Rebirth Chapter 151

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Chapter 151 (Click to show "spoiler" title)

Chapter 151 – Self-Destruct!  

In Nie Yan’s team, none of the six members who were still clinging to life had a name that wasn’t branded deeply crimson. For them to die here would represent a serious setback to their progression. All of the equipment they had painstakingly collected piece by piece would fall into enemy hands, to say nothing of the several levels they would lose as well. The effort they had expended since starting this game would also go down the drain. Such an outcome would prove an extremely depressing conclusion to this battle.

Nonetheless, it was too late for regrets. Their eyes were already heavily bloodshot as they lost themselves in a murderous frenzy.

Nie Yan had killed six Victorious Return players in quick succession, and then, by relying on his sharp instincts and deadly reflexes, he was able to cut down another five. His name was bright red as if it had been washed in the blood of those he had slain.

Among the six, Nie Yan, Tang Yao, and Dusk were the most terrifying. All of their kill counts were already in the double digits.

Nirvana Flame, just hold on a little longer. My boss will be arriving soon with backup!」Dusk shouted in the team intercom. He was already giving it his all.

Suddenly, a dozen spells arced through the sky and exploded in the area around him, sending him flying. After crashing to the ground, he struggled to no avail as his health bar finally plummeted to zero before all of the equipment dropped from his body.

Will Holy Empire really be coming? A sudden thought popped up in Nie Yan’s head. If Holy Empire really did involve themselves with this matter, then it would be tantamount to them breaking off relations with Victorious Return. Would they truly be willing to wade into these turbulent waters?

At that moment, a shocking rallying cry came from the far ends of the battlefield followed by the emergence of three hundred players, dressed in mediocre equipment, charging forward from every direction.

“Violet Berserk Blade, you said it yourself. When we get back, you definitely have to give us merit points!”

“Watchful Snail, you promised us, so don’t go back on your word!”

“Rest assured, I stake my honour as a senior officer of the guild. Today, everyone here will become honorary members of Asskickers United!”

“Long live Violet Berserk Blade! Long live Watchful Snail! Long live Asskickers United! Leave none of those bastards from Victorious Return alive!”


Nie Yan originally didn’t hold high hopes of receiving any reinforcements whatsoever from their newly established Asskickers United. After all, it was full of new recruits who didn’t yet feel any sense of belonging to the guild. So why would they suddenly be willing to put their lives on the line just to save a few people? Even if they were, would they really be willing to offend Victorious Return? What if Asskickers United ended up collapsing in the near-future, then what would become of them? Would they be hunted down like dogs, cowering in the shadows? The risk was simply too high.

Nevertheless, even though Nie Yan didn’t have much faith, thankfully Tang Yao did, contacting Guo Huai, Hao Cheng, and Zhao Li almost as soon as they were surrounded. After being informed of the situation, worry overtook the trio as they hastily gathered a host of players for a rescue mission, promising honorary membership and a certain amount of merit points in return.

When a portion of the players at the guild headquarters heard the guild leader was in trouble, and that they would be able to earn membership and merit points by joining a rescue mission to save him, they immediately flocked forward to volunteer. They were hot-blooded youths who still felt a sense of romanticism toward the game, and besides, many of them only wished to join the guild because they disliked the tyranny of Victorious Return. Their levels might not be high, with most of them averaging around Level 7 or 8, but they were all full of spirit! Hence, out of the over six thousand players there, Guo Huai and Hao Cheng managed to bring nearly three hundred to their cause. After anxiously rushing over to the battlefield, they charged into battle as soon as they saw Nie Yan and company still barely hanging on.

“Save the guild leader!”

“Victorious Return, you sons of bitches, I’ll kill all of you!”

Skinny Dog, Underworld Flame, and the other Victorious Return members sneered when they saw this ragtag band of players with mediocre gear. They slaughtered the oncoming players without breaking a sweat and demolished any semblance of a formation they had.

Truthfully, this result didn’t come as a surprise. The Victorious Return members were all at least Level 10 while the reinforcements Guo Huai brought over were only around Level 7. It was practically the same as throwing eggs at a brick wall.

