Icarus Translations

Zhan Long

Chapter 53- Pine and Crane Restaurant

10 gold coins for the A rank skill [Binding Chains] is a small price to pay, even if its not as strong as Wind blade. They are both surely stronger than the regular skills like [Combo] and [Heal] and not something you would usually be able to buy with a little gold, yet they cannot be compared to my priceless SS God class sword skill, which had to be earned by thousands and thousands of repeated practice draws.

 

I’m pretty ecstatic that I finally have gotten two completely new skills. First things first, I want to test them and see their power.

 

Using both hands, I raise the sword as I silently casted [Wind Blade]. Immediately, my arms begin to tremble as a teal colored aura envelops the blade. It takes 0.2 seconds for the blade to reach the state of being fully covered by the aura.

In the next moment, the blade started to emit a cold wind around it. Suddenly, I executed a downward slash, “Peng!”, rock fragments flew as the rock in front of me was cut about 20 cm deep. Mm, a Level 1 [Wind Blade] raises attack by 3%, already significantly higher than normal attacks. Furthermore, training it to Level 4 would yield a 12% increase in attack, giving it insane power!

 

After trying [Wind Blade], I immediately went on to the next skill, [Binding Chains]. When I used it a small “bang” sounded and I could see how a chain came out of earth in the targeted area. It looked almost like a snake strangling its target for 1.9 seconds.

 

……

 

When I finalized my testing, I had to say, the skills were definitely useful. Although they both had high requirements to the user, being able to control the actions of your opponent and predict the right timing to strike, they were undoubtedly powerful.

 

I went and talked with the quartermaster again to look for more quests, but he didn’t have anything for me. So I decided instead just to go hunting to practice my skills, as they were still Level 1. Even a SSS rank skill wouldn’t be very strong at rank 1.

 

I choose to walk eastward together with Baby Bobo, after around 10 minutes we reached a high level area, the Cloudy Swamp.  ‘Oh yes, this would be a suitable leveling location’ I thought when I saw that the monsters were level 37. They were crocodiles with scales reflecting the approaching sunset, pretty breathtaking if I were to say.

 

I had a look at their stats. 1886 health and 332 defense. This should be no problem.

 

“Hua hua…”

 

I rushed towards them through some shallow water with my Jade Sword drawn before attacking the crocodile with a level 4 [Combo]. 3 points of damage shows.

 

“367!”

 

“335!”

 

“352!”

 

The alligator made a furious howl; it lost more than half of its health from that one combo. The alligator opened it mouth and was about to retaliate, but my wind blade was ready. It struck heavily on the head of the crocodile, and a huge red number appeared. The crocodile had been killed in just a few hits, without a chance to retaliate.

 

“998!”

 

A critical hit! Such a huge amount of damage for a single strike. It’s damage is almost equal to the combined damage of the [Combo] skill. The wind blade is deadly if it gets a critical hit or is part of a combo attack. If it had been rank 10, with an increase of damage by 30% in addition to the 10% from Sword Wave, the damage would have been incredible.

 

……

 

Suddenly I realize, these crocodiles’ skins are probably  high quality leather.

 

Nothing venture, nothing gained. I immediately try skinning the crocodile with my Jade Sword. Its so sharp that it immediately starts cutting through the thick skin and slices off a chunk but just as I think I have succeeded, the chunk of skin begins to blur. A system message appears: You don’t have the [Skinning] skill! You have failed to collect crocodile leather!

 

Damn, what a waste of time!

 

I continue hunting Crocodiles while focusing on practicing my skills, it doesn’t take long before [Wind Blade] reaches level 2. The offensive bonus increases to 6% and the chance of failure lowers. As it levels up, it actually highlights a fairly annoying issue. I didn’t increase my Magic Power stat at all as a healer, leaving me with the very small mana pool of 330. Level 2 [Binding Chains] and [Wind Blade] cost 40 mana per use each, and they will only continue to cost more as they level up.

 

No matter, my primary goal is still to get [Wind Blade] to level 4 as quickly as possible; after all I have more than enough [Chilling Wind Pills] to keep me going.

 

……

 

After training hard for an hour, the familiar system tone appeared and the [Wind Blade] had at last leveled up to 4.

 

As I stand there, quite pleased with myself, I get a message from Wan Er : “Xiao Yao, have you gotten killed by any bounty hunters yet?”

 

I firmly respond: “Nope, you lost! Time for me to collect my winnings!.“

 

Wan Er said: “It’s already 1 pm and I’m pretty hungry. So come downstairs and we will decide what to eat”

 

“Okay!”

 

I log off and place the helmet at the side of the bed. As I look towards Glasses, I see him shivering heavily. He’s probably in some extreme situation but it looks so funny that I can’t help but laugh as I rush out the door.

 

……

 

The two beautiful young women are already waiting downstairs on this autumn afternoon.

 

I adjust the collar of my Metersbonwe jacket. The sun was shining on my face, granting a nice feeling of warmth together with a gentle breeze. It was pretty comfortable.

 

“Xiao Yao, not bad!” Said Cheng Yue as she approached together with Wan Er: “It’s pretty impressive you were able to stay alive for the whole 5 hours. Surely there are lots of people who would have been tempted by the 1000 gold reward and would be searching for you. Its worth 15000 RMB”

 

I casually respond: “I’m leveling in a secret area, so they won’t be able to find me. Good afternoon miss Wan Er.”

