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History

At the start of the novel, Chen Guo is an experienced Glory player with five full years of experience.[1] After her father's death and against her family's wishes, she abandoned going to university and decided to run Happy Internet Cafe. She managed the Internet cafe for nine years prior to meeting Ye Xiu.[2]

Plot

Volume 1: Banished Battle God

Chen Guo struggles in a duel in Glory and loses 52 straight duels in the Arena. She withdraws her account card and leaves the computer for a customer (unknowingly Ye Xiu). Chen Guo hears a customer shout that she forgot to log out. She worries that her Chasing Haze account will be looted its money and its equipment. She runs back to her computer.

Chen Guo sees that Ye Xiu defeats her opponent in 40 seconds. She thinks that he is Ye Qiu, the Excellent Era 3-time champion, but she sees his ID card, which says Ye Xiu. Chen Guo learns that Ye Xiu wants to work for her Happy Internet Cafe. She challenges him to a duel in Glory, but he says he gave away his original account. Chen Guo is surprised when Ye Xiu, a 10-year veteran, uses a first-edition Glory account card. She watches as he successfully transfers an account to the new 10th Server, which launches at midnight. She hires Ye Xiu for the night shift and shows him his bed in a storage room. Chen Guo orders Ye Xiu to buy a midnight snack with her money as one of his first tasks in his new job.

After Ye Xiu returns with the midnight snack, Chen Guo treats her employees to the meal. She is angered by Ye Xiu's calm attitude toward the launch of the 10th Server. Chen Guo believes that Ye Xiu is an amateur gamer, who retired from professional scene due to his old age. She tells Ye Xiu her idols, Ye Qiu and Su Mucheng. Chen Guo falls asleep when she is supposed to monitor Ye Xiu's ability to stay awake on the night shift.

Chen Guo wakes up and sees Ye Xiu's beautiful hands. She is disappointed at Ye Xiu's slow APM. After seeing his Midnight Phantom Cat First Hidden Boss Kill, Chen Guo slaps Ye Xiu in the back to congratulate him. She is angry that Ye Xiu smoked in a no smoking zone.

Chen Guo learns of the shameless Sleeping Moon, who got his teammates killed to steal the boss, but fails since Ye Xiu allows him to die. She sees on the screen of Sleeping Moon ruining the reputation of Ye Xiu's Lord Grim. Chen Guo is surprised by the Ye Xiu's calm demeanor since he does not show his anger. She goes to sleep while Ye Xiu goes to the smoking area to play Glory.

After sleeping into the late morning, Chen Guo gets up to see how Happy Internet Cafe is doing. She finds Ye Xiu did not sleep. Chen Guo sees that Ye Xiu's Lord Grim will reach level 18 after clearing Spider Cave dungeon. She is shocked that Ye Xiu is partying with his slanderer, Sleeping Moon. Chen Guo learns Ye Xiu parties with Sleeping Moon, Seven Fields, Sunset Clouds, and Drifting Water because Ye Xiu carried the party with skill and high damage output. Chen Guo, who never got a first clear in five years of playing Glory, is surprised that Ye Xiu won three first clears in one night. When Ye Xiu goes to sleep, Chen Guo cannot see on his face that he is actually tired.

During Ye Qiu's retirement announcement, Chen Guo cries outside the Happy Internet Cafe and meets Ye Xiu, who smokes a cigarette without crying. She allows Ye Xiu to play Glory when customers do not ask for help. She explains the tasks for the night shift to Ye Xiu. Chen Guo loses three duels in the Glory arena and leaves.

Chen Guo has trouble sleeping and returns to talk to Ye Xiu about his retirement even though she does not know Ye Xiu is Ye Qiu. Chen Guo laments that Ye Xiu cannot carry Excellent Era to victory in today's highly competitive Pro Alliance. When Ye Xiu appears to not listen to her, Chen Guo grabs his neck with her hands and shouts at him. Chen Guo lets go when she realizes that Ye Xiu concentrated on the game. She wants to join Ye Xiu in the 10th Server, but Chen Guo would have to start a new account. She gets angry when Ye Xiu tells her to gain experience until level 5. Chen Guo continues to level up on the 10th Server. She looks up a Skeleton Warrior guide for Ye Xiu. Chen Guo stops her game to see how Ye Xiu would hit the Saber Buckle 24 times for the Saber.[3] Chen Guo goes to sleep after watching Ye Xiu succeed in taking the Saber drop from the Skeleton Warrior.

Chen Guo wakes up and rolls off the sofa. She is surprised that Ye Xiu placed her blanket on her when Chen Guo fell asleep on the sofa. Chen Guo greets Tang Rou, who returns from her vacation. Chen Guo wants Tang Rou to duel against Ye Xiu in Glory. Chen Guo notices that Tang Rou and Ye Xiu have pretty hands. When Ye Xiu wakes up for his shift, Chen Guo gets him to meet Tang Rou for a duel in Glory. Chen Guo is shocked when Ye Xiu decides to use his Unspecialized Lord Grim account against Chen Guo's Chasing Haze, which Tang Rou is borrowing for the duel.

Chen Guo agrees to cover Ye Xiu's 100 yuan bet with Tang Rou. Since Chen Guo never saw an Unspecialized in a duel, she eagerly watches the Fixed Field duel in the Arena between Ye Xiu's Lord Grim and Tang Rou's Chasing Haze. Chen Guo is surprised by Lord Grim's weapon and the variety of low level skills from the Blade Master, the Battle Mage, and the Sharpshooter classes. Chen Guo watches Ye Xiu overwhelm Tang Rou, who defeated a lot of Chen Guo's opponents in the past. After Ye Xiu stops the duel, Chen Guo thinks that Ye Xiu's harsh words of advice for Tang Rou were a bit excessive. When Tang Rou challenges Ye Xiu to duel, Chen Guo watches Ye Xiu mercilessly destroy Tang Rou in ten duels.

Chen Guo manages to stop the cashless Tang Rou from wasting any more money on the duel against Ye Xiu. Chen Guo walks Tang Rou to the second floor to let her rest. Chen Guo returns to Ye Xiu's computer to see Lord Grim's Silver Weapon, Myriad Manifestation Umbrella. She deduces that Ye Xiu plays Unspecialized because of his unique Silver Weapon, but sadly, Chen Guo still does not realize that Ye Xiu is Ye Qiu.

When Tang Rou asks about the difference between her and Ye Xiu, Chen Guo cannot tell. Chen Guo advises Tang Rou not to play Unspecialized. Chen Guo is excited when Tang Rou decides to play as a Battle Mage, but Chen Guo is saddened with the reminder of Ye Qiu's retirement. Chen Guo shows her all of the old Battle Mage guides by Ye Qiu. Chen Guo disregards Ye Xiu's offer to teach Tang Rou how to play as Battle Mage. Chen Guo accepts Ye Xiu's offer to refresh the Battle Mage guides because nine years past, which made the guides heavily outdated. After dinner, Chen Guo checks up on Ye Xiu's progress of refreshing the Battle Mage guides. She gets a hand-sized whack-a-mole device to improve her effective hand speed from Ye Xiu. Chen Guo lasts around five seconds, and Ye Xiu says that she has 120 APM.[4]

Chen Guo learns that Ye Xiu has the ability to freely switch hand speed, a trait of professional player. She does not like Ye Xiu's attitude when he explained how current records existed to be broken in the future. Chen Guo knows at 27 years old that she has little chance to improve her skills at Glory. Chen Guo hears the gasps in the Internet cafe and goes over to Ye Xiu's computer. She learns that he got the first kill on Blood Gunner Yagg. Chen Guo watches Ye Xiu oppress four Battle Mages, who chased after him. She overhears Ye Xiu threaten to obliterate the pursuers if they continued to chase him. Chen Guo watches Ye Xiu start his 11 o'clock night shift. She is frustrated that he only knows how to play games all day. Seeing Tang Rou grinding to level up in Glory, Chen Guo, a devoted fan for Glory, wonders if she is as committed to Glory as Ye Xiu or Tang Rou. Chen Guo goes to the second floor to rest.

