USAW Book 1 Chapter 15

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Book 1 Chapter 15: Bandits like these; prepare to kill!

Item grade: Low inheritance.

Upgrade level: +10.

Damage: 586.

Additional damage: 338.

+10 Additional effect: Straight thrusts have a 10% chance of causing a flaming explosion.

Upgrade requirement: 85 soul points.

As Bai Yunfei stroked the crimson body of the spear, a smile appeared on the corners of his mouth. He looked at the fallen large tree in front of him, put the spear away then turned around and walked to a place not far from Li Chengfeng on Li Chengfeng’s right-hand side. After sitting down, leaning on a tree, he began to recover the physical strength he had used.

For the last several days, Bai Yunfei had never stopped studying the Glacial Pricker and the spear. In terms of grades, the spear was obviously superior to the Glacial Pricker. Therefore, he had experimented with the Glacial Pricker first.

Of course, the most important thing was the upgrades. Even though he felt that a ‘rare’ item like the Glacial Pricker should not possibly be destroyed after getting upgraded to +8 like ordinary items, he still considered for a long time before deciding to continue with the upgrades: He had obtained it for free anyway, so it would not matter if it exploded. If other soul cultivators knew that he treated a soul item in such a manner, perhaps their balls would hurt so much that they would vomit blood.

The results did not disappoint him. He successfully upgraded it to +9 then failed the next upgrade, but it only went back to +8. This detail alone allowed him to be sure that ‘rare’ items would not be destroyed before +10!

When Bai Yunfei upgraded the Glacial Pricker to +10, he did not continue upgrading it because intuition told him that if he failed again, the result would be very different to what had happened when he had failed to upgrade normal items after +8, namely, the item would be destroyed. Moreover, he was already very satisfied with the additional effect that had appeared at +10.

(Glacial Prickers properties)

Item grade: Low rare.

Upgrade level: +10.

Damage: 237.

Additional damage: 128.

+10 Additional effect: When thrown to attack, speed and power are doubled.

Bai Yunfei also researched this additional effect. The moment the pricker was thrown out, his soulforce was sucked into it. Its flying speed was indeed more than twice as fast as that of a thrown normal dagger. Its damage was even more impressive as after piercing through a one-meter thick large tree, it could still fly forwards several dozens of meters. Bai Yunfei once carelessly shot it into a mountain wall and afterwards he and Li Chengfeng had to dig as deep as three or four whole meters to take it out.

Furthermore, if he poured soulforce into it in a proactive manner when throwing it, its speed and power would be even greater.

After confirming that there was no danger of destruction, Bai Yunfei also upgraded the spear to +10. Because the spear was crimson all over and was as hot as a flame when soulforce was poured into it, an idea sprung to his mind as he decided to give it a name — he called it the ‘Fire-tipped Spear’!

… … … …

Two days later, in the evening, Bai Yunfei observed the color of the sky then said to Li Chengfeng, who was going in front of him: “Chengfeng, it’s about to get dark. Let’s find a forest and rest for a night before continuing the journey.”

Li Chengfeng halted his steps, looked around, pondered for a while and said: “We’d better keep going for a while. I remember that there’s a hamlet not far up ahead. We can see it after climbing over this mountain top. Let’s go and stay a night there tonight.”

“Oh, not a bad idea. Let’s go then,” Bai Yunfei naturally agreed after hearing him say so. For the last several days, they had had to spend the nights outdoors in the wild, which was not something comfortable either.

The two of them kept going for a while. The sky was already getting dark gradually. All of a sudden, Bai Yunfei halted his steps and said solemnly: “Wait… There seems to be something wrong. Chengfeng, look at the mountain over there!”

Li Chengfeng had been paying attention to his surroundings all along instead of looking into the distance. After hearing Bai Yunfei’s words, he took a careful look, but the expression on his face immediately changed. He said: “This light… Not good! It’s firelight. Even the sky is lit up to such an extent, could it be…”

Both of them exchanged a look and quickened their pace, running towards the peak of the mountain.

After a while, on the top of the mountain, Bai Yunfei looked solemnly at a village which was burning in a raging fire not far from the foot of the mountain. Li Chengfeng even trembled all over.

About twenty to thirty houses seemed to have been swallowed completely by the monstrous fire, but it seemed only few people were fighting the fire. There were quite a lot of people in the center of the village, but… only a few were moving. Various hopeless, sorrowful cries and shouts came into the ears of them both along with the wind on the mountain.

