Rebirth Chapter 75

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Chapter 75 – Turn of Events

Nie Yan fled the battle but he didn’t immediately leave the area. Instead, he took a detour and circled round the perimeter before stopping to scan his surroundings. Eventually, he spotted a slope not too far in the distance. He dashed toward the slope and promptly arrived at its peak, whereupon he looked over in the direction of Eternal Sin and his team. Despite the somewhat low visibility, the light show of magic and clamor signalled that the battle was still ongoing and quite fierce.

At first, for the sake of preserving his life, he only planned to borrow their hand in killing the Serpentine Lizard and nothing else. However, since they tried to kill him, he wouldn’t sit by idly and let them enjoy their meal in peace.

No, the temptation of obtaining the equipment dropped by a Level 7 Sub-Elite couldn’t be abandoned so easily.

Thus, Candy and the others were unaware that Nie Yan hadn’t actually fully retreated but was instead spying on them from atop a slope.

After believing they had finally driven that hateful Thief away, Eternal Sin and his team inwardly breathed a sigh of relief. Just a moment ago, he was in quite a panic due to being rooted by the quagmire. If anything had happened to the Priest in the rear, he would’ve been a goner as well. Luckily, Candy discovered that Thief before it was too late and helped them avert a disaster that could’ve wiped the team.

Good work! You all did well,」Eternal Sin praised in the team chat.

We were just lucky. That guy isn’t so easy to deal with. We need to be careful if we ever encounter him in the future,」Candy replied, ending the celebrations early.

Eternal Sin assumed that with her skills, the other side wouldn’t be able to gain the slightest advantage over her, but it was clear that assumption was wrong. That Thief was quite astonishing.

After forcing Nie Yan away, killing the Serpentine Lizard became much more relaxed.

「Bang! Bang! Bang!」The Serpentine Lizard was bombarded by several spells. Its body was charred and bloody, and many of its scales had been split open. The barrage shaved a hundred and sixty points off its health and left it at death’s door; it simply lacked that one final nudge. Yet even in its death throes, the lizard did not give up and revealed its final card. It suddenly spat out a peculiar mist which, unlike the previous times, was far denser and pitch-black in colour. It rapidly expanded and encompassed everything within a twenty-meter radius, completely obscuring everyone’s vision.

Su Yan (White Smoke) and the other Mages had hastily retreated when the mist began to expand. While Eternal Sin, who was at the epicenter of the skill, missed his attack and saw the shadow of the lizard bolt away.

The sudden change took him by surprise, causing him to be dazed for a brief moment before realizing what was going on.

Over there! It’s trying to escape!」Eternal Sin roared.

This was the first time they had come across a Sub-Elite that ran away when at low health. However, it didn’t mean they had never heard of them. Several Elite-class field bosses would also use a skill to try and flee after falling below a certain health.

Where?」asked one of the Mages.

Under the cover of the mist, their vision was completely blocked and it was impossible for them to find their target.

Su Yan suddenly saw a shadow flash past some bushes. She raised her staff and prepared to cast a spell. Just as she spoke the first syllable to the incantation…

System: Target is outside of spell range.

She helplessly cancelled the incantation.

By the time the mist dissipated, any traces of the Serpentine Lizard would have long disappeared!

It escaped…」Su Yan lowered her staff.

In which direction?」Eternal Sin asked. They had poured enormous amounts of effort into getting the Serpentine Lizard’s health bar to barely a sliver of health. If it escaped just like that, wouldn’t that mean all their hard work had gone to waste?

Over there!

🗡🗡🗡

At an earlier point in time.

As Nie Yan silently observed the battle from the slope, a black mist emerged and covered his view, causing his heart to jump in excitement. It’s about to make a break for it! Just as he expected, from within the mist, he saw a shadow escaping towards the southeast.

The reason he didn’t entirely leave the area was because he had known the Serpentine Lizard would try and escape. So, he camped out atop this slope in order to cut off its escape.

The low-health Serpentine Lizard wouldn’t be able to run too far, around eight hundred meters at most. He planned to kill it before Eternal Sin and his team arrived and snatch the dropped items for himself.

He pondered for a moment, calculating the most optimal route, then bolted down the slope towards the nearest path and rushed to intercept the Serpentine Lizard.

There was an old line from a poem: “Making a beautiful dress only to give to others.” The line held a deeper meaning. It referred to others who, despite working hard and toiling for hours, gained no benefits and had instead given it to others. This would be an accurate portrayal of Eternal Sin and his team.

Nie Yan activated a Basic Haste Scroll and ran like the wind as he traversed the marsh.

The marsh was full of wandering Marsh Monitors. Therefore, he inevitably ran past quite a few of them, who would aggro onto him and chase. Though in the end, he was too fast for them and quickly broke away. After a while, they would de-aggro and resume roaming around.

After travelling for a while, he heard explosions in the distance and wrinkled his brows. There are others in this area?

