Chapter 26: Ankang Ancient Town (5)
Jiang Xiu glanced at Yan Wei.
He hasn’t had a good look ever since he appeared.
Even now, he stared darkly at Yan Wei.
His knuckles slightly shifted as if he wanted to make a move.
Yan Wei’s perception rushed in his mind, and he felt a contemptuous killing intention — but Jiang Xiu did not make a move.
The man just stared at him for a few seconds before sneering.
“I’m only at 0 for now, but you… I’m afraid it’s always going to be 0, right Ghosts under the tower rules give priority to attacks.
Yan’s protection can’t block it.”
“You’re aware I have 0 points” Yan Wei curled his lip and sincerely said, “I have 2 points.” These two points were also thanks to Jiang Xiu’s “dedication”.
If Jiang Xiu knew this, he’d be furious with his mouth crooked.
Jiang Xiu didn’t believe it at all.
“No skill and a lot of big talk.”
“No points and a very low IQ.”
“You–” Jiang Xiu clenched his fist, glared at Yan Wei, and finally swallowed it.
As a seed player who steadily ascended from the first floor to the tenth floor, Jiang Xiu, though resentful and arrogant, was not stupid.
He knew that if he killed the player, the tower would eradicate him.
Although Yan Wei was currently immortal and could use it to lure Jiang Xiu into killing, triggering the tower’s bottom line, such a simple trick wouldn’t fool him.
Yan Wei just had a mouth addiction.
Compared to Jiang Xiu…
Yan Wei’s eyes moved to Ning Yi, standing in the back.
She appeared to be only about 20 years old, with a very young face, tall figure, long hair in a shawl, and delicate face covered with a layer of frost.
From seeing the body to the skin and bone umbrella in the bed board, Ning Yi did not react from the beginning to the end.
Her cold eyes bore no emotion, only looking ahead indifferently.
The moment Yan looked over, Ning Yi noticed his eyes.
She glanced back, then returned without a stir.
Yan Wei raised his eyebrows, and the corner of his mouth twitched.
Compared to Jiang Xiu, this woman named Ning Yi gave him a greater sense of crisis.
As for Lin Zhen… Yan Wei didn’t take a mental case into consideration.
Yu Feizhou, who was working with Lin Zhen, was powerful, but Yan Wei didn’t see a trace of evil.
He didn’t look like a person who would become an enemy.
【Yan Mingguang,】 He said, 【pay attention to Ning Yi.
I think she’s more troublesome than Jiang Xiu.
Her friends and enemies are unknown.】
At this moment, Yan Wei was ahead by 2 points from first answering.
Yan Mingguang had just obtained 1 point, and the two of them gained strength because of the two answers.
But in these two times, one was because Yan Wei was in an immortal state, so he could boldly tease ghosts.
The other was from just now.
The following clues will only require more and more strength, and whether they can always succeed is an open question.
The rest were at 0 points.
The competition will only intensify during the day to avoid being last place tonight.
Yan Wei had a few expectations.
The others looked at the white-boned umbrella in the bed board and the bloody body.
They were silent for a long time, exhibiting different expressions.
Finally, Song Yu sighed and said, “Anyway, we stayed together for one night, so I’ll bury his body.
This umbrella… I’ll set it next to his body.”
Yu Feizhou smiled gently.
Some of the players went back to inspect their rooms.
Yan Wei, Yan Mingguang, Lin Zhen, and several others who had done this last night went to the backyard for breakfast.
Outside, the pattering rain was still dropping.
A trickle of water flowed down from the tiles of the mountain temple, and the mountain breeze was slightly chilly.
The matron stood outside the kitchenette, facing the large, green walls of the mountain.
She held a normal-looking umbrella in both hands, and with an old voice, sang the ancient town’s folk song.
“The stars are shining, the moon is hanging…”
“This is a mountain and river bestowed by God, this is a fertile field, this is a blessing from heaven…”
“It’s raining, it’s raining, the crops are going to grow…”
“Let’s hold up our umbrellas…”
In the main hall of the mountain temple, the children from the town who used the main hall as a school also sang a song.
The children’s simple vocals mingled with the old one, and a sense of mysteriousness drifted in the clarity.
Yan Wei and the other players were seated at a log table.
The dishes wafted out warm steam, but everyone’s eyes were at the door.
The matron finished singing then bowed to the mountain three times while holding an umbrella.
Lin Zhen went up and fearlessly asked the matron what happened last night, but she only denied it.
She said she was bitten and did nothing last night.
The matron then began the so-called worship of the mountain god in the rain.
