The First Order – Chapter 197


Chapter 197 The Wolf King’s act of goodwill

With Ren Xiaosu’s physical fitness, he would not get injured from just falling off a bicycle. He dusted off the dirt and snow on him and got back on his feet. “Wudi, if you see any injustice in the future, just let me handle it. You should focus on riding the bike, alright?”

“Oh, sure thing, Master!” Chen Wudi hurriedly picked the bicycle up and continued riding with Ren Xiaosu as he caught up to the group.

Ren Xiaosu turned around and looked at the wolves on the hilltop. The white wolves were not alarmed by the sight of the escapees running away and stood there motionlessly in the snow. It was as though they had nothing better to do and were only here to take a gander. But Ren Xiaosu could not understand what their motives were.

In front of him, Chen Wudi was pedaling hard and saying, “Master, why are there always people in this world who think nothing of hurting others to achieve their goals?”

“Humans are self-serving,” Ren Xiaosu replied nonchalantly.

“What about people who try to get something without making any effort for it?” Chen Wudi asked.

“That’s also because humans are self-serving,” Ren Xiaosu replied.

Chen Wudi suddenly sounded a little depressed. “Master, do you think I should still fight against injustices in the future? There are so many bad people out there. What if the people I save turn out to be bad as well?”

Ren Xiaosu could feel the contradiction inside of Chen Wudi. It seemed like his dream of becoming a hero was starting to waver. Although Ren Xiaosu did not want to be a hero himself, he found this quality in Chen Wudi’s nature to be praiseworthy.

Ren Xiaosu patiently explained to Chen Wudi, “You can continue saving others if you wish to save them. But if you discover that they’re bad people after you’ve saved them, you can just beat them to death.”

“OK.” Chen Wudi nodded vigorously in response.

All of a sudden, a scream came from the fleeing crowd. A woman shouted, “Someone has taken my belongings! Everyone, please help me! He snatched my bag!”

Immediately, Ren Xiaosu jumped off the bicycle in anticipation of what might happen. By the time he landed on the ground, he saw that Chen Wudi had already rushed to that woman to help her and left the bicycle behind with no one to control it.

Ren Xiaosu felt sad. It was still better for him to learn how to ride a bicycle. It wouldn’t do if he had to keep depending on others like this. After a while, Chen Wudi ran back after beating up another man. When he saw the bicycle lying on the ground, he was a little embarrassed. “Master, I’m sorry. I forgot you were on the bike again.”

“It’s fine, it’s fine.” Ren Xiaosu had no alternative but to dismiss it. “But with so many people here, you can’t possibly handle everything, right? I’m afraid that you will exhaust yourself to death if you continue dealing with every little matter.”

Moreover, this was just the beginning of their escape. There would probably be many more instances of such bullying among the escapees in the future.

“Then I’ll just handle them one at a time.” Chen Wudi said hesitantly, “I can’t possibly just ignore them.”

After fleeing for a while more, Ren Xiaosu suddenly called out to his group, “Alright, let’s stop here. The wolves aren’t pursuing us. Besides, if they were really chasing after us, none of us could get away.”

Yan Liuyuan and the others came to a stop. When the other escapees saw them stopping, they also slowly stopped in their tracks. Everyone was weary to the bone now.

The only good thing that came of this was that they did not feel as cold after some exercise.

Now that they had fled to a new location, they would have to rebuild their campfires and collect more firewood to burn. Some people who were too lazy to go around doing all that again just laid in the snow. Meanwhile, Yan Liuyuan led the group of students who did not mind the trouble of restarting their campfire.

This was what Ren Xiaosu had requested of them. No matter how cold or tired they were in the snowy wilderness, they were required to make a campfire. Otherwise, they would pay a hefty price.

“Bro.” Yan Liuyuan asked, puzzled, “Did you sense anything strange about those wolves?”

“You sensed it as well?” Ren Xiaosu asked.

“Yes.” Yan Liuyuan said, “I keep having the feeling that the Wolf King is constantly watching me from afar. It’s like I can feel its gaze on me all the time.”

This was something new to Ren Xiaosu since he did not feel that he was being watched.

When it was late at night and Ren Xiaosu saw that everyone around them had fallen sleep, he reminded Chen Wudi and Yan Liuyuan, who were keeping watch, to be careful. He needed to go somewhere for a while.

