VW:CCM Chapter 14

Translated by: Effyis

Edited by: Stbunbun


Chapter 14: Difficult to Comprehend

Time flew by and one week has passed from the day that Parallel World started its beta test. Players tried their best to adapt to the changes of a new mode of gaming. As a teacher, Gu Fei was surrounded by chit-chats about the game. Of course, he would not join in the conversations. In response to Gu Fei’s request, Ah Fa did not tell anyone at school that Teacher Gu Fei also played the game.

Gu Fei, like many other young teachers, liked video games as well. However, most teachers chose to abide by the principle of setting an example for their students as teachers and expressed their disdain for anything students liked. Although Gu Fei was an unimportant gym teacher, he chose to comply as well.

Yet, Gu Fei still showed a significant change in the eyes of his colleagues and students: he no longer rambled on and on about his beloved Kung Fu!

Teacher Gu Fei was finally normal! That became a news item in school.

Gu Fei didn’t care for all those attention he gained in school. All his leisure time was spent in Parallel World. He loved this virtual world, the world where he could use his Kung Fu however he liked.

Still, Parallel World, as a game, required information to work best, and Gu Fei didn’t forget that. Whenever he rose a few levels, he would visit the official site so as to choose the levelling area for the next stage.

Gu Fei had three criteria when choosing monsters. They had to be human-shaped, attacked using close combat, and had higher level than oneself. Choosing a monster which was human-shaped and attacked using close combat was because of his Kung Fu. Gu Fei gamed not for the sake of gaming, but for his Kung Fu. He had never once thought that grinding mobs was boring and tedious. Instead, he could pour his heart and soul into the activity as he took the process as training for Kung Fu.

As for choosing monsters that had higher levels than him, it was a choice due to gaming reasons. The monsters in Parallel World gave set amounts of XP, so monsters of higher levels than the player obviously gave more points. Gu Fei would not give up on this avenue of gaining XP faster given that he had the ability to do so. Even so, there was still a limit to how much he could bypass the level difference when killing monsters with all his Kung Fu techniques. He wouldn’t be able to keep up with the monster’s speed or defence if it were around 20 or more levels higher than him.

This situation reminded Gu Fei about how his dad had taught him Kung Fu when he was young. “You are small and weak, so I have no need to care for your attacks,” Dad cheerfully flipped little Gu Fei onto the ground although he took a punch from him. “You can tell that I’m going to flip you from the movement of my shoulder, but you can’t avoid it. Why? Because your body still can’t keep up with your eyes. You still need training, kid. Loads of it.”

Gu Fei grew up in such challenges and he missed the fun he had then. Now, he had the opportunity to do it again. How could he not be excited?

Train, improve oneself and challenge stronger enemies. It was all so simple in the world of gaming.

Finally the day for Gu Fei to reach level 30 had come.

Every player who levelled up would take a quick look at the amount of XP needed for the next level. Gu Fei was no exception. However, what he saw made his jaw drop.

Am I seeing things? Is this really the amount of XP needed for level 30 to rise to level 31? Am I now level 30 or 300? Gu Fei thought with surprise.

The XP needed this time, instead of the usual 10% increment before, was a 10 times increment.

10 times!

There had been no online game that required such a vast increment of XP during levelling before.

And during this time, a great number of players in Parallel World had reached or were reaching this level.

Everyone was caught in the swirl of leveling up and getting shocked.

Thus forth, this was taken as a bug and the whole world was crazily reporting the problem to the game company. Almost no one was still training.

Soon, the game company came out with a public announcement.

It wasn’t a bug. As to why this had happened, the reason was that the game company had altered the amount of XP required for levelling up for the first 30 levels.

In order to avoid having a large number of acts of violence such as that on the first day of the beta test, the company could only tweak game settings as they could not interfere directly regarding these bullying incidents. And the final decision after discussion was to greatly cut the XP needed for a player to level up till level 30.

The company deemed level 30 as a level that all Classes would have formed a balance in all areas and have enough skills and ability to battle and protect themselves. Of course, this might not apply if you were a complete noob. But that would have nothing to do with the game company.

It was an explanation that everyone would accept readily, as they knew about those misdeeds which happened during the initial release of the game. When players learnt that no changes would be made, they flew back to the game to carry on with their levelling.