“It’s them… It’s definitely them… It’s like this again, it’s like this again! These damned bandits! Die… Die!” Li Chengfeng’s eyes gradually become crimson and also showed some signs of madness.

Bai Yunfei gave his shoulder a pat, saying: “Don’t be agitated! There doesn’t seem to be bandits in the village. Let’s go over there quickly. Saving people comes first!”

The moment the two of them entered the village, Bai Yunfei saw an unforgettable scene.

Under the illumination of the raging flames, there were corpses lying in pools of blood all around. Ten something lucky survivors were hurriedly treating the injured who were still alive. But there were also some survivors who were sitting on the ground with blank looks in their eyes, completely still, staring at the corpses in front of them. There was basically no life in their eyes, as if they had turned into zombies.

A series of sounds of crying and shouting woke Bai Yunfei up with a start. He shifted his eyes to have a look. An old woman with a head full of white hair was kneeling in front of a middle-aged man, her trembling hands pressing on a wound from which blood was gushing out nonstop on his chest. She was crying in despair: “Da Niu… Don’t leave me, son! If you leave me… How do I live?! Da Niu…”

The middle-aged man called Da Niu were looking at the old woman with somewhat blurry eyes. Seemingly using all his strength, he raised a hand with difficulty and grabbed the old woman’s hands on his chest. He wanted to say something, but as soon as he opened his mouth, he gushed a mouthful of blood…

This time, Li Chengfeng was unexpectedly the first to regain composure. He gave Bai Yunfei a push, saying: “Save people first!”

Only now did Bai Yunfei wake up. Turning his right hand over, he took out from the interspatial ring all the medical items he had been carrying along, gave Li Chengfeng some then ran towards that old woman.

“Granny, you’re doing it wrong. Allow me to treat the wound quickly. He can still survive.” After pulling the old woman up gently, Bai Yunfei squatted down in front of the middle-aged man and began to treat his wound.

The old woman was stupefied but reacted immediately. She looked at Bai Yunfei gratefully but was trembling too much to say a word and could only wait anxiously with an expression full of hope.

Bai Yunfei was not too adept at treating such a serious wound, but he did it very carefully. When the wound was bandaged completely, sweat had already come out on his forehead. However, that middle-aged man’s life seemed to have been saved at last and he was looking at Bai Yunfei appreciatively with a fragile expression.

Bai Yunfei let the old woman look after this middle-aged man again then stood up and went to another injured person…

After treating the wounds of several other people, his forehead was already covered in sweat and his expression was getting more and more solemn. A fury was growing inside him unceasingly…

“Mom… Mom… What’s happened to you? The house is burning. Let’s get out quickly, mom? Why aren’t you wearing clothes? Quickly go out with Fang’er, okay? Fang’er’s head hurts so bad.. Mom? Say something to me…”

Soft and tender sounds of crying came from a burning small house on one side. Bai Yunfei was surprised to learn that there were still survivors inside! Seeing that the house was about to collapse, he did not think much and rushed inside immediately.

A four or five year old little girl with high twin-tails was kneeling on the floor. Her little face should be innocent but it looked spent and dirty at the moment. Her left cheek was badly swollen. There was even a streak of blood hanging from a corner of her mouth. Obviously she had been hit violently by someone earlier. Judging from the somewhat confused look in her eyes at the moment, she seemed to have just woken up from her unconsciousness.

However, in front of the little girl, there was a completely naked woman lying motionlessly on the floor. Her entire body was covered in countless bruises and bloodstains, looking like someone had cut her spotlessly white body with a saber again and again. The woman’s mouth was stuffed with a piece of clothing which seemed to be her underwear. Obviously she had been violated and tortured before her death and had been unable to say anything. The endless pain and horror she had suffered could still be seen in her wide open eyes…

The little girl was pushing the body of her mother nonstop. The soft and tender sounds of her crying contained fear, puzzlement, confusion and pain.

Seeing this scene, Bai Yunfei fell into a trance instantly. It seemed he did not dare to believe what he was seeing. A burning, broken timber smashed down beside the little girl. Bai Yunfei finally woke up with a start. He rushed up like an arrow and kicked away a beam that was threatening to smash down on the girl. Then he took off his coat and wrapped it around that woman’s body. Lifting the little girl with one hand and the woman’s body with the other, he rushed out quickly.

After giving the little girl to the villagers on one side to take care of, he observed the surroundings carefully. It seemed there were already no survivors left in any house, and all the curable injured people had basically been cared for.

