Chapter 517: The Weak Adventurers
Translator: Noodletown Translations Editor: Noodletown Translations
Before Luo Piaoling was a vast and gloomy forest.
Seemingly endless hordes of zombies crawled out from the forest and swarmed toward Luo Piaoling.
There were four difficulty levels in this virtual reality remake version. Among them, the Master Difficulty was the normal mode where everything was real-world-like. In the game and plot, the adventurers all had great strength, which meant that the Master Difficulty was tough to beat.
The King Difficulty was the highest difficulty level for the adventurers, and the players couldn’t pass it alone.
The higher the difficulty level, the more benefits players would get. To challenge themselves and obtain better items, many players would choose higher difficulty levels.
The three players stared at their screens in a daze.
Then, realization struck them.
“Time is up.”
They got off the computers and left.
The team had had four players, but now only Luo Piaoling was left in the game.
“…” His face darkened. Although he wasn’t sure why his teammates had disappeared, he wondered how he could handle so many zombies!
Without his original cultivation strength in the real world, he was now only a male slayer who was about level 10. In the dark dungeon, his awareness of the surroundings dropped to an extremely low-level. Luo Piaoling tried to kill zombies, but he was wounded many times during the process!
After several rounds of that, even though he battled his way to the boss, he was too injured to continue.
Soon, he fell in front of the boss and a large horde of zombies.
He had asked around before and knew that he could resurrect in a certain spot after dying in the game.
However, Luo Piaoling saw the option of life tokens on the game interface before him!
He could buy a life token for one crystal to resurrect on the spot.
He still had more than 700 crystals in his membership card. He chose the option tentatively to try it out. With one less crystal in his card, he resurrected on the spot with full HP.
“I can do this!!??” Dumbfounded, he stared at himself and laughed since he had resurrected with full HP.
“Since I can do this, no monster can block me!”
He neatly moved and dodged the boss’s attack, striking his huge sword forward with vicious force.
Combining his skills in the game and his own sword techniques, he cleared all the small monsters around the boss.
But then, he found that…
He had struck the boss once before, but now, its injury couldn’t be seen anymore.
The boss of the Shadow Thunderland was a fast zombie king who emitted a freezing presence. Luo Piaoling carefully dodged its attack and struck it again.
Calmly, he dodged the next few attacks and found another chance to strike back.
Then, he saw that all the wounds he inflicted on this boss had disappeared.
Luo Piaoling was stupefied.
If he struck someone several times with his greatsword in the real world, the head and the torso of this person would have been severed!
But this zombie king only had a few scratches on it, and these scratches were slowly recovering!
More importantly, the freezing presence around the zombie king weakened his health and reduced his HP continuously.
Half an hour later, he died with a scream.
Desperate, Luo Piaoling decided to go out and come back with a team…
Soon, he resurrected at the entrance of Grand Flores.
However, he felt like he didn’t have any strength left in him.
[You’ve entered the Weakened State.]
“Ahh!” He was experiencing a mental collapse.
What the heck is this?
After fighting for almost one hour, he had gotten no experience points. Instead, he became so weak that he couldn’t walk?!
If he entered a dungeon in this state, he wouldn’t even be able to kill small monsters.
His game experience was extremely poor!
In this state, he could do nothing but wait at least ten minutes for recovery.
While he stood there in the weakened state, he saw that many other adventurers were also reduced to a weakened state.
Many people complained about this among the loud chatter.
“How come you’re weakened too?”
“Don’t mention it. The King Difficulty is so hard. The three of us entered the dungeon and couldn’t defeat the monsters. How come you’re weakened too?”
“My teammates are scum; they disappeared in the middle of the battle.”
This complaint was mild since Luo Piaoling was not hot-tempered.
However, there were hot-tempered players, and they cussed, “That guy with the ID Young Master Chen and his buddies are scum! They disappeared in the middle of the battle! Don’t form a team with them in the future!”
“Are these places even for humans!” The cultivators and warriors who had entered the weakened state after being killed complained to each other.
“It was horrifying! I entered with two teammates and found that the monsters couldn’t be killed!”
Although the players were cultivators and warriors, the game set the difficulty levels according to their true strengths. Besides, most of them hadn’t advanced to their subclasses yet and didn’t have equipment. The players with greater strength could pass the Master Difficulty themselves, but their low damage couldn’t allow them to pass higher levels.
As for the warriors and cultivators with average strength who had just entered the game, they had to form teams of at least four players to even think about challenging the higher difficulty levels.
For example, Tang Yu, who wasn’t a great shooter, chose the class of Gunner, and he also chose a high difficulty level in the dungeon. He had been beaten senseless and wondered what was life.
Xun Yuan didn’t fare any better in his role as a mage. Although mages were similar to cultivators in many ways, there were quite a few differences between them. Without understanding his mage skills, Xun Yuan tried to challenge a high difficulty level and thus received a heavy blow.
Soon, Luo Piaoling glanced around and saw that a white-haired old man was also in the weakened state; the old man was Gu Tingyun.
A large group of adventurers in the weakened state gathered at the entrance of Grand Flores; they were reduced to this state either for challenging a higher difficulty level beyond their abilities or due to the disappearances of their teammates.
With nothing to do while in the weakened state, the players in the Yuanyang City Shop began protesting with passion.
“Can anyone pass this place?!”
“It’s too difficult!”
“Sir! What’s wrong with this game?!”
“It’s impossible to pass the King Difficulty!”
“This game is infuriating.”
“I want to quit!”
While they were whining and protesting, a voice yelled at the entrance of Grand Flores, “Taking people to pass Shadow Thunderland at King Difficulty for 15,000 gold coins! You don’t have to do anything in the process!”
All the players froze.
“Take us to pass Shadow Thunderland at King Difficulty?!”
“Is he crazy?!”
Tang Yu yelled, “Look! Someone is offering to help people pass the Shadow Thunderland at King Difficulty!”
“What?!” Wang Xie, Xun Yuan, and other young masters all looked over.
“Taking people to pass Shadow Thunderland?!” Sia had just come out from Shadow Thunderland at Master Difficulty Level. Her teammates were newbies, and she had to buy several life tokens to resurrect her teammates and herself, and they had barely passed it.
She could imagine how hard it would be to pass it at King Difficulty all by oneself.
“Impossible! Is he a scammer?” After all, with her great strength, Sia had just barely passed the Master Difficulty Level!
Luo Piaoling soon found this guy; his ID was ‘Only Like Playing White Hand’. This guy didn’t buy new outfits and wore the original male slayer’s outfit, and his name sounded like a weak and insignificant slayer.
[TL Note; White hand is the nickname that Chinese players had for Blade Master.]
“Maybe he’s a scammer?”
“Isn’t it the shop owner’s ID?!” Suddenly, someone recognized the ID.
The faces of many people’s faces as they wondered, Why did the shop owner get himself such a weird name?
Many players of the Ultimate West Realm had followed Luo Piaoling’s footsteps and entered the game after watching Final Fantasy.
“Humph! Even Mr. Seth (Luo Piaoling) was defeated; how can there be people who can beat that monster?!”
“If the Lord of our Ultimate West Realm is here, he might have a chance. That kid didn’t even dare to enter the Martial Dao Exchange; how can he challenge that monster?”
“Don’t worry. Look at the weakened adventurers around Mr. Seth. He will soon join them.”
The weakened adventurers talked among themselves animatedly.