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Doomsday Lord Ch. 12 | Class Change Statue

After everyone left to complete their tasks, Cheng Yang opened up the System Panel of the Territory Altar. The number territory Experience Fragments had reached three hundred and eleven after the many battles. This number would quickly decrease since Cheng Yang had a use for them right now.

Cheng Yang then moved towards the Mage Statue and pulled up its System Panel. In fact, all of the class change statues had System Panes.


Mage Statue
Phoenix Village
Low Grade
7/20

Research

  • Body Strengthening Mana Flow (Low Grade): Increase HP by 20% | Cost: 100 | Time: 6 hours
  • Extra Mana Node (Low Grade): Increase Mana by 20% | Cost: 100 | Time: 6 hours
  • Ambient Mana Gathering (Low Grade): Increase Magic Attack by 20% | Cost: 100 | Time: 6 hours
  • Passive Ironskin (Low Grade): Increase Physical Defense by 20% | Cost: 100 | Time: 6 hours
  • Mental State Training (Low Grade): Increase Magic Defense by 20% | Cost: 100 | Time: 6 hours

In order to level up Phoenix Village to a Standard Grade Village Cheng Yang needed to level up all of the class change statues. Additionally, to upgrade the Mage statue all of the Low Grade research must be completed. Each statues had similar research options, the only difference being the attributes the research set focused on.

Funding all of this research wasn’t particularly difficult but it was a time consuming pursuit. In order to upgrade all the statues to Standard Grade it would take 2000 Experience Fragments. Although that may not seem like a lot since they had gained nearly 400 Experience Fragments in an hour this was only because of god’s trial.

Under normal circumstances the respawn rate around territories is lower and they aren’t attacked by small groups of monsters very often. So, in order to obtain a large number of Experience Fragments in a short amount of time you need to go farther than one kilometer from the Territory Altar.

However, Cheng Yang did not mind the difficulty of creating a strong territory since, when it was complete, any random soldier from a territory would be able to compete with an elite Professional from a safe zone. This was the incentive god had given humanity to push out past the safe zones.

Cheng Yang did not hesitate to research the Extra Mana Node. When he did the System Panel greyed out causing Cheng Yang to smile. When doing research the class change statue would be unavailable for the research period but when it finished he would be even more powerful.

That was the advantage Cheng Yang gained by claiming the territory so quickly, even if other began to occupy the other nearby territories in a month it would take them a long time to catch up to Phoenix Village. Since the research time cannot be decreased to surpass Phoenix Village would be impossible.

Cheng Yang then researched Heart Overclocking and Beast Blood Transfusion to increase the HP of the Warriors and Summoners. These upgrades would also take six hours to complete. Since there wasn’t enough Experience Fragments the Rangers would have to wait to receive research bonuses.

At this time Liu Hau and the other Warriors strolled over carrying a single huge log each. Originally the only way to efficiently move these logs was to use a machine or have no less than four people carry it. It was clear to see just how much strength you gained by becoming a Warrior.

In fact, this was very normal since the average Physical Attack attribute was a measly 1 but all Warriors would have at least a 4. Physical Attack was a measure of all things to do with one’s body and naturally this included strength.

“Yoko, why did you want this wood anyways? Ah, also, I saw a few logs roll into the river during the earthquake.” Liu Hau said setting the log he was carrying down.

“We need wood to create buildings. Just like the wall you saw being created earlier. ” Cheng Yang answered flatly, “The wall alone consumed one hundred cubic meters of wood which is an amount that is very difficult to obtain right after the apocalypse. Luckily what we have here is enough to complete many important buildings.”

Liu Hau nodded, enlightened by Cheng Yang’s words. It would indeed be difficult to cut down large trees without professional logging tools.

Next, Cheng Yang opened up the Territory Altar System Panel and decided to build some Meditation Halls. He purchased ten instantly causing ten log cabins to build themselves in a ring around the Territory Altar.

Another hundred cubic meters of the wood he had bought was consumed causing Cheng Yang to feel slightly helpless. What could he do? He was originally quite poor and buying 300 cubic meters of wood was way beyond his means already.

Although they had already seen the phenomena before everyone watched in awe as the buildings constructed themselves.

Cheng Yang took advantage of the time it took for the buildings to be created to patrol the walls. He found that the respawn rate had already reached its lowest point, taking one or two minutes for a single monster to appear. This was seven or eight times lower than the rate at the height of the trial. As such, those on the fence were idle.

Cheng Yang sighed and let the people come down from the wall. Since it was impossible for Low Grade monsters to break down the wall he might as well wait for a large number to accumulate and kill them all then, letting his followers rest.

It was now 7:15, the last good minutes of twilight were coming to an end ushering in the night. Cheng Yang decided to give a speech telling everyone present what the plan moving forward was and to answer the questions he had ignored until now.

“How do you feel now, after a couple of battles?” Cheng Yang asked after gathering everyone near the Territory Altar.

Everyone glanced at each other before Old Lee stepped out and said, “Mr. Cheng, you said before that the whole world has become like this, like a game. Is that true?”

“It is true!” Cheng Yang declared, “This is not a disaster limited to Cloud City nor is it a national disaster but a global one! At this moment nearly every building across the world has collapse and the terrain has shifted. Plateaus have become plains and plains have become oceans. The most important change is the new rules god created, rules you have experienced today. The power you have now is something you could not even imagine in the old world.”

“Yoko,” Lau Hui suddenly interjected, “How did you know this was going to happen?”

Cheng Yang internally sighed. He knew this question would be asked and it was a hard one to answer truthfully. Luckily, he had already fabricated a story.

“I do not know why I knew this.” Cheng Yang started, “When I woke up yesterday my mind was filled with omens and visions of the apocalypse. It was very strange information but it was engraved directly into my memories. It was impossible for me to ignore so I prepared just in case what I foresaw happened. As of now, I can confirm many of my visions but there are some that I have yet to confirm.”

Cheng Yang knew that he should keep his reincarnation a secret so he created the image of himself as a prophet.

Although not everyone believed Cheng Yang’s story, how else could they explain why Cheng Yang knew about the apocalypse in advance? It even seemed fairly reasonable. If the world could become like a game why could there not be prophets?

Knowing that this was a global disaster caused everyone to have an ugly expression. After all who didn’t have a family? They hadn’t had time to consider that danger that their families were in but now that they did everyone grew restless.

“Your anxiety is useless,” Cheng Yang said sensing their emotions, “what matters now is getting stronger. Only with strength do you have even the slightest chance of saving your loved ones.”

Old Lee furrowed his brow, “My family is in Cloud City which is only a few kilometers from here. If we stick together we can easily kill any monsters we encounter and reach the city.”

“Yeah! We have to go back to the city. I can’t leave my family behind. My son is only five years old, how can he survive?” A man in his thirties cried out, anxious to hurry out.

Cheng Yang only shook his head sadly, “With our current strength I’m afraid there simply isn’t a way for us to reach Cloud City. Although there are only a few monsters surrounding my territory the tendency of monsters is to form large herds. It has been a few hours since the apocalypse so it wouldn’t be impossible to encounter a group of dozens of monsters. Do you have the confidence to win against such a group?”

Seeing that the crowd was still anxious Cheng Yang continued, “I know none of you want to believe my words but they can be easily proven. I will take some people outside the walls to verify what I have told you.”

Old Lee and the other adults were ecstatic, hopefully the situation wasn’t too bad yet and they would have a chance to break through to Cloud City.

Cheng Yang felt a pain in his heart seeing their hopeful expressions. They didn’t know how bad it was in Cloud City but how could Cheng Yang not know?

“Yoko, just tell us what to do next. We will all listen to you.” Liu Hau proclaimed.

“This village will be our saving grace so we must work to develop it. To do that we need Experience Fragments, we need to kill as many monsters as possible.”

Cheng Yang planned to use this excursion to gain as many Experience Fragments as possible in addition to dampening their desire to rush to Cloud City. “The time is ripe. I will immediately take half of the people here out with me to scout the woods between us and Cloud City. Although it will be risky to do so at night as long as we are careful we will be safe as the moon is bright. The rest of the people will stay here at the village to protect it and begin training.”

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Doomsday Lord Ch. 11 | The Trial

After killing a few waves of monsters the last ray of sunlight dipped below the horizon leaving the world bathed in a red glow. Even after waiting a minute no new monsters appeared.

“Why aren’t more monsters spawning? What’s going on?” Cheng Yang though. During the apocalypse monsters would never stop spawning. After one was killed another would spawn one minute later to take its place. There were no exceptions to this except in the barrier of the safe zones. The only time the spawn rate decreased was if there were already too many monsters in an area.

“Sit down and recover everyone!” Cheng Yang shouted sensing something bad was about to happen, “Hurry up!”

Less than twenty seconds after they sat down a powerful monster spawned at both the east and west gates causing blinding flashes of light. There were also less powerful monsters spawned at the north and south gates.

Cheng Yang’s face fell, his previous composure gone. These were clearly much more powerful monsters. He estimated them to be elite Standard Grade Immature monsters. Elite monsters were almost the same strength as the monsters of the next level. How could such powerful monsters have spawned a few hours after the apocalypse started? It should be at least half a month before creatures like this would start to appear.

Suddenly, Cheng Yang thought of a possibility. When he first became Lord of Phoenix Village he had guessed there would be a trial but how could monsters appear for a trial before the apocalypse. These two monsters more powerful than should be possible appearing is likely the trial god had planned for those claiming a Territory Altar.

Of course, this was only speculation. Right now Cheng Yang needed to focus on passing this difficult trial. Even if he survived if he was unable to kill the monsters the village may revert to an unclaimed Territory Altar.

Cheng Yang pushed those thoughts out of his head and dashed towards the east gate. His incredible speed allowed him to close the gap eighty meters in mere seconds.

When he arrived the light had cleared and a green feathered monster stood outside the gate. This one was bigger than the others that had spawned thus far standing 1.6 meters tall and had a better looking weapon. It rushed towards Cheng Yang its speed only slightly below his.

“Yu Kai, go support the west gate! You only need to stall it until I kill this one.” Cheng Yang shouted as he fired the Magic Missile he had been preparing towards the green feathered monster.

“Pfft.” The monster was unable to dodge Cheng Yang’s shot and was hit in the abdomen, deforming it.

