Series link: https://www.novelupdates.com/series/monster-soul-online/ Spoiler: text wall C0.5: I wonder what his relationship is with the guy's daughter. They should know each other already after all. Kinda feel sorry for that doctor now. With a job like that, it's probably quite hard to find someone who's not a colleague or a patient, and she's quickly approaching the age when her market value, and thus her options, will plummet. If they're worried about the plan, then why carry through with it? He could just as easily have asked Sila to play the game in order to protect his daughter from men who would sexually harass her. Sila feels indebted enough to him to do that, and I'm sure his daughter would play along, at least in the short term. Any longer than that depends on her personality. It'd probably take quite some time for him to realize that the famous Montra was the one he knew and not just someone who had chosen that name. C1: Just how much does this game cost that they can afford to hire an individual assistant for every single player? Even it it's only for the tutorial area, that's a massive number of people that they'd have to employ and train. That assistant should have recommended that he not use his real name. This is one of the most basic security and safety measures that absolutely every online game recommends. There's no way a responsible, well trained employee wouldn't speak up at that point on such an important issue. Same goes for his avatar really, and for the same reason, though there's not the same precedence for it. Either people level insanely fast, or that's an excessively nasty death penalty. How could his life be dedicated to martial arts if his master was refusing to train him? If he's never played a game before, and only focused on martial arts, then how does he know what an S grade item is? That aside, I wonder what part of his enemy's body got sealed, and how the person who gets the head will feel, or the chest if their gender doesn't match. Also curious what the seventh part is. 2 arms, 2 legs, 1 chest, 1 head, 1 ???? Genitalia maybe? If so, then that would be even more awkward if the gender didn't match. Though, honestly, this doesn't seem like that kind of series. C2: I wonder if he can learn slime skills if he goes to the slime kingdom. Welp, that settles it. Slime race is the most badass of the badass races. Definitely stronger than dragons when developed properly. I wonder how long it'll be until the MC realizes this obvious fact though. C3: 2% increase at his level is totally not worth 1k coins. He'd have been better off just saving the coins and buying armor or something if he wasn't willing to go to the slime kingdom yet for some reason. Why would those qi skills be passives? Wouldn't he need to use them actively for them to be of significant use? Also, "It will be more effective if you concentrate it solely on the wound” only makes sense if it's an active skill. If you can guide it, then it's not a passive skill. C4: Yeah, those aren't passive skills at all. I wonder if it was translator error or author error to refer to them as such before. Why wouldn't the guy have just posted the info online? A total stranger would have gotten the other emblem in no time at all and he would have completed the quest long ago. Well, the first few hours at least should be quite safe if the other guy is smart. After all, it's pretty clear that he's much stronger, and the longer he waits, the better the reward for killing the MC. C5: I wonder if level is connected to rank at all. Does 1k level = rank up or something like that? If it's been a full week, then why haven't either of them logged out? They'd both need to use the restroom if nothing else. So, when he returns, does he get another crack at the treasure room, or just the training facilities? C7: How did Crow go from being her uncle to being her grandfather? Was he lying about it to hide his age or something? Ah, so rank is related to level then. C8: I figured it would be her, but how does he not know her? Their fathers were quite close, right? Wouldn't it be very normal for them to have at least met on several occasions? "Fine. If I win, don’t show your face to me ever again" He's a bit of an idiot isn't he? She's fairly high level and willing to be his ally at a time when he desperately needs allies. Why the heck would he try to so forcefully cut ties with her just because she, very reasonably, doubted his powers in a game he just started playing? C9: I wonder how many elements there will be if even Ice is its own element. C10: Does he not care that he's defecating in his pants and likely forcing them to feed him intravenously? Logging out is important for your health. Ah, so it was the heart that was the final body part. Well, he was about to log out anyway. As long as he stays in the real world for a day and a half, he'll be able to unlock the arm immediately upon reentering the game. "Well, how come you decide to stay online for full four days?" What? It's a 5-to-1 time difference and he was only in the game world for about eight days. That means two days max in reality. Why is he saying it was