AN: Ok, so my bad. I apparently did not look thoroughly enough as there was a chapter 191 with actual content as Apocalypse32 so kindly pointed out in a comment. So here it is…
And as usual, feel free to give constructive criticism and other comments.
Just when Cheng Yang arrived in the Yicheng area, the Main Cities around the world were not idle. Some of the main cities that had integrated their forces earlier had already begun to plan to break out of the ruins of the city.
Although so far, except for Cheng Yang, who has entered the wilderness from the Main City area, only a very small number of people in the Main City of Cloud City have entered the wilderness. However, through yesterday’s changes in the rules of heaven and earth, many refugees from towns or villages without a Main City were sent to the closest Main City. The arrival of these people not only brought some much needed people to the Main Cities, but also brought a lot of news that they did not know previously.
For example, the glowing curtain-like portals, weird altars, items scattered in the wilderness, and powerful demonised beasts are all extremely tempting for the Professionals in the Main Cities. Of course, except for those powerful demonised beasts.
After the first month of the apocalypse had passed, basically everyone has accepted the fact that the world has been gamified. At the same time, these people also understood one thing. In order to survive well in this world, they must have great strength.
Although the world has been gamified, the improvement of people’s strength is not the same as games from before the end of the world. In addition, upgrading through fighting monsters is not completely suitable for everyone. Even if you don’t go out to kill the demonised beasts, your strength will steadily increase. However, the key thing is that the speed of this kind of improvement, that is the passive improvement, is very slow. If you are content with this situation, you will only be left far behind by others in the end, not to mention the evolutionary lead that the demonised beasts have. In the end, these people are likely to become food for the demonised beasts.
And now, although the Professionals in the Main Cities really want to kill more demonised beasts and earn more Experience Fragments in order to improve their strength faster. But, after all, the Main City has a limited amount of territory belonging to it, and the number of demonised beasts appearing every day is also limited, and it is gradually decreasing at a noticeable rate.
If this was at the beginning of the apocalypse, people discovering that the demonised beasts were gradually decreasing in numbers, perhaps many people would be ecstatic as this would indicate that people will become safer and safer. Maybe, one day, the demonised beasts will not appear at all and mankind will completely exit the apocalypse.
But now, people have come out of this unrealistic illusion, the apocalypse cannot, and will not, end quickly. At least not within a timeframe which they are able to anticipate. The reduction of demonised beasts is not only not a good thing, but a terrible thing as it indicates that they will be able to acquire less and less Experience Fragments.
Therefore, when the refugees who appeared brought news from the wilderness, the Professionals from the Main Cities were full of yearning for those unknown things in said wilderness. These refugees may not know what the strange curtains of light are, but they know they are the portals leading to Instance Dungeons. In addition, the so-called altars may be some other special existence and people are full of expectations for it.
In order to clear the doubts in their hearts and, at the same time, satisfy the desire of more people to speed up their strength. These Main City forces set their sights on the passages out of the cities.
Like Cloud City, all major cities have large groups of demonised beasts guarding the passages out of the city. The only difference is that the size of the main city is different, and the number of passages out of the city will be different. At the same time, the number of demonised beasts stationed in the passages will also be different.
Regardless of the differences, people knew one thing. If they want to leave the Main City, they must clear these passages so they can travel freely through them.
To open the passages at this moment is undoubtedly a very difficult task, because no one in the Main City has yet reached the level of High-Grade apprentice. But in the passages out of the cities, there are at least ten thousand demonised beasts guarding them, of which the number of High-Grade demonised beasts is almost over one hundred.
Of course, so far, there are no Pinnacle-Grade demonised beasts in these passages, otherwise humans may be directly trapped in the Main Cities.
In the capital, in a villa that Yuan Jianzhe could only fantasise about, there were more than a dozen people sitting around a table. Without exception, all of these people were not young, the youngest one being in his 40s. In this group there are soldiers in military uniforms, as well as people in civilian clothes.
Sitting at the head of the table is an old man who looks to be in his 50s, but everyone here knows that this old man is almost 70 years old and that he is the supreme leader of this country.
After the earthquake that came at the end of the world, several of the country’s main leaders were basically unharmed, and due to the protection of a large number of troops, all of said leaders survived.
The capital discovered the unique curtain of light of the Main City the day after the end of the world. Due to the existence of the elite garrison, they broke through the curtain of light not long after they discovered it. What followed is only logical, a large number of soldiers began to gain classes, including the leaders of the country.
The rescue of the entire city was also launched afterwards. This capital city is one of the largest ones in the country with a population of tens of millions. Even after the initial earthquake and the subsequent ravages of the demonised beasts, there were more than six million people who survived these disasters. The reason why the survival rate is so high is because of the quick and timely rescue done by the soldiers who survived in the city after the apocalypse.
