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.

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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…

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Dominion’s End V5C10: Zhanjiang Garrison

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Dominion’s End Volume 5: Zhanjiang Garrison

Original novel in Chinese by: 御我 (Yu Wo)


Chapter 10: Zhanjiang Garrison—translated by Simone (proofread by Arcedemius & Lala Su; C/E edited by lucathia)

The light should have faded, but my eyes still hadn’t adapted and I couldn’t see clearly. I saw only silhouettes of people standing in a white haze.

I was beside myself with panic. If Junjun hadn’t been by my side, I would have rushed forward right away, but now, even calling out was out of the question. Everyone was blinded and any small movement could incite an attack.

“Nobody move!” Dàgē yelled, releasing his power at the same time. His power felt very different from mine. While my power froze people to the bone, Dàgē’s power made people too scared to move, as if a single movement would turn them to dust. It was very useful, especially in times like this. As long as nobody moved or opened fire, it should prevent a chain reaction. If a fight broke out, we wouldn’t be able to figure out how it started even by the time both sides got completely wiped out.

“Who the hell fired?” Tang Liang snarled. “If your hand slipped, just say so, and I won’t kill you. But if I have to find out who’s missing a bullet, I will personally shoot you!”

Two shots were fired in succession, yet you still dare to say it was a slip of the hand. Not only is Tang Liang’s appearance oafish, he’s quite capable of making shit up as well.

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Dominion’s End V5C9: Whose Violent Wife Is This

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Dominion’s End Volume 5: Zhanjiang Garrison

Original novel in Chinese by: 御我 (Yu Wo)


Chapter 9: Whose Violent Wife is This—translated by Simone (proofread by Arcedemius & Trespasserby; C/E edited by lucathia)

Dàgē arched his eyebrows, his expression calm. That cool-headed demeanor seemed to affect Xiao Sha. After taking two deep breaths, Xiao Sha regained his composure and calmly gave a full report of the situation.

“When we were collecting supplies, Yunqian said we made too much noise earlier. She was scared aberrants would gather and went to keep watch on the balcony. She didn’t see any aberrants. Instead, she discovered a large number of people hiding outside, expertly hidden too. They can’t be ordinary people, and there are a lot of them, surrounding us on all sides.”

Dàgē immediately looked at Jin Feng, who frowned and shook her head.

I felt nervous and was about to tell Dàgē that Jin Feng wouldn’t do something like that, but Dàgē already said, “Let’s form an alliance for now, and call all the troops back.”

Surprisingly enough, Jin Feng had no complaints against a temporary alliance and nodded. At her side, Scar immediately took out a walkie-talkie and ordered everyone to return right away.

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