VW:CCM Chapter 27

Hey guys, sorry for the long wait and happy 2018~~

Translated by: Effyis

Edited by: Stbunbun

Chapter 27: Misunderstanding caused by a Sack

Ye Xiaowu remained occupied even after he logged off. He was still deep in thought about the problems concerning Gu Fei while he sat silently in his office. After pondering for a while, Ye Xiaowu suddenly sprang up and made a dash for the Operations Department of the game company. He belonged to the Software Development Department, whereas the Operations Department was the department in actual charge of all daily game maintenance and operations.

There was a specific team in the Operations Department which was responsible for inspecting all data in the game. If anything unusual was noted, the target would be locked and the issue would be investigated into so as to make sure nothing is off balance. To put it plainly, it was a team that aimed to eliminate any cheating in the game which made use of game bots or hacking.

“While the priest climbs a post, the devil climbs ten.” This proverb is a perfect illustration of the relationship between games and cheats. Even for high-tech games like “Parallel World”, cheating AI was unavoidable. Getting rid of them was the most important and beneficial matter in all online games, and though Parallel World had made teams with some of the most skilled technicians in the world, they couldn’t afford to relax their efforts on this.

Ye Xiaowu barged into the monitoring team’s office causing the few working there to jump in shock. They relaxed when they saw that it was Ye Xiaowu. “So it’s manager Ye! More bugs to catch again?” they joked.

As one of the core members of the Development Department, Ye Xiaowu was a regular visitor of the monitoring team’s office, for he would discover bugs and rush over to their team to verify the situation, so this was how his nickname came about.

“Check the game data of the account ‘Thousand Miles Drunk’,” said Ye Xiaowu.

“Umm…” the team members looked at each other and one spoke up hesitantly, “That’s against the rules…”

In normal situations, it was already far out of Ye Xiaowu, a developer, scope of duties to look at data and information regarding players.

“There’s something odd about this player,” replied Ye Xiaowu.

The few immediately became alert at these words. This, was something within the scope of their duties, so they immediately directed their attention and inspection systems to Gu Fei, who was innocently grinding mobs.

“There shouldn’t be anything wrong…” somebody muttered. If there was really a problematic account and they actually needed Ye Xiaowu to find that out, it would look like a severe case of negligence, which caused them all to look on anxiously.

Ye Xiaowu was too busy staring at the screens to be bothered about their feelings. He needed a final confirmation and all results on screen seemed to prove his hypothesis to be true.

The other few employees who also had their eyes glued to the screens all breathed a sigh of relief after a while, as all results showed that Gu Fei’s account did not have any relations to a third-party bot so there was no negligence on their part.

Yet, Ye Xiaowu kept his gaze on one screen. The others glanced at each other in puzzlement and followed his gaze as well. And looks of astonishment started to appear on their faces after observing.

“Who is this?” asked an employee.

Ye Xiaowu remained silent, for his boss had closed one eye to his activities in the game though employees were banned from playing the game. So he had his secrets.

The team members took closer looks and someone mumbled under his breath, “Wow, this guy’s attacks all achieve the highest damage he can cause… Is he really not using bots?” Gu Fei’s extraordinary performance had made even professional game designers doubt their own judgement.

Another round of inspection confirmed that there were no bots involved.

“How is this even humanly possible… Where did ya find him, Manager Ye?” one gasped in awe.

“Heard of him from someone,” Ye Xiaowu gave a random answer and changed the subject immediately. “There aren’t any problems with this account, am I right?”

“No!” everyone answered with certainty.

“So he can’t be considered to be cheating, can he?”

“Of course not,” laughed one of the guys. “Don’t you feel gratified, manager Ye? The greatest damage caused by the most accurate hits. He has achieved your ideals!”

“Very so,” nodded Ye Xiaowu.

“If you put it in normal gaming terms, this guy would be an operational master in our Parallel World,” one employee said.

Ye Xiaowu smiled and stood up. “Everything’s alright if there’s nothing wrong with the account. I’ll be leaving now, see y’all around.”

On the way back to his office, Ye Xiaowu was still mulling over the question of whether Gu Fei could be counted as a “balance-destroyer”.

Meanwhile the so-called “balance-destroyer” Gu Fei was engrossed with kicking monsters’ butts with his Kung Fu when he received a message from Fireball, asking him out for a drink.

Fireball could be considered to be Gu Fei’s first friend in the game. Though they did not grind mobs together, they still met up quite frequently. Gu Fei finished fighting and set off for the city.

