LC: Chapter 50

50. Three in One Go

Never assume the emperor’s far off because the mountain’s so tall. He has ears everywhere. Thus, word of this not-major, not-minor scheming attempt eventually reached HereticKing’s ears without XiaoYu knowing about it. There’s no doubting it spread from Robin’s mouth. He only mentioned it in passing to his boss, Desireless, while on break at work. Desireless then quietly told Egg_Tart about the incident when the other came to understand how things were going with the new healer. Thus, when the higher-ups met before the Guild Wars. Naturally, Egg_Tart, who’d been told to take care of XiaoYu, did his duty and reported it.

“Glory’s not strict enough. Someone’s actually using such despicable methods?” While those players were from the Wings, I_Am_A_Poor_Man wasn’t dumb enough to think Glory sent them to do that. This was just a coincidence.

“Do you want me to investigate?” Below_The_Moon would never get tired of playing detective. His family did own a detective agency.

“There’s no need. It’s fine that we know they’re from the Wings,” calmly replied HereticKing as he wiped down his precious sword.

“That’s right. It’s all fine since we know it’s the Wings.” It was as if I_Am_A_Poor_Man shared the same brain as HereticKing. He knew what the other meant.

“???” Below_The_Moon didn’t get it.

“Moonie, finally there’s something you don’t know.” I_Am_A_Poor_Man was so proud of himself. “Chief and Glory are going to duel each other. I think Chief’s planning on chopping at Glory directly for this.”

“I see.” At the sight of I_Am_A_Poor_Man being so proud that his tail was going to point straight up into the sky, Below_The_Moon turned to Egg_Tart and said, “Egg_Tart, let’s find a time to kill him together.”

“Yes,” Egg_Tart said.

“Hey, what’s the meaning of this?” Poor_Man exclaimed.

“Just what those words mean. Just you wait. You’ll be a porcupine. Hahaha.”

“Are there any parties who grind at the Pyramids regularly?” HereticKing was used to the bantering duo. He sedately finished wiping down his blade, then a thought popped into his mind.

“Do you want Xiao-Yu to follow along and get some experience? I’ll have a look.” Jiangshi are the Serica region’s specialty and most of the Wings are stationed at Serica. The best way to get XiaoYu avoid all that trouble with the Wings was to get him to swap spots. After all, the Heretic Demons can’t have someone grinding at the Jiangshi Cave with XiaoYu at all times.

“Right. Pass on the notice. Tonight, we’ll do our best to take down Prole-3.”

“Roger.”

XiaoYu wasn’t the kind to brood over something. Hence, the incident at the Jiangshi Cave was quickly thrown to the back of his mind. He touched the tiny round hat on his head. This was the gear Robin and he found while grinding at the Rebellion Base. (White Little Hat: Defence +40. Int +10. Regen 3 MP every 5 seconds. 2 slots. Level Limit: 50. Job Limit: Acolyte, Magician.) It seemed like his luck kicked in whenever he was in a party. Robin also found a Rebellion Hunter card which increased shooting speed. The other was so happy he kept kissing the card. He nearly kissed the lucky cat.

Egg_Tart had assigned the mission for today in the guild chat. All might on conquering Prole-3. That’s why half of the piloting healers in the airport were missing. Those with higher levels were assigned to the battlefield. For those with lower levels, all Teleport spots, except for those who had Prole-3 marked down before, were switched to the five great battlefields of Prole.

The markings on the ground were updated too. There was a new section for backup flights to Prole. That meant if there were too many players trying to get through the original portals, they can go through the backup. That made sure everyone can get to where they needed to on time, especially Prole-3 which was right in the centre of everything.

XiaoYu had a mark on Prole-3’s West Gate, so he’ll have a heavy workload today. I_Am_A_Poor_Man had pre-warned him. He spent 20 crystals to upgrade his Inventory again. He now had a steel bracelet with 100 slots.

It was XiaoYu’s first time experiencing what it meant to be busy. Usually, when there weren’t as many people, he could open a few Portals and rest to recover his MP. Now, he’s chanting out one portal after another and still there’re a never-ending stream of players stepping onto his flight to Prole-3. Portal after portal. Even his blue potions were downed as soon as they were off cooldown. Otherwise, he’d have to face the awkwardness of running out.

This went on for half an hour before the situation finally improved. According to the bits of discussion he overheard from passing players, XiaoYu knew the main forces of the Heretic Demons had pushed through the gates where the guilds were bashing each other up in a mess. Some of them stayed behind to stall the other guilds. These players were constantly replenished to ensure they keep the fight at the gates.

“Congratulations, Guild I Die For Riches, on conquering Prole-4.”

At the announcement, everyone’s feet froze. They stared up at the floating text in disbelief. Prole-4. That’s the first fortress the Heretic Demons conquered. A lot of them call it home. But this home was now being taken over by someone else.

“Don’t dawdle. Once we take down Prole-3, we can take Prole-4 back!” In all guild chats, the bright red text from the Guild Leader woke everyone up. Yes. They gave up on defences to attack Prole-3 with their full force. If they don’t get Prole-3, how could they face the home they lost? They want to make the Heretic Demons homeless? No freaking way!

In the world chat, some of the players with nothing to do were already mocking the Heretic Demons for losing Prole-4. They’re going to become stay ghosts with nowhere to go, they joked. However, that couldn’t affect the Heretic Demons at all. Unfortunately for them, each party leader ordered their members to shut off the world chat before battle. All so they won’t be affected by the outside world.

“Congratulations, Guild Heretic Demons, on conquering Prole-3.”

“Guild Heretic Demons has been awarded an additional reward: Guild Reputation +10,000.”

“The worst of the Four Great Seals of the battlefield has been unsealed. Keep it up, brave players!”

When the minute hand hit 9, the three subsequent announcements silenced every player on the server. For a few short seconds, all chat channels were silent. Once the impact was over, the world chat exploded. The amount of comments scrolling by was so much more than when the first Level 100 player appeared.

So the additional reward for the conquering the number 3 fortresses differ according to difficulty! The reason the Heretic Demons sacrificed their own fortress was to overcome the hardest seal! A series of praise, mockery and envy painted the world chat. Of course, the happiest of them all would probably be the game itself because, don’t forget, it costs money to talk in world chat  ╮(╯▽╰)╭.

“All members of Suicide Squad to Prole-4 now.”

“I repeat. All members of Suicide Squad to Prole-4 now.”

Egg_Tart typed out in the guild chat. The event wasn’t over yet. They didn’t have time to celebrate Prole-3’s victory. Remember. They still had a home that was taken away.

“Hi. Are you LuckyCat? The Healer Squad Leader would like you to replenish supplies at the shop. I’ll take over this spot for now,” a female healer who suddenly popped up beside XiaoYu said to him in a sweet voice.

XiaoYu thought it very strange. He still had plenty of potions and gems. He could be doubtful all he wanted, but he still obeyed. He didn’t know that he’d be rushed through the back door of the shop the moment he stepped into the building by I_Am_A_Poor_Man.

“I feel like a thief every time we do this. Huff…” Over ten Bibles clattered into XiaoYu’s arms from I_Am_A_Poor_Man’s inventory.

“Here. Aah…” Like clockwork, Below_The_Moon took out a pill and stuffed it into XiaoYu’s mouth.

