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Doomsday Lord Ch. 2 | Claiming the Territory Altar

Xiāngyáng Mountain had relatively gentle slopes. The road went right down the mountain parallel to a stream. About a kilometer downstream was a city called Huìmín. With a population of ten thousand it was considered a big city Húběi Province.

When the driver left, Chéng Yáng tried to guess where the Territory Altar would be, then climbed up Xiāngyáng Mountain.

No one lived on Xiāngyáng Mountain, and aside from a trail leading to the top, there were no other paths.

Relying on the memories from his past life, Chéng Yáng went to the summit and found a clearing with a radius of one or two hundred meters. He then began to search every square inch.

Ten minutes later, Chéng Yáng’s eyes flashed with excitement. He had spotted a rocky outcropping the same color as the Territory Altars. The exposed part stuck out of the ground by about a quarter meter and was curved.

Chéng Yáng jogged over and ran his hand across the surface. The feeling it gave him was more than enough to convince him that he’d found what he was looking for: the Territory Altar!

The excitement Chéng Yáng felt couldn’t be described with words. If he could successfully use this Territory Altar to become a Lord, he would be able to change his fate.

After a while, Chéng Yáng was able to calm himself down. He quickly went over the procedure to claim a Territory Altar in his head and gently placed his right hand on the rock.

“In the name of Chéng Yáng, I claim this Territory Altar!” He declared.
A weak white light floated out of the stone and flew into Chéng Yáng’s body. At that instant, he felt a deep connection made between him and the Territory Altar.

At the same time faint curtains of lights could be seen on the ground about thirty meters away in the four cardinal directions around the Territory Altar. Each curtain of light solidified into a statue, surrounding Chéng Yáng.

Like the Territory Altar, the statues were mostly buried; only the heads could be seen. Just based on the size of the parts that were above ground, the statues were easily three meters tall.

“I did it…” Chéng Yáng murmured.

Looking at the familiar Class Statues, Chéng Yáng was filled with a dreamlike euphoria. After the earthquake, these same four statues would appear in the city center of Xiāngyáng and in other cities through the world.

Although they were mostly buried, Chéng Yáng remembered their appearances vividly: a bulky man staring at the ground covered in heavy armor while holding a sword and shield, a robed woman in a pointed hat holding a wooden stave topped with a gem, a lithe sharp-eyed man holding a bow and arrow, and an savage-looking woman with a tiger next to her that gave off a sense of ferocious power.

Chéng Yáng quickly collected himself and grabbed the hat of the robed statue that was poking out of the ground.

〈Would you like to become a Mage?〉

“Yes.” Chéng Yáng did not hesitate to start the class change ceremony once prompted, since Mage was the class that suited his Innate Ability best. Instantly a dazzling, multi-color pillar of light erupted out of Chéng Yáng, enveloping him.

Several messages scrolled through Chéng Yáng’s mind before the light dissipated. When it did, he found himself holding a wooden stave in his right hand.

With a thought, a transparent screen appeared in front of Chéng Yáng. He had become a Player once before and knew it was his system pane, a display of stats only he could see.


Chéng Yáng
Phoenix Village Owner
Class: Mage
Level: Low-Grade Apprentice (0%)

Age19Life Span110
Health20Mana30
Attack Damage1Magic Power6.5
Physical Defense1Magic Defense1
Attack Speed1Movement Speed1.1

Innate Abilities

  • Receive 30% more stats in the Magic Power Attribute when you level up
  • Increase the effects of Meditation Halls in your territory by 30%
  • Movement Speed is increased by 10%

Skills

  • Meditation (Low-Grade): Absorb memories from an Experience Fragment
  • Magic Missile (Low-Grade): Fire a sphere of condensed magic | Damage: 6.5 | Mana Cost: 5 | Range: 30 m | Cooldown: 3 sec | Proficiency: 0%

Equipment

  • Wooden Stave: Casting focus for a Mage | No bonuses

Aside from his Innate Abilities, the rest of his system window was identical to every other Low-Grade Apprentice Mage from stats to Skills to Equipment. Everyone started at the same point. The only way to become more powerful was hard work.

The only surprising thing on his system pane was his Innate Ability. An S-Rank Innate Ability! What a massive difference in talent!

He had expected to only get a 10% Magic Power bonus, so why was it suddenly triple what he remembered? Chéng Yáng thought about it for a long time but couldn’t find a solution. Perhaps it was a side effect of his regression?

