Chapter 47 – A Guild’s Interests
Translator: Anonymous Editor: Cosmosg9
The round of fighting that broke out right at Lava Crack’s entrance was especially fierce. Right under SpiritWorld NightCruise’s astonished eyes, Li HuaiLin faced waves of fireballs and arrows head-on, killing 20 or so people, before finally turning into a white light and reviving elsewhere.
“Hu, hu……” NineSongs was pretty lucky, all things considered, not having been killed by Li HuaiLin both times. Although everything Li HuaiLin was finally finished, NineSongs felt like he had just faced a huge boss, almost collapsing from exhaustion.
“How are the losses?” NineSongs looked at the less than half remaining people behind him and asked.
“This time, 27 people died, dropping 3 blues and 11 greens. Although we told team members from the side to watch for the drops and try to secure them, we only retrieved 1 blue and 4 greens.” An Apocalypse member from the side replied.
“F*ck!” NineSongs couldn’t help cursing before reporting the losses to the guild leader WenTian who was still at the revival site.
“Motherf**ker!” Both times, he barely showed his face before being sent back to the respawn point, and this time also he was surprise attacked. Apocalypse guild’s leader WenTian had been so incensed he was about to lose his mind. “NineSongs, call the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th squads and wake them up. If we can’t destroy him with one squad, I’ll send 200 people to surround him. I don’t believe we can’t annihilate him.”
“But Guild Leader, sending 50+ people to ambush one person is already a pretty risk, and we’re pretty fortunate that this squad’s people are all our own, knowing not to spread this out. The 2nd and 3rd squads have some non-committed players, if a thread like “Brother NiuBi solos Apocalypse guild’s 4 squads” appears on the forums, what are we gonna do?” NineSongs looked at the out-of-control WenTian, hurriedly saying, “Also, SpiritWorld’s people already know, they’re still watching at the side. Guild Leader, I’m afraid that if we keep going like this, we’ll become the laughing stock of all the big guilds.”
“This……” Hearing it put this way by NineSongs, WenTian calmed down slightly and thought about it. What NineSongs said was logical. Even if his side killed the other guy back to New Player Village, the side to suffer would still be his own guild. Without even speaking of the price they would pay to send Li HuaiLin back to New Player Village, the hit to his own reputation would be bad enough. What did large guilds value? It was not equipment, or money, but rather reputations. Were all the guilds challenging hell-mode instance dungeons doing it for those 2-3 pieces of equipment? Not at all, it was for fame and reputation.
A squad going after one person, with half of them dying, if this news got out, everyone would be supporting Brother NiuBi. His own guild would probably only be able to become Brother NiuBI’s background while being laughed at by all the other guilds later.
“Oh? You’re the guild leader of Apocalypse, the guild that sends a whole squad to kill Brother NiuBi and yet lost half of their members doing so?”
WenTian thought about the currents he would have to face if he continued, wrinkling his brows, before deciding it was unacceptable. But thinking about Li HuaiLin’s arrogant manner, WenTian was enraged again.
“What you said is logical NineSongs.” WenTian first agreed with NineSong’s words, to show he hadn’t completely lost his mind, “but NineSongs, right now it’s not that we’re looking to cause trouble for him, but rather that he came to cause trouble for us. He wants our territory, yet can we only surrender the field to him? If this got out, then we would truly lose all face.”
“Guild Leader, I’ve thought about it and I think this matter is actually quite easy to resolve.” NineSongs said, “The guy just said, he came here for the Fire Flowers, let’s just let him harvest then.”
“Let him harvest?” WenTian didn’t know where NineSongs was going.
“Yeah! Even if he’s niubi, he’s still only one person. How can his harvesting match up to our hundreds of people’s harvesting speed? We can just have a small team tracking him, and as soon as he goes somewhere, that team will notify everyone else to leave the area while other area’s players can continue to harvest. How much do you think he could possibly get?”
“Hm….” WenTian nodded and said, “Continue.”
“If he invites people to come harvest, then we can just easily kill those guys. Brother NiuBi’s friends can’t all be as strong as him.” NineSongs said, laughing, “With only one person competing with us for the flowers, we wouldn’t have that large of a loss. At most, we’ll lose 10 flowers a day.”
“But isn’t this kind of bad?” WenTian frowned, “He messed with us twice, twice! How do I quench my anger?”
