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Chapter 4

There wasn’t much pain as Matt found out that his new body was a lot more sturdy than his old one was, something probably to do with the silver body thing and how it was at the foundation establishment stage. He rolled to the side and pushed himself off the ground a bit surprised at what just happened. His foot was quite bloody and his hair had some tree bark in it as he looked at the area where he ‘kicked’ the creature while trying to fell for his dire life.

“I-is it dead?”

He looked at the destroyed tree in the distance, he couldn’t see if the horned rabbit was dead or not as the tree was in the way but he felt somehow that it was not among the living anymore after the robotic voice announced that he had slain the creature. But being the true hero that he was, Matt grasped a branch from the side and slowly crept up to the spot that the ‘battle’ took place.

“Hey, there Mr. Bunny… you’re not going to pounce at me again are you?”

Gulping sounds could be heard as the over six-foot-tall man crept to the now tree stump, he peeked behind it slowly and could see the red trail and entrails of the monster spread on the grassy field. It looked dead, not even twitching or anything as he slowly tippty toed closer and closer. His hand grasped the wide branch as he finally was at the head part, his kick having parted the weaker creature in two. After a few pokes to the head with his trusted ‘weapon’ he sighed in relief, then a vein could be seen appearing on his forehead as he gave the dead thing a wack with the branch putting it in an even more miserable state than it previously as.

“Damn rabbit! Who’s your daddy now you little shit!”

The rabbit didn’t reply but Matt started venting his emotions while poking and hitting it with the stick which broke in two after a while. He tossed to the side and calmed down, looking at the monster and then to his spirit points which now counted up to 10049.

*Guess that’s one way to do it… why did it have to be this kind of setting…*

The novel protagonists made it look easy, get an op system? Learn some badass skills? Slay some monsters and court some ladies. Reality as a bit different as he didn’t really know how to react as the monster run towards him, even though it was a trash mob that he could fart to death at this point.

*I have to get my shit together, these cultivation worlds are always so bloodthirsty, everything will stab you in the back if you look weird in their general direction*

Matt wasn’t much of a fighter and if he could choose he would rather take the pacifist route and talk it out, the whole ‘Kill them if they besmirch your honor’ thing didn’t really go with his life philosophy. But this was a nice wake-up call as he scanned through his list of skills and abilities. He had to test them out to see if he had any way of defending himself if anything bigger then the rabbit would attack him. What if some huge black duck was next? Or a yellow grizzly bear… wait wasn’t that in that other franchise… well never mind.

*Okay I’m sure I had some skills in there…Lightning Qi cultivation art, Silver Body Arts, Thunderlight Sword, Thunder Movement Art*

He mumbled to himself while focusing on some skills, not really knowing what to do. He focused on the Thunderlight Sword one, did he need to get a sword to test it out? He had a feeling that he didn’t need one for it. Matt focused on the name and then on his hand, he kind of knew what to do as he started gathering spirit energy into his right hand. He closed it into a fist, its electricity crackled around it and then with a loud boom of thunder a saber of light expanded from his fist being 1,5 m long.

“Woah… is this a lightsaber…”

It looked similar to it, but looked more unstable with the lightning energy buzzing and jolting out of the blade’s shaft. He swung it around and it made familiar noises that you would expect a lightsaber to make. Matt looked to the side at the half-collapsed tree and then back to his light weapon. He took aim and swung to cut at the part that was still standing and with one swipe managed to slice it in half, the poor tree just falling apart even more and probably cursing him and his ancestors to a life of misery as it faded away.

“…okay… this could work…what else do we have”

He went through his skills a bit, somehow managing to throw some lightning-induced punches and kicks that made thundering sounds in the process and scaring the wildlife around but probably alerting some potential baddies in the process. Matt slowly got used to his new body finding it quite more robust than his old one, even after running around and flailing his hands and legs in all directions while ‘training’ he didn’t feel all that tired, he was also strong, like really really strong. He could lift up large boulders with ease, and crush rock into dust with those big burly hands of his which gave him quite the confidence boost.

During the whole training montage that took about an hour he finally noticed that he had something stuck to his belt, it looked like a ring with some Chinese characters on it. Weirdly enough he could understand what was written on it ‘Spatial Storage Ring’ and he already knew what it was for. He focused his mind on it, injecting his spiritual qi into it, the ring had some items in it. He slowly started playing around with it and after fiddling for some time managed to remove all the objects and place them on the ground in front of him to examine.

“Hm… is that a flying sword or something? Some strange pills… a golden hammer… some scrolls and some books …”

He glanced at the things but didn’t really know what to do with them as he only had a rudimentary knowledge of the world around him, the gaming system didn’t give him anything specific but he knew that those were probably some starting items that he received along with his package.

“Could really use something to identify stuff with… I have no idea what this is used for…wait a second…”

He remembered about the item store that he previously saw and pulled up the window with it.

“Hm, let’s see…”

He poked the search field and was able to input words into it, he wrote ‘Analize’ but then changed it to ‘Appraisal’ as that gave more coherent choices.

Big glasses that give you that nerdy look, insert some spiritual qi into them to appraise items.5000 Spirit PointsLook at an item to appraise it, appraisal stats vary by skill rank (You are able to appraise items 1 cultivation realm below your current cultivation at start)9000 Spirit PointsSwallow it to temporarily gain the Appraisal skill and identify items. 500 Spirit Points per pill.

There were more choices in the store but those were the options that piqued his interests.

*Hm… the Glasses sound okay… but it doesn’t say if there is a limit at what they can identify… also not really keen on wearing those. The pills look like a scam to just dump points into so the middle chose looks the best… but uhh… that almost all my points…*

After contemplating for a bit more he went with the skill choice, it looked like the best deal at the time and it was an evolving skill so he could probably level it up. After pressing the buy button he looked at this spirit point number go down into the gutter.

“Oh shit, not this again…”

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