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chapter 4 Arrival of the ruthless monsters

 Chapter 4: Arrival of the Ruthless Monsters

This chapter was edited by chubbyT.

Low-level Yuan Fu can only be used once. When it is consumed, all of the Yuan Qi stored inside will disappear. The Yuan Fu will lose its power, and everything stored inside will be removed. So either Chu Yunsheng must make a new one as a backup, or he has to improve himself to a level where he could make a level-three Yuan Fu. At that time, he can refill the level-three Yuan Fu with Yuan Qi, so the Yuan Fu could be used over and over.

The structure of a Yuan Fu is not complicated. It has three parts: the Head, the Body, and the Foot. The Head is used to direct Yuan Qi into the Body and activate the Yuan Fu. The Body acts as the storage space for the incantation. For Chu, an incantation is something that he could not completely understand. Like driving a car, many people know how to steer the wheel, but not many people understand how the engine works. The Foot of the Fu is also called the Seal. It is used to seal the Yuan Qi inside Yuan Fu, so that the Yuan Qi could not be leak out. Many practitioners would leave their personal signature at the Foot so only they themselves can use it. Some practitioners don't leave their personal signature, allowing other people to use the Yuan Fu.

Chu spent almost three hours to complete one Huo Bing (Fire Element) Yuan Fu . Even though it was just a level-one Yuan Fu, it consumed all of the Yuan Qi he stored.

It was the first time Chu could actually feel Yuan Qi, and he gained experience in making Yuan Fu. He didn't want to to take the risk making of Wu Na(Storage) Yuan Fu first, since it is a level-two Yuan Fu. Not only is a level-two Yuan Fu much more difficult, but his chances of success were very low. He doesn't have much time, nor enough Yuan Qi to test it. He hoped the experience he gained from making level-one Yuan Fu would help him complete a Wu Na Yuan Fu in one go.

Every decision Chu Yunsheng makes right now can affect his life afterwards, so he must be cautious.

Luckily, he has the book. He noticed that it was easier to make Yuan Fu on the top of the book. But according to the book, he is still far away from stage 2, which will provide him enough Yuan Qi to make level-two Yuan Fu. In order to get to that stage earlier, Chu gave up the time he used for rest, and spent that time all on practice.

During the time Chu was busy cultivating Yuan Qi, the situation outside became worse. The weather grew colder, and some people froze to death. The sun did not show any signs of coming back. Cold and hunger drove people to out of their houses, seeking food and assistance. The conflicts never stopped, and the army began to lose control of the riots. The army narrowed down the areas they covered, and only focused on protecting important areas.

Chu was not aware of what was happening outside until one day, a bizarre incident happened in his housing estate.

One man started to argue with a soldier about the lower amount of food he received every day. The man was furious, and punched the soldier. This punch shocked everyone on the scene, including Chu. The punch that man threw out instantly froze the poor soldier. The angry man became scared - his hand was still covered with frost.

"No, no, it was not me! I just simply pushed him! You all saw it...." the man shouted with a quivering voice. He slowly started to move backwards, and escaped from the scene.

One hour later, a few armoured vehicles with a group of fully armed soldiers came to the housing estate, and took the ice-punch man away. No matter how strange his punch was, and how much damage he could do, at this time, people are still afraid of the army.

The ice punch man did not resist. He tried to explain that everything was not his fault, but no one was listening to his explanation. He was escorted from his home, leaving his wife, and a 7 or 8 year old son crying on the door.

Chu knew this situation is exactly like what was described in the book. That man's spirit has awakened in the 4th dimension by itself. That man clearly did not know of his ability until his emotions started to agitate the World Original Qi around him, which eventually caused him to freeze a soldier.

What a talented guy, Chu thought. Chu envied ice punch man's ability. He has been practising Yuan Qi for so long, just barely awakening his spirit in the 4th dimension, but this guy can already throw a punch with frost damage. However; Chu still feels lucky, because if it were not for this book, he probably would not be able to achieve anything.