Chen Guo wakes up in the early morning to find out that Tang Rou or Ye Xiu did not sleep. She talks with Tang Rou and takes off Tang Rou's headphones. Chen Guo learns that Tang Rou is leveling hard to catch up to Ye Xiu's Lord Grim. Chen Guo gives food to Tang Rou and Ye Xiu. Chen Guo threatens Tang Rou and Ye Xiu with a suspension of their employee benefit of free access to computers. She drops the threat in anger when Tang Rou and Ye Xiu decide to open customer accounts if they lost employee access. Chen Guo believes that Tang Rou is ruined by one night of Glory. Chen Guo is angry and walks away.

Chen Guo saves some food for Ye Xiu and Tang Rou for dinner. Chen Guo watches the 301 Degrees and Excellent Era match broadcast. She joins the crowd and cheers for Su Mucheng. Chen Guo learns from Ye Xiu that the most skilled female player is Chu Yunxiu while the perception of Su Mucheng as the top female expert is all hype. Chen Guo learns from Ye Xiu about Gao Jie's strategy of following footprints to chase down Mucheng's Dancing Rain. Chen Guo sees Dancing Rain ambush Gao Jie's Stellar Sword, who loses one-third of his health. Chen Guo learns from Ye Xiu that Mucheng is in a great position to finish the duel.

Chen Guo believes that Ye Xiu grasps the essence of the game, which is deeper understanding of Glory compared amateurs. She learns from Ye Xiu that the Launcher's Tri-Shot technique requires the experience and proper timing of the Anti-Tank Missiles to expand the explosion radius. Chen Guo watches the next two duels, which 301 Degrees win. She watches the Group Challenge. In the first match, Sun Xiang's One Autumn Leaf duels Yang Cong's Scene Killer. Chen Guo is celebrating with the audience when Sun Xiang defeats all three of his opponents in the Group Challenge. She does not understand why Ye Xiu is devoid of emotion while everyone is cheering. Chen Guo is warned by Ye Xiu to not be too hopeful because she will be disappointed.

Chen Guo watches in horror as her idol, Su Mucheng, is isolated from Excellent Era by Yang Cong. Mucheng's Launcher, a long-range class, is in a complete disadvantage against Yang Cong's Assassin, a close combat class. Chen Guo learns from Ye Xiu that this match has been dictated by Yang Cong and 301 Degrees. 301 Degrees lures Sun Xiang into his 1v3 victory in the Group Challenge as a trap to increase his hand speed to an unsustainable level in order to wear Sun Xiang out. This victory exploits Sun Xiang's arrogance, which shows in the Team Challenge. On his high, Sun Xiang does not communicate well with his team and is stuck in a duel against Xu Bin. Yang Cong exploits this by isolating Su Mucheng.

Chen Guo is dumbstruck by Ye Xiu's deep and thorough analysis of the situation. Chen Guo watches as Su Mucheng's Dancing Rain is the first to die in the Team Challenge. When Excellent Era's He Ming appears as the sixth player in the Team Challenge, Chen Guo's Internet cafe loses electricity. The customers leave while Chen Guo tells Ye Xiu to call the electrician. Chen Guo goes upstairs to rest and delegates the task of overseeing and paying the electrician to Ye Xiu and Tang Rou.

In the morning, Chen Guo finds Ye Xiu playing Glory, and she worries that Ye Xiu will never have a proper job. Chen Guo is saddened that Tang Rou might follow the same road as Ye Xiu, where they both waste their lives on Glory. Chen Guo learns that Ye Xiu knows what type of situation that he finds himself in as a nighttime cafe manager. She respects Ye Xiu's choices and walks away. During the night, Chen Guo tells Tang Rou to rest instead of playing Glory. Chen Guo learns that Tang Rou knows what type of situation she is in. Chen Guo is shocked that Tang Rou appeared to be reading the same script since Ye Xiu said the exact same thing earlier.

Chen Guo learns that Tang Rou and Ye Xiu manage to break the Excellent Dynasty's Frost Forest record clear time, but Excellent Dynasty quickly takes back the record. In the morning, Chen Guo sees Ye Xiu and Tang Rou playing Glory. Chen Guo lets Ye Xiu borrow her Chasing Haze account to clear Boneyard. She watches Ye Xiu play on an old server. Chen Guo sees Ye Xiu take notes as he controls Chasing Haze in Boneyard. She learns that Ye Xiu is researching to set a new dungeon record. She is surprised by Ye Xiu's serious dedication to Glory. Chen Guo feels sad that Ye Xiu, a pro-scene reject, is still extremely devoted to the game. She wonders how the retired Ye Qiu feels. Chen Guo still does not know that Ye Xiu is Ye Qiu. After reaching the dungeon entry limit, Chen Guo gets her Chasing Haze account back. When Chen Guo encourages Ye Xiu, Ye Xiu questions this, which angers Chen Guo. Chen Guo supervises the Internet cafe until night time and goes to sleep when Ye Xiu starts his shift. Chen Guo watches the Pro Alliance match, where Excellent Era hosts Blue Rain. She is furious that Liu Hao's massive mistakes cause the loss of the Team Challenge. As a result, Excellent Era loses to Blue Rain, 2-8.[5]

Volume 2: Beginnings of the Myriad Manifestation Umbrella

Chen Guo talks with Ye Xiu about work at the Internet cafe. She looks at Ye Xiu's screen and sees someone attacking Lord Grim. Chen Guo watches Ye Xiu's Lord Grim duel with Blood Frenzy. She sees Lord Grim suppress Blood Frenzy to death. Chen Guo sees Lord Grim suppress Slash Slash Draw to death. She watches Lord Grim attack Fiery Blaze. Chen Guo sees Ye Xiu's Lord Grim run away from his opponents. She is shocked by Ye Xiu's actions when he force logs out of the game and succeeds in avoiding his opponents.

Chen Guo decides to work on afternoon shifts. She goes to sleep once Ye Xiu and Tang Rou start their night shift. When Chen Guo wakes up for work in the morning, she sees a woman leaving the Internet cafe with Ye Xiu. Chen Guo asks Tang Rou, who only knows that the mystery woman regularly dungeons with Ye Xiu. Chen Guo is surprised that Ye Xiu has the ability to seduce a woman. Chen Guo does not know that the mystery woman is Su Mucheng.

