Rebirth Chapter 148

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Chapter 148 – Ambush

The news of the treasury opening soon spread like wildfire, sparking another massive surge in new players wishing to join their ranks.

Guo Huai, Zhao Li, and Hao Cheng’s hands were practically going limp with exhaustion from accepting all the join requests. Even though they were letting anyone who fit the level requirements in, they would have to carefully comb through every one of them in the coming several days to ensure that the entire guild could function smoothly. As such, they still had plenty of work ahead of them.

With Guo Huai and the others at the helm, Nie Yan felt he could safely leave guild management to them. As for himself, it would be fine for him to simply focus on levelling and improving his gear.

Nie Yan, where are you right now? We’re already by the entrance of Black Flame Forest. Yao Zi (Young Sparrow Hawk) is here too. Do you remember Moon Child1  from last time? She came as well. Everyone’s just waiting for you now,」Yao Yao sent Nie Yan a message. They were all eagerly looking forward to running a dungeon with him.

“Hmmm, there’s no harm in running it with them. Besides, it’ll only take an hour at most, and if we do it on Specialist, I can get my hands on some treasure…” Nie Yan muttered to himself.

Alright, I’ll be there in a moment.

Nie Yan walked over to the transfer point and teleported over to Tanbeto Town.

Located somewhere east of Calore, the town had an ancientness to it with many of its features dating back to the Era of Shared Governance. The carvings on the town wall, after centuries of corrosion from wind and rain, could barely be made out. With dilapidated building and age-old streets that had somehow persisted through the ages, it left players with a feeling that could only be experienced from visiting a historical site.

The clothing of the NPC guards here was also quite strange. They had a somewhat ancient air about them too. Wearing short, robed armour and horned metal helmets, they resembled the barbarian warriors of old.

As he walked along the main street, he came across a group of around seventeen players walking in his direction. Their gear was excellent. He recognized many pieces that could only be found from running Sosil Valley. He was flabbergasted. If they were already capable of clearing Sosil Valley, why would they be hanging around here?

Some were tall and sturdy while others were slightly built. There were players of every class. However, one trait they all shared was the same air of domineering arrogance that caused Nie Yan to furrow his brows. Just who were these people?

“Skinny Dog, your blade needs to be a bit faster when PKing,” a tall Elementalist in an ash gray robe said with a cold smile. His eyes fell on Nie Yan, but it was only a quick glance.

“No need to worry. At the very least, my dagger is much faster than your staff,” a short, scrawny Thief replied as he skillfully played with the dagger in his hand. His face was covered with a black cloak that made it hard to make out his appearance.

The group of players were chatting and laughing loudly as they walked. When they approached Nie Yan, they sized him up with a quick glance before brushing past.

This group of players seemed a little familiar, but their names were all hidden. His memory wasn’t so great that he could remember every player that had crossed paths with him in his past. If they didn’t possess any particularly notable features, he wouldn’t be able to recall their name.

He probably didn’t have many interactions with these players in his past life.

Nie Yan walked out of the town gates. Black Flame Forest was located north of Tanbeto Town. That place was a scorched ruin. Everything there was burned as black as soot. Legends told that during the Dark Era, the Black Flame Phoenix, Soros, fell over this place and transformed it into a region of endless black fire that would never be extinguished. After entering the dungeon, players would even be able to spot the massive skeleton belonging to Soros located inside the forest.

After burning non-stop for centuries, the place attracted a great number of fire elementals who took up residence there, becoming an important dungeon for players in the early levels.

Surrounding Black Flame Forest was a vast, rocky wasteland where very few plants could grow. The monsters that inhabited this zone were Level 3 Kobolds. Just outside the entrance of Black Flame Forest was a vacant piece of land that served as a gathering spot for players to form teams. However, today the place seemed a little desolate. Almost no players were there. It was a little strange.

However, Yu Lan (Blue Feather) and the others were there waiting by the entrance.

Nie Yan walked up to them and greeted them with a smile. “Long time no see, everyone.”

“You’re finally here. We’ve been waiting forever. You sure are busy these days, huh?” Yao Yao’s pursed lips relaxed into a smile. It so beautiful that it would always brighten the mood wherever she went.

“Boss Nirvana Flame, everyone’s been waiting a long time for you to arrive.”

Nie Yan faintly smiled as he acknowledged them with a slight nod. He also greeted Moon Child, who was standing by Yao Yao’s side.

Having not seen them for several days, their gear was much improved and their levels were also a lot higher, averaging around Level 10. The sole reason they had waited for so long was because they hoped Nie Yan would lead them through this dungeon on Specialist.