“Sacrificial Chant!” casted a high-levelled male healer XiaoYu had never seen.

Sacrificial Chant: A Third Job healer skill. It reduces 50% chant time of the next 3 skills used by the targeted player. Consequentially, the chant time for the caster will be 100% longer for the next 10 minutes. Cooldown time: 10 minutes.

“Please, Xiao-Yu. One set each.” Poor_Man gestured to the ten players squeezed in the alleyway. These were the squad leaders and elites of the primary guild. Of course, they were all trustworthy members.

“Okay.” XiaoYu nodded and spoke no more. He chanted skill after skill. The alley was silent. Only XiaoYu’s clear voice rang out.

After getting buffed, the players disappeared into I_Am_A_Poor_Man’s Portal. One by one, they headed into the battlefield to reunite with their squads. They were getting ready to do something extremely dangerous.

HereticKing realised XiaoYu had a new headgear. It somewhat blocked his ability to pat the other on the head, so he moved his hand downwards and held that tiny cat face of XiaoYu’s.

“Thank you,” sincerely thanked HereticKing as he warmly looked into XiaoYu’s eyes. A 10% increase of all stats was more effective the higher one’s level was. Let’s say, for example, HereticKing. His health was raised by over 1,000. He could act as a tank for a few seconds while still being an agile knight.

“I-It’s fine.” XiaoYu’s cheeks blushed. He wasn’t used to being thank in such close distance.

“We’re off to do something evil, Xiao-Yu,” chuckled I_Am_A_Poor_Man. He was still as goofy as ever, but as soon as he stepped through the portal, he turned into a completely different person. Serious as can be. What they were going to do next was very risky. Even if all the leaders and elites of the guild charged in, they might not succeed.

XiaoYu didn’t know what they were going to do, but his intuition told him it’d be very dangerous.

Time slowly ticked by. There was five minutes left to the end of the event.

“Congratulations, Guild Heretic Demons: Suicide Squad, on conquering Prole-4.” The first subsidiary guild had succeeded. They’d snatched back their home on behalf of the main guild.

“Congratulations, Guild Heretic Demons, on conquering Sakura-3.”

If one called the first announcement plausible, expected even, then the following announcement blew everyone’s mind. The parent guild actually went for…revenge.

Soon, the game announced the end of the event and a cheer rose through Zhang Village. Quite a few players started tearing up in excitement. Three fortresses. This was something they could never have imagined happening after losing Prole-4.

XiaoYu was affected by the emotions in the air too. His eyes stung and glazed over. What a pity that he was dragged over to an isolated corner by I_Am_A_Poor_Man before his tears could well up.

The other opened up a portal and gestured XiaoYu in, “Chief wants to see you.”

Past the Portal was a huge lavish Japanese castle. This was likely Sakura-3.

There were no other players on the grounds when XiaoYu stepped foot in the building. After the Heretic Demons took control of the fortress, all non-guild members were forced out by the game. The only members left were in the Crystal Room.

It was a very spacious room. Completely bare except for a stone pedestal in the centre of the room, a large yellow crystal floating on it. Sitting right by the crystal and resting his eyes was HereticKing.

Most of the blood in the room had been wiped away. The only red left was a large puddle spanning from around the pedestal and on the Crystal.

XiaoYu softly walked up to the stone pedestal and stood before HereticKing.

The other opened his eyes as sounds of another being reached his ears. When he saw it was XiaoYu, he silently stood up and held the other tight in his arms.

XiaoYu didn’t know of the vicious battle that happened here between the avenging elite squad and the large forces of the guild I Die For Riches. He also didn’t know that when the elites were killed off one by one, it was HereticKing who shattered the Crystal with the last shreds of his health. When the Protection Crystal crumbled into dust, he had less than 100 HP.

This was indeed a very risky move, but they had to do it for the guild’s reputation.

XiaoYu didn’t need to know all that, but HereticKing knew that without XiaoYu’s special skills, he wouldn’t be able to hold on to the last second. When the Crystal was destroyed, all HereticKing could think of was just how grateful he was to the gods that XiaoYu was brought to his side.

“Thank you.”

XiaoYu, who was still being hugged very tightly, could feel just how emotional HereticKing was. He thought the forever calm HereticKing could never be so moved by excitement. As expected, war can make a man’s blood pump.

He closed his eyes and hugged HereticKing back. XiaoYu was feeling rather emotional too. Might as well keep this going until they’ve both calmed down.

Author’s note:

XiaoYu would only brood when it comes to his parents. As for his own matters? What’s past is in the past. He’ll just continue living his life out the next day. Thus, it’s not in him to squabble, fight, complain and enact revenge for every single thing. I can’t help it if you don’t like that personality. That’s what he was planned to be.

A saint? Impossible. He’s just being very calm and rational. He knows he can’t out-debate those sly people who like to twist words. If it’s someone of a higher level, then whatever. He’ll just focus hard on training and out-level them. If they dare come back to bully him again, he’ll be able to strike back then.

Weak? He now has no right to be strong. His levels aren’t as high as theirs. His equipment isn’t better. He’s still working on his technique. It can’t be just because he’s got a big guild backing him up, right? An adult (author says man here, but let’s not go into that territory) should solve their own problems. If a moment of tolerance is shown as weak, then it seems I’ve failed at portraying it. Please question my writing and not attack the character. Being called weak is his true sorrow.

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LC: Chapter 49

49. Conflict

XiaoYu certainly didn’t go far. This map was so big, he thought. If he gradually headed to the opposite direction, killing mobs as he went, surely he won’t encounter them again.

When he heard a stampede of Jiangshi hopping about, he was worried for a moment that he’d stumbled upon a boss. XiaoYu turned around and saw the assassin who was assessing him before running back to him with over ten Jiangshi right behind him. The naive XiaoYu didn’t think it’d be a trap. He thought the party of three might’ve met a berserk mob and only the assassin was fast enough to escape.

XiaoYu, filled with the professional ethics of a healer, threw a Haste at Nightmare-Demon. He even casted a Heal on the other, only to see Nightmare-Demon run even faster towards his direction.

“Lucky, you idiot! Run!” a voice shouted.

Before XiaoYu even had time to see who was telling him to run, Nightmare-Demon was running by his eyes. The other gave an evil grin and vanished. At first, the Jiangshi just stood there, stunned. Then, as if they found a new target, they unanimously spat poisonous gas at XiaoYu while hopping over to hit him.

“Arrow Rain! Lucky, don’t space out! Heal yourself!” A storm of silver arrows swooshed right into the Jiangshi. The hurt mobs turned their attentions to the new target and leaped towards the person who shot those arrows.

After being simultaneously attacked by numerous bursts of poison, XiaoYu’s health was near empty. If his necklace’s poison resistance dramatically reducing the damage he received while poisoned and for how long the poison lasted, XiaoYu would’ve been flat out on the floor by now.

With a swift heal, an AoE heal and a potion, XiaoYu was able to recover from the dizzy effects of low health. He looked to his saviour and his gut clenched. It was Robin, the archer he partied with during team training. Robin had summoned his eagle, a pet that’s not suited for flying in the cave, to help with attacking. Robin himself kept withdrawing and dodging while casting Arrow Rain. This was an AoE skill which cost a lot of MP and arrows, yet it wasn’t as damaging as just a single arrow being shot one by one.

