TI Vol 2: Chapter 5-1

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Vol 2: Chapter 5-1.

On the monitors, the two Aliens quickly moved toward this side just as Xuan predicted. The Alien that was following the other four newbies also came. At this moment, everyone’s attention was focused on the screen.

Even though they had decided to go their own ways, whether or not all the Aliens got isolated was related to their rate of survival. So even Zheng was staring at the monitor intensely.

“Just missing the last one… where is the last one? The last one…”

Xuan muttered to himself, then his face turned paler and paler, sweat coming out of his forehead. Lan suddenly said, “There are only seven characters in the original plot. One robot and six humans. When you calculated the Aliens did you include the main character? This is only the first movie…”

Xuan immediately realized it. He hurriedly pressed some buttons, several walls came down on the screen blocking the Aliens’ movements. They were forced to run in another direction. The Aliens were gradually forced to move to a far off corner then trapped inside the walls. They could see the path to the arsenal was cleared.

The six of them exhaled deeply. Zheng asked Lan, “What did you just say? Isn’t there another Alien missing? Why did he put down the walls when you mentioned the first movie?”

Lan laughed. “Because of the main character. Think about it, didn’t the main character survived the first movie? If she was killed then what would happen to the second, third, or fourth movie? Will they cease to exist? So it’s possible that we are only facing against five Aliens. One Queen, one killed by you, and three got trapped. Then there is no fourth one.”

Zheng thought for a moment. “But what if the main characters of every movie are recreated? Then wouldn’t there be another Alien behind room 15?”

Xuan’s voice came from the side. “This is a question of probability. Under any circumstances, I will always choose the one with the highest possibility. As long as it’s higher than 50%, it’s worth a try.”

Zheng sneered at him. “Even if it means risking your life? Are you okay with getting sneak attacked by a hiding Alien?’

Xuan replied calmly, “Yes, even if it’s my life. I will always choose the choice with the highest possibility. You mentioned my life just now, so are you planning to split up with me?”

Zheng nodded. “Right. I can’t stand being with you! Maybe when I get injured you will give me up like a burden. Instead of this I would rather depend on my own power! I can’t trust you, just like Kampa said, I can’t trust my back to you!”

“Is that so?”, Xuan turned around. “That’s unfortunate. I said I will only give up those that are useless to the team. Just like a question of probability. He was an individual of low probability (useless) and he failed my test. I had done all I could do for him. But I will do my best to save comrades that I acknowledge. Think of ways that the majority can survive.”

Zheng said, “What if I am trapped in a hopeless situation. The probability of saving me is low but there is still a chance. What will you do?”

“Depends on the situation. If your life is very important, then I will save you no matter what the cost is. If saving you puts the whole team in a dangerous position, then I would rather give you up.”

“Is that so?”

Zheng remained silent for quite a while, then said coldly, “Yes. I understand your methods are probably right to you. But these methods give me shivers. We can’t stay together. And don’t f*cking use your own safety as the team’s safety. Don’t you think it’s dirty to fool us? You kept saying the team, but what if the team needs to sacrifice you? You will probably think of every possible way to have someone substitute you.”

Xuan smiled. “If it’s you, what will you do?”

Zheng was gathering all the chairs in this room, he replied without turning around, “I agree with what you said in the beginning. Every member should be able to contribute to the team. Just like I won’t go protect those three hooligans. So I will choose my comrades carefully, but once I acknowledged them, I will never give up on them. This is the only way to keep the trust within the team. People like you who use people as tools, even if we survive, you are the only one that can feel completely safe. So I won’t stay with you.”

Neither of them said anything more. Half an hour later, Xuan, Zero, and Kampa left the room first. Jie and Lan watched as Zheng started destroying those chairs.

Jie held onto him. “Stop being mad, it’s not worth getting mad for those people.”

Zheng laughed bitterly. “I am not mad. I am just preparing weapons. You’re right it’s not worth it. So I have my method of combat.”

