Karma, or rather fate, exists. If there is no external influences, the apple would eventually land on the floor, rot and eventually become the seed for the next harvest.
If a farmer were to come and harvest the apple, then for the garden and the apple itself, it is still a part of fate because the farmer is still considered part of the garden and the act of harvesting is a fixed route of fate for the apple.
But if a tourist from overseas were to walk through the garden and casually picks an apple, then the apple will leave with the tourist and the farmer will be unable to pick the apple. Everyone’s fate would change along with the tourist.
The otherworldly visitors, by their casual actions, change what fate has in plan for everyone.
His actions aren’t in line with what the world planned out, he changes the originally rigid fate and eventually triggers a series of effects known as the Butterfly Effect.
For every injustice in the world, someone responsible for it. Every debt in the world has a creditor. The effects of karma would be something the Transcenders would have to bear.
That System of mine collects Evil/Kind Points and following my will, the System acts something like a wish granter which causes ripples of effects on the world.
TL: Cause and effect. He changed fate (cause), so the effects of his actions will changed the world
Of course, this is only my own research. It could be correct, it could be wrong but following a fortuitous event, a game walk-through book coming from another world made me more convinced about the possibility of the theory.
“The Great Eich Purgatory War, this is the name of the game. The book which I drew from the System’s gachapon records every single happening in this classic game in its 30 years of operations.”
And the current world I am in is called… Eich.
So the world that I live in now is only a game in another world? I wasn’t surprised or shocked. From a rational viewpoint, there is a history of those who dream about other worlds and seers who break through the confine of time and space in the great world of Eich. In fact, this is common knowledge here and this is sufficient to explain everything.
As for the purgatory… There have been seven large-scale updates, which means that the order in this world will be overturned seven times.
In the seven crisis that almost destroyed the world, the continent became a land of living hell, and the confident me then who believed that I was a hero blessed by gods capable of changing all of these realized that after the 3rd update, Roland.Mist is actually the name of the final boss.
“The Demon Overlord Roland.Mist returns from the depths of the Abyss. Bringing along his army of Demons, he swore revenge against all of the living. Endless army of Undead and Demons swept the world into chaos, destroying countless countries and reaping countless lives.”
Roland.Mist? Isn’t that my name? I actually became the final boss destined to destroy the entire world!?
However, reality isn’t a game. Demon Lords don’t always fall. Or rather, the me who was then known as The Son of Light had no reason to become an evil Demon of Chaos.
But then, everything still happened. The darkness hidden within the depths of the Holy Church, the betrayal from people I trusted, the nobles and royalties who added insult to injury caused me, who was a heroic Holy Knight to gradually walk away from the faith and step into the darkness.
But since I knew about the plans fate had in store of me, as a Transcender possessing control over his own life, how can I simply allow all these to happen.
Thus, I did many things in an attempt to overcome fate.
As a Transcender with the power of karma on my side, changing my personal fate isn’t difficult. But, changing the fate of the entire world isn’t such an easy thing after all.
After a series of ‘coincidence’, all my hard work became for naught. I failed and the currents of fate easily crushed me, causing everything to walk the path fate paved out originally.
The current me, after dying again and again, is barely living in this world as a Lich and thus, I am unable to become the Demon Lord who tried to destroy the world. But it is a pity, my foolish twin brother, Karwenz.Mist, replaced this useless brother of his and done many mind-blowing great things and eventually walked into the gates of purgatory.
Maybe, before long, I would need to face the Demon Lord named Karwenz.Mist.
Thus, no matter what, I must live on. Even with this incomplete and damaged soul of mine, I must still live on until the day Karwenz returns to the surface.
Therefore, no matter what, I need strength, regardless of which world it came from, whether the strength is righteous or not…
“This is a solemn promise from me Roland.Mist. I will resolve the problems that I created! Thus, even if I have to soil my own hands, even if I must become unscrupulous, I will gather sufficient Evil Points to revive myself, become stronger and deal with that foolish brother of mine.”
“Master Lich, just interrupting for a moment, does the things that you just said have anything to do with the current situation? Before you continue with your impassioned speech, please return back to reality and look behind you.”