four days? C11: Why didn't she call her dad as soon as she found the MC? Not doing so was guaranteed to make him worry even more. "However, even with that, you’re still considered in danger since you lack food and drinks for many days." It's not much of a life support capsule if it can't even feed him intravenously. Also, since no tubes needed to be removed, how was it handling his defecation? Or, if it wasn't, then why wasn't he instantly made aware of this fact when he woke up? It's not exactly something he could have missed. I'm beginning to think that the author has forgotten that people need to defecate since there was no indication whatsoever that he might need to log out to use the restroom at any point in the future, nor any indication that he'd ever needed to in the past. C12: Has he never stayed in a hotel before? Doesn't he know to never take anything out of the fridge, especially when you're not the one paying for the room? How did they put a bounty on him when they didn't even know his name? Why would he buy magic potions? He can't use magic or skills that require magic power. Those potions are literally useless to him. I wonder when he'll get around to doing his racial skill quests. They really should be a higher priority for him. What exactly is "hidden" about shouting "Hidden Weapon Firing"? Also, why didn't he have to do a quest to get those skills? C13: Why does he seem to think that he can't log out, take care of his body for a few minutes, then log back in? Why does he just automatically jump to "abuse my body by staying in the capsule for 7 days when I've already been told that it's extremely bad for me and I'm recovering from an injury"? Does he really think that they won't take the game away from him? 'Cause, if he's right, then they're all first class idiots. Isn't it a bit extreme to forcefully upgrade all his qi like that when he's done absolutely nothing to earn it? What's even the value in skills that are just gifted to him on a silver platter? C15: I'm surprised that it didn't charge forward while protecting its vitals much sooner. Those knives couldn't have been doing much damage to it considering the massive power gap. Only blows to the vitals should have had significant impact on its HP. C16: I wonder how long food keeps in this game. If there's a time limit on it, then he should hurry up and get the turtle qi. If not, then I just hope he's not foolish enough to sell it. Why would he go to the cheap hotel? He's still got a free hotel stay coupon that he's never used. Also, why would you need to pay to be able to log out? Wouldn't that be a violation of the players' real world safety? C17: Is it even safe to take multiple pills at the same time? And are their effects even additive? If so, that doesn't really make any sense. C18: If Tiger turns Cathedral into a massive AoE DoT, then what would Fish do? Would it debuff everyone's speed? He didn't upgrade his status window until after hitting level fifty right? Why would his status read level 3, even if it was old data? And if they're just going off what the bounty board said, then why would they think that he was still level 3? Unless he literally did nothing for the last week or so, there's no chance at all that he'd still be level 3. Arrows travel in an arc. If he reversed their trajectories and increased their speeds, then they'd miss the archers that fired them unless the archers voluntarily (and with great effort) moved into the arrows' flight paths. Of course, that's assuming that they'd even fly correctly. Considering that they're designed to fly forward, forcing them to fly backward would likely just make them spin a bunch before they fell to the ground without doing much of anything. I wonder if he can teach his arm's qi skills to others the same way qi skills were taught to him. If so, he could repay his debts to Lone Wolf quite easily as I'm sure that any of these skills would be tremendously useful to him. I'm pretty sure that what he's forgetting is that dragons hate slimes... C19: If they realized how much his robes cost, then they wouldn't be pitying his poverty so much... I wonder how many cards they'll have by the time this hunting trip is over. His drop rate for them is pretty extreme after all. "best races most suitable were the dragon race" Ah, so they won't even bother hunting plants then. Well, assuming that Tree Dragons count as dragons rather than trees. Though, I suppose they could count as both. "Sila rushed forward to strike his hand that was strengthened by “Qi of Little Tiger” at one of Tree Dragons." Didn't they just get through saying that he should avoid using the divine qi if he doesn't have to? I wonder why the forest didn't burn down, and why he expanded the area to 50 meters. Surely, even ten would have been excessive. Well, we know the Python isn't a qi type, so I wonder if it's a psychic or a magic type. I'm betting on magic at the moment. C20: lol, that's some pretty big disparity in their HP and MP. Unless her healing spells heal a percentage, I doubt they'll be much use for the MC. I thought the peach increased his qi permanently? It's not nearly as impressive