“Then go invite your clansmen to stay here! I welcome them!” Lei Xiu shouted happily.
“Yes, Island Master!” Mo Nian replied respectfully.
Thus, the three mermaids returned to their original residence, intending to bring their clansmen over. Their previous home was a distance away from the island, and Lei Xiu was left waiting for a long time.
After half a day had passed, they finally arrived at their original place of residence. What greeted their eyes was a microecosystem. There were the mermaids’ favorite foods, and a suitable environment for the mermaids to live in. However, with it being a microecosystem, the place was not suitable for a large number of mermaids to live in in the long-term.
“Mo Nian! Didn’t you guys go look for a place suitable for our race to live? Have you returned because you are still unable to find it? As expected, our mermaid race is going extinct?” A mermaid exclaimed in shock when he saw Mo Nian and the other two. His eyes filled with despair.
“No! I don’t have time to explain to you now.. Where is the Chief?” Mo Nian looked at the mermaid and said hurriedly.
“He’s in there! Why are you looking for the Chief?” The mermaid pointed to a spot not far away and asked doubtfully.
Mo Nian and the other two mermaids ignored the question and hurried in the direction of the Chief. Not too long later, the three of them arrived at an underwater palace built by the mermaids. An elderly mermaid sat inside.
It was very difficult for the mermaids to survive now. There was no other proper environment nearby for them to live in. If this continued, they would perish here or be captured by humans or other creatures in the sea.
“Mo Nian! You’re back! Have you found a good place for us mermaids to stay?” The old man greeted happily when he saw his visitors.
“Chief! We found it! And it’s not far from here! There’s a human inside, but he has no ill intentions!…” Mo Nian recounted everything that had happened to the old man.
“Are you sure? Would human beings be so kind?” The old man questioned suspiciously.
“Sure Chief! Besides, we just need to be loyal to him and protect the island!” Mo Nian quickly added.
“Alright! Since you’ve said so, let’s go take a look!” The old man rose up and said slowly after pondering for a while.
Hence, the old man led a large group of mermaids to the island where Lei Xiu was.
Just then, three divers in the sea not far away saw this scene. They were searching for mermaids in the area nearby. Upon seeing the huge school of mermaids passing by, they hurriedly swam away in a certain direction.
Another half a day passed as the entire mermaid clan led by the old man gradually approached the island.
Upon entering the island, all the mermaids were shocked. Even though Mo Nian and the other two had seen it once, they could not help but exclaim again once they arrived. How could such a suitable place in the whole world exist for them to live in!
“So… So beautiful!” The old man spoke in a trembling voice. Tears welled up at the corners of his eyes. He shuddered in excitement. They had finally found a new place to stay!
“It’s so beautiful! Look over there! That’s our favorite food!” One of the mermaids exclaimed happily.
“Look over there! It’s so beautiful! It’s amazing!” yelled another mermaid.
“Chief! We didn’t lie to you, did we?” Mo Nian smiled happily.
Immediately after, Mo Nian brought the entire clan to Lei Xiu. Lei Xiu saw Mo Nian approach, leading a large school of mermaids and could not help but be dumbfounded.
“Chief! This is the Island Master, Lei Xiu!” Mo Nian introduced the person standing in front of them to the old man.
“Lei Xiu Island Master, are you really willing to provide us all with a residence? This can’t be a scheme, right?” The old man said indifferently as a glint flashed across his eyes.
“It’s true, Mermaid Clan Leader! I can swear that I have no ill intentions!” Lei Xiu replied with a smile before affirming immediately.
That dispelled the old man’s doubts and he smiled joyfully.
“Lei Xiu Island Master! We are willing to reside on this island!” said the elder with a smile.
“Great! Then swear an oath to serve me and protect this island!” Lei Xiu solemnly said.
The old man took the vom promptly, and the 102 mermaids behind him followed closely behind. A strange connection was tied to the hearts of all the mermaids who had sworn an oath.
[Ding! Congratulations to the host for completing the main mission. You have received 2,000 gold coins.]
At this moment, a mechanical voice sounded in Lei Xiu’s mind. At the same time, his attributes panel changed.
Host: Lei Xiu (Ocean Ranch Master)
Ranch: Mermaid Island
Item: 2,600 gold coins
[Ding! Congratulations to the host for completing two main storyline missions and unlocking your occupation]
“Huh? Occupation?” Lei Xiu considered how this world’s professions were divided into Mages, Apothecaries, Swordsmen, Poison Masters, and so on. In his previous life, he had wanted to be a Swordsman, to punish evil and be an advocate for the good. Only later did he realize that he could not become a Swordsman, so he decided to be a maritime explorer instead. Upon realizing that he was able to become a Swordsman now, Lei Xiu made the decision firmly.
[Ding! Job selection successful, 5 experience points and 100 gold coins gained. 100]
Host: Lei Xiu (Ocean Ranch Master)
Ranch: Mermaid Island
Class: Novice Swordsman (5 / 100)
Item: 2,700 gold coins
“Looks like I’ll be able to increase my strength as long as I continue to complete my missions!” Lei Xiu thought to himself. He glanced at the attributes panel of Mermaid Island. At this moment, the attributes panel of Mermaid Island had also altered!
Ranch: Mermaid Island
Mermaid Number: 106
Output: 212 gold coins per hour
When Lei Xiu saw the data, his eyes opened wide, and he felt great!
“This way, I can get 5088 gold coins in a day!” Lei Xiu thought, and could not help but feel excited.
[Ding! Additional Task: Provide food for the mermaids. Mission completion: Gain 10 experience points and 100 gold coins]
A voice sounded.
Originally, there was sufficient food on the island, but because more than a hundred mermaids had moved in, it seemed that there would not be enough. Fortunately, those food could be bought with gold coins from the system. Otherwise, where would Lei Xiu find food for them?
Hence, Lei Xiu started to spend a huge sum of money on the system. He had plenty of money now and basically did not need to worry about money in the future.
Not long after, even more plants that could serve as the mermaids’ food appeared on the island. Furthermore, Lei Xiu had spent 1,000 gold coins to buy an automated machine. This machine would constantly check whether there was enough food on the island. If the food was insufficient, a cost of 500 gold coins would instantly fetch a refill.
The mermaids beamed when they saw the sudden presence of much vegetation.
[Ding! Congratulations to the host for completing the side mission. You have received 10 experience points and 100 gold coins.]
When Lei Xiu was done, an unexpected voice once again sounded in his mind.
Upon realizing how little the experience he gained from completing the side mission was, he was very surprised. However, after slight consideration, he at peace. After all, he did not need to undergo any practice and only needed to continuously complete the given missions. The desire in his heart for new missions reached a new peak!
Gradually, the day passed by, and the sun eventually set below the horizon. Lei Xiu and the mermaids sat on the island one after another, gazing at the beautiful dusk on the horizon. They could not help but feel refreshed.
The yellow light shone on Lei Xiu’s face, making him appear even more approachable and warm. At this point, Lei Xiu was more like family to the mermaids.
The sun set and the moon hung high in the sky. Lei Xiu and the mermaids returned to their houses to rest. They were relaxed and smiling as they fell asleep. The mermaids now no longer had to worry about their accommodation, whereas Lei Xiu was fulfilling his dream!