Prologue - The 【Faerie Ring】 and Drop Rate

Countless players aligned items, spending time preparing for dungeon and field searches in the evening. As people shared information amongst each other and traded items during the hours where it was bustling with adults, in the 【Atelier】——

"Hmm. Rice crackers in this store are delicious."

"They'll feel too salty if you don't drink tea with it. Here, sweets."

"I prefer ball candies here rather than crackers. I love sweets."

Finding the time when there's few people in, they have occupied the corner of the store...

"Hey, you all. What did you even come to my store for?"

"Hohee?"

Making a mystified expression, the Mischievous Fairy and her friends desperately swallowed the sweets they had in the mouths and after pouring hot barley tea to fairy-size cups, she then answered my question.

"Eh, this is the most quiet place to take break in the entire town."

"No, I don't intend on making a break station for fairies you know."

Although I stared at her, "and so" she responded and plopped her butt on top of the three-coloured synthetic Gel mobs. Is that like a soft sofa spoiling people? When I thought so, other fairies also started lazying around.

Seeing a sight of fairies lazying around on sofa with rice crackers in their hands, I could only thing they're picking a fight with fantasy setting.

"So. What are you doing for a while now?"

'Hm? This?"

What I raised up in front of the fairies was a crafting recipe's note with the mixing ratios. I always verified the ratios of the recipes I was able to decipher and I wrote the results of try and error in order to improve their effect.

And, on the page I left the note in there was something slightly different from the crafting verification results.

"I was looking at the 【Faerie Ring】's effect verification results."

"Ahh, that."

Saying so, the Mischievous Fairy flew up to me and touched the ring on the index finger of my right hand. And, as if convinced, she stroked the ring.

After becoming a 【Fairy Possessed】 accessory, as a result of the fairy's release, it did not return to being a normal accessory, but was changed into an unique accessory. I have written results of the 【Faerie Blessing】 effect it had in the notebook.

"The slight increase in stats can't be measured, but the success rate of skills, rare drop rate, elemental damage and bad status resistance are all increased by 3%."

"Is that amazing?"

"No, I've no clue. Isn't that in the margin of error? Well, since it doesn't overlap with other accessories and Sense effects, it shouldn't be too bad."

There was no way I could verify 【Faerie Blessing】's effect alone. Other players who held the 【Faerie Blessing】 items helped me out in gathering information I put up together.

"Well, skill and drop rate's bonus is 3% and in margin of error, but I'm glad it's a fixed value."

Although only some skills had a success rate, the 《Cursed》 skill that reduced enemy's stats is one of those that are sometimes resisted, so its success rate was increased.

Also, since the effect was also applied not just to skills but also manual crafting, the success rate of precise crafting had increased, so it was a great help.

"Just, I don't know if this rare drop rate increase is good or bad."

"I don't know, but is that drop-rate amazing?"

"It's not that important to me——"Then Yun-chan, won't you give it to me?"——Eh, woah?!! S-Sei-nee?! You startled me."

Sei-nee suddenly appeared. I was careless since there's few people at this hour, I almost slipped down from the chair so I grasped the counter in panic.

"I have a bad luck with drops, so I want that kind of item."

"Ahh, speaking of which, you always miss the drops you want don't you, Sei-nee."

Sei-nee was a skilled mage and a sub-master of OSO's top guild 【Eight Million Gods】. But, her only weakness was her greed sensor which was the cause for her bad luck with drops.

"Yun-chan, won't you give that ring to me? I'll pay."

"No way. No matter how much you pay, I won't give it up."

I remember responding the same way when Myu had come just recently, asking for the same thing.

"That's right. This is the proof of our bond!"

Saying so, Mischievous Fairy embraced my right hand as if to show off.

"Uuu, I heard you refused Myu-chan too, but it's no good after aalll."

"Sei-nee, you have safely finished the Fairy Quest too, right? How was it?"

"I used up the wishes before the information on 【Faerie Rings】 appeared."

She slumped depressed. If only I knew earlier, she muttered, but unfortunately I couldn't say anything.

The Mischievous Fairy stood on Sei-nee's shoulder and with "Well, cheer up. Want a candy?" she held out a candy ball.

They were honey candies made with the honey material Mischievous Fairy brought in a few days ago. Sei-nee put it in her mouth and made a delighted expression.

"It can't be helped.. It's not put up on auctions or the stalls as it's an item with limited availability. I should gather guild members and aim for that. It might be good to make them shared items in the guild too."

Saying so, she made her usual smile. That's when Kyouko-san poured her tea and Sei-nee sighed.

This 【Faerie Ring】 is highly versatile and makes a slight increase in drop rate. The method to obtain it has been discovered after the time-limited Fairy Quest added with update had ended.