Robin’s lips were turning blue. He was clearly poisoned yet he busy chugging potions while barely dodging the physical attacks. XiaoYu quickly threw heals, Haste, Saint’s Seal and cured Robin’s poison. As only players could only see the health bar of their party, XiaoYu kept curing and healing Robin. If he ran out of MP, he’ll down some potions. He didn’t have time to wait for his MP to slowly regenerate by itself. The only thing in his mind right now was he cannot let Robin die.

The two kept throwing out skills as if that’s all that mattered. As XiaoYu was able to react in time to buff Robin, the other was able to stop chugging potion bottles and focus on dealing with the crowd of Jiangshi before him.

As Robin’s eagle had attracted quite a few Jiangshi’s attention, the current circumstance was favouring XiaoYu’s side. Finally, the entire group of monsters laid dead on the floor. Unfortunately, the eagle Robin’s raised for so long died with them.

“Damn it! What’s going on with you, assassin? Were you trying to kill him?” Robin shouted at where the assassin had hidden himself. His sharp eyes allowed him to see the shady expression on the assassin’s face as he ran towards LuckyCat. To Robin’s surprise, not only did LuckyCat not shy away from the other, he even buffed that bastard. Luckily, LuckyCat wasn’t shocked silly and was able to heal himself and help Robin in time. Otherwise, it wouldn’t just be his eagle dying.

“Tch. What made you think I’m trying to kill him? Where’s your proof?” Nightmare-Demon cancelled his Cloaking and revealed himself. He knew the urgent situation back then meant this archer didn’t have time to record it all down, so he had nothing to fear. He thought of attacking the two players when they were busy with the monsters but starting PvP mode will force his name to pop out. He didn’t want to leave evidence behind.

“You…!” It was true. Robin didn’t have time to record anything. He was forced dead on his tracks.

“Nightmare-gege~” called Snow as IndomitableBattle and she ran over. When snow saw that XiaoYu was still alive and well, her face showed how upset she was. “Tch. You’re not dead.”

“And you still say you’re not trying to kill him.” One look at that woman’s face and Robin knew this was all her fault. While he didn’t know what LuckyCat did to trigger them, he knew it must be the other party who’s at fault.

“If you can’t show any proof, then shut your yap,” said Nightmare-Demon, looking exactly like a hooligan.

“Hmph. Serves him right. Even monsters can’t stand him and want to beat him up. Why don’t you ask him on what he did?” Snow was really upset. Both times, someone had to come and save this LuckyCat.

The impulsive urge to just charge right up and say something was still strong in Robin, but he was stopped by a tug on his sleeve.

“It’s fine, Robin,” Whispered XiaoYu as he pulled Robin back by his sleeve. After that mess of a battle, both of their MP bars were near empty. Robin’s eagle was dead. If a PvP fight broke out now, the two of them wouldn’t be able to handle these three players.

“I don’t know what you’re angry at him for and I can’t show any proof. But you all know deep down whether what happened was truly a murder attempt. You three must be in the same party, right? Then, there’s no need to question this healer’s character. We all know through the buffs and debuffs on this assassin now. He thought you were being chased by a mob of monsters, so he threw a Haste at you. It should still be there. If he was a bad person, why would he help you?” Robin had calmed down. LuckyCat and he were ranged attackers. They’re not suited to battle in such close quarters. Everyone’s cooldowns were still ticking. Perhaps he can dig out something about the other side, especially that despicable masked assassin.

“How would I know why he’d help me? Maybe he was shocked,” Nightmare-Demon retorted.

“Tch. Stop pretending to be a good guy. You just want to look good before the healer.” Snow hated healers. So what? Why should everyone be kind and bow down before him?

Robin coldly stared at the wizard with squinted eyes.

“W-What do you want? A fight?” Shivers ran down Snow’s spine from Robin’s gaze. “Hmph. I’m warning you. Don’t even think about concocting some sort of scheme or you’ll never be able to step foot on Serica’s lands.”

“Oh? I’m really curious. Just what powers do you have to stop me from stepping foot near Serica?” Robin found this woman’s immaturity laughable. She’s not a GM. What right did she have to restrict his movements? Even if she was a GM, he can just complain to the game company.

“Don’t you know which guild they belong to? Let me tell you. They’re part of Angel Wings. Cross the Wings and the only fate awaiting you is getting killed all the way back down to Level 1,” Snow boasted. Serica was the Angel Wings’ base. This was an open secret after so many Guild Wars. After all, Serica-1 and Serica-2 were conquered by the Wings. However, IndomitableBattle and Nightmare-Demon were part of the subsidiary guild. Their levels weren’t high enough to enter the parent guild.

IndomitableBattle frowned. He didn’t like people using the Wings’ name to suppress other players.

“Oh, I’m really scared.” Robin didn’t get angry like Snow expected. Instead, he laughed. So this assassin was part of the Wings. While they’re a major guild, he wasn’t scared at all. The Heretic Demons who had his back weren’t a guild to be trifled with either, though he had no plans of letting these ignoramuses know that.

“Afraid, aren’t you? Then, scram.”

“Let’s head back to the city and leave these puffed up foxes to their own devices,” Robin said to XiaoYu who then nodded back.

“You…!” Before Snow could throw a fit again, two bright beams flashed by. With no one to yell at, she stomped her feet in anger.

IndomitableBattle never said a word throughout the whole exchange. From the unexpected Haste buff on Nightmare-Demon, he knew this healer was definitely not the selfish and cocky person Snow described. There must’ve been a misunderstanding.

“I’m sorry. Your eagle…” As soon as they were back in the city, XiaoYu began apologising to Robin.

“It’s fine. I’ll just go buy another,” Robin replied.

“I’ll pay.”

“There’s no need. It doesn’t cost much.”

“No way. If you hadn’t saved me, your eagle wouldn’t have…I’ll pay,” XiaoYu insisted.

“Ugh…okay.” Robin was surprised at how stubborn XiaoYu could be. He thought this kid would always be gentle, meek and slightly weak.

The two went to the Hunters Hall and bought an eagle. Then, they were lost on what they should do next.

“Are you going to keep grinding, Lucky? Let’s party up and grind at the Rebellion Base.” It was rare that he had free time. He was going to try his luck at the Jiangshi Cave. The high-level Jiangshi drop a Health Increase charm. Since there were annoying people blocking the way, why not change spots?

“Okay.” XiaoYu immediately agreed at the thought of his lucky charm effect when in a party. It’d be great if he could get some amazing drops to thank Robin for rescuing him.

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GC: Chapter 46

46. He Likes Me

JingYuan had never thought his little prince would be that…passionate. One after another, YiHan’s cries melted his heart into sweet syrup. The little one cried his name over and over during then. What did that mean? There’s only one answer. YiHan liked JingYuan.

At that thought, laughter nearly burst from JingYuan’s lips. But now that he thought back to the past, were all that fuss and temper tantrum before due to YiHan realising his feelings for JingYuan? Was he unable to look at JingYuan in the face because he couldn’t accept the change in sexuality?

No wonder YiHan broke up with that girlfriend so soon after getting together. When JingYuan recalled that meek girl, jealousy rose in his heart. However, he could finally relax. Hmph. He no longer had to hide his envy of that girl. The one his little one liked was him!

The day JingYuan and XueQing announced their engagement, the boy was in such a bad mood that he wouldn’t even hold eye contact with JingYuan. Afterwards, YiHan kept avoiding him. Was it because he was…jealous? How can he be so cute?

