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Since the last trip to England, the mission of the Space Administration in Lily’s mind was equal to going out to play even though she was a freak who could not deal with jet lag at all.

“Don’t know yet, she asked me to go to her office to listen to the details of the mission, looks urgent, we’ll depart tomorrow.” Hao Ren sighed. When he saw Nangong Wuyue was looking at him with her curious eyes, he shrugged and said, “No chance to introduce to you now. Y’zaks can tell you more about the Space Administration and the Multiverse. He is more familiar with these.”

“Oh,” Nangong Wuyue nodded and her eyes looked bright. “I feel like I met a group of very interesting people! Kinda looking forward to the life in the future!”

This was the outspoken siren.

After the meal, Hao Ren hurried out of the door. There was no need to elaborate the process on the way to meet Raven 12345. After he met Raven 12345, before he had time to speak, Raven had told him the situation of the task. “There’s another new tenant. And this one… The landing site is too far off the right site.”

An ominous foreboding suddenly welled up in Hao Ren’s mind. “… How far is it?”

“895 light-years.”

“The f*ck…” Chapter 117: A Good New Perk

Translator: EndlessFantasy Translation Editor: EndlessFantasy Translation

Shrouded in a sea of fog, the grandeur mansion was suspended in it. It was heavenly as well as surreal. In front of the mansion’s left wing was a small garden where Hao Ren and Raven 12345 were sitting across a fine tea table, facing each other. It was poetic as much as mystical. But the mansion owner was a crazy goddess.

Hao Ren felt the lady in front was sticking out like a sore thumb.

“The new tenant was transported by an outsourcing company, and the outsourcing company made a mistake in their astronomical unit calculation, causing the transport vessel to dock and discharge its passenger 895 light years from where it was supposed to land.” Raven 12345 with a cup of red tea in hand appeared elegant. “There is CCTV surveillance in the container of the space catapult, everything is monitored. I need you to get there, extract and bring him back.”

Hao Ren was riveted. Not until Raven 12345 shot a plasma ball at his head he gave a response. He gazed at the matter-of-fact face of the Goddess, sensing her seriousness he finally came back. “You meant you’re sending me into space?”

“There’s nothing surprising about that.” Raven 12345 put her cup down, adding a few teaspoons of granulated sugar from a sugar bowl as she continued. “Just like what I’ve told you, you’re my assistant, and I’m the Goddess of the universe. If the earth is only what I’ve to govern, what for I need an assistant? Since you’ve shown your worth for the last couples of mission, it’s time for more challenges. Before you do, you need to familiarize yourself with the universe, so this space trip’s just that-a paid business and leisure excursion. Nothing dangerous nor conspiratorial. Just free and easy. It’s an eye-opener. It’s a trip every inspector gets to experience before going full-fledged.”

Hao Ren was wide-mouthed. He knew Raven 12345 was right but somehow he had got an unreal feeling. But after a while he finally came to grip with it. “Don’t you think it’s a leap too far? I managed to come out alive from fighting a bunch of demon hunters on earth yesterday, now you want me to go interstellar? Haven’t you heard of transition period?”

Raven 12345 took a couple of sips before saying. “It’s not so much of a frog leap. Just an escape from the earth’s gravity. And for you, geosynchronous orbit and extra-galactic objects have little difference, you have never been there. At the same time, you mustn’t neglect your duty on earth. The universe’s your workplace, no matter which planet it might be. Earth’s just your familiar home base where the difference end.”

Something was on Raven 12345’s mind. There was a pause. Then she continued. “Everything happens on earth for a reason. A reason of which the purpose and meaning might extend far beyond earth itself. Every plan I have for you has a deeper meaning to it. All things you encounter are interrelated in some ways. For some reason, I’m not going to tell you now. You’ll understand why when you get more matured.”

Hao Ren stared at Raven 12345’s serious face in awe. He had never heard her saying such thing. “I’m a little surprised you become so serious.”

