Categories
Doomsday Lord

Doomsday Lord Ch. 2 | Claiming the Territory Altar

Phoenix Slope was relatively flat. The road went right down the hill parallel to a small river.

Cheng Yang remembered very clearly that almost two kilometers downstream there was a town of 10,000 called Huimin.

When the driver left, Cheng Yang tried to guess where the altar would be, then climbed down Phoenix Slope.

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

Relying on the memories from his past life, Cheng Yang went to the summit and found a clearing with a radius of one or two hundred meters. Cheng Yang began to search the clearing inch by inch. He estimated that the Territory Altar must be at the top of this hill.

Ten minutes later, Cheng Yang’s eyes flashed with excitement. He had found a regular looking rock the same color as Territory Altars. The exposed part stuck out of the ground by about a quarter meter and was shaped like an arc.

Cheng Yang jogged over to the rock. The familiar feeling he got when he ran his hand over the rough surface assured him he had found it.

The Territory Altar!

The excitement Cheng Yang felt couldn’t be described with words. If he could successfully claim this Territory Altar, he would be able to change his fate.

After a long time, Cheng Yang was able to calm 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 Cheng Yang, I claim this Territory Altar!” He declared.
A weak white light came out of the stone and went into Cheng Yang’s body. At that instant, he felt a deep connection made between him and the Territory Altar.

There was also a considerable change in the area. Faint curtains of lights could be seen on the ground about thirty meters away from the four cardinal directions around the Territory Altar.

Each curtain of light solidified into a set of statues surrounding Cheng Yang.

However, just like the Territory Altar, the statues were buried in the ground, and only their heads could be seen.

Just based on the size of the parts that were above ground, the statues were easily three meters tall.

“Success!” Cheng Yang murmured.

Looking at the familiar statues, Cheng Yang was filled with euphoria.
He knew that when the world ended, there would be four statues just like these but even taller in the city center of Cloud City.

Each statue represented a different class that you could change to.

According to his memories, they looked like this: a bulky man staring at the ground covered in heavy armor while holding a sword and shield, a robed woman in a pointed hat that was holding a wooden stave topped with a glowing gem, a lithe sharp-eyed man holding a bow, and an ordinary-looking woman with a tiger next to her that gave off a sense of ferocious power.

Cheng Yang quickly collected himself and grabbed the hat of the mage statue that was poking out of the ground with his right hand.

“Okay.” Cheng Yang did not hesitate to start the class change ceremony.
For a second, a multi-color curtain of light appeared around Cheng Yang and wrapped him up.

After several messages scrolled through Cheng Yang’s mind, the curtain of light dissipated. When it did, he found himself holding a wooden stave in his right hand.

With a thought, a transparent panel appeared in front of Cheng Yang. He had gone through the class change ceremony once before, knew that this was his system pane, something only he could see.


Cheng Yang
Phoenix Village Owner (Will become the Lord in one hour)
Class: Mage
Level: Low-Grade Apprentice (0%)

Age19Life Span110
Health20Mana30
Physical Attack1Magic Attack6.5
Physical Defense1Magic Defense1
Attack Speed1Movement Speed2

Innate Abilities

  • Receive 30% more stats in the Magic Attack attribute when you level up
  • When Lord of a territory all building effects are increased by 30%
  • Movement Speed is increased by 100%

Skills

  • Meditation (Low-Grade): Meditate to absorb experience fragments and level up
  • Magic Missile (Low-Grade): Attack targets within thirty meters with a ball of condensed magic power | Damage: 6.5 | Cost: 5 Mana | Delay: 3 sec | Proficiency: 0%

Equipment

  • Wooden Stave: Status symbol of the mage | No bonuses

Aside from his innate abilities, the rest of his system window was identical for all Low-Grade Apprentice Mages. No one was special, and if you wanted more power, you could only rely on hard work.

The only thing that surprised Cheng Yang about his system pane was his Innate Ability. It had changed!

His Innate Ability only gave a 10% bonus to his Magic Attack in his last life, so why did it suddenly triple in this life? Cheng Yang thought about this for a long time but could not find a solution. It must have just been a side effect of his reincarnation.

An S-Rank Innate Ability! This was a huge advantage!

Moreover, Cheng Yang was confused by the title below his name. Phoenix Village Owner? Am I not yet the Lord?