Ren Xiaosu walked into the wilderness with great doubts on his mind. He was going in the direction of where the wolves had appeared.

The snow was very deep. Ever since The Cataclysm, the winters would get exceptionally cold, and the snowfall also became much heavier.

He walked towards the wilderness with some difficulty in the snow. Some escapees who were still awake were shocked when they realized someone was brave enough to venture into the wilderness at such time.

“Is he going for a potty break?” “Maybe, but wasn’t he the one who came from the wilderness alone and joined us?”

“Look at how well-prepared their group is. They probably knew something was going to happen to the stronghold.”

“How did they know?!”

A woman who had her face concealed behind a scarf was secretly watching Ren Xiaosu’s receding figure. Suddenly, someone beside her said in surprise, “Aren’t you… Fang Yujing?”

Even though she had concealed herself very well, someone still recognized her. The person said happily, “It’s really you! I’m your fan! I heard you were going to be participating for a couple days in the music festival, but I never thought something like this would happen.”

Fang Yujing forced a smile. “It’s good enough that we’re all still alive.”

When she turned her eyes back to Ren Xiaosu, she discovered he had disappeared into the distance.

Ren Xiaosu crested a tiny hillock and was surprised to see the wolves playing in the snow. Several of the females even had a dozen little wolf cubs with them. The wolf cubs seemed unafraid of Ren Xiaosu as they looked over from afar.

Ren Xiaosu did not dare go any closer as he was worried the wolves would suddenly attack him.

He just wanted to see what was going on with the wolves here. But before that, he would have to ascertain if the wolves saw him as prey.

The strong and powerful males in the wolf pack stood still in the snow and observed him. Then they moved aside for the Wolf King as it made its way over from the rear with a large rabbit dangling from its mouth. The rabbit was still warm and dripping with blood.

Ren Xiaosu stood still. He wanted to see what the Wolf King was planning to do, while the black saber was getting restless as it kept buzzing in the palace.

The rabbit was as large as a bicycle tire. Ren Xiaosu didn’t know what it ate to grow to this size. He could see condensation coming from the rabbit’s warm blood as it dripped onto the snow.

The Wolf King stopped not far from Ren Xiaosu and placed the rabbit on the ground. Ren Xiaosu wondered, “Are you giving that to me?”

But the Wolf King did not respond. It just turned around and left with its pack. Ren Xiaosu could only watch as they padded away.

This confused Ren Xiaosu even more. Had the wolf pack gotten so sociable that they even sent food to humans? But what astonished him was that the number of wolves seemed to have increased by a lot this time. It looked like the Wolf King had been tirelessly accepting new wolves into its pack.

 



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The First Order – Chapter 195


Chapter 195 Respect the old and care for the young

When Yan Liuyuan shouted to Ren Xiaosu, some people who did not notice Ren Xiaosu turned to look at him as well.

The escapees did not quite understand why Yan Liuyuan’s group had not ridden their bicycles when they clearly had them. Instead, they just pushed their bicycles along with the crowd without any panic. But now, everyone realized this group of people did not escape as quickly as possible by cycling because they had been waiting for someone.

But where had this young man who just walked over from the frozen, snowy land outside gone before this? Surely he could not have just escaped from the stronghold, right? After all, the stronghold was filled with terrifying Experimentals, so who could possibly escape from there? They should be the last wave of people who’d fled from there.

Suddenly, a girl in the crowd realized she knew Ren Xiaosu. Wasn’t that the scoundrel who deliberately caused her to score badly on her exams?! This girl was Li Mo, and she had sat behind Ren Xiaosu during the final exams. After the exams were over, she had gone to Ren Xiaosu’s class to seek revenge on him. However, she did not even manage to confront him. Furthermore, the students in Class 12-7 really pissed her off when they claimed they were actually protecting her by stopping her from taking her revenge!

Amid the escaping crowd, she saw Ren Xiaosu walking over from the wilderness. For some reason, she felt those students might have been telling the truth and had not deliberately been trying to piss her off.

