Chapter 625 - Worry
The three aspiring pro players Tang Rou, Steamed Bun, and Ye Xiu still didn’t have max leveled characters yet.
Tang Rou’s Soft Mist was the highest among the three at Level 69. She would be considered a high level player in the tenth server, but she couldn’t compare to the Club guilds, who had their characters levelling 24/7. The first batch of max leveled characters in the tenth server appeared at the beginning of April. Usually, it wouldn’t be until mid-April when the first max leveled characters appeared in a new server. The reason that the tenth server had their first batch of characters come out before then was because of the huge exp rewards given out by the Christmas event.
Relying on the advantage gained from the Christmas event, the first batch of characters reached Level 70 ahead of schedule. Afterwards, the Club guilds worked hard to level their characters, keeping up the same leveling speed as usual.
Tang Rou played a lot more than the vast majority of players, but she could only play two thirds of what the Club guilds could play with their 24/7 leveling. In the end, she was left further and further behind with each passing day. It was only until today that she made it to the final step before Level 70.
Steamed Bun Invasion was Level 68. He was only one level behind Soft Mist, but in reality, he hadn’t been able to close the distance that had been made during the Christmas event. The amount of experience needed for a Level 60 character was very different compared to the amount of experience needed for a Level 30 character. Even though it was only a one level difference, the experience disparity was huge. It would take Steamed Bun Invasion several more days than Soft Mist to reach Level 70.
In comparison, Ye Xiu’s Lord Grim had a very difficult time leveling in the Heavenly Domain. The advantage he had established during the Christmas event had quickly been whittled away by Steamed Bun Invasion, but after the short break at Level 55, Lord Grim’s leveling speed soared. First of all, Ye Xiu was much more skilled than Steamed Bun Invasion. Secondly, the Heavenly Domain was much more generous in rewarding experience, so leveling there was naturally faster than levelling in the normal servers. Thus, because of the Christmas event Lord Grim had pulled a distance away from Steamed Bun Invasion, who eventually caught up and surpassed him. Later, he started catching up to Steamed Bun Invasion…… Currently, Lord Grim was Level 66, just two levels behind Steamed Bun Invasion. Their level difference was mostly because of the time that Ye Xiu had spent on Unrivaled Super Hottie. During that time, Lord Grim hadn’t been levelled.
In truth, apart from Lord Grim, the levels of their characters had never been an issue. Lord Grim was an unspecialized and a max leveled unspecialized couldn’t be bought. At best, he would be able to get a Level 50 account. As for Tang Rou and Steamed Bun, there were only advantages and no disadvantages to have them personally level their own characters to max because they were still new to the game.
At present, things couldn’t be better having these clean accounts with Wei Chen’s skill book guide. If Chen Guo’s Chasing Haze came, she might have already done some of these quests. Even if she knew how to get better rewards from these quests, she would no longer have the chance to earn them.
When Ye Xiu gave the small portion that Concealed Light had interpreted so far to Tang Rou and Steamed Bun, Chen Guo was naturally very happy to receive a copy of her own too. Afterwards, she got on her Chasing Haze and returned to the normal server to start following the guide.
Ye Xiu wasn’t in a hurry though. He logged out of his game and ran over to Steamed Bun’s side.
Steamed Bun was staring at the document that had been given to him with his brows furrowed. After awhile, he finally noticed that Ye Xiu was standing next to him.
“It’s so complicated.” Steamed Bun said.
“It just has a lot of words. It’s really not that complicated.” Ye Xiu said.
“Concealed Light talks too much nonsense!” Steamed Bun sighed. He probably didn’t care that Concealed Light was a math genius, who would very likely be getting his PhD in math at a very young age. He still regarded him as a little kid.
“Go try it out!” Ye Xiu said.
“I was just about to.” Steamed Bun had his character head to the location of the first quest in the guide.
Ye Xiu didn’t walk away. Instead, he continued to watch Steamed Bun.
It was very wise for Ye Xiu to stay with Steamed Bun. Not long after accepting the quest, he had begun deviating from the guide.
“Where are you going?” Ye Xiu didn’t realize it at first. He thought that Steamed Bun had gotten lost, so he asked.
“Hm? Aren’t we going to fight Frank?” Steamed Bun said.
“You’re going to duel him already? There’s two steps before the duel that you haven’t done yet!” Ye Xiu said.
“Really?” Steamed Bun looked back towards the guide and after reading for a long time he said: “Oops. I skipped a line.”
“You skipped three lines?” Ye Xiu said.
“There are too many words……” Steamed Bun’s defense was reasonable. After thinking about it for a bit, Ye Xiu felt that it really was an issue and not just an excuse.
Steamed Bun read those three lines again very carefully and then asked excitedly: “What happens if I don’t do these in order and just go and duel Frank?”