“Ya, me too.” Raven 12345 shrugged as she put aside her cup of tea which had turned mushy. “Someone said acting like that could inspire awe and confidence.”

Hao Ren: “…..”

“You’ll arrange everything for the interstellar mission?” Hao Ren rubbed his chin. He tried hard not to show his excitement as well as nervousness as to project himself as a mature. “The spaceship you last mentioned…”

“Oh, your personal space vessel? It’s coming soon but you aren’t going to use it. You can’t operate it.” Raven 12345 pointed to his MDT which was floating asleep in the air. “There’s now a bidirectional teleporting function in your MDT. Two preset destinations. One being my place-here, it saves you the hassle of looking for public transport; the other is Kuiper station, the first launchpad to interstellar travel. If you have your own personal space vessel, it will dock there too.”

No matter how hard Hao Ren tried, his heart was beating faster than he would want it to. He turned and looked at the MDT, tear started welling in his eyes. “Spatial shift? I’m getting the privileged treatment right now?!”

“Privileged what? It’s just standard equipment for inspectors. Every inspector has two basic teleporting authorities. One’s toward the nearest rendezvous point, in your case that means here-this big mansion; a second one is a predetermined star station-by the default it’s the nearest space port from the field of mission. Unless circumstances call for it, try not to use teleporting too frequently during short, or non-time-critical missions. The reasons are; one, it’s not good for your health; two, doing the things the old way is always a good way to increase your experience, especially a rookie like you.”

Hao Ren kept nodding. But his mind was already thinking about how he would make use of the new function. The first channel was supposedly a convenient way to report back to his superior, but it would come in handy in a desperate escape just like the battle with the demon hunters yesterday-of course that would turn into a laughing stock for Raven 12345 too. He hadn’t had an idea about the second exit point. His knowledge about space port was only coming from Hollywood’s blockbusters. But that wasn’t the point, all he cared was the teleporting function itself.

He had a few experiences of teleporting and was awed by its convenience. Now he finally had the chance of operating one himself.

“You look excited…” Raven 12345 smiled as she looked at Hao Ren, tapping her temple. “Besides, something about adding favorite points. What I’ve told you about was the two default points of open authority. You can add more points if you want to. It might come in handy, who know? Just tell the MDT, it will do the rest. But there’s a caveat: the MDT must memorize on-site. It can’t set places where it has never been to into its memory.”

Shivering out of excitement, Hao Ren plucked the MDT down from the air and shove it back into his pocket. Once again, the thrill of having a new toy filled him. He started to feel surreal: it was a stark contrast to the last ‘paycheck’ which seemed to be in bad shape and was given in reluctance, this time Raven 12345 had been brisk and generous in providing a useful resource with high discretionary power attached. Hao Ren felt it was like finding out he was the kin of a rich Saudi uncle, and the uncle had died.

“May I ask, why the good perk now?

“…In fact I should have given you last week. Just that I’ve forgotten.”

Now Hao Ren felt his rich uncle had donated all his wealth before he died.

“Is it capable of ferrying passengers?” Hao Ren seized the opportunity to as many questions as he could as he knew that Raven 12345 would have never elaborated if not requested. He knew too well the b*tch.

“Of course,” Raven nodded. “anyone you choose within five-hundred meters radius, the MDT will lock on them. No quantity, quality, or size limitations. But I’ve got to warn you: although the level of teleporting technology of the empire is pretty mature right now, the MDT was meant to be used by the Xi Ling disciples like me. Most of its existing functions are downgraded versions of the military. Though the technology has been refined many times, the teleporting function still pose a health hazard to users especially women, the young and the old, so…”

“So don’t use it on the old and children, right? I know.”

“No. I mean you better stay away after the ride in case they throw up.”

Hao Ren at a lost for words.