Just as I was getting more and more riled up, my companion ruins my moment.
I turn back and look, all the Dark Elves who were chasing me are cutting close. Their eyes are blood-red from their lack of sleep and their originally beautiful oval face distort from hatred. Judging from how deep their grudges are, it doesn't seem to be a good time to be reasoning with them.
“Don’t run, you bastards!”
“I will skin you alive.”
“Hehehe… Hand those bones to me, hand it to me! My dowry, my 30 years of hard work, gone in a single night!”
“Momo has already bought seaweed and chili, tonight I am going to eat pork ribs soup… The pork ribs in front, are you listening? You are going to be the main dish for tonight! Stop!”
It seems that the grudges from yesterday’s explosion really aren't trivial, I would be a fool if I were to stop now. Thus, I cast a Floating Spell on myself and hasten my footsteps.
This time, I overdid it a little. The Town Security troops are equipped for war. If I were to be caught by them, even though I am just bones and cannot be skinned, I would just be taken apart and fed to the dogs.
However, I wasn't the only one being chased.
“The Beyar brothers, why are they chasing you too? Were you two selling counterfeit goods again?”
The Beyar brothers are well-known dishonest merchants, even among the greedy Gnome tribe. As long as you pay sufficient money, drugs, counterfeits etc, they have it all. Furthermore, to save money from paying taxes, they didn’t even bother applying for license.
Naturally, this kind of dishonest merchant would often come head to head with the Town Security army. Through these clashes of revolution, we forged a deep bond of friendship.
“Who knows what is wrong with those bitches. It seems that some fool had offended those crazy bitches. Since yesterday afternoon, they had conducted a search on the entire city, shouting phrases like ‘Swiftly and heavily, we shall severely punish those committing crimes’ ‘Destroy those illegal traders and **’ ‘Return Liu Huang City its blue sky’, tsk!”
The Master Engineer Jinya.Beyar is the older brother and at this moment, his thick lush hair hax been shaved and he is extremely pissed.
Through the System, although his looks are so-so, he is a LV59 Gnome Master Engineer, just a step away from the LV60 Gold-rank.
“This bunch of lasses are incredible. Although the Town Security army is lacking in personnel, it is amazing how their entire force is composed of solely Holy Knights. Holy Knight is a tanking job which is resilient to attacks. Furthermore, not mentioning how they are equipped with Dwarf mithril chain mails, Dark Elves are blessed with strong magic resistance and a resilient physique, similar to a steel can. Some of their leading figures are even armed with godly weapons. With these kind of equipment and personnel, they could be pulled to fight a war between Gods and Demons, needless to say, to operate as a Town Security army in a city.”
Yingou.Beyar is the younger brother. During his search and arrest, his clothes are burnt and his tools are destroyed, resulting in his overflowing anger at this moment.
Being a LV57 Master Alchemist, he should have specialised in the treatment of patients. However, it is the nature of those who are related to the Gnomes to be unreliable.
At least, as far as I can remember, half of the medicine that Yingou made explodes upon consumption. The other half? They explode even when unconsumed.
“Endure it! Liu Huang has been dominated by the 3000 Town Security army for more than a day or two. Those accursed gold coins, their equipment weren't that advanced in the past! Wait til I find out who was the one who betrayed us and sold such good equipment to them for mere profit, I will definitely make him unable to survive in Liu Huang City.”
“Other than the gingerhead Dwarf on the Flower Street, who else can it be? Other than a Master Smither like him who specialises in armor, who else can make a mithril chain mail of such level. When I shake those lasses off my tail, I will smash his shop. Who asked him to bring harm to his brothers!
Thus, I remained quiet. If my comrades were to know that their Holy Swords were bought from me, that I was the intermediary for the sale of the chain mails and that I struck a legal deal with them to let me off that once, we probably would be unable to remain as friends.
“Old cow, what happened? Usually, they would just overlook you. Did you do something recently?”
A tall Tauren Warrior runs beside us. He possesses a square face and an honest smile hangs on it. His innocent eyes are filled with righteousness and bewilderment, as though he is ignorant of the reason why he is being pursued like that.