Chen Guo lets Ye Xiu borrow her Chasing Haze account for a duel. Chen Guo rushes to start up a computer to watch Ye Xiu's duel. On another computer, Chen Guo and Tang Rou watch Ye Xiu's duel. According to Chen Guo, Poplar Beach is an arrogant and annoying elite of Blue Brook Guild in the Heavenly Domain. Chen Guo is furious when Ye Xiu drops Chasing Haze's level 70 Purple weapon, Rose Flower Cannon. Chen Guo sees Chasing Haze kick Poplar Beach into the air. She watches Chasing Haze obliterate Poplar Beach with a 77-hit combo as well as Ye Xiu completing a Perfect match, where Chasing Haze received zero damage from the opponent. Chen Guo is saddened that she forgot to record Ye Xiu's duel. With her confused customers excited about Chasing Haze's Arena performance, Chen Guo has to explain that someone else borrowed her account to destroy Poplar Beach.[6]

At dinner, Chen Guo scolds Ye Xiu for making her Chasing Haze account so famous that she could not play Glory anymore. Chen Guo shouts furiously at Ye Xiu, who flees the Internet cafe. With Tang Rou, Chen Guo waits for Ye Xiu to return. Chen Guo searches outside the Happy Internet Cafe for Ye Xiu and fails to find him. Chen Guo tells Tang Rou to send a text once Ye Xiu shows up for work. Chen Guo goes upstairs to sleep. Later, Chen Guo receives Tang Rou's text about Ye XIu's arrival. Chen Guo sends a text back to say that Ye Xiu would receive no pay for the day for showing up to work late.[7]

Volume 3: Golden Strategy

Chen Guo wakes up on the sofa. She hears Tang Rou. They both make a jam sandwich and have milk for a snack. After eating, Chen Guo goes to her bedroom to sleep. On the next day, Chen Guo and Tang Rou return with a bunch of shopping bags. Chen Guo tells Ye Xiu about the sale, so she bought Ye Xiu a keyboard and a mouse. Chen Guo gives Ye Xiu a “Blue Classic” keyboard and a “Heavy Metal” mouse. She learns that Ye Xiu prefers to use the “Seventh Edition Light Wind” mouse. Chen Guo says the "Light Wind" is for women. She learns that Ye Xiu prefers to use a small, lightweight mouse.[8] Chen Guo smashes her keyboard in anger because of Ye Xiu’s taunts. She loses six consecutive Arena duels. Chen Guo is furious and marches up to Ye Xiu for real advice for Glory instead of sarcasm. Chen Guo is told by Ye Xiu to use the “Heavy Metal” mouse. Chen Guo calms down and goes back to dueling in the Arena. She realizes that the “Heavy Metal” mouse is easier to control compared to the “Seventh Edition Light Wind.” Chen Guo plays better with the heavier mouse. Chen Guo wants Ye Xiu to see her improvement and sees Ye Xiu playing on his own computer. Chen Guo learns that Tang Rou is repairing her weapon’s equipment.[9]

Chen Guo wins more matches than usual with her “Heavy Metal” mouse. She gives Ye Xiu the “Seventh Edition Light Wind” mouse. Chen Guo waves good night to Ye Xiu, Tang Rou, and other employees before going to her room to sleep. After a few days, Chen Guo sets up three computer stations for personal use. She learns that Ye Xiu will not use one of the computer stations because he smokes, which Chen Guo does not like. Chen Guo is furious and tells an employee to shut down the computer station reserved for Ye Xiu.[10] Chen Guo teaches Tang Rou that Tyrannical Ambition is one of the top-tier guilds in Glory.

Chen Guo directs employees in setting up the Christmas decorations. Chen Guo tells Ye Xiu that she and her father made the Christmas tree ten years ago. At noon, Chen Guo reminds Ye Xiu about the Glory Christmas events. She has a computer station ready for Ye Xiu to use. Chen Guo sees the leaderboards, which is separated into five level ranges to match the level of the players. At noon, the Christmas event starts. Chen Guo finds a Christmas thief, who have a special attribute to only aggro onto the first target. Chen Guo sees that Tang Rou and Ye Xiu are at Sin City, which is dangerous for Tang Rou and Ye Xiu’s low leveled characters. Chen Guo watches Ye Xiu seize for the opportunity to attack the Christmas thief without aggroing the Sin City residents. Chen Guo is surprised by Ye Xiu’s accuracy and know-how to land the bullet.

Chen Guo looks over to Tang Rou’s screen and sees over ten Sin City residents chasing Tang Rou’s Soft Mist. Chen Guo grabs Ye Xiu and causes him to make a mistake. Chen Guo sees Ye Xiu’s thief target escape. Chen Guo apologizes to Ye Xiu. Chen Guo tells Ye Xiu about Tang Rou’s situation of being chased by Sin City residents. Chen Guo sees a Launcher, Cleansing Mist, who saves Tang Rou. Chen Guo learns that Cleansing Mist is Ye Xiu’s friend. Chen Guo explains to Tang Rou that Ye Xiu has the experience and intuition to avoid the Sin City residents. In the Heavenly Domain, Chen Guo is sad because she only killed three Christmas thieves for the past hour. Chen Guo is jealous of Tang Rou, who has killed nine Christmas thieves, and Ye Xiu, who has killed fourteen Christmas thieves.

Chen Guo watches Tang Rou’s screen. Chen Guo asks Ye Xiu to save Tang Rou. Chen Guo is relieved that Ye Xiu arrives to save Tang Rou. Chen Guo sees the name of Tang Rou’s opponent, Wind Following Sword. The name is similar to Aura Following Sword, who is an old veteran of Excellent Dynasty in the Heavenly Domain. Chen Guo remembers that Aura Following Sword commits treachery against other guilds’ players. Chen Guo is thrilled by Ye Xiu and Tang Rou’s performance in obliterating their opponents. She is shocked by Ye Xiu’s calm and bored attitude. Chen Guo learns from Ye Xiu that Lord Grim is surrounded. Chen Guo sees that Excellent Dynasty holds the first fifteen places of the individual Christmas Hunting leaderboards. Chen Guo learns from Ye Xiu that Excellent Dynasty is attempting to prevent him from moving up the individual leaderboards.

Chen Guo watches Ye Xiu’s situation. Chen Guo goes back to playing on her computer when Ye Xiu points to her screen, where a Christmas thief appeared. Chen Guo is shocked that Excellent Dynasty is suppressing Ye Xiu. As a member of Excellent Dynasty, Chen Guo tells Ye Xiu to join because she does not like how her guild is fighting her friend, Ye Xiu. Chen Guo explains to Ye Xiu that a lot of experts are not at Heavenly Domain. Chen Guo is angered by Ye Xiu’s arrogant jokes about Excellent Dynasty and Chen Yehui. Chen Guo is shocked that Ye Xiu plans to gather all of the Christmas thieves at Sin City. Chen Guo knows that Ye Xiu wants to monopolize control of the thieves to prevent anymore respawns because the game has a limit to the number of thieves that can exist. Chen Guo does not interrupt Ye Xiu, who heavily concentrates on the game, and she personally lit a cigarette for him. Six hours later, Chen Guo sees over 300 Christmas thieves chasing after Lord Grim.[11] Chen Guo feels like she is watching a thriller. She counts 322 Christmas thieves chasing Lord Grim.[12]

Chen Guo sees that Ye Xiu pulls aggro of the 323 Christmas thief. Half an hour later, Chen Guo sees 341 thieves chasing Lord Grim. After Tang Rou’s reminder, Chen Guo goes back to her computer and kills the monsters surrounding Chasing Haze. Chen Guo is surprised that Ye Xiu is going to jump up the Sin City’s clock tower. Chen Guo refuses to believe Ye Xiu can match Su Mucheng, who used Aerial Fire to climb the clock tower in an old video.[13] Chen Guo has failed in the past to climb the tower, so she is shocked that Ye Xiu is progressing upward. Chen Guo looks at Tang Rou’s screen to see Lord Grim jump up the tower. Chen Guo takes off her headphones and hears a rhythm of Ye Xiu’s keyboard and mouse clicking. Chen Guo is shocked when Ye Xiu uses the Myriad Manifestation Umbrella’s Rotor Wing, a Mechanic skill, to ascend to the top. Chen Guo is surprised that Cleansing Mist is on top of the tower.

