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Half Immortal CH 25

Author:Yan Category:urban Update time:2022-09-28 14:00:52

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Chapter 25: Ankang Ancient Town (4)

The night was mysterious.

The bloodstains on the sheets reflected the moonlight, and the mountain wind howled.

In such a peculiar scene, Yan Wei’s eyes kept rotating.

He looked to the left and then at the right, but never at Yan Mingguang.

If Gao Ming was here, Yan Wei could go up, grab his shoulders, and jokingly say, “What are you looking at I only sought death once.” However, the one staring directly at Yan Wei was Yan Mingguang.

This man’s facial expression was so indifferent it seemed like he had facial paralysis.

His eyes were deep and dark, unable to be seen clearly.

It was like Yan Mingguang could see through his thoughts.

Before entering the world inside the tower, Yan Wei was an individual who enjoyed wandering all over the world and lived in all walks of life.

He has seen all kinds of people and has many friends but did not put anyone to heart.

When something would happen, he was shameless and had no psychological burden.

No one truly knew what he was thinking of anyway.

Yet his shamelessness seemed ineffective in front of Yan Mingguang.

He smiled, intending to be calm.

“In fact, there’s nothing to say–“

“What did you find”

The man suddenly questioned him.

Yan Wei was dumbfounded.

“Eh”

“What did you touch just now”

Yan Wei’s brows stirred.

He turned back to look at Yan Mingguang, and his light brown eyes flashed in a rare wonder. 

Yan Wei pulled the chair and sat down in front of Yan Mingguang.

Compared with Yan Mingguang’s structure, who could keep his back straight even while leaning against a table, he slanted on the back of the chair and whistled.

“It’s not regarding what I touched, but what I didn’t touch.”

“Hm”

“I just thought that this skinless young miss is a little strange.

She seems to not only be skinless but is only flesh and blood.

She was all soft and limp.

A moment ago, when I touched her, I discovered that there were no bones in her legs and ribs — and there were signs of incisions in both areas.” 

Yan Mingguang frowned slightly.

“Bone extraction.”

“Yes.”

Yan Wei rummaged through the table for a while before finding a pen with some liquid stains and a few pieces of yellow paper.

He quickly drew the shapes of several bones.

“Look at this, it’s the missing bones — ribs, twelve on the left are missing.” Yan Wei drew all the bones he didn’t feel using his memory.

“And this, tibia, one tibia is gone, the other is still there.”

With a creak, the mountain wind blew the old wooden windows open.

The cool air poured in, lifting the edges of the paper.

Yan Mingguang stepped forward to readjust the window.

Yan Wei looked at the man’s back and said, “You threw the white umbrella away.

Do you still remember the details of the umbrella”

“Long-handled umbrella.

Its ribs and handle are of the same quality, and the umbrella handle is solid and thick.

There are twelve umbrella ribs, curved and thin, and no springs or bent places.

It’s a naturally curved radian.

The umbrella surface is very smooth and white.”

Yan Wei pointed to the ribs he drew.

“Twelve ribs are missing, and the umbrella has twelve ribs.”

He didn’t say it directly, but the answer was obvious.

–This was an umbrella made from the skin and bones of a girl!

Yan Wei took out the swallow coin and carelessly tossed it in his hand.

His eyes drooped faintly, his eyelashes fluttered in the blink of an eye, and the imprudence just now vanished in the moment of serious thinking.

“First, let’s thank Jiang Xiu for his service.

Let me confirm that the white umbrella is a death trigger and that there are skinless girls in every room because we saw one, there must’ve been one in the dead players’ room, and there was screaming and fighting in Jiang Xiu’s room.

It’s unlikely for the other guest rooms to be empty, so these five dirty things appeared in the five rooms after the singing began. That was one of them.”

“Second, I was thinking, what kind of method can make people wail for ten minutes before they die… it should be the same method as the dirty thing.

The fierce ghost most likely transformed after a girl died from being skinned and boned.

That is the meaning of the umbrella on the invitation.

