Virtual World: Close Combat Mage

Chapter 191 - Silver Moon Mercenary Group

Chapter 191 - Silver Moon Mercenary Group

Not much could be said about the Silver Moon mercenary group besides the fact that its leader, Silver Moon, possessed the skill to buff the stats of everyone in his team within a short timeframe.

Brother Assist confidently proclaimed to his fellow mercenaries that he would be able to appraise Silver Moon and find out his equipment’s characteristics in today’s match. “How many points will I earn if I can find that out?” Brother Assist asked Sword Demon.

“You want points for that?” Sword Demon expressed his surprise, before realizing that it was indeed quite difficult for Brother Assist to earn contribution points. He technically had the weakest job class as a Knight out of everyone in the group, and given their capabilities, Sword Demon, Royal God Call, and the rest had no need for his blessing to fight the average players. In fact, a Priest was also unnecessary to them. Thankfully, Brother Assist was not shameless enough to give himself points for his good looks and talent like Young Master Han. His request was not out of shamelessness as well, so Sword Demon easily agreed to it, “I’ll award you 1 point for it!” This made Brother Assist feel satisfied.

Gu Fei popped beside Sword Demon with a swish, “So how many points will I get for slaying Silver Moon?”

“That... would depend on the timing, the setting, and the judgment that can impact the entire course of the PvP. You see…” Sword Demon began breaking everything down to the smallest detail. Young Master Han sympathetically gazed at Gu Fei, as if saying, “You’ve asked a question you shouldn’t have asked.”

Gu Fei was truly in a lot of pain because Sword Demon was using plenty of gaming jargons in his explanation, so he hurriedly teleported himself over to the other side of the room once one minute was up.

Young Master Han stood up, “I’m taking my leave first. I’ll meet you guys inside the ‘changing room’.”

Everyone was baffled. Ever since this room at Ray’s Bar became Young Master’s Elite’s unofficial meeting place, Young Master Han would spend the most time in this room and would exit it last out of everyone. Even when he had something on, he would still drag their meeting out. It was as if he could not survive each day without drinking as much as he could. And yet, this drinking addict was actually the first one to excuse himself today.

Why was it so different today? Everyone stared at him in astonishment.

Young Master Han glanced at Gu Fei sideways, “I’ll throw up if I see Miles teleport about one more time.” He then lifted a glass of liquor and left the room.

“Do we need to cover our faces for this match against Silver Moon?” Brother Assist suddenly asked.

“We indeed have to take the necessary precautions against that shameless man. I of course am not afraid of him and am just worried for you guys,” Gu Fei replied matter-of-factly.

All the individuals present in the room felt that Gu Fei was trampling on their dignity as gaming experts, so they each expressed their willingness to engage in a deathmatch in broad daylight.

When this episode ended, Brother Assist asked him, “From your tone, you seem to be harboring some sort of resentment toward Silver Moon. If my memory serves me right, it’s you who slew him to clear off your PK points before clashing with his guild and subsequently attracting the attention of everyone in Yueye City. It was highly likely that he would still be having a great time in Yueye City without your meddling. Based on this, he should be the one holding a deep grudge toward you, so why does it seem to go both ways now?”

“Do I seem to resent or hate him? I just can’t stand that guy’s personality, that’s all,” Gu Fei waved his hand dismissively.

“What about his personality?” the men asked.

Realizing his fellow mercenaries’ obliviousness to Silver Moon’s bad deed inside Yunduan City’s underground prison, he hurriedly told them about it. As expected, War Without Wounds and Royal God Call leaped to their feet once Gu Fei was done speaking.

War Without Wounds slapped the table, “That guy’s too much! Poor Vast Lushness… Where is she now? After going through all that, I bet she must be yearning for a broad chested man to comfort her wounded soul at the moment....”

“Are you perhaps talking about yourself?” Gu Fei gave him a sideway glance.

“I wouldn’t mind offering my chest to her if that’s what she needs,” War Without Wounds shamelessly replied.

As for Royal God Call, he was currently waging an intense battle inside him. The issue here was that he already had Grape in his heart. While Vast Lushness was prettier, Grape had actually shown interest toward him before, so he felt that it would be a waste to let go just like that. It’s so hard to choose! Royal God Call sighed to himself as he gulped down the drink before him. His unrestrained drinking style left everyone in a daze, and at first glance, it was as if Young Master Han had somehow ended up possessing the body of Royal God Call.

“The online gaming community is becoming more and more polluted. In fact, shameless people now outnumber the humble players,” Sword Demon commented emphatically.

“I strongly agree,” Gu Fei concurred as he moved to another part of the room with a swish.

“Ugh… I feel like puking... Turns out that seeing you use Blink when drunk really causes dizziness and nausea… No, no, no! I’ll take my leave now, too,” Royal God Call dizzily stood up.

“It’s about time, so let’s just leave together,” Brother Assist said after looking at the time.

Thus, everyone in the room stood up and headed outside. Lifting the curtain and stepping outside for not more than a few steps, the five met someone familiar who was also leaving the bar. When Gu Fei and that person’s eyes met, he froze up while the latter warmly rushed over to greet him, “Oh, Miles bro! How coincidental for us to meet each other here!”

“How coincidental, indeed.” Seeing how warmly the man greeted him, Gu Fei was forced to toss this amiable reply back.

Brother Assist and the others froze up. This was because the man before them was none other than Silver Moon. Gu Fei was just expressing his disdain for the man moments ago, so why was Silver Moon greeting him so warmly right now? He even knew his name… Just what sort of encounter did these two have?

