AGE OF ADVENTURE CHAPTER 41: FIELD OF ASPHODEL

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THE UNDERWORLD

Aero finally felt the ground.

But he also felt the pain after crashing to the ground. He though his body would be squashed yet, weirdly other than a few sores on his back he is not dead even after falling from such a long height.

After hours of falling he thought that there will be no end and what awaited him is only death

Then when he opened his eyes and tries to adjust himself, he was greeted with status windows.

You have been blessed with Athena blessing

You can see the tormented souls in the River Styx.

You can see the Gods in their invisible form

Because you were blessed by Athena all your stats increase by 40 points

After confirming the status window description, and looking left and right he finally understand where he landed.

And that revelation make him felt scared and yet at the same time excited. He was not entirely wrong when he thought he would die

The Underworld.  That is where he is right now.

And he was at the entrance.

In front of him was a gigantic archway. At the archway was inscribed on the bricks of the archways Lasciate Ogne Speranza Voi Chintrate.

“Abandon all hope, ye who enter here”

Aero read Dante Inferno so he understand what that means. Aero could see some spirits of the dead, roaming aimlessly around the entrance.

It seems they flitted around in the entrance with no purpose.

There is some spirits that is just sitting and not moving in the archway.

He probably died in battle, Aero thought to himself.

Aero believes that because the man armor is splattered with blood. Then he tries to send a message to Dan and his other companion

Your message cannot be send

He tries and every time he got the same message.

Aero doesn’t know what to do.

The road in front of him looked dark and dangerous, and cold assault his body reaching down to his bones.

This is not normal cold.

Actually at first he thought he would die after being stabbed. But Athena has sent him to the Underworld with all of his items intact.

Of course the sword remains stolen. But at least now he doesn’t have to worry about the robe. He already checked his health.

He was reinvigorated to full life. But now he began to regret accepting Athena offer. Dying from stabbing will not result in too much level loss.

But dying in the underworld with God knows what monster may lose him more levels than he could imagine.

Talking about that, he never thought the underworld was real. He thought like other lore in the game, it was just one of the backstory to make the world more vivid and exciting

But Aero also senses opportunity.

If he could send this footage to the broadcasting stations imagine how much views he will get which translate to more money

Proving that the Gods were real and the AI is existing with the players playing the game and even the Underworld exist. This might open a whole new questline.

Aero could already imagine the hype.

He tries to log out and he succeeds.

Coming out of his capsule, he jump up in excitement. Calming his nerves, he down a bottle of water before taking a lunch and preparing himself.

This is not yet the time to publicize this he thought to himself.

He need to check some more things about the Underworld before he could decide what to do with this information.

If he keep this to himself, maybe he could monopolize any future related quest regarding the Gods and the Underworld.

Thinking up to this point he decided to keep mum about his discovery. He take a nap for a while and then after resting adequately he logged back in.

‘I arrived again.’ Looking left and right and seeing a bleak area, cold, damp and full of blood stained paths he said

‘This place is really all gloom and doom.’ Aero then started assessing his situation. He could not contact any of his friends but he can log off.

His items are fine. His level also did not drop. All in all, it was a good result for him. He nodded after evaluating his circumstances

Now he needs to find the exit. But it is easier said than done. It’s not like everyone is equipped with the map of the underworld.

So Aero decides to pray to Athena. But he never learns how to pray to the Goddess.

Thinking about this, he thinks when he got to the surface again, he needs to brush up his knowledge on the Gods and Goddess of this world.

So Aero just put his hand together and said.

“I pray to you, Wise Goddess of War to give me strength and guidance” He remembers that Athena in his world is referred as the Goddess of Wisdom and War

Then something in the light shimmered. From the light Athena appears. Though the image does not look solid.

“You have prayed to me adventurer”

Athena was looking at him, smiling a wistful smile. Aero realizes that this is an illusion crafted by the Goddess.

Athena realizing that Aero is looking at her intently said

“I could not come to you in my solid form for Hades realm is not my realm. I have seen your unjust punishment young hero and I have taken a liking to you. I would ask you do you want to take back what you have lost? Do you want to see Poseidon punished for his transgression? “

Said Athena trying to motivate Aero. Aero jut nodded. Remembering how he was stabbed suddenly without explanation lit a fire in Aero heart.

Then Athena proceeds to tell Aero the reason why Poseidon kill him. Listening to her, Aero finally understands why he was being attacked by a God.

Damn, Lizhu Gerard really had crazy adventures.

Adventures which implicates me. But still to kill him just because of that, –that is hardly appropriate.

“I called for a quest!” suddenly the Goddess declared.

“A quest, Wise Lady?” said Aero puzzled.

“Yes, the only way to get what you lost is by convincing the other Gods you were worthy and Poseidon act was wrong if only it was voted by the all the Seven Gods. So I will give you task that will endeavor you to them”

Then Athena continue

“For the first task you must search a man called Deria in the Field of Asphodel and bring him with you to solve the second task”

Tting

SAVING DERIA
The Goddess Athena has asked you to search and save a man called Deria in the Field of Asphodel.
Reward:

: Fame increase

: Reputation increase

: You will be gifted by Athena

: Strength increase

: Wisdom increase

: Intellect increase

: Gain the approval of Hephaestus.

Difficulty level: C

 

“Who is this man, Wise Lady?” Aero asked.

Aero knows how important information is.

Athena seems to hesitate to tell Aero but then she tells Aero who the man really is.

“Well, he is the offspring of Hephaestus with a mortal. For the crime of trapping Zeus in the throne, Hephaestus was punished to live as a maiden for 100 years and never to have affairs with a mortal for that period of time. But Hephaestus was curious in his womanly bodies” Athena said while blushing

“You mean she was horny” Aero said grinning.

“For lack of a better word, yes. She was.” Said Athena sighing.

The Gods have incredible strength and also quite the appetite for lovemaking, even in his world, myths about the Gods are like this

“So borne a child from her union. Enraged, Zeus curse the boy to die an early death. Hearing this punishment inflicted to his child, Hephaestus has always carried resentment toward Zeus and the reason why he is helping Poseidon.”

The Goddess explained to Aero that Poseidon knows his movement from Hephaestus snooping.

“Poseidon promised him, that if he tells him about your movement he will find a way to release Deria from the Underworld. But you’re not going to let that happen would you?” the Goddess smiles

Aero was thinking. Then he said.

“Wouldn’t saving the boy would invite Zeus wrath on me?” Aero inquired.

From the story it is clear that the Lord of the Sky punished the boy for being born.

If he saved the boy, what would that make him?

Athena smiles that mysterious smile and she said

“Do not worry about that young hero. I will persuade the Lord of the Sky to forgive you if you succeed” said Athena confidently

Satisfied of the answer Aero agree to accept the quest. Before Athena steps away, she said

“Hades feed on despair. He will trick you, present you with hard obstacle, and make you mistrust your own decision. He never let people willingly leave. Heed my advice.” the Goddess advised

“Of course” Aero reply

Aero bowed and the Goddess disappeared. Then Aero started walking to the entrance.

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