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After Winning The Esports Championship I'm Going To Pilot A Mecha

After Winning The Esports Championship I’m Going To Pilot A Mecha: Chapter 116

116. Yao Guang: “Ah Lie Lie?”

“He has a weapon!”

A person in the crowd pointed in a certain direction, and the others followed the gesture, seeing that he was pointing at a man with black vine tattoos on his face.

“I saw him earlier. He has a gun!”

When Tian Ji helped Bai Sha before, many people noticed. Now, hearing that there was an Aberration nearby, they immediately directed their attention towards Tian Ji.

Tian Ji frowned but didn’t say anything.

“Xiongdi 1.”

Song Shiyi stepped forward and sized up Tian Ji. “I might be a bit presumptuous, but the situation is urgent. Can we see your weapon?”

“Trolupke UP411.”

Tian Ji pulled aside his clothes, revealing the silver-gray gun handle. “This model has decent firepower. It’s fine against people, but against an Aberration, it might not even break through its force field.”

Tian Ji leaned towards Ji Mingzhu and whispered, “I have a feeling that the transport captain is a bit off.”

Ji Mingzhu felt the same way.

An Aberration nearby would be shocking news to most ordinary people, especially since most have never faced one directly. Even though this transport captain seemed experienced in wilderness survival, his calm demeanor was a bit too much.

Moreover, Ji Mingzhu noticed that although Song Shiyi was speaking to Tian Ji, his attention wasn’t fully on him. His eyes kept glancing to the left, giving the impression that his true focus lay elsewhere.

“I see.”

Song Shiyi nodded, looking a bit disappointed. “This gun indeed isn’t very effective against Aberrations… Does anyone else have a weapon that could cause significant damage to an Aberration? It’s time to stop hiding and show what you’ve got.”

“I know someone with a mech!”

Another person in the crowd raised their hand and shouted.

A mech?!

The crowd was first shocked, then overjoyed.

To ordinary people, mechs are something rarely encountered and are considered the best weapon against Aberrations. If there was a mech in the wilderness, their safety would be assured.

Song Shiyi asked in surprise, “Who has a mech?”

“It’s him!”

The person who spoke pointed to a bearded man in the crowd.

The bearded man’s face changed. “What nonsense are you talking about? I don’t have any mech.”

Yao Guang leaned over to Ji Mingzhu and whispered, “The owner of the truck I mentioned this morning is him.”

“I saw it with my own eyes.”

The accuser said, “Your truck is carrying a mech, isn’t it? Normal people wouldn’t bring something so heavy into the wilderness. Yesterday, when you got out of the truck, I saw a bit of the armored coating. We’re in this situation now, why keep pretending? Do you want everyone to die with you?”

“You…”

The bearded man tried to refute, but the surrounding people interrupted him.

“That’s right. If there’s really a mech, just take it out and use it…”

“If you lose your life, what’s the use of keeping a mech?”

“Even if we’re just a temporary group, we need to help each other. If an Aberration really comes, we’ll all die here.”

“Please, bring out the mech!”

“Roar…”

Suddenly, a terrifying Aberration roar sounded from not far away. The roar was particularly piercing in the quiet wilderness, instantly changing everyone’s expressions.

There’s really an Aberration!

Judging by the sound, the Aberration was nearby. The previously calm spectators couldn’t stay still anymore. With their lives in danger, they began to plead.

“An Aberration! There’s really an Aberration!”

“I don’t want to die here…”

“I have family, a wife, and kids. Please, brother, I don’t want to die!”

“Xiongdi, at this point…” Song Shiyi sighed and said, “I know mechs are precious, but right now there’s an Aberration nearby. We don’t know when it will attack. As precious as a mech is, it’s not more precious than human lives, don’t you think?”

His words were sincere, full of urgency, and focused on everyone’s safety. After he finished, he immediately received the crowd’s support.

“Song Ge is right, human lives are more precious than mechs!”

“How about this: if the mech gets damaged, we all chip in to cover the repair costs. How about that?”

“If there really is a mech, don’t hide it anymore. So many people are here, everyone has families. Nobody wants to die here. Don’t be selfish, okay?”

“Yeah, that’s right…”

The crowd chimed in with various opinions, urging the bearded man.

After a moment of silence, the bearded man sighed, “This mech doesn’t belong to me. It was hired by a wealthy consortium to transport. If something goes wrong, I really can’t afford it.”

Song Shiyi said, “The premise is that we all need to arrive safely at the satellite city, right? Xiongdi, listen to me. I’m from the Balk Consortium Transport Team. You’ve heard of the Balk Consortium, right? If there’s any damage, I’ll testify for you later. All losses and repair costs will be borne by the Balk Consortium, okay?”

After hesitating for a moment, the bearded man scanned the people in the group.

Among this makeshift wilderness group, there were people of all ages, not many young adults, but more women, elders, and children. Several little girls, upon hearing the news of the Aberration, hid in their parents’ arms, their watery eyes looking at him.

