Chapter 14 “The Quest”


Chapter Fourteen The Quest

Onto gossip, Lei Shen Ni Ni’s typing speed seemed to increase: “They are both in B City, it’s such a coincidence. Wei Wei, are you in B City too?”

Wei Wei: “En, studying in B City.”

It wasn’t actually a coincidence. This server was called “The Capital of Strife” and for people in B City to use this server was just natural.[1] Thinking about it that way, Da Shen and the others were probably also at B City.

Wei Wei started to wander off in her thoughts.

Lei Shen Ni Ni: “I’m in T City, 555.[2] Otherwise I’ll come find you guys. Oh, I have Zhen Shui and Xiao Yu Yao Yao’s couple pictures. He’s pretty handsome. You wanna take a look?”

Wei Wei: “>o<, not interested.”

Wei Wei had no real interest in what Zhen Shui Wu Xiang looked like in real life. Otherwise, in the months before the “divorce,” she could have seen what he looked like. At that time, a couple in the sect had exchanged real photos. The result was that both sides couldn’t accept each other’s appearance. All that courage and feelings had died a fiery death under the sun. It was at that time Zhen Shui had wanted to exchange pictures. Wei Wei had been somewhat shocked and used the reason “Don’t have a digital camera, so no photo” to not send a photo. It had been true, but it had sounded like a very fake excuse to refuse the request.

In Wei Wei’s mind, the kind of reason didn’t matter. The important part was showing that she didn’t have any intention of sharing photos. They were just internet acquaintances, didn’t know each other’s faces or their intentions. It was safer not to share pictures. Also, using “marriage” as the premise to share pictures, it had certain implications, and Wei Wei did not like those implications.

But Zhen Shui Wu Xiang apparently didn’t think that way. Thinking back to it, it had been from that time that his attitude had changed.

Lei Shen Ni Ni stubbornly asked again: “Sure you don’t want to see?”

Wei Wei: “Nope, >o<”

Lei Shen Ni Ni was dejected. “Have gossip but can’t talk about it. Wei Wei, you aren’t cute at all. Have you met Yi Xiao Nai He? Is he handsome?”

The question startled Wei Wei on the other side of the computer. She careless replied “Haven’t met him,” but in her head she started thinking. If Nai He Da Shen wanted to exchange photos, would she be willing?

Almost … …

Yes.

If Nai He wanted to meet up?

Almost like … … yes.

Ah~~~

Wei Wei frightened herself with the two “yeses” and thought that, with Nai He’s personality, he wouldn’t ever make this kind of request. So these two possibilities would never happen though Wei Wei started to feel regretful now that she thought more about it.

With everyone else, she could leave them behind in the jianghu, but with Nai He .. …

Wei Wei suddenly didn’t want to think further.

Wei Wei didn’t tell Nai He about the bribe incident. It was a minor thing, there was nothing to discuss.

The next day, Wei Wei and Nai He, fulfilling all expectations, won first place in the contest, and received a whole heap of prizes, including, of course, the vaunted set of couple clothing.

Wei Wei immediately changed into it once she got it. It was very beautiful, refined and classical. The clothes could change into the colors of the rainbow. She had great fun cycling through the choices.

Yu Gong said to Nai He: “You change into it too.”

Wei Wei nodded from the side, and sent an emoticon with hearts for eyes.

Nai He didn’t really prefer this type of grand and complicated clothing, but seeing that they were all so eager, clicked and changed. The white robes of the musician changed into purple court wear. Under the requests of everybody, he also changed the colors to see the effects, but he only cycled through six of the colors.

Hou Zi Jiu said: “Six colors, it’s missing one.”

Mo Zha Ta yelled: “Green, green!”

Nai He didn’t pay any attention and seemed to run out of patience. The clothing changed and returned to their normal white.

Yu Gong and Mo Zha Ta simultaneously started “hehehehe” laughing wickedly.

