Starting With A Space Battleship - Chapter 5
Chapter 5: I Can Beat Ten Alone
Translator: Henyee Translations Editor: Henyee Translations
Looking at Li Xiaonian’s indifferent eyes and the faintly overbearing manner, Xiao Feifei hesitated, unable to tell whether Li Xiaonian was an elite of the Red Legion or not.
After hesitating for a long time, Xiao Feifei said awkwardly, “Sorry, your identity is very special. I can’t handle this. Please wait a moment.”
She immediately contacted the management of the Wolf Walk Guild.
About ten minutes later, a senior executive of Wolf Walk Guild whose profession was a giant appeared. Li Xiaonian looked calmly straight at him, not diffident at all.
“Star Wind” had six major occupations, which were: [Giant], [Evolva], [Desolator], [Gunner], [Element Messenger], and [War Doctor].
Li Xiaonian chose to be a war doctor for the simple reason that war doctors were the most popular and the easiest to make money with.
The giant player looked Li Xiaonian up and down and said with a smile, “Hello, my name is Xiaolang, a small supervisor from the Wolf Walk Guild.”
“June, a war doctor.” Li Xiaonian gave a concise and clear self-introduction.
In fact, Li Xiaonian knew this guy. After being duped by Tianyu in his previous life, he was also blacklisted by the Wolf Walk Guild and had several dealings with Xiaolang, who gave him a very hard time.
Xiaolang smiled. “June, our guild is actually on good terms with the Red Legion. Can you tell us the designation of your unit?”
“It’s confidential. You have no right to know it.”
“Well, okay, but you know I can’t believe that you are a reserve elite of the Red Legion just because you said so. As long as you can show relevant proof, we will immediately issue you a Skyfire Base Pass.”
“What proof do you want?” Li Xiaonian asked back, kicking the ball to him.
Xiaolang froze and was slightly annoyed but still smiled. “Our guild has its own rules. Since you don’t want to reveal your identity, we won’t force you. You can join our Wolf Walk Guild temporarily and we won’t impose any restrictions on you. After you leave the Skyfire Base, you can leave the guild at any time.”
“I told you that I’m prohibited from joining any other guild, not even temporarily.”
Seeing Li Xiaonian so stubborn, Xiaolang was angry and sneered. “Fine, since you are a reserve elite of the Red Legion, you must be very strong. Then let’s compete in the ring. If I lose, I’ll admit your identity and give you a pass. Otherwise, you’ll have to join our guild. Would you dare to accept my challenge?”
The crowd looked on happily, and they couldn’t help laughing when they heard Xiaolang throw down a challenge to Li Xiaonian.
“Captain Xiao is being shameless. He is already level 10 and can leave the novice base at any time, but this young man has just logged in the game. There is a difference of ten levels between them, and there is also professional restraint. How can this guy win?”
“Dude, are you a novice? In the ring, everyone has the same level and attributes without any level difference. Of course, professional restraint cannot be eliminated.”
“To be honest, I don’t really believe that June is the Red Legion’s elite. That is ‘the’ Red Legion. Every one of its members is a master, let alone an elite.”
“Captain Xiao is too shameless. How does he have the face to propose a ring contest?”
When Xiaolang heard the discussion, his face blushed slightly, and he changed his words. “I don’t mean to bully you. I won’t use any weapons in the ring, but you don’t have to follow any restrictions.”
Li Xiaonian’s eyes lit up slightly when he heard Xiaolang wanted to challenge him, and he responded lightly, “No need, in case you don’t admit defeat when you lose… just try your best.” Then he said arrogantly, “You know what, I can beat ten of you put together alone.”
Everyone laughed out loud.
“Oh my god, how dare this guy say this? Does he know what he’s talking about?”
“Does he think Xiaolang is weak? If I remember correctly, Captain Xiao seems to be able to beat three alone.”
“Haha, it’s going to be fun.”