“I didn’t do anything. I was just thirsty and wanted to drink some milk. After all, theirs are so big, so they should have quite a bit of milk in them. Isn't it normal for Taurens to want to drink milk? Isn't it normal for a nature-loving Tauren to be nude? Why must they chase with me so furiously with weapons?"
TL: Taurens have cow heads and human body.
Even though his square face looks incomparably honest and his innocent voice tinges with the grief of being falsely accused, he is a pervert. Even when confusion and righteousness spells out on his face, he is still a nudist.
At the current moment, he is still completely naked. His fit and wild body caused the females by the roadside to scream non-stop as he waves his hands in sync with the movement of a certain object…
“The Bull Demon King is here again!”
TL: Journey to the West reference
“Mummy! It’s so scary! I can’t get married anymore!”
“Where? Where? Let me see how long his toothpick is, to dare to wave it around. Hohoho, as expected of a Tauren, so it seems that it isn't a toothpick but a mace. The Tauren in front please hold on, let me give it a try.”
The sounds of screaming and mysterious noises that echoes from the back made him even more complacent, inducing him to perform bodybuilder poses amidst his run, thus generating all kinds of screams among the crowd.
Although most may know him as a pervert, they are not aware that Tauren Xueti, through my eyes, is a LV89 Legend Warrior. Even in Liu Huang Mountain City, where many strong people are gathered, he is considered as the cream of the crop.
But no matter how strong he is, he is still a pervert… I had to say it twice because it is very important.
“Damn! They have blessed silver arrows! Emperor Alosso’s Sacred Sword and the Angel Slayer. Shit, to even have dozens of nameless evil-slaying holy swords, even the extravagant Auland Kingdom aren’t as outrageous as they are.” (Lily)
Leading at the forefront of those being chased is Lily.Milan. She is known as the Prince of the Night. She has a reputation for being a passionate Casanova in the entire city and she is the dream of countless rich young ladies in the Underground World.
Just that, for someone who views her disposition as important as her life, her attire is battered now. Even a LV72 Gold-rank Blood Tribe Assassin can only escape frantically in the presence of such a powerful enemy.
That’s right, she's a her and not a him… Her other nicknames include The Frenzied Wild Lily, The Sentimental Milan, The Moving Obscenity and Female **.
Due to the common fate of being suppressed and beaten down by the Town Security, the Freedom Gentlemen Alliance is created (better known as the Gentlemen Alliance). To the Nudist Tauren, The Moving Obscenity and the Explosion Maniac Brothers, the Gentlemen Alliance is just another name.
After our comrades are being captured by the operation ‘Swiftly and heavily, we shall severely punish those committing crimes’, the only survivors at this moment are the stronger top brass of the alliance.
“The Lich who has a screw loose! Even the weakest Lich is of Legend-rank, so turn back and cast a Great Cleavage on those bitches.” (Lily)
“If it was 300 years ago, I could give it a try… However, my phylactery is damaged at the moment and my control over my magic is unstable. Well, I could still cast Great Cleavage, just that I am unable to direct it an my target accurately. Of course, it is impossible for me to die once more, but are you sure about that?” (Roland)
TL: Phylactery refers to the object which one's soul is deposited at. Has the same concept as a horcrux
Great Cleavage is a powerful spell used by the best Mages. Legend has it that it is capable of destroying anyone it strikes upon. However, I have no interest in classic spells. Not to mention, my phylactery is currently damaged and as a result, it is impossible for me to unleash such a spell. However, even though I might lose out to them in terms of fighting prowess, I refuse lose in a verbal war.
As expected, once I mention the possibility of the spell going out of control, afraid of death, they wouldn't allow me to use it.
However, if the Town Security troops were to continue pursuing me like this, my good person reputation that I have been trying to build up would go to drain. Thus, I decided to make my move.
“Slippery Oil Spell!”
I instant-cast a 1-circle magic and a large area of oil appears before us. As a Lich, floating through the use of magic is the bare basics. Thus, I simply float across the oil.
“…What is the use of a 1-circle magic? Even the weakest among the fellows behind us is a Bronze-rank.”
In the eyes of the pissed off Jinya, a 1-circle is useless to any Warrior that can fight.