The focus of the instance is the umbrella made from skin and bones.

The danger tonight is that every player’s room will have a skinless girl, and if the umbrella is still at the doorway, the skinless girls will attack!”

That is the connection between the ghost they encountered last night and the umbrella.

“This is possibly just the beginning.

There are still many questions like where is the staircase Who skinned the girl to make an umbrella, the matron Why did the matron put a white umbrella at our door And, this is a mountain temple with the word ‘God’.

How can these dirty things have anything to do with the mountain god holding an umbrella”

It is deserving of a seventh-floor instance that was upgraded twice in succession.

The theme was evident as soon as they entered the Promenade Hotel instance, even giving them ample preparation time on the first day.

But now, on their first night in, they had no time to search for clues — or rather, the dead was the first wave of clues.

Yan Wei lightly felt his palm, pressing his fingertips against the coin’s edge, and chuckled.

…..Even more interesting.

“There are no leads tonight.”

“The girl’s skin and bones are used as umbrellas to trigger death.

I can be sure of this.

As for the matron and this mountain temple, we will lose no time and find clues tomorrow.

Now it’s time to rest—”

Yan Wei paused.

Right after confirming the conjecture of making umbrellas with skin and bones, the tower’s prompt sounded in his mind.

【Congratulations to the player who discovered the theme for Ankang Ancient Town: Umbrella from skin and bones.

This discovery officially promotes the progress of decoding the instance.

As the first player to discover the clue, you will receive rewards: Physical Stat 2, Sensory Stat 4, and Points 4.】

【Player current data update: Physical Stat 13, Sensory Stat 37, Level 1, Points 16】

【You gained an extra 1 point for being the first to answer.】

【The main storyline of the instance is officially open.】

Yan Wei was stunned.

…The main storyline is open Were the things they experienced before just appetizers before the main story

What is the gained point from being the first to answer

The sound of the tower continued.

This time, Yan Mingguang’s eyes moved, obviously hearing it — This was something all players heard.

【Due to the player discovering the first theme clue of the instance, the progress of the instance has been upgraded — the instance enters the main storyline, triggering a first to answer mode.

From now on, the fastest progress of the players in this instance is the public progress of all players.

Once a player advances the progress and finds the correct lead, all remaining players will hear an announcement.

(Note: Progress rewards are available only to the first player to find a clue and will get a corresponding rush to answer score.

The settlement reward after the instance level clearance will be distributed according to the progress.)】

【The player’s first to answer points will accumulate gradually and will not be cleared.

If no player triggers the absolute death mechanism, and the ghost loses its target, the ghost will give priority to attacking the one with the lowest first to answer score.

【Please Note: The first to answer mode will gradually widen the gap between players.

Please actively in the instance and try to survive.】

The sound of the tower continued.

This time, Yan Mingguang’s eyes moved, obviously hearing it — This was something all players heard.

【Due to the player discovering the first theme clue of the instance, the progress has been upgraded — the instance enters the main storyline, triggering a first answer mode.

From now on, the fastest progress of the players in this instance is the public progress of all players.

Once a player advances the progress and finds the correct lead, all remaining players will hear an announcement.

(Note: Progress rewards are available only to the first player to find a clue and will get a corresponding rush to answer score.

The settlement reward after the instance level clearance will be distributed according to the progress allocation.)】

【The player’s first answer points will accumulate gradually and will not be cleared.

If no player triggers the absolute death mechanism, and the ghost loses its target, the ghost will give priority to attacking the one with the lowest first answer score.

【Please Note: The first answer mode will gradually widen the gap between players.

Please actively in the instance and try to survive.】

Subsequently, the child’s ghastly voice told the clue of the skin and bone umbrella Yan Wei just pointed out.

All the players — including Yan Wei himself — listened to it.

This instance features more than one best player.

After opening the casino with the upgrade mechanism, the clue discovered by Yan Wei unlocked the real difficulty.

Yan Wei finally understood what the tower meant when he first came in, releasing a task to promote the players’ enthusiasm.