It was all his fault. Everything was going okay. Why did he agree to XueQing’s rotten idea? It made the little one upset. Imagine. The little one just understood his feelings. Before he could gather his courage and face them straight on, he was told the one he liked would soon be his brother-in-law. How heartbroken he must have been.

JingYuan’s arms around YiHan tightened. His heart ached. Upon consideration, he had been a great, big, bloody bastard!

Fortunately, with tonight’s incident, he was able to understand this shy little one’s feelings in time. A great crisis was averted.

JingYuan kissed YiHan’s forehead once more and gently stroked his soft hair. Everyone said that those with soft hair had soft hearts. They were right. Don’t be fooled by his slashing claws. Frankly, all that was because they spoiled him rotten. He was truly a softie inside. See. When faced with the engagement between JingYuan and XueQing, YiHan didn’t throw a tantrum. He just hid himself away to stew in his sadness. What a heart wrenching sight.

Ah, the little one’s grown up. But he’d much prefer YiHan was still the way he was before. Shout and throw a tantrum with all his might whenever he’s upset. Vent out all his frustrations. Then, YiHan would feel much better.

Now though, he’d force himself to smile and comfort his family while he’s in a bad mood. The one he liked was going to be his brother-in-law. He accepted it in silence. It really made JingYuan’s heart shake with pain.

YiHan’s obedient and mature ways really made one’s heart throb in pain, JingYuan thought. He would rather the little one remained immature so he could spoil YiHan forever.

Was he part of why YiHan changed? It was all his fault. He was too careless. He didn’t realise the other’s deepest thoughts in time. Still, it’s too late to think about all that. He’ll just dote on him even more from now on in hopes of turning YiHan back to his carefree ways.

The brows of the boy in JingYuan’s arms smoothed back in comfort. There was a tiny bit of excited flush remaining on his fair face. His lips were plump and ripe. The few parts of YiHan’s neck and shoulder which could be seen peeping from beneath the blanket were littered with red bruise marks. The sight made JingYuan’s blood rush about and his lower body began to rise once more.

JingYuan let out a bitter chuckle. There he is, suffering and too afraid to touch YiHan again while YiHan was snoring away. His little one was exhausted, and this was his first time. How could he bear to wake YiHan up?

He shut his eyes. He can’t look anymore.

However, the moment JingYuan closed his eyes, the image of the intense incident from just now drifted before his eyes. The passionate gaze of his little one. The slightly agape lips. The body which shivered with his thrusts. The mouth which kept calling his name…

No! Stop thinking, JingYuan. Just when did you turn into a pervert who only thought about debauchery all the time?


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LC: Chapter 48

48. Enemies are Bound to Meet Again

The two men who went to Japan eventually came online. The moment they did, they summoned all of Heretic Demons’ relevant department to discuss the upcoming Guild Wars. Sakura-3 had been conquered. The Four Great Seals were mentioned. In the next event, everyone’s target will be the other three fortresses’ seals. If they still couldn’t take down Prole-3 this coming week and if any of the other two fortresses were conquered, the situation in the week after would be very serious.

However, all of this didn’t have much to do with XiaoYu. He just needed to follow the rules, grind up his levels and earn his money. But ever since the team training, XiaoYu realised he’d been ignoring too many of his skills. Nowadays, XiaoYu’s UI would be shimmering and shining whenever he’s training. Even if the buff was useless to a healer, he’d be constantly casting buffs on himself as long as he had enough MP and the skill didn’t require special items. All of that so he can raise his skills’ Proficiency levels.

The grind in the Jiangshi Cave went on. He essentially needed to be Level 60 before he could try challenging the Pyramids. XiaoYu still had a ways to go before he reached that goal.

“With Battle-gege and Nightmare-gege here, I’m safe,” said a cutesy, sweet voice from behind. XiaoYu didn’t pay any heed to her though. While there had been quite a few players passing by, they all had healers in their party. No one would be willing to enter the lower levels and risk being poisoned otherwise. Thus, no one disturbed the solo XiaoYu. He too enjoyed the peace of being ignored.

“Ah. There seems to be a solo healer ahead.” From the tone of the guy’s voice, it sounded as if that party didn’t have a healer. XiaoYu paused.

“I hate healers. They all look down on everyone else just because the Healers Alliance would back them up,” replied the female voice.

“Who’d be so rude as to look down on our cute Snow?”

“That guy’s called LuckyCat or something. He’s got an insolent pet who’d pick up everything, even the drops that don’t belong to…Ah, that’s him!”

A bad feeling had already begun unfurling in XiaoYu’s gut the moment he heard the name Snow. As expected, the following sentences pointed the spearhead at him.

“Let me see. Tsk. So brash merely after Second Job change. He’ll be unbearable once he hits higher levels,” said an assassin as he strutted over to XiaoYu and looked him up and down.

The wizard, Snow, wasn’t with the other wizard and archer from before this time. That’s because they felt afraid internally after the whole incident. LuckyCat was in their party. He knew their names. While the archer wasn’t in the party, he did introduce himself. If LuckyCat told the higher levelled lady healer about what happened, it’d be very commonplace for a group of healers to abruptly gang up on them one day on the road to somewhere.

Thus, they both suggested Snow apologised to LuckyCat via private messaging. Then, take a screenshot as prove and everything would be deescalated. But how could the proud Snow apologise to LuckyCat? So, the group argued and split.

This time, she found a knight and an assassin to carry her. With her skills at acting cute, she can still find new friends. Even if she parted from her old friends in anger.

XiaoYu was still in combat. He just stood there and silently waited as the party looked him from top to toe. Would he be killed again? XiaoYu wasn’t entirely sure. His hands slowly clenched into fists.

“Nightmare, no PvP. Be careful. He might record it.” The knight called Battle-gege Whispered to the assassin.

“I know,” the other replied.

“Hmph. You again. Don’t think you can be that cursed lucky to drop good equipment all the time,” Snow said.

XiaoYu remained silent. What’s the point of explaining things to someone so self-centred? What’s the point of retorting? Better off just saving his strength. Worse come to worse, he’ll waste a Return Scroll.

“Alright, Snow. Don’t be angry. Look at him. You can tell no one wants to party with him. He’s all alone. Why else would a healer, a class which has it the best in the game, be ignored?” the assassin commented.

“We’ll grind on our own. Leave him be. Let’s go,” IndomitableBattle shot a glance at Nightmare-Demon as he led Snow away with a smile. They had already made the little healer wary of them. While straight-out killing the other would bring them a moment of joy, it might mean their photos and names, popping out grey, would be sent to the Healers Alliance.

XiaoYu let out a sigh of relief as he watched the three players leave without causing any trouble. Not everyone would kill other players at the drop of a hat. He was finally released from combat and XiaoYu looked down at the Return Scroll in his hands. He looked back at where the three disappeared off to. In the end, he decided to put it away. It was still early. He wouldn’t know what to do if he left grinding so early.

“Battle-gege, Nightmare-gege, you’re just going to let him go?” Snow pouted, an upset whine to her voice. She thought Nightmare-gege would stab the other with his assassin’s knives for her.

“There’s no grudge between us and him, Snow,” IndomitableBattle patiently explained.

“But he was so mean before!”

