Even if the man didn’t surrender, Suuankou didn’t intend to kill him.
Suuankou didn’t forget that his main mission was to “retrieve Annan’s token”.
What he intended to do now was to get back his weapons and acquire more information to plan his next step.
After all, Suuankou was utterly unfamiliar with this environment, whereby he didn’t even know the taboos surrounding the people in this place. Of course, he didn’t know the distribution of political power in this city and its population either. Instead, he only knew two things:
1. His equipment was at 23 Rusty Water Street.
2. His mission objective was located at 35 Rusty Water Street.
Suuankou didn’t want to kick the door open and barge in, only to see more than 20 people inside looking at him with bewildered expressions.
He previously thought that someone must be stationed here on 23 Rusty Water Street.
In fact, Suuankou didn’t guess wrong at all.
If he came a little later, the two bandits should have returned; if he came to the place earlier and wasn’t vigilant enough, he might have been discovered by the two bandits from a distance after he appeared on the street.
He carefully chose to use the house across the street to scout this mission area to avoid facing this situation.
When Suuankou inquired about Gerald’s news, he was also cautious. First, he found a passerby and asked, “Is the dentist named Gerald in this clinic?”
After he got the message “Dr. Gerald seems to be missing some days”, Suuankou reappeared at the door and asked the second passerby, “Did Dr. Gerald come recently?”
After repeatedly asking three times, he could finally rest assured.
Suuankou’s cautious approach in his questions could only confirm the whereabouts of a dentist. Hence, no one should be wary of this. It was an expected question for those who traveled from afar to seek medical attention.
That was why he chose this approach.
If Suuankou foolishly asked the passersby, “how many people were there in the gang on No. 35,” he wouldn’t be able to get an answer. Those who knew the answer wouldn’t dare to let him know either.
If passersby noticed Suuankou might be inquiring about their information, they might leave immediately and inform Suuankou’s enemy.
In the end, Suuankou had decided to keep one of the enemies alive.
Otherwise, he wouldn’t risk attacking the enemy with an untested paralyzing ointment. Instead, he would have taken the enemy down with lethal poison.
In Suuankou’s original plan, he should have injured this person to the last breath. Then, he would cripple the enemy’s ability to move and incite the opponent’s desire to live so that he could interrogate him for information.
Then, depending on the situation, he would decide whether to kill the person or leave.
Of course, this decision mainly depended on the appearance of the surviving bandit, his attitude towards Suuankou, and the power of the bandit force.
Aren’t you giving up too quickly?
Before I made a move, you had already surrendered.
This made Suuankou hesitate.
Previously, he thought it would be the safest to cripple the hostages until they lose their ability to move to prevent them from bringing in reinforcement after he left.
If Suuankou kept beating up the bandit, the bandit might hold grudges and deliberately tell him false information.
Suuankou’s mind raced quickly, but he didn’t let this person wait too long.
He spoke solemnly, “I can’t let you go directly. Even if I let you go, it would be hard for me to explain to my higher-ups when you leave in one piece.”
“…What are you trying to do?” The man was silent for a while, then asked cautiously, “Do you serve the feudal lord?”
“I serve no one.” Suuankou was a little surprised but said in a deep voice, “I can spare your life, but you better stop poking your nose around.”
This unfortunate bandit was right. He had figured out that Suuankou belonged to the feudal lord’s faction, but just that they hadn’t met each other yet.
Suuankou was alerted and made up his mind.
Even if I don’t kill this man, I have to blind him at least.
To cut off any potential retaliation — He wouldn’t be able to identify me after losing his eyes. It would be far less dangerous. If I’m still concerned, I should cut off his tongue.
That was why Suuankou didn’t ask about the ambush that happened to him before he spawned.
Asking this question was equivalent to directly telling the enemy who he was. He probably won’t let the unfortunate bandit live if he leaked such obvious information. Instead, he wouldn’t mention it. That situation would be detrimental to Suuankou’s goal to get more intelligence.
