AC Chapter 29

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Chapter 29

Do you need to go this extent just because of the Bathroom?

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The rookie training grounds had five steel buildings. The largest building was the classroom Instructor Hisith usually taught in.

The internal layout of the classroom was very similar to the room where the Rookie Evaluation Test was held. There were two rows of seats on each side of the room, but the only difference was that the seats slanted, and joined together to form a V shape. In the middle of the V shape where the seats joined, there was a podium that looked like a lecture stand. And near to the podium was a wall that was probably a large LCD screen.

After Shi Xiaobai left Hisith’s office, he went along with Lingcun and company to the classroom. At this moment in time, there were only a handful of people scattered around the classroom, but soon, people successively came in, back from their break.

Lingcun would keep entering a conversation with Shi Xiaobai for no reason at all. After having experienced the “torture” by Hisith, he was somewhat annoyed by Lingcun. However, he knew that Lingcun was not to be blamed, as “human nature” was something difficult to guess accurately.

But in any case, his first step of concealing his identity had succeeded. Shi Xiaobai’s name was now Tu Dahei.

Many people who entered the classroom noticed a new face in Shi Xiaobai. A few people came forward to inquire, while Lingcun would take the initiative to explain to them for Shi Xiaobai. People turned thoughtful after hearing this. In fact, a number of people were suspecting if this so-called Tu Dahei was Shi Xiaobai, who had played truant for the past few days. However, since Instructor Hisith had vetted his identity, and they had no idea what Shi Xiaobai looked like, they could only hide their suspicions in their heart.

The scenario of Shi Xiaobai concealing his identity developed as Lingcun expected. There were some frights but no danger.

Afternoon break time ended very quickly as all the rookies returned to the classroom.

“The [Annihilation] rookies in the classroom now has a total of 73 people, 63 male, and 10 female. There are none below the age of ten, while there are fifty-two from the ages of ten to fifteen. There are twenty between the ages of fifteen to twenty, and only one person above the age of twenty.”

Lingcun mentioned a series of numbers that made Shi Xiaobai feel dizzy in the head. He finally summarized, “This batch of [Annihilation] rookies are quite average in quality, except Shi Xiaobai. Everyone else are here just to make up the numbers.”

Upon hearing this, Shi Xiaobai quietly gave Lingcun a big thumbs up. He liked honest people the most.

Shi Xiaobai surveyed the surroundings and immediately noticed that the rookies sitting on the right side sat in a cluster, and seemed like a collective whole. It was quite obvious they were rookies from Team Blue. As for the side he was sitting on, there was a divisive split. It was probably the two fractured factions of Team Red that Lingcun had previously mentioned.

Suddenly, Shi Xiaobai’s gaze paused on a particular person. The person did not seem very tall, but looked very fit. He had sharp facial features and a calm expression. He looked like a sharp sword hidden in a scabbard. Shi Xiaobai felt surprised as this person was sitting alone in a corner. There was no one around him and he seemed like a loner, as if he had been ostracized by the two factions.

Lingcun traced Shi Xiaobai’s gaze and after seeing that person, he said, “That person’s name is Xiang Wu. He is Team Red’s third faction.”

Shi Xiaobai said in disbelief, “One person?”

How could one person form a faction himself?

Lingcun nodded and then sighed, saying, “Team Red’s two factions happen to have fifteen people each. When votes are cast to eliminate someone, it results in a stalemate. As for Xiang Wu, he is the only person that does not belong to the two factions. His single vote can influence the outcome of the vote. But it happens that this person is extremely stubborn and refuses to join any of the two factions, hence he has been isolated.”

As an antithetical person who refused to join any group, he had the power to change the outcome. Clearly, the two major factions in Team Red saw him as a thorn in the flesh.

Lingcun said with a sigh, “The third faction originally had three people. They called themselves the Xiang brothers, and were all pretty strong. As they thought that it was a despicable act of politics,  they refused to join any of the two factions. Hence, in the previous two rounds of elimination, the two factions partnered up to eliminate two of them. As for the third round of elimination, if there aren’t any surprises, Xiang Wu will be the one eliminated.”

Ye Jiaquan said with a dull voice, “Me thinks that it is very unfair. Me thinks that the Xiang brothers aren’t wrong. The elimination vote should not be used to collectively target someone.”

Lingcun sighed and said, “If everyone were to vote according to his wishes, the outcome of the vote would be very fair. This ideal is very nice, but reality is very cruel. Under the elimination mechanism set by Instructor Hisith, the person who fails to make the mark will be the first to be eliminated. So for us who are not strong enough, we have no choice on the matter when it comes to joining a group. Our only choice is to decide on joining which group.”