Gu Fei’s carry weight was quite low and given his amazing efficiency, he always had more trophies from his victories than he could carry, so he was forced to find a solution for this. He made a sack just to hold all these random stuff he got. The difference between the sack and the “Doraemon’s pocket” was that you will feel the weight of the former, and there was no protection from the system of the former.

So now poor Gu Fei was carrying a sack stuffed with things on his back and moving forward with great difficulty.Thankfully Gu Fei now had the badge from the quest, which gave him extra Strength, so his carrying ability had risen some, but since he decided to increase the number of trophies he returned with after getting this strength increase. His overall movement remained the same as before he got it.

Gu Fei’s steps grew heavier as he was walking past a levelling area. Exhausted, he threw the sack onto the floor and leaned on a tree to catch his breath.

The players in the area all took notice of this strange occurrence. A few players’ eyes suddenly lit up and they raced up to Gu Fei.

“Do you need help? Let me help you carry that!” the few players shouted as they fought to be the first in front of Gu Fei.

“No thanks, actually, I…”

“Oh please don’t be so polite, just let me help you!” one player grabbed Gu Fei’s sack, swung it over his shoulder and look into the distance, “Where are you going to?”

“Cloud City,” answered Gu Fei. “But I…”

“Let’s go!” the player had set off in big strides and left no chance for Gu Fei to explain further. The other players looked on with jealousy.

“But I’m not an NPC, I’m also a player!” Gu Fei finished his sentence as he stood there, stunned. Yet the person was already too far away to hear this. The rest of the players who had gathered around Gu Fei heard what he said, and after a short silence, all started to giggle. They kept their voices low so that the player wouldn’t hear them and they started praising Gu Fei, “Whoa bro, you did that on purpose didn’t you! You’re a genius!”

Many players had dreamt of meeting a hidden quest and becoming an underdog one day as a result of reading too many“close-to-fantasy” MMORPG novels. Since Gu Fei, was an oddly dressed person with a huge sack wandering through the woods, no one would think that he was just another player.

As Gu Fei travelled back to the city with his sack routinely for the past days, such misunderstandings would happen very often. But the crowd would usually disperse after Gu Fei’s explanation and using an Identification spell on him. Today though he met a person who loved quests so much that he didn’t even bother listening to Gu Fei’s opinion or the quests info, and just walked off after he snatched Gu Fei’s sack away.

“Hey! You…” Gu Fei chased after the guy and shouted.

The guy would have none of it. “No one can stop me from helping you carry this sack today,” he turned and shook a finger.

Gu Fei shut up. He wasn’t one who liked to force people. Since the person was so determined to help, then he might as well let him. So Gu Fei strolled behind his new helper and studied him. The guy wore a heavy set of armour and clearly belonged to the strongest class: Warrior. The sack looked like a toy to him.

Though the guy looked pretty thin looking at his figure, a person’s figure meant nothing about his strength in this game. Gu Fei had a body of steel from his twenty-plus years of training, and yet was as weak as a lamb that couldn’t withstand the weight of its own wool in this game world.

It took some time to get back to Cloud City, and the person’s easy steps on the way made Gu Fei look on with jealousy. Ah! Even if he couldn’t be a fighter, being a warrior was also not a bad choice! A mage’s body was just too weak.

The two finally reached Cloud City. The person put down the sack and gazed deeply into Gu Fei’s eyes.

“Thanks!” Gu Fei patted the person’s shoulder and started staggering off with the sack.

The person was shocked for an instant, but quickly rushed up to Gu Fei and passionately offered, “Where else are you going to? Let me help you carry it!”

“That’s ok, the Storehouse is just ahead,” Gu Fei rejected his offer.

“The Storehouse…” the person stood stunned for a moment and looked to Gu Fei, “You are…” Something was off, the Storehouse was right ahead, but that was a place specially for players.

“Nice to meet you, I’m Thousand Miles Drunk,” Gu Fei said.

“You are… you are not an NPC…” the person looked like he was about to faint.

Gu Fei took a deep breath. “I’m not,” he said.

VW:CCM Chapter 26

Translated by: Effyis

Edited by: Stbunbun

Chapter 26: Quest Chain

Gu Fei didn’t care much about his guild’s issue. He was currently rushing towards the Fountain Square in the middle of Cloud City, where he had planned to meet up with someone.

As he neared the place, Gu Fei could see Mortal Smile who waved at him from afar.