Yu Kai hesitated but took his group and rushed towards the west gate.They had no choice now but to obey Cheng Yang as they didn’t understand the current situation. If they didn’t do as Cheng Yang they could only stand next to him uselessly.

Before the distance closed completely Cheng Yang was able to hit the monster in the face with another Magic Missile causing the beast to let out a tragic howl. The monsters face imploded from the damage but the new rules of the world would only let a creature die when its HP reached zero, so the injury to its face only made it uglier.

Judging from the monsters speed the monster was much stronger than your average Standard Grade monster. Cheng Yang couldn’t be sure though since he didn’t have the Observation skill. Just like humans monster didn’t have fixed stats. Some monsters of the same type might be slower but have more health and vice versa.

Watching the monster attempt to enter the village Cheng Yang took the initiative and ran out of the gate leading the monster away.

The green feathered monster was hit twice by Cheng Yang and hated him to the bone so when Cheng Yang left the village instead of running in and attacking the others from behind it chased after him.

Cheng Yang didn’t know how many times he experienced battles like this in his last life, and just as he predicted a few moments later he had predicted a gap opened up between them. As a member of Phoenix Village Cheng Yang’s speed dwarfed all but the fastest of monsters in the same grade and naturally was faster than the green feathered one.

“Whoosh… Pfft…” Once again Cheng Yang smashed a Magic Missile into the monster whose roar changed from anger to pain.

Cheng Yang knew he had dealt 39 damage so far which means that the monsters health should be reduced by about two-thirds if it was a normal Standard Grade, maybe a little less since it was an elite. In comparison Cheng Yang’s Mana had only decreased by a quarter so unless something odd happened Cheng Yang’s victory was assured.

Cheng Yang knew how to use his speed advantage well and if he didn’t have it he may not even find opportunities to cast Magic Missile much less win the fight.

Two minutes later Cheng Yang hit the monster with a seventh Magic Missile. This time its howl was a death knell. It fell to the ground with a soft thump and a large amount of light particles gushed into Cheng Yang’s body.

Killing a single Standard Grade Immature monster gave Cheng Yang 4 Experience Fragments! Although a single Standard Grade monster was worth four Low Grade monsters most people would prefer to hunt below their level than try to fight stronger existences.

Cheng Yang’s battle had ended well but the one at the west gate was quickly becoming a tragedy.

An unfortunate lumber mill worker had been killed by the monster. It’s pitchfork gave it an attack power of ten points which was enough to kill a Low Grade Apprentice in just three hits. To have just a single person die was already a good result.

Cheng Yang was more than satisfied with that result. Although four other people were close to death the group of thirteen people was able to restrain the green feathered monster every time it tried to land a killing blow. It was currently surrounded by a ring of Warriors.

With just an hour of experience the Warriors were now capable of blocking most attacks. Although the shield warriors held was capable of blocking any attack no matter how strong it did have a weakness. If the attack was too powerful the Warrior would be stunned for an amount of time equivalent to the power of the attack. This fatal flaw made it hard for Warriors to battle solo.

Even so, not a single person was uninjured and two of the people could only hide in the back and fire arrows.

Cheng Yang directly rushed back into the base and towards the battle unleashing a Magic Missile once he was in range.

Cheng Yang’s damage was about twice that of the others but if you took into account the monsters Magic Defense it was likely three times the damage of the others. Thus, when the monster was hit Cheng Yang instantly attracted aggro.

“Get out of the way!” Cheng Yang shouted as the monster locked its dark red eyes filled with hatred on him.

Although the defenders didn’t react immediately, when they saw the monster rush towards Cheng Yang they quickly immediately reacted, making a path.

When it looked like two of the Warriors might have attracted the green feathered monsters attention Cheng Yang smashed a Magic Missile into its face causing its head to snap back to him. It was filled with a hatred that wouldn’t decay after even ten thousand years.

This was the result Cheng Yang had hoped for. He quickly rushed backwards leading the monster away from the others.

The defenders weren’t stupid and once Cheng Yang drew the monsters aggro the Rangers and Mages rained attacks down on it. Although their DPS was lower than Cheng Yang’s they were strong in numbers! When they faced the green feathered monster before they didn’t dare to attack so recklessly but now that Cheng Yang was kiting the monster they didn’t worry about resource management. The effect of these attacks could be seen instantly.

After Cheng Yang arrived the battle lacked suspense and the monster fell in another ten seconds.

After Cheng Yang and the others killed the Standard Grade monsters the other two gates had been cleared as well.

After the trial ended monsters continued to spawn but they were no longer a threat to Cheng Yang and the others but rather a source of Experience Fragments.

After a few minutes Cheng Yang felt a connection form with the land under his feet. From the Territory Altar radiating out five hundred meters Cheng Yang was able to feel every creature.

The feeling was very strange to Cheng Yang he had heard about this phenomena but now he was experiencing it. He knew that Phoenix Village was now truly under his control.

Once he did Cheng Yang closed the four gates, keeping the monsters out. Unless a Standard Grade monster showed up it was impossible for the walls to be destroyed.

Cheng Yang then loudly announced a proclamation, “All ranged Professionals go to the wall and continue killing monsters. Warriors, move the logs towards the center of the territory. Also, someone bury the dead man. It is a luxury that we even get to do that.”

Not a single person dared to disobey. After the trial Cheng Yang’s prestige had risen to a whole new level. Fourteen people combined hadn’t been enough to kill a Standard Grade monster but Cheng Yang alone easily defeated one.

Even so there was a stifling atmosphere due to the death of one of their own. This death felt different from the two that were crushed by logs. That incident was an accident but the still warm corpse on the ground had been a comrade they had failed to save. It caused all of them to feel as though death was right around the corner.

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Doomsday Lord Ch. 10 | Commanding the Battle

After killing the green feathered monster, Cheng Yang said to Old Lee: “The next monster that appears will be for you three to handle together. The world has been turned into a game but I’m sure you’ve noticed a glaring difference from most games. Skills and attacks do not lock on automatically. That is to say, whether it be spells or arrows, if you can’t hit your target then its a waste of resources. So, I want you to wait until the next monster gets close enough that you can’t miss! This will allow the warriors to practice blocking for the ranged fighters as well.”

Old Lee replied, “Mr. Cheng rest assured. The world has changed but we know what we need to do.”

Old Lee then turned to the other two people with him, “Me and Du Cheng will stand at the front but since our damage is low we will need to rely on Feng Jie for DPS.”

As he spoke, a Low Grade gray wolf had spawned outside the gate. Just like the green feathered monster it charged at the group.

“Prepare for battle.” Cheng Yang said briefly then stood quietly behind them.

The wolf ran straight towards the gate. Fifty meters….. Forty meters….. Thirty meters….. Twenty meters…..

*Ptew* A white ball of light flew out from the gate and over the wolf’s head. Not even a single strand of hair had been hit.

Fang Jie who was in his twenties looked nervous after missing his shot. “I-”

“No need for an explanation.” Cheng Yang said expressionless. “Continue fighting.”

Fang Jie closed his mouth. He realized that this wasn’t the time to argue because the wolf was only ten meters away now.

Old Lee’s expression was ruthless as he held up his shield to block the wolf’s charge. The wolf slammed into the shield. The man and the wolf to engaged in a battle of strength, one the wolf won as Old Lee lost his footing.

The wolf stabilized itself and bounded over Old Lee rushing towards Du Cheng. Du Cheng shouted, suppressing his fear as the wolf charged. He panicked and instead of blocking with his shield he raised his iron sword to strike the wolf’s head.

With a crisp sound Du Feng’s sword hit the wolf’s head. Unfortunately, gray wolves have an innate ability that adds three defense so their head covering it with a layer of iron. Du Cheng was only able to create a small cut. The wolf knocked Du Cheng’s shield away and moved to bite his shoulder.

“Ah!” The distance was to close and there was no way for Du Cheng to avoid the monster’s jaws.

After tearing apart Du Cheng’s shoulder the wolf moved to rip out his throat.

*Pfft* This wasn’t the sound of the wolf biting into Du Cheng but instead the sound of a magic missile searing into the wolf’s chest. Feng Jie had managed to hit the monster!

After escaping the wolf’s fangs Du Cheng no longer dared to defend alone. He quickly joined forces with Old Lee who had gotten back up. Although the wound on his shoulder was incredibly painful, faced with death he didn’t have the time to care.

“Die!” In unison the two shouted and blocked with their shields then swung their swords. Old Lee hit the wolf on the side but Du Cheng’s blade was blocked by its iron plated head. Nevertheless in the face of a combined attack the wolf was pushed back.

When Fang Jie saw that the wolf had been blocked he was no longer nervous and was able to calmly gather mana and shoot a Magic Missile at the monster.

He successfully hit the gray wolf!

Fang Jie didn’t feel any satisfaction hitting the wolf. It was only three meters away so if he still couldn’t hit it he may as well kill himself and save the wolf some time.

With the three of them working together the wolf was quickly killed with a third magic missile. When it did light particles flew from the wolf into each of their bodies.

Fang Jie did more than half the damage in this battle but if Old Lee and Du Cheng didn’t guard the front he knew that he would have been killed without hitting the wolf even once.

Their battle lasted thirty seconds together whereas Chang Yang only needed nine or ten seconds on his own. Now that they understood how powerful Cheng Yang was the difference shocked them.

“I’ll handle the next one.” Cheng Yang said, “So come sit down over here and use the Meditation skill to recover.” He didn’t feel the need to explain why since they would understand once they tried.

After Old Lee and the others sat down Cheng Yang stood in front defending the gate. In the minute they rested the only thing that appeared was another gray wolf that Cheng Yang easily killed. Watching Cheng Yang fight the difference between the two groups was truly like night and day.

After a second battle Cheng Yang’s remaining Mana was just 21. He only needed a few short seconds of meditation to recover. Even so it would be dangerous if he ran out of mana or was attacked while meditating since his body was only twice as strong as an ordinary human. Since Old Lee and the others were fairly reliable now he let them take the next fight.

Cheng Yang’s group defended their gate well and the situation at the other gates was also stable.

Although the other three groups didn’t have a powerful existence like Cheng Yang they had the advantage in numbers. In addition the Summoners could create a warrior that didn’t fear death greatly alleviating the pressure on the defenders.

