Chapter 701 Fangs
Taralam Star Cluster, 0358 Wormhole Sector.
Big and small blue-black wormholes with fluctuating space coordinates existed in this area, tearing the space around them. A small spacetime carefully travelled in this unstable space area. It was Han Xiao’s ride.
In the central area of the Shattered Star Ring was a huge wormhole group that was under the Taralam Star Cluster area. This dangerous area was called the Wormhole Zone. There were very few people around. The various Star Cluster civilizations had stationed people there and built wormhole observation stations, classifying the Wormhole Zone into hundreds of sectors.
The Wormhole Zone in the Shattered Star Ring connected to many places around the universe. The job of the wormhole observation stations was to measure where some of those wormholes led. However, due to the wormholes being extremely unstable, old wormholes disappeared regularly, and new wormholes appeared just as frequently. Therefore, the progress of the measurements was very slow.
According to the official data, till this day, they had only completed the measurement for 1 in 2,400,000 of all the wormholes.
Han Xiao current target was the observation station of 0358 Wormhole Sector. The distributor of the level 180 silver legacy blueprint mission was the Mechanic that maintained this wormhole observation station.
As he passed by a bunch of wormholes, a small space station appeared in his vision under the wormholes’ orbits. Han Xiao sent a landing request to the space station, which was very quickly approved. He piloted the spaceship to dock at the space station and entered the port passage. After sliding on the magnetic tracks of the space station for a while in a narrow passage, he finally entered the port.
Han Xiao disembarked from the spaceship and greeted the maintenance personnel of the port.
“Your Excellency Black Star, have you come to look for Professor Harrofal again?” a maintenance officer asked.
“Hmm, where is he now?” Han Xiao nodded.
“You came at the right time. Professor Harrofal followed the measurement team out to collect wormhole data some time ago and only returned two days ago. He’s now inside the research lab, conducting experiments.”
“Thanks.” Han Xiao smiled and left the dock, heading toward the research lab of the wormhole observation station.
This wormhole observation station did not belong to Klent or Purple Crystal but another Star Cluster civilization of the Shattered Star Ring that did not take part in the secret war and was semi-neutral.
Harrofal was a research-type Mechanic that was not good at combat, a professor of a government-owned mechanic education institution of this Star Cluster civilization. He had always been on the frontlines of technology, studying all kinds of subjects. In order to study the wormhole group, he had deliberately requested to do maintenance at an observation station. He was the distributor of the blueprint mission.
Han Xiao had already completed the blueprint mission up to the seventh round. He had come to this observation station many times, so the people there were already familiar with him.
Arriving at the research lab smoothly, Han Xiao announced his identity outside the locked door. After waiting for a while, the door opened, and Harrofal walked out. He gave Han Xiao a stare and said unhappily, “You again, you’re disturbing my experiment.”
“Experiments can be done anytime, but you don’t get to see me every day.” Han Xiao laughed.
Harrofal was an old man with claret skin. His hair and beard were all white. He was very old, but his back was straight, and he looked more fit than some younger men. This was a tough old man.
To the Mechanic class, knowledge was power. Harrofal had studied the various mechanic theories very deeply and was quite talented. Furthermore, he had studied them for so many years, so it was very normal that he was a Grade A Mechanic. However, Harrofal had always been researching and studying technology; he rarely fought anyone.
Although his level was not low, he had many subclasses similar to (Scholar]. His combat capability was among the lowest in Grade A.
A Star System civilization would have dozens of government Grade A Supers. Thus, the Star Cluster civilizations naturally had dozens of times more Grade A Supers. After Han Xiao entered Calamity Grade, he had basically only come into contact with people of the same level, so it looked like there were many Calamity Grades. Actually, compared to the huge number of Grade B and Grade C Supers, the number of Calamity Grades was still very low.
The Star Cluster civilizations had relatively more Grade A Supers, so they could afford to have some talents that were not required to fight, such as Harrofal, who had low combat capability and focused on research and developments.
