ARC 12: Blood Kin; Substitute
Chapter 198: Final World (1)
Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
Edited by Sulo
There was no concept of time in the grey space, but because the residents were accustomed to day and night from the worlds, the feeling of day and night alternation would also be simulated in the grey space. After taking a break and alleviating the fatigue caused by traveling through more than ten worlds in a row, Bai Duan left the room before Guan Wu appeared and went to the task Hall — Guan Wu had brought him here and explained the process of receiving tasks to him.
Yes, Bai Duan also wanted to take on a task, one reason was to avoid Guan Wu’s entanglement, prove his determination that he was angry at the other party, and let Guan Wu have the opportunity to reflect on it alone; the other was to prove himself, and tell Guan Wu that he was also qualified for the job of ‘maintainer’ without being protected by him.
The system Bai Duan named “White Light” rocked around him. Finally, it recovered from the muted state. White Light learned to be honest and never dared to talk out of place again. It only answered Bai Duan’s questions carefully.
The mission hall was still empty, and there were three ‘honeycombs’ divided into dense polygons on the hanging display screen, which could still kill the intensive phobia.
Bai Duan came to the screen showing the light yellow circle, looked at the green and red troubles in different shades — to be honest, he had some difficulties in choosing tasks for the first time.
Just as Bai Duan was hesitating, a cheery greeting came, interrupting his thoughts, “Whoo! Are you the new defender? I haven’t seen you before!
Bai Duan turned to look at the direction of the voice, only to see a young man dressed in hip-hop fashion walking quickly, and he also gave him a wink, “First timer, my name is Gerard!”
Bai Duan was silent for three seconds, “Hello, my name is Bai Duan.”
“Hello, white beauty ~” Gerard saw Bai Duan seemed to be a little cold, so he toned down his excessive enthusiasm, but was still friendly and frivolous, “What can I do for you? I’m the task inspector in charge of the human dimensions. When you go to all positions to do tasks, I will be responsible for protecting your body and ensuring the smooth operation.” After a pause, he examined Bai Duan for a moment and added, “Although you are a beast, you are from the cultivation world. And the cultivation world belongs to the human plane, so if you want to do a task, you will also be assigned to the human plane.”
From Gerald’s job description, Bai Duan realized, “Well… Do you know a man in a white coat?”
“Do you mean Jian Guang? He’s my teacher, and he’s also an inspector — why, what do you want to do with him?” Gerard flicked his shining blonde hair.
“It’s alright. It’s just a good memory.” Bai Duan shook his head.
“That’s good.” Gerard smiled. “My teacher was asked by an old friend to help him monitor a series of personal processes. Now, he has just finished his work and is very tired. He has gone to rest and called me on duty. If you want to find him, it will take a while!”
Seeing that Gerard didn’t seem to know what happened to him and Guan Wu, Bai Duan was a little more comfortable, “This will be my first task and I don’t know how to choose…”
“It’s understandable. After all, there are too many choices! I’ll help you!” Gerald came forward smiling. He pressed a few buttons, and a port appeared at the bottom of the screen, “Let your system connect with the port first, pass over your data, and establish a personal account.”
Bai Duan hesitated for a moment, “I may not be a maintainer in the future…”
“It doesn’t matter.” Gerald waved his hand. “Grey space does not force residents to work, and is willing to give residents full experience and choice. You can experience it a few times to see if you like the job.” After a pause, Gerald looked at Bai Duan’s delicate and clean face, and felt he was kind of pitiful. “In fact, despite the fact that the maintainers earn the most energy, the work is the hardest and the most intense. There have been many maintainers who have mental breakdowns due to too much work pressure. You should do what you can.”
“Thank you, I know.” Bai Duan smiled and accepted Gerard’s offer. “I’m going to try it a few times.”
“That’s good.” Gerard nodded, called out his system to browse and select among hundreds of millions of tasks, and quickly selected the goal, “Here is a good task — the task publisher has no bad habits or physical disability, high status, good appearance and strong strength… As long as you get through the initial difficulties, then everything will be solved!”
“Will people who are perfect release tasks?” Bai Duan asked curiously.
“Of course.” Gerard shrugged his shoulders. “Some people have good wind and water for the first half of their lives, so their psychological endurance is weaker. They are prone to collapse in case of major changes. They want to escape, but they are concerned.”
Bai Duan nodded, “Then I’ll take the task.”
“Yes.” Gerard greeted Bai Duan’s system, but hesitated again, “By the way, asking in advance, do you hate blood?”
Bai Duan frowned subconsciously, “It’s a little annoying. What’s the matter?”
“Then… Can you drink blood?” Gerard’s face was a little chatty.
“Drink blood? Blood is not good to drink, it’s fishy and astringent, and it’s disgusting.” Bai Duan shook his head and said, “What creature is the target of the mission? How can I drink blood?”
“Vampires drink blood, of course.” Gerard shrugged. “But in terms of the taste for vampires, blood should be a delicious food, so you don’t have to worry about the taste. Some people can’t accept it psychologically.”
“Oh, as long as it’s good to drink, I won’t reject it. Say, I want to know what blood tastes like in the mouth of a vampire!” Bai Duan breathed a sigh of relief. Instead of resisting, he was curious, his eyes glistening with eager brilliance, and decided to clap, “Just choose this task!”
——I thought he was a soft and kind little angel. I didn’t expect that his nature was so cruel. I was totally blind and worried for nothing…
Rather skeptical of life, Gerald silently helped Bai Duan take over the task, and then took him to the public studio on the other side of the Task Hall, “Because you are not a formal maintainer, you have no studio of your own, and you can only temporarily use the public instruments and nutrition cabin.”
