Chapter 46: Greed
Clint is the son of the city lord of Iron City. But, as Iron City is often in a state of war with 4 other underground cities in its vicinity, he spends more than half of his time on the battlefield. Rather than the Prince of the City, he is more like a soldier.
Despite being a normal human with average height, his 2-meter tall gray heavy armor covers everything. On the bizarre bird-head helmet, a pair of bright eyes could be vaguely seen.
Even when he is given the full authority by his father to go to the land without war, Vance, as a diplomat, he decisively brought along his full battle gear. The adamantine heavy armor that never leaves his body is just the configuration, there is still a 3-meter long gun behind his back, 2 swords and a Dwarf pistol by his waist where it is easy to reach out for.
The little prince who managed to escape with his life due to luck on the battlefield dozens of time is already used to being in a state ready for battle anytime.
“Actually, Prince Clint, you don’t have to be so wary. In fact, there’s no need to make your servant get into a battle formation. This is Vance, the City of Platinum where gold can be found all around. This isn’t an endless battlefield here, unlike your homeland.”
The Gnome Merchant Seross, who is tagging along with him, feels frustrated. He is already regretting his actions of accepting the request to bring Prince Clint to Vance for the Alliance Conference, coveting the small request fee. On the way, he already had enough of that over-sensitive nerves of the Prince and the his War Syndrome.
It is no wonder why Seross is so unhappy. It is enough that their camping ground is surrounded by Gnome Mines. In the tent, he placed a few claymore within the tent. Fine, so he should already be safe like that. But, what is the point when you put a dummy on your own bed and sleep on the tree instead.
Every morning before the merchant team can set off , they have to spend up to half an hour to find him. Not only that, they also had to be careful of the traps laid around him so as to not get injured from it.
“While you were asleep, the sentry on night duty tried to cover you with a blanket out of goodwill but he almost got cut into half by you. Your nerves are really too sensitive! I know that your homeland may be unstable , but you can rest easy here! There is no war here!”
After a short moment, the metal can stretches out his forefinger, swirls it around the air before putting the finger into his mouth.
“…The taste of smoke, crawl down!!”
Afterwards, the iron giant really falls to the ground and his servant follow suit.
“YOU…YOU, IT IS SAFE HERE…” The Gnome’s shriek are still sounding by his ear when two crimson red light whizzes past his body. The deadly heat wave that came along with it almost vaporised him. Afterwards, the light of fire starts to spread and the buildings not too far away plunges into a sea of flames.
“Dragon Breath!! It should be an Adult Dragon, get ready for battle!”
Clint immediately gets moving together with his servants. He starts to create a temporary base, using his luggage as a blockade and starts assembling his rifles… To enjoy such treatment right after entering Vance City, the Gnome Seross is completely astounded.
But, this isn’t the moment to be in a daze. The next moment, 2 Red Dragons sweeps past the top of his head. This shows what kind of scary fight were they caught in.
The next moment, a deadly flash of darkness cuts across the skyline and the Red Dragon didn’t even have time to groan before it was sent spiraling down to the ground while spilling a rain of dragon blood.
The smashed meat and dragon blood crashes onto the ground right in front of him. The Gnome Merchant, who was hugging his head with both of his hands, can no longer find the courage to promise the others that this is a safe zone.
Following which, another Red Dragon seems to have seen some kind of nightmare and immediately tries to fly higher and escape. But, a red light similar to the flash of darkness before pierces through its head. Fresh blood splatters everywhere and the headless dragon corpse falls to the ground like a shooting star.
Before Seross’s piercing scream could escape fully from his mouth, a large metal hand stuffed it right back into him. Clint shivers as he stares at the sea of flames. It isn’t because he was worried but rather, its was the sharp instincts of a prey reacting in alarm to a naturally powerful predator above.
In the sea of flames caused by the Dragon Breath, a slow humongous figure advances gradually. The Beastman that were trying to stop his movements by his side seems just like small ants in comparison to it.
It is more than 30-meters tall and the 8 gigantic pillars of hoofs it is walking with seem to be as sturdy and heavy as metal towers. Every time it moves, the surrounding houses would tremor.