But this common sense is only limited to normal Mages, and I am no normal Mage, you know.
Right after he stopped speaking, Jinya steps on the ground and falls uncontrollably, unable to stand up anymore no matter how hard he tries.
“Jinya, I guess the only powerful about you is your mouth. See how I… It can’t be, how can it be so slippery!!”
Following him, right after laughing at his elder brother, his younger brother Yingou follows in his footsteps.
“I improved it.”
Improvement? More like reshaped the spell.
Normal Slippery Oil Spell only uses oil derived from animal fats for the spell. However, I chose to utilise top-grade oil used for machinery. At the same time, I adjusted the level of friction on the road, thus generating zero friction on the surface.
After my rank has been locked and I became unable to use higher circle spells, I spent my efforts on improving my current spells.
For the normal Slippery Oil Spell, Warriors who are slightly more experienced can disregard it altogether. As for my improved Slippery Oil Spell, even though it is just a 2-circle spell, Gold-rank Warriors still have to tread carefully around it.
But my pride immediately crumbles in the face of reality.
Using his hoofs like a sleight, the cow slides across the oil as though sliding on ice while throwing glances at the crowd. Despite his seemingly clumsy heavy body, he possesses excellent balance.
“Well done, I see that the crazy Lich’s brain can function properly occasionally.”
The sly vampire lady jumps on the back of the stupid cow and hitches a ride.
“Hurry, let’s go!”
Seeing that the Town Security army is closing in the distance, we ignore the Beyar brothers who are still struggling in the oil and swiftly leave.
Just as I have expected, equipped in heavy armor, the Dark Elf Town Security Knights falls down one by one on the oil, creating a huge mess.
“Damn it, why is it so slippery!!”
After complaining, the vice-captain Victoria, who finally got up with much effort, slips again once again.
“Save me!” The shouts of help from the Beyar brothers drifts to us.
While showcasing the muscles, the cow-head turns around with the intention to head back to save them. However, Lily pulls him back on track to escape.
“Those guys are wearing heavy armor, they aren't able to catch up with us…”
“I am not worried about them. If the Beyar brothers were to realise that they were unable to escape… Surely you wouldn't have forgotten what they have on their bodies?”
The cow-head might has a slow reaction speed, but he definitely isn’t a fool. After patting his head in realisation, he lowers his head and proceeds forward.
“Boom!!” Sound of explosions could be heard from our backs, proving that our judgement to leave them behind were correct.
Engineers and Alchemists are already experts at causing explosions. If we were to add the prefix ‘Gnome’ in front, the probability of an explosion occurring increases by 10 folds. Ignoring the fact that the Beyar brothers would choose mutually assured destruction when they realise that they are in a dire situation, they have many messy toys on them and just by bumping and falling a few times, those things may just explode if your luck is bad.
“Bastards! Grab hold of those two fools.”
“They’re running, hurry up and chase them!”
A cloud of smoke rises from the background and the Slippery Oil Spell causes the fire to intensify. However, judging from those curses behind, this kind of unplanned small explosion could barely hinder those powerful Knights who are dressed fully in mithril.
“Slippery Oil! Slippery Oil! Slippery Oil!”
The ground behind us gleams with the shine of oil. Foolish Elves equipped in heavy armor, slowly train your balancing abilities in my oil.
“Prepare to die!!”
Hearing that yell, my happiness was short-lived.
Appearing from the corner of the street is the captain of the Town Security, Diana. She holds in her hands the sacred sword that I sold to her, the Silver Avenger.
Immediately, we change directions. However, led by their vice-captain Yawen, another group of Dark Elf Knights darts out from another corner.
“Damn it, it is a trap!”
As the three groups converge together, we are surrounded!
“Bastard! I thought that you were really a good person but… The dress that I just bought is completely ruined!”
“And my tidbits!”
“And Momo’s mimi!”
TL: Mimi is also used as a slang for breasts
“Isn’t your mimi originally this small?”
“No! It is my pet cat Mimi! Also, my breasts are at least bigger than yours.”
“I am a male, don’t you feel embarrassed comparing yourself to me?”
“I’m sorry, you look too effeminate. I forgot that you are a male.”
