Chapter 8 – Protagonist: … Come here.
“Become god?” Xiu’s lips tilted up as if he wanted to smile, but his pale, gloomy face made it look like a sneer. “Do you think … I can become god?”
Not only do I believe that, but it will certainly happen. Young man, you don’t know it but in another world there is an author1 who wrote “Mixed Blood.”
Du Ze found the right words to say after a few minutes of thinking: “… I have seen it.”
He really has seen it with his own two eyes, when he read the “Mixed Blood” novel.
“Your eyes are very beautiful, prophet.”
Xiu’s hoarse voice is slightly mocking. Du Ze instantly felt tragic. In “Mixed Blood,” there is such a thing as a Prophet who can predict the future. But these Prophets all have one extremely important characteristic – they are all blind. They can see the future and the price they pay for that power is not being able to see the present. Du Ze’s plan to disguise his foreknowledge of events as prophecy has hit a roadblock. Now the suspicion in Xiu’s eyes is getting stronger and stronger …
Countless explanatory words flowed into Du Ze’s brain but the fool founds the social barrier too hard to overcome and choked on the words, standing there silently. However, when he saw the black-robed Lich raise his death scythe in a defensive position, Du Ze said, seemingly calm, “Try me and you will know.”
The hand that held the sickle paused, and Xiu stared at Du Ze. The silly youth with a cold face was ready to play, trying to divert the protagonist’s murderous attention.
He looked at the death scythe and remembered that in “Mixed Blood,” the protagonist was rescued by the spirit beast. Afterwards, he began to study the metal body that he previously received in the Magic Tower. The piece of metal is indeed a magical artifact. It can absorb other weapons and take on their shape and abilities. This is a weapon that goes against heaven’s will and allows the protagonist to save money! With this item, he can go from level 0 to max without changing weapons. What’s more, the artifact will change to match the protagonist’s current form – the death scythe for the Lich, the sword for the Human, the bow for the Elf, the knife for the Demon, the staff for the Angel, the iron claw for the Beastkin, the spear for the Dragon, and the hammer for the Gnome – it’s awesome! Whether it’s single player or an online game, the most expensive thing to buy is the weapon for the main character, right? When Du Xe first saw it, Du Ze wanted to applaud.2
Xiu named it Qian Bian3. Right now it can take on two forms, the death scythe and Louis’ Magic Codex. In a fantasy setting like this one, a Magic Codex is very important for a Necromancer and embodies the essence of their knowledge. The Lich Louis wrote down all of his knowledge, experience, and research in this Magic Codex. Using this book, the protagonist learned the Necromancer’s skills and the way out of the Lost Land.
The Lost Land is just a legend for most people and no one knew that the Lich Louis had emerged from that place into the Chaos continent. From the Codex, Xiu found out that this continent is divided into two sides: the positive and the negative. The Lost Land connects both sides. That is why inside it one can see the marvelous sight of two skies, one above and one below. Louis came from the opposite side of this continent through the Lost Land, then launched the scourge of his undead army.
When Xiu opened the Codex after following Du Ze’s instructions, the protagonist immediately started looking at Du Ze differently. Du Ze seized the chance to sell himself. “I know a lot, you can use me.”
The black-robed Lich was silent for a long time. Du Ze’s face was still impassive, but inside he was crying out: protagonist, don’t hesitate, ah! You have to believe that you will become an absolute tyrant who makes everyone weep and wail.4
This activity took almost a day, from evening until dusk the next day. The reader was forced to stare across him at the protagonist who was almost as still as a statue. Seeing that his headset was running out of power, Du Ze had to remind Xiu of his purpose. “I will fulfill your wish.”
Xiu suddenly became alert and looked at Du Ze with dark eyes, in which the soul flame began to blaze. Unexpectedly, the Lich smiled and said hoarsely, “I want many things, can you give me all of them?”
Du Ze nodded confidently. He looked at the protagonist eagerly, hoping to quickly end the topic. His headphones are about to go on strike!
Xiu stared at Du Ze for a while, then suddenly said: “Come here!”
That was the last sentence that Du Ze heard. The next second, all sounds, whether it was the wind or a voice, became faint and indistinct. Du Ze could only obey the last command he heard and went to stand in front of the protagonist, staring at that pale, bloodless mouth, for fear that the Lich might say something that he couldn’t understand.
Xiu’s lips moved. “… You … Agreement?”
… At this moment, Du Ze thought that Faraday, who invented the generator, is most certainly the greatest person on Earth. Du Ze was hard-pressed to make out what the Lich is saying. He can only try to read his lips and facial expression. Since he heard the words “you” and “agreement,” it seems that the Lich wants to sign a contract with him. In “Mixed Blood,” the blackened protagonist cannot trust anyone. All his companions signed the contract and became the protagonist’s younger brother.5 This was a disguised form of recognition … So the story of “Mixed Blood” can be twisted and f**ked a little bit?!
Now the key thing is, when midnight comes, will his restore ability erase the contract?
Now that he cannot hear, Du Ze does not want to speak. Neither does he want the protagonist to find out that he is deaf. Therefore, he cannot explain his golden finger now. He simply nods his head in agreement. At midnight if the master and servant contract is nullified, he will explain it. Then again, is this the first time that Xiu will make a contract? He suddenly felt very honored and worried that it might be broken.
– Du Ze’s moral integrity is dead, burn Joss paper as an offering.6
Seeing Du Ze nod, Xiu’s eyes half-close, covering the vibrant soul flame.
Then some silly, cute boy was so happy to see the protagonist take his hand, gently bring it up – wait a minute, what’s happening? Isn’t the contract dominant on the other side? What is written in “Mixed Blood” is that the master and servant contract is made when the master uses a finger to point between the eyebrows of the other person.7
Pain … pain … QAQ
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- He is described the author as a 坑爹 (pit father) which is a slang word originating from a World of Warcraft cheater who had that username. It generally means someone who is deceptive, a cheater, a no-good, annoying, and so forth. But it can also be a sort of praise meaning a person who is creative and does the unexpected. Your guess is as good as mine regarding which meaning Du Ze is thinking of.
- The more literal translation would be something like “When he first saw this weapon hanging he thought it was Moe and directly applauded.”
- 千变 meaning Thousand Change
- Sorry for the weird idiom, it’s hard to translate.
- Not literally his brother. Du Ze calls Xiu’s allies and friends “younger brothers” and his harem members are “sisters.”
- Joss paper or ghost money is burnt for the dead in various Asian religious practices including the veneration of the deceased on holidays and special occasions.
- Explanation: Xiu should be touching/ pointing at Du Ze’s forehead and casting the “master and servant” spell. Since Xiu is raising Du Ze’s hand, Du Ze is confused. He is wondering if… Xiu wants Du Ze to be the master. Rofl.