“We’ll be troubling you to guide us again,” Yu Lan stared at Nie Yan and said in a somewhat troubled tone. She felt guilty for inconveniencing him again.

“You guys are already part of our guild. So taking you all on a dungeon run should be expected.” Nie Yan nodded his head before scanning over the group. Aside from him, there were nineteen other players, many of their faces he still recognized. Surprisingly, among them was also Dusk2

“Your guild isn’t doing anything today?”

Dusk let out an awkward laugh. “No, nothing for today. We do have plans for tomorrow though. I’m just here to mooch for equipment.”

Since Dusk was currently wearing the Guilt Domain Set, and with Medusa’s Lair already open, his true intention probably wasn’t so simple as merely obtaining gear. The most likely scenario was that Sleepy Fox had figured out that Nie Yan was behind Tang Yao establishing a guild. And so, he sent Dusk here with the special purpose of investigating. However, he and Nie Yan could be regarded as having some friendship. He was a sensible fellow and knew better than to start a pointless conflict. After all, compared to the other major guilds, he knew a bit more about the cards in Nie Yan’s hands. There was the Starry Night Potion Shop and Nie Yan’s mysterious background. He wouldn’t rashly ruin their relationship. If anything, there was a chance of seeing a possible alliance between Asskickers United and Holy Empire in the future.

“I disbanded the team. You can create a new one now,” Yu Lan said.

Nie Yan nodded and began sending invites to everyone.

Yao Yao has joined your team.

Young Sparrow Hawk has joined your team.

“Nie Yan, you’re already Level 16!? So fast!” Yao Yao said after receiving quite a shock. Without his consent, Tang Yao didn’t dare to tell others, so Yao Yao and the rest had remained completely unaware of Nie Yan’s current level. Even though everyone figured it was pretty high by now, they never expected him to be Level 16.

“Why aren’t you on the leaderboards?” Moon Child slightly knitted her brows as she asked in a puzzled manner.

“He hid it. That’s why he isn’t on the leaderboards,” Guo Huai answered. Thanks to this, he confirmed his guild leader’s suspicions which were the same as his own. It appeared Nie Yan wished to keep a low-profile.

A thought suddenly popped into the minds of almost everyone present. What if first and second place on the leaderboards were both occupied by members of Asskickers United? What kind of shock would this give to the other guilds? They could hardly imagine.

Soon, everyone entered Nie Yan’s team.

“Just like last time, I want everyone to report their relevant stats,” Nie Yan ordered. He already knew that Yu Lan’s team met the requirements to enter the dungeon, but just to be on the safe side, he needed to know the individual stats of each team member as well. If it turned out one of them failed to reach the bar, then they definitely couldn’t go forward with the run.

Everyone would have to be serious when running a dungeon. Otherwise, even the smallest lapse in judgement could lead to their team being wiped. Wiping once might not be a serious setback for a team, but losing 20% of your experience bar was enough to cause any player to feel pain in their heart.

Yu Lan, Bai Kaishui (Plain Boiled Water), and the rest all began announcing their stats one after the other, defense, magic power, health, etc…

“520 health, 180 defense…”

“320 health, 158 magic power…”

After everyone finished, Nie Yan nodded his head. It seemed Yu Lan and her team had spent a lot of effort in improving their gear, especially Bai Kaishui. Having 520 health and 180 defense at this stage of the game was pretty good.

Just as Nie Yan and company were about to set off on their run, a huge group of players emerged from the nearby boulders and began quickly surrounding them from all directions.

There were roughly three hundred of them. They had completely sealed off any routes that Nie Yan and his team could escape from.

Nie Yan’s expression turned cold. These players obviously weren’t coming with good intentions.

What’s going on? Nie Yan sank into deep thought after glancing at the group of approaching players. They certainly came well-prepared. Their equipment was excellent, and all of them looked to be around Level 10.

“Who are these players?” Tang Yao tightly clenched his staff. He sensed that they were hostile.

Yu Lan and her team quickly assumed a battle formation with all the frontliners forming a circular wall.

“I’ve met a few of the players over there. They’re part of Victorious Return,” Dusk whispered as he stood by Nie Yan’s side.

Nie Yan’s gaze fell on the two players taking the lead, a tall Elementalist and a slim Thief that resembled a monkey. Among them was surprisingly the group of players he had seen earlier in Tanbeto Town.

“We’re completely surrounded. They have at least three hundred players on their side!” Bai Kaishui nervously said. Their team only consisted of twenty players while the other side had over three hundred, and the equipment they wore wasn’t the least bit lacking compared to theirs!