There is no doubt that the leaders of the country have a very high prestige among the survivors. Relying on this prestige, they have concentrated the power in the capital. There are a total of seven leaders, each of whom controls an army of more than three hundred thousand combatants. The strength of the army under these people is superior to all the other major cities in the country.
The most important thing is that with the prestige which these leaders and their loyal army has, they have collected a lot of Experience Fragments from the beginning. Although they could only get very little from each individual, they could gather scary amounts purely through the numbers of people under them! It can even be said that these leaders in the capital are definitely second only to Cheng Yang in the country to use ten times cultivation speed. Of course, they are the only ones who can use ten times cultivation speed in the entire capital. After all, if they want to rule the capital well, they must let their subordinates also have great strength, and the Experience Fragments collected will be distributed in batches. It definitely adds up to an astronomical number.
Now, these leaders, without exception, already have the strength of High-Grade Apprentices, even if they just got promoted. However, this does not have any effect on their combat power.
“Everyone, I have called you here today to discuss how we are going to attack the passages out of the city. As you all know, there are now close to five million people in our capital who have gained classes, becoming Professionals, but the number of demonised beasts appearing every day in the entire area of the capital is less than twenty million. In other words, the average Experience Fragments value obtained daily by each Professional is only a paltry 45 points, which greatly restricts the improvement of our capital’s strength. If we can’t speed up the improvement of our strength, I am afraid that the capital will not be the capital in the future.” The old man at the head of the table said solemnly.
The meaning of this old man’s words was clear to everyone gathered. Due to the lack of proper communication, as well as the complete paralysis of long-range weapons, such as missiles, and the air force, the capital’s current control over the country is one in name only. Except for the two or three surrounding urban areas, the Main City forces in other places have not implemented the instructions of the capital at all. Of course, what makes these leaders feel gratified is that so far, no major city has dared to rebel and announce its departure from being under the leadership of the capital.
But the concluding words of the old man highlighted the current situation. When, one day, the strength of the capital is not enough to deter the rest of the country, they are afraid that sooner or later the whole country will splinter into pieces and enter a period similar to the Warring States period.
An old man wearing a tunic who was sitting directly next to the old man’s left hand said, “Old Li, we all understand what you are saying, but the passages out of the city cannot be clear just by wanting them to be! Don’t look at the over five million Professionals in our Main City, and the more than three million Professionals directly under our command. Most of these Professionals are only Low-Grade Apprentices, and even the number of Standard-Grade Apprentices is less than twenty or thirty thousand. As for the High-Grade, I am afraid we are the only ones. According to the information we have gathered, the number of demonised beasts in each passage is close to fifty thousand, of which the number of High-Grade demonised beasts exceeds 500. Even if we concentrate all our elite forces to clear a passage, our losses will be very large. Instead of rushing this matter, it is better to wait for a while. As long as the number of our experts increases, it will be very easy to clear the passage.”
As soon as the old man finished speaking, a fat middle-aged man spoke unhappily, “Director Liu, I don’t approve of what you said. Who doesn’t know now that all the demonised beasts in this world will evolve over time. Although our strength will increase after a period of time, the demonised beasts will also grow stronger. There is even the possibility that the demonised beasts will evolve quicker than us.”
“Director Liu, the artillery units under my command have gone through a drastic transformation and have restored their combat effectiveness. Although the amount of ammunition in stock is not a lot, it should not be a problem to clear one of the passages.” A middle-aged man in a military uniform said, and his epaulettes signified that he was a general.
The old man in the tunic, known as Director Liu, said: “General Wang, I admit that your artillery is very powerful, but it will not be of much help when clearing the passage you’re referring to. The passage is suspended above the ravine, and if it is bombarded with artillery it might collapse immediately. At that time, even if all the demonised beasts are annihilated, what has been gained? If you want to clear the passage, you have to rely on guns.”
General Wang was dumbfounded for a moment. Although he was very reluctant to admit it, Director Liu did have a point.
The fat middle-aged man continued: “Even if the artillery cannot be used, the sniper rifle can still be used. Our generals have counted and the number of snipers we currently have is no less than two thousand. As long as our people hold the frontlines and the snipers fire from a few hundred metres away, these demonised beasts won’t be able to live for so much longer. Minister Zhao, do we have enough sniper bullets to be able to clear the passage?”
Another man in a military uniform smiled bitterly and said, “Vice-President Zhou, the earthquake at the beginning collapsed many of our arsenals, and huge amounts of weapons and ammunition were buried deep in the ground and could not be recovered at all. During the period between the start of the apocalypse and now, we have collected five hundred thousand sniper bullets suitable for use, but during this period of time, in order to avoid excessive casualties during battles, we have used the sniper rifles frequently. All the remaining sniper bullets are only numbered at two hundred thousand. If such a hard battle is fought again, I am afraid that all sniper bullets will be consumed. If we encounter any emergencies in the future, it will truly be unfavourable.”