Chapter 4: Infiltration
While Gu Qing Shan was lost in thought, he felt his body suddenly slightly shivering in pain.
Looking down, he could see all the white bandaged parts all over his body leaking a bit of red.
Right, he’s still recovering, his wounds not yet fully healed, using that much force of course would make them reopen.
Gu Qing Shan put the military bow back down, look for a marching bed near by to lie down and rest.
You can’t rush, everything must be done as steadily as possible.
Gu Qing Shan took out the second remaining Healing pill and proceed to swallow it without hesitation.
He closes his eyes, start to silently circulate his spirit energy to absorb the pill.
A night passes without any incidents.
At dawn, the downpour becomes even worse.
The climate outside is already beginning to become colder, from the rain water you can almost feel the frost seeping into the land.
In just a few dozen more days, Winter will come.
Inside the outpost.
Gu Qing Shan was awoken by the cold.
He stood up, stretching his body to find that his wounds are already closed up enough to move around again.
Military-grade Healing pills really aren’t just for show, the potency is top-notch.
Just a few minutes after, a knock and the door was opened.
Zhao Lu once again carry a pot, carefully bringing it in.
Gu Qing Shan looks at the slightly smoking pot, smelling the faint scent of porridge inside, he asks: “How much food is left?”
Zhao Lu sighs: “Only enough left for a day and a half”. As he answered, his eyes also took a glance at Gu Qing Shan’s inventory bag.
Gu Qing Shan noticed, but doesn’t say anything.
When he “returned”, his inventory also became as empty as everything else.
Gu Qing Shan took a bowl of porridge in hand, both of them silently had their breakfast.
“Your wounds, how is it?” Zhao Lu asks again, eyes carrying a bit of hopefulness.
“Better”, Gu Qing Shan stretches and nonchalantly asks: “Hey Zhao, which squad were you in? Which position?”
Zhao Lu reluctantly smiles and answers: “I’m from Fireplace Squad, in a normal day I can make food for hundreds no problem”
Oh so he was originally a kitchen staff, no wonder he could make even a bowl of bland porridge taste good.
In this despair scenario, without Gu Qing Shan, a normal person like Zhao Lu only have a single fate of death waiting for him.
But Zhao Lu doesn’t know, Gu Qing Shan himself is only a qi training stage 1 newbie, if he runs into a squad of demons, Gu Qing Shan will also only end up dying.
Gu Qing Shan silently thinks, glancing at the hourglass on his UI.
There’s not much sand left inside the hourglass, it’ll run out any minute now.
Players can stay in this other world for a whole day and only an hour will have passed in Reality, qi training stage 1 players have to return to Reality when this time ends, waiting for an entire day before they can come back here.
Right now Gu Qing Shan really want to know, what year is it in Reality.
Having eaten half their breakfast, both of them suddenly stop their hands.
“Brother Gu, seems like there’s some commotion outside”, Zhao Lu slightly shrinks his body, letting out a squeaky voice.
“I’ll go take a look”, Gu Qing Shan replies, takes the military bow and heads outside
The hourglass seems to only have about 10 minutes left, hope there won’t be anything too big.
As Gu Qing Shan leaves the room, he readies an arrow on his bow, slightly squints to check all sides.
His eyes quickly dart around all the building, not leaving a single corner untouched.
That said, the outpost have an Invisibility formation in place, so demons aren’t going to get in here too easily.
So what is happening really?
Scratch, scratch, scratch, that sound again.
This direction, it’s the outpost’s gates.
Gu Qing Shan sticks close to the wall, silently moves to the gates.
A huge demon beast, as large as two adults, shows up in Gu Qing Shan’s sight.
The demon beast is wagging its tail, standing on the edge of the dead pit, carefully looking around.
Even though the nonstop rain helps wash it away, the putrid smell of the dead pit still draws in demon beasts like this.
Gu Qing Shan hides in the shadow of the roof, raises his bow and slowly pulls back the string.
He knows this monster.