Chen Guo worries that Ye Xiu will not be able to contain the Christmas thieves climbing up the watch tower. Chen Guo sees Tang Rou, who does not pick up the 341 presents. Chen Guo scolds Tang Rou and pushes her aside. Chen Guo controls Soft Mist to pick up the presents.[14] Chen Guo rushes to exchange the collected presents with the Santa at Sin City. She manages to get two Purple equipment and a skill book. Chen Guo returns to the watch tower and gets up to let Tang Rou take control again. Chen Guo asks Ye Xiu to collect the Christmas thieves again. Chen Guo learns that Ye Xiu will not gather all of the thieves again, which is wasteful for the presents.

Into the early morning, Chen Guo is full of energy for the Christmas event. At six in the morning, Chen Guo goes to sleep. She gets up at noon and sees Ye Xiu and Tang Rou still playing Glory. Chen Guo turns to see Ye Xiu asleep. Chen Guo rushes over to shake Ye Xiu awake. Chen Guo controls Lord Grim and safely descends down the tower. She picks up Ye Xiu’s share of presents. After exchanging presents with Santa, Chen Guo sees Lord Grim at level 38. Chen Guo praises Tang Rou for getting a level 40 Orange weapon. Chen Guo sees that Lord Grim receives the final Christmas present. Chen Guo logs off of Ye Xiu’s account. Chen Guo goes back onto her Chasing Haze account. Chen Guo opens her final Christmas present and finds an ordinary gift of coins.

Chen Guo invites Ye Xiu to go to City S on the weekend. Chen Guo reveals that she has three tickets to All-Star Weekend to Ye Xiu and Tang Rou. On the Friday before the weekend, Chen Guo, Ye Xiu, and Tang Rou take a flight to City S. In a City S taxi, Chen Guo is surprised that Ye Xiu knows the route to the Samsara stadium. With the taxi stuck in traffic, Chen Guo leaves the taxi and follows Ye Xiu to the Samsara stadium. Chen Guo enters the stadium.

Chen Guo reads the All-Star Weekend brochure and is excited to see her favorite player, Su Mucheng. Chen Guo finds three empty seats and sits down with Ye Xiu and Tang Rou. Chen Guo cheers wildly when she sees Mucheng’s Dancing Rain. Chen Guo informs Tang Rou about the 24 All-Star characters. Chen Guo watches a magnificent holographic simulated battle between the 24 All-Star characters. Chen Guo watches Dai Yanqi’s challenge with Chu Yunxiu, who easily defeats Yanqi. Chen Guo watches Gao Yingjie and Wang Jiexi’s intense duel. Chen Guo hears that Tiny Herb’s Qiao Yifan challenges Team Void Captain, Li Xuan. Chen Guo watches Qiao Yifan’s duel with Li Xuan, who is the number one Phantom Demon of the Pro Alliance. Chen Guo watches Yifan’s horrible loss to Li Xuan.[15]

Volume 4: All-Star Weekend

Chen Guo watches the intense duel between Sun Xiang and Han Wenqing. Chen Guo learns from Ye Xiu that the duel will be decided at Red Blood. Chen Guo watches Wenqing defeat Sun Xiang. With Tang Rou and Ye Xiu, Chen Guo goes back to the hotel and eats at the dining hall.  Chen Guo watches the press conferences of Wang Jiexi and Zhou Zekai. Chen Guo laughs at Zekai’s short responses.[16] The next morning, Chen Guo wakes up to Tang Rou playing Glory on the hotel computer. Chen Guo goes to Ye Xiu’s room to find that he is also playing Glory. Chen Guo learns that if Ye Xiu “played for another ten years” without losing interest in Glory. Chen Guo learns that Tang Rou has no idea on how long she will play Glory.[17]

With Ye Xiu and Tang Rou, Chen Guo goes on a shopping trip. Later, they go to the All-Star Weekend Day 2 event. With her binoculars, Chen Guo finds her idol, Su Mucheng. Chen Guo watches Zekai take the lead in the Hurdles event. Chen Guo is thrilled that Mucheng chose her to participate in the High Jump event. Chen Guo gives her stuff to Ye Xiu to hold. Chen Guo goes onto the stage with Tang Rou. Chen Guo is thrilled to meet her idol. Chen Guo talks with Mucheng about Glory. Chen Guo has decent fundamentals in jumping, so she is steadily following the professional players. Chen Guo dodges an attack by a fellow guest player and fails to land on a floating step. Chen Guo is furious. She watches Tang Rou suppress the Sharpshooter to death.

With the help of Tang Rou, Chen Guo climbs to the top. Chen Guo reveals to the host of the All-Star Weekend and the audience that Tang Rou has only played Glory for a month. Chen Guo is very pleased to meet Su Mucheng in person. Chen Guo returns to her seat near Ye Xiu. Chen Guo watches the Targets event, which Huang Shaotian wins. Afterward, Chen Guo goes to the restroom. When Chen Guo returns, she is thrilled that Tang Rou is playing against Du Ming. Chen Guo watches Tang Rou increase her hand speed to compete against the superior Du Ming. Chen Guo watches Tang Rou suppress Du Ming’s Blade Master to death. Chen Guo laughs uncontrollably. Chen Guo notices Dragon Raising Its Head and thinks back to the night that she met Ye Xiu. Chen Guo wonders if Ye Xiu told her the truth about his true identity as Ye Qiu.[18]

With Tang Rou, Chen Guo goes outside to look for Ye Xiu and later returns to the hotel. While Chen Guo waits, she learns from Tang Rou that Ye Xiu is Ye Qiu. Chen Guo is angered when Ye Xiu, who acts as if everything is normal, returns. Chen Guo hammers on Ye Xiu’s door, which opens. Chen Guo asks Ye Xiu to explain himself. Chen Guo is conflicted on how she should treat Ye Xiu because Ye Xiu is her employee yet a 3-time Glory Pro Alliance champion.[19] Chen Guo learns that Ye Xiu left early. With Tang Rou, Chen Guo leaves the arena. Later, Chen Guo and Tang Rou enter Ye Xiu’s hotel room. Chen Guo learns that Ye Xiu ran away from home to pursue his dreams of Glory.[20]

Chen Guo goes back to her hotel room. After hearing Ye Xiu’s sad story, Chen Guo cries on her bed. Chen Guo learns from Tang Rou that Liu Hao appeared at the Internet cafe. With Tang Rou, Chen Guo theorizes about why Ye Xiu was forced out of Excellent Era.[21] Chen Guo wonders what Ye Xiu will do in the future. The next morning, Chen Guo wakes up early and talks to Ye Xiu, who angers her with taunts. With Tang Rou, Chen Guo goes to the dining hall for breakfast. Chen Guo learns that Ye Xiu kept his identity a secret to not embarrass his family. With Tang Rou, Chen Guo goes to the Samsara arena to watch the All-Star Competition. Chen Guo watches the Individual Challenge and the Group Challenge. Chen Guo supports Team A because her idol, Su Mucheng, is on Team A.

