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Genius Mechanic

Genius Mechanic: Chapter 113

Coria Contaminated Zone (Restricted Zone)

  1. Rushed Repairs

Proofread by Cloud Chip Cake

A few minutes earlier, Ying Chenlin might have agreed with the strategy to guard the base station, but when it was confirmed that the supporting mecha pilots were trapped outside the Restricted Zone, he hesitated to endorse this decision. Currently, they indeed had ample energy, but the pollutants they were dealing with weren’t ordinary. While ordinary pollutants could be dealt with by force, those unidentified energy-based pollutants were clearly beyond their handling capabilities.

With insufficient support and more powerful tentacles outside, which could not be dealt with by their mecha’s means, the radar detection issues… These accumulating problems posed too great a safety hazard to the mecha pilots. Relying solely on Gale’s medical mecha and him, they can’t solve the issue of irreversible mecha damages. In the end, they might not even be able to hold out for half a day.

Without support, an operational approach centered around the base station was too restrictive for the mecha pilots, only increasing mecha damage.

As a mechanic, he couldn’t bear to watch the mecha pilots undertake high-risk missions under such hazardous conditions.

Ying Chenlin had a rough idea of ​​the magnitude of the energy reaction here. The energy reaction’s level had already exceeded the original by 20%, indicating that the base station’s shielding system might not be able to mask the energy’s scent here anymore. Coria’s Contaminated Zone belonged to the category with high-risk pollutants, with a plethora of pollutants inside. Situated in the forest, the Restricted Zone’s outer perimeter was likely completely blocked by now.

“Having the base station as a priority is too dangerous,” Ying Chenlin continued. “We are already on our own. If there’s no future support from mecha pilots, such self-consuming decisions will only lead to our demise here.”

Upon hearing the young and resolute voice, Lieutenant Lu’s mind inexplicably conjured up certain memories. He subconsciously looked at You Su, who was standing next to Ying Chenlin. “He said the same thing as you back then.”

The man in the KID combat suit had an indifferent expression, his appearance much more mature than eight years ago, but his scrutinizing gaze remained unchanged over the years. His casualness and confidence hadn’t changed in so many years, but compared to now, eight years ago, You Su was more youthful and impulsive… Back then, he dared to openly defy the lead commander in the combat channel.

Upon hearing this, You Su chuckled, then looked at Ying Chenlin. “Do you want to know why the Frontier Army insists on guarding the base station?”

Ying Chenlin glanced sideways slightly. You Su was still standing not far behind him, but for some reason, an indifferent expression had returned to his face, and his eyes were once again fixed on him.

You Su remained calm. “Because if this base station is destroyed, the border will fall.”

Ying Chenlin’s pupils contracted upon hearing this. “What do you mean?”

Seeing this, Lieutenant Lu raised his voice, “You Su!”

Huo Yan stepped forward to stand between Ying Chenlin and You Su, looking directly at Lieutenant Lu. He spoke directly, “Lieutenant Lu, I understand that it’s inconvenient for the Frontier Army to disclose the mission details, but now that we, the Alliance Mecha units, have also taken on the mission, we should know why we’re guarding this base station.”

Lieutenant Lu’s gaze was firmly fixed on You Su.

“Lieutenant Lu, we have a reason to know,” Qi Sicheng stepped forward, “Lu Xi, release the information.”

After a moment of hesitation, Lu Xi finally approached and showed the images she captured inside the research institute after Ying Chenlin and You Su discovered the underground facilities. Curiously, she explored the lower floors and found large cultivation Tanks. These Tanks had already shattered, and the liquids inside seeped through the cracked floor, creating an eerie scene.

Upon seeing these things, Lieutenant Lu’s expression twitched slightly, and a trace of conflict flashed across his face.

Finally, he picked up the communicator, “I will consult with the superiors about the mission details, but as for the specific situation—”

Before he could finish speaking, a sudden vibration came from above, and everyone speaking abruptly turned their gaze upward.

A certain pollutant crossed the line of defense held by the mecha pilots and collided with the defense system, causing a violent shock.

“Permission has been granted by the higher-ups. I will inform you of the mission details, but now the immediate priority is—” Lieutenant Lu didn’t have time to linger here. He was about to leave when he heard Ying Chenlin’s voice, and he paused halfway.

Ying Chenlin said, “Something’s wrong.”

You Su glanced sideways, noticing that Ying Chenlin was looking up, his eyes fixed on the location hit by the pollutant.

Ying Chenlin realized the seriousness of the issue and immediately ran towards the main control room of the base station. “The defense system is weakening!”