Suddenly, there was a clamor in the opposite direction. Bai Yunfei turned around to take a look and saw that Li Chengfeng was being surrounded by five or six villagers. They seemed to be saying something.

“What’s going on, Chengfeng?” Bai Yunfei asked after walking up to Li Chengfeng’s side.

“I don’t know either. Just now I revealed my power when saving an injured person who was trapped under a heavy object. They then surrounded me.” Li Chengfeng said while shaking his head in a somewhat doubtful manner.

Right at this moment, the people around suddenly knelt to the two of them. A middle-aged man whose both legs and left arm were injured said loudly: “Young heroes, please go save my younger sister! She was captured and taken away by those bandits. They’re simply not humans! My younger sister, she… In the end, she’ll definitely be tortured to death… Please go save her! I’m going to kowtow to you…” After saying so, he knocked his head on the ground loudly regardless of the injuries on his body. His forehead immediately bled, but he did not pause at all.

The other people around also started to implore, saying that their own daughters or wives had been taken captive by the bandits and begging Bai Yunfei and Li Chengfeng to save them and bring them back. For a few moments, many people knelt down before the two of them and begged piteously.

It turned out there were still the people who had been captured by the bandits!

Only after being stupefied for a while did Bai Yunfei and Li Chengfeng react by raising everybody up hurriedly. Without saying anything, Bai Yunfei gave Li Chengfeng a look. They nodded to each other. He then turned to the villagers, saying: “Take good care of your injuries, everybody. We’ll definitely do our best to save them and bring them back!”

… … … …

According to the villagers, those bandits had already left about three hours ago. Bai Yunfei and Li Chengfeng asked for the direction then gave chase at a very fast speed.

As they galloped, the scenery on the sides of the road fell behind them quickly and their ears were filled with never-ending sounds of the wind blowing. With a solemn expression, Bai Yunfei was thinking about something, but Li Chengfeng was already holding the two daggers in his hands, his eyes glittering with rage and hatred.

After they ran fast for about one hour, the silhouettes of a group of people appeared in a meadow ahead of them. Making use of the bright moonlight, they could see clearly that thirty to forty ferocious-looking bandits divided into several subgroups were surrounding several campfires, seemingly eating something.

Beside each campfire, there were three to five men doing something together. After taking a careful look, Bai Yunfei immediately could not suppress the fury in his heart anymore. He reached out his right hand and the Fire-tipped Spear appeared in his hand. Pushing his foot against the ground fiercely, he rushed out one step ahead of Li Chengfeng.

Those bandits were laughing obscenely while violating several women in messy clothes.

“Chengfeng, you pay attention to the surroundings. Don’t let any bandit get away. They all deserve to die!”

“Let none survive… Kill!!”


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78 thoughts on “USAW Book 1 Chapter 15” - NO SPOILERS

    1. The emotional manipulation in this is real.
      These sort of scenes always get my blood agitated, although I’d have to say the thing that gets me riled up the most is slavery. Somehow that topic always gets my hairs to stand up straight.

      It’s funny how these stories are fun, even though they basically piss you the f*ck off, only to sedate the reader by heavily punishing the cause of it. It’s like riding a rollercoaster. It’s scary and challenging, yet exhilarating.
      Scumbag human brain.

    1. This stoey seems to advance a bit too fast. Or its probably that they look so powerfull compared to ordinary people, but in reality they are still weak noobs. I hope he goes to his school quickly, a good change of environment. It got a bit dark too early imo

    1. Yeah, really. I wish this story didn’t contain so much rape. If it was little, I would understand since it would make the story more realistic and better. but when it comes to this level it is just disturbing…
      but the story is so good I just can’t bring myself to drop it just for that reason. I am so lost 🙁

        1. Children ? I am not sure how old are you but I can assure you I am past what you would call a child. at least I don’t think there is anyone that would call someone who is 20 a child
          still that doesn’t mean I can read rape scenes easily.
          if there is anoyone who can, that person should see a doctor or something

          1. Depends where you live, in the US you’re technically an adult but at the same time not really. I’m the same age and I don’t consider myself as a true adult since I can’t buy alcoholic beverages.

          2. Really? XD

            You find it disturbing? LoL.
            You sound like some young master who has been sheltered from the outside world, and just recently discovered the internet xD
            Sry, but to me it looks like you’re way over dramatizing the story.

          3. Really? You think ignoring/being impassive and uncaring, about a real problem, is the more mature response? Rape is a real thing, yes, and it happens all the time. And it is a horrible thing, to read about or to experience, I’d imagine. That is why we should be very bothered by it. Certainly not trying to convince others not to care about it.