As time passed the monsters spawned more frequently but the skill of the defenders increased as well. At first only with four people could they barely stop a monster but now they could handle monsters in pairs. This wasn’t much compared to Cheng Yang but considering the short time span since the apocalypse it was impressive. As long as they could put aside their fear defeating a dozen at once would be no problem at all.

Cheng Yang believed they were now ready to train solo against monsters. Doing so would be very dangerous, a single mistake could end their life.

A half hour later, when the sun finally began to dip below the horizon, the total number of monsters slain was one hundred and fifty. Cheng Yang alone killed more than thirty and was able to raise his proficiency in Magic Missile to 10%. Although others had proficiency improvements too, no one improved as much as Cheng Yang. After all, his Mana recovered faster and he was more powerful, it was natural that he would improve more.

In addition to increasing the proficiency of their skills everyone earned a large amount of Experience Fragments. Cheng Yang alone had over sixty while everyone else had ten or so.


At this time in Cloud City another disaster was ongoing. Thousands of monsters prowled the streets leaving terrified people hidden in their wake.

For normal people these monsters were simply too powerful. Normal people only had 10 HP and a one in each attribute so trying to fight a Low Grade Immature monster was the same as committing suicide.

Fortunately the speed of almost every Low Grade monsters was also a one allowing most people to escape unharmed.

The situation was no better for the military. Guns were no longer the king of all weapon’s and it took twenty bullets to kill a single monster.

Later when they inspected the corpses they found that even high power bullets couldn’t penetrate a monster fully.

On the streets and in the ruins people fled again and again. There was no where truly safe from monsters as they could spawn anywhere at random.

All around them people heard others collapsing to the ground before the sound of chewing and crunching could be heard. One by one people ran out of stamina. No one could stop this slaughter.

As an act of mercy god dictated that all monsters in the cities could only act alone and not in groups. If not for this maybe Cloud City would become a ghost town in a single night.

Cheng Yang’s expression gradually stiffened. The spawn rate of the monsters continued to increase and now every group was fighting continuously with one or more monsters. If this trend continued the newly formed village would be in trouble.

For Cheng Yang and his people the limiting factor of their combat potential was Mana. They didn’t have enough and even thirty seconds was too long to wait to recover.

The Warriors were a little better off since they could still attack without Mana and didn’t need arrows but their attacks would only deal 80% of their max damage. As long as they could protect themselves they were fairly safe.

The other classes, especially the Rangers, were in a pinch. Cheng Yang almost regretted not staying in the Cloud City barrier to wait out the start of the apocalypse since the areas around a safe zone had less monsters. They would also be able to exchange Experience Fragments for health potions, something they couldn’t do at Phoenix Village until it reached Standard Grade.

Even so, Cheng Yang wouldn’t have changed his decision. He knew that if he did not secure Phoenix Village now it would only get harder with every passing day. In three months the stations would be discovered by the military who would send their elites. At that point even if he wasn’t a trash, climbing to the top of the world would be impossible.

Besides, if it got to the point where it was unmanageable Cheng Yang could close the gates. He didn’t want to if possible since soldiers trained in safety would crumble in a life and death battle.

Fortunately when the sun set the spawn rate of the monsters would greatly decrease and so long as there weren’t any flying monsters they would be able to handle the rest.

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Doomsday Lord Ch. 9 | Management Innate Ability

“Warrior.” Cheng Yang announced.

Old Lee grinned, “Good, I’d hoped to become a Warrior.”

Old Lee went over to the statues just like the others had. A few seconds later he was holding a sword and shield identical to Liu Hau.


Lee Shanwan
Phoenix Village Soldier
Class: Warrior
Level: Low Grade Apprentice (0%)

Age39Life Span110
HP52MP10
Physical Attack4Magic Attack1
Physical Defense2Magic Defense1
Attack Speed1Movement Speed2

Innate Abilities

  • Receive 30% more stats in the HP attribute when you level up
  • When you’re a territory official, it may have 30% more soldiers
  • Movement speed is increased by 100%

Skills

  • Meditation (Low Grade): Meditate to absorb experience fragments and level up
  • Lacerate (Low Grade): Add magic to your blade making it easier to cut through enemies | Damage: 5 | Cost: 2 MP | Cast Time: 3 sec | Proficiency: 0%

Equipment

  • Iron Sword: Status symbol of the warrior | Damage: 4
  • Wooden Shield: A wooden shield | Can block physical attacks

Another S-Rank Innate Ability! And this time one of Old Lee’s Innate Abilities involved territory management. It was similar to a Lord Innate Ability except that one didn’t need to be a Lord to have its effect activate, you only needed to be assigned to the territory manager position.

Old Lee would certainly be a huge benefit to the village. Although there weren’t enough people to fill each statue’s quota right now Cheng Yang would be able to attract the more personnel soon.

Old Lee didn’t have nearly the same reaction to seeing his innate ability. After all so far that seemed to be the standard since Cheng Yang’s friends were also at that standard.

Cheng Yang decided not to tell them since it would be beneficial to their growth if they thought they were ordinary.

Although he wasn’t needed anymore Cheng Yang headed up to the wall. The faster monsters were killed, the faster the territory would gain Experience Fragments and the bigger the advantage he gained would be.

In order to make the process more efficient after transferring his friends and Old Lee Cheng Yang focused on only letting those with a talent for the Ranger and Mage classes perform class change ceremonies. As for those who were tested to have a talent for the Warrior or Summoner classes, they would have to wait.

When the last person finished their class change ceremony, Cheng Yang was able to verify his theory. Aside from the unlucky cab driver who was a B-Rank every other person was able to gain an A-Rank Innate Ability. Although there weren’t any more S-Rank Innate Abilities, that kind of talent was just too rare and getting four was already very lucky.

As long as none of these people left Cheng Yang for someone else he would have a very powerful original team. In that regard Cheng Yang was confident they would stay. Just wait till they really experience the cruelty of the apocalypse, then they will appreciate the advantages being in a village gave.

The only thing that disappointed Cheng Yang was that not a single other person had a rare attribute increased by their innate ability.

In total the process had only taken half an hour. The main reason for this was that the new Professionals wouldn’t have to wait before entering the battle fully rested. If Cheng Yang hadn’t needed to rescue Lau Hui perhaps every person here would have had S-Rank talent. Even so, Cheng Yang didn’t regret saving his friend in the slightest.

In total Phoenix Village had nine Warriors, five Mages, six Rangers and four Summoners.

After the final class change ceremony was complete Cheng Yang started to give a speech. “Now that everyone has gained the power necessary to defend themselves its time to start training so that you can effectively do so. For the next few hours I am going to open up all of the gates and allow the monsters outside to get into the village. When I do you must defend yourself however necessary. After this is completed I will give everyone another task.”

Cheng Yang then turned to Old Lee, “Phoenix village has four gates and we will create four groups. One to defend each gate. Old Lee pick another Warrior and a magician then help me defend the south gate. The leaders at the other gates will be Liu Hau, Lau Hui and Yu Kai. Have at least one members of each class and be in groups of seven or six. Remember, this may seem like a game but it’s not. If you die there’s no chance of resurrection.”

Finally he turned to Pang Sun. “Stay in the center near the statues and call for help if a monster breaks through.”

Old Lee had an uncomfortable look on his face. His experience as a businessman told him that Cheng Yang was trying to weaken his influence. Obviously Cheng Yang didn’t trust him and had separated him from most of his employees in order to control them better. Although those men hadn’t pledged loyalty to Old Lee, his words could influence them as their relationship was deep as they were the people he relied on for his timber business.

Even though he had realized this Old Lee didn’t care. He didn’t want power. All he wanted was to survive and then return to Cloud City to save his family. Obviously, Cheng Yang would provide him an opportunity to do just that so how could he dissent?

Old Lee also wasn’t wrong. Chang Yang had indeed arranged the teams with that goal in mind. Cheng Yang used the knowledge from his previous life to control and influence these people. This control was based on fear of the unknown. Once they got comfortable Old Lee might try to talk them into causing an incident if he didn’t bring them over to his side first.

Of course Cheng Yang could force them to obey using his control over Phoenix Village but he didn’t want to have to do so. Instead he would divide and conquer, building an image of authority in their minds. After they recognize his authority he could reveal his ability to strip them of their power without them rebelling.

As for why Cheng Yang put Old Lee in a group with him? It was to intimidate Old Lee with a display of power.

After arranging the groups Cheng Yang told his friends the best tactics to use when hunting the monsters found around the village.

These techniques were only found after hundreds of deaths in Cheng Yang’s first life, so the knowledge was very precious. The people in Cloud City would learn these techniques in the next month using their blood as payment. Those in Phoenix Village were lucky indeed to know them already.

After informing them of these techniques Cheng Yang sent them to their positions and opened the gates.

The walls were made of strong logs and with 6.5 points of defense Cheng Yang could feel secure in the fact that the walls wouldn’t be breached.

Ten minutes after they started there was a bright flash of light outside the south gate and a strange-looking monster appeared. It stood upright and looked similar to an ape except that its head was one big mouth and it was covered in green feathers. It was only a meter tall but not a single person dared underestimate it since unlike other monsters it was holding onto a sharp-looking pitchfork.

“Everyone observe, it’s a Low Grade monster with thirty health, I’ll handle this first one.” Cheng Yang lectured Old Lee and the other two. “Hey, I’m your opponent!” Cheng Yang ran at towards the monster in an instant.

Old Lee had just seen Cheng Yang and the others kill dozens of monsters while they were on the walls. Then he had seen Cheng Yang and the other ranged classes kill dozens of monsters from the walls. Until now he had never been face to face with a monster and seeing one he was quite scared.

Two seconds after it appeared the monster charged towards Cheng Yang.

When the monster entered within thirty meters Cheng Yang raised his staff. By the time the distance had been closed a Magic Missile had shot towards the ape.

*Boom* The monster’s chest was blown open scattering blue blood and green feathers everywhere. The monster let out a shrill howl that sounded like a baby crying and charged towards Cheng Yang who had taken the opportunity to put some distance between them.

This process repeated once more as the monster helplessly tried to chase Cheng Yang around.

When the third magic missile hit the monster it collapsed to the ground.

