Jiu Er sighed deeply.
She wiped the blood-stained axe on the corpse severed in two and muttered sadly, “Why did Annan not come to see me when he arrived in the capital?
“Is it that I have not unlocked the relevant plot yet? Do I have to wait until Miss Coffee arrives in the capital?”
“Miss Jiu Er?” Behind her, two neatly dressed and burly men bowed carefully and asked, “What did you just say?”
“Nothing.” Jiu Er replied lazily, “I will hack you to death if you ask questions again.”
Hearing this, those two men who were two heads taller than Jiu Er turned silent immediately and dared not to speak.
She had already gotten herself familiar with the royal capital.
She had found herself an excellent job in the past two days.
In the beginning, Jiu Er followed the RPG games approach and went to the tavern. She ordered a glass of milk and attempted to see if she could get some information.
In the end, she did not discover any new intelligence but got herself pestered.
A group of people saw Jiu Er alone in the tavern and wanted to ask her if she wanted to work in some shady jobs.
But after they got close, Jiu Er stood up impatiently with a stainless steel axe a bit taller than herself before they could say a word. Then, they immediately stopped in fear.
Luckily, the leader of the group was witty.
In the capital, the existence of transcenders was not as secretive as the circumstances in smaller and rural places.
At the very least, the stakeholders and people involved in these shady industries had clues of the transcenders here and there.
After all, they were in the capital of the Noah Kingdom. It was a large city with a population of more than four million. The palace alone covered an area of more than 100,000 square meters, and the area of one district alone exceeded the entire Roseburg territory.
The number of Gold Rank Transcender alone was already close to double digits. There were countless transcenders of Silver Rank and Bronze Rank. Sometimes, the Silver Sire could be seen strolling on the street.
For them, if they offended a transcender and were unaware of their situation, tragedy would fall onto them unknowingly. After all, the transcenders’ curse and abilities came in multiple ways. The soul rank might not determine their direct combat prowess. There were rituals too. Thus, having a Bronze Rank Transcender defeating a Silver Rank Transcender was not that surprising.
Moreover, ordinary people who could not fully understand the mechanism of “nightmare” and “curse” could only stay away from these powers they could not master.
After all, it was not easy to become a transcender.
It still depended on talent.
It was not an easy task just to become proficient in one’s path and fully understand and master the basic profession (reaching Level 10). Furthermore, not everyone could acquire the training for their basic profession too.
There were multiple dimensions: physical training, practicing swordsmanship, going through the cruel training dedicated to lurkers in acquiring the knowledge and awareness of poisons and traps, searching for a beast companion and living with them for a long time and intimately, and cultivating spirituality. All of them required talent, resources, and long-term effort.
By the time they reached the end of the path, they had to make sure they were not too old. At the very least, they had to maintain sharp thinking, adequate spirituality, intelligence, and luck to maintain a clear mind in the dream and complete the decryption and purification of the nightmare.
In this case, it was a tough challenge.
The nightmare was just a stricter decryption game for anyone with transcended power.
However, ordinary people could not stay awake in nightmares. For them, it was real but illogical. Things were up to their talent and luck without the transcended ritual to keep them awake in their dreams.
When they reached the end of their path, they had to be lucky enough to resolve a nightmare, and it would be enough to embark on the path of transcendence.
Talents, resources, abilities, connections, and luck were indispensable elements to success.
To effectively control the number of transcenders so as to reduce the pollution of the surrounding living environment caused by the nightmares that appeared after the transcender’s death, it was difficult for ordinary people to access the path of transcendence through the official channels.
As the wizards said, they must first consider their talents. The candidates had to be at least capable of fending for themselves against ordinary people. Then, temperament and morality were the second layer essential to be considered. They would not allow their candidates to venture into dishonest practices and crooked ways. Of course, they did not want their candidates to focus solely on personal gains with transcended power.
Objectively speaking, it was a good idea.
The conditions were essential to be met to ensure the public’s safety and control the density of nightmares in large population cities.
But on the other hand, this strategy also made ordinary people farther and farther away from the transcended world — almost blocking their access to the transcender’s world.
Ordinary people could not identify the source of curses and nightmares without a deep understanding of the transcended knowledge.
For them, “killing transcenders” or even “approaching transcenders or their corpses” could lead to curses and nightmares.
Even many ordinary people could not tell the difference between the transcender and the ritualist. They even suspect that if they offended a transcender, they would be cursed and killed by the transcender.
So under the deterrence caused by this monopoly of knowledge, those gangsters realized that Jiu Er was a transcender. They did not even test Jiu Er’s strength yet, but they immediately offered her a high salary and hired her as a thug.
Of course, even though Jiu Er was a hired thug, her status was high.
Jiu Er wore a gray turtleneck trench coat and black boots. She also had her profession nameplate on her chest, which indicated “Gray Swan Safety Insurance Company Special Technical Consultant Jiu Er” with the company address written as “No 117, Money Bag Street, St. Bernie District, Noah”.
“Gray Swan” was responsible for the underground boxing stadiums, casinos, and nightclubs in the entire St. Bernie District. These industries all belong to the Silver Sire’s subordinate deity, who was occasionally dubbed the “Deity of Protection Fees”. He was the Deity of Extortion and Promise Keeping, falling in the category of “protector”.
In other words, even the pimp, drug dealer, killer, and thief had to pay their taxes obediently in the Noah Royal Capital.
Indeed, the income from burglary and killers had to be reported and taxed. Otherwise, the Silver Knight of the Silver Sire Church would come directly to you.
In Noah, “tax evasion” could get you the death penalty.
It was not run by the kingdom but by the Silver Sire Church.
But on the other hand, as long as taxes were paid and even donated money for welfare, the shady industries could become legitimate companies.
Of course, the question of whether this company’s business was legal and how many criminals there were in it would not be handled by Silver Sire Church. Instead, the police station and the Attorney General Chamber would deal with them.
“Special consultants” like Jiu Er did not have much work. They were all hired to keep them from turning against the company.
They could not afford the price of recruiting a transcender.
The cost efficiency was pretty low.
After all, they were a regular and legal company. If a transcender stirred up trouble, they could directly report it to the Silver Sire Church.
What Jiu Er was in charge of was “dealing with the people who came to stir up trouble”.
Enemies who were not transcenders and not in groups.
The most challenging enemy she had ever encountered was a drunkard with a pistol.
However, she did not even have to use her axe. She punched him in the stomach and slapped him in the face before the fight ended.
The enemy she just hacked to death was a veteran lurker of a rival gang. The man used a trap to kill three of Gray Swan’s men, including a leader. So, they sent Jiu Er for “brutal revenge”.
As for the scapegoat, the company had arranged for it.
All Jiu Er was responsible for was “killing enough people to showcase their deterrence”.
Of course, she liked the job.
Even though it was not much, it offered a lot of experience.
Hahaha, you have to pay me and give me enemies to kill for experience points. I’m so lucky.
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