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The Trembling World - Chapter 297


Published at 14th of September 2017 12:01:31 PM

Chapter 297

Chapter 297 -  Substantialize


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TL: xDh20, LifeisaJourney

 

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Treadmill stumbled a few more steps and laid his hands on the wall to regain his poise . The place where his hand touched, it felt slimy and mushy . Some parts were sticky, but definitely cold and meaty . No one could tell what this mushy mess was in the darkness .

 

“Help me!” Treadmill started shouting as his fear overcame him .

        

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“Have they still not woken up?” Liu Gan asked Yin He after walking back from tossing the last Black-Spot Variant corpse out the window of the ship .

 


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Even now, the airship was still docked on the pier with a dozen chains fastening it down . It hadn't drifted off to the sea .

 

“Not yet . ” Yin He shook her head as she stared at the group members in a comatose state within their sleeping bags . No matter what method was used, these members wouldn’t wake up .

“It is very strange, these hidden Black-Spot Variants have all been killed and tossed overboard . Why haven’t they woken up yet?” Liu Gan asked while deep in thought .

 

“I suspect that the main culprit behind this attack isn’t these Black-Spot Variants . Rather, it is something more powerful that lies beneath this ship . It is at least an Advanced Zombie . It has to be nearby, I sensed its presence underwater and it could be an immense threat to us,” Yin He speculated .

 

“I also suspect that . It must be type of underwater advanced zombie that can target the mind . These Black-Spot Variants were just hiding away obeying the orders of that Advanced Zombie,” Liu Gan agreed .

 

“What should we do now?” Yin He asked him .

 


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“It is still drizzling outside right now, I will think of a way to get them ashore and far from this airship . That way we can avoid the long range underwater attack . ” Liu Gan walked over to check on the status of every member again .

 

At this moment, every member was breathing rapidly with an arrhythmic heart rate . Their deathly pale faces matched the look of terrified people . Some of the members had rapid eye movements, as if they were in a nightmare and unable to wake up . No matter what Liu Gan shouted or how hard he shook their bodies, they wouldn’t react .

 

Yin He was the first to discover something strange from the shaking of the docked boat . Even the guard on duty, Han GuangMing, fell into a deep slumber and ignored the violent shaking of the boat . Yin He discovered that fact and managed to wake Liu Gan up . Afterwards, no matter what they did, they weren’t able to wake the others up from their slumber .

 

It seemed like everyone was affected by the psychic attack or a psychological assault from the advanced zombie . This caused them to fall into a deep slumber .

 

Liu Gan and Yin He’s assumptions weren’t wrong . During the day, the Black-Spot Variants were hiding in the ventilation ducts while the Advanced Zombie was waiting on the sideline . This Advanced Zombie was a Nightmare Jellyfish . It was capable of micromanaging the Black-Spot Variants into hiding . Only when the people had fallen into the dreamscape did the variants come out to abduct them .

 

This was the very same method that caused the death of the remaining soldiers of this boat from Raincoat’s group . While the soldiers were still deep in slumber, they were kidnapped and tossed over the ship into the water, right into the Nightmare Jellyfish’s embrace . The spirits of these soldiers became nourishment for the Jellyfish, and their bodies became underlings of the Jellyfish as Black-Spot Variants .


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The big difference between this time and last time was that Yin He was standing guard . She wasn’t affected by its aura, so Nightmare Jellyfish’s plan didn’t work that easily . All the remaining hidden Black-Spot Variants were killed by Yin He and Liu Gan . Without the assistance of the Black-Spot Variants, the Nightmare Jellyfish could only continue trapping the group’s spirits within its dreamscape . The Nightmare Jellyfish couldn’t climb on board the ship, so it was highly reliant on the Black-Spot Variants to work from a distance . The Nightmare Jellyfish could only consume the spirit of an individual at close proximity to its body .

 

Yin He was unaffected, so she was conscious the whole time . Due to the special composition of her body, she was unaffected by the aura of psychological attack and immune to entering the dreamscape . Liu Gan was only temporarily dragged into the dream since his level was higher than the rest of the group . Being only slightly affected by the aura, he quickly woke up with Yin He’s assistance .

 

All the other members were affected by the Nightmare Jellyfish, and they were all trapped within the same dreamland . Since Liu Gan’s body was stronger, he only required a little external call from Yin He to escape . The ‘Liu Gan’ that the members saw in the dreamland, was a combined conceptualized image . By using their respective idealized forms of Liu Gan, they were able to recreate him in the dreamland, even if Liu Gan wasn’t stuck in it . Even if their image of ‘Liu Gan’ was fragmented, when combined with everyone else, it was like a mosaic that worked as a whole .

 

Since it wasn’t the real Liu Gan, the moment Huang WeiTao pointed the mirror at Liu Gan and Han GuangMing, he was only able to see Han GuangMing . The reflectionless Liu Gan made Huang WeiTao’s hair rise .

 

Not being able to see a reflection was a lot more scary than seeing someone’s face with Black-Spots . The absence of a reflection reminds people of ghosts and spirits . It is easier to fight something that you can see over something that you can’t . Huang WeiTao’s immediate reaction was to pull Treadmill back, so the secret of the ghostly Liu Gan wouldn’t be exposed .

 

Later on, Treadmill figured out for himself what Huang WeiTao had seen . Rather it was what the reflection of the glass didn’t show that surprised Treadmill the most . The reasoning behind the absence of a reflection was that ‘Liu Gan’ was just a collection of thoughts .

 

Almost daily, Zhang ShengLi had been spreading his brainwashing and reinforcing it daily . In the member’s hearts, they have placed Elder Liu’s status as high as the heavens, so it was unthinkable to not have ‘Liu Gan’ exist in the dreamland . They have substantialized his existence based on will and impression .

 

Yin He is always standing by Liu Gan, either visible or hidden . She never says more than she has to, and definitely doesn’t interact with others . So when she wasn’t present in the dreamland, it wasn’t strange to other people .

 

In the communication room, when they heard Zhang ShengLi’s voice, it was an illusion . Even the projected image of Liu Gan talking with Zhang ShengLi were all illusions created in the dreamland . A type of filling in the gap mentality .

 

Even Zhou JingJing getting raped was her own fear taking control of her . All the wounds on her face, the clothing being ripped off were illusions that she projected on herself . In the bathroom, Zhou JingJing was alone, the projected crime scene was based off her delusions .

 

If their wills weren’t firm or their personalities were weak, that was when their spirits were most susceptible to being attacked . It would also be easier to become entrapped by the dreamscape .

 

Zhou JingJing was dead set on pinning Treadmill as the one who had raped her in the dreamland, so with more trauma she got more frantic and scared . That moment was when she was her weakest, and her spirit easier to infiltrate as she fell deeper into the dream . Losing her way in the dream wasn’t any different from being a Black-Spot Variant in the dream world .        



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