I prepare my stuff and get ready to leave, but suddenly my steps go heavy and I don’t go anywhere. I collect my thoughts, and think for a while. Ah, I remember. I haven’t been to the city master of Ba Huang City recently, so I should check that place out. A lot of high level missions are given by those big shots, so there’s no harm in checking him out!
With my Ancient Spear, I ran to the hall of the City Master. Unlike the first time I came here, this time, there were many players hanging around, all hoping for a quest and talking to every NPC in the city hall, they even talked to the servants sweeping the floor!
I went up to Ba Huang City’s Master – Duke Luo Lei.
With a bushy jet-black beard, Luo Lei looked at me and laughed. His heavy arm pushed against my shoulder while saying, “Young healer, its quite rare to find someone as young as you with such talent. Alright, since its like this, I have a very important mission for you.
System Notification: Because you have more than 15 charm, you have activated a main quest. Would you like to accept the quest [A Letter]? (Difficulty: AA)
A letter? Difficulty AA?
My eyes widened, this AA quest must be very savage. For a B level quest, I died a few times,, so this AA quest will probably kill me over and over again?! But, the quest is right in front of me, how can I give it up? Even if I die over and over again, I will finish this.
I press confirm!
System Notification: You accepted AA difficulty quest [A Letter!]
Quest Description: With Duke Luo Lei’s letter, you must go to the Phoenix Valley to find General Pei stationed there. Give this letter to him, and he will give you your new quest!
With a pop, the lambskin letter went into my bag. It emitted a golden glow, indicating that it was a quest item. After giving me the letter, Duke Luo Lei crosses his arms. At a height of 2.5 meters, he looks like a barbarian rather than a Duke. He stares at me and says, “Young man. I haven’t seen that little brat since that faraway expedition 7 years ago. Whether he gets the letter or not depends on you!”
I furrowed my brows. Hm, although I don’t understand what Luo Lei just said, if I follow the quest’s instructions, I should be fine. First I’ll go to the Phoenix Valley, and find General Pei that’s stationed there!
Time to go! Destination: Phoenix Valley!
I leave out the northern gate, and scan the area around me, checking for members of [Wrath of the Heroes]. Afterall, I don’t want to be ambushed while doing a mission like last time. Then I immediately take my spear and go into the nearby forest, heading towards Phoenix Valley. Its located North-West of Ba Huang City, near the border and next to the ocean. The map is covered in a crimson color, so that means the monsters there have definitely have a higher level than me. Looking at it, it does seem like some place that NPCs would be in…
I avoid the areas where I see monsters to keep a low profile. I release Baby Bobo out, and let him sit on my shoulder, curled into a ball. We hid our strength and another player would only see an ordinary player and his pet going through the forest. After a long journey of 50 minutes, I see a level 33 forest cheetah lying in some bushes, slightly further ahead. This dotted creature seemed very vicious, seems like I can’t just avoid them anymore.
The ancient spear stabs through the neck of the forest cheetah. I continue on and see a small hill. After I slipping and tripping up the hill, I finally reach the top of the hill. Looking down, the scene below shocks me. In the large valley, I see NPC soldiers everywhere. Their camps are uncountable, and the battle horses whine constantly. Waves of knights in black armor pass through, with their battle flags flying the wind, on the flags are the emblems of Ba Huang City, same as the one on my shoulder. As long as you belong to Ba Huang City, both players and NPCs have the extra 3% in attack and in defense.
As I go down the hill, I slip, and lose my footing, rolling down the hill and finally falling into a small river. Far away, a few NPC soldiers laugh, “ Is that little brat an adventurer from Ba Huang City? He’s too clumsy!”
I let the sneers of the NPC pass by me, and while holding my ancient spear, I walk deep into the army camps. At the middle, I find the largest tent within the entire camp, surrounded by guards holding swords. Before I even entered the tent, a few people take their swords and point them at me, “Halt! Who goes?”
“I’m an ally!”
I show them the emblem on my shoulder, and say, “I am an adventurer from Ba Huang City and under the commands of Duke Luo Lei, I’ve come here to find the General Pei!”
“General Pei?” A guard asks suspiciously, “What’s your proof showing that you were sent by the duke?”
I pull out the letter, and wave it around, “This, isn’t this enough?”
The guards look at it for a second. The imperial stamp for Ba Huang city was on the outside of the letter.
“Ok, that’s fine. Come with me!”
He also shoots a glance at my spear, and shakes his head in disapproval, “These days, healers don’t use staffs but instead use spears, what is going on in the world?”
I follow the guard into the huge tent. In the middle of the tent was a huge sand tray. Beside to the tray stands a person wearing fire-red armor, it’s General Pei!
“General, this person says he has a letter for you from the duke!”