Wei Wei watched them laugh and suddenly realized. Green … …

Da Shen usually only had a white jade hairpin as adornment in his hair but the hair ornament from the seven-coloured clothes was a hat. Changing the color to green would have been a… …

Green hat[3] … …

>o<

Mo Zha Ta purposefully said: “Laosan has problems. Why won’t he try to match Sansao’s clothing, unless … …”

Nai He said: “We are an established couple now, and very secure. We don’t care for these superficial things.”

Wei Wei was embarrassed.

Da Shen, if you don’t want to wear it, then don’t. Don’t try to find excuses, and use “established couple” … …

In the following days, Wei Wei kept on wearing the seven-coloured clothes. It wasn’t because she liked it, but she felt that since they spent so much effort to win it, not wearing it would be a waste. In fact, wearing it was pretty annoying since the clothing had no attributes whatsoever. It didn’t add defence or attack strength, so wearing it to fight monsters was akin to suicide. Each time she went to fight monsters, she had to change clothes.

One time, Wei Wei didn’t have time to change, and was killed in one blow by a little boss. Wei Wei became very dejected and after that, she threw the clothing to the corner of her inventory and never wore it again.

There were still incidents during the days Wei Wei was wearing the clothes. There were a number of times she met Xiao Yu Yao Yao during those days. In the past, they would meet once every ten days or half a month. The number of meetings rose dramatically, and Wei Wei started to feel awkward. She embarrassedly thought, hopefully they wouldn’t think she was showing off … …

But, let them think what they want, Wei Wei didn’t care!

>o<

After the winners of the video contest came out, the rules of the Couples PK Tournament were also published.

The PK Tournament officially started next Friday at eight in the evening. The entire tournament would take a month. The first half was round-robin tournaments within each server. After that, the top sixteen from each server would go into elimination and ranking rounds. At the end, there would be another elimination round and the finals.

Wei Wei noticed the time of the finals – June 13th at 8 at night.

The Level 6 tests were June 20th in the afternoon which meant that if they managed to reach the finals, there was still another week left for her to review English after the tournament was over.

Very good, perfect.

Wei Wei nodded satisfactorily to herself and started to carefully divide the time available next month between studying and gaming. Nai He seemed much more indifferent about it. When they went to the NPC to sign up, he said to Wei Wei: “If there is a match, just give me a notice the day before.”

Wei Wei was already accustomed to the way Da Shen did things, so she nodded and confirmed: “En, no problem.”

In comparison to Nai He’s indifferent attitude, Hou Zi Jiu and the others were much more enthusiastic. Before the matches, they kept on wanting to PK for practice.

Hou Zi Jiu said: “Come on, pretend we are your opponents. Let’s have a mock PK match.”

Nai He said: “Our opponents are husband and wife, which of you is the husband and which one is the wife?”

Hou Zi Jiu said: “Of course I am the husband.”

Yu Gong erupted: “I’m the husband.”

Hou Zi Jiu: “I’m taller than you.”

Yu Gong: “I’m heavier than you.”

… …

… …

The two of them immaturely argued for a while but couldn’t decide. The mock fight turned into an actual PK match between the two of them.

Wei Wei watched them speechlessly for a while, then looked admiringly at Nai He. Da Shen, he could kill without blood.

In the end, due to the fact Yu Gong and Hou Zi Jiu couldn’t decide which of them was husband and which was the wife, the suggested practice evaporated into thin air. Before the start of the matches, the group was still fighting bosses like usual.

Wei Wei and Nai He still left occasionally to perform Couple quests. They had almost completed all of the high-level quests. There was only one remaining, the rumoured to be very difficult and very sadistic “Condor Lovers.”

This quest was so difficult, that even though the game had been open for so long, nobody had completed it. Wei Wei and Nai He proceeded along, and found that it lived up to its reputation. Each segment and little side-quest was both difficult and complicated.