When news of the defense system’s weakening came out, Lieutenant Lu’s face became extremely ugly.

You Su noticed the changes in the sky, suddenly thinking of something. “Go to the energy repository!”

Ying Chenlin abruptly stopped, hearing You Su’s words. He looked up, and upon seeing a certain change, his expression tightened.

The gradual weakening of the light shield was not a system issue but due to a lack of supporting energy.

Not knowing the internal layout of the base station, he asked, “Where is the energy repository!?”

At this moment, Lieutenant Lu seemed to have decided something. “I know the location, follow me.”

Seeing Ying Chenlin and the others heading into the base station, Lu Xi asked, “What do we do now?”

“What else can we do?” Huo Yan gritted his teeth, looking at the place higher up. Thinking of what You Su had just said, he added, “We can only stand guard for now.”

Qi Sicheng saw more and more pollutants gathering outside and immediately chose to turn around and follow Huo Yan to run outside.

The energy repository of Base Station C-147 was located on the second basement’s floor. Descending the stairs from the side of the building where the station control room was located, they reached their destination in less than two minutes. Just as they descended to the underground second floor, they smelled the strong scent of energy fuel. Lieutenant Lu lifted the restrictions on the underground second floor and led Ying Chenlin and You Su directly to their destination.

When the door of the energy repository opened, what greeted them was a fractured energy conduit from high above. Several cracks appeared on the interior walls of the energy repository, and the leaked energy from the disconnected conduit dripped downward, forming a pool of energy fuel on the ground. Upon seeing the situation, Ying Chenlin immediately rushed forward, reaching the energy device first to confirm the situation.

Lieutenant Lu looked puzzled, “The base station’s energy repository has been specially reinforced. How could there be cracks?”

You Su swept his gaze over the surrounding cracks. “These cracks are not external; it seems more like they were caused by vibrations from deep below.”

He looked at Lieutenant Lu with a faint tone, “What else could it be? Something is overly active.”

Ying Chenlin breathed a sigh of relief when he saw the condition of the other energy conduits. This energy repository was indeed somewhat special compared to others; all of them were specially reinforced, and certain active energy conduits were handled separately. At least there was no need to worry about the issue of an explosion due to a leak here.

However, apart from this, a serious problem lay before him.

Several energy conduits showed cracks, and it was unknown how long the leak had been occurring. But since it could lead to insufficient energy supply for the base station’s defense system, there must be other issues with some of the conduits… If not dealt with urgently, other base station systems might also face problems.

“We should be thankful that this place has been specially reinforced, and that the designers of the energy repository had contingency plans. When the vibration caused the damage, the emergency measures of the energy repository were activated, preventing more serious consequences,” Ying Chenlin said, staring at the virtual screen in front of him intently. “But here’s the bad news: the emergency measures have been activated for a long time now. The directions the energy conduits above run are chaotic, and the energy required for the defense system hasn’t reached its intended destination.”

Lieutenant Lu noticed Ying Chenlin’s movements. “What are you planning to do?”

Ying Chenlin took out his repair kit, looked up, and replied, “An emergency repair.”


Inside Coria’s Management Bureau, the Dawn staff returned to the rest area after gathering information. Facing the remaining mecha pilots of the Dawn Galaxy, they said, “It seems like several Frontier Army mecha pilot squads have gone to the Jump Zone. There are so many new people coming.”

Inside the lounge, the virtual screen suspended in the air displayed radar information near the Restricted Zone within Coria’s Contaminated Zone, with dense pollutants crowding and moving around. The newly entered mecha information on the radar map was almost drowned out within it.

Jiang Simiao operated and said, “When Qiu Jin was attacked before, the pollutants were still attacking separately. The pollution level in Coria is higher than in Qiu Jin, and this time almost everything is rushing in the direction of the Restricted Zone.”

“And what about the Frontier Army’s support?” Hu Luobu, arms crossed, looked at the situation, puzzled. “Deploying mecha pilots to clear everything with this scale is too slow. What is the Frontier Army doing? They could just use heavy weapons to clear out the area.”

“Maybe the Frontier Army dares not use them, wanting to protect the Restricted Zone’s shielding system?” Jiang Simiao’s head was spinning. The situation was impossible to assess at a glance. “There are too many pollutants, and even the radar system is affected. At this rate, we might not even be able to contact our own people.”

On the other side, Black Crow’s group, who had been silent, looked over.

Chi Lizi was browsing the StarNet. “I saw some news online saying that someone discovered the actions of the Frontier Army here and they’re discussing it.”