Pei smiles a bit, and with his hands on his sheathed sword, he walks up to me and says, “Boy, although you’re an adventurer from Ba Huang City, you look pretty weak, I doubt you even have enough strength to tie up a chicken! How did you reach here? From what I know, the Phoenix Valley is surrounded by thorns and monsters, how can a little healer like you…not be eaten by those creatures?”
I take out the letter, and smile, “If I didn’t get this letter to you, how can I possibly relax and be the food the creatures?”
“Haha! Well said!”
Receiving the letter, Pei’s face grew dark as he read the letter. He looks at me and says, “This letter seems to be for me, but in reality its for someone else. Do you know about this?”
I shake my head, “I don’t know.”
Pei clenches his teeth, and punches the tray of sand, and mutters, “That selfish little brat!”
“What’s wrong?” I ask.
Pei’s face is full of anger, and says, “The duke Luo Lei is one of the country’s most respected warrior. He’s been in countless battles through his life, and the result is that he founded Ba Huang City. He has a son called Luo Lin. Luo Lin was born a genius. When he was 16, he has already been a well known soldier in the country’s special army school. When he was 17 he became a sky knight, and met few rivals. But, when he reached 19, he suddenly left Ba Huang City, disappointing everyone, including his father, and went to a place where no one is willing to go…”
I’m surprised, “What place?”
“The Frozen Wastelands…”
“Frozen Wastelands?” I have no idea where that is.
Pei nods and says, “Within the borders of Ba Huang City, even though there are many beasts that roam freely and many undead, its actually not that dangerous. But the area beyond these borders is called the Forbidden Land, where even star class swordsmen have lost their lives. It’s an extremely dangerous place. The brat, Luo Lin wanted to train and raise his skills, and went into the Frozen Wastelands alone. We don’t even know if he’s alive or dead. So I don’t even know if this letter can be send to the intended owner. Boy. I can’t let you go to the Frozen Wastelands just to get yourself killed!”
I go silent for a moment and weigh the benefits and the consequences. After a couple seconds, I clench my fists, “It’s no problem. How can I give up without even trying?”
Pei looks at me, and laughs, “Boy. Your attitude reminds me of my younger self back when I was still carefree and fearless. That’s fine, but you must show me your strength so I can trust that you can go alone in the Frozen Wastelands!”
I nod, “Fine!”
System Notification: Your AA level quest has changed into [Proof of Strength]!
Quest Description: In the maple forest located south of the Phoenix Valley, there is a group of bandits that always rob the nearby villages. When you find the bandits, kill at least 100 of them, and find their tomb robbing logs, pages 1-7. When you bring it back to General Pei, you will receive a grand prize and prove your strength to General Pei!
I get the mission and leave immediately. Summoning Baby Bobo, we head towards the south-west part of the Phoenix Valley. After about 5 minutes, the forests ahead suddenly turn into a fire-red color. We’ve reached the maple forest! The whole sky, full of falling maple leaves, make me want to just sit down and enjoy the sight. But further within the forest I see lines of smoke snaking out, and tents lined up one after another. Around each tent are 10 or so bandits.
I inch my way forward, and check out the stats of the bandits——
【Bloody Bandits】（Ordinary Monster）
Description: A group of bloodthirsty bandits.
A level 35 monster, that only makes them seem savage. From afar, I call Baby Bobo, and that little guy hones in onto a bandit that is all alone!
After [Combo] and [Stinger], the bandit’s health dropped over 700 points, but that’s not enough. A level 35 monster usually has 1700 or so HP, so they aren’t killed that easily.
After being attacked, the lone bandit alerted the bandits around him, and quickly, the nearest bandit woke up and together they attacked Bobo!
I don’t act arrogantly and quickly use [Hemostasis] to recover Baby Bobo’s health. At the same time, I ready my spear and help Bobo fight the bandits. After a couple rounds of brawling, the two bandits finally fall. But my mana is pretty much spent. Man, it takes a lot of effort to kill high leveled monsters.
When the second bandit died, a sheepskin was left behind. After picking it up, I realized that it was the third page of the [Grave Robber’s Log]. On it, “Today we dug yet another grave. Inside the grave were bronze cauldrons, but sadly they’re mostly broken, or else I would have sold it for a few gold pieces, and maybe I could have even gotten married.”
I throw the log into my bag, and my mouth twitches a bit. Continue!
The bandits’ levels are high, and the experience they give is obviously high as well. After 2 hours, I rose to level 28. At the same time, I killed a bunch of bandits, and they dropped log pages 1-6. I only need the last one.
While I was killing the bandits, I suddenly see a few blue dots on the minimap far away, players are coming!
The maple leaves separated, and a beautiful shadow holding a dagger came into the forest. She bends slightly and quickly disappears in the air. In that moment though, I saw her ID——Yan Suo!
Out of all the players possible, [Wrath of the Heroes] send theirs again!
Author: Shi Luo Ye