During their first collision, the reinforcements from Asskickers United lost over thirty players, but those who survived kept pushing forward, disturbing the enemy’s formations and rhythm as they displayed the zeal of undying cockroaches. With six or seven of them swarming a single player, they were also able to overwhelm quite a few Victorious Return members, most of whom were Mages.

Even though they were trading five, six, seven lives or more to take down a single enemy, it was still well worth it. After all, their foes were the elite members of Victorious Return!

Losing two thousand or so ordinary members might not mean anything to a formidable guild such as Victorious Return, but if over a hundred of their elites died, then they would’ve truly been dealt a heavy blow.

In fact, this battle illustrated a certain truth in life. Even if someone was a powerful elite, they could still be defeated with numbers.

After the reinforcements arrived, the pressure on Nie Yan’s group lessened significantly. With Yu Lan (Blue Feather) at the lead, Nie Yan in the middle, and Yao Yao, Moon Child, and Tang Yao following from behind, they redoubled their efforts to break through the encirclement.

When Skinny Dog and Underworld Flame saw Nie Yan and his group attempting to escape, they anxiously shouted in the team intercom,「Don’t let Nirvana Flame and Young Sparrow Hawk escape! Kill them!

After which Skinny Dog dashed straight for them.

Several spells accompanied by a volley of arrows whizzed past Skinny Dog as they flew in Nie Yan’s direction.

Nie Yan would be dead if these arrows struck him! And in such a crowded space, he had no hope of effectively evading. He chugged down a Basic Health Potion and resigned himself to his fate. If he had an Intermediate Health Potion, then perhaps he’d be able to safely endure the damage. Regrettably, however, the Starry Night Potion Shop had yet to produce any.

Yu Lan (Blue Feather) suddenly moved to cover his flank.「Bang! Bang! Bang!」The slew of arrows and spells bombarded her body. As her corpse was sent flying, her equipment fell to the ground.

Nie Yan was surprised. He never expected for Yu Lan to sacrifice herself to protect him.

The group of Warriors from the reinforcements bravely charged into enemy lines. Even though they were like ants that could be easily crushed to these members of Victorious Return, they gritted their teeth and pressed forward.

As a wave of spells fell over them, five of them were instantly turned into rays of light.

Finally, Guo Huai, Hao Cheng, and the other reinforcements managed to make their way to Nie Yan and the surviving members.

“Nirvana Flame, Young Sparrow Hawk, we’re here!” Placing himself in front, Hao Cheng’s large frame immediately shielded almost all of Nie Yan.

“Protect Nirvana Flame and Young Sparrow Hawk! Help them get out of here!” For the fledging guild, Asskickers United, these two existences were simply too invaluable!

Under the constant barrage of magic, quite a few more of their members fell.

Now, only about eighty out of the nearly three hundred reinforcements remained. They were all simply too weak. Not even a few moments later, their numbers were yet again reduced to about sixty. However, Victorious Return had also suffered disastrous losses with about a hundred fifty or so troops still standing.

Skinny Dog brought a group of a dozen Thieves with him as he rapidly approached Nie Yan and the others in a bid to sneak lethal attacks in from all sides.

“Die!” Skinny Dog swept his dagger across a Warrior’s throat, then circled behind and stabbed them in the back with Eviscerate.「Thud!」That Level 7 Warrior collapsed dead on the ground.

These Thieves were exceptionally fierce, capable of finishing off an opponent within seconds of engaging them. The reinforcements around Nie Yan were dropping like flies.

When he and Tang Yao entered the edge of the enemy’s encirclement, Yao Yao and Moon Child were able to safely escape while protected by a group of players.

“Stop them! Don’t let them escape!” Skinny Dog shouted. A dozen Thieves quickly surrounded Nie Yan and Tang Yao.

Skinny Dog pounced forward with his dagger stabbing toward Nie Yan’s face.

Nie Yan tilted his neck to the side and avoided the attack, but Skinny Dog quickly followed up with a backstab.

He was already like a dried up oil lamp. All of his skills were on cooldown, and he only had 120 health remaining. It was impossible for him to match Skinny Dog in this state, so all he could do was dodge to the best of his ability.