Jie and Lan looked at each other. After destroying the chair, Zheng took the metal bars out from those chairs. Then he twisted the bars until they became a helix shape.

“Know why I want to stay away from them?”, Zheng suddenly said to the two with a smile. “Because I have a bad feeling. I feel there’s definitely something hiding beyond room 15, waiting for us to get close. But I won’t tell them. Let them lure that thing out. If they believe having power makes you stand above the others, then as the weak side they should be prepared to be the ones that are given up.

“I was a manager in my company, so I know how important it is for a team to work together. And no one is absolutely useless. Do you know why I kept comforting Shuai? Because I wanted to get him into our group, to acknowledge our group. To the point that when he really got into a situation where he had to sacrifice himself to save the group, he would do it for the people he trusts.”

After finishing his words, Zheng threw the helix shaped steel bar. The whole bar penetrated into the wall and left only a finger length of the tail outside. This power shocked Jie and Lan.

Zheng pulled the bar out from the wall. Then continued. “I know his methods are perhaps right… but if you trust me, then let’s face these horrors together. He has his ways… and I have my way of fighting! No matter what, we will all live!”

With that said he threw the bar again and another hole appeared on the wall.

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17 thoughts on “TI Vol 2: Chapter 5-1” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

    1. Well if the fake movies they are in follow anything like the originals then he will die horribly. The super smart sociopathic types are always put in a situation where brains don’t matter in the aliens movies.

  1. I’m already disliking this book.

    First, his nativity is beyond reason. He speaks of saving everyone; that no one will die regardless of the circumstances. In the first movie, Resident Evil whose difficulty is possibly the easiest gets another man killed because he didn’t want anyone to die to the lasers. Now, not only does he kill practically the same people, he also gets the man killed; he feels bad for a moment but then completely forgets about him.
    Now, he has gotten to the second movie and still wants to save someone’s life. He would rather use a method where EVERYONE will have a higher chance of dying instead of a method with a higher probability of EVERYONE living just so he can give everyone an equal chance at life. He then says he wants that person to trust in him and his ‘comrades’ just so they can sacrifice their life for the team later.

    Second, he talks about trust, yet chooses to try and save the person with the least trust in everyone else there, I’d even go as far as saying he had no trust in anyone except Zheng. Now he leaves the Colonel who probably had the top Executives in the military trusting in him and his analytical abilities, he also leaves the Mercenary who is probably only alive to this day because of his trust in other people and the trust they had in him as well as the other guy whose occupation I’ve forgotten because I’m to busy complaining to myself but this MC.

    Third, the author is now giving him OP abililites that would fill the gaps that the missing comrades would normally fill. His growth rate is 10s of times anyone else, he won’t even need comrades in the future at this rate.
    E.g. Unlocking Genetic Constraint
    E.g. Spontaneously gaining an ability above that of someone who was in life threatening situations for probably his whole life (he just KNOWS something is behind unlucky door #15 while no one else does).
    E.g. Completing a ‘B’ difficulty mission whose details were only to know the plot of the movie while Jie’s B difficult mission was to kill some Supernatural(ish) being.

    Fourth, overconfidence “No matter what, we will all live.” With his new abilities he KNOWS that he can protect everyone while confronting the enemy who is likely stronger than him. I normally approve of this with a thumbs up but it is far to early to be saying this with his abilities; especially after vomiting just by momentarily seeing dead bodies, killing people with a comment and leaving the people experiences and fighting and tactics.

    The worst part is they will all probably live through some Supernatural ability (or luck) that was hiding in the sandwich he just ate.
    All-in-all this is my complaint about this story.

    1. Agreeing too, as part of HR I can understand that part of making them willingly die for the team, but damn, even firing a person is bad enough and takes ball$ I don’t think he yet comprehends what it takes to be willing to die and have others die while it is on your concious.

    2. Hyp…. eve…wh… nah…. When a situation arises that it’s your turn to be sacrificed, can still argue the same complaint? Let’s say you got trapped somewhere you can’t escape by yourself, and saving you would put a risk to the whole team, would you rather prefer Xuan as your ally or Zheng?

