Chapter 153: The Deadly A-43 Relic
“Now we almost have a troop of million size, right?”
Yuan Yuan made the robot equivalent of a nasty face towards Han and said, “Master, how can it be that simple. The cargo ship’s explosion was very violent, damaging vast majority of parts and components, and also through thousands of years salvaging in the past, intact parts have almost been all collected.”
“We estimated, the most we can finish here are 500 to 600 thousand robots’ assembly, if we managed to scuttle the whole thing, where the largest number are engineering robots, accounting for about 80%.”
Han nodded, robots’ structures are extremely sophisticated and complex, the circulation system and nerve micro reactor controller inside are all cutting-edge products that the current Milky Way Galaxy is unable to manufacture. In other words, even if a robot looks intact on the outside but the energy source and nerve system is damaged, it still cannot be put into use.
It seems that Han cannot obtain his giant robot army directly form the valley, and the most realistic outcome is acquiring only 600 thousand robots and large quantity of robot parts.
According to the standard Milky Way corps composition, it’s equivalent to having 5 engineering corps plus one comprehensive battle corps.
Speaking solely about Han’s most important task at the moment, which is to manufacture second-generation starships, 5 engineering corps plus one comprehensive battle corps is enough. After all, robots don’t need to eat or rest, and they are very loyal, with an efficiency of about 8 to 10 times higher than humans. With the current corps Han has, it’s equivalent to having a medium to high level professional shipyard.
“Follow the original plan, collect all debris in this star system as soon as possible, assemble as much as possible and store the rest as spare parts.”
“After our mobile shipyard and armed mining ship receives the supplies, start manufacturing operations immediately, focus on producing 3 models of second-generation starships.” Han ordered in a deep voice.
In the blink of an eye, half of a month passed, during which, the robot troops have finished salvaging all the debris inside the shipwreck valley. So, Han’s troops began mining and repair operations, converting to mineral mining and ship manufacturing tasks.
The manufacturing process is as follows, the armed mining ship is responsible for the extraction of needed minerals from galactic wilderness and it will perform the refining process onboard on the spot, then sending the various refined alloys to the two mobile shipyards where the complete production lines are.
The large number of robots followed the blueprint to directly mine from the deep space while manufacturing the ships at the same time, building along the way. The 1st mobile shipyard is responsible for manufacturing banshee-class assault warship and Demon Eye-class recon ship, while the 2nd mobile shipyard is responsible for making Ghost-class heavy assault ship.
The days are a little boring, and if nothing goes wrong, then Han’s governor career will continue. He really likes Undercurrent Fortress, the residents here are as poor as people originally were on Earth, but they don’t lack the love for their home planet and the passion for the construction of a better future.
Han focused on the manufacture of second-generation warships, the research in drugs, the enhancement of fusion bases, the improvement of his forbidden martial art.
In short, in this piece of galactic wilderness far away from the Milky Way Galaxy, Han found the long-lost peace.
Unfortunately, to Han, tranquility will always be short-lived. Maybe it’s because of the word “Lang” (TL: Han’s full name is Han Lang, and Lang means wave or homeless), he is destined to be moving around, wandering.
It has only been 47 days since Han became the governor, and at the Milky Way Galaxy, something happened, something far-reaching to Han and any humans, and that is the activation of the newest extinction domain in the galaxy, A-43.
Qinshang, one of the oldest empires among the 12 permanent members of the Milky Way Galaxy, has always been low-key acting but is equipped with extraordinary power.
Within the border of Qinshang empire, Iron-cross constellation, last planet.
Above the prairie, patrol warships were constantly flying around, defending. The fixed settlement constructed with alloy structure on the endless grassland is already not enough, and the new-coming soldiers had no choice but to live inside the warships or even put up tents.
No one knows at this time, how many Qinshang soldiers are really gathered here at the Iron-cross constellation, because the activation of an A-class relic, even to a giant empire like Qinshang, is also an extremely dangerous task that must be taken seriously.
Of course, although Qinshang empire treats this A-class relic activation very seriously, They would never request reinforcements from other permanent management nations in the galaxy. If they did, it would be considered a sign of weakness.
The reason why a permanent member is recognized to be one in the first place, it’s because they are equipped with a unique power to activate, explore, and manage the most dangerous A-class relic in the Milky Way.