The Gigantic Skeleton Beast has 3 heads, all of them made solely of bones. One of them was the head of a Giant, one of them a Goat-headed Demon and the last, the head of a Bone Dragon. The goat-headed Demon’s brain still has black light encircling it it while the mouth of the Bone Dragon had inferno still lingering in it. At this moment, the head of the Giant seems to have just finished its long incantation and it was time for its performance.
“Polar Storm, The Icy Plains of Giants.”
Under the curse of the Polar Giant, snowflakes began falling and the ground started to freeze. Vast ice plains became reality as the legendary homeland of the Polar Giants was summoned to this ground. In comparison to the Polar Giant, which had a physical body allowing it to ignore the extreme cold, the Beastmen were too weak; they had zero resistance towards the cold and they died frozen as a group.
“The Demonic Bone Beast Crimspur, the most dangerous mutated Bone Beast in the world, the 6th Senator of the Xiluo Empire!! Why is it here!!”
That diabolical battle form is the best name card for the Undead Lords.
It may seem to be moving very slowly but in reality, it was a false impression due to its gigantic stature. Within mere seconds, the three-headed Bone Demon is already right in front of their eyes. The head of the Giant even glances at them, but looking at the wary Clint and his guards, he only tilts his chin in scorn and continues moving on.
“Boom!” “Boom!” Accompanied with the sounds of explosion and earthquake, Crimspur advances towards his next target.
“… We were ignored.”
“We were spared!! Let’s leave quickly!!”
The sound of the catapults of the Beastmen could be heard from afar. The war between a single being and an army continues. No one wishes to become cannon fodder for no reason, so Seross pulled Prince Clint and escapes.
10 minutes passed. The group from Iron City, who had successfully escaped, pants heavily by the side of the road. At this moment, the old Gnome has managed to make sense of the situation.
“Prince, it seems that there are still 3 weeks before the legendary Yongye Scepter would be auctioned, that’s why the Undead Lords from the surface are trying to steal it. Hehe, our luck is really bad. However, you can rest easy now. The gate that we passed by earlier on is the East Gate, the territory of the Beast Sovereign. The reason why we got entangled in that mess is because the Scepter is in his hands. Now that we are out of his territory, you can loosen up.”
Clint stares quietly at the Gnome and points behind him. A bunch of wild beasts were rushing through, sending innumerable passersby flying and wrecking numerous vendors.
The one riding on the head of the bull and leading the way is the Dracon Hunter and chasing at his back are countless pursuers.
“Bastard, you actually opened all the fences in the zoo and the Druid’s territory, did you eat something wrong!”
“You even claimed that you were a vet, return our animals to us!! You scammer!!”
“Xiao Xue, don’t be sad. I know that you are disconsolate over your husband’s death, but look. Am I not strong? And don’t I resemble your husband? Accept me as your Alpha Wolf and I will treat you sisters well…” His expressions and movements in trying to poach them were sincere, making one feel quite moved. But the person he was talking to is a female wolf, he was intending to create a Wolf harem…
The dumbfounded Gnome spent half a day before his spirit floated back into his body. Wiping away the sweat on his forehead, he continues.
“Hehe, there are scammers and criminals in every city. Our luck has been terrible, but this city should be mostly safe.”
Clint shakes his head and points towards another direction.
Right there, a bunch of villains were surrounding 2 female Elves, and seemed to possess malicious intentions. In the chaotic underground world, such things happen too frequently. Old Seross shakes his head, not intending to interfere and not possessing the strength to interfere as well.
“What a pity. These two are probably ladies of nobility who secretly escaped from home. They are indeed beauties that I have yet to seen, it is really such a pity.”
But in the next instant, he recalls that Clint possesses decent fighting, so it was possible for him to save them. The old Gnome sends a gaze of expectation towards him, but the other party simply shakes his head in response.
“…Too many people. Trap. The baits are male.”
The flabbergasted Seross turns his head back. It was about time to rein in the nets for the trap. A group of Dark Elf Knights suddenly come rushing in from the corners of the road.
“Incantation of Law: Judgement”
“Incantation of Law: Judgement”
This instant, the crowd turns into a sea of red. But the targets of the Justice Knight were the bunch who were the reddest. They must have carried out other crimes on top of this one.
“Big… Big returns! I knew that putting Krose and Victoria up as baits is a good idea. Look, even when the rest of you walk around in provocative clothing, you only end up catching 7 to 8 of them. On the other hand, despite not putting on make up and not sending seductive looks around, just by walking around with lowered heads, they managed to catch 300 to 400 of them. Look at those few well-dressed people, they are shining the reddest. They must be veteran scammers and villains.”