“Song Xiao might be the strongest person in Team Red, but he is extremely authoritative. People who join his group have to abide by his decisions. It is equivalent to eliminating anyone he wishes.  Although Han Feng isn’t any better, he would at the very least, not deliberately deprive the voting rights of his peers. Han Feng’s group will first have an internal vote before the candidate to be eliminated is decided.”

“Dahei, you must seriously consider it. Currently, you are very similar to the three Xiang brothers. It can be said that your choice can tilt the balance between the two factions. As far as I’m concerned, I would hope that you join Han Feng’s faction.

Shi Xiaobai felt his heart turn slightly heavy hearing this. It was no wonder he noticed so many people giving him strange looks when he walked in. The people that came to ask about his identity had queer looks in the eyes. So it was all because he was currently in hot demand.

“Sigh, This King is always the focus of attention no matter where he goes!”

Shi Xiaobai exclaimed, and could not help but consider Lingcun’s words. Song Xiao and Han Feng were like a dictator and a constitutional monarch respectively. Personally, Shi Xiaobai would lean towards Han Feng.

But Shi Xiaobai could not help but look at that lonely figure.

Under the cruel elimination mechanism, once a group of people huddled together, their voting rights would collate into a distinctive force. The person left out would not be able to resist in the face of this force.

People were selfish. No one wished to be eliminated, so hugging on to the biggest pillar was their best option. Clearly, Song Xiao and Han Feng were the two relatively biggest pillars.

However, the groups gathered by Song Xiao and Han Feng happened to be fifteen each. As such, their voting strength reached an awkward balance. But as long as they gained another person, the balance would be broken. One side could then slowly devour the other group, ensuring that no one from their side would be eliminated.

The three Xiang brothers were independent from the two factions, so it was clear that they could join any side to ensure immunity from elimination, and even throw the other side into a spiralling abyss. However, the three Xiang brothers would rather be eliminated one by one than choose to join one of the two factions.

Why did they do that? Why were they so stupid? What were they trying to insist on?

Shi Xiaobai looked at Xiang Wu who was sitting alone at a corner. Suddenly, he felt his heart palpitate.

“This King…” Shi Xiaobai stood up.

“I know!”

Lingcun hurriedly stopped him with his words and got up. He stretched out his hand to press down on Shi Xiaobai’s shoulders and said seriously, “Dahei, I know you don’t want to join any of the two factions. I also know that you wish to help Xiang Wu! I share the same feelings as you, but you need to be aware of one thing. If you were to be left out like Xiang Wu, then the next person to be eliminated is very likely you. Dahei, are you willing to eliminate yourself the moment you arrive?”

“This King…” Shi Xiaobai knitted his eyebrows slightly.

Lingcun cut him off by saying, “Dahei, if you were to join Han Feng’s faction, it is actually the best method to help Xiang Wu. After you join us, Han Feng’s faction would have sixteen people, one more person than Song Xiao’s faction. Then, in the next round, the sixteen of us can vote together to eliminate Song Xiao’s members. As such, we can prevent the fate of Xiang Wu being eliminated!”

“Sigh, This King…” Shi Xiaobai sighed.

Lingcun cut him off once again and said seriously, “Dahei, I know you don’t like to join the factions of others, and even more, you dislike voting out someone by combining forces. You advocate justice and believe in freedom, but, I wish you can seriously consider it. Joining Han Feng’s faction does not mean you are ignoring your conscience, but it is a very rational and mature way of doing things. Not only will it protect yourself from being eliminated, it will also help Xiang Wu.”

“Dahei, whether you and Xiang Wu can stay behind or not all depends on a thought of yours!”

Both of Lingcun’s hands were already on Shi Xiaobai’s shoulders. His pale blue eyes revealed a sense of anxiety. His handsome face was slightly taut, afraid that Shi Xiaobai would give a capricious answer.

The rookies, who were already paying close attention to Shi Xiaobai, also began to look over. The rookies from Han Feng’s faction, who were closest, pricked up their ears. From their conversation, this rookie named Dahei seemed to be on the fence?

“This King—”

Shi Xiaobai shrugged his shoulders, saying helplessly, “This King just wanted to go to the bathroom. Is there a need to be so nervous?”

Upon hearing this, Lingcun was dumbfounded.

So all the heartfelt advice he gave was all fucking nonsense!?