"If I'm not wrong, don't 【Fairy Possessed】 accessories drop in dungeons?"

"It was added by the update right. They made it so that people who didn't clear the time-limited event are able to enjoy the atmosphere a little."

Although the time-limited Fairy Quest had ended with the last update, the 【Fairy Possessed】 are now possible to obtain through normal play means.

They can be for example found in treasure chests of certain level dungeons or be in stock of NPC stores at times.

In those cases, the number of "Fairy Wishes" was only one, which was very little compared to the Fairy Quest's reward.

"Well, no choice but to be patient and aim for it."

"Is it really something you can aim for?"

"Now, I wonder about that. I might get it while I aim for a boss' rare drop, maybe when I aim for 【Fairy Possessed】 accessory it'll unexpectedly appear right away from some treasure chest. That's why, I'll head to the dungeons in the frontlines and leisurely try aiming for getting one."

She's considering it quite care-freely, while I thought as we talked about it, the Mischievous Fairy bit through the ball candy and entered the conversation.

"I think it might be difficult. After all, they're fairies who were sealed a decade ago, they probably don't have any interest in humans."

"Hee, so there was a setting like that. First time hearing it. Did you know, Yun-chan?"

"Nope, I didn't."

Same here. When I said that, speaking of which it's the first time I said it, the Mischievous Fairy responded, making me exhausted.

"Well, we don't know much about the era when those fairies were sealed, but there shouldn't be too many of them."

"In other words, the drop rate of the accessories is low, you mean?"

"But, if it's hard to get, since it's possible to receive 【Faerie Ring】 and tamed mobs from it, they'll become rarer."

Currently, although there are fairies who visit their original accessory owners like Mischievous Fairy and there's a few dozen of such cases, there were few people whose accessories had become a 【Faerie Ring】. Moreover, as far as I knew there was only one person whose fairy had become a tamed mob.

"Ahh, then, I wonder which is faster, to defeat the enemy mobs for rare drops or getting the 【Faerie Ring】. Well, there's no use thinking about it."

After saying Sei-nee stretched her back, purchased necessary consumables like potions and Revival Medicine and left the store. It seemed like a light chat where she complained for a bit had left her refreshed.

"Still, a drop-rate increase huh. If the probability is low, and the lower it gets, the better the effect is, eh."

For example, if a rare item's drop rate is 1%, after defeating 100 mobs you receive one of the item on average. And with 【Faerie Ring】 equipped that probability rises by 3% to 4% total and rather than 100, you need to defeat roughly 25 mobs on average to get the item.

As expected, having it will probably feel like a huge change.

"...maybe I should go hunt some mobs aiming for rare drops."

I also want some strengthening materials for ornaments, I muttered absent-mindedly.

 

 

I equipped a Sense build for combat in order to aim for hunting rare drops.


Possessed SP29

【Bow Lv43】 【Longbow Lv17】 【Sky Eyes Lv10】 【Speed Increase Lv31】 【See-Through Lv18】 【Magic Talent Lv50】 【Magic Power Lv50】 【Enchant Arts Lv30】 【Earth Element Talent Lv22】【Cooking Lv30】

Unequipped:

【Dosing Lv34】 【Alchemy Lv35】 【Synthesis Lv36】 【Crafting Knowledge Lv37】 【Taming Lv10】 【Engraving Lv5】 【Swimming Lv13】 【Linguistics Lv22】


While doing that, I found Senses that could be grown and proceeded with it.

This time, it was 【Speed Increase Lv30】's higher Sense 【Swiftness】, and 【Cooking Lv30】's higher Sense 【Cook】.

Also, after both 【Magic Power】 and 【Magic Talent】 reached level 50, I acquired the new Sense 【Sorcery】 which had integrated the two.

The advantage of 【Sorcery】 is that it had effects of both 【Magic Power】 and 【Magic Talent】 in a single Sense slot. The disadvantage was that its level would go down to 1 and the stat increase value would decrease, but the growth rate should be higher. Also, it was possible to obtain 【Magic Power】 once again to compensate for it, but I didn't need that much MP in the first place.

And so, the new Senses looked like this.


Possessed SP25

【Bow Lv43】 【Longbow Lv17】 【Sky Eyes Lv10】 【Swiftness Lv1】 【See-Through Lv18】 【Sorcery Lv1】 【Enchant Arts Lv30】 【Earth Element Talent Lv22】 【Dosing Lv34】 【Cook Lv1】

Unequipped:

【Alchemy Lv35】 【Synthesis Lv36】 【Crafting Knowledge Lv37】 【Taming Lv10】 【Engraving Lv5】 【Swimming Lv13】 【Linguistics Lv22】


"The mobs long-distance attacks will work against, and I can take on are..."

I thought about it for a while, but I couldn't think of any appropriate mobs and ended up heaving a sigh.