At the same time a weak and indistinct light escaped its body and rapidly integrated with Cheng Yang’s.

“Wow…” Old Lee breathed. Although he had been scared before, watching the monster fall to the ground after three well placed shots the tension in his heart was completely erased.

Old Lee did some quick math in his head. If what Cheng Yang said was true then killing the monster in three attacks meant his damage was at least ten. This was considerably more than the four he had as a Low Grade Apprentice Warrior.

Old Lee knew that a Low Grade Apprentice Warrior only did five damage from some of the others which meant that Cheng Yang was at least a level higher than him!

Knowing this Old Lee didn’t feel jealous but instead relieved. After all Cheng Yang was his ally. The stronger Cheng Yang was, the safer he was.

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Doomsday Lord Ch. 8 | Gaining Classes

After becoming a Ranger, Yu Kai learned how to use his skills. In order to use them effectively he would still need hours of practice.

Yu Kai then followed Cheng Yang up to the village walls to hunt more monsters.

Although he barely hit anything in the beginning after a dozen or so shots Yu Kai was able to hit the targets a few meters away about 70% of the time. Although it was nothing compared to Cheng Yang who never missed it was a very fast rate of improvement.

The reason Yu Kai was able to fight the monsters at all was due to Cheng Yang giving him the chance to learn skills that millions would kill for during the apocalypse. It didn’t hurt that Yu Kai was a natural-born archer. Even though he had seen it before in his last life Cheng Yang was still shocked by how quickly he learned.

It only took three minutes for the number of Experience Fragments owned by the territory to reach ten again. When it did Cheng Yang brought Lau Hui over to the Summoner statue. According to his memories this class would fit Lau Hui best. Although Summoners weren’t ranged fighters their summoned beasts could be sent to fight in their stead and be re-summoned when they died.

Of course the real reason Cheng Yang chose to perform Lau Hui’s class change ceremony next instead of another Ranger or a Mage was that they were friends. He also wanted to see if Lau Hui’s talent would increase since he only had D-Rank talent in his last life.

A few seconds later Lau Hui was holding a staff. It was similar to the stave used by Cheng Yang but instead of a jewel it was topped by a ring with claws on it.


Lau Hui
Phoenix Village Soldier
Class: Summoner
Level: Low Grade Apprentice (0%)

Age20Life Span110
Health30Mana20
Physical Attack6.5Magic Attack1
Physical Defense1Magic Defense1
Attack Speed1Movement Speed2

Innate Abilities

  • Summoned creatures have 30% more health
  • Gain 30% more stats in physical attack
  • Movement speed is increased by 100%

Skills

  • Meditation (Low Grade): Meditate to absorb experience fragments and level up
  • Summon Wolf (Low Grade): Summons a wolf with stats equal to the summoner | Duration: 10 min | Cost: 10 MP | Cast Time: 45 sec | Proficiency: 0%

Equipment

  • Wooden Staff: Status symbol of the summoner | No bonuses

Cheng Yang saw Lau Hui’s system panel and cheered inwardly. It looked like his guess had been correct! The sooner you become a Professional, the better your Innate Ability will be!

There was no doubt in Cheng Yang’s mind that his group would be the first wave of people in the world to perform class change ceremonies. If he took his guess to the logical conclusion wasn’t it possible to everyone to get S-Rank innate abilities?

If that was the case Cheng Yang would have to carefully plan who changed to what classes otherwise he might end up wasting their S-Rank potential.

He would have to investigate more after Lau Hui joined the monster slaughter. Not a single monster was capable of even touching the group before Lau Hui joined the battle but when he threw out his wolf summon the fighting below the wall became very fierce. The wolf was the same level as the monsters it and was quickly killed by the group of monsters.

Every time his wolf died Lau Hui would just summon another one to join the fight.

Without a doubt Summoner were the easiest class to master.

Soon Cheng Yang had enough Experience Fragments to let Liu Hau perform his class change ceremony. Cheng Yang naturally would reserve the first opportunities to become Professionals for his friends, even more so if it increased their chances of getting an S-Rank innate ability. As for Boss Lee’s people or the taxi driver they would simply have to wait and hope for the best.

After Liu Hau performed his class change ceremony Cheng Yang let out a sigh of relief to see that Liu Hau still had his S-Rank innate ability.


Liu Hau
Phoenix Village Soldier
Class: Warrior
Level: Low Grade Apprentice (0%)

Age19Life Span110
Health40Mana10
Physical Attack5Magic Attack1
Physical Defense2Magic Defense1
Attack Speed1.3Movement Speed2.3

Innate Abilities

  • Receive 30% more stats in the Attack Speed attribute when you level up
  • Receive 30% more stats in the Movement Speed attribute when you level up
  • Movement speed is increased by 100%

Skills

  • Meditation (Low Grade): Meditate to absorb experience fragments and level up
  • Lacerate (Low Grade): Add magic to your blade making it easier to cut through enemies | Damage: 5 | Cost: 2 MP | Cast Time: 3 sec | Proficiency: 0%

Equipment

  • Iron Sword: Status symbol of the warrior | Damage: 4
  • Wooden Shield: A wooden shield | Can block physical attacks

Liu Hau’s innate ability would make him a natural assassin when the subclass became available. Catching up to the opponent and dealing several powerful strikes. No one would be more capable than Liu Hau.

Although Liu Hau looked like a meatball, since everyone’s abilities were standardized when they performed a class change ceremony he would still be faster than most Olympic sprinters.

Cheng Yang felt giddy since when they measured the number of S-Rank innate abilities in his previous life there had been less than 500 and he now had four! At that time the remaining population was about five hundred million meaning the percent of people with S-Rank abilities was less than a hundred thousandth of a percent.

A village having people with S-Rank abilities wasn’t just good for their battle capabilities but their growth as well. Being stronger earlier meant you could hunt more monsters to gain more Experience Fragments to level up the village faster. S-Rank warriors would also have faster personal growth due to their faster hunting and would gain a steady advantage over others.

Cheng Yang suppressed the excitement in his heart and began to re-plan his strategic objectives. In the past Cheng Yang had considered becoming the Lord of multiple territories and now that goal didn’t seem out of reach.

While the others fought monsters from the walls Liu Hau could only stand awkwardly to the side. Despite his great potential if he were to fight a group of monsters now he would only become a corpse. Cheng Yang didn’t want to endanger Liu Hau before he could grow.

The next person Cheng Yang allowed to become a Professional was Pang Sun, Lau Hui’s girlfriend. Compared to the others, Pang Sun had a closer connection to Cheng Yang and naturally was the first choice.

Cheng Yang had no memories of Pang Sun from his last life and thus didn’t know what class was ideal for her. Luckily there was a perk Lords could use from the Territory Altar system panel to tell which class a person’s Innate Ability was suited for.

Cheng Yang took Pang Sun to the Territory Altar promising to tell the curious Lau Hui what her talent was when he got back.

Cheng Yang had waited until the territory had twenty Experience Fragments this time so that he could find out Pang Sun’s potential. He then paid ten Experience Fragments causing a stream of energy to enter Pang Sun’s body glowing in a shape on her forehead.

It was an angel pattern. Seeing this Cheng Yang froze. This indicated that her best match wasn’t a standard class. The symbol would be a magician’s hat for a Mage, a sword for a Warrior, a bow for a Ranger and a wolf for the Summoner. None of these matched the symbol Cheng Yang now saw.

Although it was not one of the default classes Cheng Yang was familiar with the hidden class this symbol represented. It was by far the most useful class: the Priest.

There weren’t many people who had an innate ability that affected priest abilities so Cheng Yang was ecstatic to find one. Right now sadly there was no way to allow Pang Sun to perform a class change ceremony to become a priest.

“I suppose I’ll have to find a priest statue as soon as possible.” Cheng Yang thought. Priest statues were rare rewards in instance dungeons but Cheng Yang wasn’t worried. Now that the apocalypse had happened he should be able to find that instance dungeon from his memories and if he remembered correctly there was a chance for the Priest statue to come from that dungeon.

Cheng Yang didn’t want to waste Pang Sun’s talent so he forbid her from performing a class change ceremony now. After a short explanation she obediently went back to the fence to stand next to Lau Hui.

After Pang Sun left Cheng Yang called over Boss Lee.

Although he had seen Cheng Yang display clear favoritism he didn’t complain. If he’d been in Cheng Yang’s position he would have done the same. Even if Cheng Yang never allowed him the chance to become a Professional, on what grounds could he complain? Cheng Yang was still allowing him to live here in safety.

“Mr. Cheng, what class do you think I’m suitable for?” Boss Lee said rubbing his hands.

“Mr. Lee, let me perform a small test and then you will know.” Cheng Yang said, “Remember that after you become a Professional you must follow my orders without fail.”

“Mr. Cheng you can rest easy. So long as your orders do not violate basic human ethics I can follow any rules you set, I am not an ungrateful man. Also, from now on you don’t need to be so formal, just call be Old Lee, not Mr. Lee.”

Cheng Yang nodded, “Don’t worry Old Lee, I could not bring myself to do anything heinous, now, on to the test.”

Cheng Yang paid another ten Experience Fragments and a glowing sword appeared on Old Lee’s forehead.

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Doomsday Lord Ch. 7 | S-Rank Innate Abilities

Expanding outwards from the city center a dome of multi-color light began to enclose an area of two to three square kilometers in Cloud City.

People that saw the barrier being constructed fled from the approaching curtain of light lest they be trapped inside. Although they didn’t know what the dome was for no one wanted to take the risk of being inside when it closed. Those that weren’t fast enough were quickly enveloped making those ahead of them sprint even faster.

Those fleeing didn’t know if but in the center of the city four statues, each ten meters tall rose out of the ground. In addition to the statues a group of six ancient one room buildings were constructed. What purpose did these buildings serve? Cheng Yang knew but the people of Cloud City certainly didn’t.


At the same time Cheng Yang and the others were running towards Phoenix Village.

Lau Hui played basketball so running was draining but not a problem. The other two however were struggling greatly. Even so they had managed to make it 700 meters in the last four minutes which was already commendable.

Cheng Yang’s face crumpled, just now he had detected multiple energy fluctuations around them. This fluctuation could only mean one thing. Monsters had appeared.

Fifty meters ahead of the group a curtain of light shimmered and a large gray wolf with black fangs stepped out. It let out a wild howl before charging at Cheng Yang.