“How mean was he? Tell me. I’ll help you think of a way,” Nightmare said.

Snow wouldn’t be that foolish as to tell them what really happened. She embellished the tale and merely complained about how XiaoYu had the lowest level then. He mainly relied on her and her two friends to carry him, but because he was a healer, he refused to split any good loot he found. It was only after she beat him down through logic that he handed the gear out. Even then, he just threw it before her in disgust as if she was a beggar.

“That’s way overboard!” Nightmare-Demon exclaimed.

IndomitableBattle kept silent. He didn’t witness what had happened with his own eyes. He only had Snow’s one-sided description. Somehow, he felt that something wasn’t right. From his observation on the healer before, the other’s gaze didn’t hold any hints of disdain or superiority Snow mentioned. In fact, he found it strange how clear and calm they were.

“So, Nightmare-gege, you must help me out,” Snow pleaded with her hands tugging at Nightmare-Demon’s clothes. Upon seeing hesitation in IndomitableBattle’s eyes, she smartly chose to plead with the slightly emotional Nightmare-Demon.

“Okay. I’ll help you teach him a lesson.”

“You’re the best,” Snow said.

“Nightmare, if you just kill a healer…”

“I know.” Nightmare-Demon interrupted IndomitableBattle. “Did you forget what job I am?”

If one described the Knight’s Taunt as a faux-bug which could make players be stuck in combat mode indefinitely, then the Assassin’s Cloaking was the skill for scheming while invisible.

When used, Cloaking makes the assassin invisible for a certain length of time according to Proficiency. It was meant to be a way for the frail assassin to save themselves when faced against a strong monster. The only drawback was they can’t do anything when invisible or they’ll be visible again. If one wanted to be like LittleZhuGe who could stalk other players while invisible, then one had to max out Cloaking’s Proficiency and get past the Third Job Change. Only then could they learn how to do that.

As for how to scheme and hurt others? Simple. The assassin could use their high Agility to attract the attention of a bunch of monsters, also known as pulling a train. If they suddenly Cloaked while next to the one they want to hurt, then the monsters who’d just lost their target would switch their attentions to the closest player.

The game doesn’t consider it as killed by a player. Plus, assassins had their special masks. The one who was schemed against could only swallow down the bitter pill they’ve been dealt with nowhere to complain. All because they couldn’t see the assassin’s face or name.

“You’re amazing, Nightmare-gege.” When Nightmare-Demon explained the plan to Snow who wasn’t familiar with Cloaking, he was immediately praised. Before IndomitableBattle could say anything, Nightmare-Demon was already rushing off to pull aggro.

Still, all of the high-level Jiangshi on this level had ranged attacks. While Nightmare-Demon was fast enough to leave them far behind him, he was still losing health from the poisonous smog being spat at him. As he counted the monsters he had trailing behind him, Nightmare-Demon downed his potions. He was only Level 62. If he pulled too many, he might kill himself before he could harm anyone.

When the number of mobs chasing after Nightmare-Demon was about right, he moved towards where they’d bumped into XiaoYu with ten Jiangshi right behind him. He hoped that foolish little healer hadn’t wandered far.

Translator’s Notes:

Gege: Suffix for brother. As this suffix is being used in context of “oppa”/”nii-san” etc (aka meant to slightly insinuate sexual relations due to brother/sister complex being a thing), this will remain a suffix. Translating it to Brother XXX just feels as if I should be talking about monasteries and boarding schools instead.

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LC: Chapter 47

47. Rejection

The next day, XiaoYu who had no party to grind with was back at the lowest levels of the Jiangshi Cave alone, grinding. The monsters with ranged attacks were the most troublesome. While his necklace increased his poison resistance, that didn’t mean he couldn’t get poisoned. It just lowered the unsavoury effects of being poisoned.

24 hours after increasing others’ strength came the 24 hours of magical backlash. Increasing one’s stats by 5% didn’t feel much at the moment. Naturally, decreasing them by 3% felt like nothing too.

In the evening, XiaoYu returned to Serica. After the peak dinner rush, the restaurants weren’t crowded by packs of human bodies. Perhaps it was the cheap and delicious home-cooking which made such a great impression on XiaoYu. He chose to dine at Yang Yue’s once more.

He didn’t have to sit in a remote corner anymore. This time, the server led XiaoYu to sit by the fence with a view opening up to the streets. But after a day of constantly being poisoned, he wasn’t interested in the night view at all. He ordered, then immediately sprawled down on the table to relax. No one knew him anyway. He didn’t mind being seen in such a mildly disgraceful posture.

“It really is LuckyCat.” XiaoYu raised his head and saw GloryOfTheWorld standing beside his table with a jug of alcohol.

“Hello,” XiaoYu replied.

“Do you mind if I sit?”

“No. Please.”

“You’ve joined the Heretic Demons?”

“Mn.”

“I recall the main Heretic Demons guild’s entry requirement being Level 85.”

“Really? I joined a subsidiary guild.” XiaoYu had yet to take a close look at the guild rules. He only heard about the important ones from HereticKing on their holiday.

“What a pity. I was going to invite you to join Angel Wings’ main guild. How about it?”

“No. I’m sorry. Everyone in Heretic Demons has been great to me.” XiaoYu wasn’t used to rejecting others, so he hid his awkwardness by sipping tea.

“But why didn’t HereticKing let you enter the main guild? Aren’t you lovers?”

“Pffft-!” Right. This cup of tea’s wasted. “N-No. Yao and I are only friends.”

“Yao?”

“HereticKing.”

“That’s his name?”

“Yes.”

“Hehe. I thought you were calling my name. Yao’s in my name too. My real name, that is.”

“Ah. What a coincidence.”

“Since you’re not lovers, does that mean I stand a chance?”

“Hah?” XiaoYu must’ve overworked himself today. His brain was on strike. Why else could he not understand what GloryOfTheWorld was saying?

“Don’t get what I mean?”

“Are you…drunk?” XiaoYu timidly asked. His eyes sneakily darting to the jug Glory had absentmindedly placed on the table.

“Hahaha…” XiaoYu’s bumbling and skittish act didn’t escape Glory’s eyes. “You’ve got a very special way of rejecting others.”

XiaoYu felt so awkward he wished he could just burrow himself under the table. The scene felt as if the one who was rejected wasn’t the guffawing GloryOfTheWorld but him.

“It’s a joke. Looks like I really am tipsy. You don’t mind chatting with a drunkard like me, do you?” GloryOfTheWorld laughed.

“Oh. Okay.” The Bai family wasn’t much for liquor. In XiaoYu’s memories, if alcohol wasn’t used for cooking, it was used for brooding and sulking. Instinctively, he thought the other might’ve encountered something troubling. ZhuGe who was always by GloryOfTheWorld’s side was missing. The other just so happened to spot him and so wandered over for a chat. What XiaoYu wasn’t able to rationalise was why do the two big Guild Leaders love to vent to him. The only difference between the two was their methods. Yao would silently hug him, and GloryOfTheWorld would chatter on about strange topics.

“Do you know HereticKing in real life?” the other man asked.

“No, just in the game,” XiaoYu replied.

“Ah. And he actually told you his name.”

“I only know one character. I don’t know his full name.”

“I see. Since we’re friends, why don’t we exchange names?”

“Of course.”