Take for example, the missions to kill monsters. In the quest, there were also monsters. But these ones weren’t normal. These were monsters who were cheaters to the point of being invincible to all other skills other than direct attacks. And then, after the health decreased to below a certain level, it would reincarnate and be back to full health. None of the detection or analyzing abilities worked, so it was impossible to know how much health the monster actually had… … at the end, it was Nai He who managed to calculate its health and the level where it would revive himself.

As a result, Wei Wei’s admiration of Da Shen went up another level. She had been trying to calculate the monster’s health too, but she couldn’t do it that quickly. It was simply not human.

Other than that, “Condor Lovers” had different mini-quests, in addition to traditional challenges such as fighting monsters and gathering materials. There were also complicated timed search quests, riddles and mazes. There were also coming up with matching phrases and playing board games … … even if the board game only required a few steps and you could pick between weiqi and Chinese chess, there could be players that didn’t know both kinds … …

Too sadistic!

Thankfully, there was the multi-purpose Da Shen.

The two of them managed to successfully pass through almost everything smoothly, but when they reached the last part, Wei Wei finally saw that there was no such thing as the worst possible evil, there was only ever even greater evil.

In the last part, after talking to the NPC, Wei Wei was transported to a secret place that wasn’t on any of the maps without any preparation. Then Nai He had sixteen hours find her. If he couldn’t, then it meant failure of the whole quest.

Wei Wei finally understood why this quest was called “Condor Lovers.” This was mimicking the separation of Yang Guo and Xiao Long Nu for sixteen years.[4]

Thinking about it that way, was this totally dark place that she was in, similar to the one from “Return of the Condor Heroes”, under a cliff? So if Nai He wanted to find her, did he also have to jump off?

>o<

Luckily, the system wasn’t sadistic enough to shut off the messaging system, so they could still communicate.

Nai He: “What are the surroundings like?”

Wei Wei: “The surroundings are just very dark and very black and very dark … …”

The more Wei Wei described, the more embarrassed she felt. Nai He was much more confident: “You can’t see anything?”

Wei Wei: “Yup.”

Nai He: “Any sounds?”

Wei Wei focused and listened for a while: “Seems like there’s water.”

Nai He: “En, I know.”

After that, there were more words. Naturally, Wei Wei wasn’t the type to wait for Nai He to find her, and slowly explored on her own in the darkness to find any useful information to tell Nai He. During the time, she also went online to search for more information, but just like what had been said before, because nobody had finished the quest, there were no guides for players. And the official description of the last part of the quest from the game-maker only had one line – “You must rely on the connection between lovers to pass.”

Screw it – –

After ten minutes, a message started flashing. Wei Wei thought it was Nai He, and opened it. It was actually the leader of her sect, Zhan Tian Xia,[5] who sent it.

Zhan Tian Xia: “Lu Wei, why is your team stealing our sect team’s boss?”

Wei Wei’s sect was called Green Sea Tidal Sound Pavilion. It was one of the four major sects in the server. The founder was a female player called Die Meng Wei Xing.[6]

Die Meng Wei Xing had changed jobs two months ago and become very busy. As a result, she had given the position of sect leader to her husband, Zhan Tian Xia. Wei Wei wasn’t very familiar with this Zhan Tian Xia, but Zhen Shui Wu Xiang and he were close.

Wei Wei found it very strange receiving such a message at this time.

“What stealing boss? I’ve been doing quests the whole time.”

Zhan Tian Xia: “Yu Gong Pa Shan, Hou Zi Jiu, aren’t they part of your team?”

[1] B City is what authors use for Beijing, as the convention for Chinese authors is to not use actual location names. Beijing is the capital of China, and so the server is also the “Capital”.

[2] 555: in Chinese is wu-wu-wu or woo-woo-woo. Shorthand for crying.

[3] Green hat: it implies that the significant other of the person is cheating on them.

[4] The Return of the Condor Heroes is a book by Jin Yong. The lovers were separated with one living at the bottom of a cliff for sixteen years.

[5]战天下: meaning 战(fight) 天下 (the whole world, all under the sky).

[6]蝶梦未醒: 蝶 (butterfly)梦(dreams)未(not)醒(awake).