Chapter 9: Pressure Exam
Just when Han mistakenly entered the pressure exam, Li Muyun also finished the physical examination of Cheng Zhong and said sincerely, “Go take the pressure exam now, you are our Shanghai division’s only hope, you have to do your best to make yourself fatter!”
Cheng Zhong, the meat mountain, nodded and found himself an empty pod. After seeing that the human meatball was about to go in, Li Muyun started collecting other contestants’ forms. When he picked up Han’s assessment report, he was completely in shock.
“Cheng Zhong, the young man that came in with you, do you know him?” Li Muyun dragged him out of the pod and asked in a low tone.
Cheng Zhong was naturally a careless and casual guy so he flicked one of his hair tails and said, “Oh, he’s Han, my bro.”
Li Muyun’s eyes got a lot bigger and stared right at Cheng Zhong, said raucously, “Bro? Do you have any idea what his level is?”
Cheng Zhong shrugged his shoulders, “How would I know, I just met him today in the elevator.”
“You just met him and you call him your bro?!” Li Muyun sputtered, “Cheng Zhong! You are going to be the death of me!” He threw Han’s report at Cheng Zhong’s face, and Cheng Zhong still thought it wasn’t a big deal, “My grandpa said, anyone within the four oceans are all brothers. So what if we just met, why can’t we bros? As long as he has good personality.”
As he was talking, he took a look at the form and suddenly his face turned pale white, “Oh s--t, he’s just here to sign up as an esper, he’s not a soldier at all?!”
Li Muyun doesn’t know whether to cry or laugh, he started rubbing his temple point on his head and said, “Now you get it? Too late! He already got teleported to the Galactic Examination center.
Cheng Zhong’s whole mountain of fat was shaking, he sighed and said, “He told me that he’s coming for an assessment, and he also said that he’s looking for Director Li and he also has a form in his hand… So…”
Li Muyun let out a long sigh and said, “Cheng Zhong, are you really stupid or are you faking your stupidity? First time signups for espers requires filling out a form too and then the noobs are put through Power Identification Assessment. About the Director Li part, the Director Li Lianjie at the 17th floor’s signup office, what’s his last name?”
“Last name is Li…” Cheng Zhong stood still, speechless.
“Notify Chief Chu, we sent a complete rookie to the Galactic Pressure Exam, we are in so much ****. What if he dies, what are we going to do.”
Li Muyun looked at Han with deep regret. At that moment, Han was in the 9th pod, and he already completely entered the Mental Connection State, laying completely still.
This fatty was such a troll!
Han was crying inside. As well, he might be in need of a new pair of pants. He just wanted to register as an esper, now he was brought into what seems to be a galactic arena by the careless “meat mountain”, what should he do now?
Han nervously turned to the bald monk on his side, “Is it too late for me to go back?”
The monk shook his head, “The Galactic Pressure Exam is not a joke, Earth doesn’t have jurisdiction here. We are both doing this exam for the first time so that’s why you met me here. Cheng Zhong and the other people in that room already passed a couple rounds of eliminations, so they are doing other exams.”
Han let out a long sigh, “Thanks for telling me, otherwise I wouldn’t even know what is really going on here.”
“Monks act out of benevolence.” Monk made a Buddhism gesture and continued, “To my knowledge, the first test in the pressure exam is called the Mighty Abyssal Pressure test, simulating the experience of traveling in the deep sea where you can encounter attacks of all strange kinds of fish. If you walk one mile in the virtual sea world you will reach the first checkpoint. So yes, you only have two ways to leave, either you reach the checkpoint or you fail the exam.”
Han nodded lightly, his power source index is only 27 which falls under the weakest category, the screen beside the monk displayed that he’s a two star esper with a power source index of 731. However, the contestants from all over the galaxy have ridiculously high numbers, going up to tens of thousands.
The biggest risk of entering this exam with low power index is experiencing disturbance in brainwaves during the examination, causing brain damage. If one’s resistances were not strong enough, then someone is going to be really screwed… It’s possible that when Han comes out of the pod, he would be a vegetable.
The best Han can do right now is just trying his best.
“Good luck, if you can get out safe and sound, I will buy you pig head meat.” The monk tapped Han on the shoulder and said.
Han and the monk chose two adjacent teleporters, waved at each other and stepped into them.
After a stream of light flashed past, Han found himself standing on a beach under the sunshine, with many others but not the monk. Maybe he got teleported to another exam location. If he can find the Monk he could’ve received some help, but now he’s completely on his own.