The first answer mode only rewards players who discover a clue first.

Even though players will hear an announcement of the hint after each first answer, the additional information, props, and increase in strength obtained while finding the clues are unique to the discoverer.

It is more conducive to subsequent first to answer.

As the tower stated, the farther back you go, the wider the gap between players, and it is harder to gain first answer points.

But after each first answer, everyone will be forced to compete again at the same starting point, and the lowest score is tantamount to death.

The players don’t have a once-and-for-all method, so they can only work hard to stay ahead. 

Yan Wei listened carefully, raised his eyes, and met Yan Mingguang’s eyes under the moon’s luminescence. 

His brows shifted, and his eyes were like petals from peach blossoms, pure and quick-witted in the treacherous night.

“Our decision to enter is not wrong…”

The more challenging the instance is, the more room for mediation between them and Jiang Xiu. 

For Jiang Xiu, the first answer mode was a pressure to survive.

But for them… it was an opportunity to fight back!

Yan Mingguang only replied, “Sleep.”

……

This time, not only the players inside the instance heard the tower.

The casino projection also relayed the clues of the umbrella and the explanations about the first answer mode. 

The players under the projection were boiling.

“It’s actually an instance with first answer mode! Isn’t it rare Every appearance is a classic that the stele might record.

Was the last instance with the game mode from the 38th floor I missed the instance last time, and now I can make a bet.”

“The bet this time isn’t so much on who will survive and be rewarded as the best player, but on who will be the highest-scoring player — After all, the tower will settle the final award according to first answer progress.

It’s very likely to be the person who found the clue about the umbrella.

Who is this person”

“I don’t know.

I’ve been looking at the projection.

Except for the three black perspectives, no one has given any clues about the umbrella.

It can only be Yan Mingguang — who is Yan, Ning Yi, or the person Yan brought in… What was his name Yan Wei”

“The one Yan brought in can be ignored.

A whip was holding him… it’s a liability at first glance.

Unfortunately, Ning Yi doesn’t pay much attention to Jiang Xiu.

We could have observed her situation from Jiang Xiu’s perspective.

I want to choose Ning Yi.

As for Yan It’s better to bet whether he will get the best player than if he’ll survive.”

“It may not be Ning Yi.

Maybe someone else found it and didn’t say it, but the tower still detected it.

It’s possible for anyone.

I prefer Yu Feizhou with unparalleled strength.

“Anyway, I won’t bet on Jiang Xiu.

As someone who deliberately descended the tenth floor to enter the instance, his performance at the beginning was poor.

He also directly squandered an eighth-floor prop, which was too wasteful.”

“Lin Zhen, this pervert, actually told Yu Feizhou to get the lowest score and see how the ghost will try to kill him.”

“…”

Gao Ming struggled to get a front seat amongst the crowd.

Without hesitation, he instantly bet on Yan Wei, looked up at the two black screens, and turned to Jiang Xiu’s perspective.

In the projection, Jiang Xiu sat there frowning.

He was planning what to do next with Zheng Mao.

The man knew that the casino projection was on and did not conceal his intention to remove Yan.

In the discussion, he mentioned more or less how to deal with Yan.

“…I hope they can finish the level safely.”

He pushed his glasses and sighed.

The projection perspective of Yan Wei is dark, and the bottom is the proportion of players who are betting on Yan Wei.

0.8%.

Except for Gao Ming, the few remaining players might have been those who don’t understand anything or blindly want to choose an unpopular player. 

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Inside the instance Ankang Ancient Town

The bright moonlight gradually dimmed, and the clouds were thickening.

They crawled in the already dark night and slowly covered the full moon.

The howling of the mountain wind increased.

The faint sound of thunder came from a distance.

Inside, Yan Wei and Yan Mingguang lie side by side on the same single bed.

The bed Yan Mingguang rested in before was coated with a large amount of blood.

It was impossible to sleep on the bed.

The two remaining beds, one by the door and one by the bed, separated by the blood-stained bed, were too far apart.

