1254 Start Shelter
Lin Huang and Bloody bade farewell to Whale13 early the next morning.
While Whale13 was surprised, he said nothing. All he did was pat Lin Huang's shoulder heartily. "Go if something has come up. Don't delay your business. Please come play at my Dust Shelter anytime when you're free. I'll welcome you with open arms at all times!"
Lin Huang summoned Kylie after bidding farewell to Whale13, and as soon as they left the Dust Shelter, he disguised himself using the two god rule relics.
The three then headed to Start Shelter at ease.
According to Yang Ling, the identity rings would need at least three days to reach the receiving point. Therefore, they were not in a hurry.
Under normal circumstances, they would need to transfer at only five Shelters to get from the Dust Shelter to Start Shelter. However, there were two grade-4 Shelters among them. For safety purposes, they decided to take a longer en route whereby they transferred 11 times at grade-3 Shelters along the way.
Fortunately, none of their identities were suspected at all. Bloody would even request the Shelter guardian for permission to read at their archives at each Shelter. None of the 11 Shelters rejected her, which allowed her to gain access to more documents and information.
Apart from asking about the mission at the beginning, Kylie was cold and arrogant as usual. She did not even ask about the details of the mission, and Bloody was the one who took the initiative to tell her.
Meanwhile, Lin Huang spent most of the time shopping at underground black markets and auctions. Whilst familiarizing himself with the market prices, he was trying his luck with worthy items.
His new disguise was a man in a black robe that was transformed from his god rule relic, Shadow. It was completely different from earlier and was adorned with a simple golden pattern from the pure black before.
Meanwhile, his mask was transformed from his god rule relic, Night. The delicate mask was now pitch black. It was so black that it could even absorb the diffused reflection of the light. Apart from that, there was a layer of black mist lingering around it.
The hoodie of the cloak would hide whatever that was beneath it even during the day as long as the light did not shine directly on one's face. After putting on the mask, even if the light were to shine directly, one could only see a black silhouette.
Three days later, the trio arrived at the Start Shelter.
Lin Huang was a little shocked to see skyscrapers and crowds when they arrived. "Why's this Shelter so crowded? I suppose a grade-4 Shelter isn't as crowded as this!"
"Although Start Shelter is only a grade-3 Shelter, it has the top standard among grade-3 Shelters. The crowd is even larger compared to some remote grade-4 Shelters," Bloody explained through voice transmission.
"I heard the guardian of Start Shelter, whose name is Start, is a pure Protoss. His father is a rather famous Heavenly God who's also the guardian of a grade-5 Shelter.
"Due to his background, many guardians of grade-3 and grade-4 Shelters nearby are willing to be his friends, and they have trade agreements with Start Shelter. When Start Shelter was newly built, many neighboring guardians brought businesses and immigrants to them, making Start Shelter develop quickly. After Start Shelter elevated to a grade-3 Shelter, Start's father used his connection in the God Territory to get him the privilege of a receiving point. Since then, the Shelter prospered completely."
"A pure Protoss whose dad is a Heavenly God…" Lin Huang frowned slightly. "We don't even have identity rings now. If we visit him, we might expose ourselves."
"We don't have to visit him this time. There are up to a million people coming in and out of Start Shelter every day. There are always True Gods and Protosses coming in and out. If Start has to host those guests every day, I guess he'd have to host at least a hundred times throughout the year.
"I heard that he's arrogant whereby he looks down on ordinary Protosses and True Gods, and he doesn't care to befriend them. Moreover, we're only staying for a day or two to pick up our stuff. There's no need to embarrass ourselves by visiting him."
"So, you're not going to their archive?" Lin Huang asked.
"Although Start Shelter is crowded, it's just a grade-3 Shelter after all. I'll have many opportunities to visit grade-4 and grade-5 Shelters in the future."
"Then, let's look for a place to stay. We'll leave right after we pick up our stuff. Let's not have any contact with him." Lin Huang began browsing for hotels as soon as he was done speaking.
The receiving point of Start Shelter was located in the central zone of the entire Shelter which was also where the guardian residence was. They were only less than a kilometer apart from each other.
It was the most crowded place in the entire Shelter. Above 90% of the luxury hotels in the Shelter were located in this area, making up more than 70% of the Shelter hotels that were in the central zone.
Although they had no identity ring in the God Territory, Lin Huang picked a small hotel where registration was unnecessary. He got them the biggest three-room suite in the hotel.
When they opened the door to the suite, Lin Huang realized it was the crudest room that he had ever stayed in since he traveled to this world.
Although the three rooms were close to 100 square meters large, the walls were all white and the ceilings were made of plaster. Apart from a bed, a wardrobe, a table, and a chair, there were almost zero decorations.
Although there was a fabric couch in the living room, it looked like it had been there for at least 20 years. The coffee table before it seemed to be made of glass, but there were four to five cracks on it.
Lin Huang thought that the glass coffee table might crack entirely if he were to put an ashtray on it.
"Let's change hotels." Lin Huang did not mind the place, but he felt bad for the two ladies, Bloody and Kylie, to be staying at such a place.
Kylie glanced through the living room quickly. "We'll stay here since it's only for one or two days."
"We don't have identity rings now. I suppose hotels that accept frauds like us would have similar conditions. It doesn't really make sense to change to another hotel. Let's just stay here then," Bloody agreed to stay too.
"Alright then. Let's tidy up our rooms. It might be slightly bearable if we clean it up a little," Lin Huang suggested.
Both ladies nodded in agreement.
The trio spent half an hour to tidy the rooms completely. Although it did not look like it had been renovated, at least, it was more pleasing to the eye than before.
Lin Huang thought he would let the ladies stay in the bigger rooms while he occupied the smallest one.
However, Bloody realized that the smallest was only six or seven square meters large. The entire room was cramped with the bed and a wardrobe. Not only that, there was not even a tiny window for ventilation. Therefore, she suggested staying in the same room with Kylie while Lin Huang took the bigger room.
Kylie did not reject the suggestion.
The man and the two ladies then stayed in the Start Shelter's small hotel.