The situation was too unusual. After coming out of the mission site, they had been staying in the lounge the whole time. Seeing the situation in Coria getting worse and worse, how could they, as mecha pilots, stay here? Ke Lin and the leader of the YDS base looked at each other, then turned to leave. Just as Ke Lin pushed open the door, Hu Luobu and Chi Lizi followed.

Ke Lin: “What’s up?”

Hu Luobu: “Old Zhao and Ji Qingfeng are still inside.”

Chi Lizi turned his head, saw the encouraging look from Black Crow’s leader, and said, “If you sneak in, take me with you. Our leader said so.”

Black Crow’s leader: “…”

Ke Lin: “I’m going to listen in at the control room, are you coming?”

As they spoke, they suddenly noticed that the door of the adjacent lounge for the Second Star Domain had also opened.

Bai Xuyan walked out, followed by a group of mecha pilots from the Second Star Domain.

When the mecha pilots from both sides faced each other, Hu Luobu and Chi Lizi inexplicably stepped back behind Ke Lin.

Ke Lin looked at Bai Xuyan. “What’s up?”

“Our inter-domain conflicts aside,” Bai Xuyan glanced at the direction leading to the Jump Zone, “Our actions are aligned. The situation in Coria cannot be ignored any longer.”

The trio from the Dawn Galaxy looked at him.

Bai Xuyan’s face turned cold. “Take me to eavesdrop.”


In the Coria Management Bureau’s control room, various contact screens from different areas were connected in the center of the room.

Inside the Restricted Zone, there were attacks by non-energy type pollutants, while outside the Restricted Zone, there was a large number of pollutants surrounding it.

The mobilized Frontier Army was on its way here, deploying a large number of troops, but they dared not use heavy weapons because the shielding system of the Restricted Zone couldn’t withstand the bombardment of heavy weapons.

The seriousness of the situation was not only here but also in the recent report from Lieutenant Lu—

The mecha pilots entering the base station were attacked by something beneath the research institute.

The Coria Director’s expression was grim as he looked at the recent report from Lieutenant Lu. He shook his head and said, “This shouldn’t be happening. Every time we inspect it, that thing underground is always lifeless, with no signs of attacking people. Are the mecha pilots from Gale’s side sure they didn’t make a mistake?”

Old Qiu’s eyebrows were tightly furrowed.

A staff member received a message and looked at Old Qiu, “Old Qiu, in Lieutenant Lu’s message, he’s asking if we should inform the other mecha pilots of the mission details?”

The mission inside the Restricted Zone has an S-class classification, and all mecha pilots participating in the mission weren’t allowed to disclose any details. From the initial rescue till now, everyone in the control room hadn’t mentioned any information about this matter to outsiders.

But now, the participants weren’t only Frontier Army mecha pilots, but also several mecha pilots from the Dawn Galaxy Mecha Alliance. It was no longer something that could be concealed with simple words.

Old Qiu looked at the man in the middle of the contact screen in the highest position, “Lieutenant General.”

The middle-aged man representing the Frontier Army on the contact screen had a stern expression. He looked at all the conditions in the current Coria Restricted Zone, and his eyes, like a hawk’s, seemed to be scanning something.

On the other side of the communication, Li Jingyan, representing the Dawn Galaxy Mecha Alliance, frowned heavily. He sighed and said, “Lieutenant General, considering the Mecha Alliance’s participation in this matter, mecha pilots involved should have the right to know.”

Shen Xingtang and Zhang Ge also looked at that person.

Finally, after a moment of silence, the middle-aged man spoke, “Old Qiu.”

Old Qiu, who was called, stepped forward and looked at the Gale and KID base’s leaders, saying, “Let’s start with the events in the Restricted Zone more than twenty years ago.”

As soon as Old Qiu began to speak, the voices in the control room involuntarily stopped.

“Base Station C-147 was once a Weapon Research Institute under the Frontier Defense Research Institute. At the time, the environmental conditions in the Coria Contaminated Zone weren’t as severe as they are today, meeting the standards for establishing the institute.” Old Qiu explained in a low voice, “At that time, Chief Ying Songshan presided over all weapon research. Many heavy weapons the Frontier Army uses today were developed at that time, until twenty years ago when the mutant pollutant ‘Fire’ attacked the Coria Contaminated Zone.”

“The core location of that attack was right at the current location of the Restricted Zone. The strength of the mutant pollutant ‘Fire’ far exceeded that of other pollutants. In the end, the Frontier Army had to mobilize its special forces to suppress it, and that pollutant was killed by Major General Ying after nearly two days of battle.”