Lau Hui and the others jumped in shock. Where had such a ferocious carnivore jumped out from. Not to mention what a weird appearance and entrance.

“Magic Missile!” Cheng Yang thought. Mana was pulled out of his body and through his stave forming a ball of white. Cheng Yang gathered mana for two and a half seconds before shooting the ball of light towards the wolf like a bullet.

Cheng Yang struck the wolf dealing thirteen damage, severely injuring the monster’s head. The wolf was only a Low Grade Immature monster so Cheng Yang was able to suppress it.

Even after such severe injuries the wolf didn’t show even a hint of fear or a desire to flee. Monsters were vicious and would always fight to the death.

“That thing is still alive?” Lau Hui gasped. Even as a normal person he could tell that there was a strong power contained within Cheng Yang’s attack so he thought the wolf would be killed instantly.

Cheng Yang began charging another shot while explaining, “This is only the lowest level Venom-Fanged Gray Wolf. It has around thirty health whereas I only deal thirteen damage. Killing it with a single Magic Missile is impossible for me.” When he finished talking another bolt of light hit the monster.

The wolf’s fur splattered with blood and it’s charge was broken again.

After their initial shock the three bystanders were able to calm down. Even so how could they accept that such a monster existed in this world. What did Cheng Yang mean health? Level? Weren’t those words used in video games?

The wolf howled in pain as it desperately tried to close the distance to Cheng Yang. Without flinching Cheng Yang sent out a final Magic Missile which shot directly through the wolf.

The wolf fell to the ground and didn’t get back up. The fight had ended.

After it died the faint white lights flew out of the monster’s body and into Cheng Yang’s. These were Experience Fragments, pieces of condensed power that all magical creatures had.

Experience Fragments didn’t directly raise a person’s strength but they were incredibly valuable.

Firstly when using the Meditation skill if you had a large amount of Experience Fragments you could absorb a little bit of the energy vastly decreasing the time it takes to level up.

Secondly, you needed Experience Fragments in order to advance to level up with each subsequent level requiring an more. This also applied to leveling up skills.

Finally, Experience Fragments would become the only currency used after the apocalypse. This wasn’t just because humans could trade them among themselves but also because god would bless humanity with vendors that sold various equipment who only accepted Experience Fragments. Each major city would start with six: a blacksmith, a woodworker, a leather worker, an enchanter and an alchemist in addition to a general store.

Cheng Yang was pleased to see the number of Experience Fragments he had increase on his properties panel. The only downside was that his territory wouldn’t also gain Experience Fragments since he was more than a kilometer from the walls.

Although monsters had started to spawn Cheng Yang wasn’t concerned. Since the area was clear of monsters before there wouldn’t be any large groups right now. Cheng Yang was confident he could handle one or two monsters on his own.

As the group continued Cheng Yang also killed a fox-like monster with a razor-sharp tail. at this point Cheng Yang’s mana had been cut in half. Just to be safe he would need to meditate.

Mana passively recovered one point every minute but using the Low Grade Meditation skill increased that rate to thirty points per minute. Cheng Yang was able to recover his Mana in just thirty seconds since his Standard Grade Meditation skill was twice as good as the Low Grade one.

Once he was finished the group started moving again. The rest of their journey went smoothly since only a few monsters would spawn every hour and the group didn’t meet any problems until they were 800 meters from the village walls. They were ambushed by three monsters that attacked with sword like claws which Cheng Yang was still able to easily kill. Low Grade Immature monsters were helpless before Cheng Yang who was a level higher.

From afar they could see that the village walls were surrounded by monsters.

Cheng Yang hurried his group towards the north gate. When the doors finally shut behind him he let out a sigh of relief.

He hadn’t hesitated to go out and save Lau Hui but it was still very risky. Cheng Yang understood this new world quite well that it wasn’t uncommon to meet hordes of monsters and although he could outrun them, he would have had to leave Lau Hui to die.

Boss Lee ran over to Cheng Yang, “Mr. Cheng, soon after you left more than twenty wild beasts started to prowl outside the walls. They seem to want to break in what do we do? Also, can you explain more what becoming a Professional will do for use?”

Cheng Yang waved his hands, “After the apocalypse monsters will begin to spawn so you’ll need to work your ass off fighting if you want to live. Being a Professional will give you the chance to do so.”

“What now?” Boss Lee was at a loss. After Cheng Yang left the other had viewed him as the leader. All he could do however was try to keep everyone calm. Now that Cheng Yang was back he didn’t know what the next step was.

Boss Lee was a sensible man, knowing that Cheng Yang knew things others did not he stayed silent and waited for Cheng Yang to voice his opinion.

“The next step is to have everyone here perform a class change ceremony. Right now I don’t have enough Experience Fragments to let you all become Professionals so it may take a while.” Cheng Yang said.

While dictating his plan Cheng Yang went to the top of the wall to shoot the monsters below with Magic Missiles.

Every three attacks Cheng Yang killed a monster gaining a few Experience Fragments for himself and a few for Phoenix Village.

After killing seven monsters the number of Experience Fragments Cheng Yang had was 12 and the territory had 10.

When he reached the number needed for a single class change ceremony Cheng Yang jumped down from the wall. “Hiroko, come with me to perform a class change ceremony. Once you’re a Professional come up and help me kill monsters.”

“Huh? Why me?” Yu Kai asked, “Why not someone like Liu Hau who has played this kind of game before?”

“Liu Hau is more suitable to become a warrior and wouldn’t be able to safely attack the monsters. You’re a natural Ranger however and will be able to attack them from on the walls.”

Cheng Yang remembered that Yu Kai had a C-Rank innate ability that increased attack range by 20% and physical damage by 10%. A mediocre gift except that increased attack range was a rare attribute to have.

Yu Kai quickly went to the ranger statues and was covered in a curtain of multi-color light. When he emerged he had a bow in his hands an a quiver of arrows on his waist.

Using his privilege as the Lord, Cheng Yang used the Territory Altar system panel to view Yu Kai’s attributes.


Yu Kai
Phoenix Village Citizen
Class: Ranger
Level: Low Grade Apprentice (0%)

Age20Life Span110
Health25Mana25
Physical Attack6.5Magic Attack1
Physical Defense1Magic Defense1
Attack Speed1Movement Speed2

Innate Abilities

  • Receive 30% more stats in the Physical Attack attribute when you level up
  • Increase Attack Range by 30%
  • Movement speed is increased by 100%

Skill

  • Meditation (Low Grade): Meditate to absorb experience fragments and level up
  • Reinforced Arrow (Low Grade): Imbue your arrow with magic power increasing damage | Damage: 7.5 | Cost: 4 Mana | Cast Time: 3 sec | Proficiency: 0%

Equipment

  • Wooden Bow: Status symbol of the ranger | Damage: 6.5
  • Quiver: A magic bag that can hold 60 arrows | Spawns one arrow every minute

Cheng Yang was baffled when he saw Yu Kai’s innate ability. How did it increase to S-Rank? His innate ability had also grown but he could explain that through his reincarnation. What about Yu Kai though? Why did his grow?

After thinking for a bit Cheng Yang guess that the chances of getting a good Innate Ability decreased the later you became a Professional. It was a good hypothesis but he would need to test it.

Regardless of the cause Yu Kai’s S-Rank innate ability took a burden off of Cheng Yang’s heart. Among those of the same level those with worse innate abilities would find it very hard to defeat someone with a better one.

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Doomsday Lord Ch. 6 | Timely Rescue

Cheng Yang wasn’t surprised when he heard the gods’ declaration.

At this point he was looking curiously at the newly flattened summit. Nearly a square kilometer of trees had completely disappeared, not even leaving a hole where the roots would have been.

Just a little over a hundred meters away the Territory Altar and surrounding statues had been completely unearthed. Seeing that both the altar and statues were exactly the same as his memories Cheng Yang smiled.

“Come with me!” Cheng Yang shouted the moment the wind stopped blowing. Then Cheng Yang rushed towards his territory.

It wasn’t until Cheng Yang was only ten meters from the Territory Altar that Yu Kai and Liu Hau followed him.

Seeing that Cheng Yang appeared to know things they did now Boss Lee and his employees rushed to Cheng Yang’s locations.

Once Cheng Yang arrived at the altar he pulled up the system panel and chose to build the wall.

At that moment, several of the transport trucks by the river dissolved along with their cargo. As they did a wall appeared around the Territory Altar section by section quickly completing a loop. When the wall passed over the river it added a wooden grate underneath allowing the river to flow through the territory.

Seeing this the others were shocked, they had never seen something so fantastical before.

“Mr. Cheng, what the hell is going on?” Mr. Lee was older and more stable than the others so he was able to quickly ask Cheng Yang a question.

“Right now I’m short on time and can’t give you a thorough explanation.” Cheng Yang said, “For now lets just say that disaster affected the whole world and caused it to become a video game. These four statues allow you to perform a class change ceremony to become a Professional. When you pick a class you’ll become like a game character!”

These words shocked Boss Lee who was a veteran gamer. Boss Lee simply couldn’t believe Cheng Yang’s words, they were absurd!

He had seen how that wall was erected however, there was just no scientific explanation for it.

Although the earthquake earlier had shaken Boss Lee’s spirit he knew he needed to make a decision.

“Yoko, this means I can get a class right?” Liu Hau asked with excitement.

“Naturally,” Cheng Yang said pulling out his stave, “You will need to wait a bit though. The class change ceremony requires Experience Fragments so I can’t let you do it until I go out and save Ox.”

Boss Lee hesitated for a moment before stepping in front of Cheng Yang’s path, “Mr. Cheng,” He said respectfully, “Would it be possible to allow me and my employee’s to pick a class as well?” Boss Lee was smart and realized that this was a huge opportunity.

Cheng Yang smirked in his heart. As expected, he had found his first group of followers.

“I’ll allow it,” Cheng Yang announced to the anxious men, “but understand one thing. This is my territory. Those are my class change statues. If you want to use them you need to pledge your loyalty to me. I won’t ask anything terrible of you but my rules must be obeyed.”

Perhaps it was because of his calm attitude but there was something about Cheng Yang that made those present trust in him. Thus, when they heard this magical land belonged to Cheng Yang no one tried to bargain with him.