Although Harrofal always focused on research, he knew that Black Star was also a master Mechanic, so he had respect for him. He temporarily paused his studies and invited Han Xiao to the guest room to chat.
After chatting for a while, Han Xiao moved the topic to the blueprint mission. This silver legacy blueprint was Harrofal’s personal belonging. Han Xiao had made an agreement with him long ago that as long as he helped him do some stuff, Harrofal would be willing to teach the blueprint to Han Xiao. The mission was at round seven.
Harrofal thought for a while before giving his request. A notification popped up on Han Xiao’s interface.
He looked at the new round for the missionit was not difficult, just cumbersome.
Han Xiao delayed no longer. He ended the chat and bade farewell to Harrofal. He left the observation station and immediately headed to complete the mission.
The level 180 silver blueprint mission had ten rounds in total. To Han Xiao, it was not dangerous at all; he could complete them as long as he spent the time.
In the next month, Han Xiao travelled around, returning and leaving the observation station, and focused on completing one mission requirement after another. Ralph had given him a very long holiday this time, so he had plenty of time.
While he was doing the missions, he did not meet any accidents; it went very smoothly. In just over ten days, the blueprint mission in the mission list was finally shown to be ‘Completed’. Han Xiao immediately returned to the observation station and found Harrofal.
Harrofal took Han Xiao to his private room, dug through a bunch of stuff, and took out a square-shaped mechanical safe. He inserted his own Mechanical Force as the password, and the mechanical parts of the safe started to move like a Rubik’s Cube. After a while, the safe opened.
Harrofal took out a thick deck of blueprints from inside, shook it a bit, and placed it on the table.
“Alright, according to our agreement, this blueprint is now yours. It’s weird; you’ve been busy fighting the war these few years, yet you squeezed out the time to do things for me. Does this blueprint have some sort of important use to you?”
“You can say that.” Han Xiao nodded.
Harrofal saw that Han Xiao was not planning to explain further, so he did not continue asking. He flipped the blueprints on the table and said, “This is what you asked for. I got this from someone else, so it’s not really a secret. Although it’s interesting technology, it’s not very advanced. It seems to be a blueprint passed down by a Mechanic from many years
“Let me take a quick look.”
Han Xiao scanned through the blueprint. A progress bar for reading instantly popped up on the interface. His Intelligence was extremely high, so his reading fast was speedy.
In less than a minute, he had read through this complex blueprint. With the interface, as long as he had a high enough Intelligence, the efficiency of learning a blueprint would be hundreds of times faster than regular Mechanics.
Standing at the side, Harrofal thought that Han Xiao was just looking at it briefly. Never would he know that Han Xiao had already mastered the knowledge of this blueprint in just less than a minute.
You have received [Ice Age Star Freezing Cannon Blueprint] x 1.
You have learned a new blueprint, [Ice Age Star Freezing Cannon)!
Finally… Han Xiao took a deep breath and looked at the blueprint introduction on the interface.
Legacy blueprints all had rather lame names. The Ice Age Star Freezing Cannon was a level 180 machine. It was a planet-level strategic weapon for Cannon Masters. As a Mechanic, he could use it as well.
Most energy cannons fired burning high-energy particle streams while the Ice Age Star Freezing Cannon’s attacks were extremely cold. According to the blueprint introduction, at the Ice Age Star Freezing Cannon’s highest power output, one attack could send an entire planet into the Ice Age. Although its destructive power was not as high as actual Planetary Destroyers, it was still a very strong weapon.
Maybe because the Ice Age Star Freezing Cannon was very old, it did not have a very high knowledge requirement. Among the Cutting-Edge Knowledges, it only required [Abnormal State Energy) and (Controllable Annihilation Weapons). Fortunately, Han Xiao knew both, so he did not have to find new Cutting-Edge Knowledge.