Chen Guo watches the Team Challenge and cheers for Su Mucheng and Team A’s overall win. When Chen Guo and Tang Rou leave the stadium, they are swarmed by reporters. After Tang Rou answers the reporters’ questions, Chen Guo and Tang Rou escape. With no reporters following them, Chen Guo and Tang Rou go back to the hotel. In her hotel room, Chen Guo asks Ye Xiu about the Team Challenge. Chen Guo learns that Mucheng’s amazing performance decided the match. Early the next morning, Chen Guo, Tang Rou, and Ye Xiu take a flight back home. Chen Guo does not support Excellent Era after they forced out Ye Xiu although Chen Guo still supports Mucheng. When Chen Guo returns to the Happy Internet Cafe, some of her frequent customers pay their respects.

Chen Guo goes back to work and takes care of the day-to-day tasks. Afterward, Chen Guo logs onto her Chasing Haze account and leaves the guild Excellent Dynasty. Chen Guo wants to create her own guild. In the Heavenly Domain, she asks her friends to join her in the exodus of Excellent Dynasty. With few responses, Chen Guo explains to a few of her trusted friends that Ye Qiu (Ye Xiu) was forced out of Excellent Era. Chen Guo tells Ye Xiu that she wants to destroy Excellent Dynasty in the Heavenly Domain.[22] Chen Guo wants to help Ye Xiu form a team to get into the Pro Alliance. Chen Guo takes a picture of Ye Xiu and Tang Rou to celebrate the official formation of Ye Xiu’s new team. Chen Guo appoints Ye Xiu as captain of the team. Chen Guo is angry when Ye Xiu tells her that she is not good enough to be a player. Chen Guo tells Ye Xiu that Forest Landscape joins Chen Guo in leaving Excellent Dynasty. Chen Guo calls her team, ‘Happy.’ Chen Guo tells Ye Xiu to set up his guild on the 10th Server because Chen Guo has no power to set up a guild in the Heavenly Domain.[23]

Chen Guo learns that Cleansing Mist is Su Mucheng. Chen Guo envies Tang Rou, who gets to play with Mucheng on the 10th Server. Chen Guo learns that Ye Xiu is slowly accepting members to build a balanced guild with a mix of different classes. Chen Guo is excited by the rapid progress of Guild Happy, which reaches level 5.[24] Chen Guo listens to Ye Xiu explain the strategy to defeat the Guardian with the 20-player team. Chen Guo learns from Ye Xiu that most of the high-level accounts in the 20-player team are spies from the top guilds. Chen Guo watches Ye Xiu scare out most of the spies from Guild Happy. Chen Guo wonders if Excellent Dynasty had spies in Guild Happy. Chen Guo goes to sleep.

After five days of Guild Happy’s existence, Chen Guo is wondering why Ye Xiu is not expanding the guild quickly and acting to defeat the Level 2 Guardian. She learns from Ye Xiu uses slow development to solidify Guild Happy’s foundation because they lack a professional club sponsor. Chen Guo watches Ye Xiu assemble a 20-player team to take down the Level 2 Guardian.[25] Chen Guo watches Ye Xiu's team defeat the Level 2 Guardian. Chen Guo watches Ye Xiu look for highly-skilled players to poach. Chen Guo learns from Ye Xiu that Su Mucheng persuades Horse Shooter, a Launcher from Misty Castle, to join Guild Happy.[26]

In the morning, Chen Guo rushes over to Ye Xiu and Tang Rou to see what happened. Chen Guo learns that Ye Xiu killed a few dozen enemy players. Later, Chen Guo plays on Ye Xiu’s Lord Grim account when Ye Xiu goes to sleep. Chen Guo switches with well-rested Ye Xiu, who continues playing as Lord Grim. Chen Guo tells Ye Xiu that he should focus on building Guild Happy instead of working the night shift. Chen Guo looks at Ye Xiu’s notepad and sees multiple marks beside Misty Castle’s characters, who died repeatedly to Ye Xiu’s ambushes. Chen Guo asks Ye Xiu if there are any Misty Castle players at Thousand Waves Lake.

With Ye Xiu and Thousand Creations, Chen Guo’s Soft Mist ambushes Plantago Seed and three other Herb Garden players, who are chasing Xu Boyuan. Chen Guo substitutes in for Tang Rou, who is working at the cash register. Chen Guo is struggling to beat her Herb Garden opponent. Chen Guo watches Ye Xiu’s Lord Grim accept uncommon materials from Misty Castle, Herb Garden, and three other top guilds. She thinks that Ye Xiu is acting too evil in mocking his defeated opponents. Chen Guo is shocked to see Ye Xiu’s massive collection of uncommon materials.

Chen Guo sees Ye Xiu’s dungeon invitation to Xu Boyuan is rejected. Chen Guo is angry by Ye Xiu’s jokes that she is too old to dream about meeting her idol, Su Mucheng, to help level Mucheng’s Cleansing Mist account. Chen Guo agrees to level Ye Xiu’s Lord Grim account when Ye Xiu is resting. When Ye Xiu sleeps, Chen Guo levels Lord Grim until Ye Xiu returns from his rest. Chen Guo wonders how the Unspecialized Lord Grim would compete in the Glory Pro Alliance. Chen Guo helps set up the stream of Tiny Herb versus Blue Rain, which angers a lot of immature Excellent Era fans. Chen Guo watches some immature customers, who break keyboards and mice, leave the Internet cafe.

Chen Guo watches the Tiny Herb versus Blue Rain match. Chen Guo learns from Ye Xiu that Gao Yingjie is a talented rookie, who can compete head-to-head against the experienced Glory Pro Alliance players. Chen Guo learns from Ye Xiu that Yu Feng has improved as a player since last year. Chen Guo learns from Ye Xiu that Blue Rain is the best environment for young players to grow in compared to Tiny Herb, which is too harsh on its rookies because of their Glory Pro Alliance Champion status. Chen Guo watches the final Group Challenge duel between Huang Shaotian and Wang Jiexi.[27] Chen Guo learns from Ye Xiu that Jiexi has a slightly higher chance of winning because Jiexi thrives in even and orderly match-ups compared to Shaotian, who flourishes in chaotic fights.[28]

Chen Guo watches Wang Jiexi win the duel against Huang Shaotian. Chen Guo watches the Team Challenge. Chen Guo learns from Ye Xiu that Tiny Herb is too dependent on Wang Jiexi to carry average players like Deng Fusheng and Li Yihui. Chen Guo learns that a strong team’s outstanding performance might hide the team’s weaknesses. Chen Guo watches the stronger Blue Rain grind down the slightly inferior Tiny Herb. She lacks the high-level theoretical understanding of Glory to see Tiny Herb’s weaknesses.

Chen Guo watches Ye Xiu’s party enter the Thousand Waves Lake dungeon. Chen Guo sees Ye Xiu’s Thousand Waves Lake record clear of 30 minutes, 25 seconds, and 41 milliseconds. Chen Guo complains that her guild name, Happy, sounds lacking. With Ye Xiu’s advice, Chen Guo decides to put off the idea of changing the name of her guild because they can change their name in the Heavenly Domain. Chen Guo watches Ye Xiu and his team enter the Gloom Forest.

