Chapter 17 – My home

“No-Restrictions Zone?”

“It is a forbidden ruin that can isolate the inside and outside of the domain, preventing our battles with enemies from affecting ordinary people. Each city’s night watchman is equipped with three signs that can activate the ‘No-Restrictions Zone,’ controlled by one person. Because we generally do not directly participate in battles, people like us are also called ‘watchers.’”

Lin Qiye raised an eyebrow, “So you’re just a messenger.”

“…If you can’t speak, then say less,” Zhao Kongcheng rolled his eyes.

“You just mentioned three ways to obtain forbidden ruins. What about the last one?”

“The last one is bestowed by deities, which is your case,” Zhao Kongcheng’s expression turned serious. “Some deities will bestow a portion of their power to selected humans, making them their agents in the mortal world. These forbidden ruins bestowed by deities are also called ‘Divine Ruin.’

However, in return, the agents also receive instructions from the deities. Some are to destroy human society, some are to protect human society, and some are to help the deities find something… In general, a deity usually has only one agent, who represents the will of the deity.

Most of the agents of the ten or so deities that have appeared are evil god agents who attempt to destroy the new order of humanity and return the world to chaos. They have formed an organization called the Ancient God Church.

There are also agents of benevolent deities, but they are extremely rare. As for the agents of neutral gods, we do not know how many there are.”

Zhao Kongcheng stood up and walked to Lin Qiye, staring into his eyes and asked slowly, “Lin Qiye, what instructions did Michael give you? Which side do you belong to?”

Lin Qiye looked confused, “I don’t know, It didn’t say.”

Lin Qiye was telling the truth. Michael just glanced at him from the moon and he fainted. It didn’t say a word!

Zhao Kongcheng furrowed his brows, “It didn’t say anything? You didn’t hear Its voice in your mind?”

“No, really!”

Zhao Kongcheng scrutinized Lin Qiye suspiciously for a long time, as if trying to detect any signs of lying. After a while, he looked away and sat down slowly.

“According to our speculation, Michael should belong to the neutral or benevolent camp. Otherwise, we would have killed you already. But… since It gave you the Divine Ruin, why didn’t It say anything?

What does It want to do?”

Lin Qiye’s brows slightly furrowed, “I don’t know what It wants to do, but even if It gave me instructions, I wouldn’t do it. I don’t want to get involved in this mess. I can just return these eyes to It.”

With that, he stood up, “If there’s nothing else, I’ll leave.”

Before Zhao Kongcheng could say anything, he turned and headed for the door.

“No! Wait!” Zhao Kongcheng suddenly stood up, blocking the doorway, and stared into Lin Qiye’s eyes. “You’re just going to leave after asking your questions? What about me?”

“You? You can have a passionate conversation with yourself,” Lin Qiye replied seriously.

“No, what I mean is… aren’t you curious about me? Who am I?” Zhao Kongcheng felt exhausted talking to this kid.

“What does who you are have to do with me?” Lin Qiye continued to open the door.

Zhao Kongcheng grabbed the doorknob, “Why do I know so much? What kind of organization is behind me? What are we doing… aren’t you curious about any of these?”

“Not curious.”


“According to the logic of movies and novels, once I know about your existence, there are only two choices,” Lin Qiye held up two fingers. “Either join or never be able to reveal the secret, like being killed, imprisoned, or brainwashed…”

“…You should watch less TV!” Zhao Kongcheng was speechless for a moment. “Besides, you don’t understand us. How do you know that joining us is not a good choice?”

Lin Qiye raised an eyebrow, “So, even if I know about your affairs and choose not to join, I won’t be in danger?”

“Of course not! We are considered military personnel at most. We’ll just have you sign a confidentiality agreement. What you said is all nonsense!”

“In that case, I can listen,” Lin Qiye sat back down upon hearing this.

Zhao Kongcheng sighed and chatted with this kid for a few minutes. He felt more tired than spending a day on surveillance outside!

“In 1922, after our exploration team discovered the first mythical creature, the Chaos Dragon Leviathan, the high-level officials of the Great Xia urgently established a military organization to prepare for the invasion of mythical creatures, called the 139 Special Creature Response Group.

At that time, our technology was relatively backward, and we knew nothing about the world before us. So-called special creature response group was just a facade and had no real use.

As time went on, we observed more and more mythical creatures and tried to establish contact with some of them. At the same time, we discovered the secret of forbidden ruins and began training special combat talents.

As we discovered more owners of forbidden ruins, we found that due to the randomness of their appearance, we couldn’t include everyone in the military. Therefore, the 139 Special Creature Response Group gradually transformed into a semi-military, semi-civilian special organization.

Now, we call this special organization… ‘Night Watchman.’”

Lin Qiye pondered, “So, your existence is to protect the Great Xia from the invasion of those evil deities?”

“To be precise, it is to protect against all mythical creatures.”

“Is there any difference?””Of course, as I’ve mentioned before, the appearance of mythical creatures is random and unrelated to their strength. Therefore, the mythical creatures that descend are not only the powerful deities that people are familiar with, but also some weak creatures that only exist in rural legends or minor tales. The Ghost-faced Man you encountered last night is one such creature from a rural horror legend.

These creatures don’t possess world-ending power, but they can impact human society. We collectively refer to them as ‘mysteries’.”

“I see.” Lin Qiye nodded, no wonder the creature he encountered last night seemed vaguely familiar. It was born from a rural story.

“So, we are also soldiers, soldiers who protect our homes and country! Our existence is to prevent the people of The Great Xia from suffering. Isn’t that noble? Isn’t that cool?” Zhao Kongcheng began to persuade earnestly.

“Very noble, very cool, I truly respect you all.” Lin Qiye’s expression became serious. He wasn’t joking. From his eyes, one could indeed see a deep respect.

A smile gradually appeared on Zhao Kongcheng’s face, “Then you…”

“I won’t go.”

“…” Zhao Kongcheng’s smile froze, “Why?!”

“I can’t leave.” Lin Qiye’s eyes were filled with seriousness, “I have a lot of things to do…”

“What could be more important than protecting your home and country?!”

“I have an aunt and a cousin.” Lin Qiye looked out the window, his expression very calm, “My aunt is not old, but for Jin and me, a useless person, she works day and night in the factory, for ten years without a break, her health is now deteriorating…

She is a stubborn person. Even when she was massaging her neck in the living room until tears came out, she insisted that she was doing yoga, which is good for health…

I was sitting right across from her, she thought I couldn’t see.

She lives too cautiously, and too tired.

My cousin is very smart, very filial, but… he’s still too young to bear the burden of this family.

I have a lot of things to do.

I need to earn money to support the family, I want to buy a big house for my aunt and cousin, I want my aunt to never have to return to that dark factory again!

I want to send my cousin to university, I want him and my aunt to live a good life!

For the past ten years, they have never given up on me, a burden. Now that I’m finally better, how could I abandon them?

You are very noble, very great, if conditions allow, I might join you…

But right now, I just want to stay by their side…

To protect this family.”

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