“What a pity,” Lin Zhen swallowed a mouthful while bored to death, “The matron couldn’t answer anything or trigger something.
I thought it would be fun if she got angry.
Yan, why don’t you fight with me”
Yan Mingguang didn’t lift his eyelids.
The cook brought up a freshly made sweet potato congee.
“We are all relying on the mountain to make a living.
There is nothing precious.
It’s all local dishes.
Travelers, don’t mind.”
Yan Wei turned to look at the cook who prepared food for them.
The cook’s name was Hu Ayu.
According to her, she came from town to help temporarily.
As stated by the matron, travelers were staying in the mountain temple.
Hu Ayu had no financial resources to live alone, so she took this job to make a living.
A floral head covering wrapped her hair, and she wore the ethnic-style clothes of the ancient town.
In her twenties, she had fair skin and delicate facial features.
She was a beauty that kitchen smoke couldn’t conceal.
When she placed the congee down, she happened to notice Yan Wei’s eyes and gave a gentle smile.
It was rare to meet such an NPC in a tower instance that was not peculiar or garrulous like the waiter, painter, and the matron.
Yan Wei also smiled and asked, “Is the town at the foot of the mountain”
“Yan-xiaoge1 is going to town Just go down the main road when you get out of the mountain temple.
In two days, it’s going to be the 12th annual Mountain God Festival.
Everyone’s door has an umbrella. Yan-xiaoge should be careful not to touch them.”
Lin Zhen, who was listening, asked, “Why can’t the umbrellas be touched”
Hu Ayu ignored him.
Instead of speaking eagerly like Lin Zhen, Yan Wei smiled from the corners of his mouth.
His peach petal-like eyes drew an approachable arc, and while chatting, casually asked, “Is it your custom”
She smiled at Yan Wei, her voice soft.
We believe in the mountain god, and the rain is a gift given to us by the mountain god.
Every year in the harvest season, we will welcome the gift with an umbrella.
It’s the rainy season during the Mountain God Festival, and everyone will put their umbrellas outside to show their respect for the mountain gods.
People in our town…”
Yan Wei noticed Hu Ayu’s pause.
For a moment, her complexion changed slightly.
Then, she resumed her smile and said, “They have a bad temper, so be careful.”
Hu Ayu had already turned and left.
Several players who were having breakfast made a move.
Lin Zhen gave an indignant look at Yan Wei.
“Why could you ask, but I couldn’t Do NPCs look at the face”
Jiang Xiu scoffed.
“This is information they’ll definitely let us know when we have breakfast.
No matter who asks, we will be given the same message.”
Yu Feizhou slowly took a sip of congee and said in a calm and gentle tone, “Yan Wei is also a player.
Asking is his ability.”
He nodded to Yan Wei after speaking.
Yan Wei has always been reciprocal to those who treated him with courtesy.
He was treated with respect and returned a polite nod.
Yu Feizhou’s actual strength was unknown.
Jiang Xiu finished his meal, gritted his teeth, got up, and patted Zheng Mao saying, “We’ll go down the mountain after you finish eating.”
Zheng Mao hurriedly placed his chopsticks down and followed Jiang Xiu out.
The matron was still holding an umbrella and worshiping the mountain wall.
Jiang Xiu didn’t dare to use an umbrella rashly in this instance and braved the rain, walking straight through the backyard.
Zheng Mao trotted after him.
“Jiang-ge, why don’t we look for clues on the matron first The old woman must know a lot.”
“You’re all aware the matron knows a lot.
What makes you think the others aren’t It’s currently in first answer mode, and everyone is eyeing possible areas for clues.
In addition to Yan, there’s also the player who pointed out the theme of the instance — possibly Yan as well.
We all have 0 points.
Many players want to find clues on the matron because the matron is the most obvious breakthrough.
However, the rule of the first answer mode is that progress is worth one point.
Whether it is to find something big like the instance theme or discover the umbrella in the bed board of the deceased, they are all one point.
Then why should we fight for a point that everyone’s watching The cook’s words were also clear — the people in the town have a nasty temper.
It was an information point.
There must be first-answer points in the area.”
Jiang Xiu actually thought very clearly.
He entered this instance because Jiang Ping died from the casino instance Yan participated in.
His goal was clear — that is, to let Yan Mingguang die and let the ignorant Yan Wei, whom Yan Mingguang brought, die in this instance as well.
Now that the difficulty of this instance has been raised and entered the best player betting and first answer mode, his advantages will be pushed down.
He’ll need to get first-answer points to be ahead of Yan Mingguang.
He narrowed his eyes and sneered.
“I only need to recoup this two-point gap, and we’ll return to the temple immediately.