As Ren Xiaosu passed through the crowd, he knew a lot of people were looking at him. However, he was not exactly bothered by it. He had been walking in the frozen, snowy land for a long time and almost lost his way. It was not that he had bad wilderness survival, but that he could not even get landmarks to use as a reference in the heavy snowfall. He only found Yan Liuyuan and company because of his strong sense of direction!

He really should have been smarter and hitched a ride with Yang Xiaojin’s group. If he had, he wouldn’t have had to go through all this trouble.

When Ren Xiaosu sat down next to the campfire, Yan Liuyuan immediately handed him some hot water and porridge. “Bro, did you manage to save the ruler of Womanland?”

Ren Xiaosu was stunned. “Who’s the ruler of Womanland?”

Yan Liuyuan chuckled. “Big Sister Xiaojin.”

Ren Xiaosu was confused. ‘Wait, when did Yang Xiaojin become the ruler of Womanland?!’ He looked at Chen Wudi. “Did you give her that nickname? Stop talking nonsense!”

Chen Wudi smirked. “Only names can be given wrongly. How can nicknames be called wrong?”

Yan Liuyuan kept a straight face and told Ren Xiaosu about the “Zixia” incident that happened earlier. Ren Xiaosu was also amused. “Wudi, will you still look for Zixia in the future?”

Chen Wudi froze. “Zixia? Who?”

“Oh, so you’ve already forgotten about her.” Ren Xiaosu said with a sigh, “How amazing that you can switch versions of yourself. Hey, didn’t you used to insist on looking for Zixia?”

Chen Wudi said in seriousness, “Master, I’m crazy, not stupid.”

Ren Xiaosu pondered what he just said but couldn’t figure out the difference even after a long time.

At this moment, an old lady walked towards them with a child in hand. Ren Xiaosu turned around and had a look at them. He thought that if they wanted to share the campfire to keep themselves warm, he could make some space for them. It was really cold out, after all, and they were an elder and child.

But when the old lady came up to them, she said to Ren Xiaosu, “You people should take the initiative to share your food with the elderly and children. I’ve been observing you all for some time. But as a group of young people, you all aren’t even virtuous enough to respect the old and care for the young. How did your parents teach you?”

Ren Xiaosu was taken aback. To be honest, he had not expected such a twist. No one in town had ever mentioned anything about respecting the old and caring for the young before. Like refugees would be so free to discuss virtues and whatnot! So he didn’t expect someone would act so righteous to get them to share their food with the elderly and children.

It was getting late into the night, and the temperature dropped rapidly again. It was really not easy for an elderly person to take care of a child while escaping. If this old lady had just asked nicely for some food to be shared with them, Ren Xiaosu would have given it to her. But since she spoke with that attitude, Ren Xiaosu couldn’t help feeling disgusted. To be honest, he could not understand how someone like her managed to escape from the stronghold.

The child pointed to the golden circlet on Chen Wudi’s head and said, “Grandma, I want that.”

Yan Liuyuan mischievously explained, “That can’t be removed.”

“I don’t care, I want it!” the child said selfishly.

The old lady looked at Chen Wudi. “What’s the big deal with letting my grandson play with your hairband for a while? And why is a grown man like you even wearing a hairband?”

Ren Xiaosu wanted to laugh aloud. Then a woman next to them said, “What’s wrong with you people? Can’t you let the child play with it?” Saying that, she removed a hairpin from her hair and gave it to the child. “Here, play with Auntie’s hairpin instead.”

However, the child slapped the hairpin to the ground and started crying. “I don’t want yours, I want his.”

Ren Xiaosu threw another two pieces of firewood into the campfire and said with a smile, “Y’all better get lost while I’m still in control of myself. In a world like this, you still dare to boss people around? I feel that you might not get to the next stronghold.”

The old lady said with a stuck-up look, “I’m an ancillary family member of the Li Consortium. Even though one of our strongholds has been lost, the Li Consortium’s forces from the other strongholds will definitely come to our rescue soon. So don’t think you can behave as you like, all lawlessly.”

“Get lost,” Ren Xiaosu calmly said.

The child got afraid when he saw Ren Xiaosu’s calm expression. He hid behind the old lady and said, “Grandma, let’s go. I’m scared.”

After saying that, he dragged the old lady back into the crowd. It was as though he wanted to get as far away from Ren Xiaosu as possible. Even while the old lady was leaving, she was still scolding and swearing at them.