As he drew closer, the figures of another group of players entered his sights. There were six of them in total, and they appeared to be training in the marsh.

However, he didn’t slow down and soon entered their sights. Seeing him approach, the group eyed him suspiciously.

It’s a Thief! Everyone, be careful.

All six players raised their guards.

He’s probably just passing by.」the leader of the group said. If this Thief really wanted to ambush them, he wouldn’t have emerged in front of them and exposed himself in plain sight.

I think he’s just aggroing monsters for his team.

These six players remained prudent and didn’t take the initiative to intercept him. If by chance, this Thief belonged to a team and they barred his way, it would bring them unnecessary trouble.

Nie Yan had more important fish to fry, so he didn’t want to get in a tangle with these players unnecessarily. Plus, they didn’t pose much of a threat. He ran past them and disappeared within the thickets.

Those six players were astonished by his speed as he dashed past them. He had closed the distance between them in almost an instant.

What kind of speed is that?

That Thief was simply too fast. Even if they had tried to intercept him, not only would they likely fail to stop him, they would have probably ended up worse for wear as well. These six players felt like they dodged a bullet.

“Forget it, let’s go back to levelling.”

“Hey Yi Wang (Forgotten), do you have any more health potions? I ran out. Share some with me.”

The Thief’s unexpected appearance was just a minor incident for them, so they quickly went back to training.

As Nie Yan travelled further through the marsh, he finally began finding traces of the Serpentine Lizard.

Finally found you. So I just need to keep going this way! He accelerated his pace. There were too many players in this area, and he didn’t want the Serpentine Lizard falling into another person’s hands.

After running several dozen meters, he caught sight of the Serpentine Lizard resting behind some bushes.

Likewise, the Serpentine Lizard noticed him as well. Its scarlet tongue flickered in, hissing as it watched him attentively. Like a lamp that had spent the last of its oil, there was no more strength left in its body. The final sprint had put it in a weakened state. By now, it no longer had the ability to flee.

Nie Yan retrieved his crossbow, took aim, and fired.「Whoosh! Whoosh! Whoosh!」Three bolts went flying through the air.

−17
−18
−16

The Serpentine Lizard let out a mournful cry as it writhed in pain.

Nie Yan put away the crossbow, retrieved his daggers, then dashed toward it and dealt the final blow.

−51

A bright red damage value rose above the lizard’s head. It struggled briefly before going limp and collapsing on the ground.

“I saw it running over this way!”

“Look, I see its footprints on the ground!”

The several voices belonged to Eternal Sin and his teammates. However, they had arrived too late. Nie Yan stooped down to the ground and picked up the item that dropped from the Serpentine Lizard’s corpse. Hmmm… It’s a skill book.

After passing through some thickets, Eternal Sin and his team finally arrived and almost immediately noticed his presence.

“It’s that Thief!”

“Stop him!”

A spell came flying straight towards him.

Goodbye~ He faintly smiled and gazed at Eternal Sin, Candy, and the others before bounding over the shrubbery and disappearing from their sight.

Eternal Sin and his team anxiously went in pursuit but by the time they arrived at the lizard’s corpse, all signs of Nie Yan had long disappeared. They turned to look at each other and saw the similarly dismayed expression in their teammate’s eyes.

It took them an enormous amount of effort to get the Serpentine Lizard to low health. Yet somehow, it still ended up in that Thief’s hands. Could it be that he had never left the area and was waiting for another opportunity to appear the whole time? If that was the case, he must have possessed a terrifying level of patience.


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37 thoughts on “Rebirth Chapter 75” - NO SPOILERS

  1. Thanks for the chapter!

    But why the hell is Nie Yan getting so upset that they tried to kill him. Of course they did, he pulled a mob onto them, it’s his fault and he’s trying to act the victim? Yeah right.

    1. I’m not sure how much MMO experience you have or which you have experience in, but most people ignore those being chased by monsters, they run from a mob train with you, or they help by aggroing, and killing that monster with/for you. They don’t just immediately try and kill you no questions asked while you are being chased at the drop of a hat. Even in MMOs that had open world pvp where you could loot other people’s items this wasn’t the case.

      1. Littleshanks is right. It’s a petty revenge Chinese MC thing.

        I’m not sure how much MMO experience you actually have, but training mechanics have been obsolete for about 15+ years for western titles. The only ones that have them are typically sub-par Chinese, Japanese, and or Korean titles but it’s been a while since I have even seen it in those.

        Even when it was a fact of life, it wasn’t something that developers were particularly proud of since 9/10 times, whenever there was train, it meant that groups were being wiped out intentionally or the player was knowingly placing another at extreme risk for purely selfish reasons. The entire process of getting a group together, traveling to a destination, and killing/farming was extremely time consuming. Not only that, but there were death penalties such as negative experience, along with repairs to equipment, and content was contested; meaning that person that hit the mob first, not who actually killed it, got the loot.