After that, I’ll block Yan wherever he goes, so he will definitely get the lowest score.
I gain no points from descending the tower.
There’s no point in competing for first place.
I was just here to avenge Jiang Ping’s death and trap Yan Mingguang inside the instance, but he unexpectedly tricked me yesterday, even costing me an eighth-floor exorcism prop.
Not only do I want him to die, but to die in great pain…”
“And the sharp-mouthed rubbish next to him.
I want to see both of them skinned and boned with my own eyes.”
“Jiang Xiu’s move is so insidious.
Rather than being first place, just let Yan remain at the bottom.”
“As expected of a seed player.
He must have made a mistake on the first night and went back in shape today.
There’s a shortcut in the first answer mode, that is, no matter what the answer is, it is worth 1 point.
Compared to many people fighting for a point, a person who slowly looks for points that no one is fighting for will have a greater chance of winning.”
“But there are more clues on the matron.
They may be able to discover more points.”
“There are also seven or eight people sharing it.
Where can they earn points in the ancient town”
“Look! Sure enough! After the matron finished worshiping the mountain god, Yu Feizhou and Lin Zhen followed her.”
“Yan Mingguang and Yan Wei also caught up! There are three other players! Eight people2… it’s not worth three or four points.”
“There are experienced players like Jiang Xiu competing with a group of players on the seventh-floor and above for points from the matron.
Yan will not survive this time.
The Yan Wei, who he had with him, has not contributed so far and may even drag his legs down to make Yan die faster.
I wonder how he will die.”
Gao Ming squeezed in among the players and looked at the projection.
Yan Mingguang opened his projection perspective again.
On his screen, Yan Mingguang grabbed Yan Wei with his whip.
The two followed behind the matron together.
In the other perspective projections, players hid in different angles.
They obviously wanted to get clues from the matron and gain first answer points.
People around concluded that it was not worth it, but Gao Ming shook his head.
“…How could he do something worthless”
On the surface, this person is gentle and well-behaved, getting along with others and always bringing a sense of comfort, but if he gets up and acts…”
Yan Wei can calculate everything better than anyone and will be able to maximize the benefits he can obtain.
Inside the instance Ankang Ancient Town
After worshiping the mountain god, the matron held the umbrella and walked behind the temple, moving deeper and deeper along the mountain wall.
Yan Wei and Yan Mingguang were not far behind.
【I can sense other players, two of whom are particularly strong.
They should be Lin Zhen and Yu Feizhou.
Ning Yi didn’t come to grab this point】
Yan Mingguang said:【I can’t see through Yu Feizhou.】
【You aren’t asking me why I’m here to compete with so many people】
This person did not answer his question but said: 【Sooner or later we’ll have to fight.
It’s okay to come early.】
Yan Wei laughed in his mind.
After Yan Mingguang stepped over uneven rock, Yan Wei said: 【What we have to do now is narrow the gap by answering first.
Our goal is different from theirs — they only need to win.
We need to rely on answering first to improve our strength and compete for answers… so no one else can win.
All we have to do is grab the points they can get.
There must be more than one clue here.
Why did the matron place the umbrella at our door and deny it in the morning Who skinned and boned the girls to make umbrellas And this morning, all the umbrellas in the main hall disappeared.
Where did they go There are at least three points here.
We get three points, which is equivalent to three points less for all other players.】
Keep the others from accumulating points, increase their strength, and hinder the growth of all other players.
They need points, and the points between Yan Wei and Yan Mingguang must be balanced — so that when they reach the final balance, Yan’s identity can always fall on Yan Mingguang.
No matter how many points there are here, they have to get the most! Today, his immortal state is still activated, which is a good time to widen the gap.
【I know what calculation Jiang Xiu made when he went down the mountain.
His cleverness… was used in the wrong place again.
I won’t let him get the point.】
While speaking, the matron suddenly stopped.
She had gone deep into the mountains, surrounded by deep green plants, raindrops constantly condensing and falling from the leaves, and a land filled with mud from the rain.
There was some fragrance of grass and trees, but for some unknown reason, Yan Wei seemed to smell something rotten enveloped in the scent of vegetation.
The woman stopped in front of a sealed well, put away her umbrella, and lifted the wooden cover of the well.
——The decaying smell mixed with the aroma of grass and trees from the forest was even denser.
After lifting the lid, she pulled the rope hanging by the well, unexpectedly raised her feet and sat astride the well, grabbed the rope, and gradually slid into the well!
Yan Wei frowned uncomfortably and asked in disgust, “Go in”
“The width of the well, you can only enter one at a time.”