Moreover, Chéng Yáng was confused by his Title. Phoenix Village Owner? Why doesn’t it say Phoenix Village Lord? He scrolled through the system messages and at the top was a notification informing him that he needed to survive one hour before he could receive the title of Lord.

In his previous life, the Phoenix Village Territory Altar hadn’t been discovered until two months after the apocalypse. At that time an Elite High-Grade Immature monster had been guarding it so people avoided the area. By the time the military realized the value of the Territory Altar, the monster had leveled up to become an Elite Pinnacle-Grade Immature monster, forcing them to sacrifice dozens of soldiers in an extended campaign before they were able to secure the Settlement.

Chéng Yáng had used the Class Statues in the Xiāngyáng Safe Zone to become a Player in his previous life, so he hadn’t moved to Phoenix Village until after it had been captured by the military. Unlike the Settlements, humans couldn’t rule over the Safe Zone as a Lord, so Chéng Yáng wasn’t totally familiar with the process of becoming a Lord and hadn’t heard about the waiting period.

Most people would become a Player in the Safe Zone of the city closest to them since monsters wouldn’t be able to enter. You might think this would mean the populations of Settlements would be lower than in the Safe Zones since Settlements could be invaded, but you would be wrong. Although Safe Zones were free of monsters, they only provided people with the most basic facilities. Settlements on the other hand would provide significant benefits to their inhabitants.

The third Innate Ability Chéng Yáng had which increased his Movement Speed was one such benefit. Some Settlements would give their Players an extra Innate Ability that scaled with the level of the Settlement. If Liú Hào registered himself at the Phoenix Village Settlement, and over lapped the Movement Speed buff with his own, the number of people able to match his speed would be few and far between.

Another benefit was that the Lord of a Settlement could complete Research using the Class Statues that provided permanent buffs to the Attributes of registered Players. The downside was that only a limited number of people could register with a Settlement.

For Lords there were even greater benefits. Every time the Settlement’s level was raised, the Lord would be given the ability to level up in turn. This allowed them to skip weeks or even months of grinding at higher levels. This benefit was how Chéng Yáng planned to solidify the advantage of his regression.

Other than Phoenix Village, there were three other Settlements in the area surrounding Xiāngyáng. Aside from being unsure if he would be able to find the Territory Altars at the other locations, Chéng Yáng chose to become the Lord of Phoenix Village because it was the only one that provided an extra Innate Ability and there was an Instance Dungeon nearby that would be vital to his development in the future.

After becoming a Player, Chéng Yáng walked back to the Territory Altar and tried to access its system pane to no avail. It seemed he would have to wait until after he became a Lord to start managing his Settlement.

After becoming a Player, Chéng Yáng tried to open the Settlement’s system pane at the Territory Altar, but it didn’t work. It seemed that he could only access the system pane after becoming the Lord.

What was the point of making him wait an hour? Was there supposed to be some kind of test? Chéng Yáng glanced around the clearing, but as far as he could tell there wasn’t any such thing.

Scouring his memories for a reason, Chéng Yáng remembered something he had read in a forum thread. Supposedly when capturing a Settlement, every monster in a few square kilometers would rush towards the Territory Altar. He hadn’t paid much attention to it at the time since he was barely able to feed himself, much less participate in capturing a Settlement.

If the information in that thread was true, Chéng Yáng had dodged a bullet. Monsters wouldn’t spawn until after the earthquake tomorrow so the wait period was nothing but an annoyance. If he’d tried to capture this Settlement tomorrow instead, perhaps he would have lost his life in an insurmountable monster siege.

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Doomsday Lord Ch. 1 | Bizarre Rebirth

Chéng Yáng stood in a daze, as if he couldn’t see the sea of flying monsters that filled the sky above him.

He watched countless others struggle under the assault of those demonic birds as a talon the size of a tire crushed Chéng Yáng’s head.


“Where am I?” The scene flooding his vision shocked Chéng Yáng.

Almost two dozen students sparsely filled a lecture hall, most sleeping on their desks. The teacher at the podium continued to lecture as if he hadn’t noticed. Or maybe he was just reading from the textbook?

That’s right! This was one of his freshman college classes. The teacher didn’t take attendance so hardly anyone showed up.

Sincere shock and surprise flashed through Chéng Yáng’s eyes at the nostalgic scene of a peaceful classroom. He’d been given a second chance! He no longer had to suffer in that bloody survival game!

Maybe that was all just a dream? Chéng Yáng thought, trying to comfort himself.

Even so, a sense of unease filled him. If his memories, when the world ended, it happened without warning on a tranquil day like this.