The thing was that Gu Fei had omitted some parts of the whole story in order to keep things short, so the other five was only made aware of the part where Silver Moon had despicably put all the blame on Vast Lushness and abandoned her to the enemies. The part about how they had briefly bonded through a gambling session inside the prison was skipped entirely by Gu Fei.

After exchanging formal greetings, Silver Moon’s gaze swept over the other members of Young Master’s Elite and asked, “Are these your companions? Are you guys participating in the mercenary PvP tournament as well?”

Gu Fei cheerfully nodded his head, “Yes. In fact, we ‘coincidentally’ have you as our opponent for this round.”

His words caused Silver Moon to be momentarily stunned, “Everyone here is from Young Master’s Elite? The group that won against a higher number of enemies through ‘Grand Kiting’?”

“That’s us,” Gu Fei confirmed.

“But… There should be six of you, right?” Silver Moon did a headcount of them.

“Mhm-mhm! Our idiotic leader has left first,” Gu Fei replied.

This ‘idiotic leader’ nickname seemed to have won the approval of Royal God Call and the rest, as they vigorously nodded their heads at Gu Fei’s words.

“Oh. I suppose our next meeting will be inside the PvP arena!” Silver Moon extended his hand toward Gu Fei.

“See you there,” Gu Fei said but did not proffer his hand.

Silver Moon’s expression became somewhat stiff, yet he managed to maintain the smile on his lips, “I’ll be taking my leave first, then.” He then retracted his hand and left the bar with his companions.

“How do you guys know each other?” Brother Assist questioned Gu Fei on their way to the Hall of Mercenaries. Gu Fei had been wearing a disguise in Yueye City, so any locals of that city would not have known his identity as 27149.

Gu Fei could only share the whole incident inside the prison to them.

“That means that he doesn’t know that you’re 27149, right?” Brother Assist asked.

“Originally, he didn’t. But if he has any brains at all, he should be able to connect the dots by now,” Gu Fei answered.

Sword Demon nodded his head, “I’ve met him before. We’ve even exchanged blows with each other. He should be able to recognize me at the very least.”

“I’ve shot an arrow at him, too,” Royal God Call raised his hand.

“That’s a good boy,” Gu Fei patted his head.

“Scram!” Royal God Call raised his hand to strike Gu Fei, yet the latter had already moved to a new spot with a swish.

Arriving by the Hall of Mercenaries, the five quickly entered the teleportation array to head toward the ‘changing room’, but Young Master Han was nowhere to be seen inside.

“That guy is not gonna bail out from the match, right?” some of them wondered aloud. Just as they were about to send Young Master Han a message with only five minutes left of the waiting time, a flash of white light produced the person in question. Two bottles of liquor were in his hands.

Young Master Han promptly checked the opposing side’s PvP participants upon entering the ‘changing room’, “Aye! There are only ten of them!” He exclaimed.

“Seems like they are wary of our Grand Kiting strategy, which may be the reason why there are so few of them,” Brother Assist offered his opinion.

“Avoiding the enemies; dragging out the time; causing the huge number of enemies to hesitate on attacking in case they end up hitting their own comrades. These are what defines Grand Kiting. Silver Moon’s fighting style, meanwhile, emphasizes on boosting his teammates to clash with the others head on, so of course they would be wary of our Grand Kiting strategy. Even if Silver Moon could correctly deduce that ‘Grand Kiting’ is actually a ruse to fool the others into fighting us with only a small number of people, he would still have no choice but to do just that,” Young Master Han said.

“Why is that?”

“Well, if I am to be honest, his method of buffing all his teammates to take out the enemies is actually more suited as a surprise attack that he should only execute once or twice. But since he has been relying on that one tactic for all his matches, every player in Parallel World must be aware of his army of men clad in golden light by now. Only an idiot would face them head on, so of course he would be changing his tactic this time by fighting us with only ten of them,” Young Master Han said.

“According to my sources, all the mercenary groups he has fought thus far were defeated by him because they’ve faced him head on,” Brother Assist said.

“That just means that those groups are all idiots,” Young Master Han did not dress his remark.

His statement was so arrogant, that the others were left speechless.

“The Grand Kiting strategy is also a kind of surprise attack that we should only use if there is a need for it, since repeated usage will only cause the others to develop a counter for it in advance. Silver Moon must be aware of this, yet he chose to play along, pretending that he is afraid of us by sending only a total of ten people for our upcoming match. It may seem like he is wary of our Grand Kiting strategy, but it’s all mind games on his part, and he is actually trying to goad us into fighting him head on. I think this must be how his group managed to defeated their past foes with the same tactic every time... By purposefully flaunting some kind of weakness to those foes, he managed to dupe them into thinking that it was okay to face his group head on, ignoring the fact that he possesses an insane skill that could boost the capabilities of his entire group.” Young Master Han said.

“So what you’re saying is that Silver Moon already knows your intention, but he still pretends to fall for the trick in order for us to fight them head on?” Some were left reeling with all the deceptions going on in this one match.

“That’s correct,” Young Master Han nodded his head.

“Erm… I have something to say,” Sword Demon usually did not speak much, so everyone promptly shifted their gazes on him. Sword Demon, for his part, only looked at Young Master Han, “Aren’t you just thinking too much? You’ve also given the matter so much thought last time in Yueye City, but it turned out that Silver Moon’s thinking wasn’t as convoluted as that. Can you perhaps think this through with simplicity?”

“What’s there to think about? Let’s just directly kill them all! It’s only ten men,” Gu Fei grumbled.

“See? That’s how people typically fall for their tricks,” Young Master Han pointed at Gu Fei.

“That’s different,” Sword Demon shook his head, “Because Miles truly has the ability to slay them all.”

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