Chapter 45: Ancient Battleground
Han was shocked and asked surprisingly, “Earth still has a B-class Extinction Site?!”
According to what Li Yu just described, a B-class extinction site was an extremely valuable existence that can only be captured by the more developed and powerful planets in the Milky Way galaxy. The result of excavating an extinction site was, of course, an immeasurable amount of wealth. Han never would’ve guessed, a small planet like Earth was capable of having a B-class extinction site!
Li Yu slightly nodded, “Earth really has a B class extinction site, and since you are already an official member of the Extinction Site Administration, I don’t have to keep it confidential towards you anymore.”
“But you know what’s sad? It’s that we defend a gold mine but we can’t harvest any of that gold! We have no choice but to watch the wealth sleep underground.”
Han was shocked for a second, “Because we are too weak? But didn’t you say before that we can partner with other big countries to explore these high class extinction domains?”
Li Yu showed a bitter smile, and his eyes dimmed, “It’s not that Earth hasn’t tried negotiating the exploration with other countries. The closest planet, the Centaurus Sally Empire’s initial offering was 95%! The extinction domain is on Earth and they want to take the majority of it, how can anyone allow it?”
“Also, the side effects of that negotiation was that the intel that we have a B-class domain got out, and the Sally Empire has been eyeing us menacingly ever since. I suspect that the past raids were all ordered by them!”
“Unfortunately, that day you almost died to stop those raiders, we still couldn’t kill them all. Some ended up fleeing, so we felt really guilty.”
Han hastily responded, “I knew what happened that day. When our brothers got out of the extinction site they had already reached the end of their tethers, so it’s already a success to be able to kick them off Earth.”
Li Yu smiled bitterly, “1st Legion’s formation, it’s also part of a plan to explore B-class Extinction. If the Milky Way Alliance really ratifies Earth as a country that needs to be colonized, then we will force open the B-class domain! Right now, the main army has already moved to the location of that extinction domain. The 1st Legion’s headquarter, the air-fortress class frigate, is positioned there as well, and this C-class location will be turned into a simple ore yard. After a few days, let’s move to the new base with the last batch of soldiers.”
Li Yu stayed at the base to finalize some moving arrangements, and Han resumed his daily training. As the base moved, that freezing yet still unfrozen strange body of water will be completely moved too, to create a place to train for Han at the new base.
After training, Han felt a great sense of refreshment throughout his body. He asked for two meat buns and one large cup of hot chocolate at the café, then he returned to his room and started to think while eating.
Earth was not in a good position right now.
Possessing a B-ranked extinction domain was Earth’s luck, but it’s also a source of disaster. If it wasn’t for Ke Lake, Earth probably would have already became a colony 10 years ago.
It’s very easy for the developed and powerful countries in the Milky Way galaxy to claim Earth, they just need to write a report during the Galactic Meet of the Milky Way, saying that Earth was too weak and unprotected. Then they would request for the “responsibility” to “protect” it.
Then, the members on the executive committee will do a vote, and if the majority doesn’t reject, then Earth will become a colony.
But like Li Yu said, betting with everything on the line to force the opening of B-class extinction domain is also not feasible. A low level C-class domain already took the lives of many esper soldiers, so it won’t be enough capture the B-class domain even if they send all the soldiers on Earth into the domain.
It’s time to attend the appointment with Pathless, Han let out a sigh and headed towards the training center. He found a public virtual pod and logged onto the Galactic Dark Net, they agreed before to visit Skinner, the guy who strips dead bodies for equipment, to talk about buying weapons.
After a flash of light, Han was sent into the virtual environment created by the computer. There was a little stream with many bluestone chairs and tables, four sides surrounded by green grass and pleasant sound of nature, it was really peaceful.
Pathless Origin still hasn’t show up, so Han waited patiently near the little river. This time Pathless was so nice that he agreed to take Han to see the buyer, that’s really a rare opportunity.
Soon, Pathless showed up, looked around, and said, “Once you are ready we will get going.”
Han nodded. Pathless opened the address display, entered a link, and then copied the link to Han.
“Note this down, and next time you can go find Old Mo yourself.”
Han and Pathless teleported one after another to Skinner’s camp.
Han suddenly realized, this camp site wasn’t virtual but instead was real. Right now Han and Pathless’ consciousness got placed into two walking robots. The dark net had connected the robot’s data end, and that way, although being thousands of light years apart, Han and Pathless can still be physically present.
Han looked around in curiosity, and observed that the place Skinner lived wasn’t that great: a ragged tiny industrial ship parked on a cliff, with an energy shield protecting the top, and surrounded by small mountains of equipment and weapons piled randomly after being taken away from the dead.
There’s no one at the camp site, just a few robots covered in rust stains, and we don’t know how long it had been since they were last cleaned. Missing an eye, or short an arm or leg, it was very common.
Around the campsite were large quantity of robot remains, they were taken apart by someone and thrown into piles.
Han looked down at himself, the robot he got placed in is actually quite interesting. Different from those common crawler-type robots, the one Han’s controlling is more human-like, with two arms and two legs, and the workmanship and material that made this robot also seems higher class.
Moved fingers around, attempted to jump a few times, Han then saw Pathless Origin. He’s a robot too now, and there’s a screen on the head, and on that screen is that emotionless cold wrinkly face of Pathless.
Pathless said in an arrogant voice, “What, you’ve never seen robot before right? These things are a big taboo in Milky Way. Using intellectualized robots? Death! Repairing robots? Death! And manufacturing robots will also result in the whole family getting death sentence! I trusted you, that’s why I brought you here! So you can’t tell this to anyone even if you get beaten to death.”
Han nodded, but asked in confusion, “Robots violate Milky Way’s law? Although I’ve never came in contact with one, but I’ve watched a lot of movies on robots.”
Pathless said in a serious voice, “Anything related to artificial intelligence is a big taboo of the Milky Way Alliance, because they are scared of the power of artificial intelligence. They feel that robots might one day betray the human race, so they strictly forbad all research and work related to robots.”
That Skinner Old Mo built his camp ground on the side of a cliff, and there’s a shaky steel chained bridge linking to the other side of the cliff.
As Pathless took a broad view over the boundless field on the other side, and said in a deep voice, “That’s the main battle field of the Zi Zhu Empire and Luo Lan Republic, where over 20 million espers fought to the death. The war continued on for a year and 7 months, and all the killing resulted in blood running like rivers and bodies covering every inch of the ground!”
“Ultimately, both powerful countries used super nuclear weapon at the same time, instantly killing all the soldiers on the field regardless of them being ally or foe! The bloodiness of that war was beyond imagination.”
“After the detonation of super nuclear, this planet became a forbidden zone for humans, the average radiation index reach 76,000. Especially the land right across from us, which is the center of the battle field, the radiation index passes 5 million! No one, not even warlords were able to survive in radiation that strong!”
Han asked in confusion, “If there’s so much radiation, how can Skinner Old Mo survive and live here?”
Pathless Origin waved his hand and said carelessly, “You will know in a second. Old Mo isn’t even human.”
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