Chen Wudi wondered, “Master, why are there people like her in this world?”

She was clearly in the wrong, yet she acted as though she were the righteous one and took advantage of her seniority by emphasizing “respecting the old and caring for the young.” Ren Xiaosu sighed. “Wudi, I know that you want to be a hero and uphold justice. But if you think that everyone in this world has goodness in their hearts, then you haven’t met everyone yet.”

“Bro, where are we headed next?” Yan Liuyuan said, “If we keep going north, we’ll end up in the Qing Consortium’s territory. These Li Consortium residents probably don’t even know where they are right now. Even if the Li Consortium really sends reinforcements over, they won’t bump into them.”

Ren Xiaosu gave it some thought and replied, “Let’s go to Stronghold 88.” “Stronghold 88?” Yan Liuyuan was stunned. “Whose territory is that? Why should we go there?”

Ren Xiaosu thought for a while and said, “Uh, I have an acquaintance there. If we go to Stronghold 88, it’ll be easier for us to obtain legal resident statuses and whatnot. You can even attend school.”

After chatting with Qing Zhen, Yang Xiaojin, and Luo Lan, Ren Xiaosu really wanted to learn more about this world through education. He might not even need to go to school since Yang Xiaojin mentioned there was a huge library in Stronghold 88.

“OK, whatever you say.” Yan Liuyuan asked, “But where is Stronghold 88?”

A bolt of lightning struck Ren Xiaosu. ‘Oh, right! Where is Stronghold 88?!’

 

 

 



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The First Order – Chapter 193


Chapter 193 Parting ways

“I have a question.” Ren Xiaosu suddenly asked, “Did y’all really discover Qing Zhen’s nuclear test site?”

Yang Xiaojin looked at him. “No, I was just bluffing Qing Zhen. His people had been in contact with several particle physicists. But soon after their meeting, those physicists all went missing, including their family members. However, the Qing Consortium has never made any foray into this field of research, so we suspect it’s Qing Zhen’s own private dealings. He must have his own private nuclear test site.”

“Isn’t he part of the Qing Consortium? Why does he have to defend against his own people in that case? He even set up an independent base of his own?” Ren Xiaosu did not understand.

Yang Xiaojin explained, “Because he knows very well that in the past hundred years or so, almost none of the Qing Consortium’s Shadows have come to a good end. A Shadow… will always remain as just a Shadow.”

“Oh.” Ren Xiaosu nodded. So Qing Zhen was probably doing this for self-preservation?

Yang Xiaojin said, “When we explain it to the others, we’d better say it was Xu Xianchu who saved us both. Otherwise, your superpower will get revealed very easily. I’m seriously advising you this time. You must not let anyone know you have the ability to copy someone else’s powers. It’d be too dangerous if anyone found out.”

Ren Xiaosu was taken aback. “Wait, but don’t the Saboteurs already know that Xu Xianchu isn’t at Stronghold 109 anymore? So how are we supposed to say it was him who saved us?”

Yang Xiaojin said, “Well, that was a bluff as well.”

“Ha, ha.” In reality, Ren Xiaosu had many unanswered questions on his mind and was slowly answering them with Yang Xiaojin. “Is Lu Yuan also a member of the Saboteurs? I saw you providing him with cover earlier.”

“He’s not a member of the Saboteurs.” Yang Xiaojin said, “He’s from the Yang Consortium. The Yang Consortium and the Li Consortium have been carrying out research and development on nanotech all this while, because they believe nanotech will provide a breakthrough in terms of individual combat prowess. Actually, Qing Zhen was right. The Yang Consortium is also planning to use nanotech to prepare for war.”

“Then how are the Saboteurs and the Yang Consortium related?” Ren Xiaosu wondered.

“The Saboteurs were created by the first supernatural being of the Yang Consortium.” Yang Xiaojin explained, “Actually, the Saboteurs have a complicated relationship with the Yang Consortium. Currently, the Saboteurs and the Yang Consortium do not agree on their ideals and have gradually started moving in their own directions. It’s just that the relationship between both parties is a little difficult to make clear. Actually, the Saboteurs were not called such in the beginning. But since that was what everyone called us, we just went with it and took up that role in this chaotic world.”

