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The Legendary Mechanic - Chapter 89

Published at 15th of February 2019 07:31:37 AM


Chapter 89



Two days later in Hesla's Morning Wind City…

A coastal city near the border, Morning Wind City had a massive seaport that handled a massive volume of transcontinental ships . The city was a metropolis with many high-rise buildings .

Hesla had the strongest maritime force among the Six Nations—it focused on developing its navy to protect its numerous coastal cities . There were four continents on Aquamarine . They were separated from one another by the massive oceans .

There was an old saying—he who controls the sea controls everything .

There were tons of resources beneath the seafloor, including petroleum and natural gasses . Extraction of fossil fuels from the sea was the main pillar of Hesla's economy .

Han Xiao remembered that Hesla had a secret military strategy called 'The Forth Contingency Plan Against Great Crisis' . The plan was to produce many thousand-meter-long motherships in preparation for the scenario that the country suffered from massive calamities, such as nuclear world war . They could transition into a drifting nation on the sea and preserve their population .

Although this strategy eventually paved way for others, their spirit of preparing for the worst in times of peace was worth emulating . As the saying went, one who prospers in worries and hardships perishes in ease and comfort . It meant that if one did not create some sort of trouble, one might as well not live .

Wait . That does not sound right… Well, it's not important .

Now, Han Xiao, with a new face, was waiting at the branch of Fabian Company in the city . He had used the black gold card from Matthews to receive VIP treatment at the place . It was his temporary rest stop .

There were three months to open beta, and moving around on his own would yield him the greatest amount of benefits . He could use Fabian Company's channels to purchase mechanical parts with the huge amount of cash that he had accumulated to make more machinery . He could then earn a lot of EXP from this and even sell his products for more cash .

Old Man Lu's secret quest would only be triggered after the open beta . He had established a good relationship with him, so he was in no rush to continue this mission .

Han Xiao wrote down the key points for personal development for this last period of time before the open beta .

- Trigger all the high-reward quests, and subsequently obtain rare skills and abilities to improve my power .

- Obtain stable supply channels for mechanical parts so as to allow myself to make machinery during the course of my quests and earn more EXP .

- Continue to cause destruction for the Germinal Organization .

- Increase my personal mission issuance's reward limit in preparation for the open beta

These are roughly the points of focus .

Han Xiao put down his pen and began thinking carefully . The first point was easy since he remembered many large-scale quests . Also, supply channels could simply be obtained from the Fabian Company with the help of the black gold VIP card .


Destroying the Germinal Organization was his A-class quest . He had some initial thoughts on how he could maximize his large reservoir of intel—he could utilize the help from all the powers that were hostile toward the organization .

As for his personal mission reward limit, Han Xiao's goal was to increase his Universal Reputation . Because there were two types of reward limits—daily limit and individual quest limit—he could increase both by improving his Universal Reputation . This was the most cost-effective method .

His Universal Reputation was now zero, but that was okay . Han Xiao would definitely increase it in due time .

There were three ways to obtain Universal Reputation . The first method was by achieving high contribution ratings in advanced and rare quests . Normally, only a planet's main quest line would reward Universal Reputation—his A-class quest [Fall of the Germinal] was one of them .

Every planet, not only limited to novice planets, had at least one or more major storylines that linked to the respective main quests . For example, in Planet Aquamarine Version 1 . 0, there were two main storylines and one hidden storyline . The conflict between the Six Nations and the Germinal Organization was one of the main storylines; the others would only appear in the open beta . On the other hand, the hidden storyline could only be discovered by luck .

That method of obtaining Universal Reputation was highly difficult and time-consuming—he could not achieve it in a short timeframe .

The second method was rather random . It involved doing things related to one's reputation with a camp that could potentially become well-known; the things could be very varied and circumstantial . Nobody had a clear idea of how to do it, and it was quite unreliable .

Han Xiao was keen on applying the third method—getting on top of some ranking lists—the easiest way to obtain Universal Reputation .

Some factions had created publicly-recognized rankings . By climbing to the top of rankings, he could easily obtain Universal Reputation . However, if some new guys were to push him down the ranking, his Universal Reputation would decrease, making this method unreliable . That was the method employed by most 'real' players . Universal Reputation quickly helped one accumulated camp reputation, which in turn, gave players discounts on NPC items and provided opportunities to trigger rare quests .

Han Xiao's fingers on one hand tapped the table surface as he continued to contemplate on this, and with his other hand, he picked his nose .

Well, before I make a move, let me get rid all the burdens (EXP) I have now .

He looked at his Character Interface, which showed a grand total of 720,000 EXP . He directly channeled all the EXP into levelling his character to thirty . His stats consequently increased .

Mechanic (Novice) reached the maximum level . The last level-up always gave players the greatest stats increase . This time he received a ninety-point increase in his energy between levels nine and ten .

He then threw all six unassigned stats into his Intelligence, making it one hundred .

His mind instantly became much clearer, and he felt more at ease controlling all the machinery . Intelligence affected many different areas of a Mechanic, including production speed, production quality, and the damage bonuses when using Mechanic weapons . For example, when a Mechanic used a pistol that normally dealt twenty damage points, the pistol would deal more damage due to the Mechanic's damage bonus . As such, even though other classes of players could still use Mechanic weapons, the damage would be lower .