The Goddess was humorous as much as comical. Chapter 118: About Those Demon Hunters

Translator: EndlessFantasy Translation Editor: EndlessFantasy Translation

Regarding the new teleportation features that was installed in the MDT, there were simply too many items on the list for Raven12345 to go through individually with Hao Ren. He also realised from the tutorial menu itself that he really needed to learn the in and outs of the new feature. He was previously just a ‘passenger’, and compounded by the fact that he knew almost nothing of teleportation.

After some reading, he only realized how complicated things were on a higher level. That civilian-use teleportation cannot be done near any strong gravity fields, and that the two-way teleportation needs bilateral calibration on both end or risk a failure. The activation of a Type-One Sublight Hyperdrive engine would create frequencies that will prevent civilian-use teleportation. Gravity well generators will catastrophically interfere with all forms of teleportation…

All in all, it was a bunch of stuff that was very difficult to understand, and Raven12345 just let Hao Ren skimmed through it. He was to follow the automatic prompts from the MDT like most inspectors on the field.

Hao Ren eagerly stowed the upgraded MDT safely in his pocket. He was however still very aware of the fact that he was a country bumpkin who had never left Earth before. “Just to check…. so I need to go to this… Quipper Station? Are there any guides? How am I getting there? By space travel or teleportation? I’m totally in the dark on this.”

“The MDT will serve as your guide. There will be personnel over at the Kuiper Station to meet you. I have also arranged for a space shuttle to get you there. While it is a civilian spacecraft, it bears the warrant of the Empire, so it’s reliable. ” Raven 12345 said as she scooped spoon after spoon after spoon of sugar into her cup of tea. “Just let me remind you, you are an inspector. While you are at the bottom level of the hierarchy, you are still a civil servant in the eyes of the worlds in the Empire, so please be aware of your position, and act like one okay? Normally speaking there shouldn’t be any issues, just don’t overstep your authorities or interfere with other civilizations. If you run into any problems, please check with me. If i’m not around then you decide. But… you should be able to work your way through this. That aside… on the matter of the Kuiper Station, I probably should give you a short intro on it.”

Hao Ren felt that he had heard this word before somewhere, probably from some science magazine of sorts. His ears straightened up immediately. “So what’s the place like?”

“It’s actually rather close to Earth, it’s still within the Solar System.” Raven 12345 snapped her fingers and a holographic image of the Solar System appeared. She magnified the image towards a celestial body near Neptune. “As per the Empire’s traditions, all capital or sub-capital worlds will have it’s administrative zones and are developed accordingly. So we had built a station at the Kuiper Belt. It is currently hidden by a cloaking field. It is supposed to be discovered by humans some 235 years later… but at the rate you guys are going, I think we need to recalculate that timeline to 100 years. Your astro-science technology is progressing rather quickly.”

“That’s if you guys don’t destroy yourself first. If you guys decide to blow yourselves up in World War 3 then that’s that.” she quickly added.

Hao Ren could only gawk at the revelation that Raven12345 just told him. There are already an alien base in the Solar System? Humans were trying for years in vain to get receive any alien transmission from space, and there’s already a bunch of them in a space station somewhere by the edge of the system?

“You don’t have to be so surprised…” Raven 12345 laughed as she pointed towards where Hao Ren is standing, “Just look at where you are standing now. Bastard Barrio is directly connected to Heaven. Didn’t even see you bat an eyelid to that.”

Hao Ren gave thegoddess a very odd look. “…. If Heaven is occupied by goddesses like you…”

Raven 12345 took it as a complement and waved her hand. “Alright, that’s it for your briefing. Once you are at the station someone else will give you a more in depth briefing. Your MDT will also be downloading your mission brief soon. So.. do you have any other questions?”