AN

Author’s Note: The situation regarding the rookie training is basically set up. Wasted quite a few chapters, but I will try my best to make it interesting, but I’m not sure if everyone will still find it boring. But it’s alright. Soon, there will be a small climax, and after the small climax, it will be a big climax.

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35 thoughts on “AC Chapter 29” - NO SPOILERS

  1. First, why does the author see the need to always leave a note? It would be better if the translator didn’t bother to include them. They do not add to the story, just the opposite in my opinion.

    Second, ‘The King’ needs to ask himself the question, what happens if I’m kicked out of the class. I know he’s only 12 or 13 but still, he should have some clue with all the fuss people make over him that he won’t get removed out of this ‘school’ and even if he did he’d be snatched up right away by one of the other 3. Or even by another nation. But this is a Wuxia novel and their thinking is not like western cultures.

    1. Agreed, the author’s notes ruin the end of each chapter. He wrote short chapters and while this is a fun novel that I’m really enjoying it’s not some masterpiece that needs his commentary in every single decision. Would rather these were not included or were kept in a special page like a glossary people could check out on the side if they really wanted to.

    2. First, some of us enjoy the author’s comments so please keep on translating them, Cktalon, they can be more interesting than the chapter itself at times. Also, how else can the author communicate his thoughts to his audience in a way they’d actually read. Adding a post seperate from the chapter itself would result in it being ignored by most of his audience. Also no one is forcing you to read them, you can in fact skim past it at the end once you glance upon the words “Author’s Note”. Forcing your opinion upon the translator just makes you sound snobbish.

      Second, that’s Shi Xiaobai’s unique personality. He’s not stupid, adhering with the flow when it conflicts with his own standards like obedient sheep with his head down doesn’t fit his personality. He has already compromised by hiding his identity.

      1. Uh… Expressing an opinion on a factor believed to influence the quality of a translation is anything but ‘snobbish,’ I don’t know what sad little universe you live in where discussions on such things are forbidden in comments.

        Additionally, just as most translators struggle with their TL note placement and frequency, authors must also accurately and appropriately judge how often and how much to comment on their works. Since ANs are but supplementary to the work itself (nobody reads these novels primarily for the author’s comments) the suggestion of including them in a specialized page for those who wish to read them (with TL discretion regarding their occasional inclusion with the main body of the novel) is absolutely reasonable when they appear with such frequency as they do here. Your positions are poorly supported and illogical.

        1. He suggested in removing content from the translation to improve it. Yes, author’s note is still content. There’s nothing wrong with adding a note at the end of the chapter. You two find it to be an eyesore so you want it gone or at least he suggested it in his comment. If having a conflicting opinion to your own means I live in a sad universe, then I don’t know what to say about you. Most translators don’t bother to translate the author’s note so I appreciate the extra effort by CKtalon. While most of the author’s note are unrelated to the story itself, having the few that do translated adds a bit of flair to the story’s worldbuilding. Yes, the note in this one didn’t add much but having them removed for good because it’s an eyesore to you is snobbish in my opinion.

          My earlier reply was to the guy above you and nowhere in his comment did he suggest moving them to another page. That’s a compromise. He just wanted them gone, period. You however decided to jump the gun and assume my reply was to you instead then go trying to discredit my opinion because you didn’t like it. boo-hoo

          1. To add on to this, complaints and constructive criticism or having your own opinion is fine, but suggestions that hinder other readers’ enjoyment to improve your own makes you sound like a douchebag.

          2. You’re right. I responded on mobile where I couldn’t clearly see the reply stratification, and assumed you were criticizing both his and my positions. I also disagree with removing the authors’ notes altogether, as I like the insights, but do not like them with such frequency (as I noted and you acknowledged). I apologize for the assumption that the reply applied to both of us but do not retract my statements.

            Additionally, to say this: “To add on to this, complaints and constructive criticism or having your own opinion is fine, but suggestions that hinder other readers’ enjoyment to improve your own makes you sound like a douchebag.”

            Does that not apply to you as well? There’s no accounting for taste, to each his own, etc. Inevitably, one’s preferences will clash with another’s when it comes to the reading experience. Preferring one’s own perspective either makes us all snobs, or makes none of us snobs, you do not get to pick and chose based on which perspectives you like better.