After a while, the bearded man finally relented, “Alright, I can lend out the mech, but… no one can operate it. The mech in my truck is a modified B+ grade mech. It requires at least a Level 3 pilot to operate. Do we have any Level 3 pilots in the group?”

Song Shiyi’s eyes lit up. “Yes, there’s a pilot among the people with me. He used to be the mech pilot responsible for escorting our transport team.”

As his words fell, a young man stood up from the crowd and raised his hand. “Song Bro, did you call for me?”

“We have a pilot, that’s great!”

“So young, yet already a Level 3 pilot?”

“Maybe he’s a genius… The key thing is, we’re saved!”

With the willingness of the bearded man to hand over the mech and a pilot in the group who could operate it, hope rose again in everyone’s hearts. They felt a sense of surviving a calamity, and they were grateful to Song Shiyi for stepping up to lead in a crucial moment.

“Don’t touch it yet!”

Seeing the young pilot about to approach and enter the cockpit, the bearded man quickly stopped him. “The mech’s cockpit has a recognition lock. You need a key to enter. Don’t touch it randomly.”

Song Shiyi’s expression changed slightly. “What’s the key?”

Just as the bearded man was about to speak, a clear voice came from beside them.

“How strange…”

This questioning voice sounded particularly piercing in the crowd. Those who had been relieved to survive were momentarily stunned. They followed the sound and saw a white-haired youth standing at the spot where the Aberration footprint was found earlier, looking down at something.

Song Shiyi’s face changed slightly, and he hurried forward. “Kid, move away quickly. This is an Aberration footprint. There might be residual force field radiation…”

Ji Mingzhu’s eye twitched.

Aberration radiation… What on earth was this?

Ji Mingzhu had fought the Aberrations several times and was a student of the Mech Combat Class at the Zongbingyi Academy. Whether in class or during his time at Pinghuosi, he had never heard of Aberration force fields or radiation.

However, seeing the people around him firmly believe in it, and their actions of stepping back two steps, this kind of talk seemed to have a market. People always tend to believe in these bizarre explanations for the unknown. Ordinary people who stay away from the battlefield on weekdays know very little about the Aberrations, so it’s reasonable for them to believe in such things.

But Song Shiyi, as the so-called captain of the so-called transport team, with his extensive experience in the wilderness, saying such things was a bit odd.

“Don’t you find it strange?” Yao Guang raised his head, his expression innocent and naive. “Do Aberrations have such discipline ah? When they walk, do they step so precisely 2, like ducks?”

Song Shiyi frowned. “What nonsense are you talking about?”

“Otherwise, why are the footprints of this Aberration so clear and neat?” Yao Guang put on a look of innocence and ignorance. “Even the edges of its claws are so smooth. Isn’t the footprint left by normal walking like this? It’s like… it’s been artificially dug out.”

As soon as he said this, everyone was stunned.

“Sorry, I was just talking nonsense.”

Seeing everyone looking at him, Yao Guang smiled apologetically. “Don’t mind me.”

Ji Mingzhu whispered, “…Yao Guang is pretending to be innocent so convincingly.”

Tian Ji: “…”

“We can’t joke about such things.”

Song Shiyi’s face calmed down. “Aberrations are very dangerous, and the wilderness is where most Aberrations are found. Isn’t it normal to find Aberration footprints here? As for these footprints, since we rarely encounter Aberrations, no one knows how they were left.”

“That’s true.”

Yao Guang smiled, then suddenly changed the subject. “Song Ge, is the pay for the transport team high?”

Song Shiyi was taken aback, seemingly not expecting the conversation to take such a sudden turn from the white-haired youth in front of him. However, Yao Guang’s words just now made him alert: “It’s not high. Why do you ask?”

“If the pay isn’t high, how could you afford the RFT-21 holographic sound device?”

Song Shiyi’s face changed dramatically.

“I didn’t make a mistake, did I?”

Yao Guang tilted his head and pointed to a pendant hanging from Song Shiyi’s waist. “It’s the RFT-21 Holographic Onomatopoeia device produced by Will Defoe Corporation two years ago. Only twenty thousand units were sold on the market, and it’s not cheap. To be able to spend so much money on it, there should be very important audio stored inside, right? Let me see…”

As he spoke, Yao Guang took out his light brain and tapped on it a few times.

Just as Song Shiyi was about to say something, he heard a soft beep coming from the device around his waist.

【Unknown data infiltration detected… Control has been taken over.】

Song Shiyi: What the heck?

The next second, the same roar of the Aberration from earlier rang in everyone’s ears again.

“Aberration… the Aberration is back!”

“It’s the same sound as before!”

“Wait… why does this sound exactly like before?”

“It seems to be coming from there…”

Everyone’s gaze instantly converged on the device at Song Shiyi’s waist.

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Translator Notes
  1. Younger brother; not necessarily biological[]
  2. 一板一眼 yī bǎn yī yǎn lit. one strong beat and one weak beats in a measure of music (two beats in the bar) (idiom); fig. follow a prescribed pattern to the letter / scrupulous attention to detail[]
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