“What’s the matter?” Mortal Smile got straight to the point as Gu Fei approached him.

“I want to ask you about something,” said Gu Fei.

Mortal Smile smiled, “I’m a self-regulated game worker. I won’t answer everything you ask.”

“Sure, just answer whatever you can!” Gu Fei agreed readily.

“Ok, shoot.”

Gu Fei fished the badge, “Eddy’s Coat of Arms”, out of his robe. Just one glance made Mortal Smile stare in astonishment. It was as if everything else before his eyes had faded out of existence, and only the badge was glowing in front of him like the brightest star in the night sky.

“Where did you get this from??” Mortal Smile suddenly came back to his senses. He grabbed Gu Fei’s hand and pulled it over to take a closer look at the badge.

As Gu Fei narrated his experience, Mortal Smile stood stark still from shock.

“I tried to look it up on the official website yesterday, but there was nothing about this badge, so I wanted to ask you about it. Say it if you can, but if you can’t then you don’t need to mind it,” said Gu Fei.

Mortal Smile pinched his own cheek to make sure that he wasn’t dreaming, and to bring his face back to life. “It’s a quest,” he said after taking two deep breaths.

“You don’t say…”

“Not a normal quest. It’s what we call… a Quest Chain,” said Mortal Smile.

“Quest Chain?” Gu Fei felt enlightened immediately. It was a word that did appear on the official site, and its description was that it was much more complicated than normal quests and was highly randomized.

The name “Quest Chain” was chosen for various reasons. If a normal quest can be likened to a dot, then when many dots are joined with lines, a quest chain is formed. There were innumerable such dots in the game, and even a normal quest on a normal street could become the start of a quest chain.

A quest chain is formed when the system picks out a handful of dots randomly,  freely orders them and chooses a suitable storyline, that makes sense for the newly formed quest chain, from the humongous storyline database the system has saved up. After which the reward for completing the quests will be tabulated based on the completeness and difficulty level. After a player completes his current quest chain, a new chain will be generated randomly somewhere else in the game world. Therefore the total number of active quest chain will stay constant, but the content of each individual quest chain will always be different. Of course, there is a small chance of the system generating the exact same storyline twice, but the chance of that is tending towards 0%.

Under such settings, it wasn’t difficult to trigger a quest chain as the requirements for the first part were usually pretty normal. But to actually complete the whole chain, depends heavily on a player’s luck and skill because quest chains are a completely random path of quests.  For example, the first quest could be just a simple task of delivering a letter. While the next quest was a fight with an extremely high-level boss. Such a situation like triggering the quest chain at level 0 but needing to be at an extremely high level to complete the next step was highly possible.

As for the quest chain that Gu Fei had triggered, the requirement for triggering the first quest was a normal quest named “Trapped Eddy” a quest that was easy to complete in later stages of the game.

But the important part here was: later stages of the game.

Even looking at some of the most skilled players, with Master Han and Sword Ghost leading them, the only plan such pro players could think of was to kill Sotu by slowly grinding away his HP over a long period of time. Yet, with such a plan, the first to be dead would definitely not be Sotu but the already half-dead Eddy who is bleeding out in a corner of Sotu’s hut.

There would be no way to trigger the quest from a dead Eddy.

However, there were two requirements in order to see an alive Eddy and hear his last words.

Firstly, Sotu must not sense danger so that he won’t kill Eddy immediately.

Secondly, Eddy must also feel a sense of security so he will say his last words safely.

And the only way to achieve both requirements was for a player to fight and kill Sotu singlehandedly.

Only when the player comes alone will Sotu not feel threatened; only when Sotu is killed will Eddy say his last words and bring up the quest. If it were only a normal quest, Eddy would only say his last words. But as Gu Fei had triggered a quest chain, Eddy’s last words included an extra request. Whichever case, Eddy’s task could only be given to a player with a high level and skills who is able to fight by himself.

Mortal Smile knew about Gu Fei’s martial arts skills, but even still he could only stare in astonishment at Gu Fei’s accomplishment. He had understood before that Gu Fei and his fellow “real-life fighters” will affect the game’s balance, yet he now realized that other than PvP, the system bosses were also nothing in front of them.

Gu Fei was still talking, but Mortal Smile hadn’t heard a word. As a core member of the game design team, he had subconsciously started to ponder over whether there was a need to restrict such players in the game to maintain game balance.

“Hey! Hey!” Gu Fei’s calls brought Mortal Smile’s thoughts back.

