Chapter No. 003 The Impossible Mission
Outside Novice Village there is a spawn zone for level 1 rabbits, but currently the zone is packed with packs of players. Some parties have even resorted to camping a rabbit spawn point with 5 to 6 players. The moment the rabbit spawns it would be demolished by multiple daggers and elemental orbs.
After squeezing through the crowd for what felt like ages he finally saw a untargeted rabbit. Feng Xiao immediately pounced at it dagger in hand whilst at the same time receiving information from his skill
Rabbit: level 1
– 30 hp
– skills: none.
A violent group of rabbits, be careful of its large carrot
After slashing the rabbit a red -6 appeared over its head. Aggroed the rabbit immediately picked up its large carrot and swung it in Feng Xiao’s direction
Critical hit! Above Feng Xiao’s head appeared the lucky yellow critical number said to happen for each rabbit once every 10000 years, fully depleting his hp bar.(TN: At least this never happens to regular players heh)
“Ding. Player Feng Hun you have been killed, would you like to go back to Novice Village to resurrect? ”
Feng Xiao was so depressed he could ram a wall. His ambition is to become the best player in the game yet he was one shotted in his first battle by the weakest mob in the game… … even though it was because his life and defence were too low.
“Fuck, getting killed by a rabbit. How did you do it brother; this little brother really admires you……”
The second before resurrection Feng Xiao heard someone jab at him with that sentence, giving him the urge to go kill himself
With a flash of white light, Feng Xiao’s depressed face reappeared in Novice Village. “Seems like mob grinding isn’t an option, can’t afford to ruin my reputation, guess i’ll just stick to quests.”
There were only a few houses in Novice Village. NPC’s were scarce too, and at the moment almost all of them were surrounded by a huge wave of players. Feng Xiao sighed. God knows how long it would take to get a quest from them.
Feng Xiao noticed that the only NPC people ignored was a bony old man sitting against a wall with his eyes shut. The old man’s appearance was that of a beggar, curled up in the corner as if he was a statue.
Feng Xiao thought this was abnormal. The system wouldn’t put a npc here if he didn’t serve any use. Maybe this old man held a huge secret. From his years of gaming experience it was usually these types of npc that gave out hidden quests.
Xiao immediately ran towards the old man smiling from ear to ear and said :”Hello elder, how may I help you? ”
The old man acted as if he was deaf, not even his eyebrow moved a muscle.
“Hello elder, is there something i can help you with? ”
Still no response, is this old man really deaf?
“Elder, would you like me to assist you in moving over there to sit down……”
“Elder, are you cold? ”
“Old man, there is a fly on your nose. ”
Feng Xiao, having nothing better to do bombarded the old man with questions for the next 30 minutes, with determination to ask until the old man responded.
Finally, the old man responded:
The roar was like a strike of lightning on a sunny day, causing Feng Xiao to stare at the old man with his mouth wide open as if he was stunned.
“Want something to do? Go find Lady Ma in the house opposite from me!! Otherwise, unless you find the Holy Water of Chaos, don’t come bother me! Get!!! ” (TN: Ma = horse, Its the NPC’s last name)
Feng Xiao shivered and quickly ran off. If he pissed off this old man and caused him to run around trying to kill him it would be the end of his gaming career .
Wait, what did he just say? Lady Ma? Holy water of chaos? Is this a hidden quest? But it doesn’t seem like I got a quest notification..
Feng Xiao looked in the opposite direction of the old man. There stood a house with a sealed door. No-one knew if there was anyone inside the house, but it seems players could not enter the house at this time.
Also what is this Holy Water of Chaos?
Feng Xiao walked gingerly back to the strange old man and quietly asked :”Elder, what is this Holy Water of Chaos you speak of? ”
Feng Xiao immediately fled.
“The Mark of the Asura and The Saint’s Spirit actually appeared on the same person. It seems like years of being sealed away has confused my spirit creating such a ridiculous illusion.” Watching Feng Xiao’s figure run away, the strange old man muttered to himself
Feng Xiao came before the log cabin and knocked on the door.
One minute … …
Two minutes … …
Five minutes … …
Ten minutes … …
“If there’s someone inside they will have to come out someday, I don’t have anything better to do so I might as well wait here until they do . “Feng Xiao thought.
After 15 minutes, the door finally opened. An old lady’s head stuck out examining the surrounding area. The lady was around 40 years or so, her face a pale white, wearing messy cloths and having untidy hair.
“Excuse me young man, there is nothing to see here, please leave. “The lady’s voice was pleasant, but her tone was mixed with a hint of anger and impatience.
Feng Xiao was confused, realizing that she must have taken him for a regular player looking for a quest. The must have angered her with the non stop pestering.
