Dominion’s End V6C1: On the Eve of War

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Dominion’s End Volume 6: The Unknown Elite

Original novel in Chinese by: 御我 (Yu Wo)


Chapter 1: On the Eve of War—translated by Simone & lucathia (proofread by Minthe & Trespasserby; C/E edited by lucathia & Simone)

“Stop.”

I was the first to stop my motorcycle, indicating for the other two to stop as well. Yunqian was driving a cool, black motorcycle, while Xiao Sha’s was a cream-colored scooter. We hadn’t been able to find a lot of motorcycles with fuel left. The two had held a game of rock-paper-scissors, resulting in a crushing defeat for Xiao Sha.

Shujun sat behind me and craned her neck to ask curiously, “Èrgē, what’s wrong?”

“There might be some of those Shangguan troops ahead.”

I faintly sensed danger. It wasn’t piercing, the kind that was alarming enough to make you want to run and escape. It couldn’t be some dangerous aberrant. This path had been used for many of the Zhanjiang Garrison’s comings and goings, so it had been swept clean. Nothing left should register as a threat to me, which made it very likely to be the Shangguans’ army.

“We’re not far from the base.”

I could see from Yunqian’s expression that she was also concentrating.

I looked at Xiao Sha and asked, “You’re an expert at investigating. It shouldn’t be a problem to get close to those troops and have a look at the enemy’s situation, right?”

“No problem, I’ll go.”

Without hesitation, Xiao Sha abandoned the delicate, cream-colored scooter.

I blocked him and demanded, “Take me with you.”

Xiao Sha frowned. “You don’t have the relevant training. Our opponents are professional soldiers. There’s a very high chance they’ll discover us.”

“That’s why I’ll rely on you!” I confidently said, “I need to see if there are any people with powerful abilities, so I have to go.”

In any case, I’ve been able to stay hidden for ten years during the apocalypse. I might not be a master of stealth, but my hiding skills should count for something!

Xiao Sha still shook his head and said, “If we’re discovered, we won’t be able to escape. Their numbers are too high, and they’re armed.”

I laughed and said with even more confidence, “It might be difficult to defeat them, but escaping is definitely not a problem.”

Hearing this, Xiao Sha gave in.

“Èrgē, be careful.”

Shujun pulled on my sleeve and warned, “You’re not allowed to get injured again.”

I petted her head and said, “Don’t worry, I’m not planning on doing anything. We’ll leave after we’ve had a look.”

I did my best to ignore the suspicious look in Mèimei’s eyes, and said to Yunqian, “Hide somewhere with Shujun to wait for Xiao Sha and me to return. No matter what you notice approaching you while you wait, run immediately! If you’re really not able to escape, shoot some lightning into the sky and think of a way to stall for time. I’ll be coming as fast as I can.”

Pouting, Xiaomèi muttered, “I can also fight. I helped Dàgē a lot before.”

If she only needed to stand there and release lightning, while many powerful protectors stood in front of her, Shujun’s powers were definitely formidable, but if she had to confront armed and specialized combat professionals with only Yunqian beside her, that was a completely different matter!

“Listen to Èrgē.”

I briefly explained, “They have a lot of weapons. You have no way of dealing with them for now.”

Shujun nodded, looking scared as soon as I mentioned weapons.

Yunqian patted her own chest and pledged, “Don’t worry. I’ll hide well with Shujun. No one will notice us.”

Xiao Sha added, “Yunqian is a sniper. There’s no one better at finding a hideout than she is.”

Hearing these words, I could finally feel assured. It was great to have professional teammates. Even during the apocalypse, I could go outside with my treasured mèimei without the need to worry there’d be no one to protect her.

Time was running out, and I didn’t want to delay us any longer. After shouting “Let’s go!”, I led Xiao Sha in the direction of the place I had sensed something.

On the way, Xiao Sha couldn’t help but ask in a low voice, “I didn’t expect it to be this far. How do you know where the army is?”

Continued

Dominion’s End V6Prologue: Murder Your Way Forward

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Dominion’s End Volume 6: The Unknown Elite

Original novel in Chinese by: 御我 (Yu Wo)


Prologue: Murder your way forward—translated by Simone (proofread by Arcedemius & Trespasserby; C/E edited by lucathia)

Just as night fell, a white fog spread. Visibility was less than three meters, but fortunately the ground was a smooth asphalt road. Otherwise these conditions would cause most people difficulty even with walking.

Footsteps could be heard not far away.

I hid in the grass beside the road without a sound. Although the trees on both sides of the road were scarce, after the end of the world, plants grew wildly, and weeds like this were found everywhere. Although they did not grow into a vast grassland, they turned the whole world into a ruin overgrown with weeds. With such bad visibility, spotting anyone in the underbrush was not easy at all.