When Chen Guo stops streaming Excellent Era matches for other important Pro Alliance matches, she loses some spectator customers, who are extremely loyal to Excellent Era. Nonetheless, Chen Guo’s regular business is strong. When Tang Rou goes home for the Spring Festival, Chen Guo and Ye Xiu see her off. Chen Guo and Ye Xiu leave the Internet cafe to buy decorations for the Spring Festival. Chen Guo realizes that she bought too many New Year goods. After returning to the Internet cafe, Chen Guo rests from bringing back the stuff that she bought. Chen Guo meets Ye Qiu, the younger twin brother of Ye Xiu. Chen Guo learns that Ye Xiu borrowed Ye Qiu’s credentials in the past. Chen Guo sits down and listens to Ye Xiu and Ye Qiu talk. Chen Guo learns that in the past Ye Xiu stole Ye Qiu’s luggage and ran away from home first.[29]

Chen Guo gives Ye Qiu a tour of the Internet cafe. On the second floor, Chen Guo allows Ye Qiu to sleep on the sofa. Chen Guo learns from Ye Qiu that Ye Xiu is shameless with women. Chen Guo assures Ye Qiu that Ye Xiu has not done anything to her or Tang Rou. On the first floor, Chen Guo organizes her holiday purchases with Ye Qiu after Ye Xiu refuses to help. Chen Guo finishes tidying up the Internet cafe. She gives Ye Xiu and Ye Qiu each a red envelope. Chen Guo gives money to Ye Xiu to run errands for dinner. Chen Guo asks Ye Qiu for the type of alcohol he prefers. Chen Guo celebrates New Year’s early by drinking alcohol. Chen Guo brings out her own alcohol to drink with Ye Qiu and Ye Xiu. Chen Guo sees Ye Qiu drunk and passed out. Two hours later, Chen Guo and Ye Xiu help Ye Qiu upstairs and onto Ye Xiu’s bed.

Chen Guo has one final drink with Ye Xiu. Chen Guo closes up the empty Internet cafe. She sees Ye Xiu, who is drunk, walking up the stairs. Chen Guo goes to her room and sleeps well. On the morning of New Year’s Eve, Chen Guo goes downstairs and sees Ye Qiu set up the dining table. Chen Guo hears knocking and opens the door. She is hit by the visitor’s party popper. Chen Guo is shocked that her idol, Su Mucheng, is in front of her.[30] Chen Guo is shocked to hear that Ye Qiu wants to leave home once Ye Xiu returns home. Chen Guo follows Ye Xiu, who is giving a tour of his living area to Mucheng. Chen Guo gives Mucheng a stool to stand on. Chen Guo looks through the storage room’s small window and sees the window, where Mucheng lives. Chen Guo is thrilled to get Mucheng’s cellphone number. While Mucheng sleeps, Chen Guo gets Mucheng’s Cleansing Mist account to level. Chen Guo closes up the Internet cafe. She logs onto the Cleansing Mist account and sends a message to Tang Rou’s Soft Mist.

With Ye Xiu and Tang Rou, Chen Guo goes to dungeon to clear the daily dungeon opportunities. In the dungeon, Chen Guo is too nervous and performs poorly. She is saved repeatedly by Ye Xiu. Chen Guo uses Ye Xiu’s advice to improve her horrible play. Afterward, Chen Guo calls for food delivery. Chen Guo tells Ye Xiu that she reserved a room at a restaurant to celebrate for the New Year’s Eve dinner. After an hour into the New Year event, Chen Guo turns over the Cleansing Mist account to Su Mucheng. Chen Guo logs onto her Chasing Haze account to complete the missions for the rare item rewards.[31]

Volume 5: Deception

With Ye Xiu and Su Mucheng, Chen Guo goes to a restaurant and eat dinner in a reserved room. Chen Guo learns a lot about the Glory Pro Alliance from Ye Xiu and Mucheng’s gossip. Chen Guo and Mucheng drink most of the alcohol. After paying the bill, Chen Guo and Mucheng leave the restaurant leaning on each other because they are both drunk. Chen Guo dances through the street while firecrackers and fireworks explode in the air. With Ye Xiu and Mucheng, Chen Guo takes a taxi back to the Happy Internet Cafe.[32] After returning to the Internet cafe, Chen Guo falls asleep. She is covered with blankets by Ye Xiu. When Chen Guo wakes up in the middle of the night, she logs onto her Chasing Haze account to complete quests. At sunrise, Chen Guo rests. On the fourth day of the Spring Festival, Chen Guo leaves the Internet cafe to visit her family.[33]

Chen Guo works until the match between Excellent Era and Tyranny starts. Chen Guo watches Mucheng’s duel against her Tyranny opponent. Chen Guo learns from Ye Xiu that Mucheng has changed from playing a support style to an attacking style.[34] Chen Guo likes the pro-Excellent Era atmosphere of the viewers in the Internet cafe. Chen Guo learns from Ye Xiu that Zhang Xinjie’s superior tactics exploits a lone wolf player like Sun Xiang. Chen Guo watches Tyranny defeat Excellent Era in the Team Challenge. She sends off the huge group of viewers. When all of her customers leave the Internet cafe, Chen Guo closes the shutters and the door. Chen Guo watches as Ye Xiu becomes the first player on the 10th Server to reach to Level 50.[35]

Chen Guo learns from Ye Xiu that he is buying equipment based on price to stat ratio, which will be enough to defeat the Heavenly Domain Challenge. Chen Guo watches Ye Xiu’s high-speed mechanics overwhelm the quests’ high difficulty for normal players.[36] Chen Guo watches Ye Xiu destroy a level 70 Midnight Phantom Cat, who is suppressing the level 50 Lord Grim by 20 levels. Chen Guo is shocked by Ye Xiu’s Gunner skills in completing the fourth test. With Ye Xiu’s permission, Chen Guo attempts the fifth quest on rolling through obstacles. She fails repeatedly. Chen Guo switches with Ye Xiu and watches Ye Xiu easily complete the fifth quest. Chen Guo sees that Ye Xiu is studying the Team Challenge between the Tyranny and Excellent Era match.[37]

Chen Guo learns from Ye Xiu about the details behind the positioning of Zhang Xinjie’s Immovable Rock. Chen Guo is advised by Ye Xiu that time is needed to find and to develop players.[38] Chen Guo hears Ye Xiu realize 10th Server players can complete his Heavenly Domain Challenge because the Arena is cross-server. Chen Guo watches Ye Xiu easily destroy Ascending in two duels.[39] Chen Guo watches Ye Xiu’s absolute victories in the Arena.[40] Chen Guo sees Ye Xiu fight for three hours to kill a boss.[41]

Chen Guo watches Ye Xiu’s Lord Grim enter the Heavenly Domain. With Forest Landscape, Chen Guo’s Chasing Haze meets Ye Xiu’s Lord Grim. Chen Guo fails to get a friend request through to Lord Grim. Chen Guo tells Ye Xiu to send a friend request to her Chasing Haze.[42] Chen Guo advises Ye Xiu to party up and to level together. Chen Guo learns from Ye Xiu that five players trailing them. Chen Guo explains to Ye XIu about Heavenly Justice’s wealthy backer, Loulan Slash.[43]