In the center of the prairie surrounded by countless warships and soldiers, there is a formation of giant statues.
The A-19 relic that Han had been to, there were 4 Ares statues up to one hundred thousand meters in height, with a powerful and extraordinary look.
275,000 meters, that’s the height of the statues that Qinshang empire precisely measured before. According to the known information, the Ares statues here at this A-class relic, is the highest among all known A-class relics in the galaxy.
No one knows who are these gods carved in stone, but if one stands on top of the circle of these statues and look down, the entrance to A-43 relic can be seen.
That’s a huge metal disc, and its diameter 275,000 meters. It’s covered in mysterious and complex patterns, and nobody could ever decipher the meaning of these patterns. All people know is that once its broken, the entrance to this relic will appear, and when jumped down, people can enter another world.
At the moment, there are a few people walking around on the giant metal disc. They are all relic experts of the Qinshang empire, performing some final assessments before activating the relic and using multi-frequency scanning machines to resolve the relic’s internal area and number of buildings.
Until today, the Milky Way galaxy’s research level towards these extinction domains are still very low, humans can only do rough estimates of the size of the relics and judge what level the site belongs based on its size.
This is the most common practice in the galaxy, but now, Qinshang empire encountered a problem they’ve never encountered before.
“Look, the digits changed again! It’s increased by 63 million units since the last assessment!” After collecting the data, a professor that specializes in the study of extinction domains exclaimed.
“How many changes have there been?”
“Then how many times did we assess this relic in total?”
“Also 11981 times.”
Everyone at the scene gasped, they suddenly realized, ever since the discovery of this A-class relic, every probe data is different. This strange relic is constantly changing.
“Could it be that our calculation machine or data model is wrong?”
“Impossible, we have brought over 1200 units of the same model estimation machine, and there were as many as 300 machines assessing this relic together and tried no less than 500 algorithms. All at the same time!”
“And the result?”
“The result confirmed that the constant change in data is not because of the data model but the relic itself.”
“Does the operational headquarter know about the results?”
“And what’s their decision?”
“The operation HQ felt that we’ve waited for too long. Unless we can present evidence convincing enough to prevent the relic from being activated, they will be officially opening this relic at midnight.”
“That’s a little risky.”
“The operational HQ said, A-class relics all have a vertical entrance, the dark beasts inside the relic had never rushed out before. During the long course of human exploration of extinction domains, only many years ago, during the activation of A-1, the Dark King crisis happened. Aside from that they were all safe. So, they don’t agree with our suggestion to not activate the extinction domain due to the constant change in data.”
“It’s still very risky. The Dark King crisis wiped out the strongest espers in the galaxy, and all armies we sent were almost all annihilated. Although there isn’t a case of dark beasts escaping A-class relic, but we still can’t forget about the harm that the Dark King once brought to humanity.
“It’s useless. The people at the HQ said, with the galaxy’s combat power today, even if there appears a second Dark King, the Alliance also has enough ability to annihilate the threat. For so many years, the Alliance has been preparing for this.”
“Well, we will just obey then. How much longer until midnight?”
“Less than 6 hours.”
Eventually, the research team could not present sufficient evidence to convince HQ to abandon this mission.
An empire obviously has the dignity of an empire, as early as a few months ago, Qinshang empire has informed the other permanent member nations that it will activate the A-class relic by itself, and the date was set.
Now, there’s nothing that can stop this empire’s army to destroy the giant alloy disc, break through the seal, and reveal the true face of A-43 relic.
When it was 1 hour until midnight, the research team evacuated.
A crow-class battleship carried a huge oscillator with alloy rope, placed the oscillator at the center of the metal disc and then sped away.
The dark quiet night is almost suffocating, everyone’s waiting for the oscillator to destroy the metal disc, waiting for the commander to press the red button.
Time passed second by second, and when the time directly points toward midnight…
A clear noise came from the darkness immediately after the red button was pressed. The oscillator issued a roar that’s enough to pierce the sky, and within only a few seconds the giant alloy disc was shattered into hundreds of pieces,, along with the high-power oscillator, falling into the abyss that leads to the relic.
“Listen, there seems to be noise coming from the relic.” Some nervous young soldiers that were guarding at the entrance whispered to each other.