if it's just a recovery tool. It feels strange that Freezing Soul + Cathedral is yet another DoT. I would have expected it to be a control ability. lol. She sure did get a lot from this fight in spite of not doing much to help. I wonder how guilty she'll feel about it. That aside, I wonder if he'll gift her the Earth Dragon's card, or if he'll get it identified and use it himself. C21: I'm not sure if having a Marquis rank partner when you're still a Squire is a good thing. It could warp your playstyle and cripple your judgement by the time you reach Marquis yourself, assuming you could even manage to reach such a level. I wonder how far off she is from being the #1 healer in the game now. With that Land of Promises skill, she can't be short by much, even if she currently lacks the combat experience, versatility and survivability to be #1 already. "*Every player within 1-kilometer radius of the owner of this skill will not be turned into light immediately upon dying. Everyone dying inside this radius will lie down as a corpse for 30 minutes instead." This feels like something ripe for abuse... C22: She gained another 300+ levels and rank up from bonding the goddess? Wow, she really made out like a bandit. Why would Freezing Soul be a wind element skill? It behaves nothing like one. I mean, I could understand it if there were no Ice element, but that's simply not the case. I wonder if they'll die of shock the first time she uses an angel racial ability in front of them C23: If that's the qi element system, then shouldn't his yang element have been more effective than his yin element against the dragon since it was also yin? It seems unlikely that he'd be more yin than it after all. "Since this time the restriction of a participant’s qualification is close to nothing, there seemed to be many people participating." What? If you have to be at least Knight 1 without ever having participated in an event, then would there be a lot of participants? That's a pretty steep condition if we consider that 2 months won't even get you to level 200 for good players, and that events are likely held every few months at most. Things get even worse if you consider that anyone that's hit Knight 1 or higher has literally no reason to still be on that island where almost nothing is even close to their level. I wonder what her HP is at compared to his. It could seriously impact their strategy after all. C24: His MP seems needlessly high given that he can't actually use it. I wonder why he doesn't just blanket the area with Cathedral+Tiger. Once people started dying for an unknown reason, they'd probably flee the area. Anyone that didn't, could then be easily finished off along with whatever merfolk remained. Honestly, the best reason for her to go is that she's much faster than him, and the best reason for him to go is that he's too straightforward and would insist on fighting everyone rather than fighting in an intelligent manner specifically designed to slow them down while keeping himself safe. C25: Cathedral + Freezing Soul + Tiger is three skills. It was just stated that he can manage two skills at maximum. How is he managing three? Heck, even without Tiger, he'd still be using Fish to stay afloat, so even Cathedral + Freezing Soul wouldn't be possible. So, why wouldn't she have just returned to the quest giver and waited for the heart there if she could take the heart from him remotely? Unless there's a range limit on that transfer, there's literally no reason for her to have stuck around killing people when she could have just completed the quest within seconds of him obtaining the heart. C26: Why did no one slip on the ice? Also curious why he waited so long to melt the ice. If he'd done it sooner, then the effect would have been much, much greater, especially if he then immediately refroze the ice. I wonder how high his bounty will be after this. I can't imagine it being low. Wasn't it said before that only Torturing Flames and Freezing Soul were attack type skills? Why is Cruise Breeze suddenly an attack skill too? Why are none of the archers and mages dying when he kills the warriors? Their lives are linked right? They're taking equal damage right? The warriors have double or more the HP totals of the mages and archers right? Why wouldn't all of the ranged players have died before the melee players, if not at the same time as them? Were all of the ranged players just coincidentally paired with other ranged players, or did the author forget that these restrictions apply to everyone here and not just the MC? C27: I can understand why the participants weren't in town, but what about the actual noobs? The vast majority of the island's population would be Squire rank, and thus ineligible to compete in the event. I wonder if her father will see this marketing campaign declaring the two of them the island's best couple "Since the only requirements for the event was being a couple" Did the author forget that the requirements of the quest listed a minimum rank of Knight and no history of having competed in any events prior to the current one? ‘Right Arm of the Sealed One is unusable right now so