Hao Ren set aside the details of his upcoming assignment. His face was serious. “I do. It’s regarding the demon hunters. Thanks for sending aid yesterday. But I still have a lot of things that I do not understand. Demon hunters, are they the good or the bad guys? I heard that they protect humans, but according to you as a Goddess, and me as your employee, why do I get into this life and death fight with them? I’m very confused…”

“Good or bad?” Raven 12345 gave Hao Ren a deep gaze. “In days to come you will realize how foolish that question was. A lot of things have nothing to do with good or evil, it happens just because situation demands it. Demon hunters are a protective force of this world, they were the guardians of the early civilization of men, and it’s by their watch that Earth had become what it is today. Their watch still continues. As for you, you too are a guardian, but you work for a higher power and thus resulted in the awkward conflict. From the perspective of a civilization’s right to exist, humans are innocent, the supernaturals are innocent, the demon hunters too are innocent. But now three innocent parties are thrown into a mix where they cannot co-exist. You as a guardian from a higher power, finding a way for them to co-exist is your calling.”

“Speak human language please.”

“… Can’t be answered. Figure it out yourself.”

Hao Ren knew that Raven 12345 would answer him like this and could only sigh in resignation. He could vaguely understand conflicts happen between humans, supernaturals and the demon hunters. All three parties have different ways of life and in their struggle to survive, a cycle of predator and prey ensues. Many supernaturals feed on humans (like your normal vampires) to survive, or if their existence itself harms humans (wraiths etc.), while demon hunters and humans will need to fend off and kill the supernaturals to survive. Surely, this cycle was not done out of malice?

He then remembered the demon hunter in the Northern Suburbs yesterday. His face, was calm and collected, there was no sense of enmity against Lily or Vivian. It was his duty, his way of life.

In the same sense, the circle of vampires who preyed on humans, would probably have been the same towards their blood slaves. It was a necessity for survival, and not caused by hatred towards humans.

Raven 12345 could see what Hao Ren was thinking and casually popped a question, “You eating a meat bun, does it mean you hate it?”

Hao Ren was conflicted, “But meat buns can’t speak, move or think, and it won’t be turning you into a pincushion with a crossbow. I’ve been thinking about this, you said that the universe is immense, and there are many planets around. So why can’t you just split humans and the supernaturals apart? Especially when the supernaturals are on the edge of extinction here on Earth? Wouldn’t it be better if you were to give them a new place to call home?

“If you can think this far, at least it shows that you had gotten some sense of scope, and not just narrowly tunneling your vision towards Earth. But it’s still wishful thinking.” Raven 12345 sighed.

“Firstly, each civilization’s progress is it’s own, Gods cannot be interfering with the daily lives of mortals. Unless said civilization is on the brink of total annihilation, destruction and rebirth is a common essence of a civilization. I think you can understand why I don’t interfere at will. Next, avoiding the problem does not solve it. Would you be separating fighting to different planets every time they fight? The world isn’t big enough for that. Lastly, who do you move? Humans have lived here for millenia and so have the supernaturals. Who are you to say if this place belongs to either party? So, the supernaturals are losing, and you’d toss them into a barren world and expect them to start over? Do you think doing this befits a goddess?”

Hao Ren really wanted to ask: What have you done till today to deserve that title?

“But all three reasons is secondary to this, the main reason is that moving all supernaturals out of Earth is pointless.” Raven 12345 took a deeper sigh. “The cause of this problem is more complicated that you’d imagine. I’m sure you’ll find out and understand it one day.” Chapter 119: This Chapter Actually Reveals a Truth

Translator: EndlessFantasy Translation Editor: EndlessFantasy Translation

The conversation with Raven 12345 made Hao Ren understood a lot of things, including the entanglement between unusual creatures and humans, unusual creatures and demon hunters as well as the significance of demon hunters to the circle of Earth’s civilization. Most of all, he had a vague grasp of what it meant to be an employee of the Space Administration.

“You have to learn to look at the problem from a higher perspective and realize that you’re a spokesperson of an advanced civilization,” Raven 12345 said. “You have to put aside your prejudices and personal biases as a human. I’m not asking you to be just like us but, at least, you have to understand the concept of being a ‘senior guardian’.”