Bai Duan nodded and walked into the nutrition cabin opened by Gerard.
While adjusting the data of the nutrition cabin for Bai Duan, Gerald told him to pay attention to all kinds of matters when he went to the task site. “The job of the maintainer is to maintain the stability of the world and earn as much energy as possible, so you need to abide by many rules. You can ask your system for specific details.”
“Okay, thank you.” Bai Duan thanked him, and soon lost consciousness when the hatch was lowered — and when he woke up again, he was already in the world where the mission was aimed.
Since this was his first time regaining consciousness, Bai Duan was frightened by the sharp pain in his chest. He couldn’t help moaning and groaning. He looked down at his chest — his body was obviously seriously injured. The decay of his chest was so deep that his bones could be seen, and even his dark breath could be seen.
For the first time, Bai Duan was ignorant. Unfortunately, the current situation did not allow him to think carefully. While observing the injury, Bai Duan’s keen hearing caught a sound of breaking the air. He turned his head toward the direction of the sound. His eyes suddenly shrank, and he turned to avoid, but unfortunately underestimated the extent of the serious injury.
The injury affected his speed. Even though Bai Duan could clearly see the trajectory of the silver bullet, he was still pierced by a bullet through his shoulder.
Silver was the natural enemy of vampires, which seemed to be true — at least in this aspect. The shoulder injured by the silver bullet suddenly let out a black air and there was a sharp pain. Bai Duan stumbled and almost fell to his knees, but he clenched his molars and held on with his willpower.
Gerald said it was a very simple task, but as soon as he entered the world, Bai Duan was deeply maligned and had to admit the job of the defender… was quite challenging.
“Master, I have scanned the map nearby and marked the location of the pursuer. Let’s run first!” White Light was fluttering around Bai Duan anxiously, and a transparent virtual map was spread out in front of Bai Duan.
Bai Duan nodded and thanked it softly, but his tight brow did not stretch out — not only because of the pain, but also because of the tight encirclement of the enemy. Even if there was a map, it would not be so easy to escape with his life.
Wrapped in his black cloak, Bai Duan rushed out of the enemy space marked on the map, but the injury still encumbered him. Even though Bai Duan had tried to hide his body carefully, he was still found by the enemy.
In a flash, several more bullets shot at him, and Bai Duan quickly judged that he could not avoid it, and his face was a little anxious. In his current physical condition, he obviously couldn’t bear the impact of these bullets any more. Was he going to “die before he finished” and be connected back to the grey space before doing anything?!
That’s really… What a shame! He would be laughed at by Guan Wu! How could he prove to Guan Wu that he was qualified to gain the trust of the other party?
Grim paths were more likely to inspire potential. Bai Duan was not willing to give up. Now he had nothing. The only thing he could use was the power of the original body as a vampire. He had to work hard anyway. The original master was really at the end of his tether. Although there was still a trace of energy in his body, it was too shallow for him to concentrate and use it.
Fortunately, Bai Duan’s spirit was still a Soul-Eating Ermine. His control over Qi was innate, so even if he changed his body, it didn’t have much change. With his hands up, Bai Duan squeezed the last energy from his body and pushed it out. In an instant, black air rose and wrapped around Bai Duan.
The silver bullet passed through the black air and was quickly eroded into a pool of dirty liquid. Bai Duan heard his pursuers curse loudly, “Why does he still have strength?” But his feet kept running. In a moment, he rushed out of the encirclement with the protection of the black air and disappeared in the thick night.
With the help of the real-time map scanned by the system, Bai Duan evaded the enemy’s search until there was no trace of the enemy on the map. Then he let out a long sigh and made sure that he finally escaped a disaster and took the first step as a “maintainer”.
The next most important thing is how to recover from this injury… Bai Duan thought in his head and asked his system, “White Light, how do vampires heal? Do they drink blood?”
“Generally, yes.” White Light leaned on its master, and saw that he was pale and weak, and seemed to be dying. It was very worried. “But Master, you are too hurt now. Even if you suck blood, you can’t solve the problem fundamentally. You can only temporarily prevent the situation from deteriorating.”
“It’s good to avoid deterioration, at least to give me more time to look for opportunities.” Bai Duan sighed softly, “And there’s no other way, is there?”
“There are other ways…” White Light blinked. “I can look at the system mall. There should be special medicine for vampires. Although it’s not very expensive, we can’t afford it now… What?!”
“What’s the matter?” Hearing the shock in White Light’s voice, Bai Duan panicked.
“I can afford it! Why do you have so many energy points in your account!?” White Light’s voice rose rapidly, “Master, wait a moment, I’ll buy it for you –”
“Wait a minute.” Bai Duan pursed his lips and interrupted White Light’s words, “Don’t buy them, those energy points… they aren’t mine.”
He wanted to prove to Guan Wu so he couldn’t rely on anything of Guan Wu’s.
White Light was silent for a moment. It inquired about the owner’s account and quickly found out the origin of the energy points. “It is so, because it is a partnership, so the energy point of the owner and Guan Wu is universal…” After all, it agreed with Bai Duan’s words with understanding, “In this case, it’s not good. After all, if the energy point of the other party is spent, it is unclear when you will break up in the future. “
Bai Duan, “…”
Bai Duan grit his teeth and refused the break up flag set up by his own system, “I don’t want to break up with him!”
The system swayed, “But…”
Bai Duan, “No ‘but’, otherwise I will mute you!”
White Light, “…… QAQ “
Obviously, he doesn’t want to see you or use your energy points, but he still doesn’t want to admit to you’re breaking up. My master is really a dead duck!