Chen Guo tells Loulan Slash that she is the boss of Ye Xiu’s Lord Grim. Chen Guo accepts a friend request from Loulan Slash. Chen Guo watches Loulan Slash and four other players walk away.[44] Chen Guo thinks about how much capital she can raise to build a team to compete in the Glory Pro Alliance. Being distracted, her Chasing Haze is saved by Ye Xiu’s Lord Grim when a monster gets too close to her. Chen Guo sees three players, a Spellblade, a Sharpshooter, and an Elementalist. She is advised by Ye Xiu to run away because these three enemies could be Excellent Era’s pro players.[45]

Chen Guo is shocked that the enemy Sharpshooter is Wang Ze, a substitute pro player of Excellent Era. Chen Guo wants to fight against the three enemies, but Ye Xiu disagrees. Chen Guo follows Ye Xiu, who orders her to jump onto a large rock. Chen Guo dumps excess equipment that weighed her character down, which Ye Xiu’s Lord Grim picks up. Chen Guo lets go of her mouse, which Ye Xiu grabs with his left hand. Chen Guo follows Ye Xiu’s orders to activate skills, which Ye Xiu uses.[46] Chen Guo’s Chasing Haze uses a Satellite Beam and kills the enemy Sharpshooter, Wang Ze. Chen Guo assists Ye Xiu into forcing the enemy Elementalist and Spellblade to retreat. Chen Guo learns from Ye Xiu that he tricked Liu Hao and He Ming into thinking that Chasing Haze is Su Mucheng.[47]

Chen Guo leaves the previous leveling area. She searches for the three enemies’ names to see who they are. Chen Guo is advised by Ye Xiu to stop because the enemies will have many accounts to use.[48] Chen Guo learns that Ye Xiu cannot quickly build a normal guild and fight off his enemies, who have well-run professional guilds financially supported by professional teams. Chen Guo realizes this reality because she has previous experience at Excellent Dynasty. Chen Guo is angry that Ye Xiu has to turn to the wealthy Loulan Slash because Chen Guo dislikes people, who pay to win, like Loulan Slash. Chen Guo is worried when Ye Xiu tells her that they will build their own team to enter the Glory Pro Alliance.[49]

Chen Guo is frustrated that Loulan Slash is delaying his decision on protecting Ye Xiu’s Lord Grim. Chen Guo learns from Ye Xiu that the top guilds cannot ruin their reputation by killing a level 50 Lord Grim in the Heavenly Domain. On Lord Grim’s first day in the Heavenly Domain, Chen Guo helps Ye Xiu level without any huge disruptions. The next day, Chen Guo arranges for three computers to be moved onto the second floor in Room 213, which her customer, Ascending, advised her to do. She shows the room to Ye Xiu, who is satisfied with the arrangement. In the Heavenly Domain, Chen Guo continues helping Ye Xiu’s Lord Grim level.[50] Chen Guo learns from Tang Rou’s text message that Ma Chenyi, the owner of the Grand Internet Cafe, is at the Happy Internet Cafe to set up a Sweeping the Field competition. Chen Guo ignores Chenyi’s taunts about her age. Chen Guo accepts Chenyi’s Sweeping the Field competition.[51]

Chen Guo suggests a bet for the loser to pay up with 24 Heavenly Domain accounts, which is fairly expensive. Chen Guo watches her cafe’s Witch player loses to Chenyi’s Blade Master player. Chen Guo is worried because most of her skilled customers/players are Excellent Era fans, who left after Chen Guo stopped streaming Excellent Era matches. Chen Guo hears a Launcher player challenge Chenyi’s Blade Master to a duel.[52]

Chen Guo watches the Launcher suppress the enemy Blade Master to death. Chen Guo watches Chenyi’s Sharpshooter enter the Arena. Chen Guo watches her Witch player enter the Arena to duel the enemy Sharpshooter. Chen Guo is happy that her Witch player suppresses the enemy Sharpshooter to death. In the next duel, Chen Guo’s Assassin player fights against Chenyi’s Blade Master. Chen Guo watches her Assassin take the advantage and suppress the Blade Master to death. Chen Guo watches Chenyi’s two expert players lose a total of eight consecutive matches.[53] Chen Guo goes upstairs and sees Ye Xiu, who is the actually won the eight duels.[54]

With Ye Xiu, Chen Guo meets with four of her friends, who are two employees and two frequent customers. Chen Guo tells the four that the other person is Ye Qiu. Chen Guo wants to buy the four Glory accounts from her four friends. She is ready to buy similar accounts that are as close as possible to the originals.[55] In a video chat, Chen Guo talks with her idol, Su Mucheng for a bit before leaving to talk with the other four. With Ye Xiu revealing his forced exodus from Excellent Era, Chen Guo manages to buy all four of her friends’ accounts in exchange for new accounts. Chen Guo learns from Ye Xiu to not use the four accounts. The next day, Chen Guo sees the two experts, who previously appeared and lost against Ye Xiu.[56]

Chen Guo is surprised that no one besides Liu Hao, He Ming, and Wang Ze of Excellent Era have attacked them. Chen Guo learns that her acquired four accounts are working as a threat to scare Excellent Dynasty and other top guilds from attacking Ye Xiu’s Lord Grim.[57] With Forest Landscape, Chen Guo and her four friends, who have new accounts from Chen Guo, help Ye Xiu’s Lord Grim level. Over a few days, Chen Guo receives Ma Chenyi’s 24 Heavenly Domain accounts. Only seven are empty while the remaining 17 have a few pieces of equipment on them. Chen Guo learns from Ye Xiu to let Tang Rou naturally improve on her own to reach the Heavenly Domain.[58]

Chen Guo follows Loulan Slash to the city Sword Shadow. Chen Guo watches Ye Xiu’s Battle Mage easily defeat Homeward Bound and Ocean Ahead in two duels.[59] Chen Guo sees Ye Xiu’s Battle Mage defeat Night Tide and Loulan Slash. After Ye Xiu uses Lord Grim to obliterate his four opponents, Chen Guo praises Ye Xiu for his performance.[60]

Chen Guo reads the news of Guild Heavenly Justice forming a team to join the Glory Pro Alliance. She is surprised by all of the media attention surrounding Heavenly Justice.[61] Chen Guo is unsatisfied with Ye Xiu’s calm demeanor after beating Huang Shaotian’s Troubling Rain in a thrilling duel.[62] Chen Guo asks for the password to enter Lou Guanning’s Arena room. Chen Guo gets access from Guanning’s Loulan Slash and sees Wang Jiexi’s Vaccaria defeat Wen Kebei’s Homeward Bound. Chen Guo learns from the others that Zou Yunhai’s Ocean Ahead already lost. Chen Guo watches Gu Xiye and Lou Guanning each lose to Jiexi’s Vaccaria in duels. Chen Guo learns from Ye Xiu that Jiexi is being diligent in scouting out the individual talent of Lou Guanning’s team. The next morning, Chen Guo laughs from reading an eSports newspaper and spits her food at Ye Xiu.[63]

Chen Guo is furious and slams the table when she hears Wang Sheng downplay the conflict between Ye Xiu and Excellent Era. Chen Guo learns from Ye Xiu that the media will do anything to spread rumors and lies about anyone. Chen Guo sees the news online of Lou Guanning’s announcement of Team Heavenly Swords. Chen Guo is surprised by the headline that Ye Xiu did not join Heavenly Swords.[64] Chen Guo is surprised that Ye Xiu planned everything with Lou Guanning.[65]