The noisy Dark Elf Knights surrounded us from all 3 directions. Ignoring the internal strife between the Dark Elf siblings, judging from how they are rubbing their knuckles against their palms, they are probably prepared to strike at any moment.
Under such circumstances, the first thing I have to do is…
I perform a cart-wheel and dodge a strike from my back. Then, following up with a Floating Spell, I float a feet off the ground to escape from another slash.
“Bastard, so you were the one who dragged us down. How many times have it been?!”
As expected, the aggressors are the old cow, who had an apologetic look on his face but used his full force in his attacks anyway, and a crazy vampire who is busy castigating me.
… As expected, my foremost priority should be to get rid of these two foolish comrades who are already too used to betraying others. They are much more sly and thus, more difficult to deal with than the Dark Elves. After coming to a realisation that the operation carried out this time was my fault, they wouldn't spare a second thought to betraying me.
If I were to be captured this time, even if the Dark Elves don’t deal with me personally, my cellmates would surely take good care of me.
“Ah, I mustn’t get caught by any means!”
Under the combined attacks of two of the top ten fighters in Liu Huang Mountain City, my movements are in a mess as I tried to dodge their attacks. As for the Dark Elves, they are willing to sit by the side to watch the dog fight. Some of them even brought out chairs to enjoy the show.
How could those bitches understand the solid friendship we forged under oppression. Just a single look among us and we understood what we had to do.
The cow-head grabs me and Lily with both of his hands and throws us out of the blockade.
When the Dark Elf Knights finally came to, we were already out of the blockade. The poor cow, despite having the strongest fighting prowess of all, due to his meaningless principle of not hitting women, he was pushed down to the ground by a group of female Knights.
“Old cow, we will remember your sacrifice!”
“Lich, what did you do!!”
“Yesterday, when they caught me, I burnt their barracks.”
“Well done! I have wanted to do that for a very long time.”
I laugh for a bit, as though I was pleased with my action, and casually point a finger towards her.
“Art of Truth.Incapacitate!”
Due to my sudden attack, the unwary vampire’s movements are sealed.
Although my Art of Truth could only stop her for a few seconds, that was more than enough.
Her eyes are filled with incomprehension. We had already escaped from the Town Security, so she is unable to understand why I would choose to betray her.
But the next instant, she understood. The mad Lich Roland is well-known in the city for bringing harm to others for no apparent reason or benefits to him. Otherwise, despite bring the incarnate of fear, why would he gain the glorious title of ‘screw-loose’?
As the army drew closer, the incapacitated Lily Milan, despite her indignation and anger, could not do anything.
As she was pushed to the ground by the Dark Elf Knights, the system notice finally rang out.
“Daily quest: Betrayal is complete. Quest objective: Betray 3 comrades who trust you, the reward depends on the strength of those who were betrayed.
Quest progress: Jinya.Beyar, Yingou.Beyar, Lily,Milan, the average strength of the three are above Gold-rank and your current strength. As the quest is completed perfectly, you are rewarded with the 10 Evil Points.”
“As I thought, betraying all of you is worth the effort.”
Alright, since the daily quest is completed and I have received my reward, now is the time for me to really try to get away.
After turning into a quiet corner, I put on a special silver magic robe with golden linings and a faceless silver metal mask. I stand there quietly while waiting for my pursuers to catch up.
“My…crap. Sorry, lord!!”
After turning at the corner, the furious Town Security troops immediately turn into obedient little girls.
Quickly, as Diana rushes over, she catches sight of me and her smug expression disappears completely. She becomes as quiet as a hibernating cicada, not daring to talk at all, behaving as though how one would act when looking at their superiors. Finally, as the captain, she bucks up her courage.
“Supreme Judge Lord Wumianzhe, why are you here?”
Yes, I, Roland.Mist, my other identity is the city’s top judicial officer Supreme Judge Wumianzhe. I am not their direct superior but their superior’s superior’s superior’s superior.
TL: Wu Mian Zhe means the one who doesn’t sleep and sort of have a literary meaning of how he overlooks the entire city for crimes at every single moment. Its English translation is ‘The Indefatigable One’.