“Guild Leader, think about it this way. We killed him twice too, and as the initiating aggressor, he would have lost 40% of the experience.” NineSongs said persuasively, “Guild Leader, I know you’re angry, but we have to think about the guild. If this continues, there will be no good for our development in the future. Look, the first squad basically had everyone die once already, losing 20+ pieces of equipment. Now we have to spend most of the day to grind back the equipment and experience. We’ll have another half a day difference between us and competing guilds if we keep this up, who knows how many half-days we’ll be behind.”
“Damn it!” WenTian yelled. “NIneSongs, you go make arrangements, I’m going to go offline to get something to drink. Otherwise, I’m gonna die from anger.”
“Ok Guild Leader.” NineSongs smiled. “This time, you’ve been wronged.”
“There’s no wrong, it’s all for the guild. “ WenTian said, “But this matter isn’t over. As long as there’s an opportunity, I won’t let that guy go. Rest assured, I’ll plan carefully before going after him.”
“Of course, we’ve just had to suffer a loss this time. As time goes on, I refuse to believe we won’t have the opportunity to return the favor.” NineSongs said viciously.
“Ok.” WenTian nodded and then gave a slight sigh before going offline.
Returning to the city’s revival point. The just revived Li HuaiLin started to take stock of his gains again.
“2 blues, 7 greens.” Li HuaiLin looked at his inventory, his eyes grinning, “This time, I finally know what earning money is. So games can be played this way; I’ve never known about this method before. Right, let’s hurry.”
With such a hard-earned opportunity to make money, Li HuaiLin hurriedly ran to the bank to deposit everything on him, keeping only the green-rarity sword and charged back towards Lava Crack.
After 10 minutes, Li HuaiLin arrived once again at the entrance of Lava Crack. But unexpectedly, where Li HuaiLin had expected the enemies to way at the entrance, not a single player could be seen. Instead, only SpiritWorld NightCruise and co. were still standing there.
“HuaiLin.” Looking at Li HuaiLin who had run back again, SpiritWorld NightCruise didn’t know whether to laugh to cry as he waved him over, “I knew you would come back. I’ve truly broadened my horizons today. 1 person against 50, and you still managed to kill 20+. Are you just planning on getting rich picking up their equipment?”
“Oh? I had thought only I would have this kind of idea, who would’ve thought heroes think the same. What, did you want to make some money too? How about we go together?” Li HuaiLin said while laughing.
“The initial aggressor loses 20% exp, you’ve lost 40% by now right?” NightCruise shook his head, “I’m a guild player, different from you solo players. To us, equipment is given to us by the guild, so levels are much more important. In addition, I’m not lacking money. These few equips are much more valuable to solo players but to guilds, they’re not worth much.”
“Now it’s just over 10 equips. But in a while, I’ll take their whole squad’s equipment. That will truly be called getting rich.” Li HuaiLin smiled, saying, “If you don’t have an interest, I’m gonna head in first.”
“I’ve been worrying for you for nothing. I had thought might run into trouble with big guilds because of instance-clearing strategies but today, you voluntarily made trouble for a big guild.” NightCruise patted his head, “Although seriously speaking, our SpiritWorld can’t really interfere in this matter. Although Apocalypse guild isn’t as big as SpiritWorld, they’re still ranked. You should really be careful about being killed back to the New Player Village.”
“No problem, no problem.” Li HuaiLin would want nothing more than for them to keep killing him. “This is a private matter anyway, SpiritWorld doesn’t have to interfere. I can take care of this myself, really.”
“I saw their people heading back in, although I don’t know what they’re planning. Take care then.” NightCruise pointed towards the interior of Lava Crack. “Oh yeah, there’s still the 15 stacks of potions. I read your guide, it’s very useful, thanks.”
After he was finished speaking, NightCruise started trade and put up 15 stacks of HP potions.
Although Li HuaiLin didn’t want to take the HP potions now (since he had come to die after all), he didn’t want to keep meeting up with SpiritWorld’s people so after thinking about it, he agreed. At most, he would lose a stack. As he was a man making big bucks now, he shouldn’t be so petty.
“If there’s anything else, we can leave it for next time. I’m gonna go Fight now. “ Li HuaiLin took the HP potions and ran into Lava Crack.