In his previous life, Phoenix Village had been discovered two months after the end of the world. At that time among the monsters surrounding the Territory Altar was an Elite High-Grade Immature monster. Since people didn’t know what the Territory Altar was at the time, they avoided it lest they provoke the beast. A month later, when they realized the value of a Territory Altar, the monster had evolved into an Elite Pinnacle-Grade Immature monster.

The military had to sacrifice dozens of soldiers during the twenty-day battle to claim the Territory Altar.

Cheng Yang had learned about the events after the fact since Phoenix Village was already under the control of humanity when he arrived. Thus he didn’t know about the one hour waiting period before becoming a Lord.

There were several Territory Altars around the city of Cloud City, believe it or not. There were two reasons why Cheng Yang chose Phoenix Village.

1) It was the only Territory Altar he knew would be above ground before the apocalypse.

2) There was a precious item nearby that was important for his future plans.

In his past life, Cheng Yang conducted his class change ceremony in the Cloud City safe zone. The four class change statues there were even taller than the ones found in villages. Unlike Phoenix Village, however, Cloud City was considered the main city. A human couldn’t become the Lord of a main city as they belonged to the gods.

Some people might think there were more residents in the main cities than the villages, but this was not the case.

Under the rules of god, main cities only provided the most essential things for human survival. The difference between performing a class change ceremony in one of the main cities and a village was that villages each granted a unique, Innate Ability. Thus people from territories were stronger than those from the main cities.

In addition to granting an Innate Ability, several attributes could be buffed by completing research for the class change statues. This would directly increase the power of those that had performed class change ceremonies there.

These were advantages that the main cities just didn’t have. That’s why in his first life, Cheng Yang had traveled to Phoenix Village to do his class change ceremony.

Of course, there were additional advantages to being the Lord of a village. Every time the village level increased, the Lord was able to level up, ignoring the experience requirements directly. Although the advantage was small at lower levels, the gap it created at higher levels was insurmountable.

Main cities weren’t useless. The main benefit was a safe zone that monsters couldn’t enter and that the class change statues didn’t have the limit to the number of classes they could distribute.

Thus if you wanted to build a village, you needed sufficient personal strength to fight off monsters continuously.

Although Cheng Yang wasn’t powerful now, he believed that by relying on the memories of his past life, he could gain a foothold in Phoenix Village and gradually upgrade it to a town.

The Innate Ability that Phoenix Village granted was, of course, the 100% increase in Movement Speed.

If Liu Hau performed his class change ceremony at Phoenix village instead of Cloud City, his power would be incomparable to what he had in Cheng Yang’s past life. When he gained both buffs to his Movement Speed, those that could catch up to him in this world would be far and few between.

As for the other three Territory Altars around Cloud City, Cheng Yang didn’t bother with them. He had chosen to become a mage after much deliberation. As for the other classes, although they each had their advantages, none of them suited a Lord the way the Mage class did.

After going through his class change ceremony, Cheng Yang tried to open the system pane of the Phoenix Village Territory Altar, but it didn’t work. It seemed that he could only access the system pane after becoming the Lord.

Why did he need to wait an hour, though? Was there a test?

Suddenly Cheng Yang remembered a rumor he had heard. When the army had first captured Phoenix village, there had been a large-scale siege of monsters. Luckily at that time, humanity had become quite powerful and was able to fend off the waves of monsters.

Was there going to be a siege this time too? Cheng Yang instantly felt some fear.

While Cheng Yang waited, there was no sign of monsters appearing. An hour later he became the Lord of Phoenix village.

Now that he thought about it, how could there be a siege of monsters if monsters didn’t exist yet?

It seemed that Cheng Yang had dodged a bullet. If he had waited until after the apocalypse to claim the Territory Altar, there’s no telling whether he would have been able to fend off a horde of monsters.

Last Chapter | Index | Next Chapter

Categories
Doomsday Lord

Doomsday Lord Ch. 1 | Bizarre Rebirth

Through dazed eyes, Cheng Yang watched as one of the flying monsters that filled the sky dived towards him.

He saw countless other humans struggling under the talons of those demonic birds as a talon the size of a tire crushed his head.


“Where am I?” When he opened his eyes, Cheng Yang was shocked by the scene in front of him.

More than twenty students sparsely filled a large classroom, almost half of them asleep on their desks. The teacher at the podium didn’t seem to notice as he continued to lecture on a concept from the textbook vividly.