it doesn’t count.' Since when is it unusable? He unsealed it days ago. Unless they're quite young and/or not particularly intelligent, most people won't want a partner that's astonishingly bad with money. So, giving away a fortune for no reason to a complete stranger isn't really an attractive quality for most people. Well, not unless the person doing it is extremely wealthy and the "fortune" is less than their pocket change, then gold diggers will be quite attracted to that person. I wonder why the merchant was willing to take more cards than he needed. It would only increase the burden of his debt to the MC. C28: Welp, that three out of the four best players that he now has a connection with. Since two are antagonist and one is friendly, I expect the fourth will also be friendly. I just wonder how the connection will be formed. I just knew it would be another force equip, and strongly suspected that it would be a way for her to track and/or control him I really wish the author would leave out the casual sexism that keeps cropping up. I wonder if he'll ever realize that most of his questions would be answered if he just went online and looked up some fansites for the game. For a moment there, I thought he'd get a pink slime as a pet "He even had to let the lady pay for him. He won’t be able to obtain many high-tiered cards anyway." Something tells me he's going to have a hard time keeping his new pet weak and useless C29: Wouldn't it be very annoying for the NPC's to be constantly contacted by people for help while they're already trying to help people, or worse, doing their own things? I wonder if the Chamber of Secrets would actually keep her out though when the Bamboo Hut didn't. "with no interest being charged.” That's not how banks work though. Interest on loans is their main source of income, and their main tool for ensuring that the debts are repaid without having to resort to asset seizure. So, if he uses the card in the bank, then where will he return to when he leaves the Chamber? If it's the bank, then that seems like something that could be readily abused. It feels like the bird became psychic after eating the merman boss card, so I wonder if it learned earth attributed magic from the earth dragon's card. C30: Stepping on a sword is a very good way to slice your foot open... Hmm, it's almost level 1k. I wonder if it'll auto-upgrade to knight at that point, and what species it will become at that time. At this rate, card drops will be totally guaranteed before long... "Increases the minimum chance to end up being benefit from any randomness to 80%." Sooo, he should hit a casino then. Basically. C31: "he shouldn’t call himself a man anymore." So, toxic masculinity too. Wonderful. Wasn't it specifically stated that Recovering Qi wouldn't recover HP at all? C32: Couldn't he just combine Unblemished Aqua with Recovering Qi to clear the bomb from his system? Either one alone is capable of making headway, so both together should be able to finish the job. Failing that, couldn't he just ask Varee for help? She's a high level psychic herself, so she likely either has a way to deal with the problem herself, or a connection that could deal with it for him, for a price. Considering how easily money comes to him, whatever the price is, he shouldn't have any trouble paying it. C34: How many times does Montra have to blatantly admit to having kidnapped the MC's teacher in front of God knows how many witnesses before the police take an interest? Heck, he was probably even recorded making these admissions in both this scene and the prologue tournament. Does the law not apply to him for some reason? He actually started with "hidden" weapons? Is he stupid? Did he learn nothing from his second teacher? Throwing them out so obviously is a complete waste of time and the pointless loss of an important trump card. He really needs to learn to calm down when fighting Montra or he'll never beat him, no matter how many times they fight. How can Lookhin use Golden Needle? He's not much of a Shadow Emperor if he reveals himself right away without even trying to assassinate one of them, or their armies. I wonder if Shadow Emperor will turn out to be the Varee. It feels unlikely since this doesn't feel like the kind of author that would let a woman be in the top four of the game. Plus, she's a psychic user, not a qi user. Though that could likely be gotten around without much trouble since the lines between them don't seem to be that strict. C35: I find it difficult to believe that no one dares to call Montra's guild evil when the only actions we've seen him or his guild's members take have been villainous. This isn't the real world. They can easily go on the forums and complain about him and his guild if they want to, and there's not much he could do about it. O.O I'm not sure which sin card is more OP here... Though, Pride is certainly a risky ability to use. I wonder what Greed's downside will be when he finally unlocks it. “Lone Wolf, do you become so low that you want to join forces against one person?” Says the man who brought an army to suppress a single noob. *Sigh* Why couldn't he just be