"As I thought, what a solo crafter can do is quite limited. I'm weak and since my build's half-baked I can only go into places below my level."

Although I tried mixing in some combat Senses, I didn't understand my own directionality in the first place.

Bow-type Senses, cooking, elemental magic, enchants all amounted to being a support. Was I a long-range attacker or something similar, or maybe a mage.

To say, I was jack-of-all-trades and master of none.

"Haa, let's go around beating bosses I can fight with my level, like the Blade Lizard or Golem."

Rather than taking on rare mobs that have useful drops, it was better to aim for weak bosses with a fixed respawn rate.

The rare drops were Stone Bladescales and Stones of Earth Spirits.

"Well, let's go at it lightly."

Using the mini-portal installed in the 【Atelier】 I jumped to the Second Town and moving from there I found the Blade Lizard at the road to the First Town.

There was no one there when I came, I continued to challenge Blade Lizards time after time and then on another day, I kept challenging Golems.

It was something I normally didn't do, but aiming for rare drops with the 【Faerie Ring】, to put it simply, wasn't too interesting.

Against the Blade Lizard, I delivered damage by attacking from a distance with the bow. As I escaped I continued to attack with my arrows until the opponent fell down. Since the attack patterns of the bosses near the early towns were monotone, it was mostly routine work.

Occasionally I bored of it, so I tried attacking with only magic or limited myself to only using the knife, but in most cases it was a waste of time because the damage was much lower than with the bow and since I wasn't used to it I received enemy's attacks. Because of that there were many cases where I had to hurriedly escape into a distance to recover my self with potions.

"As I thought, Golem is stronger than the Blade Lizard, huh."

And so, that was my impression after finishing the rare drop hunt at later date.

The Golem was a mob that had a high durability against physical attacks, the damage dealt to it with arrows and the knife was small, so it took much longer to defeat it even compared to defeating Blade Lizard with magic or the knife, because of which I defeat it only using earth element magic.

As for damage dealt, it was good compared to the other attacks, but considering enemy was of the same earth element the effectiveness was slightly worse than it should be. And so, during the Golem hunting I simply practised earth element magic I normally haven't used too often. I continued to use magic endlessly and repeatedly recovered the used MP with potions.

"My level didn't go up, but how are the hunt's results?"

Later, when I arranged collected drops, from the rare drops there were 12 Stone Bladescales and 7 Stones of Earth Spirits. It seemed like the rare drop probability increased from 5% to 8%, or maybe this time I just had luck, but I obtained a lot of strengthening materials so I was pleased.

"Still, I've nothing to use them on. Oh well, I'll make some accessories, reinforce them with the materials and put up in the store."

After that, a high pitched sound of a hammer striking metal had echoed in the 【Atelier】 for a while.

27 thoughts on “Prologue - The 【Faerie Ring】 and Drop Rate

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  1. Maho

    No matter what the fairy blessed item probably won't help sei at all she might get more rare items but greed sensor we could still cause her not to get the item she want. The greed sense by definition goes against probability.

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  2. darkglass

    I'm just wondering if Yun can ask Lyly to modify her bow to be able to transform between a bow and a staff like Hawkeye's bow from the Avengers.That way she would be able to use it as a melee weapon as well as a long-range weapon.

    It's durability would decrease that way making it more prone to breaking, but that can be mitigated with a Stone of Earth Spirit where it gives the equipment an additional effect of self-repair. With a Stone of Earth Spirit, she never has to worry about maintenance costs ever again, plus she would have the chance to become a badass whose good at close combat as well as long-range.

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    1. krytykkrytyk Post author

      There's an issue of practicality. It's like bomb arrows, why bother yourself with bomb arrows when you can just use actual bombs, or actual arrows? Same to any other funky weapon.

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      1. darkglass

        Here's my rebuttal. Yun came across many situations where her bow became an impractical weapon because it can't be used at close range. Having it modified so that it can transform between a bow and a staff fixes that problem, not to mention that this hypothetical hybrid weapon would become very practical and versatile since the range of scenarios in which it can be used is greater than that of either a bow or a staff.

        Also, about using bomb arrows VS, using actual bombs or actual arrows: Bomb arrows have greater range than actual bombs as well as greater accuracy when coupled with Yun's bow skills. As for Bomb arrows VS actual arrows; the former has greater destructive capability, thus allowing for greater damage to be inflicted upon impact even if blocked as opposed to regular arrows that do zero damage when blocked. Not to mention when dodging said bomb arrows, the one dodging still has to escape the blast radius to be able to avoid harm.

        So there really is no disadvantage to using a hybrid weapon that I will dub as a "Bow Staff." You know, like an actual Bo staff, but with a "w" because it is also a Bow.

