Dominion’s End V3C5: Those Numbers

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Dominion’s End Volume 3: Ice-Bound Splendor and Majesty

Original novel in Chinese by: 御 我 (Yu Wo)


Chapter 5: Those Numbers—translated by Elkin (proofread by EvlNabiki; C/E edited by lucathia)

“A-are you two crazy or something? What the hell are you talking about?”

Blackie was so shaken that he could barely stammer out his words, and he stared at Jiang Xiaotian like he was staring at an aberrant.

Pissed off by his expression, I said in icy tones, “The world’s gone crazy anyway, so two more crazies don’t make much difference. Off you go. You should count yourselves lucky—not only will I actually do something to help you guys, I’ll even take on the boss of the experiments. You guys only have to take care of his subordinates. Lucky you!”

Blackie’s face didn’t look like he felt lucky at all. Come to think about it, he’s right. Maybe this entire troop is part of the Jiang family as well, with such misfortune that they have to confront the future elite of the aberrants?

As I continued down the corridor, I compressed a few layers of ice onto a dagger. Although the ice layers were very thin, the dagger given by Jin Feng was way better than those we’d picked up randomly at a weapons store. It seemed decently durable, and in any case, a dagger wasn’t a blunt instrument and I wasn’t stronger than an aberrant. Ultimately, my fighting style was to focus on attacking weaknesses.

Jiang Xiaotian quickly scanned the monitors above all the glass cylinders.

“Let’s see which subordinates came from here as well… Ah, ‘Asura,’ Thirteen’s most trusted war general. So he started following him from here. Hmph! This time, I’ll make Thirteen have a taste of what it’s like, having one of your own men made into a pet!”

Dàgē, I have exactly zero interest in taking an aberrant in as a pet. You’re on your own if you get him!

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Dominion’s End V3C4: The Laboratory, Part Two

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Dominion’s End Volume 3: Ice-Bound Splendor and Majesty

Original novel in Chinese by: 御 我 (Yu Wo)


Chapter 4: The Laboratory, Part Two—translated by Elkin (proofread by Arcedemius & EvlNabiki; C/E edited by lucathia)

However, I just stayed right where I was and said, “That sounds like a trap. When you guys saw that monster just now, you fired off so many rounds and still weren’t able to take it down. So what are those few shots gonna achieve? I can’t think of any reason for doing that other than to bait us over there.”

When he heard that, the second lieutenant’s face darkened and he asked, “Then what now?”

How should I know?! Guan Weijun had at most snuck into a marketplace or a warehouse. She’d never broken into somewhere as high security as this place. This was a freaking secret laboratory full of aberrant experiments. If this had happened in my previous life, I’d have rather put a bullet in my own head than to come to a place like this. There were a million ways to die here.

I looked down at Jiang Xiaotian. The Ice Emperor was definitely the person with the most experience in breaking into places like this.

Jiang Xiaotian chuckled. “I wanted to see how far you could get. Are you throwing in the towel so quickly?”

“I’m still new at this.” I didn’t mind asking him. There was nothing shameful about asking the Ice Emperor for help. In my previous life, forget about hugging the Ice Emperor’s leg to beg for help, I had never seen hide nor hair of him except from afar, so since I had the opportunity to hug the entire person, I had to make the most of it.

“Judging from the situation, the computer system isn’t completely down. Send most of the troop ahead to scout, while we sneak into the control center. From there, we should have access to most of the security feeds in the lab.”

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Dominion’s End V3C4: The Laboratory, Part One

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Dominion’s End Volume 3: Ice-Bound Splendor and Majesty

Original novel in Chinese by: 御 我 (Yu Wo)


Chapter 4: The Laboratory, Part One—translated by Elkin (proofread by Arcedemius; C/E edited by lucathia)

As the door opened, the soft metallic sounds of guns being gripped tightly surrounded me. It was dim outside the elevator, and the lights above flashed erratically. The damage here was not as bad as in the room above us. The explosion we had heard just now was probably some distance from here, but that was a good thing; otherwise, the elevator might have stopped working.