Ren Xiaosu did not probe too much into the current relationship between the Saboteurs and the Yang Consortium. After all, it seemed like that was Yang Xiaojin’s family affairs. However, Ren Xiaosu suddenly felt a little uncomfortable. After all, he was just a refugee.

Yang Xiaojin came to a stop in front of a rock that had a strange symbol etched into it. From her pocket, she took out a finger-length metal stick and activated one end of it, shooting a flare into the sky.

Ren Xiaosu quietly watched and thought that Yang Xiaojin must’ve discovered a sign that her fellow Saboteurs had left for her to send them a signal.

Suddenly, an off-road vehicle rushed out of a narrow pathway with Luo Xinyu waving out of the window from the backseat. “Xiaojin, I’m so glad you’re fine.”

The off-road vehicle, being driven by Lu Yuan, came to a stop in front of Ren Xiaosu and Yang Xiaojin. Lu Yuan got out of the vehicle and said to Yang Xiaojin, “Let’s go back home. This mission was a failure. The hard drive Xinyu managed to procure was taken from her by that Fatty Luo.”

Yang Xiaojin took the hard drive out of her pocket. “Qing Zhen’s giving it to the Yang Consortium, but I think he’s just trying to deepen the conflict between the Yang Consortium and the Li Consortium. Doesn’t really matter anyway. It’s not like our two families had a good relationship in the first place.”

Luo Xinyu cheered. However, they were both more concerned about how Yang Xiaojin had managed to get out of trouble. Yang Xiaojin explained, “Xu Xianchu and Ren Xiaosu teamed up and saved me. Xu Xianchu is very powerful now, so we had better keep a close eye on him.”

Luo Xinyu was startled. “I went to the site of the battle and looked around. How did the two of them combined manage to become such a lethal force?”

“It’s mainly Xu Xianchu’s credit. But he’s already heading to Stronghold 178,” Yang Xiaojin said calmly.

“Oh, we can return home then.” Luo Xinyu quipped at Ren Xiaosu, “Hey, Ren Xiaosu, do you want to come with us to Stronghold 88?”.

Ren Xiaosu was stunned before shaking his head and saying, “No, it’s fine. I still have to search for my brother.”

Yang Xiaojin looked at him. “I’ve got to go now.”

Ren Xiaosu made a noise in acknowledgment.

Yang Xiaojin said, “After you find Yan Liuyuan and the others, come to Stronghold 88. I’ll wait for you there.”

“Alright.”

Then Yang Xiaojin hopped into the off-road vehicle. Lu Yuan stepped on the accelerator and the off-road vehicle roared into the distance.

In fact, Ren Xiaosu knew the two of them would eventually have to bid each other farewell. But when adults parted ways, it was always an easy thing to do. Sorrowful goodbyes were only reserved for poets.

If they wanted to meet again, they’d definitely be able to.

Ren Xiaosu watched as the vehicle got further and further away. He suddenly remembered and shouted, “Hey, give me a ride if y’all’re going north!”

However, the off-road vehicle was too far away.

Snowflakes suddenly drifted down from the sky. This was the first snow of winter this year and it looked heavier than usual. The snowflakes fluttering down from the sky seemed almost like they were here to clean off the bloodstains from this wasteland.

There were already quite a few campfires burning at a campsite in the north. Thousands and thousands of people were shivering in the cold wilderness. The campfires in front of these people were the only thing that provided them some warmth.

Even though the Experimentals had broken into the city and gone on a killing spree, there were still only slightly over a 1,000 of them. Meanwhile, the number of residents living in the stronghold was in the hundreds of thousands, so there were quite a lot of people who managed to escape the siege.

Furthermore, the little girl next to Li Shentan had also participated in the battle and opened up a path of escape for a group of residents.

Li Shentan and that little girl named Si Liren had gone off to someplace unknown. The escapees had begged for the two to bring them along, so Li Shentan told them to head north and find a group of people who rode on bicycles so that their survival would be ensured.

From the sounds of it, Li Shentan was playing a little joke on Ren Xiaosu.

