, experienced adventurers barely even gave my work a second glance. They knew pretty much everything I was writing… but newer adventurers were the target anyway. Calling it my writing wasn’t correct anymore because other people wrote their own parts. Halette did the sections on traps in dungeons. That was especially popular. I’d seen at least a few people come up to her and tell her about finding a trap they wouldn’t have noticed otherwise… and while it was possible they could have actually figured it out on their own, that saved at least a handful of people from setting off traps. It was likely they wouldn’t have died or been seriously injured… but who could say? There were probably even more who didn’t say anything. Among our students at the academy, before the dungeons had gotten mixed up, several groups mentioned how little details had saved their lives. We couldn’t say that everyone had survived… but the total casualty rate among our students was better than other beginning adventurers. That wasn’t always death, but sometimes an early injury made further adventuring impossible. If we could figure out what to do with the combined dungeons… maybe that could bring some opportunities back to Ekralas.

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  1. Love the chapters that include the status screen(s)

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