Chapter 22 It Might Not Be The Case For You!

“This is the right attitude.” Bai Xiaofei sat on the one and only stool still considered clean, and he slowly revealed a smile. “Haven’t you noticed? Our dormitory room has become like this because of all of you. So, I have decided for you to transfer all your Starnet Stones over as compensation.”

Bai Xiaofei had just finished speaking when Zhang Qingshan instantly glared with his eyes wide open. “You!” 

“What about me?” Bai Xiaofei tilted his head to look at Zhang Qingshan, forcing Zhang Qingshan to swallow the words he wanted to say back into his mouth.

“Feel free to voice your complaints. I, Bai Xiaofei, am extremely magnanimous, and you can ask my roommates if you don’t believe me.”

Zhang Qingshan looked in the direction Bai Xiaofei pointed and saw that Mo Ka and Shi Kui were both weighing iron rods with their hands and that Wu Chi was cracking his knuckles.

“Our Big Brother Fei asked you something. Do you have complaints or not?” Mo Ka’s extremely intimidating appearance, which was like a ruffian’s, made him thoroughly look unlike a normal Alchemist. Zhang Qingshan was more willing to believe it if Mo Ka was said to be a gangster.

“I don’t have any complaints.” Zhang Qingshan gritted his teeth as he spoke, his face turning livid.

“That’s good. Since you have no complaints, let’s discuss the next matter,” Bai Xiaofei said. Zhang Qingshan’s face couldn’t help but jerk when he heard that Bai Xiaofei had no intention of letting the matter come to an end, but Zhang Qingshan had no other choice besides accepting this.

“You ought to have smelled the stench on your body. If you don’t have my assistance, the smell won’t disperse for at least a week. Surely you don’t want that, right?” Bai Xiaofei grinned as he spoke.

“But, I, Bai Xiaofei, don’t have the habit of helping others for no rhyme or reason. So, I’ll trouble you and your seven brothers to help clean our room. Oh, right, I left four Starnet Stones within your jade token, so help us change our sheets while you’re at it.” Bai Xiaofei patted Zhang Qingshan on the face and signaled Wu Chi to undo the ropes on one of them. “I’ll leave everything else to you. We’re going to have a bath first. I hope all of you will have finished cleaning up the room by the time we return.” 

The expression of the person released turned livid, yet even though he had cursed Bai Xiaofei wildly in his heart, he didn’t dare make any rash moves because, not to mention anyone else, just Wu Chi would give him enough trouble.

After he watched Bai Xiaofei’s group of four, who had plundered them clean, leave the room, he undid Zhang Qingshan’s ropes.

“Big Brother Shan, are we really…” He hesitated to speak. 

On the other hand, Zhang Qingshan took a glance at the room covered in dirt and gritted his teeth. In the end, he smelled the stench covering his own body.

“Clean up!”

……

“Big Brother Fei, what was that that you had tossed out earlier?” Once they left the dormitory room, Mo Ka and the others seemed to have become chatterboxes that couldn’t stop asking questions all along the way. It seemed that if they had enough time they would definitely discover what color underwear Bai Xiaofei wore.

“A special tool made from stinkweed and devil pepper juice.”

“Stinkweed?”

“Devil pepper?”

Shi Kui and Wu Chi each asked about one ingredient whereas Mo Ka silently wore a puzzled expression.

“Plants native to the Infinite Mountain Range. We have a Grandmaster Apothecary where we live, and he had basically figured out all the properties of the plants there. I just slightly modified them.” Bai Xiaofei grinned, and the image of a geezer who would have an angry expression at the slightest provocation appeared in his mind.

“Amazing! Amazing! As expected of Big Brother Fei. Big Brother Fei, where are we going now?” After the incident today, Mo Kai could be said to be sincerely convinced, and he wholeheartedly called Bai Xiaofei Big Brother Fei.

“We’re finding a place to bathe, of course. Didn’t you notice that everyone who has encountered us on the way went around us?” As he spoke, Bai Xiaofei gestured for the three of them to look at their surroundings. Sure enough, let alone a living person, there wasn’t anything living within thirty meters of them.

“Wait, Boss, don’t dogs have keen senses of smell. Why isn’t your puppet the least bit affected? Isn’t it an animate puppet?” Shi Kui looked at Huskie, who was jumping about around them. He felt everything he knew had been overturned once again.

The puppets on the continent were divided into two types, animate and inanimate.

An animate puppet required a puppet master to form a contract with an intelligent living being and establish a spiritual connection before transforming the living being into the puppet master’s own puppet.

No matter what living being it was, once it transformed into a puppet, everything related to it would be bound to the puppet master, and it would die if the puppet master died.

But it wasn’t completely bad to become an animate puppet. Another great distinguishing feature of animate puppets was growth. Animate puppets benefited when a puppet master grew stronger, and they could rely on the method of improving a puppet to improve themselves.

All in all, it was freedom in exchange for the chance to become stronger.

Most living beings, however, were unwilling to become puppets, so the number of animate puppets were very few when compared to inanimate puppets.

Inanimate puppets were comparatively simpler, and when inanimate puppets were mentioned, Puppetsmiths had to also be mentioned. Simply speaking, inanimate puppets were tools constructed by Puppetsmiths, and the quality of the puppet varied according to the ability of its creator.

Moreover, even though inanimate puppets lacked flexibility and the ability to act on their own, inanimate puppets were much easier to control and repair than animate puppets. Additionally, inanimate puppets had an exceedingly attractive property.

Inheritance!

The death of a puppet master would cause an animate puppet to perish but not an inanimate puppet. So, there were numerous clans on the continent possessing one or two inanimate puppets that were passed down from generation to generation, and these puppets were usually extremely strong!

“I don’t know either. Huskie seems to be innately immune to harmful effects, or it might be because he’s too stupid and the heavens gave him some compensation.” As soon as Bai Xiaofei finished speaking, Huskie instantly barked at him with displeasure.

“Alright, alright, alright! You aren’t stupid; you’re the most intelligent. You’re the most intelligent husky in the entire world, alright?”

Huskie instantly barked happily when faced with Bai Xiaofei’s extremely forced consolation.

Mo Ka and the others couldn’t help but break out in cold sweat when they saw this.

Sure enough, what Big Brother Fei said is correct…

“Right, do any of you know where there’s a place to bathe?” Bai Xiaofei was stunned for a moment as he suddenly recalled this critical problem, and then Mo Ka and the others were stunned as well.

I…really don’t know…

Wu Chi paused for a moment then lit up their final beacon of hope. “I don’t know where the baths are, but I saw a river outside the academy during the test today…” 

“But the Infinite Mountain Range is outside the academy…if we go there…,” Mo Ka said but hesitated to finish. Nevertheless, the expression on his face had already explained everything. Unlike during the day when there were members of the academy in charge of safety, the Infinite Mountain Range was extremely dangerous at night…

“If we don’t go, we’ll be stinking like this forever. Are you sure that our head teacher will be able to tolerate us tomorrow?” Bai Xiaofei said, and Mo Ka’s expression instantly turned pale.

Even though he had merely met Xue Ying once, her insane character had already left a deep impression in his heart. Not to mention such a strong smell, she might even kick all four of them out if they smelled even a little strange.

“Big Brother Fei, it isn’t actually so dangerous outside, right?” Mo Ka asked. Bai Xiaofei’s consolation had already become his final hope, but unfortunately, he had wrongly placed his hope.

“The three of us will surely be fine, but your physical ability is so bad it might not be the case for you.”

 

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