TI Vol 14: Chapter 17-2

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Vol 14 Chapter 17-2

Xuan sat in front of a large screen. His expression was so apathetic which made him seem more like a soldier than that blonde young man. The fact was he lived with the standards of a soldier before coming to this realm. The impression he gave to the troopers was much better than Neos’s.

“According to Arachnid biologist Rose’s report, parasite bugs possess strong intelligence. They could even stir up conflicts within ourselves, to make us enter a civil war. This is the danger of parasite bugs. Their intelligence can even allow them to discover vulnerabilities within our society.”

“Dr. Rose’s report noted that these bugs usually sneak into our society then kill important figures to decrease our morale or cause chaos and civil war. It is difficult to distinguish this type of bugs. However, we aren’t totally out of means. The most important method is to observe their reaction. Because our report mentions that the most important method these bugs use to communicate is through their minds.”

Neos immediately felt things were bad when Xuan appeared on the screens throughout the fleet. He was in one of the information network starships that were responsible for transmitting signals among the fleet and from Earth. Which should mean that as long as this ship wasn’t overtaken, he was the only one who could send any signals out. How did Xuan’s signal go through to the fleet? The most shocking thing was Xuan’s image also appeared in Aya’s starship!

When Xuan got to communication through the mind, Neos’s heart beat violently. He realized the piece that was missing in his calculation. No, if he missed this piece, then he didn’t know how much more before that were completely wrong. Even though he only heard up to this point, Neos’s heart had fell into despair. If he guessed it right, the next words from Xuan were going to condemn their team with death. Furthermore, they wouldn’t even stand any chance resisting.

“Zheng Zha headed to Dr. Rose in person when we recognized the danger of these bugs to ask for more details on the dangers and habits of them. On the way there, he discovered a suspicious high ranking officer loitering around Dr. Rose. This is that officer’s image.”

After Xuan’s words, that middle age man appeared on the screen. It showed him walking pass Zheng. Both of them seemed normal but when the man returned to the ship Neos was in, his lips moved without uttering any words. Sometimes his lips didn’t move but his expression looked like he was communicating with someone. The surveillance video stopped after he returned to his room.

“This is the first high ranking officer we suspected of being parasitized. I tracked their traces afterward. In these few days, I discovered that they can understand each other without actually talking. This is only limited to these six people. The following videos show their suspiciousness.”

“So I advised the squad leaders on duty in the flagship to take precautions at all times to protect the incoming military officers. Finally, right as the officers arrived today, two of these six people had already moved close to them. The incoming officers also showed signs of abnormality. They attempted to capture troopers who were in Klendathu without going through any process of suspicion and obtaining permissions. The ten squad leaders I advised had been this disarmed as of right now. The following are videos of two of these people who just made the announcement to capture us.”

His fingers pressed the keys then two small screens appeared on the big screen. The screens showed Neos and Aya respectively. They were both saying the words that Neos said. However, the timestamp on the screen showed that they said every single word at the same time, the same words without any manuscripts on hand. It was like two sides of the same person saying the same words, at the same time, with the same tone, and doing the same movements. This was the sign of Soul Link!

The troopers watching the screens erupted. They talk about the two nearly identical screens. Doubts filled their faces. When a dozen disarmed troopers appeared on the screen with the officers and the two suspected officers on their sides, the troopers went into an uproar.

“Based on this series of evidence, especially the trait of communication through the minds, I have reason to believe these six people have been parasitized by the bugs. Furthermore, the squad leaders I advised to protect the officers had been disarmed. We also have reason to believe these bugs are attempting to annihilate us. We killed our way out of that sea of bugs. Is there anyone that still is willing to follow our lead? Let us kill our way out of the bugs’ scheme again!”

Neos sat on the floor on his knees. He almost fainted when he heard Xuan’s words, then he coughed up a mouthful of blood. But he bit his lips and held on. He didn’t faint from the fury at the end.

Neos grabbed a chocolate bar from his pocket with his shaking hand. He put the chocolate along with his blood in the mouth, then he just sat there in silence. He was going over the gaps of his plan and everything he still couldn’t get in his head.

Blood was still flowing out of his mouth as he ate the chocolate with a bitter smile. When the chocolate bar was finished, the focus on his pupils slowly dissipated. The packaging paper slid off his fingers and fell to the ground. Neos died by his seat.

At the same time of Neos’s death, Zheng was already riding the shuttle to the flagship. When the shuttle entered the ship, two other starships suddenly opened fire at two of the starships that came with the military higher ups. These two starships immediately evaded. One evaded in time and dodged the missile by a hair. The other wasn’t so lucky. The missile hit its left wing and blasted a large opening. It was unknown how many died in that explosion.