            Get it? This is why I describe your universe as sad and small; if it cannot accommodate the possibility of someone else’s enjoyment not intersecting with your own without resorting immediately to claims of “snobbishness,” you need to do some self-reflecting and understand that all any of our opinions amount to are pure personal taste, and that they do not represent direct assaults on your own enjoyment simply because they differ. You can present your counter-point — “hey, I like the author’s notes and think they should stick around, and also that you should show some respect to the TL for the effort he puts into bringing us the whole experience, I’d rather they stayed where they are, [cough cough or we could come up with a TheOperator-esque compromise kek cough cough]” — without resorting to judgment of the other party. Think about who sounds like a douchebag in this broader view. I think you have perfectly valid points but need to consider the angle at which you’re approaching others’ views.

          3. Yes, I was abrupt and rashly resorted to namecalling and gave a conflicting opinion because I was afraid the translator would put his idea to practice since there was no one else disagreeing with the idea of removing the author’s note. Doing so made me what I preached. Sorry about that, wppryce.

            In a sense however, you have done the same by attacking me for attacking wppryce’s opinion TheOperator by belittling my opinion with ‘lives in a sad little universe’, ‘poorly supported’, and ‘illogical’.

          4. @ChaosG

            I would just like to say that “poorly supported” and “illogical” are not insults – unless the person using the words can’t explain what is poorly supported or illogical.

    3. Regardless of your opinion which I respect, most readers are appreciative of the author’s note. You can just ignore the author’s note if it really bothers you.

    4. useless debate.
      Reading author comment is enjoyment for me. and if you dont like and hate it, then just dont read and skip it. it’s very simple and easy. no need to be so childish.

    5. It’s just his style. If you don’t like it, you can just skip it. Nothing is forcing you to read it. And for other people who want to see it, it makes more sense just leaving it there. I recommend just not reading them.

    6. I like auther note !
      It let you live the stations he was in before he gained what he have now ….
      it let you fille how much he worked to satisfy his readers …

      As a fallin writer who tring to recovere I relly enjoying his note =] …

    7. “The King” was absolutely lonely in that world. And not by his own choice, too. He starved for a couple of days and had no roof abouve his had at the age that isn’t known for its patience.

      Days of meditation passed as any dream. While awake, it took him but a few hours to get the girl… hostess (to be fed, get a bed and a bath) and couple of devouted supporters. He knows very well that he is the centre of the Universe ;), but he feels something entirely different. He would dred being kicked out of the new setting too.

  2. Sorry I can’t read this any more, it’s too unrealistic. These guys are training to be heros to protect the world, and the organization desperately needs/ wants talented members, yet they’re playing some reality TV game show to qualify? No organization charged with public safety would ever allow that to happen, and no clear-thinking candidate truly interested in public safety would ever participate. The premise is impossible.

    1. Come on dude, you really don’t need to complain about the book. No one needs to hear about why or why not you dropped or didn’t drop this novel. And to argue your claim about being unrealistic, its mentioned in the book that there are many, many, heroes. So many in fact, it wouldn’t matter if 73 kids didn’t go out and help, or why would they be training heroes in the first place? So please, if you like the book, give it a try, if you still don’t like, then you can drop it, but please don’t just complain about the book and say what you don’t like about it.

    2. The age range of the trainees combined with the implied large number of hero organizations present throughout the world IN ADDITION to the fact that expulsion from training either means *just waiting another year* to become a ‘Hero’ or *joining another selection exam/organization* would seem to imply that the premise of the novel with regard to the number of active heroes is indeed possible.

      If you’ve somehow misunderstood organizations like [Gaia] to be branches of the quasi-Chinese national government in this story then your viewpoint would make more sense. But this is not the case since the novel already discussed that these organizations rise and fall on their own merit (though their existences are likely encouraged and regulated by the government, as with defense contractors in the US), and as such, your claims are invalid.

      1. So what? It doesn’t change the fact that if they were to eliminate mc he would just be picked up by other guilds instantly. Hell, they would probably give him even more attention and privilages than gaia to keep him happy. So why should he join in on this retarded game? Gaia can’t afford to loose him yet they let something like this happen? Gaia is a company in the end. It’s like hiring a Harvard University graduate and kicking him out after a few days because he can’t immediatelly be on the level of veteran employees… So employees who have more experience and grouped up vote to get the genius Harvard University graduate kicked out. Doesn’t that sound retarded af to you?

  3. This is just a webnovel not a published novel, so I don’t see any issues with the Author’s notes at the BOTTOM of the chapter.
    What I hate is notes/comments in the MIDDLE of the chapter.
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    囧 。? THANKS ? 。囧
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    Thank you for the chapter!

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