They didn’t know it yet but even if they tried to sneakily use the class change statues they wouldn’t be able to as they were under Cheng Yang’s direct control. This was a tool that allowed Lord’s to exert their power over others.

“Yoko, what should we do now? Should we follow you to rescue Ox?” Liu Hau said looking upset with the gradually darkening sky.

It wasn’t just Liu Hau, Yu Kai and the others were also distressed. The day’s events had greatly unsettled them especially after hearing Cheng Yang say that the event was global.

The world they knew was gone, so what would they do now?

“No.” Cheng Yang shot down his friend, “I’ve already become a Mage so I have the power to save Ox but until you get become a Professional you’ll only be a burden. In another seven or eight minutes monsters will start to appear and I need to get to Ox before they do. Otherwise he is as good as dead. He was close when the earthquake happened so I should be able to make it.”

Once he finished Cheng Yang didn’t wait for a reply before moving to leave the territory.

As Cheng Yang neared the northern gate he used his authority as the Lord to fling the doors open as he sprinted past. Once he left the gate automatically shut again. As the Lord of Phoenix Village Cheng Yang was in complete control of every building with his territory.

Cheng Yang followed the road praying that Lau Hui would be alright.

He ran four times as fast as a normal person. However, he was a Mage and thus couldn’t run for as long as Warriors or Rangers.

Cheng Yang was like a gale and in just five minutes he had traveled six kilometers. His speed had already blown away every previous record from before the apocalypse.

At this point he saw a group of three people next to an overturned taxi. One of those people was Lau Hui!

“Yoko! What are you doing here? Are you okay? Where were you during the earthquake?” Lau Hui shouted seeing Cheng Yang running towards him.

Change Yang didn’t answer. “If you don’t want to die Ox, quickly come with me. I don’t have time to explain but its dangerous out in the open.”

Cheng Yang grabbed Lau Hui’s hand and started to drag him away.

“Wait!” Lau Hui countered quickly, struggling to break Cheng Yang’s grip, “I can’t leave Pang Sun.”

Cheng Yang looked over at the other two people and saw a pretty girl about his age. Maybe this was Lau Hui’s girlfriend that Yu Kai mentioned.

“She can come but she needs to keep up.” Cheng Yang didn’t want to abandon someone special to his friend.

Seeing that his girlfriend was about to argue with Cheng Yang, Lau Hui said, “Let’s go with him Pang Sun, Cheng Yang wouldn’t lie about a matter than could bring me harm.”

For a while now Lau Hui had an ominous feeling that the earthquake hadn’t been so simple.

At this point Cheng Yang rushed towards Phoenix Village followed by Lau Hui and his girlfriend. Of course Cheng Yang had decreased his speed so that they could keep up.

The taxi driver hadn’t realized just how much the world had changed but hearing the urgency in Cheng Yang’s voice he couldn’t help but fear for his life.

People are social creatures and in the absence of security they follow the crowds. Seeing the everyone else start running the taxi driver followed after them. When he thought back on this decision later he would think it was very wise.


A chilly breeze whistled through the ruins of Cloud City.

The earthquake had stopped and the wind had vanished. Those that had survived the disaster had begun to search for their loved ones. There was a lot of tension after the announcement made by god. Since everyone had heard it no one was able to refute it.

Most people were able to realize this hadn’t been a normal earthquake.

Even so no one knew what to do next.

The voice had said it would give them a chance to evolve but what did that mean? Would they have to fight each other? If so that meant martial artists would be the most powerful in the world.

Since no one knew what the voice had meant they focused more on their future plans and finding others. Would the government be able to help them or were they on their own.

The government of Cloud City had already begun to act however without electronics their ability to gather people was limited. Luckily the paramilitary police were already assembled for a training drill that day. They started from the city center and moved outwards stabilizing the situation.

In addition the government sent people to explore Cloud City. Military personnel were quite paranoid and never would consider an event like this to be so simple. They had picked up on a crucial detail in gods announcement. Evolution meant killing!

What did they need to kill? What did evolution mean? Why evolve at all? The government desperately wanted the answers to these questions.

It wasn’t just the government that wanted this information. Ambitious groups around the world were searching for the key to evolution.

At this point those with even half a brain had realized that this was a global phenomena because there was no way to disable so many electronic devices that wasn’t at a cosmic scale.

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Doomsday Lord Ch. 5 | The Apocalypse

Cheng Yang left his friends and headed towards the truck at the front of the convoy as he had seen Boss Lee from the lumber mill in the passenger seat. It seemed that he really valued the deal and had made the trip himself.

When Boss Lee saw Cheng Yang approaching he jumped down from the truck and surveyed his surroundings. “Mr. Cheng what exactly are you planning to do with this wood? Build a house? The foundation isn’t even flat yet!”

Cheng Yang laughed, “Don’t worry, it will be flat in a few minutes.”

Boss Lee laughed as well. What a joke! Although Phoenix Slope wasn’t a cliff to level it enough for construction wouldn’t take just a day or two. You would need several weeks and lots of heavy equipment.

“Boss Lee don’t worry about the land and just unload the wood by the side of the road. After that is finished I’ll go back with you to finish the deal.” Cheng Yang explained.

Boss Lee looked at Cheng Yang and sighed, “All right, you’re the buyer so I’ll listen to you.”

Boss Lee turned around and ordered the twenty muscular workers he brought with him to start unloading the cargo. The diameter of each log was over half a meter wide and five meters long with a weight to match the size. This was exactly what Cheng Yang had wanted since the game system didn’t recognize wood much smaller than that as usable.

When Cheng Yang returned to his friends Yu Kai had a bitter smile on his face, “Yoko, please tell me you didn’t spend all our money on that wood.”

Cheng Yang gave him a wry smile, “I’m sorry but I spent the money you lent to buy this wood.”

That bitter smile of Yu Kai’s never left, “Yoko, if the apocalypse is coming shouldn’t you be buying food? Can you eat logs? Also, why bring us to the middle of nowhere? What was the point of that?”

“Don’t worry,” Cheng Yang replied calmly, “You’ll understand after the end of the world.”

Although he said that Cheng Yang had grown apprehensive over time.

If he was wrong and the apocalypse wasn’t going to happen… what then? Would he have to gather the rest of the money to pay Boss Lee? Or would he just take his wood back and keep the deposit? Either way he would have wasted all of his friends savings. These thoughts were a heavy weight on Cheng Yang’s shoulders.

However, if the apocalypse did come and he hadn’t prepared it would be a disaster for him and his friends. This was a matter of life and death. thinking this Cheng Yang threw away all of his worries.

When Cheng Yang glanced at his watch it was already 4:50 and Lau Hui hadn’t arrived yet.

Worried for his friend Cheng Yang called him to find out that Lau Hui had only been on the road for a little while now and had just gotten out of Cloud City. This situation really made Cheng Yang feel like yelling at his friend. Lau Hui really might die now!

Cheng Yang urged Lau Hui to tell the cab driver to speed as fast as possible to Phoenix Slope and that he must arrive by 5:00!

Cheng Yang’s heart felt heavy. If Lau Hui had just left the city getting to Phoenix Slope by 5:00 was basically impossible!

Cheng Yang only had a few seconds to make his decision.

“Koko, Hiroko,” Cheng Yang turned to his friends, “Whatever happens at five don’t panic. Stay in this area for as long as possible. I’ll tell the boss of the lumber mill the same thing so stay together.”

Cheng Yang ignored the questions his friends asked and darted towards the trucks. “Boss Lee, why don’t you let your workers sit down on the grass and rest awhile? When doing physical work taking a break is necessary to ensure accidents don’t happen. They have just taken a long drive so let them smoke a cigarette or two.” At that moment Cheng Yang took out his personal pack and handed it to Boss Lee, “Here, it’s on me.”

“Mr. Cheng!” Boss Lee exclaimed happily, “Well, since its early I won’t turn down your hospitality. Everyone, come on down and rest for a few minutes.”

Watching the burly men jump off of the trucks one by one a smile spread on Cheng Yang’s face. As long as they weren’t by the trucks those men should be able to survive the earthquake. If they did wouldn’t he be able to recruit them easily? Cheng Yang didn’t want to see one of his future subordinates get hurt.

4:57…

4:58…

4:59…

Time kept moving second by second. Lau Hui wasn’t going to make it.

Cheng Yang’s started to sweat. Yu Kai and Liu Hau also looked nervous but Boss Lee’s group was happily relaxing in the afternoon sun. Occasionally they would look over in confusion seeing the stiff expressions on Cheng Yang and his friend’s facing.

Suddenly a massive wind started to blow directly downwards causing the trees to creak. Normally wind didn’t blow downwards so everyone looked towards the sky to find the source. When they did they saw the originally blue sky turn grey, almost as if the entire world was being covered with a layer of wool.

“Wha-” Boss Lee tried to call out but stopped when he realized that the ground was shaking slightly and it was getting more violent by the second.

“It’s an earthquake!” One of the workers shouted causing the others to panic.

Cheng Yang stayed calm and murmured, “It’s finally here!”

Even though the world was ending a second time there was no hint of bitterness in Cheng Yang’s eyes.

“Yoko… this can’t be… is this what you told us about?” Liu Hau said voice trembling.

“This is just the beginning.” Cheng Yang calmly replied.

The earth shook increasingly violently but thankfully the trees on Phoenix Slope had deep roots preventing a rock slide. Even so several large branches were ripped off by the wind and thrown through the air.

“Everyone stay put!” Cheng Yang yelled seeing that Boss Lee’s workers were making for the trucks, “This clearing is safe but there’s no guarantee that you will live if you run off!” Although the it was hard to hear him over the howling of the wind Cheng Yang’s message still faintly reached the workers.

Cheng Yang was right, at the very least nothing would fall on them if they were on the hill.

Even after five minutes the ground continued to shake like a sieve making Cheng Yang and the others struggle to stay on their feet. Boss Lee and his people who hadn’t known anything beforehand were terrified by the earthquake that continued to increase in magnitude. This was a disaster! How many buildings would be destroyed in Cloud City? How many people would die?

To the west they could see a passenger plane get blown to the ground with the naked eye.

Cheng Yang knew that Cloud City would be in utter chaos right now. As powerful as humanity was they were helpless when faced with a natural disaster of this scale.