“What were you thinking about?” Gu Fei frowned. “I was asking you why there isn’t any information about this quest on your website.”

“Ohh…” Mortal Smile recovered himself. “Quest chains are random, so there won’t be any information about it on websites. The player can only explore the quests by themselves.”

“Then is it possible for you to give me hints about it?” asked Gu Fei.

Mortal Smile smiled at Gu Fei, “I’m a self-disciplined game worker.”

“No problem, then I’ll go explore by myself! Bye!” Gu Fei accepted that immediately and turned to leave.

“Sure,” Mortal Smile waved goodbye to him.

Gu Fei reached his levelling area after walking for some time. He couldn’t be sure how many days he would have to spend here since the EXP points needed to reach the next level had increased drastically compared to previous levels. Players other than Gu Fei had started to explore alternative routes to levelling up, like completing the extensive quests available which gave large amounts of EXP and money, instead of continuing to spar with mobs. Though the amount was still incomparable with grinding mobs in terms of efficiency, it was definitely not as boring as fighting the same things all day.

Yet for Gu Fei, fighting was all he wanted to do in the game. Using his Kung Fu was all the joy he needed. Boring? If Gu Fei had been bored of Kung Fu, would he still have trained so diligently all these years?

Furthermore, Gu Fei had discovered that his Kung Fu skills had improved after he started playing the game. And this was all due to what Sword Ghost had named “Extreme Operation”.

There were so many opponents that he could fight with, and what was more important was that he could make unrestrained attacks aiming for the opponent’s’ vital areas, which he could never afford to do before in all his years of practising Kung Fu.

In reality, people had to stop when necessary in trainings so as to avoid injuries. As such, many skills had been forced to be tweaked, which undermined their actual power and flow. Gu Fei didn’t like it, but he could understand why and had to comply. Now, with the VR game, he could finally let loose. Though there was still a fly in the ointment – his opponents could not keep up with his moves so he was lacking in worthy opponents, but at least he could beat these guys up without any constraints.

As Gu Fei neared a mob, he stretched his body, before pulling out his sword and charging forward.

It really felt easier.

Gu Fei knew that it was all due to Eddy’s Coat of Arms. The 30 attribute points that it gave contributed were doing their job well as mobs started falling at greater speeds. He could feel that this levelling area had become unsatisfactory for him, and it was time to find a more challenging hunting ground.

At this moment, a pair of eyes was watching his every move not far away from him.

It was Mortal Smile. He had followed Gu Fei in secret so as to see what Gu Fei was capable of.

“What a great speed! He had to be of full Agility…” mumbled Mortal Smile to himself. As the game designer, he obviously had a much greater familiarity with the game when compared to pros like Sword Ghost. Sword Ghost could tell that Gu Fei had added a lot of his points to the Agility attribute, but Mortal Smile could tell almost exactly how many points Gu Fei had added, and his guess wouldn’t be off by more than 5 points.

“There’s Strength added too… But it should be because of Eddy’s Coat of Arms…”

“As for attack power…” Mortal Smile calculated the damage Gu Fei’s equipment and attribute points could cause and the NPCs’ defence and HP, and gasped in awe. “Wow… Maximum damage for every hit? That’s just insane! Even we designers wouldn’t dare to set the NPCs’ damage at such a steady rate! This guy is just…” Mortal Smile’s facial muscles twitched. He could see one obvious fact.

Gu Fei could be likened to a character with a full set of personal skills, which is his Kung Fu. And in the words of the game, he had high proficiency regarding these skills, and nobody knew if there was a limit to what these skills could achieve. What’s more was that these skills of his would naturally increase in level as he continued to play.  Adding in the power he would gain as his character levels up and improves his equipment.

“Should I make restrictions for such a character?” Mortal Smile wondered as he ended his peeking and returned to the city to go offline. As for Gu Fei, he only took a casual look at the leaving figure of Mortal Smile.

VW:CCM Chapter 25

Translated by: Effyis

Edited by: Stbunbun

Chapter 25: What a Guild!

“Fwooh! Fwooh!” Everyone’s gaze shot over.

“Swoosh! Swoosh!” A few girls dashed over with great agility.

“Whoosh! Whoosh!” Gu Fei was encircled within seconds.

“Dude! What are you trying to do!” A girl suddenly struck the table and valiantly yelled at Gu Fei.