The scouts split into two parties as they scanned the surroundings. When they were certain that it was safe, they signaled “clear” to the back, and only then did the group follow them.

I was at the center of the group. Judging from the surroundings, this was a huge hall. This was a bad sign. If just the hall was this size, then this whole place must be enormous. Not only did this mean that we would have to expend more effort in our search, there were probably more experiments than we’d originally thought.

After checking out the hall without any incident, the soldiers started allocating tasks. Some were put on guard duty, and someone was sent to find the main switch. Blackie was even sent to take a look at the computers to try and repair them and see if they had any useful information.

“So? Can you pull up a map of this place?” the second lieutenant asked anxiously.

“Give me a minute. It takes time.”

Blackie didn’t even bother turning his head and focused his attention on the monitor. The monitor was huge, like a large TV screen.

I was standing to one side, a bit curious. I didn’t expect Blackie to be in charge of this.

The second lieutenant growled in frustration, “Goddammit, why the hell is it so quiet here? How the hell are we supposed to find them?”

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Dominion’s End V3C3: MORC

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Dominion’s End Volume 3: Ice-Bound Splendor and Majesty

Original novel in Chinese by: 御 我 (Yu Wo)


Chapter 3: MORC—translated by Elkin (proofread by EvlNabiki & Arcedemius; C/E edited by lucathia)

 

Shuyu, I don’t know where you are. We’ve searched everywhere, but we couldn’t find anything to go on…

Of course, it’d be weird if people chasing a person who had been snatched away by a bird had something to go on. The snatched person might have been splattered into goo in a fall or eaten clean by the aberrant—so you’d have to travel from the lands of the living to the dead to find that person!

I hope that the fact that the guard tower has become a refugee site wouldn’t create too many variables.

There’s something fishy going on here. Every time people are let into the military zone, some number will disappear. But whoever is doing this is being very subtle. Given the state of the world and the harsh reality that no one looks out for others anymore, if not for the fact that we were thoroughly investigating the place to look for you, we probably wouldn’t have noticed the disappearances either.

If you are here, you must be careful. Leave ASAP and find us. We will now head eastwards toward Old Town, which is next to “Lan City.” There’s a famous clock tower there, and unless we find some hard evidence on the way or if something goes wrong, it will be the base for our search for you for some time. We will change our scouting pattern to expand radially outward from that spot.

Shuyu, come back as fast as you can. Recently, Shujun refuses to stop practicing her special abilities and has fainted a few times. She keeps blaming herself for not being strong enough, for allowing you to get snatched away because you had to protect her, she… In any case, come back soon.

From your gē,

Shutian

 

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Dominion’s End V3C2: The Sudden Attack

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Dominion’s End Volume 3: Ice-Bound Splendor and Majesty

Original novel in Chinese by: 御 我 (Yu Wo)


Chapter 2: The Sudden Attack—translated by Elkin (proofread by Arcedemius & EvlNabiki; C/E edited by lucathia)

After that, Chen Yanqing stopped coming by. But I didn’t mind this at all. I had already gotten inside, so I had no further use for that guy. Who cares about him? Hehe, abandoning people after using them, I’ve finally corrupted my Mother Teresa complex!

While I sat at the entrance of the tent, I gazed up at the guard tower, appearing as lost as the nearby crowds. But in reality, I was scrutinizing the defense around the base of the tower. The guards stationed there seemed a bit like overkill. Although at first glance it looked like they only had one or two squadrons extra compared to other places, I had spotted hidden alcoves in quite a number of places.

I asked with worry, “Dàgē, there’s such heavy security around that tower. Are you really sure you’d have been able to leave a clue there?”

Jiang Xiaotian frowned, thought for a little, then replied, “Xiao Sha can. He is very good at subterfuge, so he should be able to avoid notice. But for your safety’s sake, he really should have picked somewhere else. Hm, it’s hard to say.”

“Then that’s fine.” I said with a nod, “Dàgē knows my capabilities. He’ll definitely leave a message there.”

Jiang Xiaotian frowned as he nodded and remarked, “But the security here is too strong. Something feels off.”

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