“All starships send your signal to surrender unconditionally. Any starship that doesn’t send its signal will be suspected of parasitized by the bugs. All visiting officers in the flagship will be isolated for investigation. Our highest priority is to guarantee Earth’s safety in the face of these terrifying, dangerous, and destructive bugs! We can not let any starship escape our vision. We can not let them return to Earth!” Xuan crossed his arms and said emotionlessly through the screen.

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41 thoughts on “TI Vol 14: Chapter 17-2” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

    1. as much as id love to blame it on the chocolate…..it seems more likely they took advantage of the phrase ‘vomit blood’ to insinuate he died from the shock of his failure? “He put the chocolate along with his blood in the mouth” i’m leaning towards the mob boss had a heart attack…..probably due to too many chocolate in the long run making him fat and unhealthy?

          1. That was a famous reference from a classic Chinese novel. The story between Zhuge Liang and Zhou Yu.

  1. thanks for the update.

    dat death by chocolate though…

    I hope a0132 add this to novelupdate so others will know whenever there is new chapter. thanks again!

  2. i guess giving someone a heart attack doesn’t count as killing them, otherwise Xuan would’ve gotten some bonus points

    thanks for the chapter

  3. Oh man.. I love Xuan. This series does tactical analysis so damn well, one of the better series out there that does it. Keep up the good work a0132!

  4. The way Neos died is just great. He reminded of “L” from “Death Note” with is high intelligence and love of sweets so to die the way he had was really death note-ish.

  5. lol… I’m just thinking, will they get the ‘controller’ of some bugs here and maybe upgrade it to control the brain hehe… and also, back to Resident evil, will they get the virus that can ‘control’ the lickers and order them when they enter other movies maybe they should find the solution of bringing bigger sizes monsters and quantity by that time…. CANT WAIT!!!

  6. I love new!Xuan. He is simply brilliant. I knew he was going to pull a turn around, but this was just plain perfect. To the extend that he used the hidden opportunity keeping Lan and her psyche abilities in reserve as a weapon against them! You can’t outmanoeuvre this guy.

    1. I can’t say I feel like Xuan is so much of a brilliant mastermind here. None of his plan would’ve been possible, if Xuan did not have insanely implausible Hax0rz skillz. I admit his solution to use their own psychic-link as their shortcoming, but his implausible programming powers are stretching one’s suspension of disbelief. Xuan is simply way too competent to not feel like a garry-stu author-avatar.
      Whether you love these sort of characters or not, though, is irrelevant to whether or not “Xuan is such an amazing tactician!” — well, you also would be, if you had so much implausible skills at your disposal. I also can’t shake the feeling that Xuan is competent, just because he’s the author’s avatar. Because Xuan knows how the plot is going to go down, and because the author has other characters behave how Xuan needs them to.
      It doesn’t really help that we get 80% of the facts on the field, just from Xuan telling us that these things happened, or being granted a huge info dump which tells us what is going to happen, as if he’s just reading off the written script. We see very little ourselves most of the time, it only contribute to the feeling that Xuan manipulates everything with sophism and by getting info from the author.

      That being said, I do agree that confusing a fellow braniac with overload of information, is pretty clever.

  7. The editor seems to have translated a novel that is not genuine. One of Neos’s thoughts of death was not translated.
    (…… Finally understand, why let the Zheng Zha use all the forces at that time, not only to make us afraid, but let us think that our position has been exposed, is my fault, the Chu Xuan good horror, his purpose is not to let us think Zheng Zha is very strong, but in order to let us think you have been exposed, and then let us use the spirit force ah, his aim from the beginning of this…

    1. Then let Zheng go to the Rose there, although he does not know that Rose is a neutral third party, but no matter which side of the Rose is to help, he can excuse to make Rose’s theory used for him, for example, Rose has been the infection, but my biggest failure is to let Richard to test Zheng‘s strength, my confidence too far, would do such a foolish thing…

  8. Then is the last fatal blow, he from the beginning has been to let us use the spirit force for the plan, from the beginning of our use of spiritual force, basically it is we fail, then he also used the Luo sweet way mouth to remind me, I want to “use” spirit to the final a Bureau, who knows this is a fatal blow! When we use the spiritual chains of the mind, it is the time for him to fight back!
    And when I tried to kill him quietly from the upper army, he had planned a coup against the army…… Are you going to sink the ship or change the plot? Then get a lot of bonus points with RANK? The terrible wisdom, which is above the living creatures, as if there is no emotion, cold, filled with the feeling of oppression…… Just like god……
    Blood was still flowing out of his mouth as he ate the chocolate with a bitter smile. When the chocolate bar was finished, the focus on his pupils slowly dissipated. The packaging paper slid off his fingers and fell to the ground. Neos died by his seat.)
    These are the things you guys don’t know.

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