Lin Ming silently glanced around. It was dark. It wasn't smelly out here, but there were nights you could taste the rancor. He slowly dragged the overly-full trash bag out to the curb. *Riiip!!* The sound seemed to echo around the alley as rotten trash spewed grotesquely onto the sidewalk.
"****!" Lin Ming swore loudly. His killing intent locked onto the trash bag.
After several minutes of seething anger, Lin Ming's rage subsided, allowing him to properly assess the situation. He carefully bent down while avoiding the broken shards of used Blood Demon Bones. As he began to clean up the mess, suddenly, the bag tore again! Even more garbage was discharged onto the pavement.
"Who makes such awful trash bags? Ugh! It's not the first time either. I bet this is from one of those 3rd rate tribes. Made in Chinuh or something. Godd**n commie cultivators!" Lin Ming complained.
Certainly, this was not the first time. Last week, Lin Ming had a Garbage Bag of Holding explode while he was exiting the building. It had gotten caught on the fire escape, which punctured the array seal. The results were not pretty. Several days thereafter, the entire enforcement team was on their hands and knees picking up the "aftermath." It was simply too dangerous to pick up a cultivator's trash with skills or techniques.
Lin Ming mused about his previous experience, considering whether he should go back to Garbage Bags of Holding. Perhaps he could add additional reinforcement on each one. That would be far cheaper than reinforcing the cheap plastic of this bag.
When he was just nearly finished, his perception caught a slight True Essence fluctuation nearby.
What – – ? The next instant, a damaged array symbol inside the remaining trash activated!
Burning trash splattered the walls, the windows, and most unfortunately, Lin Ming himself. More flaming garbage rained down from the sky, covering everything in sight.
Tonight was going to be a long night.
The first time with Bing'er was the most questionable. She decided it was not rape, because neither of them were given a choice in the matter, and she was the one who put herself in a questionable situation. He did not seek her out and in fact tried to separate himself from her and everyone else.
The protagonist's teacher, on the other hand, is a total a**hole for setting up the protagonist with a woman, initially against her will. The teacher truly had no good reason to do that. However, she loved the protagonist before she was taken, and was excited when she found out the teacher brought her to the protagonist. She wanted to have s*x with him several times prior but he refused. She was HAPPY to finally get the chance to bang him. The protagonist halfheartedly considered whether she had in fact raped him... But in the end decided the two of them got off on the wrong foot. So because of this I see the teacher as being a douche.
If you consider either of those "rape" then this story is not for you because these questionable situations happen several more times. Fair warning.
Our hero meets the current "bad guy, " who beats the living sh*t out of him. Bad guy "spares his pathetic life" like a 1950s comic villain but kills the hero's newest girlfriend. But oh, the girlfriend is fine, because she has an overpowered hack trinket that can save her life nine times. Was this trinket ever mentioned or even hinted at before? Nope! Have yourself a nice deus ex machina.
Later on, our hero gets a super-rank-up, and then conveniently gets attacked by the bad guy's underling, who is now only slightly stronger than our hero. They meet inside an ultra-death zone which only our hero is vulnerable to, but it's fine because he has a month before it gets dangerous. But oh yes, our great hero still loses, and he loses hard. Never mind that he has super-powerful world spirit techniques, no, forget that! Let's use the cursed sword that nearly killed him last time! Yeah, so then he dies because he's a moron. Buuut the girlfriend gets a super-uber-rank-up that's even crazier than the hero's rank-up. Bad guy loses and girlfriend revives the hero with that hack trinket. Cmon, seriously?
So yeah, they stay behind in the ultra-death zone for reasons god only knows, which leads to the classic "10 seconds left on the bomb timer." But they waited a month for the timer to run out. So now they're fleeing, drama ensues and whatnot, at which point the bomb vanishes. Poof! All gone. But now the bomb has turned into monsters! Thankfully, girlfriend has another hack trinket that she didn't bother to use last time she died. Did I mention this one is reusable? Anyway, she uses said trinket to save the lives of THOUSANDS of people. All at the same time. "No big deal boss, I got this." The enemy inexplicably retreats even though they're winning - probably because they're afraid the girlfriend will pull out even more hack trinkets.
Oh, and by the way, the girlfriend's first hack trinket also conveniently locates a power-up for our hero, right after he just got, what was it, three rank-ups? Yes, the nine-life-saving uber-OP hack trinket doubles as a loot radar.
Fast forward a little, now it's time for the epic battle between the hero and the bad guy's minions. Of course, our hero beats the crap out of them, so everyone praises him for a while. No, really, they praise him for like 5 whole chapters. Then our hero conveniently gets the other three super-skills that you probably thought we'd be reading about for the next 500 chapters. Nope, the enemies just hand it over. BUT THEN we find out it was all part of the bad guy's plan - he wanted to secretly give our hero a power-up by sacrificing half his forces. Wait, what? Yes, really.
"Unexpectedly, " the hero does indeed get that powerup... Just like the bad guy wanted, right? BUT THEN the bad guy suddenly wants to kill him! (wut) Thankfully, our hero's allies are winning the war, so we don't need to fear that bad guy anymore. BUT THEN our hero decides to fork over his spoils of war, including super-powerful weapons that only ~200 people in the series own, to random people who did not bother to participate in the war. I cannot stress this enough: several of the people he chose to give weapons had already back-stabbed him. One of those people back-stabbed him MULTIPLE TIMES.
And everyone praises our hero again! They even praise him for being intelligent!
Baddy: IMMA KILL YOU IN BROAD DAYLIGHT
MC: What? Why?
Baddy: I don't care about logic!
Baddy: [email protected]
Baddy: Okay, cheap shot~
MC: KNEEL KNAVE *kick*
Baddy2: *clap clap* Okay, apologize to baddy.
MC: Dafuq? No.
Baddy2: IMMA HATE YOU FOREVER AND EVER AND EVER AND EV-
That he ends up crediting his mother for much of his success is also a nice touch.
They literally have a giant dome protecting the cities from monster attacks, and this combined with the protagonist's uncanny intuition pretty much erases all suspense. It was flat out stated by another character that they "felt no risk because [protagonist] will make us win." Only when he fights with other cultivators do things get interesting, but even then, those fights have seemed less and less exciting each time, with him hiding from the opponent and simply assassinating everyone. I'm not saying he should face them head on but the opponents should have SOME sort of defense against assassins, right? Well, they don't. And because of this, none of the hotshots know who they need to kill for revenge. It's smart on the protagonist's side, but honestly, it's not good for a story, because only one thing can ever happen: the enemy dies, confused about who killed them. Also, apparently nobody uses guild talismans to protect their items, which seemingly everyone did just a few chapters earlier.