      Imagine a horror movie like Hellraiser, Drag Me To Hell, 13 Ghosts, Nightmare of Elm Street, or The Grudge where you could be trapped forever in a hellish dimension getting butchered/desecrated/tortured again and again in eternity, would you rather have your teammate save you or would you voluntarily die as guinea pig….ahem I mean a sacrifice for “”strangers you didn’t even know””?

      1. Oh I remembered a scene is one of the Saw movies where they all got wiped out because “smart” people chose to be “logical” and picked up the most “probable” and “safest” choice. This is a perfect example for this chapter of TI why the most logical and safest route ISN’T ACTUALLY the RIGHT choice. They sacrificed “weak” people then realized in the end that if they had saved everyone’s *ss and chose to risk just a little of themselves, they would have survived the whole ordeal. The protagonist on that scenario, who essentially is “naive” as Zheng, died too but he was hellbent to use fairy tail bs nakama power-up (aka “friendship”) to save everyone. So much regret in the end though. If they only didn’t give up on bs frienship earlier, they would have all survived. If the rest of the crew didn’t listen to that smarta** character who is the most intelligent among them, then they would be walking outside like Leonardo De Carprio’s ‘walking’ meme.

      2. I think you all neglect the same important part as to why Xuan is a problem.

        His mentality isn’t necessarily wrong, it’s his methods which are the problem — the way in which he goes about things.
        He wants to have someone risk themselves for the group? Okay, try to actually convince that person, in a way which will not turn back on him, to do so. Actually open up and have people trust you.
        Instead, his method is to just tell them to trust him, and if they don’t abide immediately, he kills them. Shuai would’ve probably listened to them, if Xuan made sure to explain as to why Shuai should believe in the plan, why the plan is actually in Shuai’s best interests.

        Right now, Xuan just lacks the social capabilities to properly converse with people, and that opens up a gap in which most people will not be able to even understand him. In a sense, Zhang can totally still work with Xuan, but I can see why he would not be able to trust a person like that, who keeps too much crucial information to himself, and then just decides to arbitrarily “test people”, as if he’s some sort of an almighty sovereign.
        But if we look at Zhang…Yeah, he’s also a problem. Zhang is acting too much like an anime hero, he lacks self-awareness that he cannot just save everyone. Which is why, I choose to completely ignore everything Zhang is saying. I don’t think Zhang even means what he’s saying, for all I care, Zhang says: “I can’t trust you, Xuan, for very obvious reasons. Therefore, myself and my group, who we can put trust in each other, are not going to associate with you. The end.”

        That’s not that hard to swallow, that makes sense. Not the whole nonsense about nakama and friendship, though. Both Xuan and Zhang are full of crap, this novel is lacking in quality right off the bat in that sense…But we can at least work with Zhang, a person who can grow with the author’s writing abilities, even though Zhang’s current lack of maturity lessens the entertainment vailue.

        1. TLDR: Both Xuan and Zhang have problems, but we can at least work with Zhang. You can interpret what Zhang said in a few ways, but the core of the matter here, is that Xuan cannot be trusted. He hides information to himself, and then blames others when things do not work out.

          At least Zhang understands that humans are not so simple. I just fear Terror Infinity will turn into an anime shounen story about the power of friendship, if Zhang will fail to mature his character more, and grow into a proper leader. If he were a proper one, he’d actually mediate between Xuan and Shuai properly, instead of just whispering sweet things to his ears. Shuai needed to hear why he should trust Xuan’s plan, but that never occurred to him. It may be asking a bit much, but that’s a point to deliver none the less.

    3. “First, his nativity is beyond reason. He speaks of saving everyone; that no one will die regardless of the circumstances. ”

      That’s almost, but not quite, exactly unlike what he said. He said that he wants to build comrades that, if necessary, would willingly sacrifice themselves for each other. That means he understands that they could die eventually. He just won’t use them as chess pieces and throw them to their death.