          4. if you’re only 20, then i’ll be a someone who’d call you a child.

            you’re right that rape is a disturbing thing, and it’s perfectly ok to not like it at all. but at the same time, there are lots and lots of people in our world today who experience the same kind of things that happen to the villagers in this novel, and even worse. there even exists footage of some.

            so when i’m reading, i just see a realistic depiction of human nature, and the long history of warfare. sexual violence against women is still one of the most used weapons in war.

            but you’re right, it’s not particularly pleasant to read about even in fiction.

      1. Yeah, kill most and capture a few of the worst transgressors and let the women do whatever they want with them. And I mean WHATEVER. The worse the better. I liked Linley’s approach to the guy who killed Yale. Unfortunately he committed suicide so Linley couldn’t torture him enough, but since he allowed Yale to destroy his soul everything worked out.

  1. So is there no public security in this world then? They have cities, and countries, yes? Do those countries just not care about all the small farming hamlets in their territory? Where do the cities get their food if not from there? And how is it that these farming hamlets still exist if this is what happens whenever bandits come by? All the able bodied men are killed, and all the young women are raped then killed. If this isn’t a national situation that just came about in the last decade or so, then how do any of these small towns still exist to be raided?

    Also thanks for the chapter, I like this story, just kinda confused by stuff sometimes. Can’t wait till he tries upgrading people or something, although that probably won’t work. At least upgrading things other than weapons and armor would be good too.

    1. Dude, this is a middle-age world, there is no fricking mobile phone or any kind of communication device. how is security guards?(soldiers?) supposed to know if there is any robbery and/or massacre going on right now? and even if they want to just clean the bandits before anything like this happens, pretty sure it wouldn’t be that easy. I mean, they can just run away anytime and come back a while later, or continue doing this kinda thing somewhere else. And even if they are able to kill them all, 2 years later, there will be just another group of bandits doing the same things again

      1. Firstly, nah, any country on Earth regardless of the time period wouldn’t just let there be an entire mountain fortress of bandits without immediately clearing them out. Also the villages should have militias and although they wouldn’t be comparable to soldiers, they would be able to defend themselves..

        Unless these bandits attacked with the villagers completely unaware, they would fight back. This may be a cultivation world, but these bandits are not cultivators but are just strong men. The villagers would fight back.

        1. They don’t have cultivators ? remember the guy with the sabre ? or their boss who is a level higher than our MC. I think you should re-read the series, if they didn’t have cultivators how would they survive this long.

          1. The bosses are cultivators (albeit low level ones), these bandit sacking the villages were not.

            I will get around to rereading it though

        2. Men with metal blades and spears on horses charging at a group of militia who maybe barely have any weapons of average quality.
          Also even if your strong if you are not used to fighting, let alone killing, it would be hard to use that strength.

          Also horses make a big deal in a fight. A horse can kill a man just by a charge, let alone the rider who has height advantage and speed with grater equipment.

          Finally this is a village, not a town, the amount of men who were able bodied to protect their families might only be around 50 with a range of ages. Also these bandits with their weapons, amour and horses would have a little bit of training in formation tactics, might be basic but enough, compared to these peace loving farmers who probably never even thought on how to counter a horse charge or even cavalry counters of pointing a bloody spear and wait for it to spear itself on it.

          Basically they would be screwed.

          1. The MC has walked on 2 bandit raids in 4 days since he left the city…. how could there be simple ‘peace loving farmers’? From your description of these villagers, you’d think they came out of a Monty Python script.

            Even if they didn’t have heavy equipment, they would have hunting bows. Granted, a hunting bow would not kill a low-level cultivator, it would however kill a strong-man bandit on a horse.

            Yes it’s dangerous to fight back. but when the alternative is giving your mothers/wives/sisters/daughters to be be beaten and raped how many men would stand there?

            If they were screwed every time a bandit company rolled in how have they survived to this point?

        3. One of the main problem is Feudal decentralization. The kingdom’s army will not travel hundreds, if not thousands, of miles just to take care of some rabble. It’s thus easy for a bandit fortress to appear.

          These bandits took over a natural stronghold and started raiding the small villages. The villages couldn’t do anything, so they ask for help from their local lord. That local lord happens to be the mc’s city lord, which happens to be at last a week’s worth of walking distance. This gives plenty of time for the bandits to prepare for a siege.