The escapees revered Li Shentan like a god who had saved them, but they didn’t know he was actually one of those who had brought this disaster upon them. After getting his revenge on the Li Consortium in Stronghold 109, Li Shentan did not make any further moves there. Instead, he headed off to the other stronghold cities that were under the control of the Li Consortium. He seemed to be planning on bringing down the entire Li Consortium all on his own.

Eventually, the escapees located the cycling group, who happened to be fixing their bicycles after heading north. Compared to Yan Liuyuan and the others who were riding on bicycles and carrying backpacks, the escapees appeared to be in a much more miserable state.

At this moment, Wang Fugui said mysteriously, “Liuyuan, I found something good that might be of great use.”

Yan Liuyuan looked at Wang Fugui and asked, “Uncle Fugui, what’d you find?”

Wang Fugui carefully took out a deck of cards. “See this? It’s a pack of explosives!”

 

 



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The First Order – Chapter 191


Chapter 191 Look at how big and round this cauldron is

Actually, Qing Zhen was not wrong. If they were to debate this subject, neither Qing Zhen nor Yang Xiaojin could convince the other. Both parties were coming from a different standpoint, and there was no way to distinguish who was right or wrong. This was because “right” and “wrong” were just judgments imposed by others.

But be it the matter of nuclear technology or nanorobotics, Ren Xiaosu felt that there was indeed no right or wrong regarding these two matters. However, what motives did those who wanted to use them have?

While they were deadlocked, Ren Xiaosu suddenly raised his own doubts. “I have a question. Are those nanomachines really that great?”

“They weren’t in the past.” Luo Lan gave a simple explanation. “They used to only be deployed for angioplasty through some basic programming, but it’d totally be different if they could directly interface with neurons in the brain and be put to military

use.”

Ren Xiaosu was taken aback. “Different in what way?”

“Just think about what if those tiny yet extremely tough nanomachines could become your new skeletal structure and muscles? What’s more, after interfacing with your neurons, they’ll fully be under your control like how you control your fingers. There wouldn’t be a need to give them any specific instructions. Just use them like how you would use your hands,” Luo Lan said.

“It still sounds rather normal to me,” Ren Xiaosu said.

“Forget it, you won’t understand!” Luo Lan scorned, “There’s no way to communicate with an uneducated person.”

Ren Xiaosu grew unhappy. “I scored 560 points on my final exams, so who are you calling uneducated? How much did you score on your exams?”.

Luo Lan was embarrassed. “Hahaha, why would you bring that up!”

Yang Xiaojin calmly lwatched Ren Xiaosu and felt he was really thick-skinned. He could even deceive himself like that?

At this moment, Qing Zhen laughed and said, “No matter what, we’re still brothers in arms today. Whatever happens in the future, let time be the judge. We don’t have any use for the hard drive, so feel free to take it back with you.”

Yang Xiaojin suddenly asked, “The Experimentals you people caught, are the results of the study you did on it out yet? Just what are those things?”

Qing Zhen thought for a moment before saying, “You might not believe it even if we tell you. Those things are full of cancer cells. No, to be more precise, they’re full of cancer cells that seemed to have reached a state of equilibrium.

“It’s common knowledge that cancer cells are a heterogeneous population, with giant nucleated, binucleated, and heteromorphic nucleated cells. However, the cancer cells found in the Experimentals comprise only of a single binuclei[1] population, and they’re even uniformly divided as normal human cells are.

“I suspect the Pyro Company attempted to search for a way to live forever. There was once a woman who, after her death, had her cancer cells taken and cultured. Later, those cancer cells were used to propagate into tens of thousands of generations of cancer cells became known as the HeLa cell line[2].”

Ren Xiaosu suddenly asked, “Has that already been verified, or was it just your guess?”

“Oh,” Qing Zhen laughed and said, “it was just my guess. After all, we haven’t started our research on the Experimentals for long, so don’t take it too seriously.”

Ren Xiaosu thought, ‘If you were only guessing, please don’t sound so certain when you are relating it to us.’

“Wait.” Yang Xiaojin suddenly also conjectured, “They were selectively injecting drugs into humans, so does that mean they’re selecting people with cancer cells?”

Qing Zhen said, “But I think, since cancer cells are derived from a mutation in normal cells, if you’re trying to define it, you can also say it’s uncontrolled evolution. But in my opinion, such evolution will always be an inferior product.”

