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The Innkeeper – Chapter 36: Changes Bahasa Indonesia

After laughing for a bit, Marlo yanked the disoriented Lex off the ground and skillfully popped his dislocated arm back into its place. After making sure that Lex wasn’t hurt anywhere else Marlo put the handgun back into the briefcase and signaled Lex to follow him. Lex, still in shock at what happened, followed the giant man. The difference between Marlo’s steady hand repeatedly firing shocks without any visible change, and himself being launched off his feet after a single shot was too mind-blowing.

They retreated to the lounge where a butler served them some herbal tea.

“Have some, it’ll nourish your body. You’ve been through a lot lately.”

Lex took a sip, and was pleasantly surprised. The tea had a very subtle taste of honey, but more importantly he immediately felt a warm sensation spread through his body. It was like his muscles were being massaged from the inside, making him feel very comfortable.

“This is tea from a hidden monastery near Mount Tupungato. It’s something I used to drink when I started body cultivating. It’s not useful to me anymore, but I still enjoy the taste so I keep it on hand. For you though, it should be very beneficial.”

“I can tell, thanks,” replied Lex, having recovered from his previous shock.

“Do you know why, even as a Body Tempering cultivator you need to use a spirit gun when it’s so difficult to use? It’s because regular guns, even high caliber ones, only rely on basic force to deal damage. The basic concept is, if I hit something harder or with more explosive energy it’ll do more damage. In theory, that is not wrong, but in practice anything with spirit energy is extremely resistant to any force lacking spirit energy. So against a cultivator, in practice most of the time even an assault rifle will inflict less damage than the weakest spirit weapon. This is only considering a cultivators body that has been tempered by spiritual energy, and their internal spiritual energy. Body armor, talismans, spirit techniques and anything else a cultivator can use only add more variables to overcome. A normal Foundation realm expert, with his average gear, can easily withstand an attack from a tank.

“The Heavy Harley is named as such because of its heavy recoil, but it is the best gun for someone at Body Tempering to use on the market. Once you raise your level a bit, you’ll be able to withstand the recoil better.”

Marlo explained a bit, in case Lex was dissatisfied with his weapon, although all of this was common knowledge and if Lex did his own research he would learn all this sooner or later. During this period Marlo was relatively calm, and went almost fifteen minutes without bursting into laughter. Clearly he was treating this very seriously.

Lex smiled after listening to his explanation, and said, “I understand. There is no gain for free, if I want to use the gun I need to improve a bit. You do not need to be concerned, I am very satisfied with it. But you could have just sent the gun to me. Since you called me here, there must be something else you want to discuss as well.”

Marlo let out a knowing smile before he chugged his tea in a single gulp and put the cup down. He lazily put his back against his sofa and spread his arms on the side. His appearance looked very casual, yet he gave off the aura of a King in his own kingdom.

“I want to know more about the tests you encountered when you used the key. What were your tasks? What were the dangers, how were you evaluated? What do you think I can expect when I use the key? Since I am about to undertake this test, I should be fully prepared, don’t you think?”

Lex smiled, and internally he was filled with jubilation. Marlo was finally about to use the key.

“The first time I encountered the key the test was really simple. I was given a cultivation method, and I had to cultivate it in a set time. Who evaluated me, or how they did it I don’t know. As a reward, I was given a pill that increased the durability of my body. I’m sure you’ve already noticed that compared to others, I can really take a beating.”

Marlo only grinned, but said nothing.

“The second time, before the test began I met someone and was offered something, and if I accepted the offer I could take the test, otherwise I could go back. What I was offered and who offered it, I don’t remember anymore but I remember thinking that this was a valuable opportunity.

“After accepting, I was sent to a different place. Where that place was I have no idea, but I remember thinking it felt like a different world. My task was to kill a certain number of zombies and …”

“Zombies, did you say?” Marlo interrupted, leaning forward. “Like in the movies and games?”