Gu Fei on the other hand, was completely unaware of this happening. After making sure that he wasn’t level 300, nor did he misread the XP needed, he dismissed the matter. He had wanted to ask Mortal Smile, but he gave it up since Mortal Smile wasn’t online. If there were any mistakes, the company would make adjustments accordingly. Gu Fei decided to get back to training and started travelling towards the levelling area he had chosen for his level 30 stage.

The area Gu Fei had selected for level 30 was one that others’ would view as a level 40 levelling area.

One could have still managed with even higher-levelled monsters, but those had exceptionally higher defense and HP, so it would be the most efficient to grind those which were level 40.

When Gu Fei unexpectedly met Sword Ghost at this leveling area, Sword Ghost gave the above theory in a tone of great minds think alike.

Gu Fei had, naturally, planned it that way too. The only difference was their attitude. Sword Ghost did it for the purpose of levelling up as fast as possible, but Gu Fei took it as polishing his Kung Fu skills, and gained satisfaction from levelling up. If he did it purely for the purpose of levelling up, Gu Fei definitely would not have the enthusiasm he had now.

By then, the XP Sword Ghost had gained was equivalent to level 30.5. It was obvious that he had reached level 30 earlier than anyone else, and although he had doubts, he had continued on just like Gu Fei did.

After exchanging greetings, Gu Fei turned to leave for another levelling area.

Both of them did not suggest teaming up for levelling.

For Sword Ghost, he knew his routine was specially devised for levelling alone. Overall, if someone joined in, although total XP gained would potentially increase, the efficiency would decrease.

Whereas for Gu Fei, he could tell that Sword Ghost didn’t need any help. Moreover, he fought monsters to practice Kung Fu, so he didn’t need help as well.

By tacit agreement they split up, each to one side.

Before they parted, Gu Fei took an envious glance at Sword Ghost’s Frost Memories. Xi Xiaotian was a real connoisseur. The dagger could have easily fetched even more than 50,000 Yuan.

The most valuable trait of the dagger was not its high attack damage nor the chance of causing a fatal blow, but its 25-point increment, which means that the player could be considered to have gained 5 levels since only 5 points were given per rise in level. No further explanation would be needed to explain this trait’s worth for a game that allowed players to gain XP the fastest by killing monsters of higher levels than oneself.

Even if it were just a rock and not a weapon, I would have gladly taken it to try it out in the higher-levelled areas! Gu Fei thought to himself. Still, though he coveted the dagger, he would never have second thoughts about the decision of returning it to Sword Ghost. It was a matter of principles.

The two had a patch of woods between them. They could not see each other, but only hear the screams of the monsters. The difference was that there were pauses on Sword Ghost’s side, whereas shrieks of agony persisted on Gu Fei’s side.

Sword Ghost needed rest to regain HP. In Parallel World, under the situation that the player is being attacked or attacking, items like Potions could not be used to restore HP. Potions can only be used when the player is not in battle, and during battle, only skills or special equipment could be used to restore HP.

Thus it could be said that in Parallel World, it was tough to train by oneself all alone.

Of course, Gu Fei was a different case. He needed no high-levelled skills and relied mostly on just normal attacks, yet he achieved a much more efficient result than Sword Ghost, who had made use of every Rogue’s skill within level 30 to the maximum.

However, Gu Fei had a job and still needed to spend large amounts of time on training of Kung Fu in real life, which gaming could never replace, resulting in the huge disparity in XP between him and Sword Ghost.

As for Sword Ghost, Gu Fei didn’t know what he did for a living. As long as Gu Fei was online, Sword Ghost’s name had never darkened. He was probably a so-called professional gamer, thought Gu Fei as he fought a monster.

And Sword Ghost, as well, was thinking about Gu Fei at the other side of the woods.

It was days before meeting again. And this chap is now level 30 too.

Sword Ghost would have regarded getting to level 30 in a week as a really unworthy result. But since he was online for long periods of time everyday and paid close attention to Gu Fei, he was clear about Gu Fei’s short gaming time.

Taking these factors into consideration, all that Sword Ghost had left for Gu Fei was shock and admiration. What astounding efficiency!

At the same time, he was perplexed regarding Gu Fei’s attire.

A level-30 mage with such ridiculous clothes! He still wore the beginner mage robe and had a bulge at his waist which probably would turn out to be a dagger again. That straw hat on his head was meant for warriors and his boots were for us rogues!

Oh gosh! What on earth is with this combination?

VW:CCM Chapter 13

Sorry for taking quite long to finish with this chapter. Exams 🙁

Translated by: Effyis

Edited by: Stbunbun


Chapter 13: Restitution

“Ah, you’re here!” The girl smiled so widely and warmly, as if welcoming her husband home from work.