an OP qi player? There's nothing wrong with specializing. There's also nothing wrong with an MC having a weakness or two. Making him god tier in every possible discipline of minor interest and creating a few more besides for his exclusive use is both boring and amateurish. I wonder if he'll even need to bother with the quest to repair his arm once he's unlocked psychic power. C38: If this sort of thing can happen so easily, then why haven't more people discovered this secret method of obtaining multiple energy types? Granted, that valley is hard to get to, but far from impossible if so many already injured people can make the journey. So, basically anyone that sets pain to realistic levels automatically gets a body part, and yet only two people in the game's history have managed it? That seems a bit far fetched to be honest. That aside, I wonder which body part he got, and what happens when one of the body part owners kills another. Or, considering that none of them have ever died period, what happens when an ordinary person kills one of them. C39: Fluffy sounds like qigong substitute, Colorful sounds like a chameleon type skill, and Transparent sounds like invisibility. That said, the last two would be doing basically the same thing, so it's unlikely that that's correct. Perhaps colorful has something to do with changing his elemental attributes, thus aiding in both his attack and his defense? So, red would add fire damage and resistance? C40: lol. Such good news C41: It feels like he dramatically lowered the bar for the MC there. It would have been quite difficult for him to fail that test. C42: “Oh, I see. No wonder no one passed my trial except His Majesty” Why wouldn't they teach their children before allowing them to jump off the cliff...? ‘If this little kid uses this skill poorly in front of an outsider and people find out that it was me who taught him, that would indeed be bad.’ Um, if he fails this test, then he'll lose the skill and be unable to use it period, much less poorly. So, this isn't really a reasonable concern. “Poluk, you’re too kind. Anyone can do it if you give that many hints away. It seems I need to increase the difficulty of my trial a little.” Totally agree. C43: If he practiced for seven days, then why hasn't Varee contacted him yet to tell him to get his a** out of the game and into the real world? "he needed to almost complete the elemental cycle to become an element that advantageous to ice." Or, he could just drop back to his normal state and then go to the correct element. Two changes are much faster than four after all. C46: Why would they allow Bow to leave the cliff base? If someone asks her which trial she passed and she answers truthfully, then their lie about the trials would be exposed. I don't think the author fully realizes how much damage the MC is doing to his body by never logging out, in spite of it being brought up as much as it is. If it were understood, then the doctors would have already forcibly removed him from the game and confiscated it. C47: "He was searching for a clue to obtain Qi of Little Turtle." Why? He can't even use it until after he's gone to the Valley of Madmen. Why not just go there first? Didn't the NPC in the card shop at the start of the game explicitly state that the identity of the highest ranked member of any race is not protected in any way? Couldn't Blue Pigeon just go to any card shop and ask "Hey, who's the highest ranked merperson?" and be told immediately, for free? Or did the author forget this particular part of the setting? Or are names not unique and Burapha is actually a super common name in this game? lol. If only Bluebird had asked for Sila's name C48: At this rate, his bounty's timer will never run out... C50: Okay, so the author still remembers that finding out the name of the sole player playing a race is ridiculously easy. So, why wasn't the best information guild in the game capable of doing the same thing as this low level bandit? Welp, they're about to get thrashed. I'm still not clear on why he's going after the turtle qi he can't use instead of going to the VoM to unseal his qi and psychic powers. C51: It occurs to me that, if there isn't a limit on the number of pets, then the MC could have taken all of the slimes in the Slime Kingdom out as his "pets" and then released them. Problem solved. Seals circumvented. No dragons needing to be killed by our MC. Though, they'd almost certainly be slaughtered by the slimes regardless, but that wouldn't really have anything to do with the MC. C52: Ah, so it was the eyes that he got. I wonder who will wind up getting the other parts. Since three of them are in the game already, it's hard to believe that the others won't enter too. I expect the parts will wind up being split between Montra and Sila as well prior to their final confrontation. That aside, will a new tiger spawn, or is it now impossible for people to get that qi scroll? lol. I wonder if the thieves have any way to escape short of deleting their characters. Speaking of the trolls dying, how did that happen when they died at the bottom of the cliff where dying should be impossible?