TL Note: Hey everyone,
This is my new novel called Overgeared. The name is basically a Korean gaming slang term used to put down users who rely on items for strength instead of skill. Its hard to find an English equivalent to this term, especially when used in many different situations and contexts throughout the novel. I have decided to go with Overgeared for the title and for when it is used as a noun, etc. a guild name. However, I will go with item effect, the most accurate meaning, for when it is used in a sentence.
This is a vrmmorpg novel and while it has some of the obvious stereotypes and unrealistic parts, it also does some things differently. People might get annoyed with the mcs character at first, but he does get a lot of character development. In fact, some of the fun of reading the novel is seeing the MCs character grow. I think that people who are fans of VR novels like Legendary Moonlight Sculptor and Rebirth of the Thief will enjoy this novel.
Schedule is currently two chapters a day. Ive also made a glossary to help you keep track, since this is a long novel at 678 chapters and still ongoing.
Thanks, Rainbow Turtle.
Brief overview that I translated from a Korean site:
The basis of this novel is a virtual reality game called Satisfy, developed by the worlds top genius scientist Lim Cheolho and world-class scientists.
The main character is timid, flaky, selfish, cares about money and easily feels jealous of others. Because the author set up the character in this way, the story was difficult for the readers to read.
But as the main character encounters various people and geniuses, he internally matures and his personality changes. If the main character is described as cancerous early on, at present he can be called a mature adult. However, those who dont read beyond the early parts of the 5th volume (~ chapter 90) find it hard to believe.
The basic settings and story line are similar to other VR novels, but the praiseworthy thing is the content development. The early parts arent much different from rival novels, but the novel rating has exceeded the market average in recent years due to the writers growth.
Like other novels, it contains a munchkin element, but it is different from typical munchkins. In the early stages, the game progresses with the main character using is class of a legendary blacksmith. The main character expands the game content and the level of the existing users dramatically increase. Hidden talents, new players in the official rankings, classes that could break the balance, all of this makes the main characters one-man show impossible. The main character grows internally and externally while competing with others.
In fact, if you compare the simple and ignorant battle method in the beginning to his abilities in the present time, it is possible to feel such a sense of distance that he doesnt seem like the same character.
As for the evaluation of the work, the criticism was severe in the beginning, but the popularity increased rapidly after that. As described above, the improvement in the authors writing and the growth of the main character led to rapid changes in the comments. However, the main characters selfish and frustrating behaviour caused many readers to stop reading in the beginning. For the readers who have gone beyond the beginning, it is a tragedy that seems really pitiful.
Currently, its popularity is increasing and a webtoon was recently released. However, there are many criticisms of the webtoon due to the various changes made. For those curious about the webtoon, here is the link to the raws, although only the first 3 chapters are free.
"W-What, that armor?
"Its terrifichellip; Unique grade?"
It was the first time they had seen such armor, so the guild members struggled to hide their interest.
Peak Sword raised his voice, "That isnt important right now! Why arent you throwing him out right now?"
Hell Gao would soon appear and then nobody would be able to escape from the dungeon. They had to deal with the outsider before that. The moment that the guild members interested in the armor tried to carry out Peak Swords order,
[Hell Gao, the owner of Hellfire, has appeared.]
[Hell Gaos roar has applied fear, chaos, and debilitating effects.]
[Hell Gaos fire reduces heat resistance by 50%.]
[Fire pillars have risen to cover you.]
Due to the silent flames that surrounded the whole body, half of the guild members either fell into a dying state or burned to the point where they couldnt even be recognized. Barely half of the people standing were able to hang on.
Peak Sword was surprised at the notification window that popped up.
I raised my fire resistance to 86%, but to still receive this degree of damagehellip;!
They would fail again. As Peak Sword was feeling despair, he suddenly doubted his eyes. The unknown young man. While the others were surrounded by flames, he alone was moving forward, moving freely like he wasnt affected.
Peak Sword fell silent as he witnessed a ridiculous scene. As Hell Gao ran amok and slaughtered the guild members, the young man pulled out a pickaxe, headed to the wallhellip; and started swinging the pickaxe?
The young man swung it with good form and complained as he wiped off the sweat,
"Ugh, hot! Isnt the labor getting worse? Why does the mineral only appear when the boss mob is present? Based on this, I might have to visit a dragons lair with my pickaxe!"
At that moment, a hot wind emerged from the staff that Hell Gao waved and hit the young man. Peak Sword expected the young man to receive huge damage and collapse. But unbelievably, the young man only suffered minor injuries.
"Excuse me, Mister." The youth stopped his pickaxe for the first time and turned his attention to Peak Sword. He said with an irate expression, "Why are you just standing there blankly? Its hot now, but it will only just get hotter."
What was he seeing now? Peak Sword belatedly regained his spirit and asked, "How can you be fine?"
The young man replied like it was obvious, "Its the item effect."
The tail on the young mans armor moved by itself and fought against Hell Gaos staff. Peak Sword couldnt close his mouth as he gaped at the unbelievable sight.
After entering the Northern End Cave at the end of a three months journey, I was able to witness the overwhelming sight of all types of battle gear piled up like a mountain.
"Wow, what is this?"
The names of the brilliant battle gear were in a colorful mix of green, yellow, and purple. If I took only a few of these, I would become a rich man! I wanted to take all the battle gear, but it was impossible.
[This item cant be obtained.]
"How stingy and dirty."