Suuankou pondered for a while, then slowly said, “Where are your gangs’ gathering places? How many of you are there? How is your equipment?”
He mixed a couple of questions with the question he truly wanted to know to reduce the possibility of the victim bluffing.
After all, Suuankou didn’t know anything. Only in this way could he attempt to judge whether the hostage was speaking the truth or lying.
—Even if the hostage mentioned No. 35, it didn’t mean that what he said was the truth; but if he didn’t say the 35th, it was most likely a lie.
“…I now believe that you’re not serving the Feudal Lord.”
The man was silent for a while and then replied, “No. 35, No. 37, No. 39 Rusty Water Street, No. 13, No. 17 Crimson Water Street, No. 23, No. 25 Green Water Street. These are our gathering places…”
Hearing so many numbers, Suuankou was a little shocked.
“And~?” he asked.
The man was silent for a while before replying in a low voice, “Our exact numbers… I don’t know. After all, it changes all the time. Someone may die every night, and someone new may join at any time.”
“Tell me the exact number you last knew and the date you got it!”
Suuankou answered without hesitation, kicked the man, who faced him with his back, onto the ground and warned sternly, “Don’t look back! Don’t reach for the weapon. Just talk!”
“Wait, give me time to think…”
After the man finished speaking, he paused before speaking up, “The exact number… It should have been five days ago… No, six days ago. We had 170 members at that time, and there were 11 guns. However, if the situation allows, we can have 51 guns at most.”
“If the situation allows it?” Suuankou asked nervously.
11 guns — That number was too much pressure on him.
Even a few guns at 35 Rusty Water Street would be a massive threat to him.
These players were more cautious of firearms than the bandits of this era.
He was unsure on how to even invade this organization.
Do I need to take off this person’s clothes and blend in?
It’s still possible. I’m not playing Hitman. They just beat me up last night, right? I think they would still remember me?
The man said slowly, “When I say if the situation allows, it means…”
“—you’d better stay still.”
At this moment, a cold voice came from behind Suuankou.
He felt a sharp and pointed metal object pressing against his neck. The danger caused goosebumps on his neck. The skin contact even made him feel a slight tingling in his neck. He might have begun to bleed already.
It’s the enemy’s lurker! Suuankou’s pupils shrank suddenly.
At the moment when confusion arose, Suuankou instantly realized what went wrong.
The loud surrender previously wasn’t for him.
It was intended for accomplices who might have been outside just now!
That person didn’t open the door just like me, but sneaked in from the second floor!
He might have taken the same route!
Damn it, next time, I should leave some traps on my way to infiltrate a place.
If I have a second chance…
The young robber, who was kicked to the ground by Suuankou, picked up the scimitar he threw out previously in a hurry and stood up. Then, he turned around and mercilessly confiscated Suuankou’s weapon.
He also confiscated everything from Suuankou — including the stack of banknotes.
“This kid is quite rich.” The man was amazed.
The man behind Suuankou said coldly, “I’m afraid it’s a deposit—a deposit to trouble us.”
After he said that, he suddenly retrieved the dagger and hit Suuankou’s temple hard with the hilt.
He lost his visions as he fell forward weakly to the ground.
While he almost passed out, he noticed a tall and thin man behind him.
The young robber came over and kicked himself in the face hard, knocking away 50% of his health. However, the pain brought his consciousness back.
“Tie him up!” The man ordered, “Ask him if he has the antidote.”
Fuck your antidote.
I don’t even know what the hell the poison is called!
Suuankou cursed in his heart.
But at this moment, the door was suddenly kicked away.
The door that flew out just happened to knock the tall, thin man to the ground!
A petite figure with a giant axe darted in like a flash of lightning. She slammed into the young bandit quickly, launching him into the air!
The moment his body was knocked into the air, the axe directly cut him into two pieces!
Another figure walked directly to the tall, thin man and knocked him out with an iron staff.
“Huh…you haven’t eaten yet. Did you just come to this world to get beaten up?” Suuankou heard a familiar mockery.
Credits to MindMatrix for editing this chapter and improving the readability.
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