          This particular lord can’t seem to be able to get rid of them (partly due to the lack of help from some family), but the bandits are not big or dangerous enough to have the nearby count/duke send his personal army. A real army will probably show up to solve the problem when the bandits become strong enough to raid an actual city.

          As for having a militia… it costs a lot of resources and manpower. You’d have to either train able bodied men, preventing them from farming and helping the village to survive, or spend many resources to pay for a standing militia. Either options are not viable for small villages. Only cities can afford this.

          Finally, even a small militia is useless against trained bandits. A few policemen with pistols will stand no chances against a trained platoon of soldiers in full battle gear. And remember: in a feudal world, it takes weeks, if not months, to get any semblance of reinforcement. Plus, bandits are probably all over the realms and impossible to get rid of.

      2. 2 days away is enough to threaten the towns livelihood, and punitive raids would have been sent out by the lord (unless he was bribed, of course. which in fairness, is quite likely).

        Hidden caves, bunkers, and different forms of stronghold where you can hold up for a few days before the lord sends his forces to you, or at least hide your women. (this is how many of the the christian monasteries got rich actually)

        As for how they would send word… signal fires, optical telegraphs, signal flares, ward horns, carrier pigeon (although that would actually be costly)etc.

        the ancient past had no shortages of solutions to those particular problem, baring that your lord was actually willing to protect you, is at least barely competent, and not simply the boss of the biggest and most legit sounding bandit gang.

    2. The only logical explanation is plot. The MC is not a killer, so he needs something to push him into the idea it’s just better to go ahead and kill then it is to let people off. These bandits are the worst while these villages are completely vulnerable because the MC needs that push.

      As for upgrading people, would be cool but I doubt it.

  2. Their world is basically portrayed as sub systematic. Since not much logic is emplied with towards how towns start, grow and develop. With Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, the basics need to be addressed first before further development is pursued or realized. As such, since no level of security is implied for these so called hamlets, how where they able to develop or at the least start considering that they are within a hostile territory? A flaw in the plot perhaps or are they still in some sort of game where everything just sprouted in being?

    1. We read earlier in the story that there is a “system of security” provided by the local feudal lord, however that lord has insufficient forces to dislodge the bandits from their well-fortified base. If the bandit issue becomes a problem for whoever the feudal lord answers to, then we would probably see additional forces applied to remove them – but it presumably hasn’t reached the point of being “noticeable” at that level.

      And there should be no assumption the territory within which the hamlets developed was “hostile” to begin with – after all, it would be surprising to see bandits running wild in a land without any established villages to prey on. Obviously the hamlets were established before the bandits became a problem.

      So, there is no “hole in logic” and the situation we read about is quite reasonable and probably happened fairly often in reality.

    2. its just a little village. there is a huge empire that controls the continent and there are mortals who live on that land. they dont need security because no foreign power is willing to invade an empire. why should the empire care about some mortals? they get what they deserve. just like german women are raped and killed on the streets today and after WW2 they were raped and killed by soviets, thats their own problem. dont invite enemies into your tribe.

  3. How are there still any villages around with these bandits murdering and pillaging everything?? You’d think the villagers would decide it isn’t a great place to live…

  4. Why are these bandits so dumb? Killing a few wouldn’t be so bad, but if they burn down the village they can’t take their food again…. If they have their base there that’s really contraproductive…..

    Thanks for the chapter.

    1. this is exactly what I’m thinking, why the fu.. would they kill and burn down villages on their own territory? They have nothing to gain from from overkilling, This is just mess up xianxia logic :/ …

  5. Ugh. These fking bandits. They should all die horribly.
    I’m wondering if they’re doing this because they lost one of their divisions earlier and want to lure out the killers? Or I could just be over thinking it.
    Thanks for translating, he-man.

  6. If those ain’t +8 bandages, he is doing it wrong.

    upgrading healing gear ought to have been top 3 on his upgrading list after getting that gear decent, not making spare weapons

  7. Only now he realized that all bandits should be killed on sight? The ones he knocked out earlier were also of the same ilk. Hopefully he won’t be so soft in the future. Also, if a person is coughing out blood, a few external bandages won’t solve anything. I’m glad the guy was saved, but you’d need a surgeon, magic, or a potion to do so.

  8. Hm. Well to be fair they aren’t strong at all. One is on lvl 1 and the other is on lvl 2. There are 10 Levels. Each with three parts. The first 2 or 3 levels are probably not that big a difference in between each early middle or late stage but after that its a world of difference. Power is cumulative after all.

    Thanks for the chapter.

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