However, even though my movements were absolutely silent, I still attracted the attention of my opponents. They were a total of five people in black camouflage clothes, armed to the teeth. They held guns and carried at least two or three pockets worth of ammunition.

Suddenly, one of them halted and turned his head to look in my direction. I bided my time, not worried in the least.

“What?” the person next to him asked. “What is it?”

The man frowned and said, “Just thought something moved over there. You didn’t sense anything?”

The other four shook their heads.

“It’s not that I don’t sense anything. There’s just too much going on,” one of them admitted. “I can sense something fishy in all directions.”

Continued

Dominion’s End V5Epilogue: Afterword

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Dominion’s End Volume 5: Zhanjiang Garrison

Original novel in Chinese by: 御我 (Yu Wo)


Afterword—translated by Simone (proofread by Arcedemius; C/E edited by lucathia)

The Dominion’s End series has been one of the greatest challenges in my writing career, probably because of the broad setting and the large number of characters. I have to keep close track of all the powers, characters, relationships, and the developments of each of those. On top of that, I have to make the whole situation clear to all readers within the constraints of first-person narration. This is really a big challenge.

The way the characters influence each other is another challenge.

The rebirth of Jiang Shuyu is completely like the idiom, “pull one hair and move the entire body,” or like the Western expression of the butterfly effect. The changes he made to the situation are so great that even Jiang Shuyu himself cannot fully comprehend them. He can guess he changed the fate of the Jiang family, the fate of the Jiang Dominion, but he couldn’t have guessed he would influence even the Jin family.

Continued

Dominion’s End V5Extra2: One Day in the Apocalypse

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Dominion’s End Volume 5: Zhanjiang Garrison

Original novel in Chinese by: 御我 (Yu Wo)


Extra 2: One Day in the Apocalypse—translated by Simone (proofread by Arcedemius; C/E edited by lucathia)

Vice-Captain of the Ice Spears and Jiang Dominion’s secret big boss gives an announcement on the day of the typhoon:

“Hello, members of the JDT. The typhoon has arrived, meaning there’ll be heavy wind and rain, and many aberrants will be blown into the sky. Please watch out for any falling objects that can bite people.

“Metal and earth users, please report to Lily. The base’s signboards need to be fixed, and we must be on our guard for mudslides on the rear hillside.

“Those with thunder and lightning powers, please stay inside and do your chores. Don’t go out, to avoid accidental electrical discharges that might harm others.

“Those with wind powers, don’t mess around. Gusts are already at level 17. Please don’t take advantage of them to practice your powers. If the gusts become greater than 18, I will soak you in the rain and let the thunder and lightning troops practice their abilities. Yes, I’m talking to you, Xiao Sha!

“Dàgē, please take advantage of the weather to rest for a while. Just stand on the balcony, with your jacket rippling in the wind, your expression that of someone who is sure of victory, master of his own fate, and you’ll ease the people’s minds and attract some more talented people.

“Ordinary members must keep in mind the black uniform of the Jiang Dominion with silver trim and a patch of blue. If you are blown away by the wind, please find a patrolman wearing the uniform to help you. If you ask the wrong person for aid, you may either be taken and experimented on, used as cannon fodder, or eaten, and the result will be unimaginable.

“Black with silver trim and a patch of blue. Remember the uniform to save your life. The JDT cares about your safety.”

──One Day in the Apocalypse • End──

Dominion’s End V5Extra1: Lonely Thunder

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Dominion’s End Volume 5: Zhanjiang Garrison

Original novel in Chinese by: 御我 (Yu Wo)


Extra 1: Lonely Thunder—translated by Simone (proofread by Arcedemius; C/E edited by lucathia)

Jin Zhan was sitting in a large black office chair, listening to his underlings report on Debert. That man known as the Flame King had sent a message, hoping to discuss combining their strengths to reclaim human territories.

Reclaim? A smile almost tugged at his lips, which might have been his first smile in years.

“That’s enough.” His interest had gradually died down.

“Jin-gē, maybe we really could cooperate?” his underlings said carefully. “There are too many aberrants and they are too strong. I heard that the Aberrant King in Lan City kills people on sight. Maybe one day it’ll come after us.”

“Where would we start this ‘reclaiming’? From Debert’s side? Do you want me to leave this place? Or let’s say we start from our location. Do you believe Debert would come here?”

Seeing the embarrassed faces of his underlings, Jin Zhan felt regret over the loss of his truly capable generals, the twin brothers Lü. They had always done well. The elder brother was courageous, the younger brother wise. One would craft the plan and the other would carry it out, without much need of Jin Zhan’s orders, even coming up with more and better plans than he could.

Even Feng’s underling Scar would be better than this useless lot in front of him. What a pity…

Continued