“Yes, zombies. If they scratch you, you’ll be infected after a certain amount of time. But it’s not entirely like movies and games because not all zombies have the same strength. Some are stronger than others. One on one I had no problem fighting them, but the hordes are too dangerous because they’re too many and the stronger ones mix in and you can’t tell the difference…”

As far as his experience fighting the zombies was concerned Lex told Marlo everything. If he lied or made something up, there were greater chances of failure. Since he planned on having Marlo fight zombies as well for his test, this was the most appropriate solution. From time to time Marlo interrupted Lex to ask questions in greater detail or clarify some things. The meeting continued for several more hours before Lex found himself repeating what he already knew. Still Marlo asked him again and again to ensure he understood everything. In the end, when the finished Marlo helped Lex register the gun to his name on the Bluebird portal. As soon as Lex left he got a text message from Marlo addressing his Beginners Self Defense class where he canceled all classes for the next week, and assigned them some non-mandatory tasks in case they wanted to do some extra practice.

Lex returned to his apartment and immediately returned to the Inn to await Marlo’s appearance. A part of him wanted to practice with his gun, but his logical side told him he wasn’t ready for that yet and he should not waste his relatively expensive ammunition. First he would go to a shooting range and work on his aim with regular guns before trying to use the Heavy Harley.

When he returned to the Inn he also found out that Falak had returned to his room and the soldiers to theirs. Apparently the soldiers were going to leave the Inn but suddenly felt like they could break through to the Foundation Realm. Previously it was all but impossible, but once they recovered from all their old, unhealed injuries due to the recovery pod their cultivation became smoother. After a few hours to stabilize, they immediately felt like they could break through. They decided to try and see if they could succeed before they returned to their planet as that would greatly improve their chance of survival.

Eventually, Lex’s patience paid off. It still wasn’t Marlo, instead Hugo who left the recovery room and excitedly asked to rent a room for a week. Lex happily accepted the 350MP from the man’s credit card, which was followed by another notification from the Inn that he temporarily ignored, and asked Gerard to take Hugo to his room.

When the man left his view Lex quickly checked his status and was delighted.

New Notification: Hidden Achievement Unlocked!

Hidden Achievement: At maximum Capacity

Reward: Authority +1, 1 Free Inn Expansion, Inn Star Rating + 0.5, + 2000MP

As soon as Lex checked the rewards, a subtle change swept through the Inn. Like a wave, spirit energy rushed across the Inn as the area of the Inn increased exponentially. Lex could not feel the change in spirit energy, but all of his guests were overwhelmed!

The two soldiers, both meditating in their PB rooms, felt a rush of extremely pure spirit energy enter their bodies and suddenly consolidated their cultivation to form their Foundation realm. Their bodies shivered with excitement, but they couldn’t afford to stop and continued to cultivate to stabilize their new realm. Hugo, who hadn’t even begun to cultivate in his room yet, felt a wave of spirit energy fill his body and strengthen his Foundation to the point where he almost immediately entered Peak Foundation realm! For the first time in years Hugo felt excited for a moment before he stabilized his emotions and quickly sat down on the floor and began to cultivate.

The biggest shock, however, was received by Bastet and Falak. When the wave of spirit energy entered the Inn, it wasn’t spirit energy that entered their bodies, but a higher and more complex form of energy! Bastet, who was asleep, woke up to a feeling of horror and excitement! Excitement, because she had instantly recovered enough to where she could leave Earth immediately on her own, and horror because she knew all too well what level of power that energy represented. Falak, likewise, knew what it meant and immediately stood outside Bastet’s room, awaiting his mistresses exit in case she needed him.

At this moment Lex didn’t know how the changes had affected his guests. As the only person in the Inn unable to feel spirit energy he did not know how tremendous an opportunity he had missed. His focus was on better understanding his reward and thinking about the hidden achievement.

The land available to the Inn had increased by a couple of acres, that he understood easily enough. The half star rating meant he could now better cater to guests at a higher realm, or at least that’s what he assumed. He was looking into all the new things he could do with his new-found authority, and they really were exciting!


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