“But I won’t be that petty as to just tell you one character. My name is Lan MinYao.” GloryOfTheWorld dripped some alcohol on the table and wrote his name out with the liquid.

“I’m Bai XiaoYu.” In a polite exchange, XiaoYu wrote his name out on the table too with tea.

“XiaoYu? It’s really such a shame you’re not in Angel Wings. It’s the same character. You can be our mascot.”

“Hehe…” He nearly accepted the title of “Lucky Charm of the Guild” last time. Now, he nearly became a guild’s mascot. Just when was he so popular?

“And we are rather bound by destiny, aren’t we? We belong to the families of colours.”

Colours…Something popped up in XiaoYu’s head which made his eyes squint with glee. He remembered a period of time in high school when his classmates loved to joke around with that punchline.

“What is it?” XiaoYu started grinning and beaming out of the blue. GloryOfTheWorld was curious just which part of his comment tickled XiaoYu’s funny bone. Even so, that smile was feeling as if it was tickling his instinct to call the other cute.

“Nothing.” That story was quite complicated. It’d take some effort to explain it all.

“To avoid getting mixed up with HereticKing, you can call me Min. Can I call you XiaoYu?”

“Sure.”

“Well, XiaoYu, if the Heretic Demons ever treat you badly, you’re welcome to throw yourself into my embrace.”

“Heh…heh…” XiaoYu really thought the alcohol was getting to GloryOfTheWorld. The only reaction he could think of was a goofy smile.

“Mrrow!” The tiny cat that was playing dead on the table suddenly leaped up. Its gleaming eyes stared right behind the two men. The server was finally here with the food. It was about to starve to death. Of course, its beloved owner was starving too. It couldn’t bear the thought of lowering its Intimacy.

“Your kitten’s A.I. is very sophisticated.” GloryOfTheWorld had thought it strange since the last time they’d eaten together. From the moment he sat down, he’d been observing this small cat. It was actually sprawled out on the table into a kitten pancake as if it was dead tired. The pets he had seen all sat obediently by their owners’ feet. No matter how high the Intimacy levels were, the most the animals would do was perform a few simple actions according to the owner’s orders. It was impossible for them to have such high intelligence.

“Mn.” XiaoYu had never had a pet before. He had nothing to compare the little cat to. However, Glory wasn’t the first to say it had sophisticated A.I. It was highly likely it’s extremely sophisticated. Sometimes, he himself would be astonished at the tiny one’s intelligence.

“This would be very dangerous.” Glory wanted XiaoYu to understand the danger of harbouring treasures.

“I know.” He’d paid for it already.

“You can put it away in areas where there are many eyes and mouths around,” Glory suggested.

“No need. I don’t want to lock it up in the Pet Space.” XiaoYu stroked the tiny cat as he watched its cute face chow down on delicious food. How could he bear to lock it up in some unknown dimension called Pet Space?

“Ugh. You’re always saying no to me.” Glory had been rejected three times in the past few minutes. It seemed like he’s not as charming as he used to be.

“I…I didn’t mean that. I understand your kind intentions. But it is my first friend. I can’t bear to put it away.” At GloryOfTheWorld’s heavy sigh, XiaoYu rushed to explain. His hands dancing about in panic. He didn’t want an unintentional act to be harmful.

“You place so much importance on even a mere kitten. You must really cherish every one of your friends.” Even a pet can be his friend. Needless to say, someone with a large social circle like GloryOfTheWorld could never comprehend that mindset.

“Yes.” That statement hit the nail on the head. As long as the other person treated XiaoYu with even the tiniest kindness in the world, he’d treasure that friend.

“Then, I am honoured to be your friend. Ah, I wonder if there’s anyone in the world who’s had it worse than I have? I was rejected to so many times in a single day.”

“Um…I…I’m sorry.”

“Haha. I’m joking. I’m not that small-minded.” It was the sight of XiaoYu’s indecisive and upset face that made GloryOfTheWorld realise just how interesting it can be to tease this naive little guy. It can’t be HereticKing noticed this too, right?

“Eat up. The food will get cold.” Glory knew when to hold himself back. He knew that even the gentlest of cats would bite if the teasing stepped over the boundaries.

It wasn’t convenient or polite to talk to XiaoYu as the other was eating. GloryOfTheWorld who only came to the table with liquor was bored. When he saw the tiny cat had already licked clean its portion of the food, he thought of playing with the small cat.

Unfortunately, he didn’t know of the little cat’s weakness. Be it fingers or an unknown blade of grass from his pockets, the kitten only looked at them. After a long while, it let out a burp, signifying it was not interested in GloryOfTheWorld.

“I still overestimated a pet’s intelligence,” GloryOfTheWorld mockingly thought to himself. After numerous rejections from XaioYu and failing again at getting what he wanted, he was feeling rather down.

Thankfully, he’d never seen the tiny cat’s playful side as it meowed, twined and rolled around HereticKing. If he’d seen how the little one actively be all cutesy to the other man, Glory might just puke blood.

Translator’s Notes:

  1. Yao: It’s a homonym reference. One of the characters for GloryOfTheWorld’s in-game name is pronounced “yao”. This is not the same “yao” as HereticKing’s. However, they are very similar. The only difference is in the radical. Glory’s uses the “light” radical. HereticKing uses the “sun” radical (same as XiaoYu’s “xiao”).
  2. Lan MinYao: Lan = blue (蓝); Min = sky/autumn sky (旻); Yao = glory/pride/shimmering (耀). It’s too bad the other characters aren’t named after colours or we’ll have a rainbow by now.
  3. Wings/Yu: XiaoYu’s “yu” is the same as the character for “wings”. This “yu” can also mean feather.

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LC: Chapter 46

46. Team Training

“Ahem.” One of the laws of stories: a perfect moment will always be interrupted.

However, it wasn’t I_Am_A_Poor_Man this time. He was busy sighing over the innocent little white rabbit that’s about to be gobbled up by the evil big black wolf.

HereticKing let go of XiaoYu and unhappily looked over to where the sound came from. The sight made his mood worse. Well, if it wasn’t GloryOfTheWorld who’d been poking at him before? And his forever follower, LittleZhuGe.

“Is there something you need?”

“I’m here to say hi. We won’t come for Prole-3 next time.”

“Hehe. Are you afraid we’ll go for Serica next time?” I_Am_A_Poor_Man replied for HereticKing. He knew Chief wasn’t in the mood for it then.

“Well, Mr Glory, what did you learn from your grand tour to Prole-3?”

“It’s easy to defend but hard to attack. If the Heretic Demons conquered it, we’ll have no chance at it. But since Prole-3 is so important to you guys, we won’t come barging in.”

“The great Glory giving up so easily? We are so honoured.”

“Serica is the Wings’ main battlefield. We only went to look at all the number 3 fortresses. It wasn’t a wasted trip. We were able to go toe-to-toe with the great Heretic chief himself. However, it still doesn’t feel enough. Why don’t we go for a spar at the PvP Arena someday?”

“Sure.” This time, HereticKing replied. He’d welcome anyone who wished to be beaten up. His poison wasn’t on his weapon that time. He could tell that GloryOfTheWorld also held himself back. He was somewhat looking forward to the match.

“Hey, LuckyCat. I didn’t realise you succeeded your job change. Congratulations,” LittleZhuGe greeted XiaoYu.