Not only had those Thieves launched deadly sneak attacks, they also once again barred the path forward.

Of course, none of that mattered if he was still tangling with Skinny Dog, leaving him incapable of fleeing in the first place.

Tang Yao only had around a little over 60 health left while his Arcane Fairy still had a small sliver. It appeared that at any moment now they would become corpses on the battlefield.

Even though he couldn’t bear losing his Arcane Fairy, Tang Yao quickly came to a resolve after seeing how the situation was developing. He brandished his staff and cast Dreadful Howl!

“Nirvana Flame, I’ll send you out of here!”

As the ear-ringing screech coming out of Tang Yao entered the ears of the surrounding Victorious Return members, they were inflicted with the fear status and couldn’t help but begin to disperse.

“Paladins, Divine Word!”

“Priests, Dispel!”

As Underworld Flame gave out these orders, the Paladins and Priests in the rear quickly removed the fear status caused by Tang Yao’s Dreadful Howl.

「Poof!」Nie Yan threw down another pouch of Intermediate Flash Powder. The glaring radiance pierced into the eyes of the surrounding players, causing them to temporarily lose vision. Having just cast Divine Word and Dispel, the Paladins and Priests were temporarily unable to remove the blind status.

Dreadful Howl was ineffective in the faces of so many enemy Paladins and Priests. However, Nie Yan’s Intermediate Flash Powder would allow the spell to show its fullest effect. Inflicted with both the fear and blind status, a path outward was immediately opened.

“Young Sparrow Hawk, we have a chance!” Nie Yan shouted upon spotting the opening.

“Nirvana Flame, go without me! I won’t be able to escape!” Tang Yao’s eyes were completely bloodshot. Even if he made a break for it, the thing near and dear to his heart, his Arcane Fairy, wouldn’t be able to make it out alive!

He had given it his best, but in the end, his best just wasn’t good enough. As magic rained down from above, he awaited the moment when his Arcane Fairy would meet its irreversible fate!

“Kill!” Tang Yao shouted with a furious expression. As he ordered his Arcane Fairy to self-destruct, it began expanding like a balloon, the energy inside rapidly condensing as it drew in mana from its surroundings. Finally, when it reached a critical mass, the giant blue ball gave a slight tremble…「BOOM!」All of the stored energy was released in an instant, creating an ear-splitting explosion that swiftly engulfed all of the Victorious Return members in the vicinity.

As if a tornado was passing through, the shock wave reached a level of power that could destroy everything in its path!  

The Arcane Fairy’s self-detonation swept up over thirty Victorious Return players in a flash, disintegrating everything within the explosion’s radius.

After the battlefield settled down, the Arcane Fairy vanished into the air and the Arcane Crystal in Tang Yao’s bag gradually lost its shimmer, becoming nothing more than a lifeless rock.

Tang Yao brandished his staff with a crazed and murderous glint in his eyes. Seeing his Arcane Fairy die, he felt as if a hole had been carved out of his heart.

“Young Sparrow Hawk, let’s go!” Nie Yan anxiously yelled. Even though eight of the Thieves had died, there were still quite a few left and the fear status inflicted upon them was about to wear off. If they didn’t escape now, they would no longer have the chance to.

However, lost in grief, Tang Yao didn’t listen to Nie Yan’s urging. His Arcane Fairy dying had been too big of a blow to his heart. At this moment, he wanted nothing more than to murder all of the bastards who caused its death!

The Victorious Return members still standing were badly frightened by the explosion of the Arcane Fairy. In the blink of an eye, over thirty of their members had been wiped out.

Skinny Dog and the rest of the surviving Thieves awakened from their feared state. After which two of them pounced on Tang Yao while the rest dashed toward Nie Yan.

Nie Yan didn’t have much health or skills left. He could only use Shadow Waltz to evade. For Tang Yao, after casting Dreadful Howl and ordering his Arcane Fairy to self-destruct, all of his offensive spells were now on cooldown. Even though he had plenty of defensive spells at his disposal, they would be useless in getting him out of this predicament.

The elite battalion of over three hundred Victorious Return players were thrown into complete disarray. Now, barely a third of their troops remained, scattered about across the battlefield.