Old Qiu paused here and sighed after a while, “But unexpectedly, that was just the beginning. The subsequent pollutant riots caused by the mutant pollutant ‘Fire’ lasted for more than half a year. The riot resulted in the deaths of many researchers and Frontier Army soldiers. In the end, the Frontier Army had to deploy a large number of troops to completely suppress the pollutants.”

Old Qiu spoke slowly, as if recalling the past, “Base Station C-147 suffered attacks from a large number of pollutants, and the surrounding environment was no longer suitable for weapon research. The researchers planned to evacuate all research results and heavy weapons. However, the attack of that pollutant caused damage to the internal facilities of the base station, destroying a research cultivation Tank at that time.”

At this point, everyone was stunned.

A staff member received a message and looked at Old Qiu, “Old Qiu, Lieutenant Lu’s message, should we inform other mecha pilots of the mission details?”

The mission level inside the Restricted Zone is S-class, and all mecha pilots participating in the mission are not allowed to disclose any details. From the initial rescue to now, everyone in the Control Room has not mentioned any information about this matter to outsiders.

But now, the participants weren’t just Frontier Army mecha pilots but also several mecha pilots from the Dawn Galaxy Mecha Alliance. It was no longer something that could be concealed with simple words.

Old Qiu looked at the man in the middle of the contact screen at the higher position, “Major General.”

The middle-aged man representing the Frontier Army in the contact screen had a stern expression. He looked at all the conditions in the current Coria Restricted Zone, and his eyes, like a hawk’s, seemed to be scanning something.

On the other side of the communication, Li Jingyan, representing the Dawn Galaxy Mecha Alliance, frowned tightly. He sighed and said, “Major General, considering the participation of the Mecha Alliance in this matter, mecha pilots involved should have the right to know.”

Shen Xingtang and Zhang Ge also looked at that person.

Finally, after a moment of silence, the middle-aged man spoke, “Old Qiu.”

Old Qiu, who was called, stepped forward and looked at the leaders of Hurricane and KID bases, saying, “Let’s start with the events in the Restricted Zone more than twenty years ago.”

As soon as Old Qiu began to speak, the voices in the Control Room involuntarily stopped.

“Base Station C-147 was once the Weapon Research Institute under the Frontier Defense Research Institute. At that time, the environmental conditions in the Coria Contaminated Zone were not as severe as they are today, meeting the standards for establishing the institute.” Old Qiu explained in a low voice, “At that time, Chief Ying Songshan presided over all weapon research. Many heavy weapons of the Frontier Army today were developed at that time, until twenty years ago when the mutant pollutant ‘Fire’ attacked the Coria Contaminated Zone.”

“The core location of that attack was right at the current location of the Restricted Zone. The strength of the mutant pollutant ‘Fire’ far exceeded other pollutants. In the end, the Frontier Army had to mobilize special forces to suppress it, and that pollutant was killed by Chief Ying after nearly two days of battle.”

Old Qiu paused here and sighed after a while, “But unexpectedly, that was just the beginning. The subsequent pollutant riots caused by the mutant pollutant ‘Fire’ lasted for more than half a year. The riot resulted in the deaths of many researchers and Frontier Army soldiers. In the end, the Frontier Army had to deploy a large number of troops to completely suppress the pollutants.”

Old Qiu spoke slowly, as if recalling the past, “Base Station C-147 suffered attacks from a large number of pollutants, and the surrounding environment was no longer suitable for weapon research. The researchers planned to evacuate all research results and heavy weapons. However, that pollutant’s attack caused damage to the internal facilities of the base station, destroying a research cultivation Tank at the time.”

“The solution used in that research cultivation Tank was a biological liquid weapon. The damage to the cultivation Tank caused all the residual pollutants to seep into the broken walls. At that time, all the weapons in the arsenal located at the bottom of the base station were contaminated with the residual solution, resulting in a special reaction.”

Upon hearing this, Zhang Ge was stunned, “…Did those contaminated liquids cause mutations?”

“It’s not mutation, but those contaminated liquids contained special components,” Old Qiu said, “Because of their reaction when merged with the surrounding pollutants and weapons. When we wanted to evacuate the weapons, it was already impossible. The weapons contaminated by the liquid were almost wholly fused with the entirety of the base station’s walls. Their appearances changed drastically, the internal energy pipes were all tangled, making it impossible to store them in storage devices or cut them away along the original design’s lines.”

Shen Xingtang was slightly taken aback by these words. These were events she had never heard of during her mission eight years ago. “Are you saying that those weapons are still below the base station?”