Gu Fei was not at all moved. He smiled, “You run pretty fast!” Then he glanced at her injured leg and quickly gave it a kick. “So your leg has healed already?” he said.

The girl was in great pain but she did not show it on her face. Before she could say anything, she heard Gu Fei mumbling, “This isn’t the bandaging that I did before already!”

“You’re actually quite attentive to details!” The girl was surprised.

Gu Fei smiled. “Of course! I wouldn’t have followed you or found you once again now if not for that.”

The girl looked at Gu Fei expressionless and in silence. No one knew what she was thinking at that moment.

“You would also have guessed that I know that you are going to make transactions here right? Just that you didn’t think that I would get here so fast.” Gu Fei continued talking.

“Where did they go?” The girl asked. The “they” obviously referred to the five people who were at the healer’s.

“They left!” said Gu Fei.

The girl was bemused. “Why would they let you off?”

“It’s very simple,” Gu Fei said. “I returned the dagger to them.”

“They believed you just because you returned the dagger to them?” the girl thought it sounded impossible.

“Of course not. But I’ve already returned it to them, and they can’t beat me in a fight. What more could they do?” Gu Fei answered.

“They can’t beat you?” The girl was astonished. She had learnt the skill of Identification, and could tell that Gu Fei was level 16. It was a level higher than most of the players around, but his opponents who could get a dagger like Howls of Rage wouldn’t be weak as well. And they had five people, versus one.

Gu Fei was unperturbed by her surprise. He just smiled.

“So you’re saying, you’ve returned the dagger to them even though they couldn’t do anything to you?” If the expression on her face before was a look of surprise, it was now covered with disbelief. That dagger could have brought him an estimated sum of 30,000 Yuan in her experience, although it was not as good as Frost Memories. She really could not have imagined that he would just let it go. Was he really not after money?

“What do you exactly want?” the girl could not hold back her curiosity.

“How many times have I repeated it? Return the dagger to me now.” Gu Fei was exasperated.

The girl continued to look incredulous.

“I know you didn’t believe me all along, so! Please look here…” Gu Fei held his hand out and introduced someone who was standing behind him. A scrawny lad with piercing eyes appeared in a flash. It was Sword Ghost.

“So you can believe me now, can’t you?” Gu Fei smiled. “And you must recognize him. You can return the dagger directly to him.”

The girl stared at Sword Ghost and finally nodded after some moment.

They returned to the gallery and cancelled the transaction. The girl passed the dagger over the moment she retrieved it.

Gu Fei handed over the dagger to Sword Ghost as soon as he took hold of it. Sword Ghost, on the other hand, was also neither anxious nor nervous. His glare remained fixed on the girl.

The girl could imagine the amount of anger he harboured. However, they were at the Trading House, which was one of the safest out of all the safe zones in the game.

The scene of a thousand fireballs rising like that at the Mage Academy would never happen here. Gu Fei called out, “Fireball!” and immediately Fireball answered and walked over briskly from the exhibit he had been admiring.

“You had a question for the lady, didn’t you?” Gu Fei asked Fireball.

Fireball nodded and looked towards the girl. “Miss, may I know what’s your name?”

“Xi Xiaotian.” The girl kept an expressionless face. “You?”

“I’m Fireball!” Fireball exclaimed happily.

Xi Xiaotian’s stare stayed fixated on Gu Fei, and didn’t give much of a response to Fireball. Gu Fei knew that her “you” was actually directed towards him.

“ThousandMiles Drunk.” Gu Fei sighed. He didn’t like the name, but he had to accept it.

“Real name?” Xi Xiaotian demanded.

Gu Fei was a little stunned, but still answered her question, “Gu Fei.”

Xi Xiaotian nodded and stepped backwards. She slid onto the floor, leaned against the wall and stroked her injured calf. “Violent Fei!” said Xi Xiaotian with her gaze on Gu Fei.

Gu Fei, though startled, quickly retorted, “Swindler Tian!”

The atmosphere became weird, and Sword Ghost could not hold back a cough.

“Well, she’s a little girl, so let’s not pursue it anymore?” Gu Fei said to Sword Ghost.

“Alright,” Sword Ghost responded without hesitation.

Gu Fei smiled. “With the dagger back in your possession, you can’t wait to get back to leveling up?”

Although an ugly smile, Sword Ghost finally cracked the first after he entered the Trading House. “I’m leaving now, message me if there’s anything!” He left without a second glance at the three.