“The security here is really bad, there are bastards everywhere… The criminal in front of me, hold it right there. You are almost purple from all of the red and you still dare to creep away. I will give you 3 seconds to stop, otherwise I will slash you… You still dare to run! Try my Rotten Shoe Strike (Po Xie Zhan), oh, wrong one, Demon Destroying Strike (Po Xie Zhan), wrong one again… Sin-Splitting Strike!!” (Zhan Zui Ji)
TL: The rotten shoe strike is the traditional skill which a women takes off her shoe and throws it at the man.
“Hmph, to say the truth, it is a little depressing to lose in femininity to a man. However, losing to the number 1 beauty of the judiciary, Krose and Victoria, I don’t even feel a tinge of sadness. Have you seen any women who are more beautiful and feminine than them? Right, this must be the highest record for our catch. Who is the one with the lowest record? Say it out so that everyone can laugh about it.”
“Vice-captain Yawen, 1. Captain Diana, 0. As expected of our big sisters, they are really masculine such that those scums don’t even dare to come near them.
“…Pu, they are really pitiful. Even Momo attracted 16 of them. Big Sister always have a solemn face that scares away others. Coupled with the pressure as a Legend-rank and her Epic-class weapon, her result is quite normal. I think the most pitiful one is still Second Sister. She speaks like a man and looks like a man. No wonder people call her ‘Buddies with the Saber’, so it was actually another way of saying that she doesn’t have any suitors. Right, this joke is also not bad. Let’s tell it to the rest when we get back, it is more fun laughing together as a group.”
TL: Buddies with the Saber, refers to someone who is a weapon maniac.
“Momo… Vice-captain Yawen is behind you.”
“Ah Li, you tricked me!! Second Sister, I am just joking. Come on, give me a smile. Why are you drawing your saber!”
Looking at these female knights with silver light radiating from them, the old Gnome was quite astonished. That is obviously the Power of Order. It can’t be that there are actually Holy Knights coming from the evil Dark Elves. Then again, the Holy Light should be gold in color, so this is really confusing for him.
Very apparently, these knights are different from normal Holy Knights. They actually ignore the Demon Progeny and Necromancers they meet by the road. These were enemies that Holy Knights would go all out and fight to the death against upon meeting.
This time, the old Gnome could only mumble to himself.
“Change is happening too fast. But at least, the Gnomes should still be normal.”
This time, Clint points towards another direction. There, Gnomes and Dwarves were testing out a rocket car with a gigantic rocket tied to it. The sight of harmony between the two races, in the eyes of Seross, is like a bolt out of the blue.
“What kind of joke is this!! Gnomes are actually working together with those ugly Dwarves. These Gnome traitors, let old Seross fix you all.”
Just as he is about to go up to challenge them, he is stopped by his companions… It is fortunate that he was stopped, because just as the rocket car starts to move, it starts flying upwards above everyone’s head until it turns into a shooting star, until it reaches the ceiling of the roof.
After that, ‘pah‘, with a loud bang, it turns into fireworks.
“… It is all because that old bull is too heavy, that’s why we set the horsepower too great such that it flew up instead. We need a much lighter experiment subject, errr, no, I mean pilot.”
“Lowe, isn’t it about time to show your willingness of you Gnomes to sacrifice everything for the development of engineering?”
“The best contribution I can make towards Gnome engineering is my survival… Where can I find a dumb Gnome? Ohhhhh, this friend here, are you interested in the Gnome rocket car?”
Very apparently, if he were to nod his head now, then Seross’s 30 years of experience as a merchant would be in vain.
It took him a lot of effort to shake off the annoying Gnome Engineer. Old Seross’s face is filled with exhaustion as he sat on the step of stairs, smoking his pipe.
“This world is really changing too fast. Maybe, there would be a bunch of lunatics running nude the next moment…”
Eaglestorm and his tribesman runs across the sight of the group. As quickly as they came, they left. Lightly waving their hands, they bid farewell to the dumbfounded audiences. They didn’t take away any fanfare, nor did they leave anything behind… They aren’t even wearing anything, so what can they leave behind?
The old Gnome rubs his eyes in a daze.