Millions of people would flood out of skyscrapers around the world. Too scared to take the elevators huge crowds would flood the tiny halls of emergency stairwells.

Skyscrapers wouldn’t collapse in this earthquake, at least not yet, giving the vast majority of those inside the chance to live. Perhaps this was a small act of mercy by the god behind all this.

The real danger of being in a skyscraper was the stampedes the earthquake caused. Nobody would ever know just how many perished in that way since there would be bigger problems soon.

Ten minutes later every skyscraper in the world would simultaneously collapse. The towering cities of humanity would be no more. The only thing left to mark their previous locations would be massive piles of rubble and the people living in them.

People would then stand in the streets and attempt to contact others on their phones only to find they were dead. What is this? They would wonder. How could an earthquake cause my phone to turn off? If it was just them it might be that the battery was dead but if it was everyone’s they would find it very strange.

The earthquake wouldn’t stop however and that mysterious wind would continue to blow.

As time passed every person, no matter how rich or powerful they were, would be filled with a feeling of helplessness. The only thing on their minds would be a desire to survive the disaster. Even then they would just think its a terrible earthquake.

The Cloud City government wouldn’t sit by and let the populace panic but with an ongoing earthquake what could they possibly do?


Cheng Yang’s friends were currently lying face down on the ground. It wasn’t that they wanted to be there but rather they had been thrown to the ground. Even if they were to stand back up again keeping their balance on the steep incline of Phoenix Slope was difficult. Even so they didn’t dare to stand on the road lest they be thrown into the river and drown.

“Look!” Boss Lee’s pointed towards the summit of Phoenix Slope, “What in the world is happening?!”

In front of everyone’s eyes the entirety of Phoenix Slope was sinking into the ground like a man in quicksand.

Aside from Cheng Yang everyone present panicked. “Are we going to be sucked into the ground?” Yu Kai asked with a pale face, “Yoko, I think we should run…”

Cheng Yang shook his head firmly, “This is our chance, we can’t leave! Also, I can absolutely assure we wont be trapped in the ground!”

Cheng Yang’s friends trusted his words but how could the workers who didn’t know him do the same. Several of them got up and ran as best they could towards the road.

“Come back here!” Boss Lee who had managed to calm himself down shouted towards the fleeing men. Sadly his voice wasn’t strong enough to be heard above the wind.

While the group of workers was cowering on the road the ground underneath one of the trucks gave out causing it to flip over. The unsecured logs poured out of the truck towards the workers. Although everyone tried to run, two of them didn’t make it and were crushed. They didn’t get back up.

Fear spread like a plague among the remaining workers after the sudden deaths.

Ten minutes later the previously hundreds meter high hill was flat ground. Even Cheng Yang who knew it would happen was in awe, he didn’t realize how imposing the scene would be in person.

After half an hour the ground finally stopped shaking. Just when the people of the world thought the tragedy was over a voice rang our in their heads, a voice even the deaf could hear.

“Lowly vermin of earth!” The voice boomed, “Your lethargy has angered the gods! The universe is supposed to evolve through constant fighting! Although they are angry, through their infinite mercy they have granted you the perfect environment to evolve.”

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Doomsday Lord Ch. 4 | Final Preparations

Yu Kai glanced nervously at the others in the room before helplessly nodding his head.

Even though they had only known each other for less than a year Cheng Yang’s friends understood him very well. He was a stubborn person and if he set his mind to something no one would be able to change his decision.

Yu Kai immediately took out a debit card and said, “Yoko, there should be over ten thousand dollars on this card. It’s the money I’ve saved up since I was a boy so try to leave me a little.”

None of Yu Kai’s friends were surprised he had so much money since it was well-known in the dorm that his parents were nouveau rich. Cheng Yang’s other two friends didn’t have much money and their combined savings only amounted to one thousand dollars.

Cheng Yang grabbed their money and left the dorm room.

“Koko, Hiroko, do you think we should go poke around?”Ox asked with a bitter smile.

“Forget it.” Yu Kai said, “Yoko is a reliable person, we should trust him.”


Cheng Yang walked out of the school and took a taxi directly to the suburbs.

With the driver’s recommendation he was able to find a lumber mill and negotiate a purchase of 300 cubic meters of timber from the boss. During the apocalypse a cubic meter of wood was considered one unit.

The money Cheng Yang had was only enough to pay for a third of the wood and promised to pay the rest upon delivery. Even though he didn’t have the money, Cheng Yang wasn’t worried since his debts would be cleared by the apocalypse. He directly handed the boss of the lumber mill his almost twelve thousand dollars as a down payment and requested for the wood to be delivered to Phoenix Slope before 5:00 the next day.

Since Cheng Yang had ordered such a large amount the boss didn’t care too much about the strict delivery requirements especially with such a large down payment.

When Cheng Yang concluded the deal he checked the time. It was currently 1:00 in the afternoon and not a soul in the world had noticed that the apocalypse was drawing ever closer. Not even Cheng Yang would be able to tell that the world was about to end if not for the memories from his previous life.


That night when Liu Hau and the others were asleep Cheng Yang began training.

Cheng Yang had done this for over a year in his past life so naturally he was familiar with the method. It was actually quite simple, you only needed to use the Meditation skill.

No matter their class, a person would receive the Meditation skill. The skill could only be used for four hours a day however, this was an iron rule of god that no one could violate.

After a night of practice Cheng Yang was less than 1% closer to becoming a High-Grade Apprentice level. The meditation skill was very inefficient without Experience Fragments and it would take him 100 days to reach the High-Grade level at this rate.

That night was the best night of sleep he had gotten in a year.


The next day Cheng Yang arrived at Phoenix Slope and although he had hidden the statues perfectly he was still worried that someone had discovered them. If it was just the tip of the Territory Altar no one question it but four obvious human heads would attract a lot of attention. What if someone thought it was an ancient artifact and attracted a huge crowd of people who wanted to see them.

When Cheng Yang arrived at the summit it was the same as yesterday. Nothing had changed allowing him to put his mind at ease.

Cheng Yang calculated that there were still seven hours until the apocalypse so he decided to try and find the precious object he gave up on yesterday.

He was searching for a portal that led to a different world. Using game terms it was an instance dungeon.

Cheng Yang quickly went to the stopping point of his search yesterday and on the way noticed a strange stone. It wasn’t a strange rock but Cheng Yang was able to detect something since he was a Mage. There were faint magical undulations surrounding the stone.

What was this thing? Cheng Yang didn’t know as he hadn’t seen a similar object in his past life. Even so, he could still tell it was an important object.

Since it would likely bring him benefits Cheng Yang didn’t hesitate to claim the stone. It was a disk a quarter meter in length and barely 9 kilograms. Since the Physical Attack attribute also increased a person’s strength Cheng Yang was able to easily carry it.

Cheng Yang had carried the stone disk with him on the rest of his search before returning to Phoenix Village. Although he didn’t find the Instance Dungeon he had gained something at least.

Cheng Yang made a trip to Cloud City at noon to stock up on food. He bought large bags of crackers and high energy snacks like chocolate.

He got back at 3:00 and called Yu Kai telling him to bring Liu Hau and Lau Hui to Phoenix Slope in his car.

Cheng Yang’s friends weren’t natives of Cloud City and didn’t know how to get to Phoenix Slope. but with help from Cheng Yang’s directions they were able to find it. Although they came they didn’t know why Cheng Yang would call they outside the city.

Cheng Yang didn’t give them an explanation over the phone and simply said that they would find out when they arrived.

Now all Cheng Yang had to do was wait. Although there was only an hour left Cheng Yang enjoyed every second since he didn’t know when he would have the chance to just sit like this without worrying about danger again.

As the final hour before the apocalypse started Yu Kai’s car pulled over to the side of the road. When the car came to a stop Liu Hau jumped out of the car and ran over to Cheng Yang.

“Yoko, what the hell are you doing? What are you doing all the way out here?” Liu Hau sat down next to Cheng Yang who was watching the river. “You don’t want to jump into the river do you?” He asked in shock.

Cheng Yang rolled his eyes, “Do I look suicidal? Why would I drive four to five kilometers to find a river to jump into? It’s not like there isn’t a river downtown.”

“That’s fair.” Liu Hau conceded, “But why are you acting like this?”

“Don’t worry about that, by the way where’s Ox wasn’t he with you?” Cheng Yang asked.

“Ehehe, looks like that scoundrel has been hooking up with a pretty girl these days.” Yu Kai laughed, “They were on a shopping date when I called him earlier. He said he’d come over once they were finished but that it would take a while, maybe thirty more minutes or so?”

Cheng Yang doubled checked the time. Half an hour should be okay but it would be cutting it close. In order to avoid a tragedy Cheng Yang still texted Lau Hiu telling him to arrive at Phoenix Slope by 4:50 at the latest.

Lau Hui texted back confused but Cheng Yang didn’t want to tell him about the apocalypse over the phone.

Then Cheng Yang said, “Koko, do you remember the question I asked you yesterday in class?”

“You said a lot to me yesterday, what was the question?”

“I asked you what you thought would happen if the world became a video game.”

“Yeah, yeah, I remember now.” Liu Hau said with absolute certainty, “I don’t think that’s what all this is about though you rascal.”

“Your right, it’s not about me, it’s about what’s going to happen. In a little under an hour our world is going to change dramatically and a massive earthquake is going to sweep the globe. When it does the world will become like a video game and all of humanity will have to play it or die.”

A few seconds after Cheng Yang finished his speech Yu Kai silently squatted down and put his hand on Cheng Yang’s forehead. “Huh, you don’t have a fever so why are you saying that crap?”

Cheng Yang swatted Yu Kai’s hand away, “You don’t believe me? That’s okay, you don’t have to cause the apocalypse will come in an hour either way. The only reason I told you this was so you could give your families a chance to get somewhere safe before it happens.”

The fact that Cheng Yang had said all this with a calm expression made his friends tremble. Perhaps Cheng Yang was serious?

“Yoko you can’t be telling the truth? Really, how could that happen?” Liu Hau refused to accept the apocalypse would happen.

“I’ve said what I needed to say. If you wont believe me I don’t blame you, I would act the same way in your place.” Cheng Yang said, “As for informing your families, that’s for you guys to decide. I just hope you don’t regret your decision.”