Gu Fei, on the other hand, felt his excitement growing. Another fighter! The girl was one of the people he had seen gathered that day. She had a pretty attractive face, and her chocolate-coloured skin had a healthy glow. But those were just trivial facts that Gu Fei observed. What he was really thrilled about was that there were actually two people who had chosen the Fighter class within this group of girls. Gu Fei’s eyes started searching through the rest of the girls in anticipation of finding a third girl who had chosen to be a fighter.

Seeing Gu Fei’s response the girl’s anger grew more intense. He had only given her one look and then went on to examine the other girls. He looked just like a perverted satyr choosing a girl to prey on and she was the first to be out. It was just unacceptable when viewed from any angle. She stepped up and blocked Gu Fei’s line of sight indignantly, “You bastard, what are you looking at?”

Gu Fei frowned. Such a crude girl would usually only appear in fiction in this day and age. What a miraculous place the online world is! Gu Fei thought as he replied her, “Nothing much.”

His indifferent expression was the last straw fully igniting the girl’s anger. She pushed her sleeves up and was about to challenge Gu Fei to a PvP match when she was stopped by a call from July, “It’s ok, Fiery, he said he wants to quit the guild.

“Huh?” The girl named Fiery was startled and put her fists down hesitantly. The girls who had surrounded Gu Fei also had astonishment on their faces.

“What’s wrong?” Gu Fei looked around the room. “Did I misunderstand? Didn’t you girls want me to quit the guild?”

The girls showed an uneasy expression at Gu Fei’s words. Hints of apology even appeared on some of their faces. Looking at the situation, July reluctantly spoke up, “You didn’t misunderstand anything. We do want you to quit, but not now.”

“What do you mean?” Gu Fei asked confused.

“Are you playing dumb?” Fiery said loudly. “The minimum number of members of every guild is 20. The guild will dissolve automatically if the number goes below that.”

“Oh… Then you girls just look for more members so that I can quit!” said Gu Fei as the image of Master Han appeared in his head somehow. What would the situation be like if he were the one here instead?

The girls looked at each other awkwardly, it was July who broke the silence once again, “We will do that as fast as possible, so meanwhile, you’ll have to put up with it.”

“This is nothing!” Gu Fei laughed and stood up. “You can just kick me out when you find the new member. That’s all, right? If there isn’t anything else, I’m leaving now!”

Gu Fei walked to the door and was about to pull the door, yet felt that the silence seemed too awkward. He found that Fiery was looking at him as well, so he nodded and said, “Fiery, mmm, a good name!”

“What do you mean?” Just like her name, Fiery had a violent temper. Catching the suggestion of mockery in Gu Fei’s words, she leapt up and bolted towards his back. She leaned in and her right fist immediately shot out towards him.

However before the blow could land, Gu Fei pulled the door open and darted out lightly. He turned around smiled at them before saying, “Bye,” and closing the door.

Riding Meteors! It was an attack skill that belonged to the Fighter class, and possessed greater speed and power than normal attacks, Gu Fei analyzed as he walked along the street.

“A fighter is just so much cooler than a mage!” Gu Fei sighed and gazed down miserably at his own mage robe.

After Gu Fei left the room, the silence remained for another half minute. The first to talk was once again July. She walked up to Fiery who was still staring at the door and took her arm, “Don’t be so impetuous next time. He may be high in level, but he’s just a mage after all. And his equipment looked quite bad. If you weren’t careful enough and really hit him, he would probably get killed on the spot.”

Fiery turned to look at July, still in a daze, “He dodged it.”

“Huh? What did you say?”

“I’m saying that he dodged my hit just now,” Fiery repeated.

The girls gathered around her immediately and all tried to get a word in in the discussion. Someone asked, “Weren’t you just trying to scare him?”

Fiery gave a wry smile, “I was quite angry, so I really wanted to give him a punch. But he somehow managed to avoid it before he got out.”

The girls were a bit shocked. They had been together for quite a while and were informed about each other’s background already. Fiery was not simply a normal player who happened to choose the Fighter class. She had been a bellicose girl since young and loved things related to fighting. It was said that she had even taken lessons in a martial arts school before. And true to her background, normal players were incomparable to her in terms of fighting. In the game of “Parallel World” which boasts of the brand new mode of virtual reality, she was one of the first to adapt well to the game. This girl was already beating monsters to her heart’s content when most of the player base were still at a loss as to how to fight.