Xiaolang was amused by Li Xiaonian’s words. “Okay, I’d love to see how strong an elite of the Red Legion is. See you in the ring.”
“Although you are weak, I have something urgent to tend to. See you in the ring one hour later.” After a pause, Li Xiaonian looked at Xiaolang. “Please give me a temporary pass. A one-hour pass will do.”
Xiao Lang didn’t decline this little request and issued a temporary pass to Li Xiaonian on the spot, which would be valid for only one hour. Handing the pass to Li Xiaonian, he said coldly. “See you in one hour.”
This was the Skyfire Base, one of the base camps of the Wolf Walk Guild, and he was not afraid of Li Xiaonian playing any tricks at all.
Li Xiaonian left the registration square and went straight to an NPC’s grocery store.
Although he was of a low level, with five years of combat experience, he was confident of defeating Xiaolang. However, to ensure a 100 percent chance of winning, he needed to make some preparation.
For him, having a ring contest against Xiaolang was a chance, a chance to make a lot of money because once there was a hot ring contest, there would usually be players betting on its result.
Xiaolang’s professional restraint on him was very obvious and the odds offered for him to win should be quite high. As long as he bet on himself, he should stand to earn a handsome income.
Now, all he had to do was to buy energy and use it on the [Shadow] to see what useful items he could get to increase his winning chance.
Most of the players set up street stalls to trade, resulting in a business slump of the NPCs’ shops, including the grocery store in front of him.
Just after Li Xiaonian stepped into the shop, an old NPC man with short stature and a gray beard came to him and his eyes lit up. “Warrior, what can I do for you? We have just about everything you could wish for and the quality is absolutely guaranteed. It is nothing that the stall goods sold outside can match.”
Li Xiaonian laughed and said jokingly, “I need crystal marrow. Do you have it?”
The old man glared at Li Xiaonian and curled his lips. “Well, even if I have crystal marrow, can you afford it?”
Crystal marrow, the top-notch one among energy minerals, was quite expensive.
When Li Xiaonian saw the old man’s expression, his eyes lit up. “Do you really have crystal marrow? How much is it?”
The old man’s face became stiff, but he still said, “There is no crystal marrow, but I’ve got a gold crystal weighing 150 grams, 100 gold coins every 50 grams. How much do you want?”
Li Xiaonian frowned. “The price is too high. It’s at most 50 gold coins every 50 grams.”
Fifty gold coins were equivalent to 5,000 RMB. The price of virtual minerals was terribly high, but Li Xiaonian had been accustomed to it.
Seeing Li Xiaonian’s attitude, the old man smiled. “It seems that you understand the market well. In that case, the price is not negotiable. In the entire Skyfire base, we’re the only one that sells it. It’s up to you to buy it or not.”
The corner of Li Xiaonian’s mouth twitched slightly.
He made a mistake. If he had known this, he wouldn’t have shown his eagerness.
“Okay, I want them all.” Li Xiaonian took out 300 gold coins unwillingly. He knew that it would be a waste of time to continue bargaining, and it would be stupid to quarrel with an NPC.
Crystal stone, crystal nucleus, gold crystal, and crystal marrow were all energy sources, but low-level energy could never replace high-level one. Only by putting relatively high-level energy into [Shadow] could he obtain high-level items.
The old man’s eyes lit up, and he swiftly put 300 gold coins into his pocket, took out a piece of golden ore from the safe, and put it on the electronic scale. “Look, it’s just 150 grams, no more, no less.”
Li Xiaonian glanced at the NPC’s business card: Kuiluo.
He would remember this guy. When he got a chance, he would definitely retaliate.
Just as Li Xiaonian was about to take away this ore, Kuiluo snatched it back and said with a smile, “Warrior, you are not a member of the Wolf Walk Guild, right? We’re prohibited from selling any product to warriors who’re not from the Wolf Walk Guild. Of course, if you insist on buying it, the price has to be doubled.”