Suddenly, a massive, dense cloud of fire spread across the sky, creating wisps of flames that rose into the air.

“It’s Scorching Meteor!” Underworld Flame cried out in alarm. As he searched around for the caster, his gaze fell on a Mage standing among the piles of rubble in the far distance chanting the magic. The spell truly did live up to its fame. He was able to recognize it instantly as the Templar Magic, Scorching Meteor!

As for the Mage casting it, they seemed a little familiar. If he recalled correctly, this was Cold Maple1 from Holy Empire! His chest tightened. Why was Holy Empire suddenly entering the fray!?

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  1. Cold Maple first appears in Chapter 94.


41 thoughts on “Rebirth Chapter 151” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

  1. thanks for the chapter but I’m getting more and more disappointed in Nie Yan all because this so called “master” can’t do anything that requires skill. everything he has if from an exploit and luck and the fact that even with all that Skinny Dog is his equal means he cant really be all that good, after all where is his supposedly high level stealth technique and shadow dancer movement or are you telling me that a person with years of experience can get shat on so easily by what are for all intent and purpose noobs at the game.

    1. While there are some reasons to be disappointed in Nie Yan’s performance, I don’t think that anything you mention qualifies.

      (1) The fact that Nie Yan’s kill-streak is in double digits means that he has a lot of skill, and his uncanny ability to dodge attacks by a hair’s width is a constant reminder thereof. After all, it’s not an easy task to take down even a single opponent—with what is mainly a melee class—when chased / attacked by overwhelming numbers.
      (2) There are no Shadow Dancers yet in this timeline; Nie Yan once mused that this title requires some annoying quest, and that he never managed to become one even in his past life.
      (3) Nie Yan is surrounded by enemies and mid-combat, the game would be utterly broken if it were possible to simply stealth in that situation without something special. I vaguely remember that it’s possible to stealth regardless of the sitaution either with the legendary armour set, or when one is a Shadow Dancer, but Nie Yan is / has neither (so it doesn’t matter that I cannot recall which one has this benefit ^^).
      (4) Nie Yan with only a fraction of HP left, and with all but one (evasion) skill on cooldown, is unlikely to be a match for anyone of comparable level (character’s level, not skill level) with available skills and notably more HP.
      (5) Yup, even noobs can do that to him—or anyone—when he’s faced with dozens of them, and they are even more dangerous when there is only a small level gap between him and any one of them. Not to mention that some of these noobs have already developed a measure of skill (i.e., enough skill the be considered their guild’s elites as opposed to their other members), so while they would / should still be no contest in 1v1—or even in 1vSmallGroup (since the beginning, not only toward the end, when Nie Yan is on death’s door)—they can indeed trash him with sufficient numbers.

        1. Not to mention that rogue classes have been able to stealth mid-combat since at least World of Warcraft. Obviously there are certain limitations but unless the player is actually taking dmg during activation and or while in stealth mode, most games allow it.

          The author continuously tells us how the MC is suppose to be super awesome with his unparalleled skills and dodging at a hair’s width, but Nie Yan hasn’t really accomplished much of anything this entire time without exploiting mechanics and knowledge in-game and he doesn’t act without an arsenal resulting from those. Suggesting that you can compare a lower level noob of couple weeks worth of in-game playing that involved continuously changing circumstances such as gear, skills, level, and environment vs someone with 10+ years of intimate familiarity is bad enough. However, Nie Yan still has a seemingly unlimited supply of consumables at his disposal, which include everything from healing items and buffs to large group crowd control.

          He should be more than capable of handling a fight against Skinny Dog. If not, than he shouldn’t have been able to stay alive halfway through activating adjudicator mode, let alone the amount of time he has with all of his skills on cool down and now at low hp and continuously trying to avoid others chasing and attacking him.

          Been fairly inconsistent this entire series, not to mention how awful this battle has been since the very start.