If something nasty suddenly appeared in the middle of the night, sitting in the middle of the bed, the ghost would separate the two.

The two would be unable to coordinate their actions, and there’d be a high increase in danger.

Yan Wei wanted to switch the beds, but the facilities in the room were too old.

The bedstead was nailed in place, so it was impossible to move. 

He had to give up and squeeze together with Yan Mingguang on the small bed. 

Although he had been lying like this before, the ghost was next to him.

He didn’t think much about anything else.

But now, there was silence all around.

With only the sound of wind and pattering of rain outside and the sound of the man’s hot breath almost within reach, Yan Wei felt a little hot in the face — even if he doesn’t want to be in a relationship, his sexual orientation was still towards men.

And lying next to him was a handsome, cold, good-looking man.

He rolled over in the narrow space and inevitably bumped into Yan Mingguang.

The other person whispered, “What”

“It’s nothing…” Yan Wei mumbled broadly, “I’m just restless.

I like knocking into people when I sleep with them.”

Yan Mingguang: “…”

“If you’re unhappy, you can strike me back, but I hold grudges.

If you hit me, I’ll definitely hit back.”

“…”

Yan Wei found a slightly more comfortable posture, turned his back to Yan Mingguang, and stopped moving.

He was very picky.

He has high requirements for living conditions everywhere, and it’s difficult to fall asleep when it’s not suitable.

But while he was with Yan Mingguang, he actually felt sleepy.

The smell on the man was very refreshing, without any impurities.

It was a rather faint and cold smell of male hormones.

Such breath surrounded Yan Wei.

His two eyelids closed together, and he quickly fell asleep in the rain.

In his dream, he saw Yan Mingguang again. 

The dream was very similar to reality.

Yan Mingguang and he was huddled in bed, surrounded by all kinds of ghosts.

The air seemed a little cold, so he leaned beside Yan Mingguang.

In a daze, the dream ended, and it was dawn.

The rain was still falling, and clouds covered the morning sky, leaving only a faint and hazy gleam.

One by one, the matron walked by each guest room and called out in a kind manner, “It’s time for breakfast travelers.”

Yan Wei yawned bleary-eyed.

As soon as he opened his eyes, he found that he was facing Yan Mingguang, pillowing the man’s arm and nestling in Yan Mingguang’s bosom.

The man maintained his sleeping posture, then turned over, the two sticking together.

Yan Mingguang obviously noticed their current position.

His sight moved from the arm Yan Wei was on to Yan Wei’s face.

His voice was slightly hoarse in the morning.

“Your face.”

“Hm”

“There’s a mark from being pressed in.”

“!”

Yan Wei raised his hand and touched it.

Sure enough, he felt the mark.

He looked up hastily and moved aside.

With the experience from the Promenade Hotel instance, Yan Wei first checked how long it would take for the half immortal skill to lose effectiveness to determine if the time was correct.

He took a closer look at Yan Mingguang to confirm that everything was fine.

After that, Yan Wei and Yan Mingguang quickly got up together. 

The matron asked them to have breakfast in the backyard of the temple.

They left at an unhurried pace.

It was as if the matter of the skin and bone umbrella did not exist. 

Yan Wei pressed down his doubts about the matron and wrapped the whip around his wrist again.

He and Yan Mingguang rushed to the guest room where the player died last night.

The other players thought the same thing, and within a few minutes, several players gathered in the room.

When Yan Wei first arrived, the others looked at his cheek, the meaning in their gazes unclear.

Yan Wei didn’t care at all.

If he noticed the sight, he would whistle and glance back with a smile.

He turned away from the players whose gazes were lacking in confidence. 

Not long after, eleven players assembled.

A strong aroma of blood filled the old wooden room.

Blood seeped through the wooden floors, spreading out like a giant cloud.

Beside the bed lay a bloody body.

Even if the face had no skin, one could notice the expression of pain before death.

The person living with the dead player was Song Yu, a seventh-floor player who ascended floor by floor.

He stayed in the room all night and was not in good condition, face rather pale. 

