Chapter 53: A+A (I)
Shang Ke gave all of his cultivation and the fruit of his labors to Yan Lu. The moment Yan Lu had succeeded his tribulation, Shang Ke’s consciousness returned to the System space.
System: 【Main Mission, completed.】
Shang Ke: “…Just what is the meaning of that comma?”
System: 【According to the system’s calculation, the probability of Host completing the penalty mission does not surpass 35%.】
【For Host to be able to complete a difficulty x2 penalty mission is completely outside of the system’s calculations. The system shall re-adjust the Host’s evaluation.】
“What kind of evaluation do you have of me?”
【Heroic Degree lower than expected value. Completion Degree lower than average value.】
Shang Ke: “……”
He decided to ignore the explosive injury the System gave him. After all, the mission was finally completed. Although he had some regrets in his heart, it was not too painful. It was probably because he knew that he could meet him again in the next world so his heart was a bit more at ease and no longer feared.
System: 【The penalty mission does not have rewards, but the skills you have chosen before can be further progressed. The curse halo shall continue.】
“Curse halo? If you didn’t mention it then I would have forgotten it.” Shang Ke asked strangely, “Just what is the condition for activating the curse halo? It only appeared once in the last world and never showed itself again in the end.”
The System explained: 【The condition for activating the curse halo is—for “evil”. The definition “evil” has no clear boundaries, it is mainly based on Host’s moral quality.】
Shang Ke: “……”
【Choose a skill to improve for now. Of course, Host can also choose to directly enter the next world.】
How could he give up the chance to learn skills and adjust his mood in the Hundred Training Space?
The present skills Shang Ke had lit up were 【Cooking】, 【Musical Instruments】(Piano, Flute, Violin, 【Weaving】, 【Hacking (Intermediate)】, 【Martial Arts (Primary)】…
He simply did not hesitate to promote his martial arts and hacking skills.
After he came out from the Hundred Training Space, Shang Ke continued on the journey of his next world…
A dense fishy stench saturated the air while the cries of alarm and sounds of strikes flooded his ears. Shang Ke opened his eyes and found himself standing on top of a metal tower, below him were densely packed… bugs?!
One after another pumpkin-sized black beetles flocked toward his position like a tide, then were beaten back by the electric current that defended the wall, but another one would immediately replace the former. The defensive wall burned through it’s power source quickly under this kind of attack. The defenses were quickly failing, it likely wouldn’t last much longer.
Around Shang Ke were countless soldiers traveling back and forth as they seeked for a bunker, picked up their weapons and attacked the bug tide with all their might. A stream of energy light beam shot out and fried a way through the group, causing a large expanse of green mucus to splash about. But the black bugs did not feel any fear, they still advanced dauntlessly like a wave, throwing themselves at them like they could never finish killing them.
Isn’t this too shocking? Shang Ke looked at the ground before that was filled with bugs and felt his scalp go numb. The dishonest System always like to send him to the wrong place and the wrong time. His heart was almost destroyed from shock.
Following that, Shang Ke started to receive the basic information of this world.
The current planet he was on was called Aima and there were six genders on this planet. The male alpha, beta, omega and the female alpha, beta and omega.
Alphas have strong builds and high power, they are innately fighters and leaders. Betas have ordinary aptitude and can impregnate and conceive, but their pregnancy rates were very low. Omegas have weak constitutions and have a mating period when they reach adulthood. They could emit a pheromone that attracts alphas and their birth rates are high.
Three types with betas being the most common and omegas being the rarest.
Shang Ke’s identity in this world was an alpha that was about to graduate from the Royal Military University. His name was Filmore and was dispatched to the north of Ourui Empire, Via City to participate in the three month inspection mission. After the three months, the local commanding officer would grade them, the exceptional ones would have a higher starting point and promotion chance.
Filmore was born in a declining military aristocratic family, his family once produced two Generals. One of them was even a four-star general, five were military officers and many were government officials. But ever since the last military officer passed away, there were never another senior military officer produced by his family in a hundred years. The highest they reached was only lieutenant.
By the time it reached his grandfather’s generation, their family had started to shift their focus to business to slowly accumulate an impartial wealth. However, their family’s prestige in the army was practically already obliterated. Filmore was the only younger generation of their family that had made it into the Royal Military University in nearly twenty years, his family placed high hopes on him.
But after he entered school, Filmore who originally studied hard fell in love with an omega named Ryan. To court this omega, he had racked his brain, spent money like water and gradually abandoned his studies.
An omega that is rare and blessed with an outstanding appearance naturally did not lack suitors. The strongest contender among them was an alpha named Zeka.
Zeka was different from Filmore, he comes from a rising powerful family and his father was the Empire’s vice admiral. His position was majestic. To add on to that, personality-wise he was also very outstanding. No matter if it’s appearance or ability, he was far above Filmore. But he does have one weak point, and that is he is fickle. The number of omegas he had courted was at least in the double digits. In this time period where omegas were rare, this kind of “wasteful” action really irritated people.
Filmore felt that with his pure feelings, it was not set in stone that he could not compete with Zeka. So while the other suitors gave up, he still persevered.
Zeka did not really like Ryan that much, but he was irritated by all the things Filmore have done. So he took the chance of the inspection mission that one needed to participate before graduation to have Filmore sent to the far Via City in the dark. What the eye doesn’t see, the heart doesn’t care.