“Yes,” Old Qiu couldn’t help but sigh, “Because the fusion and destruction caused by those contaminated liquids resulted in those weapons completely getting out of our control. A slight mishap would cause those weapons to explode. The researchers tried several methods and finally proposed a way to render the weapons ineffective. However, the commonly used tools for weapon neutralization were ineffective against the fused polluted weapons. Eventually, the former Station Chief, Ying Songshan, utilized the special structure of base station C-147 to establish the Restricted Zone’s shielding system.”

Shen Xingtang paused, “So the Coria Contaminated Zone originated from this.”

“Yes,” Coria’s Director stood with his hands behind his back, “Those weapons have always been a hidden danger. The Frontier Army could only seal off Base Station C-147. Over the years, Old Qiu has been leading researchers in search of a way to neutralize those special weapons, while the Frontier Army sends people into the restricted zone to clear out pollutants at regular intervals. The situation in the Restricted Zone is special, and this secret can’t be known by too many people, lest it be exploited by malicious individuals.”

One of the staff members listening became somewhat worried, “What will happen if those weapons explode?”

Old Qiu said, “With the energy content of those weapons, it’s enough to make the entire Coria Contaminated Zone disappear.”

When this statement fell, silence enveloped the surroundings.

The Coria Contaminated Zone’s location was unique; it was the closest to the border of the First and Second Star Domains’ polluted areas. If this Contaminated Zone were to disappear, it would be equivalent to creating a gap in the Frontier Army’s established polluted zone line of defense, which would endanger the border defenses of the First and Second Star Domains.

Zhang Ge listened to this in astonishment. No wonder they had to guard the base station so strictly.

If the base station were to be destroyed, the consequences would be unimaginable.

“But in our reconnaissance up until last year, there were no signs of these special energy-based pollutants, and there was only one fused weapon underground. It’s impossible for pollutants that attack humans to appear,” Old Qiu said with a very serious expression, “If that’s the case… it can only mean that the fused weapon is still active.”

Before he could finish speaking, the alarm sounded in the control room.

Everyone’s attention was immediately drawn to the source of the alarm.

“Not good,” said the staff member who answered the alarm, “The energy detector in Base Station C-147’s defense system has indicated there’s insufficient energy.”

Shen Xingtang immediately looked at the imaging system installed in the base station. On the system, she saw several mechas flying outside the base station, as well as the base station system, as its purple light effects were noticeably dimmer than before. She asked, “Is the energy supply inside the base station sufficient?”

Losing energy supply to the defense system is equivalent to having no defense at all, and no one dared to take that risk.

“It’s possible that there’s a problem with the energy repository of the base station,” Old Qiu said urgently. “Contact the mecha pilots inside the base station and have them check the situation in the energy repository.”

Coria’s Director said, “But even if they go to the energy repository, then what? None of the mecha pilots entering from the Frontier Army know how to repair the energy repository—”

When the energy repository was mentioned, Zhang Ge inexplicably felt a strange sense of familiarity. “I seem to have heard Zhao Lejie say that in your base—”

Shen Xingtang slightly tilted her head, her gaze sweeping over the switching imaging system.

The situation of the energy repository in Base Station C-147 appeared in front of everyone. They saw that there were two broken pipes inside the energy repository. But before they could see the condition inside clearly, they saw a young man climbing up despite the risk of energy leakage. He was clinging to a high pipe, carrying a huge maintenance pack on his back, and clearly climbing towards a certain position.

Everyone in the control room was slightly stunned by this situation.

“A red team uniform? Is this KID’s mecha pilot?”

“How can a mecha pilot act recklessly like this? What if he touches the wrong energy source?”

One of the energy management staff members said unexpectedly, “Several internal pipes are broken now. Can we establish contact with the scene? What is the current situation of the energy repository device?”

Old Qiu suddenly froze when he saw the man’s right hand clearly. He whispered, “It’s Ying Chenlin.”

Several leaders on the contact screen also looked at the monitoring images. Li Jingyan’s gaze paused slightly.

The middle-aged man from the First Star Domain’s Frontier Army Headquarters looked at the somewhat weak figure and frowned. “Can he handle the situation when entering the energy repository?”

No one in the control room could answer. At this moment, Shen Xingtang looked up at the middle-aged man and said, “Lieutenant General, he can handle it.”

The voice on the contact screen stopped for a while, and the general’s gaze fell on Shen Xingtang. He asked, “How confident are you?”

Shen Xingtang took a deep breath and then said seriously, “Confident enough to empty half of the Tianyu Star’s energy repository.”

TN:

Tang Jie, do you really want to mention your mechanic stealing energy at this time?!

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