On that day, completely without warning, a massive earthquake utterly destroyed civilization, ushering in the apocalypse.

Chéng Yáng scrambled to pull out his phone to check the date: 9:32 AM, April 12th 20XX.

Chéng Yáng’s body started to tremble, and a layer of cold sweat formed on his back. The earthquake had stuck on April 13th at 5:00 PM. If it hadn’t been a dream, that meant there was only a little over thirty-one hours left until the end of the world.

Would the apocalypse still happen? The dissonance between his current situation and the hell he’d escaped made it hard for Chéng Yáng to tell if they were really memories or just a dream.

“Yángzi, what’s going on man?”

Liú Hào put down the mobile game he was playing when he noticed Chéng Yáng trembling. His chubby cheeks made him look like an adorable panda.

Chéng Yáng jolted upon hearing Liú Hào’s voice, and turned to take a look at his friend. The man who’d sacrificed both his arm’s to save his life was sitting right next to him without a single scratch. At that moment, Chéng Yáng’s nose crinkled with sorrow and guilt.

“It’s nothing.” Chéng Yáng replied in a low voice, “I was just daydreaming.”

If he told anyone about his previous life before he had proof they would just think he went insane.

Liú Hào shot him a suspicious glance but didn’t press the issue, instead returning to the game on his phone.

“We have a basketball game at noon but if you’re not feeling well don’t worry about it. We can still play even if you’re not there.”

Chéng Yáng’s stomach dropped, and the panic he felt became more and more obvious. He remembered playing that pickup game the day before the world ended.

“Dude, seriously, what’s up?” Liú Hào asked with concern upon seeing Chéng Yáng’s pale face. “Is this about that girl? Did you get rejected?”

Chéng Yáng shook his head.

“Hàozi, what do you think it would be like if the world turned into an RPG game?”

Liú Hào paused his game to give Chéng Yáng and incredulous look.

“Did you hit your head or something? I know your good at gaming but you’re not so obsessed that you actually think that would happen right?”

Chéng Yáng sighed deeply.

“Just answer the question.”

“As far as we’re concerned, wouldn’t that be a good thing? Getting to spend every day fighting monsters, doing raids, and grinding out levels. Wouldn’t that be great?”

After saying that, Liú Hào went back to his game, leaving Chéng Yáng deep in thought. He could tell his friend genuinely yearned for such a world. Truly the ignorant are fearless.

There was no way it was just a dream, and even if there was only a sliver of a chance the world would end tomorrow, how could he waste this second chance he was given? Chéng Yáng had spent over a year in that hellish world. It wasn’t long, but nothing could be more precious than knowledge of the future.

Although Liú Hào thought that real life becoming like a video game would be fun, the reality was far from enjoyable. Unlike in a game, any damage you took were real injuries and there was no revival mechanic. Death was permanent.

Would anyone enjoy an RPG game you can’t restart after dying? Obviously not. However, no one would have a choice, they would all be forced to play.

They would have to fight for their lives against monsters every day. The lucky ones would become Players but even then it was a constant struggle to level up fast enough…

Thinking of that, Chéng Yáng glanced at Liú Hào. In his memories, when Liú Hào had became a Player, he’d gotten a godly Innate Ability: Receive 30% more stats in the Movement Speed and Attack Speed Attributes when you level up.

After the world was gamified, humans would be able to unlock their hidden potential during a class change ceremony and obtain an Innate Ability. These Innate Abilities were ranked by how many extra stats they gave a Player when they leveled up.

The worst talent was E-Rank which only provided a 10% increase to a single Attribute. Every tier above E-Rank would increase that bonus by an additional 10%. Each talent rank would increase the bonus by 10% with a maximum increase of 30% in a single Attribute. The highest talent was S-Rank which increased two Attributes by 30% for a total of 60%!

However, not all high rank Innate Abilities are equal. Without good synergy between the two attributes, an S-Rank talent might only be as good as a C-Rank one. For example, if there was an Innate Ability that increased both Attack Damage and Magic Power Attributes, although the total increase was 60%, most classes only use one of those Attributes.

Innate Abilities with strong synergy like Liú Hào’s were called Divine Talents. It turned Liú Hào from a fat man into a speedy assassin.

Even so, in Chéng Yáng’s memories, Liú Hào got his arms torn off while saving him from a monster. Although Liú Hào had survived, he’d become a cripple. Chéng Yáng had always felt guilty about that.

Chéng Yáng was just an ordinary student before the apocalypse. There was no way for him to fight against his fate and remained at the bottom of the new society. and couldn’t fight his fate. Then, after a year, he lost his life.