This incident had also warned Chu that he could not tell anyone, nor reveal any of his abilities to anyone - especially the army. Just take a look at the army's escort of the ice punch man. Chu did not even need imagine - the army will not treat Mr. Ice Punch nicely - they will probably do all kinds of experiments on him.

Chu used to think that if the practices mentioned in the book worked, he would tell everyone about it, so no one will suffer; but this incident scared Chu away. Instead, he learned that the world had changed. He didnot want to be the second ice punch man, so he must keep everything secret.

A few days later, while Chu was getting the supplies from the army, the neighbour who lived upstairs told him that government research department discovered a lot of dark matter and dark energy which could not be found before. These new discoveries probably have something to do with the ice punch man. Government researchers are now focusing on researching these new discoveries.

He also heard from neighbour who lives upstairs that because of dark energy, the planet's temperature stopped dropping. His neighbor said that the plants outside began to absorb the dark energy instead of sunlight, and these changes would bring about an entirely new ecosystem. But Chu did not really know what his neighbor was talking about, Chu is happy as long as he is not frozen to death or suffocated.

His progress with storage Yuan Fu was not going well. He failed to make one when he thought everything was ready. It upset him the entire night. The whole night, Chu kept thinking that if he made other Fu instead of storage Fu, he would probably have succeeded in his previous attempt. Now that his Yuan Qi had been wasted, he had to gather it again.

Nine days later, he experienced another storage Yuan Fu failure. A scream filled with fear and panic interrupted him while making Yuan Fu. Chu failed to seal the Yuan Fu, and all of the Yuan Qi inside leaked out. And then he heard the gunshot.

Chu was furious. He simply thought that it must have been someone trying to cause trouble. Riots have already spread to his area, so gunshots were quite frequent lately. When it is the end of world, Despair, Chaos, and Hunger gave people motivation to do all kinds of crime. Rape, Rob, Killing... etc, were acceptable, as long as it can help people live happily for several days, months or even years.

That neighbour who lives upstairs said the army has already killed a lot of people. The order has been given: no time for prison, the only punishment is shoot-to-kill. The new order is also used to intimidate the regular civilians who might want to cause trouble in the future, and to prevent the situation from spiraling out of control. That same neighbour also whispered to him that actually quite a lot of soldiers did some pretty bad stuff, but no one dared to stand out and accuse them.

Chu was a good person for 20 years. He is calm and little bit timid. The number of people he had an argument with in the past 20 years can be counted by using one hand. But this time, whoever interrupted him enraged him a lot. He used the courage he has been building up for 20 years to curse loudly through the window at whoever was responsible for the scream. The funny thing was, at the back of his mind, he actually thought that person was probably gunned down by the army - so he was not afraid that they would come after him.

He removed a small, unsealed metal plate on the window. When he looked outside, all of his anger was instantly erased by complete the spine-chilling feeling of horror. Across the street, under the armour vehicle's light, there is a huge monster. Chu swore that even the most vicious and ugly animals on the tv programme Planet Earth are better looking than this one. Under the monster, there is an Audi sports car that was so badly destroyed it was hardly recognizable.

The monster is just as big as an original sports car. Covered with a red exoskeleton, it has four blade-like legs at the bottom, and two large deadly claws at front. Chu could not stop shivering. Through the binoculars, he saw sharp teeth inside the monster's mouth, and blood-red eyes on its head.

Green liquid dripped from its mouth, causing green smoke to rise as it touched the destroyed sports car. Chu could almost hear the sizzling sound. A hole appeared on the car, as if the liquid has corroded and penetrated the metal. Chu did not even need to think about how strongly corrosive strong that green liquid is. The answer is right in front of his eyes.

"We are doomed, we are doomed! They are here, they are here! What do I do? What do I do?" Chu mumbled uncontrollably. He thought he had planned everything perfectly. He did not panic when the sun disappeared. The worldwide chaos did not scare him. He was not afraid of the cold and the darkness because he had already completed his preparations.

But, this? This is something he is not ready for yet. His Fu is not completed, and the monster is much stronger than he expected. Tian gui has returned, as expected. What should he do now that he has lost his calm, and his mind?