Li Xiaonian wished he could kill Kuiluo with a punch. He suppressed his anger and took out the temporary pass. “See? This is the pass. Give me my goods.”
Kuiluo curled his lips, threw the gold crystal to Li Xiaonian with a little disappointment, and asked curiously, “Little guy, why do you, a novice, need such high-level energy?”
Li Xiaonian smiled. “Want to know? Okay, the price is not expensive. You only need to pay me 300 gold coins.”
“Get lost.” Kuiluo waved his hand angrily.
Does this guy think I’m a fool? 300 gold coins for a message? Is he trying to rob me? However, 300 gold coins in exchange for a customer who needs top-level energy doesn’t seem to be a loss.
Li Xiaonian shrugged. “If you think it’s too expensive, then forget it. But you know the value of this news, right? And, I promise, no one else knows the news except me.”
The words of Li Xiaonian caused Kuiluo to fall into a daze. He stared at Li Xiaonian. After a long time of struggle, he gritted his teeth and said, “I can give you 300 gold coins, but under the notarization of [Sky Eye], and you have to promise me not to sell this news to anyone else.”
Sky Eye was how NPC called the host computer of the system.
“Um… I was speaking casually. How can I just sell such precious news to you?” Li Xiaonian said hesitantly.
Although he said so, he almost laughed out loud in his heart.
The more you couldn’t get something, the more you wanted to get it, and so did an NPC.
Afraid of being refused by Li Xiaonian, Kuiluo resorted to a killer trick. “I can increase the price by 100 gold coins. I’ll give you 400 gold coins. Sell me the news.”
“No. You saw how easily I spent 300 gold coins just now. Do you think I lack money?” Li Xiaonian refused flatly.
“500 gold coins.” Kuiluo increased his bargaining chip unwillingly.
“Money is just a number to me.”
“600 gold coins, this is my limit.” Kuiluo was like a crazy gambler, his eyes all red.
“Well… okay, okay, I’ll sell it to you.” Li Xiaonian looked reluctant but he almost burst into laughter. With only a few words, he swindled such a large sum of money from the NPC. Even a banknote printing machine couldn’t match his money-making speed, could it?
Li Xiaonian and Kuiluo immediately signed a system contract.
Kuiluo checked the contract provisions back and forth and made sure that there were no omissions. Only then did he hand over the money and sign the contract.
System: 600 gold coins transferred to your account. Balance: 900 gold coins.
Li Xiaonian looked at the displayed balance, his eyes glowing.
Kuiluo said eagerly, “Now tell me, why do you need advanced energy? What are you going to use it for?”
Li Xiaonian chuckled. “Cough, it’s okay to tell you. I bought advanced energy for my own use because my identity is relatively special. As long as I have enough high-level energy, my strength will become stronger and stronger. ”
Kuiluo widened his small eyes. “That’s all?”
“That’s all. It’s that simple.” Li Xiaonian shrugged with a smile.
His words perfectly avoid the system’s restrictions. His identity was special indeed. He was the captain of a space battleship! Wasn’t it special?
And it was true that he would become stronger with high-level energy. As long as he put energy into the [Shadow], the Shadow would reward him precious and rare items in return, which would certainly make him stronger.
Kuiluo was so angry that he spit out a mouthful of blood. He glared at Li Xiaonian and took a giant axe. “Brat, how dare you deceive me? I’m gonna kill you!!!”
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Li Xiaonian quickly ran out of the grocery store and shouted at the NPC soldiers patrolling the roadside. “Help, help!!”
Watching Li Xiaonian run away, Kuiluo almost fainted with anger. He held back his anger and smiled fawningly at the NPC soldier. “It’s just a mistake. I was joking with this warrior.”
The NPC soldier looked at Li Xiaonian, then at Kuiluo, and nodded. “Don’t make this kind of joke again.”
Seeing this, Li Xiaonian couldn’t help complaining in his heart.
No wonder it was said that NPCs shielded one another. If Kuiluo were a player, he would have been arrested.