 

Wan Er looks a bit sore as she responds: “Alright, you win. You can choose anything so go ahead, it’ll be my treat… “

 

I mutter quietly: “There’s this new restaurant called Pine and Crane Restaurant that opened on East Xi Road. I’ve heard that their signature dish is Squirrelfish and I’ve never had such a delicacy before, Miss…”

 

TL: Apparently Pine and Crane is a real and famous restaurant with outlets in Shanghai and other places in China (http://www.songhelou.net/)

 

Pursing her red lips, Wan Er chuckles: “I know that place, let’s go. I’ll drive…”

 

……

 

Wan Er’s 2-door sports car, the 2016 Audi TT, was parked in the school’s car park. It’s roof was covered by fallen maple leaves. It doesn’t look like it’s been driven since we started school. Perhaps this isn’t her car after all.

 

Wan Er fishes out her car key and opens the doors. Cheng Yue seems amused and smiles with her beautiful eyes, “Ah, the 2016 TT, and it’s even the 2-door 3.0L variant! I’ve had my eyes on this for awhile, but my dad wouldn’t let me buy a car because he’s afraid I’d drive dangerously…”

 

Cheng Yue looks at me and says, “Xiao Yao, do you think the 2016 Model or the 2010 Model of the TT looks better?”

 

I smirk, “I haven’t really researched on cars, but I think the Chery QQ and Jiang Nan Auto designs have a classic feel that are worth a second look!”

[ED Note: Super cheap economy cars. The QQ was the 2nd cheapest car in the world in 2008]

 

Cheng Yue: “…”

 

Wan Er sits in the driver’s seat and lightly taps the window with her fingers, “Hey you two, get in. Don’t just stand there chatting…”

 

I jump into the front passenger seat at lightning speed. My enthusiasm shows as I’m eager to stick close to the beautiful Miss as her bodyguard.

 

Cheng Yue who sits down behind, pouts and says, “This guy sure moved fast…”

 

“When it comes to free food, I’m very excited…”

 

“…”

 

… …

 

As the engine roars, the TT exits the parking lot and Wan Er cruises into downtown very casually. Following the traffic rules closely, she puts us at ease. East Xi Road isn’t very far from Liu Hua University. In the last 2 years, the place has developed into a business district and the restaurant industry has grown because with Zhejiang University in the vicinity, it gets quite busy..

 

Pine and Crane restaurant has roots back to Suzhou during the rule of Qianlong Emperor. Over time, it gradually grew and expanded and now there’s even a branch in Beijing.

 

It’s 1.30 PM in the afternoon. As we enter the restaurant, there aren’t many people left inside. Picking a table next to the window, we take our seats and I give the menu a quick glance. The price of the Squirrelfish has risen to 300RMB per 0.5kg, alright…

 

As the young and pretty waitress stands silently beside our table, I calmly say, “Squirrelfish, find us one that is about 1kg…”

 

“Sure, handsome!”

 

“We would also like a Watermelon Chicken, Pakistani Lung Soup, Roast Duck…and a bottle of Sea Blue…”

 

“Okay, is there anything else?”

 

“That’s enough for now. Oh, and please bring us a jug of Watermelon Juice…”

 

I smile at Wan Er as I place the order, “You able to handle this much, Miss?”

 

Wan Er nods and laughs, “Ah, this is nothing.”

 

“Snap!” , Wan Er broke the chopsticks in her hand…

 

Cheng Yue snickers, “You rascal Li Xiao Yao, you know Wan Er’s living expenses for this month is only 5000 RMB? This meal will cost at least 1000+. How is Wan Er going to survive for the second half of this month, are you going to support her?”

 

“Oh, about that…”

 

Wan Er crosses her eyes, “He can’t support much…”

 

I look at her and ask, “Miss, shouldn’t you be very rich? I heard fromTang Gu that you released the hit <<Heart of Time>> which reached the Top 10 Songs of the Chinese Charts for 6 months in a row, how can you suddenly run out of money?”

 

Lin Wan Er’s pretty face reddened, “Don’t ask anymore…”

 

Cheng Yue giggles, “When Wan Er entered university, she deposited her money into the bank as a long-term deposit. Every month, she can only withdraw 5000 as pocket money, but…she’s bought quite a lot of gold coins in the past 2 days. Just yesterday she spent 200 gold to buy a Silver Tier Leather Breastplate. To top it off, this morning she reserved a Gold Tier Dagger that [Q Sword] acquired, which explains why she’s out of cash!”

 

“Gold Tier Dagger?” I ask, astounded.

 

“Yup.” Lin Wan Er nods and chuckles, “Level 35 Gold Dagger, attack 275, with an additional effect to ignore 7% defense on hit. That’s why I’m spending a king’s ransom of 900 gold for this dagger. I’ll complete the trade when I go back online later this afternoon.”

 

I frown, “[Q Sword] acquired a Level 35 Gold Tier Weapon, that’s really something…”

 

Dong Cheng Yue: “Of course he would…”

———

Author: Shi Luo Ye

TL: Gravity

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One comment on “Chapter 53- Pine and Crane Restaurant

  1. xiachenliang
    March 2, 2015

    2nd Straight WIN after RESTARTING! First! Xian Chen Liang was here!

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