Chen Guo feels conflicted about how Ye Xiu is indifferent to the media and Excellent Era’s negative portrayal of him. Chen Guo learns that Ye Xiu is getting more attention to Lord Grim and Lou Guanning’s guild to level up Lord Grim in peace. Chen Guo goes to sleep after being annoyed by Ye Xiu’s chaos that he created in the media. The next morning, Chen Guo learns that Ye Xiu will continue leveling. Chen Guo reveals the situation to Tang Rou, who laughs at the media storm that Ye Xiu created. Chen Guo sees Ye Xiu’s Lord Grim encounter a boss.[66]

Chen Guo learns that Ye Xiu has encountered a Wild Boss, Wilderness Escort. Chen Guo learns from Ye Xiu that someone used a “Boss Summon” to call out a Wilderness Escort, who spawns in Eastern Wilderness. Chen Guo is shocked that Ye Xiu, who is a God-level player, is going to be a scrap picker, who steals dropped items from dead characters. Chen Guo is speechless when someone posts the coordinates to the wild boss on global chat.[67] Chen Guo logs onto her Chasing Haze account. She meets up with Ye Xiu’s Lord Grim. Chen Guo follows Ye Xiu to a better hiding space. Chen Guo meets Sparse Fragrance, a Blade Master, who leads another four Blade Masters. Chen Guo laughs when Ye Xiu reveals his identity as Ye Qiu to Sparse Fragrance, who does not believe Ye Xiu. With Ye Xiu and the others, Chen Guo waits near a dog hole.[68]

Chen Guo waits in the dog hole. She hears voices of the opponents, who are the group’s targets of scrap picking.[69] Chen Guo is shocked by Ye Xiu’s amazing mechanics of normal attacks to prevent the wild boss from pinning into the dog hole.[70] Chen Guo hears from Sparse Fragrance that Ye Xiu has been fighting Ice of Dawn, one of the Blue Brook Guild’s Five Great Experts.[71] Chen Guo notices the intense fighting over the Wilderness Escort has slowed. She learns from Ye Xiu that this wild boss is not valuable to the elite guilds.[72]

Chen Guo watches Ye Xiu’s Lord Grim use Falling Flower Palm to knock Wilderness Escort out of the dog hole.[73] Chen Guo is shocked by Ye Xiu’s audacity to tell Blue Brook Guild and Excellent Dynasty to obliterate Herb Garden. She watches Ye Xiu launch Mugwort into the Blue Brook Guild team, which kills Mugwort. Chen Guo is horrified to see Ye Xiu launch Ice of Dawn into the Excellent Era team.[74] Chen Guo watches Ice of Dawn die to Excellent Dynasty players. Chen Guo sees Herb Garden players attack Blue Brook Guild players, who are fighting Excellent Dynasty players. Chen Guo watches Blue Brook Guild fighting Wilderness Escort, Herb Garden, and Excellent Dynasty at the same time.[75] Chen Guo sees Deception and learns from Sparse Fragrance that Deception is a notorious expert at scrap picking. Chen Guo follows Ye Xiu, who is chasing after Deception. Chen Guo asks Tang Rou to go online and search for information about Deception.[76]

Chen Guo learns from Tang Rou that Deception is a solo player and a ruthless scrap picker. With Ye Xiu’s coordinates, Chen Guo rushes to the area and is ambushed by Deception. Chen Guo is surprised that Deception dodges Ye Xiu’s Sword Draw attack.[77] Chen Guo is surprised to see Ye Xiu’s serious face for the first time. Chen Guo is shocked to see Ye Xiu shamelessly use her screen to outsmart Deception’s Hundred Streams attack.[78]

Chen Guo asks for Tang Rou’s opinion on Ye Xiu’s shamelessness. Chen Guo is shocked to hear Tang Rou’s nonchalant disregard for Ye Xiu’s play.[79] Chen Guo sees players from Blue Brook Guild, Herb Garden, and Excellent Dynasty chasing after Ye Xiu and Deception. Chen Guo tries to delay the enemies by using her ultimate skill, Satellite Cannon, and dies to onslaught of the enemies’ long-range skills. Chen Guo sees that she loses her hairband and her weapon, level 70 Purple Rose Flower Cannon.[80]

Chen Guo watches Ye Xiu’s screen, where Lord Grim is behind the street corner and is watching Deception’s struggle against 15 Excellent Dynasty players. Chen Guo shouts “Golden Princess,” a negative nickname for Golden Fragrance, who falls headfirst into the ground from Deception’s Bird Fall skill.[81] Chen Guo learns that Ye Xiu picked up an Orange necklace. Chen Guo tells Ye Xiu to kill Golden Fragrance for valuable dropped equipment. Chen Guo dislikes Golden Fragrance for destroying her reputation in Excellent Dynasty. Chen Guo and other Excellent Dynasty players dislike Golden Fragrance for her undeserved rise up the guild’s ranks to be a core member, which is why Golden Fragrance has the nickname "Golden Princess."[82]

Chen Guo is satisfied with Ye Xiu’s work in picking up Golden Fragrance’s dropped Orange weapon, Armor-piercing Cannon.[83]

References

  1. Chapter 2
  2. Chapter 21
  3. Chapter 27
  4. Chapter 54
  5. Volume 1
  6. Chapter 181
  7. Volume 2
  8. Chapter 247
  9. Chapter 248
  10. Chapter 250
  11. Chapter 280
  12. Chapter 281
  13. Chapter 282
  14. Chapter 285
  15. Volume 3
  16. Chapter 313
  17. Chapter 314
  18. Chapter 330
  19. Chapter 331
  20. Chapter 332
  21. Chapter 333
  22. Chapter 344
  23. Chapter 345
  24. Chapter 349
  25. Chapter 360
  26. Chapter 363
  27. Chapter 394
  28. Chapter 395
  29. Chapter 400
  30. Chapter 403
  31. Volume 4
  32. Chapter 406
  33. Chapter 407
  34. Chapter 408
  35. Chapter 409
  36. Chapter 410
  37. Chapter 411
  38. Chapter 412
  39. Chapter 413
  40. Chapter 414
  41. Chapter 417
  42. Chapter 418
  43. Chapter 419
  44. Chapter 420
  45. Chapter 421
  46. Chapter 422
  47. Chapter 423
  48. Chapter 425
  49. Chapter 426
  50. Chapter 427
  51. Chapter 428
  52. Chapter 429
  53. Chapter 430
  54. Chapter 431
  55. Chapter 433
  56. Chapter 434
  57. Chapter 435
  58. Chapter 436
  59. Chapter 437
  60. Chapter 438
  61. Chapter 440
  62. Chapter 449
  63. Chapter 450
  64. Chapter 452
  65. Chapter 453
  66. Chapter 454
  67. Chapter 455
  68. Chapter 456
  69. Chapter 457
  70. Chapter 458
  71. Chapter 459
  72. Chapter 460
  73. Chapter 461
  74. Chapter 462
  75. Chapter 463
  76. Chapter 464
  77. Chapter 465
  78. Chapter 466
  79. Chapter 467
  80. Chapter 468
  81. Chapter 475
  82. Chapter 476
  83. Chapter 482
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