Today, Ren Xiaosu came into contact with various kinds of speculations, and some of these speculations were not even ideas he knew before. For a moment, Ren Xiaosu felt a little envious of these people for having received a complete education. It meant that these people were able to have a complete understanding of the previous world.

“Let’s part ways here.” Qing Zhen smiled and said, “Speaking of which, I’m still under house arrest.”

“Aren’t you worried about the threat that they pose to this world?” Ren Xiaosu asked.

Qing Zhen waved it off as he stepped into an armored vehicle. “They’re not enough to cause me any worry yet. It’s only the kids who find them scary.”

Ren Xiaosu glanced at Yang Xiaojin and thought that it was no wonder she wanted to shoot him with her rifle. What a pity it was to not shoot a show-off like him.

However, his relationship with the Qing Consortium had suddenly turned from enemies into something much more ambiguous. At least when he encountered Luo Lan next time, they wouldn’t have to immediately fight it out to decide a victor.

Actually, there wasn’t really a conflict between Ren Xiaosu and the Qing Consortium. He was just a typical supernatural being who wanted to survive in this post-apocalyptic wasteland.

Ren Xiaosu watched as the armored vehicles drove off. He then summoned the shadow clone to carry him and Yang Xiaojin on its shoulders, before getting it to start running. The Experimentals had only retreated because they were afraid of the armored vehicles’ firepower. Now that they had driven off, Ren Xiaosu would have to quickly get them both out of here.

“What plans do you have now?” Ren Xiaosu asked during the bumpy ride on the shadow clone’s shoulder.

“I’m going back to Stronghold 88,” Yang Xiaojin said.

“Stronghold 88? That sounds really far,” Ren Xiaosu said with a sigh, as there was such a big difference between the strongholds’ numbers.

“It’s not exactly that far.” Yang Xiaojin said, “It’s only two strongholds away.”

“Eh? Then why is its number so distant?” Ren Xiaosu wondered.

“It used to be called Stronghold 101,” Yang Xiaojin explained, “but the consortium thought it’d be luckier to call it Stronghold 88, so they changed it. The previous Stronghold 88 has been renamed to Stronghold 101.”

Ren Xiaosu was stunned for such a long time that he could not say anything. It could even be done that way? Wasn’t that such a feudal form of superstition?

“How about you, what plans do you have?” Yang Xiaojin asked.

“I’ll have to find Yan Liuyuan and the others first. I told them to head north.”

At this time, the sky was just starting to turn bright. The two of them were being carried on the left and right shoulders of the shadow clone and chatting without a care as it ran into the distance. The eerie stronghold city behind them that had been destroyed got further and further away from their sights.

If anyone came here in the future, they would probably not expect this place to have a glorious past.

Meanwhile, Xu Xianchu was trekking in the wilderness. As he was already very far away from any Qing Consortium-controlled territory, he was no longer worried they could do anything to him anymore.

When he passed by the Zong Consortium’s town yesterday, he even used the money Ren Xiaosu had given to him to purchase quite a few supplies. As a matter of fact, the Qing Consortium’s banknotes were really quite useful out here. Other than having to pay some administrative fees, there was no need to worry about it not being accepted.

In this era, people who often traveled between strongholds would always have to bring along different corporation-issued currencies, which made it very inconvenient.

The further northwest Xu Xianchu traveled, the more desolate the scenery became. Sometimes when a gust of wind blew, yellow dust and sand would get swirled up into the air.

All of a sudden, Xu Xianchu stopped in his tracks. He was surprised to see a group of people on motorcycles speeding towards him. Sensing danger, Xu Xianchu immediately summoned his shadow clone.

The refugees at the Zong Consortium’s town had cautioned him beforehand to be careful of bandits when he headed further north.

But in the instant he summoned his shadow clone out, he froze. For some reason, a large black cauldron floated in front of him before his shadow clone came out.

The incoming group of people started indiscriminately shooting at Xu Xianchu from afar. But the bullets did not even leave any marks on the black cauldron as they hit it!

Xu Xianchu was very happy. Could his superpower have evolved to become even better?

As for these bandits, would a supernatural being need to be afraid of them? Xu Xianchu grinned. He would have to test out his new power on someone!

 

 



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