That’s right! This was one of his freshman college classes. The reason there were so few people was that the teacher didn’t take attendance.

Sincere shock and surprise flashed through Cheng Yang’s eyes as the nostalgic scene caused him to realize that he had reincarnated. He had escaped that bloody massacre and was in a peaceful classroom instead.

Cheng Yang comforted himself. Maybe the end of the world was just a dream?

Suddenly, a feeling of unease filled his body. If he remembered correctly, when the world ended, it happened without warning on a tranquil day like this.

If you wanted to call something a sign, on that day a ten-minute earthquake that utterly destroyed everything, acted as the precursor to the end of the world.

Cheng Yang instantly pulled out his smartphone to glance at the time: 9:32 AM, April 12th 20XX.

When he saw the date, Cheng Yang’s body started to tremble, and a layer of cold sweat covered him. He remembered quite clearly that the world would end tomorrow afternoon at five. There was only a little over twenty-seven hours left until the end of the world.

Will the apocalypse still happen tomorrow? Cheng Yang didn’t know because he couldn’t tell if the horrible scenes in his memories were dreams or reality.

“Yoko, what’s wrong with you? Did something happen?” Liu Hao, who was in the seat next to Cheng Yang, stopped playing mobile games when he saw that Cheng Yang was in a state of panic. His chubby face looked so naïve, untainted by the horrors of the apocalypse.

Cheng Yang’s body jolted upon seeing Liu Hau. His buddy that had sacrificed both arms to save him in the apocalypse was now sitting right beside him. At that moment, Cheng Yang’s nose crinkled from sorrow and guilt.

“It’s nothing, I was just daydreaming.” Cheng Yang whispered. Before he figured out if those scenes in his memory were real, he didn’t intend to tell anyone about them.

Liu Hau looked at him suspiciously but did not press the issue, only saying: “We still have a basketball game tomorrow and if you’re sick or something we’re going to be one short.” When he was finished, Liu Hau picked up his phone and went back to playing games.

Cheng Yang’s stomach dropped, and the panic in his eyes became more visible. In his memories, he had played basketball with Liu Hau at noon the day before the apocalypse.

“Yoko, are you really okay?” Liu Hau looked at Cheng Yang’s slightly pale face, “Is this about that girl? Did you get rejected?”

Chang Yang shook his head.

“Koko, what do you think it would be like if the world became like an RPG?” Cheng Yang suddenly asked.

Liu Hau put down his phone again, gave Cheng Yang a strange look and said: “You don’t have a very good imagination, do you? How could this world become an RPG?”

Cheng Yang sighed deeply. “I was just asking.”

Liu Hau smiled and said: “Well, even though you’re not as obsessed as me, you’re better at RPGs so for us wouldn’t the world becoming a video game be a good thing? Fighting monsters, killing the BOSS, leveling up… Wouldn’t that be great?”

Liu Hau was caught up in his fantasy of good times. Truly ignorance is bliss.

After giving his answer, Liu Hau went back to his mobile game, leaving Cheng Yang deep in thought.

As it was now, Cheng Yang thought there was an eighty percent chance that the apocalypse would arrive. In that case, Cheng Yang figured he should start preparing himself or wouldn’t he be wasting his second chance?

Cheng Yang had spent a whole year in the apocalypse. It wasn’t long, but those memories of what happened were as precious as gold now.

Although the world had become a video game, for the people living through it, it was hell. That’s because this game wasn’t like a video game. When you took damage, it actually hurt, and when you died, there was no chance of resurrection.

An RPG where death was permanent. Who would want to play such a game? Nobody. Humanity had no choice, however, as this was forced upon them.

People would have to undergo a class change ceremony, fight monsters, and level up…

Thinking about those dark days, Cheng Yang looked at Liu Hau. In his previous life when Liu Hau went through the class change ceremony, he had a godly Innate Ability: when he leveled up, his movement speed and attack speed would increase by an additional 30%!

In the game world, when humans went through the class change ceremony, their hidden potential would unlock an Innate Ability. These Innate Abilities were ranked by how many extra stats they gained when leveling up.

The worst E-Rank Innate Abilities would increase the amount a single Attribute grew by 10% each level. Every tier above E-Rank would increase that bonus by an additional 10%. The most significant buff a single Attribute could have was only 30% thus the best Innate Abilities were the 60% dual Attribute increase, which was considered S-Rank.