“Perhaps one day I’ll work with the hunters too?” Hao Ren asked tentatively.

“You may have to cooperate with anyone at any time and you may have to be against anyone at any time. From the day you signed the agreement with me, you no longer belong to any faction other than the Xi Ling Empire. You will focus primarily on your job and task. Your race, camp, prejudice and personal relationships must become a thing of the past,” Raven 12345 said. She stared into Hao Ren’s eyes. “You may not be absolutely impartial. There is no absolute justice in the world but, you must at least be ‘perfectly accurate’. This is of course what is written in the code of conduct for employees. If you keep digging into it, you could still find some loopholes. The upper level of the Space Administration and those guys in the Ministry of Military have studied the human civilization for 10000 year. They’ve tacitly long accepted some tolerable loopholes…”

Hao Ren broke into cold sweat and asked, “Is it appropriate for you to say so?”

Raven 12345 smiled and said, “Hehe, then don’t listen.”

“What about those demon hunters you took away?” Hao Ren covered his forehead, sighed and asked another question regarding his concerns, “What do you want to do with them?”

“Nothing. I just want to find out about some of the changes in the world and teach them to behave. I’ll release them after their mindsets are corrected.” Raven 12345 continued, “They won’t keep harassing you guys.”

“Will there be other demon hunters?” Hao Ren was worried. “If these people go missing for too long… I’m afraid it will attract more demon hunters. These seven or eight of them have already given us a headache this time.”

“Rest assured, demon hunters fight with creatures all day. So, it’s not a big deal if some of them go missing or die in the wilderness occasionally. They’ll at most send a few investigators to examine the situation. You think your house is the center of the world with such a high sense of existence?” Raven 12345 laughed and waved her hand. She then continued, “And isn’t this business trip a good chance for you to get some peace? You can bring two companions along.”

“I can only bring two?” Hao Ren was a little surprised. “I thought it’s going to be the same as last time, bring all of them along using company funds…”

“Didn’t you also bring two people along the last time?” Raven 12345 stared at him and said, “Don’t you ever think about the disguised replacement of concept? Strictly speaking, this kind of primary task is usually done by the inspector alone. You’re a special case. That’s why I allow you to organize a team.”

Seeing that Hao Ren did not utter a word, Raven 12345 explained slowly, “You’re going to carry out a task, not travel so, the quota given has to be limited. But after your personal spacecraft arrives, you can do whatever you like. Until then, as long as you have sufficient skills, no one will stop you even if you travel to a heliocentric system. Also, I suggest you bring along the siren girl. She’s gonna be useful for this task.”

Hao Ren agreed that he did not take the ‘mission’ seriously and he had to correct it. Anyway, he would get his own private spacecraft sooner or later. He would just let those unusual creatures at home wait for another round. When he heard Raven mentioning the siren, he immediately remembered that he had yet to ask about the siren properly. “By the way, that Nangong Wuyue came here all of a sudden. Does she possess anything special?”

“No, nothing special.” Raven 12345 waved her hand and continued, “Just an ordinary siren. I randomly picked one for you.”

“Really?” Hao Ren looked suspiciously at her. “To be honest, although you usually look very unreliable, I think that every arrangement you make seems to have some… profound meaning. The earth is so big but there are only four tenants staying in my house so far. Everyone you’ve given me should have been carefully selected by you, correct? I can feel that they are different.”

Raven 12345 nearly dropped the sugar jar in her hands on the ground. “The heck, when did you become so observant… What’s so special about them?”

“They’re all freaks in their respective species,” Hao Ren said earnestly. “Lily is a husky among the werewolves, Vivian is a poor lady with the title of countess and Y’zaks is a moral pacesetter among the demons. I don’t believe that Nangong Wuyue is a normal girl. I would still be able to accept it if you told me that she’s a hairtail-turned-human.”