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[Mechanic (Novice)] has reached the maximum level . To advance, learn 20 blueprints .

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This randomized requirement for advancing class is quite simple .


Han Xiao was delighted, and he counted the blueprints that he had learned so far . He was only short of eight .

He did not want to produce useless blueprints through random fusions . I should make full use of the EXP I have . Anyway, all the EXP is stored in the Interface, so there is no rush to advance my class .



At Fabian Company's Morning Wind City branch, the man in charge, Antonio, was smoking a cigar . He was built like a mountain, filling the entire space on the sofa . He exhaled a puff out and looked Han Xiao, who was sitting at the sofa across, up and down to size him up .

Han Xiao was wearing a black jacket, and his Facial Simulator simulated an ordinary unemployed, middle-age male who looked rather unassuming . This was the face that he had prepared for his new identity .

Han Xiao took out a shopping list for supplies and said slowly, "I want all the items on this list . "

Antonio took the list and looked over it . "The total cost will be $100,000 . After the twenty percent discount from your Black Gold Card, it will cost $80,000 . "

"Also, I want to buy an entry pass for The Dark Net's Blood Pact Society"

"$20,000 . " Antonio's eyes narrowed .

The Dark Net was the hub of all intelligence related to the underworld . It was fully controlled by the Dark Net Organization, a neutral faction that strictly followed the principles of not getting involved in conflicts and developing peacefully . Many factions were business partners with the Dark Net Organization . They provided people from the underworld many kinds of services, including, but not limited to, smuggled firearms, package transfers, safehouses, hired assassins, mercenaries, and intelligence .

The Blood Pact Society was the organization for hired assassins under the Dark Net Organization . Using the entry pass, Han Xiao could become a contracted assassin under the organization and enjoy all the services provided by the Dark Net . This meant that Han Xiao could unlock his relationship with the Dark Net just from using the pass .

Although Blood Pact Society was a lousy name, it had another world-famous name .

The Assassin Union!

Of course, one could also call it the assassin social club, which instantly degraded its class .

A player had to go through a series of complicated quests to join the Dark Net Organization . However, time was of the essence for Han Xiao, so he would rather used extra money to buy the pass instead of spending a few dozen days fulfilling the entry requirement . Although $20,000 was a big sum of money to 'real' players, it was considered peanuts to him .

"Who says money can't buy happiness?" Han Xiao muttered . When he was still a 'real' player, he had needed to be stingy and calculative about every single purchase . He had never felt the pleasure of having so much money to spend before this .

The mechanical supplies were soon transported to the private workshop that Antonio arranged for him . Han Xiao went on to repair all the equipment that was damaged during the fight against Pan Kuang .

The mechanical parts left were meant for the new machinery .


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I will be moving alone without any team support . Thus, my fighting style should focus more on minimizing danger . Sniping better suits me temporarily . I need to develop more powerful snipers and new types of bullets . Also, I will need some explosives, booby-traps, and anti-vehicle weapons . Lastly, I will probably need machinery that enables me to engage in close-quarter fights, such as tiny and covert weapons that can deal maximum damage…

Han Xiao contemplated for a while before he drew out his Interface to start his talent fusion . He decided to start with new bullets .

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Do you wish to proceed with talent fusion?

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Fusion Success!

Congratulations, you have discovered [Spindle-Shaped Penetration Bullet]!

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Do you wish to proceed with talent fusion?

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Fusion Success!

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Fusion Success!

Congratulations, you have discovered [Flash Bullet]!

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I still have over 20,000 EXP left, and my sniping capability is not yet up to standard . Let's continue .

Han Xiao pondered for a moment before he decided to raise the core skill [Snipe] to Lv . 5, which increased his accuracy and sniping range .

He had stolen the sniper rifle named Red-Falcon from the Hesla army logistics team . The rifle was black and only a gray-grade weapon . It had mediocre quality . He soon started upgrading the weapon .

Han Xiao focused on increasing the power of the sniper rifle during this series of upgrades . The damage was increased to 92 ~ 103; the rate of fire was two rounds per second; the range was 600 meters . But with [Machinery Affinity] and [Sniping], his range could reach up to 750 meters, which was sufficient for his use .

Han Xiao was still left with tens of thousands of EXP, but he decided to hold onto it first . He started the production of the three bullets that he had previously discovered



Soon, batches of new bullets were produced .

Fabian Company's private workshop was primarily adapted for making firearms and ammunition, which saved Han Xiao a fair bit of time for the whole production . This also reminded Han Xiao of something .

Should I make some robot assistants to help me with the production of mechanical parts?

He already had the blueprint for smart chips and other necessary parts for the robot . All he needed to do was upgrade his [Basic Programming] before he could produce a simple robot rover that could act as his assistant . However, since he did not have a fixed base for now, it was not appropriate for him to produce the robots yet .

Antonio's footsteps were heard . Soon, he entered the workshop . He placed an intricately designed dark gold coin onto the table and said, "This is your membership pass . "

Han Xiao was delighted .

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You have unlocked a new Camp Reputation!

Blood Pact Society: Cold (0/300) – [Reserve-level Assassin]


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