Feng Xiao immediately walked up and asked: “Hello, are you Lady Ma? “
Lady Ma stopped for a moment showing a hint surprise and asked, “How do you know my name? ”
Haha, I have a chance! Feng Xiao hastened to explain: “Hello Madam, the old man opposite of you told me to come find you. Is there anything I can do for you?” Meanwhile, he pointed to the old man opposite of the house, secretly betting to see if the old man’s name held any meaning to her.
“Ah? You were introduced by the benefactor? Please come in, sorry for neglecting you earlier.” Hearing that he was sent by the old man, Mrs Ma attitude took a 180 degree turn. Hurriedly pulling Feng XIao into the house..
It’s this easy? Could it be that the old man really is a character?
Snapping the door shut, lady Ma turned around and stood there staring directly into Feng Xiao’s eyes, feeling her stare Feng Xiao felt a cold chill creep up.
Could it be that this middle-age woman wasn’t feeling satisfied in a “certain area” and seeing someone as handsome as myself caused her to have some naughty thoughts?! Once Feng Xiao thought of this situation, he felt cold sweat running down his back, planning that the moment something bad happened he would run. Being killed by a rabbit is a small thing but being forced into bed by a woman isn’t, of course excluding the beautiful ones.
Unexpectedly, lady Ma kneeled in front of Feng Xiao and wept: “Warrior, you have to save my husband……”
Startled Feng Xiao, hurriedly assisted lady Ma up: “What’s going on, i’ll help with whatever I can help with.”
The bigger the forest the more types of birds there are … … here’s someone on their knees begging him to accept a quest.(TN:Chinese analogy, pretty self explanatory)
Listening to lady Ma’s story, Feng Xiao finally understood what happened.
The villagers of Novice village are usually not able to walk out the village but Mrs Ma husband is an extremely curious person. After exploring every corner of Novice Village his greatest wish was to walk out of novice village to see the outside world. Eventually his wish came true.
The village elder, after countless years of experimenting, finally created 3 border defying teleportation scrolls along with 2 novice village return scrolls. The border defying teleportation scroll can take you anywhere within the Sky Dragon continent (Sky Dragon continent: region where chinese players reside, there is also Japan continent, Korea continent , America continent, Europe continent, France continent and so on covering hundreds of regions). Novice village scroll can return anyone back to Novice Village from any point in Sky Dragon continent. Once used the scroll will disappear forever.
Once lady Ma’s husband heard of this he immediately went to the village elder to ask for the scrolls. After pestering him for hours on end the village elder finally caved and gave him one of each scroll. Earlier this year him and the village elder both crushed a border defying scroll planning to tour Sky Dragon Continent.
The result was that both of them were teleported to different places. When the village elder finally found lady Ma’s husband he was barely alive. He could not respond to anything said to him and barely had a pulse. To put into modern medical terms he became a human vegetable.
The village elder was in shock and immediately searched him for his Novice Village return scroll, crushing it to send them both back to Novice Village. After they returned he asked everyone for a way to cure him but noone had a clue as to what disease he was infected with. One day his condition was noticed by the old man. His response was that his soul was taken by a strong dark type monster, and that after one week he would die for sure.
NPC are different from players. Players can be resurrected after death, at most losing a few levels plus some equipment. If an npc dies they will be forever erased from the game, unless they themselves have a strong self resurrection ability. Even if they are regenerated after death, they will not have any of the previous memories, completely changing their personality..
The old man then proceeded to cast a high level water spell on him, keeping his body safe from harm. He told them that the water spell would keep his body from rotting for one year but if his soul wasn’t returned in that one year time then even saint medication wouldn’t be enough to save him,
As for who the old man was, even lady Ma didn’t know. She only knew that he was there even before she was born, always dressed as a beggar..
“Warrior, can you help me to find my husband’s soul. ”
Ding, player Feng Hun:
Lady Ma request you help find her husband’s soul
Time allotted: six months
Penalty for failing to complete said quest: none
Do you accept this quest?
Feng Xiao was shocked, he didn’t know how to answer because this is an impossible task.
How could he find a monster that even the quest giver themselves did not know of. Even if he did get lucky enough and found this monster, how would he get his soul back? A soul isn’t something visible to the player and even if it was what would be capture and bring it back with?
Taking 10000 steps back, even if he found the monster and killed it for her husband’s soul how would be come back to Novice Village?
The only way a player could return to Novice Village was if they dropped below level 10.
Just thinking about it, a monster that is able to deprive someone of its own soul is probably a high level mob that would take a equally as strong player to kill. Who would suicide back to level 10 after fighting a monster of that caliber just to turn in a quest?
Is Feng Xiao a fool? I wouldn’t think so. .
“Accept.” Under the hopeful eyesight of Lady Ma, Feng Xiao didn’t have the heart to refuse her quest. There wasn’t a penalty to failing it anyways so he might as well accept it to make her feel better. Once he left Novice Village he won’t see her ever again so he wouldn’t be burdened by the guilt. .