“I’ll go in first,” Yan Wei said, on the way to chopping the nail and slicing the iron3.
There must be something at the bottom of the well.
He is immortal today, and it is safest to enter first.
He knows that Lin Zhen, Yu Feizhou, and the other players are watching, but such a stalemate will only waste time.
A fight may occur with the players by the well.
He is better off jumping in first.
Yan Minggunag glanced at him.
Yan Wei said nothing, only raising the corner of his mouth and smiling at the man.
With the “court disaster a bit” last night, he knew what Yan Mingguang could be calling to mind.
He said, “Teacher Yan has protected me for so long, and I, a waste snack, must have the function of trial and error.
If something happens to me later, have a little conscience and save me at once.”
This time it was Yan Mingguang’s turn to be decisive.
Yan Wei did not hear it.
“Thank you in advance.”
Yan Mingguang: “…”
Yan Wei took back his eyes and directly stepped out.
“I’m going down.”
If one decided to take a closer look, they’d be unable to see the bottom or any water in the well.
Instead, it resembled an empty pit.
The rope remained tied to the well.
Yan Wei shook it in his hand.
There was no weight below — the matron had completely gone down.
The two had finished their discussion.
Yan Wei didn’t hesitate, grabbing the rope and turning over.
In the blink of an eye, he slipped into the well with the hemp rope!
As soon as Yan Wei got down, Yan Mingguang didn’t even grasp the rope.
He jumped into the well with the rustling wind.
After the two descended, Lin Zhen and Yu Feizhou, who had wanted to wait and observe, jumped down one after another.
The remaining three players hurried up and found that the well had vanished!
On the other side, it wasn’t long before Yan Wei slid to the bottom.
Rather than the bottom, it was more of a pool brimming with the smell of blood.
Nothing could be seen from the top, but it didn’t take long to slide down.
The pungent rotten smell became stronger and stronger, combined with a very thick bloody smell.
At the bottom of the rope… was a blood pool!
In the dimness, the pool reflected a dark, bottomless color.
It gave off an unpleasant smell of blood.
Worst of all, Yan Wei barely swept past in the dark but did not see the foothold where he could reach — the shore of the pool was still far, and he could only swim through it.
To have a person with mysophobia swim in the blood pool.
It is better to drop dead.
The main point is that this one with mysophobia can’t die.
Yan Wei: “…”
He grabbed the bottom of the rope, his eyes slightly narrowed, wondering whether to wait for Yan Mingguang to come down or find a way to reach the shore of the blood pool.
There was a sudden sound of whew in the air, going off three times in a row.
A black-feathered arrow pierced the air, producing a passing breeze.
A figure with a longbow fell from above, grabbed Yan Wei who was still holding the rope, and unexpectedly stepped on the spinning feathered arrow between maneuvers!
Three arrows punctured the surrounding rock walls at once.
The descending person grabbed Yan Wei and landed at the edge of the blood pool.
The man was dressed in black as if he had melted into the darkness around him.
As it happened, a pair of dark red eyes, enchanting and demonic, displayed a look of confusion.
“Lin Zhen” Yan Wei was stunned.
“Where’s Yan Mingguang”
Lin Zhen took back his longbow, smiled at him, leaned forward, and said, “I’m afraid your Yan has fallen into another entrance.
Yan’s little pet, want to think of a way to ask me to protect you Although I’m only interested in the strong, I also like watching the weak cry for help.
I turned off the casino projection when I came down.
The other players can’t see you wagging your tail4 and begging for mercy.”
The tip of Yan Wei’s brows shifted.
Lin Zhen seemed to know some other information.
This information was not exposed when the group of players was together, that was, last night.
Lin Zen and Yu Feizhou went to the main temple hall before them!
The matron received them in the main hall.
There was also a statue of the mountain god in the main hall.
Perhaps there was a secret about this well.
Combined with the other entrance that Lin Zhen blurted out just now…
In this underground place soaked in the smell of blood, the blood pool flowed slowly.
The young man stood by the pool.
His unsoiled windbreaker swayed gently in the light breeze, and he stood upright.
The redness of his cheeks was unable to conceal a sense of purity.
He lowered his head slightly, and his light brown eyes flashed cunningly in the dim light.
He said with a smile, “How about a bet”
“Oh, you want to bet with me Bet on what What do you have worth making a bet Little pet, I’m not a good person.
I don’t have compassion like Yu Feizhou.
Don’t challenge my patience.”
“Bet on whoever gets the first answer point starting now.
If I win, you’ll obey me and unconditionally protect me.
If you win, I’ll listen to you and tell you everything, including Yan.”