Items that couldnt be acquired despite them being right in front of me! When I put it in my bag, it would return to its original spot like a mirage. This situation was like that of a pie in the sky, or a woman already being married. No, a married woman was still different from a pie in the sky, as one could still obtain a married woman if one tried enough.
I wasnt hallucinating. I was extremely excited and could hear my heart beating wildly. I thought it was just a skill book but it was actually for a class change? Furthermore, it was legendary grade! This meant it was the strongest class in the world!
"Moreover, there is no condition to usehellip;"
Tears flowed down from my eyes. During the past year, I had to pay the interest on my loan, my Satisfy account, and I also took a leave of absence from school. My friends left me one by one, the alumni of my school laughed at me, people thought I was lazyhellip;
My original plan was to sell the items I gained during the game and turn it into cash so that I could pay off my loan, my account, and my tuition. However, Satisfy wasnt such a fair world. It was hard to earn money and I could barely obtain equipment for myself, let alone ones I could sell.
But now it was different. A thrill went through my body as I shivered.
"It is overhellip; I can say farewell to this nightmarish life!"
A legendary class change item! If I register it as an auction item on the item trading site, it was clear that the transaction price would be worth tens of millions of won.
No, it was an item that gave the best class among two billion users, so would it only be worth tens of millions of won? I could be sure that it was worth at least hundreds of millions of won. I might be able to get my hands on an astronomical amount that I never imagined!
"Puhahahahat!! Mother! Father! This freeloader finally made it! Now its time to leave the game and forget about finding employment! My parents can quit feeling ashamed of their son in front of the neighbors! Sehee! Oppa finally did it! Now you dont have to be embarrassed every time you meet me on the street! When my friends want to come and play at my house, I dont have to refuse and make all sorts of excuses! And my friends! Alumni! They cant ignore me anymore as a pathetic game loser! I will become a success with a game! I have taken a few steps ahead of you guys in the society! Puhahahat!!"
I paid 10 million won to purchase a capsule, and my loan interest rose by hundreds of thousands of won every month.
Ahyoung is still prettyhellip;
I imagined attending my high school alumni meeting for the first time in two years in a foreign car. The successful alumni wouldnt be able to ignore me anymore. Then I blushed as the face of my first love, Ahyoung, came to mind.
"Okay, go and sell it!"
Quest? I didnt care about that right now. Obviously, while the reward was a weapon that belonged to the epic rating, it was nothing in comparison to the price of this book. My affinity with Earl Ashur would fall and would probably end up with me not receiving any more quests from him. But there was no reason to be afraid in front of hundreds of millions of won.
I confidently exclaimed. Then a notification window flashed in front of my eyes.
[You cant log out of the game here.]
[Earl Ashur has appeared.]
Dozens of knights jumped into the cave as I was struggling to understand. Then the familiar Earl Ashur appeared. I panicked as he found me and his face distorted.
"Foolish traveler, you all have the same greed."
[The quest Earl Ashurs Secret Request (S) has changed to Earl Ashurs Anger (SS).]
[Earl Ashurs Anger]
Difficulty Level: SS
Earl Ashur chose you due to your average abilities, your stupidity and because you are easy to exploit. He entrusted you with the task of finding Pagmas rare book that he wasnt even sure existed.
He put a watcher on you and came urgently as soon as he heard that you entered the Northern End Cave. Earl Ashur has witnessed you become blinded by greed over Pagmas rare book and has no intention of forgiving you. He intends to kill you and take away Pagmas rare book.
* Affinity with Earl Ashur has fallen by 100.
* Due to your actions, all of the fame you have built in Patrian has disappeared and you have now become infamous. The affinity of Patrians residents has fallen by 40. They will look at you and call you a thief.
Quest Clear Conditions: The deaths of Earl Ashur and his escort knights.
Clear Reward: Obtain the title Noble Killer.
* Noble Killer: Intelligence -50.
All nobles in the kingdom will despise and oppress you. Your jobs will be limited. The affinity of some commoners and royalty will rise.
Quest Failure: Level -2.
You will no longer be able to enter Patrian.
Any Patrian soldiers will kill you on sight.]
Patrian was the starter city where I first created my character. I built up a considerable amount of reputation while completing quests in Patrian from level 1 to the present, and my affinity with the residents was at its maximum.
All merchants gave me a 20% discount when buying goods, and the goods I sold were purchased at 15% above their value. There were residents who gave me hidden quests when I approached them. But all these achievements automatically flew away the moment this quest updated.
"hellip;Ah, I. This is shit."
A curse naturally emerged.
"Earl Ashurhellip; no, you bastard! This goddamn bastard forced me onto a quest where I wasnt sure if I could find the item or not!! If Pagmas rare book was something that didnt exist, I wouldve struggled for months in vain! You are the one who lied in the first place, yet you want to make me notorious in Patrian? Filthy jerk!"
As their master was cursed at, the hot-headed knights immediately pulled out their swords. Earl Ashur restrained them and spoke coldly to me,"You had already decided to betray me before you knew you were deceived. Even so, you are still acting so proudly."
"Is it greedy to want a reasonable reward after the hardships of my journey? My betrayal wasnt certain!"
He sneered at my words.
"Didnt I already promise to give you a reward in return? We entered into a contract and you have trespassed on my good faith out of greed."
This wasnt something that I could handle with words. As I fell mute, Earl Ashurs momentum increased as he continued to chatter,
"You are truly a poor man. The more I watched, the more I could feel it. But there are times when you can do extraordinary things, as I honestly hadnt expected you to find this cave that had disappeared from history. I will punish you for your ignorance, but as reward for your patience, I will kill you as painlessly as possible."
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