The difference in manpower was too large. As soon as the other side acted, their entire team was guaranteed to be wiped out!

Worst of all, they weren’t inside a dungeon. If they died in a dungeon, they would only lose 20% of their experience bar, plus they wouldn’t drop any equipment. However, if they died here, they would drop an entire level and lose a piece of equipment!

Who could stay calm in a situation like this!?

At this moment, Nie Yan suddenly realized that dropping a level and a piece of equipment wasn’t the main issue. It was him losing the two chapters from the Book of Order in his bag and Tang Yao losing his Arcane Fairy!

Before he was even able to achieve his goal, could it be that everything he worked so painstakingly hard for would come crashing down at this very moment?

It was already too late to use a Return Scroll to escape. These players had already gotten too close. They would be able to cancel it as soon as they began chanting!

“Hey, Skinny Dog. There’s a saying called, ‘like shooting fish in a barrel.’ I think this perfectly describes the situation right now!” The tall Elementalist began laughing wildly. “No matter how strong that Nirvana Flame is, it won’t matter. They’re all as good as dead!”

The Thief called Skinny Dog licked the blade of his dagger as he eyed Nie Yan and the others like lambs to the slaughter.

“They’re acting like cornered rats. Kekeke… with only twenty of them, do they really think they stand a chance against us?” Skinny Dog mocked.

“Remember, don’t let your subordinates attack first. Just send a couple of people up. We gotta make Nirvana Flame get a red name first. The boss made it clear that he wants that guy to lose all his equipment. Just one piece won’t do!”

“No worries, I understand!” Skinny Dog began playing with the dagger in his hand. What he loved to do the most was to make others bleed. The feeling of stabbing flesh and blood gushing out was simply the best.

These players were aiming for him. Nie Yan stared at the scrawny Thief, who was only about one and a half meters tall, and seemingly recalled there being such a person in his past. Despite not being a Shadow Dancer himself, that guy had actually managed to kill one. Ranked number six in all of Victorious Return, his reputation definitely preceded him.

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  1. Moon Child is one of Yao Yao’s classmates in real life. She makes her first appearance in Chapter 102.
  2. Dusk is Sleepy Fox’s subordinate. He first appears in Chapter 44.


48 thoughts on “Rebirth Chapter 148” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

    1. Not necessarily. Of course there always could be a newly accepted recruit that is spying on certain members but considering the manpower, they undoubtedly have agents spread out around Calore outside of guilds as well keeping tabs on any suspicious movements.

      Players have and still do that now in mmorpgs, posting members at waypoints, dungeons entrances, farming locations, city boundaries, crossroads/high density travel routes, etc. Considering how predictable and limited options are generally, it’s really just a matter of picking the most common times in which players visit a location than bothering with any kind of subterfuge.

  1. This guy seriously comes off as a complete moron sometimes. Especially these constant risks he takes while leaving everything to chance while holding 2 items that he will lose if he dies. I mean like this situation now? He declared war on them and then just goes around without hiding himself or paying any attention to his surroundings? What the hell else couldve happened than this? And who the hell lurks around a dungeon portal checking the group rather than the closest town or inside the actual dungeon?

    1. You’d be surprised, plenty of players do that in games everywhere (TERA, GW2, etc).
      But yes, Nie Yan isn’t being careful at all for his risky status, but than again he can go Adjudicator of God mode and slaughter probably EVERY single enemy in his way heh. And afterwards, reveal his level in the leaderboards to kick them down more.

      1. Thinking about this from reader’s perspective, it really doesn’t make much sense for a generally very clever and careful character with great intuition to end up in this kind of situation. HOWEVER, the author sometime has to introduce a struggle into the MC’s path, and that’s basically impossible to do if our MC never has a lapse from his “perfection”.

        There should be basically no PvE struggle since he has past life knowledge thereof; there cannot really be MC-initiated PvP struggle due to his high level, equipment and items, and beyond-present-day skill; and random encounter PvP that could overwhelm our MC is just as unlikely as the current situation. If he truly took care like so many readers suggest, there would be basically no way for our MC to ever be properly cornered–not for quite some time to come–, and that would probably get a bit boring after a while.

        And this brings me to express my great thanks for the chapter, and also the complaint that I won’t be able to breath–or at least sleep–until this bloody cliffhanger is resolved! =P

        PS: I hope he doesn’t end up losing stats because of that bomb. We have already had this scenario with the fate die, and it would be rather disappointing to have that again so soon–even if this time would be much worse compared to before.