“We can try it next time. For now, let’s follow the guide.” Ye Xiu lied. At this point, he was too afraid to let Steamed Bun do anything on his own. Sure enough, having Steamed Bun do such a precise and mechanical task was very suspenseful. Steamed Bun’s thought process far surpassed what an ordinary person could think of.
“Okay!” Steamed Bun listened to Ye Xiu’s suggestion and followed the guide.
“How’s it going?” Wei Chen was clearly very concerned with the results. He put down his work and also came over to watch.
Ye Xiu didn’t say anything. He continued to pay attention to each and every one of Steamed Bun’s movements. Wei Chen went over to Tang Rou’s side to watch.
“Almost there!” It was almost the last step, when there would be a chance for a skill book to drop. Wei Chen started to get anxious.
Even Tang Rou, who had only played Glory for five months, knew the value of skill books. After all, she played on her own character every day and understood the importance of skills. She had a good understanding of how big a difference an extra skill point could make.
Now that they had reached the final step, Tang Rou paused for a bit before completing it.
The rewards came out. Tang Rou and Wei Chen were both disappointed. The skill book that they had hoped for didn’t drop.
“Did we make a mistake?” Wei Chen said.
“Be patient. It was never guaranteed that a skill book would drop, right? The guide that Concealed Light had created was based on the framework that you had provided, no? Even if we follow it exactly, luck is still needed. Concealed Light never said it was guaranteed. He said that it was better than your original method by 17.481%. In the end, the probability of one dropping is still only 34.314%. It’s not that high, so it’s normal that it didn’t drop.” Ye Xiu said.
“Are there any guaranteed drops that we can try?” Wei Chen was very anxious. In reality, he was still worried about Excellent Era getting relegated. Wei Chen wasn’t like Tang Rou or Steamed Bun. They were still new and didn’t understand the vast difference between their own skill and Excellent Era’s. On the other hand, Wei Chen understood it well and couldn’t relax. He was also very stressed out right now.
“There aren’t any in the guide so far. There might be some later. Shh, we’re almost there too.” Ye Xiu said.
Under Ye Xiu’s supervision, Steamed Bun was about to reach the final step too. Here, Steamed Bun showed his cool-headedness. He had his character jog over and turn in the quest. Wei Chen couldn’t even look.
“Did it drop?” When Wei Chen turned back, he hastily asked.
“No.” Ye Xiu shook his head in disappointment.
“So unlucky!” Wei Chen was gloomy.
“Don’t panic. There are more chances, no?” Ye Xiu said.
“But we’ll never be able to get this 20 point skill book again.” Wei Chen shook his head.
“Old Wei!” Ye Xiu shouted.
“What?” Wei Chen was still depressed.
“It seems like you really need to go across the street and break a few of Excellent Era’s windows to calm down.” Ye Xiu said. He had told Chen Guo that she didn’t need to be worried about Wei Chen because he would be able to adjust himself, but Wei Chen didn’t act like he had expected. Wei Chen was constantly stressed and very unlike what an experienced player should act like. These past few years of reclusion had stifled Wei Chen. Suddenly, he had been presented with an ambitious goal and couldn’t control his excitement, but the more passionate he was about it, the more worried he became. This type of state of mind would negatively affect his performance.
“Mm, I’ll go smoke a cigarette.” Wei Chen didn’t retort. He took out a cigarette and went outside to smoke. Even he knew that his current behavior was abnormal. However, something like emotions couldn’t be controlled so easily.
“Little Tang, keep going! Help me watch Steamed Bun too.” Ye Xiu said.
“I’ll help!” Chen Guo got up and prepared to be Steamed Bun’s nanny for doing quests. Steamed Bun really needed someone to take care of him while he completed these quests.
Ye Xiu nodded his head and went out the door. He saw Wei Chen standing at the window, smoking and staring blankly out the window.
Ye Xiu walked up and looked outside too. Excellent Era’s logo stood out clearly. It was probably incomparably unsightly in Wei Chen’s eyes.
“What do I do? I can’t help but be nervous.” Wei Chen said.
“You’re too worried.” Ye Xiu said.
“How can I not be worried? That’s Excellent Era!” Wei Chen said.
“Yeah. It’s just Excellent Era. You’ve never met them?” Ye Xiu said.
“I’ve met them. And that was during Excellent Era’s golden era, but I’m also much worse compared to the me from the past!” Wei Chen said.
“What about you now? You have strengths now that you didn’t have before.” Ye Xiu said.
“Age?” Wei Chen laughed mockingly.
“That’s just one.” Ye Xiu said.
“Oh? There’s more?’ Wei Chen was surprised. He thought Ye Xiu would console him by telling him about one of his experiences.
“The person who crushed you in the past is now your teammate.” Ye Xiu said.
Wei Chen turned his head to look at Ye Xiu and then continued to look out the window: “Tch, that’s what I’m worried about!”
“I’ve never viewed Excellent Era like this before.” Ye Xiu looked out the window.
“In what way?”
“Viewed them as an opponent that I have to defeat.” Ye Xiu said.