Although he didn’t know why he’d been given a second chance, that didn’t matter. It was enough that he had it., God had given him a second chance and in this life he would be able to repay Liú Hào sacrifice and change his fate!

After the apocalypses, everyone could become a Player, but only a select few had the chance to become a Lord. They weren’t just powerful fighters but also controlled the life and death of countless people through their Settlements.

In his memories, it wasn’t that Chéng Yáng’s Innate Ability was trash, he just didn’t get the chance to showcase it since it required him to be a Lord to bring out its full power: Receive 30% more stats in the Magic Power Attribute when you level up and increase the effectiveness of Meditation Halls in your territory by 30%.

It wasn’t a top-notch talent, but only one in ten people had B-Rank talent or higher.

Moreover, Innate Abilities that affected a Lord’s territory were exceedingly rare, and the most highest bonus he’d known of was only 20%. Thus, even though he only had a B-Rank talent, Chéng Yáng considered himself just as good as someone with a Divine Talent! Every other person Chéng Yáng had heard about with an Innate Ability like his either became a Lord or revealed it and was killed, so he didn’t dare mention it to anyone lest he be viewed as a threat.

As a result, Chéng Yáng was considered E-Rank trash, but this time he vowed to be someone important, and the best way to achieve that goal would be using his memories of the future to get a head start!

Suddenly Chéng Yáng had an idea. He hurriedly took out his phone to check the news.

“……found in the outskirts of Harbin, scientists have been unable to determine the composition of the rock even after a week of study……”

That snippet was from a news article about a strange rock. A few pictures were included of a cylindrical stone monolith about three meters tall with a rough, dark grey surface.

When he saw the pictures, Chéng Yáng was ecstatic! This was exactly what he was looking for, the key to becoming a Lord: a Territory Altar.

In his memories, people had claimed that the gamification of the world hadn’t happened all at once but over time. No one could prove it either way, but now Chéng Yáng knew they were right. The Territory Altar he’d found was proof!

Right now no one knew what the stone would be used for and the leading theory was that it appeared after a natural phenomenon similar to a sinkhole. The only problem was that sinkholes cause the ground to fall, not protrude. It’s usage wouldn’t be discovered until two months after the apocalypse when the first Lord appeared.

A Territory Altar wouldn’t just appear outside Harbin but across the country and all over the world. Most of the altars were currently buried underground, but after the earthquake, they would rise to the surface.

Chéng Yáng wasn’t excited about the Territory Altar found in Harbin but because he remembered that there was a Territory Altar in Fènghuáng just five kilometers south of Xiāngyáng where he lived. In his previous life, a member of the Xiāngyáng military forces had become a Lord using that Territory Altar three months after the apocalypse.

He’d heard a man in his previous life boasting that he’d seen the Territory Altar there before the world ended but hadn’t realized what it was since everything but a small corner had been buried. Chéng Yáng hadn’t believed him at the time but the man had been regretful enough that Chéng Yáng was willing to take a chance in searching for it. He wasn’t sure if he could become a Lord before the earthquake but Chéng Yáng was determined to try. In this life he would become a Lord and rule over the masses.

After class, Chéng Yáng told Liú Hào he needed to rest and took a taxi to Fènghuáng.

If he hadn’t known the world was ending tomorrow, the $10 fare would have dissuaded Chéng Yáng making the trip, but now he didn’t care. Soon money would be worth less than toilet paper.

When the taxi arrived at the destination, it stopped at the side of the road.

Xiāngyáng was surrounded by hills and Fènghuáng was no exception. However, the Fènghuáng in Chéng Yáng’s memories had looked more like a plain. Chéng Yáng shuddered at the thought of the earthquake that would level these hills and flatten the terrain the next day.

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Novel Announcement: Doomsday Lord

Name: Doomsday Lord

Author: Wishing For A Pillow To Sleep With

Synopsis: The world goes through an apocalypse and transforms into an RPG with city building elements. The protagonist Cheng Yang transmigrates back in time to the day before the apocalypse and uses his memories to become a city lord.

TL Note: So the old MTL died of “have no money” disease. I’m going to pick up the translation of the novel. I’ll be starting from the beginning just so I can get my translation skills up since this is my first time doing MTL. I’m also a bastard so I’ll be making changes to the story so as to make it (in my opinion) better.

Example Change: The novel states that everyone without exceptions must pay 10 points to gain a class but the MC didn’t need to. Added a line that states why he is an exception that fits with established canon.