“Thanks,” XiaoYu politely responded with the tiny cat in his arms. The moment HereticKing released XiaoYu, the small cat had taken advantage of the situation to cling onto the XiaoYu’s pants and ask for hugs. Just as it thought, its owner’s hugs are the best.

“Congratulations, LuckyCat. Pardon us.” GloryOfTheWorld left with a wave, along with LittleZhuGe.

“You know them?”

“Mn. I bumped into them the time I was going to become a Chef.” XiaoYu retold a brief summary of eating at the same table at the restaurant.

“I see.”

“It’s getting late. Sleep early,” HereticKing said.

“Mn. Goodnight.” XiaoYu walked off yawning in search of the Portal back to the capital. Which free hotel should he sleep in tonight?

When XiaoYu was some distance away, I_Am_A_Poor_Man let out a cold chuckle. “Would they ever be that desperate as to sit with another party? Looks like the Wings are eyeing up Xiao-Yu, Chief.”

“Tell Egg_Tart to keep an eye on it.” The higher-ups of the major guilds rarely interact and what the other people said about the Wings’ higher ranks differ so much. HereticKing wasn’t completely sure why Glory and ZhuGe struck up a competition with XiaoYu. If it’s for a good motive, then that’s great. If there’s a chance XiaoYu could be hurt, he won’t just stand by and watch.

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Under the bright and dazzling midday sun of Sunday, Hei QiYao and Lin Qiong was on the land of another country. Meanwhile, XiaoYu was looking for the party he’d be training with under the directions of Egg_Tart.

“This is the new guy, LuckyCat. Take good care of him.”

“Yes, boss.”

“Just let his pet collect the loot.”

“Oh.” The unspoken rule in Heretic Demons’ parties had always been letting the healer pick up most of the loot. The others would use this time to continue grinding. Another mob killed was more experience gained. A pet picking up the drops would be even better. The healer could focus on their health and buffs at all times.

“LuckyCat, once group training sessions are over, you can just hand everything to the party leader, Desireless. He’ll split them,” Egg_Tart directed to XiaoYu.

“Okay. I look forward to training with you,” XiaoYu said.

This was a very normal grinding party. The only difference between them and XiaoYu’s former party was his party consisted of players within the same 10 levels of each other. Every job was basically there. If they worked together, they’d have no trouble clearing up all monsters below Level 65.

For the whole afternoon, XiaoYu followed them around in the Maze Forest. As the name stated, the moment one entered this forest, there was no way for them to differentiate north from south, east or west. The mini-map was shrouded in fog. The game had been out for a long time, yet no a single player could confidently say they could walk out of this forest. The way out was either to tear up a Return Scroll, through a Portal or through death.

Honestly, the Maze Forest was very much like a large-scale dungeon. Parties of different levels would encounter different monsters. The mobs would never be over 10 levels higher than the highest party member, they would also never be over 10 levels lower than the weakest party member. For example, XiaoYu’s party. The monsters they encountered in the Maze Forest ranged from Level 41 (XiaoYu was now Level 51) to Level 70 (Desireless was Level 60).

While it seemed like a great grinding zone, not a lot of parties truly went there to train. That’s because even though the mobs were within a safe level range, that didn’t mean the game won’t spawn a frightening number of mobs at them. If the party didn’t have all the basic jobs, good equipment and coordination, the moment they flashed into a group of mobs so packed together they seemed like a dense, buzzing flock of locusts, their only choice was to wait for death.

However, as one of the training grounds of Heretic Demons, everyone other than XiaoYu had been here before. As long as their Sir Healer didn’t fool around, the chances of getting wiped were extremely low. Fortunately, XiaoYu was very patient. He wouldn’t zone out just because of the dry, repetitive motion of buffing his teammates. He kept a close eye on every member’s buff timer the whole time. He even listened to the party leader’s orders and suggestions.

A serious child would always be easily accepted by everyone. No one wished to work with a layabout. Therefore, while the other party members might’ve been rather distant at the start, they were now acting like his best buddies. They’d even chat while looking for more mobs.

“Lucky, where did you catch your kitten?”  When the monsters crowd around, the ground would be covered in random items when they die. If they were to pick all of that up, bending over every time would be so very troublesome. If they didn’t, there might be a chance they’ll miss something rare. Pets that pick up loot were common, but their speed would sometimes be so much slower than the player picking the drops up themselves. For example, the slime pet. Just watching it slowly inch and slop around like a ball of playdough towards items on the ground…It really made one’s skin itch.

In comparison, look at how the tiny cat moved. In the beginning, everyone in the party was worried they might accidentally hit it. After observing it a few times, they realised its speed was godlike. It’s likely not even the big Guild Leader himself had such high agility. So, everyone just let this ball of black shadow dance around them without worry. With their time freed from picking up loot, their efficiency skyrocketed.

“It’s a gift from a chest,” XiaoYu said.

“You’re so lucky. No wonder you’re called LuckyCat. Beckon some luck for us.”

“Okay. I’ll try.” Every time XiaoYu encountered a question about the small cat, he would always be worried. But when he saw that everyone was just asking and didn’t really care, he couldn’t help but berate himself for being slightly too petty.

Suddenly, the ground shook as if something gigantic was walking somewhere close.

“A boss.” An archer’s sharp vision is a necessity in the thick woods. “It’s a black bear. FaHai’s Monster Records.”

“Ding. Big Black Bear (Boss), Lv 55, HP: 82745, EXP: ???”

“Its health isn’t high. It probably has a HP recovery skill. Be careful. Lucky, fire buff.” Desireless quickly arranged the battle formation and also reminded XiaoYu for additional buffs.

Elemental buffs were a skill healers obtained when becoming a Priest. They could add some magic elemental damage to other player’s attacks for a short amount of time. If the monster just happened to be weak to that element, the damage would be increased. Of course, if it was the wrong element, there would be a damage penalty. However, XiaoYu wasn’t that proficient at that skill yet. So, the additional damage wasn’t that obvious. However, any additional damage was better than nothing. One cannot let down their guard when going against a boss monster.

In the Maze Forest where roads twist and turn and merge, no one knew just where and when the boss would spawn. Hence, a boss encounter required plenty of luck. At the sight of his happy teammates, XiaoYu began to get excited. His voice quivered as he chanted his buffs. This can be considered his first time challenging a boss in its range with everyone else in his party. He must calm down. He can’t make a mistake.

Fire elemental buff. AoE heal (for 60 seconds, 1% HP is recovered every 5 seconds); ah, got to cast Slow (reduces its movement speed) and Leaden (reduces its attack speed) on the bear; have to check on the Blessing for close-combat members (additional physical damage), keep an eye on the archer’s Saint’s Seal (increase critical rate)…While the others were gathered up, clashing and bashing against the Big Black Bear and its minion bears, XiaoYu was kept busy at the back throwing out all sorts of support spells he could think of. Obsecro’s chant took too long. He couldn’t just use it willy-nilly. There was only one Bible left anyway. He couldn’t use it. He hadn’t used Incremento before. Let’s try it out.

Without anyone paying heed to XiaoYu, he cast one of his special skills. XiaoYu’s stats weren’t high in the first place, so a mere 5% didn’t feel that obvious.

Just as Desireless predicted, the Big Black Bear had a self-healing skill – drinking honey. Afterwards, it seemed to have raised its Attack.

