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Cataclysm Card Emperor:Chapter Nine: Hidden Space

Even she doesn’t have confidence in her own survival at this moment, let alone bringing along a burdensome person.

But she patiently explained, “Based on the current situation, the two known B-rank calamities on the third and fourth floors have likely mutated into A-rank. Other monsters probably have mutated as well. I don’t even have the assurance to survive, let alone bring someone along…”

Ji Xun knew that the other party misunderstood his intention, so he explained, “No, what I mean is, have you ever thought… about changing our strategy to clear this place?”

“???” The mechanical-armed girl’s expression turned into one of confusion upon hearing this.

Her initial reaction was that this guy probably wanted to seize the last chance at survival.

But looking at his calm gaze that remained unchanged, she immediately felt conflicted.

Although they hadn’t known each other for long, they both had a certain level of understanding.

She was well aware that, although her temporary teammate was weak, he definitely wasn’t a fool.

Just like when they first met, she said “cooperate,” but actually meant “I need a bait.”

Both sides understood each other without saying it out loud.

And the hidden meaning she heard from his words now was: I have a way to get out, but I need a teammate.

Although the mechanical-armed girl still found it unbelievable, she pondered for a moment and asked, “What do you mean…?”

Ji Xun didn’t directly answer, but instead asked meaningfully, “If the exit is somewhere on the fourth floor… how confident are you in making it to the fourth floor alive?”

The mechanical girl didn’t understand why he would ask that, but she answered honestly, “I have no confidence.”

Ji Xun asked again, “Then do you think it’s possible for someone else?”

The mechanical-armed girl’s eyes flickered with a strange light as she pondered and said, “It’s almost impossible.”

She was well aware that her strength had already reached the peak of a Card Master Apprentice, even with many secret cards up her sleeve. She was already one of the few at the top of the non-professional combat pyramid.

This statement was already conservative.

If she couldn’t survive, then it was even less possible for others.

Ji Xun smiled mysteriously, “So, the problem lies here.”

Although he had guessed that this teammate was strong, personally confirming it only further confirmed his suspicions: this instance was “overleveled”!

Although Ji Xun still didn’t fully understand what kind of existence the “interdimensional space” was in this world, based on the information he currently had and witnessing the monsters dropping equipment and materials upon death, he was certain of his speculation.

That was, the interdimensional space, just like a game, was a level test with a reward mechanism.

Passing the level rewards the player.

A level that cannot be passed is meaningless.

The existence behind designing game levels must have put a lot of effort into creating so many intricate settings, definitely not to let the players perish.

Since the monsters were beyond the players’ killing capabilities, then there must be a problem with the strategy.

So, this interdimensional space must have a correct way to clear it.

For example, a secret passage.

Or some plot items required to clear the level.

Coincidentally, Ji Xun had already discovered some clues.

Ji Xun didn’t beat around the bush and stated his thoughts directly, “Based on the current situation, it is almost certain that the monsters in this interdimensional space have been eroded by that mysterious power and have become much stronger than normal. Not to mention the monsters on the second floor, the third and fourth floors are practically dead ends if you try to force your way through.”

Since the space restricted the entry of adventurers, the strength of the monsters should also be limited.

But unexpectedly, the monster’s strength was at a level that even top experts couldn’t kill.

So,

Either the monsters have a special method to be killed by players,

Or,

Forcing kills is not the correct way to clear the instance!

“…” The girl fell into silence upon hearing this.

She had also considered this strategy before and thought it made sense.

But now, she couldn’t help but feel hopeful yet afraid of disappointment.

Forcing kills was not the correct way to clear the instance. Then what else could they do besides trying their luck on the fourth floor to find an exit?

At this moment, she gradually felt that this guy in front of her seemed to really have a way.

Ji Xun didn’t say anything more, but looked meaningfully at the girl, as if waiting for something.

Seeing this gaze, the girl immediately understood and said calmly, “If you find the right clue, I can agree to cooperate.”

Upon hearing this, Ji Xun smiled slightly.

This was the promise he had been waiting for.

Previously, when they cooperated, Ji Xun felt that this temporary teammate was to his liking. Coincidentally, he was currently physically weak and needed a reliable partner with strong combat power.

And a teammate who keeps their promises and has strong strength couldn’t be more suitable.

After a pause, the girl asked, “So, what do we do now?”

Ji Xun didn’t beat around the bush, stood up, and pointed to the wall next to him, “Break the wall.”

“Impossible!” Upon hearing this, the mechanical-armed girl suddenly felt somewhat disappointed.

If it was so easy to break through, someone would have tried it already.

She looked at Ji Xun and explained seriously, “This wall is part of the space’s rules and cannot be broken through by external force.”

“…” Ji Xun smiled mysteriously. How did he miss the fact that the walls couldn’t be broken? They had fought so intensely before, and the walls in this room were completely intact. Walls like these couldn’t be broken by external force.

He didn’t explain further but drew a frame of a doorway about 1.5*2.2 meters in size next to him and said, “Not elsewhere, but here.”

“???” The mechanical-armed girl showed a puzzled expression upon hearing this.

What difference does it make if it’s a wall?

Ji Xun knew he had to provide some reasonable explanations, so he directly explained his findings, “I take a step of 75 centimeters, and I counted the steps clearly as we passed all the rooms on the second floor. I took 20 steps between each room door, so the interval is a standard 15 meters. But between 2012 and 2013, I accidentally took one more small step…”

“This…?” Upon hearing this, the mechanical-armed girl, who had just been full of doubts, suddenly seemed lost in thought.

She immediately understood the meaning behind these words: there is a hidden space behind the walls!

At the same time, she was amazed. How did this guy realize it?

By measuring his steps…

He followed behind her during the day, and she thought he was just a burden. She didn’t expect him to measure the distance between the doors and discover such a subtle difference!

Hope and fear inevitably intertwined.

Measuring the distance by steps doesn’t sound reliable. Could he have made a mistake?

A series of questions arose in her mind.

Ji Xun didn’t wait for her to overthink and continued, “And there is also a problem with the distance between the rooms. Although they look the same, the wall near the entrance is nearly a meter shorter than the wall near the bed. So, the shape of the room isn’t rectangular as we see it but trapezoidal.”

Pausing for a moment, he confidently stated his conclusion, “That means… there is a hidden space behind this wall.”

Upon hearing this, the mechanical-armed girl’s expression immediately changed.

Being reminded by someone, she also immediately noticed the problem!

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Cataclysm Card Emperor

Cataclysm Card Emperor

“Doctor, it seems there’s something wrong with my emotions.”
“There’s a clown in the West City Circus who can make everyone laugh. I think he can help you.”
“But doctor… I am that clown.”
“…”
This is a fantasy world after a major catastrophe, where countless ancient dungeons lie buried beneath the fog-shrouded earth.
In these dungeons, there are traps, monsters, and other-dimensional spaces, as well as ancient godly taboos and countless treasure legends left over from the old days.
Disasters, steam, curse runes, ancient relics, a sequence of poker cards with extraordinary magic.
Remnants of the old world, ancient relic shelters, poker monk associations, witch associations, fire thieves, the wall of the world…
In the shadowy corners of the world, a treasure hunter wearing a clown mask walks alone in the darkness.
He is Joker Ji Xun, the Cataclysm Card Emperor!

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