“What happened in your room last night” questioned Jiang Xiu.

Song Yu said, “Last night, we both lay down early when later, someone placed the umbrella at the door.

I discussed it with him and thought it must be the death trigger, so we set the umbrella in the main hall.

We continued to rest after returning.

When the song started playing, it wasn’t before long that a bloody ghost unexpectedly appeared beside his bed.

It shot directly and tore off his skin alive.”

“It didn’t do anything to you”

“I don’t think so.

That thing shot too fast.

I don’t think he had a chance to escape or take out life-saving props before he died.

I’m almost as strong as him, and I’m definitely not the opponent of the ghost thing.

So I immediately used a prop similar to a protective shell to wrap myself, and the ghost didn’t attack it.

The ghost should have left by then.

When I came out again, he had been skinned alive and was dead.”

Yan Wei’s eyes swept around.

While Song Yu was talking, he thoroughly examined the guest room bit by bit. 

Zheng Mao asked again, “Then do you know what he did to be targeted by that ghost”

“He didn’t do anything.

After dividing the rooms, we did everything together.

I also did what he did, didn’t do anything extra, and didn’t encounter anything strange.”

Most of the remaining players frowned and began to ponder.

This time, there was no one-on-one discussion when the players first entered the instance.

Under the fast answer mode, players were in their own camp, and the atmosphere of competition began emerging.

Yan Wei’s eyes moved.

A hint of confidence flashed in his light brown eyes. 

Song Yu and the player who died had a difference — they slept on different beds.

【Teacher Yan,】 He said to Yan Mingguang through the whip, 【can you remove the dead player’s bed board and take a look】

Yan Mingguang’s expression didn’t change, nor did he look at Yan Wei.

He just held to the whip with one hand, walked to the blood-stained bed, and raised his feet — Without saying a word, he kicked the entire bed into pieces!

The sound of the broken wood pierced the air, and the situation under the bed board was instantly visible.

— It was a white umbrella!

Sure enough, they should not only be careful of the matron placing the umbrella at the door but also of the murderous intentions hidden deep in the house.

Thanks to Jiang Xiu, Yan Wei was able to release this quickly.

The skinned umbrella left in front of Jiang Xiu’s house caused the skinless ghost in Jiang Xiu’s room to take action, so this player could not possibly have died from throwing away the white umbrella, but for some other reason.

The only difference between Song Yu and the dead player was the beds they rested on. 

Yan Mingguang made such a move, and there was a mystery under the bed.

Lin Zhen gave an “Oh!” and said, “It turns out there’s an umbrella hidden under the bed board.”

They were all players who could enter the seventh-floor instance, and it was impossible to enter the room without searching.

But the bed was fixed to the ground, and there was nothing between the floor and the bed board.

Only when Yan Mingguang disassembled did it become clear that the middle of the bed board was empty, an open umbrella made from skin and bone laying in it.

Several players turned white.

One of them couldn’t resist and lifted their feet.

They went back to their room, eager to search their room again.

At the same time, the prompt tone of the tower sounded in the minds of both Yan Wei and Yan Mingguang — the tower actually counted all the players involved in finding clues, and the two were both rewarded.

【Congratulations to the player for cracking the death trigger clue.

As the first player to find the clue, you are rewarded: Sensory Stat 1, Point 1】

【You gained an extra 1 point for being the first to answer.】

An announcement of the clue advance also sounded in the minds of the other players and in front of the projection in the casino.

Jiang Xiu’s face suddenly sank.

He thought it was only Yan Mingguang who found it.

Looking at Yan Mingguang, he said in a low tone, “…Opportunistic.”

Yan Wei glanced at him, his wrist moved slightly, and he didn’t forget to maintain his personal setting of a waste snack.

He tossed the whip that was holding him in a bored manner, hooked the corner of his mouth, and casually said, “If you can get points through opportunism, why don’t you do it too” He turned his head and made a “0” gesture, showing a bright smiling face to Jiang Xiu, “Right 0-point player.”

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