This is a low-level demon beast, even if it looks a bit clumsy, if it starts going crazy, its running and biting attacks are nothing to make light of, even 2-3 normal soldiers can’t defeat it.
Gu Qing Shan can only thank his luck.
Lucky that I chose to learn ranged attacks, together with the outpost’s Invisibility formation, I just might be able to kill it.
The demon beast slowly run around the dead pit, sometimes rolling on the ground as well.
It’s trying to bait, to find out if there are any traps, or other demon beasts lying in ambush.
The hourglass only have 10 minutes left.
Gu Qing Shan silently holds his bow, not moving an inch.
The demon beast stops, breaths out from its snout, his large head still looking around cautiously.
5 minutes left.
Gu Qing Shan stayed completely still.
The demon beast finally slowly lower its head, wanting to eat one of the corpses.
Its snout hover over the dead body back and forth, finally deciding to open its huge mouth, showing the multitudes of jagged fangs inside.
Right at this moment!
Gu Qing Shan pulls the bowstring back fully, pouring spirit energy into the arrow.
An invisible wind forms around the arrow head.
An arrow that have spirit energy poured in, its destructive power is five-fold compared to a normal one.
These arrows were all specially made, so not just spirit energy, they can even carry energy of the 5 Elements.
The military bow pulled all the way back, Gu Qing Shan stays silent for two breaths, then finally loose his fingers.
The arrow shoots out in a flash and makes contact with the beast’s mouth, in pain, the demon beast jumps forward, rolling on the ground.
One arrow shot, Gu Qing Shan fluidly pulls back his bowstring for the next one without hesitation.
Each and every arrow turns into streaks of light, flying from the military bow at their target.
The demon beast roars angrily, running straight at the direction of the outpost to attack.
But in just a few steps, it starts to turn around, wanting to escape.
The arrows stuck on its body numbers more and more, all precisely aimed at its weak points or vitals like the organs, joints, and stomach area.
Its injury becomes servere with overwhelming speed, turning the demon beast’s intense rage into immense fright.
If it immediately decided to flee when first struck, then may be its speed could save its life, but already choosing to retaliate, halfway changing its mind to flee, then it’s already too late.
During that whole process, Gu Qing Shan’s face shows no emotion, both arms as steady as a rock, continuously pulling out arrows, pulling back the bowstring, and letting loose.
The final minute.
The demon beast lays flat on the ground, no longer moving.
Its body full of arrows, fresh blood pours from all over its vitals, soaking the ground red.
Gu Qing Shan’s inner spirit energy already decreased by 40%.
Even so, he still continues to draw his arrows, putting spirit energy inside them, aiming precisely at the beast’s vitals and letting arrows loose.
Demon beasts already have intelligence, they’re no longer dumb and stupid, some are even craftier compared to humans.
They also know how to faint death, how to lure enemies.
7-8 breaths later, the demon beast’s body keeps being riddled with more arrows, no longer able to keep up the ruse, it springs up to flee again.
What it received, was an even more intense flurry of arrows.
The demon beast tries it best to dash forward 5-6 meters more, crashing straight into a huge tree and falls down to the ground.
This time it really is dead.
Two lines of blue light shows up in Gu Qing Shan’s sight.
“Soul Point +1, current Soul Point: 1/5”
“Experience enough, current Experience 5/5, you can now level up, please confirm if you would like to level up?”
Earlier when he killed the Skin-shedding Blood demon, he already received 4 Experience points, now he got 1 more, reaching the level up requirements.
Not a single bit of hesitation, Gu Qing Shan: “Level up”
Following his voice, the Experience stat turns from “5/5” into “0/10”
From qi training stage 2 to qi training stage 3, the amount of Experience required is doubled.
On Gu Qing Shan’s character status screen, his level “qi training stage 1” also changes, turning into “qi training stage 2”
A flashy gold light emits from Gu Qing Shan’s body.
The warm flow of water-like substance circles Gu Qing Shan’s body, finally concentrating at his Dantian, turning into excess spirit energy.