After doing a bit of warmup, Han was ready to advance into the ocean. The first challenge of the pressure exam is walking under the sea, one mile means pass, two miles means good, three miles means excellent, and so on.
If someone wants to receive the invitation to the Galactic Meet, of course they want to walk as far as they can, after all the invitations will only be given to the ones with the top scores. But for Han, he just want to get out of here. In one piece. With a properly functioning brain. After all, the deeper he travels under the sea, the higher is the difficulty.
“Get out of my way!” A buff black man suddenly knocked Han aside, almost pushing him into the sand.
“Power index 27 and you want to go to the Galactic Meet? Is the earth you live on filled with trash? People like you won’t even be qualified to be servants at where I came from, and you are definitely not qualified to come here!” The man said after seeing Han’s stats. He was very loud and now everyone’s looking at Han, laughing at how such a low level esper is taking the exam of the Galactic Meet. Han took a look at others and saw that they were at least two stars in level. He was really the only noob.
After the rude buff man finished laughing at Han, he advanced towards the sea with his back straight, appearing tall and proud, and soon was swallowed by the water. Han took a deep breath and thought, if he’s going to stand here and get laughed at, he would rather man up and get it over with. Now that he made up his mind, he felt his mind at ease, ignoring the people that were laughing at him, and quickly walked towards the sea.
The water was very pure, allowing one to see about 200 to 300 meters away. A lot of people were walking towards the light, and judging by their expression, they seem to be in a lot of pain. Even, the big buff guy that was just laughing at him seemed to be having difficulty.
Strange enough, Han couldn’t feel a thing and quickly caught up to and walked past that buff man.
“What the hell… how are you even faster than me?” The buff man was surprised and started yelling. Again, everyone around them looked in their direction, with their eyes popping out in surprise and shock. Thinking on how they were way higher level than Han, but they were already having great difficulty travelling in the deep sea whereas Han with a power source index of only 27 easily past them, they almost fainted from embarrassment.
Han realized, since the sea environment is virtually generated, he can still breathe and talk. It’s just that his body has to go through the sea pressure, and the deeper he goes the colder the water gets and the harder it is to breath.
Han smiled, gave the buffed man the middle finger and kept walking towards the checkpoint marked by greenlight. He quickly widened the gap with that guy, and looking back at that guy’s face, his expression was priceless.
Although it is a bit difficult for Han too, it’s merely the resisting force of the sea water. Everyone else looked like as if they were getting stabbed by knives or something. They had to stop to take a breath every few steps they take, hunching over in pain.
“This pressure exam isn’t that much of a big deal…” About half hour later, Han already got to the first checkpoint.
At the checkpoint is a big screen, on it is a “return” button. Touching that button is choosing to go home and forfeit the rest of the exam. Han can choose to keep on walking to the second checkpoint which is another mile away, and his score will be a lot higher.
Han hesitated at the checkpoint for a bit, he didn’t get why others find this test to be so difficult but he did it easily. Looks like he won’t have any trouble going to the second checkpoint.
“Should I just walk a bit further then?” Han thought.
Earth, Shang Hai Esper Administration Centre
“Oh s--t! He already got to the first checkpoint, and it only took him 34 minutes. This is probably the best record held by any contestants from Earth!”
“Probably not the best, after all, the elite espers at headquarters haven’t taken the exam yet. But he will no doubt be in the top ten even if they take it.”
The 18th floor is now crowded with people, including Chief Chu, at first they heard that Li Muyun screwed up and they hurried over to discuss a solution. But, they saw this unbelievable scene, Han, the boy that no one knows about, who was only a beginner level esper, only used 30 minutes to pass the first checkpoint.
This score not only far surpassed other contestants from Earth, but also the majority of the contestants from highly developed planets in the galaxy.
The one who took the test at the same time as Han, nicknamed Monk with real name Du Ling only walked about 400 meters, still a long way to the first checkpoint.
“Haha, my bro is too pro, even faster than me!” Cheng Zhong the meat mountain laughed.
Li Muyun rolled his eye at that dumbass. A few moments ago he was scared to almost pee his pants, fearing that Han will get into any accident during the exam. Now that Han’s score is ridiculously high, the dumbass immediately forgot about what he did and started celebrating.
Chief Chu still has the emotionless face on, with a bit of tension showing between his eyebrows and said, “Han can easily get to the first checkpoint even as a beginner, it probably has something to do with his super power. What kind of power is Void End?”
Everyone silenced, big eyes staring at small eyes.
“What, you guys don’t even know?” Director Chu couldn’t help but become a bit angry, “Hurry up and go find out! I want to know immediately what kind of mysterious power Void End is!”