        1. It’s a lack of imagination and care that leads to choices like this, not the fact that there is lack of excuses for conflict. The truth of the matter is that scenarios like this can become just as old, or in almost every case, more so than others with less action involved, due to it being so overdone and that’s it’s obviously forced in the same manner almost every time. Just because the author throws something in there doesn’t make it good and certainly not necessary in any regard, primarily because it never elicits the reaction it’s entire purpose was meant to convey.

          Nothing will always go according to plan simply because you have done it enough times, and it’s definitely not the case in mmorpgs, whether PvP or PvE. As just one minor example, anyone that has played one would know even the best and most experienced guilds can wipe on something they have run dozens and hundreds of times due to an accident, bad RNG, or sabotage. It’s one thing to make Nie Yan stupidly Gary Stue in most situations, but the author has already made it clear that other characters are very much mortal. That allows for endless possibilities alone and the most obvious is having someone’s problem roll over and involve him accidentally. Raids and pking for instance, are daily occurrence, whether players/guilds/factions were specifically targeted or not.

          Even if there weren’t countless and varied reasons for why the MC could enter conflict naturally, one of the most obvious and simple solutions to ensuring he could face varied and meaningful conflicts would be to not make the MC so OP with tons of stuff that the author feels it’s necessary to make Nie Yan come down with a terribly debilitating and conveniently timed case of life threatening stupidity.

      2. You can’t really use TERA or GW2 as an example since you don’t lose any equipment or EXP when you die.

        In TERA all you do is lose stamina which you can restore by standing by a campfire for like a minute or if you’re really in a rush you can pay some gold to a priest near every respawn location to get full stamina again.

        Or if you’re being revived in a dungeon & is in combat you can use a specific potion.

        Also, in TERA near the dungeon entrances is a safe zone, you can’t be attacked by other players so unless someone aggro mobs and spend lots of time to line them up so they attack you by accident you can’t even die at any dungeon entrance to begin with.

        Basically you can’t compare this to Nie at all, since not only is the inherent penalty of death way higher, he even has those unique items as well on top of it.

        However this shouldn’t be enough of a problem for anyone to stop reading if they have already gotten this far, to be honest Nie has already done other things that are way more stupid and the Author as screwed up with numbers before already…

    2. I know he isn’t being careful but what is he supposed to do? Not carry the items with him, plus he’s the leader, has to lead his guild in dungeon runs. But I do agree that they should’ve been discussing this in a safer place.

    3. It’s pretty common unfortunately. Authors tend to make their MCs abnormally stupid in a lot of scenarios instead of being more imaginative in order to create conflicts. The fact that we know players can hide their identities just makes the characters that much more unsympathetic as well. Much like any other light novel that gives the MC a mask or some means to change their face. Can’t help but ask yourself why they even bothered.

      @RadiantShot – Real life people in a game without consequences Vs Fictional character that reincarnated in order to save the lives and change the fates of his family, friends, and self. Stakes aren’t exactly the same. Also, I’m pretty sure the Abjudicator mode should have quite the limitations. Even with his advantage of having a higher level, being able to take on hundreds that close is beyond OP. It’s game breaking. Even the character said players can’t take on armies solo. Considering guilds can be composed of hundreds of thousands, doesn’t exactly make Nie Yan seem even sane. However, making MCs that OP is kinda normal as well so *shrug*

      @ MasterProdigy2 – Pretty simply now that we know players can hide their names. You do that and wear different equipment, post scouts, make plans through whisper ahead of time, give orders on a need to know basis, work in cells, have decoy groups, don’t take predictable routes, ..and that all came to mind in 5 seconds. A guy that already went through all of this once before, dejavu, being constantly hunted by the same exact guild, it should have been within the guild structure during creation. That’s not a lack of forethought but having previously hit your head repeatedly on a sharp pointy rock as being the only legitimate reason for that seemingly huge hole in his brain.

  2. dead end ? will he lost all in this ambush ? i am curious what will he do to escape or maybe even counter attack and kill some or slaughter them all 😀

    thx for the chapter ^^

  3. I must say that mc is really idiotic in this chapter, I mean, he’s so perceptive in other times but then when it comes to this, he didn’t even connect all or some of the strange things ~_~.

    — Thanks for the chapter~ ^^

  4. The better question being, if he has time to spend 10 hours plinking a single boss, why didn’t he run that lair a bunch of times until he had several Unknown Transfer scrolls for himself and his buddies specifically for situations like this?

    I mean, I can accept him being lucky and getting great drops/fate stuff, but this is sheer oversight. Who doesn’t carry around an ejection seat when one is available in a high-stakes game like this?