“Hmm, this thing needs quite a lot of rare materials. I’ll have to go back to build it.
Glancing at the cost of it, Han Xiao tutted. The cost of this cannon was probably even higher than proper Planetary Destroyers.
The development of technology was meant to build high power weapons with low costs. The older blueprints basically had high power and even higher costs. After all, the technology back then had not been as advanced.
However, is a problem that can be solved with money even considered a problem?
Putting away the blueprint, Han Xiao nodded and said, “I shall get going.”
“Don’t you want to stay a while to chat before leaving? I still want to discuss some technology with you.”
“Probably not, I have some things to do.”
“Sigh, alright then. I’ll send you off to the dock. If you have the time in the future, feel free to chat with me anytime. You have my communication number.
Harrofal felt a little sad. He quite liked chatting with Han Xiao. Both of them were master Mechanics, and they had infinite topics to talk about.
However, the moment they left the room, the lights in the corridor became red warning alarm lights. A piercing alarm echoed in the entire observation station.
“Enemy attack! Enemy attack!”
Harrofal’s face drastically changed. Before he could speak, the entire observation station trembled violently, and Harrofal almost staggered.
Right after, a deafening sound of explosion came from far away.
The vigorous flames quickly expanded in their direction, filling the corridor.
Han Xiao frowned. Nanoparticles climbed on his palm and turned into armor. He flipped his hand around, and a blue oval shaped psionic shield appeared, easily blocking the flames. He then turned and looked at Harrofal.
“The enemy is definitely bombarding this place from outside. Let’s leave the observation station first.”
Harrofal had very little experience against enemies, but he was not so inexperienced that he would panic in such situations. He equipped his own mechanical suit and crashed through the corridor, penetrating the exterior armor of the observation station and flying out. Han Xiao activated the Mountain Ape mechanical suit and followed him.
The two of them finally saw what was happening after leaving the observation station. Their expressions changed.
A fleet had surrounded the observation station from all directions. It had at least five hundred battleships, and they were all firing at the observation station. The protective shield was almost torn apart instantly as high energy beams penetrated the observation station.
The next moment, the fire expanded, and the observation station exploded, shattering into pieces.
“No, my research lab!” Harrofal’s expression changed drastically as he yelled with heartache.
“Sh*t, my spaceship!” Han Xiao’s eyes twitched.
Reynold had flown the Blacklight Stealth back, so he was just using a normal small spaceship. Nonetheless, Han Xiao had still stored some Army Boxes in it. It would be a huge loss if they were destroyed too. Although he was not short of money at all, wasting was still shameful!
Han Xiao raised his hand. The space around him rippled, and Army Boxes arrived one after another through hyperdrive. Han Xiao counted them and was relieved.
The outside of the Army Boxes had suffered some damage, but the compressed orbs inside were undamaged. The Army Boxes not only had hyperdrive devices equipped but also protective shields. This was originally to prevent the enemy from attacking the Army Boxes, but it had come in handy this time.
The entire observation station turned into scrap; only a few Supers survived. The attack was too sudden. The people inside the observation station could not react at all.
As this was a space station for research, it had limited defensive measures. After all, not many people would deliberately attack a wormhole observation station set up by a Star Cluster civilization. Furthermore, this was the Wormhole Zone. The unstable wormhole group was a natural line of defense. Almost no one would battle there.
“Who are these people? Why did they attack us?” Harrofal was shocked and furious.
Han Xiao was very curious too. He instinctively felt that these enemies were there for him-he had almost developed a habit of being assaulted throughout the years.
He frowned and looked at the fleet. As he was about to speak, he received a message on his mechanical suit.
“We finally meet again, Black Star!”
This voice, it’s a little bit familiar!
Han Xiao looked over.
His vision passed through the universe and locked onto a person from the fleet. After clearly seeing this person’s appearance, Han Xiao was shocked and surprised.
This person was his old enemy that had been missing for many years—the DarkStar leader!
How did he appear there?