Chapter 32 - I've Connected the Dots
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Underworld Player Chapter 32 - I've Connected the Dots

Mustachio was simply parroting information that was freely available on the Player's Forum. In any case, it was not particularly important knowledge either, since Players who reached Level 2 would quickly learn it for themselves.

It was one of the things that set a Verified Player worlds apart from the newbies.

"Anyway, how did everyone get their Player status?" asked Bai Zhi, having finished his cup noodles.

Late Night Kitty was the first to raise her hand and answer. "Uh... It happened after I had a strange dream. I don't remember what it was about, but when I woke up, dazed and confused, somehow or other, I got the notification informing me I was now a Player."

"I.. won it, I guess, in a red packet grabfest*," said Temperance Gentleheart. She was looking sadly at the ugly black marks on her calf, and with an exhausted slump of her shoulders, she let out a heavy sigh.

"They were giving out red packets worth a few yuan in my class WeChat group, and when I claimed one, a notification popped up saying I'd gotten the Player status. ...Now I wish I hadn't been so greedy for that measly bit of loose change."

Mustachio shook his head. "Truth be told, nobody has found any rhyme or reason to how people have gotten the Player status. The Concerning Department once conducted a census on this, but after reviewing the data from hundreds of Players, they found absolutely no common factor that triggered the event. If they had, you can be sure there would be many more Players everywhere.

"The only known way to make someone a Player on purpose is an item in the Shop, a card that grants the Player status which has an extremely rare chance of appearing during the monthly restock. It could go for incredible prices on the black market, which means only the extremely wealthy can afford them... Anyway, I got my Player Status during a game of basketball."

Three pairs of eyes turned to look at Bai Zhi. "Oh, me? I was just surfing the web and got a popup notification." He said calmly.

"[ Do you wish to understand the meaning of life? Do you want to feel... truly alive? ] , something cryptic like that."

Mustachio's perked up his ears at what Bai Zhi was saying. "What, a new way to get the Player status?"

"Uh-huh, and the two options I was given were 'Yes' and 'Oui oui'**, so there was no way for me to refuse. I was press-ganged, really."

A quick look at will leave you more fulfilled.

Bai Zhi gave a wry smile and straightened up.

"Players may be the only force that can stand against the supernatural entities, but they're also dying like flies, aren't they? Player handles are presumably deleted upon death as well, which explains why a name as simple as [ Black&White ] was still available to me. Am I right?"

"Well, the unique number that really identifies you as a Player is your Player ID, so the handle is just a nickname... But you are right, we do lose Players incredibly quickly—well, see, there are also plenty of people eager to become Players, consideri

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Translator Notes

*A type of event most commonly seen on WeChat. The "red packets" feature on WeChat allows users to give away money to a group of people in such a way whereby the "packets" are put up for grabs and users will claim them as fast as possible. If there is a more formal name for this phenomenon, let me know.
**Oui = Yes in French. Pronounced "wee".

Actual note from Ori:

The raw novel sometimes has images tacked to the end, which I am, unfortunately, unable to see.
However, I was inspired to convey some of that flavor here. I'll do it randomly in future, but let me know what you think.

Novel Notes

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