        Any of this ringing a bell? Aside from perhaps contested content, which hasn’t been fully addressed I don’t believe, it’s exactly the same in this world. The problem is that there is very little incentive to help out others as there always was back then. Groups that accidentally pulled too many mobs and are forced to run was typically because there was too much that they could handle..which it turn meant that many other groups in the same standing couldn’t do it on their own either, often leading to multiple group wipes. And it was all because players were too stupid and selfish. The only difference between then and this game is the fact that we typically didn’t have the choice to actually kill the person doing the training. It was not in the code or under very specific circumstances and zones. If we did, we certainly would have because training is an obsolete crap mechanic that’s mercilessly abused by trolls and the only developers that allow it in their game, is generally a sign of mediocrity.

        1. I remember a terrible game like that, it was a WoDBo (World of Dragon Ball) a bunch of guys used to farm some spots and kill anyone that got close, sometimes they would see you farming, flee, then come back with other members and mob you, the leveling time required hours to do and each time you died you would lose about 2 levels if higher level then more, one time a guy that was in the top 10 and couldn’t get killed by the town guard NPC killed everyone who was outside town square and hounded for over an hour the safe zone, you could also be invited to dungeons which required a certain number of players to enter, which after you all got in they could kill you so they could hog all the loot.

          There are other RPGs which indeed luckily make it so you have to accept their challenge, one time a guy brought the boss level troll in an area can’t recall the name of the game, got stunned and killed quite quickly since my character was fighting some goblins in that moment, all that to; there are indeed many guys who will kill other players just to troll them, and while there may be some filters it’s not a good thing for someone to bring you enemies much less some stronger enemies, normally it means they want to wipe you since players tend to keep some distance from others and fight what they can.
          It can indeed be said it was some petty revenge since the party may have been slow and if too weak would have been wiped out, they wanted to get rid of the guy that brought the enemy and may have wanted their equips.

    2. It is one of those times when everyone is in the wrong. He brought them an unwelcome guest. They reacted by trying to kill him. But once they tried to kill him I can’t see him as in the wrong when he attacks them back.

      1. LOL Logic like that is just about on the same level as authors trying to justify how raping one of the girls is ok because she ends up falling in love with him later on or how her being raped is really all her fault because she wasn’t strong enough to stop it.

        The MC was arrogant and got himself into a predicament that he knew was a high probability from the get go. Then he targeted a weakened group and intentionally put them in harms way knowing full well that it could potentially lead to their deaths. The group defended themselves the only way they could to try and ensure their safety; a reaction he himself acknowledged as completely warranted. Then he attacked them anyways simply because they had the audacity to do so fulfilling that typical petty revenge character role. He was caught and sent in retreat predictably, but continued to let them to do the work for him, just so that he could sweep in and cherry pick the rewards.

        The only person in the wrong here was the MC. That’s not particularly surprising because let’s face it, he is an ass and a villain at this point, if not at least skirting that line.

        1. I agree that both were in the wrong, one for causing a problem to others to solve his own problems and the others for killing him just in case he could be a danger.

          Anyway, raping someone with the excuse of being the fault of the one abused for not being stronger it’s not irresponsible (MC), neither oversensitive (the party), it’s directly criminal way of thinking.

          1. there’s clearly a difference between causing a problem and opening a direct channel of aggression leading to death… clearly he observed that the other party was high class and as such could handle the situation for him… so no, even though he caused them a “problem” it wasn’t really a reason to go on and kill him, in fact they probably shouldve opened a line of dialog with him and fought it together… honestly you people, psh… death sentence for causing a problem.

        2. wasn’t so much revenge as opportunistic. he attacked so they would be wiped knowing he could defeat the monster at that point. not revenge he just wanted loot and equips and doesn’t care who he hurts it is worse than revenge. he just tried to use revenge as a justification

  2. Just wanted to say, thanks for the chapter! 😀 Translating is definitely not easy and time consuming, so thanks for taking the time to pump out these awesome chapters for us.

  3. Well for those worrying he would play scared since he got the chapter of courage, so far he hasn’t. He has played careful/tactfully but that’s how he has always been playing.

  4. I really advice anyone who loves this book to read moonlight sculptor. Its also a book about a vr game, and its great! Is about a slightly op mc (not as op as this bool though…) in a game called royalty road. It has better motivation for the characters, more insight from other peoples perspective and more glimpses into real life, while still revolving around the game. its really good.

    Thanks for the chapter btw

  5. I gotta say, at this point I’m a little confused about Nie Yan. Up until this point, his behavior has been pretty standard. Then he lures a boss to this group, gets attacked because they don’t know his intentions… Says he “didn’t originally plan to kill them”… while sneaking up on their priest, about to kill them (WHAT?!)… Then decides to take the drops from their party… simply because they retaliated when he was about to kill them? And blames it on them?

    How is this gaining him any favors? He was JUST talking about having to make a stable foundation for his future endeavors, and decides randomly making this “pretty good party” (his thoughts) his enemy.

    I just don’t understand.

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