At first, Lin Zhen lacked interest.
When he heard about Yan, his facial expression faintly changed.
His dark red pupils flashed with anticipation.
“Sure, I can play with you–“
After the other party took the bait, Yan Wei gently smiled.
“Yan Mingguang must have followed me right after.
You and Yu Feizhou are working together.
After landing, you also looked up, indicating that you expected to see Yu Feizhou come down.
This also means Yu Feizhou came in behind you.
Although I was the first one to come in, the order should be… me, Yan Mingguang, you, and Yu Feizhou”
Lin Zhen’s easygoing expression retracted a bit, and the hand holding the longbow unconsciously clenched a little.
Looking at Yan Wei, his eyes portrayed a strong emotion.
“You guessed it correctly How did you–“
Yan Wei just went on to say, “But after not seeing Yu Feizhou, you didn’t look back up, which means you didn’t think anyone else would come — you were sure that only the four of us came in.
But at that time, I felt that more than four of us were present.
We all came in.
It was impossible for others not to act.
It wasn’t that they didn’t come in, but that they couldn’t come.” Yan Wei slowly raised his eyes.
His eyelashes trembled slightly, and a smile appeared at the end of his eyes.
“Including the matron, five people came into this unique well, and only five people can enter.”
Lin Zhen’s smile narrowly collapsed, “You were faking your incompetence!”
“Along with the ‘another entrance’ you blurted out… Last night, when you went out to the main hall to throw the umbrella away, you found something similar to a map, the matron’s records, and so on.
Was information about the well written in it The general message was probably that this well would drop someone randomly into different entrances, and only up to five people can enter at a time, right”
Lin Zhen’s smile completely froze on his face.
Yan Wei was not finished yet.
“Combined with the information you acquired, the strange well that only allows five people to enter, and the five guest rooms that we were assigned to — the number of rooms suggests that there were five girls who have been skinned and boned to make umbrellas.
A putrid smell filled the underground, and there was a blood pool… The things that the five girls turned into after they died are here.
The matron knows her way around and even dares to come in.
A person who knows that there are ghosts buried underground and that the ghosts have returned.
She is probably the one who made the skin and bone umbrella.”
“According to the information released a moment ago, the matron skinned and boned five girls, made umbrellas from their skins and bones, and threw their bodies here.
In the evening, the matron set umbrellas at the door of our rooms, and fierce ghosts came out of the well, killing players with an umbrella.
In the well, the girls’ endless blood flowed into the pool.
It dyed the water here red, forming a blood pool.
The resentment of the five girls also made this place strange.
Only five people can come in, and they would randomly drop to five different bloody places after entering.”
Right after his voice dropped, Yan Wei heard the reward prompt of the tower sound in his mind.
His sensory stat, which was far beyond his current floor level, was raised again.
At this moment, he seemed to sense the wind and grass, and he could tell the direction of every water flow with clarity.
【Congratulations to the player for deciphering all the logic between the matron and the skin and bone umbrella.
As the first player to discover this clue, you get the reward: Sensory Stat 2, Points 2.
【You gained 1 extra point for being the first to answer.】
【At present, you have a total of 3 first answer points, temporarily ranking first among the players in this instance.
Please make persistent efforts to survive.】
Yan Wei raised his eyebrows slightly.
What he thought was right.
Although he was right about the clue, this clue… was just the tip of the iceberg.
If the girls, the matron, and umbrellas made from skin and bone were all of this instance’s features, then the reward of this clue would not be simply 2 sensory stat points and 2 points.
The well and the umbrellas are just the beginning.
There are still many mysteries about the mountain temple and the ancient town.
He secretly noted down these doubts.
At the same time, all players in the instance received the prompt sound of the tower.
【The progress of the instance has been updated.
Some players have successfully answered the specific connection between the matron and the skin and bone umbrella.
The matron is the one who produces the umbrellas.
She peeled and boned the girls, tossing their dead bodies under the well in the back of the mountain temple.
At night, the skinless girls come after the umbrellas and kill those beside them.】
【The race to answer first continues.
May all players do their best to answer first and try to survive.】
Yan Wei listened to a series of reminders from the tower with satisfaction and felt his strength improve again.
This so-called bet started and ended in less than a minute.
He stepped forward with a smile, patted the petrified Lin Zhen, and said, “Let’s go — bodyguard.”
Edited the past chapters and changed some terms after noticing a few mistakes.
Nothing major was changed (the biggest one was changing the stat names to the past translator’s).
Also changed the release schedule from Sundays to Mondays since I update late at night on Sundays, which counts as the next day on the website.
Please excuse me (*_ _)人