“Inconceivable, what I say really comes. Is it possible that we might even meet with the Senators from the Undead Empire?”
Not too far away, the sounds of the hoofs of a horse could be heard.
“Ah Dang, do you really feel something? We have been looking a week now, is our Emperor really in this city?”
“Ah Pa is here, Ah Dang is sure!”
The two Undead Senators walk past them, riding a Skeleton Horse…
“Black sclera, white pupils, it is the Bone Dragon Queen!!! Wait, even if Titans were to appear in front of me now, I won’t be surprised too…”
“Pah!!” Following the loud boom, the tea stand in front of them was reduced to flat ground. A gigantic Metal Titan walks past them. At the back of the Robot Titan, large words ‘Roland Titan’ were shining.
“Shut up.” This time, even the reticent Clint couldn’t stand the inauspicious mouth of the old Gnome…
“Thanks to the effort of those trouble-makers, a large portion of the attention on us has been diverted away. Our secret interactions with the other underground city lords were quite successful. There are already more than 27 underground cities that are willing to support us in the Alliance Conference. This afternoon, we will be getting in touch with 3 more factions. One of them is the Underground Autarch Eduar, you must meet with him personally. Also, the prince named Clint seems to have be quite eminent. He has expressed goodwill towards us, so it would be best if you meet him personally as well.”
I nod my head, expressing my approval. It is about time for me to meet personally with Eduar. Also, the Iron City was said to be a city comprising many different races, I was interested in the city from the start, so there is no harm meeting him.
Within a week of entering the city, the Dark Elf Knight army’s demonstrations of the Power of Law in public made it into treasure coveted by many city lords. Using this as a bargaining chip, the meetings for alliances were quite successful.
Noting my agreement, Elisa continues her report.
Within a week, the Lion King Residence has been destroyed 12 times. There is not a building left there now, only a gigantic pit remains. The latest news, the 6th Senator Crimspur has appeared along with his old partner, ‘Ant King of Corrosion’ Lamost.
“Has the Undead Lord crossed swords with the Underground Autarch yet?”
“Not directly. It seems that both sides are still testing each other. Crimspur has destroyed 2 military barracks in the Beastman District and an entire street. But, only Molly’s Red Dragons counterattacked. Furthermore, there were only two young dragons that weren’t of age, so…”
“Destroyed in one blow huh, it’s normal. Crimspur is an Undead of the previous generation that survived the last Sacred War. He has been staring ambitiously on the seat of the Undead Emperor for a long time, so it won’t be easy to deal with him. However, he should have already received results from his probing. It seems like the Scepter should be in the hand of the Dragon Empress, otherwise Molly wouldn’t be willing to send young Dragons to serve as cannon fodder.”
TL: Destroyed in one blow -> Literal means getting killed in seconds.
“It looks like we must reassess the relationship between the Dragon Empress and the Lion King, to think that he would be willing to lend the Scepter to the other party to research…”
“Hehe, looks like their alliance is much stronger than we thought. Ah hahaha, rest easy, everything is within control!”
I laugh maniacally but Elisa seems to be a little restrained.
“Master… There are some things which I don’t know whether I should say.”
“Do I seem like a petty person? Go ahead!”
“We have no money. If you don’t start thinking of an idea, we might end up living on the streets.”
Hearing this, I exclaimed in shock. I remember that the funds I brought should be sufficient for us to live here for 3 years.
“You remember telling those fellows that they can call for backup anytime they want if they find themselves on the losing side? They really did it.They called for backup more than 60 times this week. The depletion of Magic Stones, the replacement of the machine’s parts and even the acquirement of new machines to replace the destroyed ones. This adds up to a massive sum and we didn’t take these into account when calculating our budget.”
I nod my head, expressing my acknowledgement towards Elisa’s report and the additional expenses. Previously, we didn’t expect that we would be able to to prepare so many ‘Rolands’, so it is very normal for us to overspend. Engineering is a job that burns money, and those big robots are even better at burning money. To face monetary crisis in such a short period of time, I guess it made logical sense.
“Hehe, fortunately, I made additional preparations. Come over here, let me introduce you to my new treasure! It is called Greed, isn’t it cute!”
On the experiment desk, there is a transparent bottle. Within the bottle, a bizarre and slimy liquid is thrashing about. It seems to be trying to break through the seal of the bottle but it is sent flying back due to the lightning shock from the seal of the bottle.