      The fact that Zheng want’s to protect everyone as much as he can, has lead to problems you mentioned. But it has also led him and the people around him to rewards. It’s not an all or nothing thing. His virtues are his flaws, depending on the situation. Just like Xuan.

      Zheng earned his upgrade. His better nature got the worse of him and he and others’ paid for it. But he still survived a situation that the majority of people would have died in. Until this story I thought anyone in that laser room would automatically die, but no, you could survive it exactly the way he did.

      He is naive in many ways. But he isn’t an idiot. I think you’re poorly interpreting him in your mind.

  2. My IPad kept crashing everytime I tried to fix the mistakes and/or input missing information, so they ended up unresolved; I’ll do a bit of that now.
    “especially after vomiting from momentarily seeing dead bodies, after seeing his nonexistent analytical abilities that will likely become godly in the future,”
    “leaving the people most experienced in fighting and tactics.”

    I am annoyed with this so I won’t bother trying to find and/or fix any other mistakes.

  3. It’s kind of interesting I think. The MC may seem naive but his faith in that belief is a real power. To make a mountain of rat droppings. A mountain is still a mountain and will crush you. Xuan may be smart and analytical but that whole dimension is contrary to “normal perspectives”. It’s just my conjecture but if a “God” being is watching out of entertainment or experimentation then it will find the most exciting to be the unpredictable factor. An anomaly is a new coding to the program or operates outside of it. If DNA is memory and can be altered than whose to say we can’t decide the direction of that change or “evolution”. That’s why I said faith is a power, a key to unlocking the constraints of beliefs that bind humans. I like this author for using this setting and concept!

    1. Well said. Zheng may be naive at first glance but it isn’t really like that at all. He knows and understands that saving the life of a “seemingly” useless person is worth it. He values teammates. He will even sacrifice his self if you’re ever put in a dire situation.

      It’s also true that he said that he was recruiting him to help them in the future to the point Shuai would willingly sacrifice his self to save them. But SO WHAT? Zheng would do the SAME if Shuai fell in a dangerous situation. I didn’t sign up my life for charity. Are you really expecting strangers to save your life without you saving their life in return? It seems the FAIREST trade for me in a situation like this. Anyone who complains about this are all hypocrites.

      As a person who’s only average and probably wouldn’t contribute much as a member in a horror movie, I would at ALL times choose Zheng as a teammate rather than Xuan who can abandon me whenever he pleases. You could all die as sacrificial paw….I mean sacrificial “hero” for all I care. If I would balance my survival rate between the two of them, going for Zheng is best choice, logically and compassionately. At least even when I died, there are people who feel bad about me and even tried to save me. Not some people who thinks I’m just a garbage that can be killed off whenever he wants and would even justify my death for the “greater good”. Screw Xuan, I didn’t sign up for this to save some random strangers that will f*ck me up and deliberately push me off a cliff.

  4. After giving it some extra thought.
    I’d say the most crucial, lacking element here….Is communication.

    Xuan, Zhang — both of them lack it. But Zhang’s attitude is more humane, while Xuan is more pragmatic. He’s harder to understand, and that makes people distrust him (other than extreme, deadly professionals who understand the trade).
    If Xuan had more proper communication skills, he’d be able to convey his plan to Shuai in its fullest, instead of just hope he’d follow along. Being bait doesn’t mean you die, but he didn’t bother to present it otherwise.

    Zhang may be more humane, but he also lacks the leadership capabilities to mediate between people, and placate members of the group. He just assumes that people will trust him, without actually trying to understand what’s wrong with them. He did not try to understand why Shuai was displeased, and never tried to fill in that gap and make sure the plan will work. He just went with the flow of things.
    In a way, Xuan and Zhang both had sinned in the same manner. Communication problems. But for the very least, I can hope that Zhang will grow out of these faults, while Xuan is too hard to understand. This novel is already becoming tiresome with all of this drama, I almost forgot they need to suffer through a horror movie.

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