    1. I think their are limitations set for everything. Timers he has to deal with. Deadlines. It took him what, a decade to reach the pinnacle in his previous life? I think it’s still only been around a few weeks since the game launched. This time around it seems he is gunning to get there in a matter of months so wasting time to do things at proper and reasonable pace is out of the question. Also the MC has blinders in places, an unstable personality, and seemingly forgets at times exactly why he is doing what he is doing or that he even is suppose to be doing something for a reason. It probably doesn’t make too much sense for him take a bit of time to go out and gear, at the very least, his close circle of friends and himself beforehand.

  5. thanks for the chapter but why did Nie Yan become a fool all of a sudden. it’s like “I’m a wanted man with a bounty on my head from the most vicious guild that exists and I’m carrying the best items in the game that will auto-drop if i die but lets just walk around like a tool” this is just a plain stupid act he should have never walked there and they should have never grouped in public before they entered the dungeon staying away from the norm until his war with vicious return is nothing but a memory.

    1. It seems like this is the best reason for even having this conflict. He didn’t get it the last time and I imagine if he ended up killings dozens or hundreds of players that some seem to anticipate, that should be more than enough time in the red to get the amulet or whatever it was that he wanted before.

  6. I mean he wasn’t all that smart in this chapter, the thing I consider stupid the most is the fact that he saw that not a SINGLE team was in the area which was really weird considering it was the current 2nd place dungeon in the game and he still didn’t pay any attention to it or the fact that a team walked around with that gear. Honestly even a normal average player would notice it and hurry get in the dungeon atleast, and why didn’t he just choose specialist and press on when he’s right next to the dungeon portal instead of standing there like his brain dead lol.

    1. Yeah, it just makes it worse when you recall how he seems to have some kind of spidey sense to avoid danger at other times. Blazing neon signs with arrows pointing in one direction within arms reach…maybe the explanation is that there were just so many that it made him temporarily blind or confused by how absurdly obvious the outcome would be that he just went ahead anyways thinking to himself “No, it can’t be that obvious can it? Nah, It’s just my paranoia kicking in again.”

  7. Why do I have a sinking feeling that he will have to either accept being PK’d, or be forced to use the basic magic bombs and lose 10% of his stats permanently in the process?

  8. They probably got the info from chen bo and how dumb is nie yan this chapter by what seems to the only time he decides not not to use transcending light on the players he seems to find familar and with noone else around. ? lame

  9. I guess the author want to set up couple of things by doing this
    – Getting Nie Yan a red name so that he can farm the lv 30 mobs again
    – Giving PK exp that Tang Yao arcane fairy need
    – the-totally-not-a-chevkov-gun bomb that Nie Yan bought last chapter usefulness
    – show casing the book of order chapter ability
    – giving more honor and ‘legend’ for the asskicker united

    I don’t think Nie Yan and Tang Yao will just escape or die after this but I’m worried that the unnamed team member will be the victim because of this lol. The author seems to not care on what happened to unnamed members situation after looking at Nie Yan last dungeon run. Couple of people died and lost their exp while the important people didn’t.

    1. Yeah it’s most likely going to happen but aside from Nie Yan and Tang Yao, we don’t know of anyone else having anything groundbreaking to lose. But aside from some reason why the author wants some of the other named characters to live, truth is, all of them are expendable and insignificant anyways. It’s already been explained that they are generously compensated for any loss. There’s some occasional emphasis placed on level and loss of exp but it’s pretty clear that’s never really be an issue for players that know what they are doing and gear is easy to come by, at least for Nie Yan. The money they receive can generally be used to buy stuff anyways I assume. Why they want to include so many nameless characters is another story but *shrug* not the first time.

  10. Can Nie Yan pull out some cards on his sleeves on this situation? Unless he will make his teammates to be a sacrificial lambs while he will cast a teleportation scroll for himself, he will surely survive!

    But I think a leader shouldn’t leave his subordinates on situation like this. I think his critical thinking strategist skill will come up some a good ideas on how to kill this 300 enemies. I’m sure this would be a built up reputation for his guild and for him as a respectable leader!

  11. How do you hide 150 players so close to another group for 20 something players, 1 of whom is at least a good player from a top guild that they don’t notice them until they’re already so close its impossible to even cast an escape scroll and totally surrounded that they can’t even retreat on any side.

    I mean really, 150 players in a complete circle around them who can reach them in less than 3 seconds?

    I understand creating conflict, but the author should at least bother to write a little bit of an explanation if he’s going to make the MC and everyone else oblivious.

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