“Shoot his honey pot.” Lord only knew how much honey the bear had on it. If it kept downing honey, this would never end.

“The leader is the leader,” said the archer, Robin, as realisation dawned on him. He changed his aim to the tiny pot in the bear’s claws.

In a blink, the Big Black Bear was robbed of its replenishment. The small bears standing guard by his side were nearly gone. It was furious! It bellowed and waved its huge paws high in the air. It wanted to swipe away these annoying flies right now.

“Lucky, keep healing us up. All of you, be ready to down a potion at any moment.” They only had one healer with them – XiaoYu. He’s also the one with the lowest level in the party. Desireless didn’t know if he could place all his hopes for keeping the party’s health up on XiaoYu.

As if to prove Desireless’s words correct, the bear slammed its paws down on the ground. With a rumble, the fragile earth let out a moaning shriek and violently trembled. Near or far, every player’s health was dropped by at least a third. Those who stood closest to the bear were down to half-health immediately.

Thank goodness for Desireless’s reminder beforehand. After the shockwaves, the party quickly chugged on their health potions. XiaoYu didn’t have time to heal himself. He threw spell after spell at his teammates the moment they went off cooldown. In what little time he could spare, he’d take a swig of his potions.

Single-targe healing spells, an AoE healing spell that slowly healed everyone plus potions meant the health shaken away by the bear was quickly filled up once more. This enraged and depressed the boss even further. These weren’t flies. They’re a freaking bunch of cockroaches!

Thus, the little cockroaches exhibited their excellence at being immortal to the max. The Big Black Bear was slowly, unwillingly, tormented to death and into a mountain of loot.

By the time the party killed off the bear, it was already past 5 pm. Desireless made the decision to end their training there and returned back to the city.

The party sat down by an isolated little corner and XiaoYu poured everything from the tiny cat’s pockets before Desireless to be split up.

“We’re quite lucky today. We actually bumped into the boss.” As everyone watched their leader separate the mountain of junk as he always did, they chatted.

“Some of the mobs before that dropped gear too. Did the game suddenly found its kindness today or what?”

“It can’t be because we have a lucky cat? Let’s train together next time, Lucky.”

“Okay.” It looked like XiaoYu really had the ability to beckon luck for his party. At the thought of him, the lowest levelled player of the group, being able to contribute something, XiaoYu gleefully smiled. His cute little canine tooth glinting.

“We’re finally free of the awkwardness that is no healer.”

“?” XiaoYu didn’t really get what they were sighing in relief about.

“We were all busy with work before. Although we were in the guild way before the limit of Second Job Change, we could only watch as the kids who came after us speed past. Especially the healers who were near our levels. They always had someone to carry them. Soon, we weren’t able to grind in the same party. So, our grinding sessions would include a healer one day, then none on the next, and so on.”

“You’re co-workers?”

“Yes. We opened up a company with Desireless here. The company’s not big, but it’s slowly getting there.” This was why they didn’t have time to log on and train before. It was a surprise Egg_Tart didn’t kick them out. But upon consideration, they didn’t go against any of Heretic Demons’ rules. They just didn’t log on frequently due to work. If they were kicked out, that would be indicate a problem.

“We can at least guarantee attendance to the weekly group training sessions now, and we can take turns working and logging on to grind. Finally, we don’t need to live in the topsy-turvy days from before. How wonderful.” Robin stretched himself out and sprawled out on the ground, happy as can be.

“Oh dear. Thank you for your hard work.” The sentence drifted over from Desireless who was still sorting.

“Ah, no. No, you’re the one who worked hardest.” Robin hurriedly sat up, the image of a good student waiting to be taught.

Before long, Desireless was done and handed a neat pile over to each member. No one cared who had what and no one argued. They just dumped the items into their Inventory.

“You had decent technique. You were also very logical in your skill usage. But the next time you’re hurt, remember to heal yourself first,” Desireless said to XiaoYu. During the boss fight, he’d noticed XiaoYu’s health being the last to be filled up the entire time.

“Yes. What will we do if you’re hurt, Lucky?”

“I know. I’m sorry. My AoE heal is still too weak.” XiaoYu never used it before because he was mostly alone.

“Silly boy, that can be slowly trained up. We all have potions.”

“Our buffs never ran out the entire day. You did your best.”

As the crowd chattered on, XiaoYu suddenly felt that it was a good choice to join the Heretic Demons. From the main guild, Yao, Big Brother Poor and Below_The_Moon; from the subsidiary guild, the leader Egg_Tart, guildies who discussed lucky charms with him and the teammates who grinded with him – they were all so nice to him.

Translator’s Notes:

  1. White Rabbit vs Black Wolf: Yes. It’s a pun/play on their surnames. It might just be because “big bad wolf” just translates to “big grey wolf” in Chinese. Since black > grey, the author might’ve gone for the more logical (Chinese-wise).
  2. Desireless: The proper translation is an idiom for “fulfilled, no wants or desires”.
  3. Slime pet: Technically, jelly pet. Aka Poring (and its numerous recolours) from Ragnarok Online.
  4. FaHai’s Monster Records: The sorcerer from Madame White Snake, inspired by a real-life monk from the Tang dynasty who’s born to a scholarly/aristocratic family.
  5. Elemental buff: Also known as the alternate version of Bendedicto Sanctissimi Sacramenti, a buff only for players standing near the caster.
  6. AoE heal: Likely referring to Sanctuary which healed all in an area, monsters and players alike.
  7. Blessing: Blessing. It’s sort of a copy-paste from RO. The RO version increases STR, DEX and INT. This version merely adds damage to each attack. For those who know Tree of Savior, just like the Blessing from that game instead of the RO version.
  8. Saint’s Seal: Aka just the DEX portion of Blessing from RO. As critical rates were determined by DEX along with hit rate etc, there wasn’t a spell from the healer’s section that just raised the critical rate.
  9. Commas and semi-colons in the spell dump: Punctuation from original text kept as it might help show just what XiaoYu was thinking in sequence and what might’ve been going through his mind minutes after the last “sequence”.
  10. Cockroaches: The Chinese slang/common word for cockroach is the most apt name you’d ever find – “Little Strong (One)”.

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GC: Chapter 45

45. Saviour

Click. Darkness.

Once it was over, JingYuan carried YiHan into the bathroom for a thorough washing, changed the bedsheets, carried YiHan back to bed, went for a shower himself and cleaned the bathroom. Once he was done tidying, the sky to the east was already a pale white.

JingYuan was still very much wide awake. He carefully crawled into bed and laid down next to YiHan. He gently pulled YiHan into his arms and let out a satisfied sigh.

He couldn’t bear falling asleep. He just stared down at YiHan’s sleeping form with a tender gaze.

YiHan was dead asleep.

JingYuan lovingly tapped the tip of YiHan’s nose. This little one was so loud. If it wasn’t because he’s always been a child who woke up easily to noises and had a bad temper when he did, the Bai parents wouldn’t have specifically reinforced the soundproofing of this room. Then, the racket that was in this room would’ve shocked the Bai family.

Traces of joy hung on JingYuan’s face. His lips kissed YiHan’s forehead. This day had been more thrilling than a roller coaster ride. His little one fished him out of his suffering with his own two hands, then placed him on the sweetest clouds at the top of the world. YiHan was his saviour.

Translator’s Note:

Next week is the Lucky Cat’s turn.


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