“Really… Really gross!! White and sticky, it is indeed the same good that you use for thinking.” Elisa says with a look of despise.
She is just mocking me for using my lower body to think. I have already experienced this kind of level of venomous tongue many times when my collections were revealed such that I am already numb to it. Instead, I laugh gleefully.
“That is because you don’t know how useful it is. Don’t judge it by how small it is, I only have to assimilate it into the waterways of this city and it will start cloning itself rapidly, forming countless clones. Within a few hours, this milk-white Slime would fill up the pipes and drainage system of the city…”
“Extremely disgusting!!! I beg of you to stop talking! What exactly do you intend to do!”
“Hmph, you really aren’t good at appraising things. It is called Greed, it instinctively looks for gold coins, swallow them and bring them back to the main body. This way, we would be able to solve our financial problems.”
Usually, even if there’s an ultimate treasure that is to be auctioned, the Auction House would normally bring out a few items of equal level to hype up the crowd. I do not expect to meet another God Equipment, but as long as the Lion King hopes to retain his pride, he would definitely bring some good stuff to the auction.
Thinking about the auction that is about to be held, I intend to gather more money so as to buy some local specialty. Ever since I dreamed about my experience in creating Ah Dang the last time, I focused my attention on getting my hands on the ingredients required for my specialty, Undead Creation.
And Greed here is the result of my hard work for an entire week.
?Mutated Slime: Greed/ Tribe: Undead Slime/ 1 point in all stats/ Race Talent: Targeted Devour, Fiber-Decomposing Secretion, Rapid Cloning/ System Evaluation: Extremely dangerous. Please destroy its main body as soon as possible. If you were to lose control of this being, not mentioning this entire city, the entire underground world might disappear. As a side note, please stop creating beings. Your talent in this aspect is totally wrong. If you were to continue on this route, you might destroy the entire world even before the calamities strike.?
Seems contradictory? Its abilities are obviously trashy but it actually generates so much fear in the system.
It is an existence hovering between life and death. To all beings, the more simple their demand is, the stronger the desire for it. This Greed represents avarice. In my settings, gold coins, mithril and different kinds of precious metal is the reason for its existence.
The more simple the being is, the easier for it to reproduce. The expenditure in cloning a single-cell organism is very low. Following the settings of its creator, Greed will clone itself frantically to steal gold coins. It has no attacking ability whatsoever, the only thing it can do is to invade vaults with iron-tight defense, decompose the sacks that are full of treasure and steal the gold coins and expensive metals.
However, I can understand the system’s concern as well. If ‘Greed’ were to lose control, as long as it reproduces to a certain point, the countless Slimes could take over all the living space, leaving no space for other beings.
Of course, the precondition is that there is no limit to its cloning…
“Look, its main body is in this bottle. I will only release a tenth of it, so their reproduction ability and its size will be limited to a tenth of the original. Also, their lifespan will be limited, so they will all die within 2 days. At most, it will only be a gold coin thief.”
While explaining, I carefully release ‘Greed’ into the waterworks. Suddenly, a wind blows and somehow, my nose which should be devoid of any senses feels itchy.
“Ah…. CHOOOOO! Who is gossiping about me!?”
Elisa’s shout made me regain my focus. But, half of the main body of ‘Greed’ had already been released into the drainage. Very soon, it will follow this thousand mile long ancient drainage system and clone itself in the waterways. Then, it will swiftly invade the entire city.
“…Calm down, there is still half left. ‘Greed’ will only be slightly stronger than expected.”
“How much stronger? Will it hurt anyone?”
“It will be slightly bigger by 5 times than expected, slightly bigger than the size of a human. Following their intelligence setting, it might change its attacking pattern to swallowing a person and disintegrate their clothing while taking all the metal away from them… Calm down, I have adjusted the settings properly, ‘Greed’ definitely will not harm any beings, it will leave after swallowing clothes.”
“Swallowing clothes? The entire city?” A terrifying image appears in Elisa’s mind. Countless Eaglestorms and Xuetis dancing around in a circle and more and more perverts started joining them…
“MASTER!! PLEASE RESEARCH A WAY TO DESTROY THIS DEMON FROM ITS ROOT QUICKLY!!”
I thought it was weird, how can there not be Slimes in a fantasy novel with a game-like background.