        2. In addition to Preppy’s link to Sulgata’s Shadow (and the Shadow Dance skill) Nie Yan also has buffs from the Chapter of Freedom:

          Disappear (skill from Chapter of Freedom) allows the player to stealth mid-combat (which I’m assuming wasn’t possible without it, otherwise this would be redundant) and a chance to dodge attacks. I’m assuming it’s a passive ability since no cooldown is mentioned (whereas one is stated after Sacrificial Gambit). The cooldown would likely come from the active(s) that allow for stealth in the first place (i.e. default Stealth skill and Shadow Dance from Sulgata’s Boots).

  2. Thanks for the chapter!
    Feeling abit grief because Tang Yao lost his arcane fairy… he definitely must get a new one and grind it up quick!
    Also Yu Lan’s sacrifice! I hope they picked up her gear at least to give back later. Hopefully Nie Yan comes up with a way to resolve Tang Yao’s arcane fairy and at the same time, get good gear + regain levels and more for the entire squad! (Maybe by spam-running specialist dungeons?) Either way after today those elites from victorious return will be in dire straits, all having lost a level or so and gear (some should be red after killing those guys from Asskicker United..)

    1. If all of those guys and girls of Victorious Return were in one big group, they won’t be branded with a red name. Since that traitor in Nie Yan’s group attacked them first, they were free to retaliate without repercussions (for 30 min).

      As for levels and gear: They were the elite team of Victorious Return. So it will definitely hurt them as their pace at leveling/grinding is slow as hell. Compared to Nie Yan at least for others it’s above average 😉
      They will also lose their set bonus, if one of their set pieces dropped upon their death. Those guys will be pissed.

      1. I meant the newly arrived level 7-8s, they probably shouldn’t be in the same current team as Nie Yan, so that means the Victorious Returns’ people do not have the retaliation message yet
        Unless they let the newbies attack them first before sending them on their way

        1. Good point!

          Totally didn’t think about that.

          I don’t think they let the newbies attack first. Since they(Victorious Return) are condescending §$&@, who view everyone below them with contempt. Especially those newbies, who are way beneath them in their eyes.(Worse gear, worse level and, most importantly, worse guild)

  3. Is it only me or is this reincarnation thing like a normal thing in this family I mean nie lie gut in TDG also had the same thing happen to him and now it is nie Yan

    1. I think I recall someone saying that this is suppose to be in the same universe and or it’s the same “soul” being reincarnated. Fairly certain others have done this as well like that Daolu Continent or whatever it’s called. Also the author most likely does like the name as well.

  4. “Why was Holy Empire suddenly entering the fray!?”

    Well of course they did…you attacked one of their elete members or did you not notice Dusk’s guild tag.
    Course giving the discount with the potion shop was through Nie Yan they would rather build better relations with asskickers the victorious guild

  5. ありがとうござました! Thank you for the chapter!

    While its sad that Tang Yao’s Arcane fairy died, sacrifices are inevitable. Losing it, is better that dropping the book chapters that Nie Yan currently have in possesion. Now they will owe Holy Empire a big one. What’s gonna be their reward except for getting more of Nie Yan’s good side. I’m pretty sure Sleepy fox figured out that Nie Yan plays a great role in their guild and Dusk probably told him the current lvl of Nie Yan for him to help them even if it means they’re going to be VR’s enemy too. Will Nie Yan let the others come and grind of the frogs to remove their PK status asap? After all its going to be dangerous for them to roam around with PK status. Whew, another set of questions on my mind. Lol.

  6. Nie Yan is the mostest smart strategist ever! To think he had the forethought to post hundreds of newly recruited guild members, friends, and allied players right next to the nearest waypoint in case he ever ran into trouble. I’m sure all of them believed he was a paranoid nut job, but who would have thought that the next day they would end up rushing over at the drop of a hat and saving his life in an epic battle where players were instantly vaporizing each other in mass volleys and one shots. Genius! Absolutely Genius!

    1. They must channel the teleportation scroll for 20 seconds. Way too long in a complicated situation such as this heated battle.

      IIRC they even mentioned it one or two chapters ago.

  7. I wonder if Nie Yan will soon recall a special method to resurrect Tang Yao’s arcane Fairy.

    Does Nie Yan depend on Tang Yao with an Arcane Fairy to grind frogs? Maybe he’ll compensate Holy Empire by letting them grind frogs with him.

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