Not all S-Rank Innate Abilities were equal, however. For instance, if there was an S-Rank Innate Ability that increased both Physical Attack and Magic Attack Attributes, although the total increase was 60%, only one of those Attributes can be used by a class, and therefore the actual Innate Ability would be considered C-Rank.

Innate Abilities like Liu Hau’s, where both bonuses were useful, were called God abilities. With the help of his Innate Ability, although he was fat, Liu Hau had godly speed.

Sadly when Liu Hau saved Cheng Yang from the claws of a monster, the bastard ripped Liu Hau’s arm off! Although Liu Hau survived, he had become useless. Cheng Yang had always felt guilty about that.

In his past life, Cheng Yang was just a student and couldn’t fight his fate. He lived for a year in the apocalypse before dying to the talons of a magical bird.

Although he didn’t know why he had been reincarnated, the reason didn’t matter. It was enough that he was back, God had given him a second chance! In this life, he would be able to repay Liu Hau and increase his power as well!

In this death game, everyone would be turned into fighters, but some people would be exceptional, the Lords. They weren’t just powerful fighters but also the owners of cities that controlled the lives of millions.

In his last life, it wasn’t that Cheng Yang’s Innate Ability was trash, he just didn’t get the chance to properly utilize it because his Innate Ability affected an Attribute only Lords had. B-Rank Innate Ability: increase the stats gained for the magic attack Attribute by 10% and increase the effectiveness of all territory buildings by 30%.

It wasn’t a top-notch gift, but during the apocalypse, only ten percent of people had B-Rank Innate Abilities or above.

Moreover, Innate Abilities that affected Lord Attributes were exceedingly rare, and the most significant bonus he knew of was only 20%. Therefore Cheng Yang’s B-Rank Innate Ability that increased a Lord Attribute by 30% could also be considered a God ability. Cheng Yang didn’t dare tell anyone about his Innate Ability, however, as it was a massive threat to any of the current Lords. The owner’s of Lord Innate Abilities that weren’t already Lords were killed.

In his previous life, Cheng Yang was considered E-Rank trash, but in this life, he vowed to be someone of value.

Suddenly Cheng Yang had an idea. He hurriedly took out his phone to check the news.

“……found in the outskirts of Nanchang, scientists have been unable to determine the composition of the stone even after a week of study……”
The following was a story about a strange stone that included a few pictures. The stone was three meters tall, cylindrical, and had a rough black grey surface.

When he saw the article, Cheng Yang was thrilled since he was all too familiar with that stone. It was the prerequisite to becoming a Lord, a Territory Altar.

After the apocalypse, people speculated that the world’s gamification didn’t happen in a single day but over time instead. The Territory Altar on the news was the best proof of that theory as it indeed existed before the world ended.

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.

Only two months after the world ended, would humanity first discovers the use of Territory Altars.

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

Cheng Yang wasn’t excited about the Territory Altar found in Nanchang but because he remembered that there was a territory altar in Phoenix Slope just five kilometers south of Cloud City where he lived. In his previous life, the Territory Altar was claimed by the military three months after the apocalypse.

Right now, that altar was completely buried except for a single corner that people would assume was an ordinary rock. When the people who lived near Phoenix Slope found out that the seemingly ordinary rock was a Territory Altar, they were all green with envy.

During the apocalypse, there was a theory that a Territory Altar could be claimed before the end of the world, but no one was able to verify it.
Now that Cheng Yang was granted a new lease on life, he was determined to claim that Territory Altar as his own.

After class, Cheng Yang made up a reason to separate from Liu Hau and traveled to Phoenix Slope alone.

If he hadn’t known the apocalypse was coming, the $10 fare would have dissuaded Cheng Yang from traveling to Phoenix Slope, but now he didn’t care. After the apocalypse, money would be worth less than toilet paper.

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

Cloud City was surrounded by hills, and Phoenix Slope was no exception, however, the area from Cheng Yang’s memories was one with very little elevation change. Cheng Yang shuddered as he thought of the earthquake that would level the hills and change the terrain the next day.


TL Note: Yes, I am aware that there are several translations of this already. Most of them were poorly edited and left out a lot of information. I’m starting over so that I can have a consistent translation quality instead of everyone reading 140 chapters of drivel before reading mine (which I would like to think are better)

Last Chapter | Index | Next Chapter