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        1. krytykkrytyk Post author

          1. Pulling out a knife or a sword also fixes the problem. Bows are for shooting, not for smacking people with them.

          2. Yun already has earth magic he can invoke anywhere, any time, at any range. Moreover, singular bombs have so little damage that using them together with arrows is beside the point. Instead, there is loads of negatives like costs, preparation and such.

          I need to ban the "bomb arrow" term from the blog. It's been brought up and discussed so many times I'm fed up with it.

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  3. jacobpaige

    That ring is a bit OP when you consider that some items have a drop rate of 1/1000 or even 1/10000. To suddenly have it jump to 3/100 base minimum would distort the balance of the game by making these items that are supposed to be super rare only slightly rare.

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    1. Kaito

      Yeah I also thought that was weird. Items like that are usually applied to the original drop rate rather than added on top. Like increasing 100/1000 to 103/1000 rather than 130/1000

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    2. Watem

      Hmmm I'm not sure that the author knows the difference between percentages and percentage points... A 3% increase =1.03 increase. 1*1.03=1.03 not 4... No rpg would have percentages be additive like that... To start with, there's not enough grinding for an mmorpg... By making it additive they're further reducing the amount of grinding. shame on them.

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      1. AoriiAorii

        uh, as someone who is big in researching game design, I can tell you...
        there are PLENTY of RPG systems that use additive percentiles. If for no other than the reason it's much easier for the designers to calibrate.

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  4. Random Lurker

    Thank you for the release, yun should just use the stones of the earth spirit in her clothes. That way she wont have to worry too much about repair costs.

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    1. bakusura

      I dont know how many cities they have, but assume that there're more than 5 cities and more cities gate keeper, maybe there will be better reinforcement item drop from the gate keeper..
      if it's me, maybe i'll try to convert them to be a better item like how yun convert iron ore to become fine iron ore, well i doubt it can be done thought(maybe if yun have lvl up alchemy/synthesis more, it can be done)... or try to make syntetic mobs using them... it'll be great if yun can have tank type mobs that can be replaced whenever she want to, not just slime

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  5. Bareus

    ... and her friends desperately swallowed the sweets they had in the mouths and after pouring hot barley tea to fairy-size cups, then she answered my question.
    ... and her friends desperately swallowed the sweets they had in the mouths and after pouring hot barley tea in fairy-size cups, she then answered my question.

    But, her only weakness was her greed sensor which was cause for her bad luck with drops.
    But her only weakness was her greed sensor which was the cause for her bad luck with drops.

    It might be good to make it shared items in the guild too."
    It might be good to make it a shared item in the guild too."
    It might be good to make it shared items in the guild too."

    It seemed like a light chat where she complained for a bit had left her refreshed.
    It seemed like a light chat where complaining for a bit had left her refreshed.

    "The mobs long-distance attacks will work against, and I can take on are..."
    -> it seems like some things are missing here.. though I wonder if it's intentional, since Yun is probably mumbling there

    ..., but I couldn't think if appropriate mobs and ended up heaving a sigh.
    ..., but I couldn't think of any appropriate mobs and ended up heaving a sigh.

    ..., but considering enemy was of the same earth element the effectiveness was slightly worse than should be.
    ..., but considering enemy was of the same earth element the effectiveness was slightly worse than it should be.

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    1. =P

      The person writing this needs a quality checker... I agree, but it's not like this is the first or last time the writer will make a typo or grammatical mistake.

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  6. Logan

    Why doesn't he get a sense to increase his physical or acrobatic sense and get a giant cleaver. It would definitely make things more interesting

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    1. Aaron

      yeah there is seriously so much unused potential
      it's not like the story is bad by all means but i'd wish they'd make lake a spin off or complete new protagonist whose story goes paralel to this story
      just that the other protagonist would strive for some awesome power like a maniac, like to create a character who can summon his own minions, buff them with zone enchant, discover crazy synergies like "party" sense another player had tame mobs and use alchemic mobs in addition.
      or like obsessed with mastering all elements and discover crazy sense developments.
      or use the fact that as joining the game late, others don't recognize his op development and so on
      darn makes me want to write something myself

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      1. krytykkrytyk Post author

        There's tons of the stories that focus on overpowered protagonists who use unusual, powerful stuff, why take away one of the things that make this series prominent and different?

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        1. AoriiAorii

          The problem is that this is a story about a casual gamer, read by too many hardcore gamers who can't comprehend the idea of 'relax' or 'simply enjoy yourself' =\

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  7. happinezz

    I think being able to kill a field boss on your own is a good example of improvement

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  8. sandi

    Are you editing your post?
    I want to post at front page about new post at new chapter OSO, but said 404.
    anyway thank you

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    1. krytykkrytyk Post author

      Not sure what's wrong, but probably some caching issues. I changed the link for it. Try now.

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