Fiery was only level 26, a level that was easily overlooked in bigger guilds. But when it comes to PvP skills, she could effortlessly take down up to five girls, and she was pretty proud about that. The skills pro gamers had been mastering all this time were rendered useless in this game, whereas she, a girl who had learned a bit of martial arts, found herself at an advantage. In addition, as she had chosen the Fighter class, she took to the game like a duck to water.

With such a personality and hobby, though she was a girl, Fiery had loved PK in this game and she had yet to taste defeat, even with players of higher levels than her. Thus she had become quite full of herself, believing herself to be the top fighter in the game.

She had thought that when facing a player with a class like Mage, she would have brought him down to the ground with just one punch. Yet this guy just avoided it as if nothing had happened, and even gave off hints of a pro with style.

“Fiery, maybe he’s trained in martial arts as well,” suggested one of the girls.

“Can’t be,” Fiery replied confidently.

“How do you know?”

“Then he would choose to be a fighter like me. Even if he didn’t, he should have chosen a close combat class like Warrior or Rogue. What fool martial artist would choose to be a mage like him?” said Fiery.

“Maybe he just came for the enjoyment of the game, unlike you, who’s just playing to fight!”

Fiery pursed her lips to show her disapproval.

“Fiery, in all seriousness, do you have any idea how he managed to dodge your hit?”

“It must be just my imagination,” Fiery blinked, “That’s right, just a hallucination.”

“Tsk tsk,” the circle of girls around her dispersed.

“Hey! Are you people mocking me?” Fiery waved her fists and chased after them. There wasn’t enough space in the room for them to fool around so the girls ran out of the room one after another. July could only sigh with a wry smile at the girls.

“He seems like an okay guy,” a voice said behind her.

“Fall, stop having crushes on every good-looking guy you see,” July joked. She knew who was talking without having to even turn her head.

“Haha, I’m serious! Don’t you also think so?” Fall answered.

“Hmm, that’s true. He was nice enough and not very annoying,” said July.

“So we don’t have to be so hostile towards him. Just let him participate as well before we find a new member!”

“Mmm…” July gave an equivocal reply.

“Then let me hand this over to him!” Fall walked over to the table and picked up a badge.

“Humph, so you’re still denying that you are crushing on him?” July smiled.

“Let me go investigate,” Fall laughed as she went out of the room.

After Fall left there was no one else left in the room except July. She shook her head and smiled mirthlessly before walking out as well. Before she could close the door, a voice called out from above her, “How was it? That guy was ok right?”

“Xiaotian, I’m gonna die of a heart attack if you keep appearing out of the blue like this,” July sighed.

“No you won’t, you’re used to it already!” Xi Xiaotian crouched on the roof and stuck her head out to talk to July.

“Do you wanna come down?” July asked.

“Yep!” Xi Xiaotian flipped down as she talked. The building was of considerable height, so Xi Xiaotian grimaced a little when she landed, but the pain disappeared within seconds. She glanced at the diamond-shaped sign on the wall and smiled, “So you’ve placed your guild here. That’s nice.” She walked into the room as she talked, so July had no choice but to follow her back into the room and closed the door.

Xi Xiaotian didn’t sit. She stood by the window, leaned against the wall and asked, “So how was that guy? I’m here to inspect the situation.”

“Haha, stop pretending! You can’t be that nice. You must be on the run after conning someone again, am I right?” July replied lightly.

Xi Xiaotian gave a small chuckle and threw an item over, “A present!”

July caught the item firmly. She opened her palm to see a plain wooden ring named Wooden Ring of Wind. It was an accessory which enhances both Agility and Strength, an accessory that no one who belonged to a close combat class would reject. It was especially so when everyone discovered that the difficulty in levelling up grew after reaching level 30, and such items’ prices grew like crazy. July was clear about how valuable this ring was, but she threw it back with a smile.

“Hm? Not accepting my gift again?” Xi Xiaotian didn’t look surprised.

July just smiled.

Xi Xiaotian kept the ring and glanced out of the window. “I know that between a random person and me, you would rather the random person join the guild.”

“We are friends,” July said. “But the guild involves others’ interests as well.”

“I know,” Xi Xiaotian grinned. “And I like that part about you.”

“How did you get acquainted with that Thousand Miles Drunk?” asked July.

“He’s a guy whom I didn’t manage to fool,” Xi Xiaotian looked out of the window as she replied.

“What do you mean?”

“Haven’t I told you before that professional con men like us can make use of people’s greediness to fool them? No matter how smart they are, as long as they are not a man of integrity, I’ll have a way to trick them. But he… well, he didn’t fall for it,” said Xi Xiaotian.