“What a cool guy! He does have the charm as rumoured.” Fireball said, and added on, “Other than his looks, of course.”

Gu Fei sighed, “Something that I can’t refute.”

“What about us?” Fireball glanced at Gu Fei and then Xi Xiaotian.

“I’m going to level up too,” said Gu Fei. “You?”

Fireball peeked at Xi Xiaotian, but she didn’t spare him any attention at all. Snubbed, Fireball could only reply “I’m going too.”

“Then let’s go!” Gu Fei turned to leave.

“Hey!” Xi Xiaotian gave a sudden shout.

Fireball spun around as if he were the full-Agility mage instead.

Xi Xiaotian still did not spare him a glance. “My leg!” She pointed at her calf and looked at Gu Fei.

Gu Fei saw blood oozing out from the bandage. He walked back and complained, “You are too heavy. I can’t stand your weight!” With that, he even massaged his right shoulder: the spot where he carried Xi Xiaotian on just now.

Xi Xiaotian scowled at him.

Gu Fei sighed. He extended a hand, “Bandage.”

Xi Xiaotian passed over a roll of bandage. Gu Fei bent over and started bandaging the wound anew. “I knew it! How could my method be useless? It’s yours that didn’t work.”

It was over in seconds, and Gu Fei got up, “It won’t bleed anymore now, unless you temper with it. And that, won’t be my responsibility.”

“Bye!” Gu Fei waved at Xi Xiaotian and walked out of the Trading House with Fireball. The moment he stepped out he received a system notification: Xi Xiaotian has sent you a friend request.

This girl… She gave her name as Xi Xiaotian, and then asked me for my real name. So this is probably her real name too? Everyone in game uses a fake name while a swindler uses her real name. Where’s the logic? Gu Fei muttered under his breath.

Gu Fei’s conversation tab remained open after he left the Trading House.

“Thanks for your help! Without you, I wouldn’t have known that there’s a such a place like a Trading House in the game.” Gu Fei sent a message with the target as Mortal Smile.

“Heh, found her at the Trading House?” Mortal Smile responded.

“Yep, all is well now,” said Gu Fei.

“Do you want to give me the information on the swindler?” asked Mortal Smile.

“Eh, forget it…” said Gu Fei.

“Oh? Defending a swindler? What a rare sight! Must be a pretty girl huh?” replied Mortal Smile.

“Not bad.” Gu Fei was honest.

Mortal Smile answered, “I have to remind you that from my many years of experience, female gamers not only have impressive deception skills, their desires of seeking revenge also shouldn’t be underestimated. Be careful!”

“It’s such an enormous game. We probably won’t meet anymore.” Said Gu Fei.

“Really?”

“Umm…Maybe!” Gu Fei stayed honest. She had sent him a friend request herself, and so there did exist the chance of her looking for him again.

“Let’s end the conversation here. I’ve to get started leveling up now.”

“Hey! Give some hints on the bosses, hidden tasks, top weapons and so on!” said Gu Fei.

“Stop kidding. I’m a self-disciplined game worker.” replied Mortal Smile.

Gu Fei was indeed just teasing, so he sent a smiley over and closed the conversation tab.

“Fireball! Pooh!” Gu Fei realized that it was a name that should not be called as and when he liked.

But it was too late. A fireball had already risen in front of him, and Fireball who stood beside him was indignant as well. “Who are you swearing at!” He gave Gu Fei a glare.

“It was a mistake!” Gu Fei said. “But your name is really inconvenient. Let’s think of a nickname.”

As usual, Fireball cursed the fellow who chose his name profusely. Only after that did he respond to Gu Fei’s question, “Call me Little Fire then.”

“Little Fire… Ok, that will be it for now!” said Gu Fei.

The two talked and walked, and headed towards the outskirts of the city. On the way, Fireball suddenly remembered something. “Drunk Bro…” he began.

“Hmm?”

“You said that the drinks just now were on you, but you ran away all of a sudden, so I was still the one who paid!” Fireball said.

“Oh really? Then it’s my treat the next time!”Gu Fei wasn’t bothered at all.

“Why do I have a feeling that you will play dumb when that time comes?” Fireball raised his guard.

“Please! Do I look like that kind of person to you?” Gu Fei acted innocent.

“You didn’t at first, but now you look like it. A lot.” Fireball looked worried.

Gu Fei grinned. “To be honest, I don’t like to bully strangers. But doing it to friends is ok!”