Yu Kai looked at the doubtful Liu Hau then to Cheng Yang who was engrossed in the scenery. Since when did Cheng Yang enjoy looking at nature?

“Or… lets believe him for now.” Yu Kai said, “If the world doesn’t end we wasted an hour of our families time, but if its true…” Yu Kai shuddered. Yu Kai hadn’t said anything but Liu Hau understood the implications perfectly.

Liu Hau was hesitant to believe his friend but Yu Kai’s idea was reasonable. In the end he decided to call his family.

“Tell them to stay close to the city center and find a park to hide in. If we manage to visit their city, we’ll find them.” Cheng Yang promised.

Relieved that they had taken his advice Cheng Yang took out his phone to call the few family members he had left. After convincing their families they hung up one after the other.

“Yoko, I staked my character on this. If you lied to us my dad is going to laugh about this for the rest of my life.” Liu Hau said trying to lighten the atmosphere.

Yu Kai looked towards the sky, “I really hope you lied to us Yoko.”

“Why are you worrying so much?” Liu Hau asked, “There’s only twenty minutes left. If Yoko is lying or not… well just have to wait and see.”

When facing the end of the world, in addition to panic these young men felt a little bit of hope that it wouldn’t happen.

Of course, they still didn’t truly believe Cheng Yang’s words, for now however, they were willing to wait and see.

Ten minutes later a caravan of twenty trucks drove down the road headed from Cloud City stopping at the foot of Phoenix Slope.

Cheng Yang checked the time, 4:45. That lumber mill boss sure was punctual.

“You guys stay here, I ordered some lumber so I need to go pick it up.” Cheng Yang whispered to his friends

Yu Kai suddenly understood why Cheng Yang had borrowed so much money. There was enough wood to build several houses on those trucks and even if it was the worst quality wood the price would still be at least thirty thousand dollars. At that moment Yu Kai believed Cheng Yang. He knew his friend very well and as long as he hadn’t gone insane he wouldn’t dare to put so much money into a joke and right now Cheng Yang’s eyes were very clear.

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Doomsday Lord Ch. 3 | Rapid Level Up

Cheng Yang pushed those thoughts out of his mind. What didn’t happen doesn’t matter. He was the Lord of Phoenix Village now, and he would be able to view the Territory Altar system panel.

He went to the altar and was able to open the system panel as expected.


Phoenix Village
Level: Low-Grade Village
Experience Fragments: 0

Owned Buildings

  • Warrior Statue (Low-Grade): Produces Warriors (0/20)
  • Mage Statue (Low-Grade): Produces Mages (1/20)
  • Ranger Statue (Low-Grade): Produces Rangers (0/20)
  • Summoner Statue (Low-Grade): Produces Summoners (0/20)

Available Buildings

  • Ringed Wall (Low-Grade): Build a circular wall with a radius of 650 meters around the Territory Altar | Durability: 1300 per meter | Damage Reduction: 6.5 | Cost: 100 units of wood
  • Meditation Hall (Low-Grade): When inside, it improves the efficiency of the meditation skill by 13% | Occupancy: 6 | Durability: 650 | Damage Reduction: 3.9 | Cost: 10 units of wood

Attributes

  • Lord’s Innate Ability: All building attributes increased by 30%
  • Fast Soldiers: Grants 100% increase in movement speed as an Innate Ability

Upgrade Conditions

  • 100 soldiers
  • Raise the level of all four class change statues to Standard Grade
  • 1000 Experience Fragments

The village system panel was pretty basic since there were very few buildings you could construct in the beginning.

The class change statues came with the village, which only left the walls and meditation halls to build. The importance of each building was obvious, so they needed to be constructed as soon as possible!

The Territory’s Experience Fragments were even more important since they were used to upgrade the class change statues and village level. In fact, you needed to use Experience Fragments just to perform the class change ceremony! Luckily, these Experience Fragments didn’t need to come from the territory but could be taken from the person performing the ceremony.

This rule was the same in the safe zones. Only Lords could become a Professional without spending Experience Fragments. Everyone else could only borrow Experience Fragments from a Lord or god. The class change ceremony cost 10 Experience Fragments, which would automatically be deducted after the ceremony starts. If you borrowed Experience Fragments to pay for the ceremony, the total cost could easily exceed twice the initial cost if you took too long to pay it back.

Lords had a lot of autonomy in this regard. They could lend out the Experience Fragments they wanted to, set the rates of interest, and if the loan needed to be paid back at all.

There were two ways for the Territory Altar to gain Experience Fragments. The first way was to ask for donations from the citizens, but this option wasn’t available until the village was upgraded to Standard Grade. The other way is that when citizens killed monsters within one kilometer of the village walls, the Territory Altar would gain several experience Fragments equal to the amount gained by the citizen.

The Innate Ability of Phoenix Village seemed fairly simple, but Cheng Yang knew that this wasn’t the case. Phoenix Village was only at the Low-Grade right now but if he continued to upgrade it the Innate Ability it granted would grow as well!

Aside from the properties panel, there were two other system panels for the Territory Altar. One was the citizen panel which tracked those who had done their class change ceremony in the village. Right now there was only his name on the panel followed by the title Lord. On this page, you could assign citizens to be managers and grant privileges.

The final panel contained the exclusive ability of Lords, Divine Grace.

The ability sounded very imposing, but its effects unmistakably lived up to the name. It allowed the Lord of a village to directly level up each time the village leveled up. Since the village had just been constructed, Cheng Yang could only use Divine Grace once.

There was a restriction on the usage of Divine Grace, however. The usage of Divine Grace granted by a Low-Grade village would only be effective when the Lord’s strength was below Pinnacle-Grade Apprentice.

Without any hesitation, Cheng Yang immediately activated Divine Grace choosing immediate benefits in preparation for the apocalypse.

At that moment, mysterious energy escaped from the Territory Altar and burst into his body.

After multiple messages flashed in front of his eyes, Cheng Yang felt filled with power.


Cheng Yang
Phoenix Village Lord
Class: Mage
Level: Standard Grade Apprentice (0%)

Age19Life Span150
Health40Mana60
Physical Attack2Magic Attack13
Physical Defense2Magic Defense2
Attack Speed2Movement Speed4

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 (Standard 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: 13 | Cost: 5 MP | Cast Time: 2.9 sec | Proficiency: 0%

Equipment

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

Cheng Yang’s attributes had doubled, showing definite growth. In his previous life, it had taken him two months to reach this point after becoming a Professional.

Under normal circumstances, it’s exceedingly difficult to fight someone of a higher level. To do so at lower levels is even more absurd. When the army took Phoenix Village in Cheng Yang’s first life, the reason they paid such a high price was exactly this difference between levels. At the time, most of humanity was still at Low-Grade with a few at Standard Grade while their opponents were a Pinnacle Grade Immature monster which were at the peak of the first stage of evolution.

Cheng Yang, however, had achieved the same rank as those elite fighters after less than a single day. As they say, as long as you keep walking when you are one step ahead, then the gap between you and your opponents will inevitably widen.

It was just about noon when Cheng Yang finished planning his future moves.

He now had two choices: go back to Cloud City to buy wood or wait until after the apocalypse and gather it on his own. The latter would certainly take longer but getting wood wasn’t an urgent issue because as long as Cheng Yang was alive, he could always gather more.

The other item on his agenda would be to look around for the precious object in his memory that would be beneficial to his development.

Not to mention the other benefits it offers just by finding it. It would allow Liu Hau and his other two buddies to perform class change ceremonies.

Cheng Yang was able to become a Professional by relying on his position as the Lord, but his buddies could not. He wanted to allow a few people to become Professionals, so it was necessary to gather some Experience Fragments.

Regarding the precious object, Cheng Yang wasn’t confident in finding it. He wasn’t even sure if it would appear before the apocalypse and even if he found it now, locating it again would be difficult. This was because the earthquake that signaled the apocalypse would make much of the terrain unrecognizable. He was able to find the Territory Altar only because he was able to rely on the rumors from his last life and his luck.

After a long while, Cheng Yang decided to try his luck once more.

After walking in the direction from his memories for two or three kilometers, he still hadn’t found anything and had to turn back. It seemed his luck had all been used in finding the Territory Altar.

Cheng Yang decided to return home until he bought wood. He then gathered dead leaves and twigs to cover up the statue heads, made sure the Territory Altar was alright, and then went down the hill.

On his way down, Cheng Yang considered announcing that the world would end. Eventually, he gave up on the idea. Even if he did tell everyone, no one would believe just words, and he might even be charged with inciting lawless action. He considered displaying his powers as a Mage, but that could turn out disastrously for him.

He decided not to release the information and instead work to save those he wished to protect. As for the others? They would have to rely on their luck.

Cheng Yang’s parents were already dead, so he didn’t need to worry about them. The only other people he cared about were his three friends from university. Although he had only known them for a year before the apocalypse, they were all good and trustworthy friends.

The one thing that didn’t change during the apocalypse was that it is impossible to succeed alone. To fulfill his plans, Cheng Yang would need helpers. If possible, he would get tens of thousands of people to work under him. However, Cheng Yang knew his limits, he had no such following right now.

So he decided to save his precious friends and help himself in the process.

Cheng Yang had made this vow to himself after a long period of thought.


When he returned to the dormitory, Cheng Yang happened to run into Liu Hau on his way back from the basketball game. The two talked on the way back to their room.

Cheng Yang’s other two friends Lau Hui and Yu Kai were in a different year and were playing computer games when he returned.

“Koko, Ox, Hiroko, how much money do you have?” Cheng Yang walked in and directly asked.

All three of them, including Liu Hau, were stunned. “Yoko, what’s wrong?” Liu Hau asked, “You seemed like something was on your mind in the classroom, but I didn’t force the issue. Why don’t you tell us what’s wrong?”

Lau Hui and Yu Kai stopped playing games to look at Cheng Yang with concern.

Cheng Yang said calmly, “I can’t tell you what’s wrong, but I need money. As much as possible and I was hoping you’d lend it to me.”

“Of course you can have the money,” Yu Kai said sincerely, “Please tell us what happened though. Your worries are our worries.”

Cheng Yang said, “I really can’t tell you, but you’ll find out what tomorrow afternoon. You can wait that long right?”

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