But he didn’t expect that the mission this time would become a death mission.
Via City was the second C level defensive line of the north border, it was classified as a relatively important strategic location. However, there weren’t many large fightings in the last few years, on average they just deal with some anthropod that gets into the border.
Not long after Filmore had arrived at Via City and reported in, the anthropod army had quietly bypassed Cantes Mountain Range, and started to storm the north border frontier. In a short three days, the anthropod had broken through the first defensive line and were forcing their way to the second.
Originally with the Empire’s military strength, they were strong enough to respond to the anthropod’s attack. However, the situation was different this time, because the anthropod started a frightening anthropod sandstorm. The so-called anthropod sandstorm was made up of two hundred thousand or more electromagnetic bugs exploding at the same time to start a particle resonance. Wherever the storm covers, the electronics would all malfunction and produce radiation. It was very destructive toward the human body.
The frontier defenses of the northern border could only retreat for the time being until the storm passes so they could strike back. As for Via City, because of its special geographical location, it was situated within a sluggish storm area of the anthropod sandstorm and became the only defensive line capable of stopping the anthropod.
The longer Via City can stand, the more prepared the other withdrawing and warmongering armies would be. If they fall before the anthropod sandstorm end, then not only the soldiers of the border area, then even the other two frontier cities with over four hundred thousand common people would be in danger.
As such, whether or not Via City can hold down the fort and for how long became the crucial point for victory and defeat.
But most of the people were not optimistic for the situation there, because Via City only has C level military power. Their weapon and energy reserves are unable to last over ten days of continuous fights. Even if the reserves are adequate, the physical strength of sixty thousand soldiers would also not last that long.
If it was under normal conditions, the logistic area and the frontier defense would have a quick shipment of goods so the front would not have to fear trouble in the rear. However, Via City was now a lone city that must withstand the countless numbers of the anthropod army under the condition of having no reinforcement.
Although the circumstances were not optimistic, the outside world all believes that Via City could stand for at least seven days. However, according to the original plotline, Via City had only held on for four days before falling. Perhaps fate was unfavorable, as the commanding officers in Via City all fell into some kind of accident and either became seriously injured in battle or directly died. In the end, Filmore had actually became the one with the highest rank and still bodily sound commanding officer.
For students of the Royal Military University, as long as they graduate, they would obtain an army rank of second lieutenant immediately. For the soldiers in the border area, most of them were warrant officers and common soldiers. Although Filmore has not formally graduated, he participated in the mission inspection with the identity of a military officer. During a crisis, he would temporarily take over the command and guide the barely forty thousand remaining soldiers to resist the anthropod.
But Filmore had cowered during such a crucial point, because he was very clear about the results of this battle. Before the anthropod sandstorm ends, Via City cannot get any help, so the fight would end in complete wipeout and the only difference would be in how long they last in face of it.
Filmore didn’t want to die, nor did he have the resolution and courage to fight to the end. As such, he chose to flee.
Although the anthropod sandstorm carried a radiation, to the physically strong alphas, they have a great probability of passing through the storm. The only problem was that it would leave some residual effects. Compared to some residual effects, saving his own life was more important. Therefore Filmore had quietly snuck out of Via City by himself while the soldiers were all fighting with all they had.
He had planned to conceal his identity after he returned to the capital so to let others believed that he had died in battle. In that way, he would not need to bear infamy and would be able to add glory to his family.
His escape of the battlefield did not look important, but because of it, the entire place lost their commander and the army was thrown into confusion. Their morals fell and were quickly breached by the fierce attacks of the anthropod. The soldiers collapsed bit by bit until they all died in battle.
Not only that, because the anthropod breached the defensive line ahead of predictions and rushed for the next line, in the following six and seven days, the lives of around fifty thousand soldiers were taken along with a near one hundred and thirty common people. The tragic conflict only ended after the anthropod sandstorm ended and reinforcements have arrived to put an end to the anthropod.
Filmore who had ran away during battle suffered the denoucement of countless people and underwent a court-martial trial. Although he was not sentenced to death, his family was shamed and their business took a nosedive and were quickly bankrupted. As for himself, because of the radiation’s effect, his body became progressively weaker day by day. In addition to his poverty-stricken life and being fully snubbed, what remained to him was only infamy he could not erase. So he departed the world at the age of thirty-five.
The timeframe in which Shang Ke transmigrated to was exactly where their lives were on the line as they confronted the neverending anthropod army. Filmore had chosen to flee while he, could only choose to face the attack.
【Main Mission: Promote to Senior Colonel within ten years.】
Shang Ke couldn’t quite endure the urge to swear. He didn’t even know if he could live past ten days, and the mission actually wanted him to promote to Senior Colonel within ten years!
According to the System information, the anthropod sandstorm continued for thirteen days. Subtracting the two days that have already passed, there were still eleven more days.
In other words, he has to survive these bitter eleven days first before having the possibility of completing the long ten year period of his main mission.
Damn it, what happened to easy and difficult mode missions alternating? The past world was a difficulty x2 mission, this world should be an easy mode mission!
【The penalty mission is not included within the count. May Host persist on living and die heroically.】
Shang Ke: “……”