“… Check your brain if you have time. The hole in your brain is bigger than mine,” said Raven 12345 as she looked at Hao Ren strangely. “Anyway, take good care of those creatures I arranged for you. She’s just a young girl, don’t be so picky. Nangong Wuyue is definitely not a hairtail-turned-human. She is just an ordinary girl. The only thing that makes her different from the other sirens is that she has a father. I’m telling you, you better take her with you for this mission. The planet you are going to is covered with water everywhere. She will make things easier on that planet. The other one is up to you.”

Hao Ren just nodded. At once, Raven 12345 said, “Anything else? If there’s nothing else then just get out of here. I need to deal with the problems in other planets.”

When she finished her last words, Hao Ren felt the sky and earth spinning round. When it dawned on him what had just happened, he was already standing at the roadside, holding the telegraph pole. He saw an advertisement of a veteran doctor of traditional Chinese medicine that read something like, “My disease finally has a cure”.

“She has to be guilty,” Hao Ren talked to himself confidently. “I don’t believe that Nangong Wuyue is just an ordinary siren!”

“Of course, how many of them in your house is normal.” The MDT’s voice came from his pocket. “Do you have any idea who’s going with you? This time you can only bring along two people. One is the siren and you can only pick one from the rest. There’s no room for discussion on the ‘ration’ from the empire. You don’t think of the loophole.”

“I’ll discuss with them back home.” Hao Ren looked at the empty highway and suddenly remembered his new employee benefits. “By the way, you already have the teleportation function, right? Let’s teleport back, now!”

“You read the instructions for quite some time. What the heck did you read?” The MDT shouted. “In the initial opening, there are only two default coordinates. One is God’s office and another one is the nearest star port. Your home belongs to private housing which can’t be teleported to without being registered. Wait after we get home. I’ll register the place for you so we can use it next time… Hey, what are you doing? Put me down! What the heck? You’re throwing me again for no reason…”

“You, go home and take the coordinates. Then come back and pick me up.” Hao Ren could not suppress his urge to try it and he said, “Can’t wait!”

The MDT was speechless.

In the end, Hao Ren took the bus back because he could not win the argument against the object in his pocket…

After Hao Ren stepped into the door, he only saw Y’zaks sitting on the couch and watching TV. Rollie was standing on the big demon’s head proudly and overlooking the living room. He was the most daring cat ever. He was still alive after sitting on a demon’s head… Hao Ren sat next to Y’zaks and took Rollie down. He then wiped his hands on Rollie. “Where are the rest?”

“The siren girl said she wanted to go downtown for karaoke. She won’t come back at noon. Lily is watching TV in the room. She wants to see ‘Animal World’ but I don’t want to. Vivian just took out the garbage and will be back in a minute.”

Hao Ren saw the ‘Joint Information’ in Y’zaks’ hand and it was turned to a local recruitment advertisement page. He should have been reading it earlier. Hao Ren could not help but asked, “You haven’t given up looking for a job?”

Y’zaks scratched his hair sheepishly and said, “Last time, I had no experience. I later realized that there’s a thing called recruitment advertising after walking around the town blindly for a day. I want to collect more information and be well-prepared next time. By the way, what does ‘protection fee’ mean?”

Hao Ren started sweating after listening to Y’zaks. He could roughly guess what the process of Y’zaks’ job search was like…

At this time, the door opened and Vivian’s voice followed. “Landlord, you’re back? What about the mission?”

Hao Ren looked at them. Apart from Nangong Wuyue, the ‘designated quota’, the rest of them were there. Hence, he shouted loudly towards Lily’s room. “Come out, Doggie! We’ve got a great deal to discuss!” Chapter 120: The Destination Is a Sea of Stars

The remaining payment for these goods was ten thousand and two hundred silver taels. Yet, the cavalry leader’s words implied that he has no intention of paying the remaining two hundred.

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