Happiness was short-lived and the banquet ended just like that.
As night fell, everyone entered their dreams. The island was peaceful and quiet.
A new day arrived once the sun gradually rose up into the sky above. The first rays of sunlight hit the island, but Lei Xiu and the mermaids had already arisen and were keeping busy with the day’s work.
Three craters had been blown up by Jack’s cannons the day before. Now, Lei Xiu and the mermaids were filling them in with nearby rocks and sand.
It did not take long for the island to return to its original state. Lei Xiu and the mermaids were then able to sit and enjoy a decent breakfast.
After having his fill, Lei Xiu summoned all the mermaids over.
“Mermaids! Yesterday, we defeated an enemy that you once thought was invincible! This is the first time we’ve defended against an invasion! I believe that there will definitely be more enemies attacking us in the future, but as long as we work together, we will claim victory!” Lei Xiu stood at the very front and announced with excitement.
“Yes, Island Master!” All the mermaids standing before him had fervent looks in their eyes. Yesterday’s happenings were proof that it was indeed possible.
Lei Xiu requested for Mo Nian to remain while dismissing the rest of the mermaids to their posts.
“Mo Nian! Send a few people to continue searching for more mermaids elsewhere and invite them to stay with us,” Lei Xiu said, gazing at Mo Nian.
“Yes, Island Master!” Mo Nian took her leave and immediately set out together with more than ten mermaids, six of whom were armed with decent weapons.
Lei Xiu had a plan to give a proper restoration to Mermaid Island. To do this, he had to increase its attributes!
[Ding! Main Mission: Restore Mermaid Island]
The system’s voice sounded. It seemed that Lei Xiu’s own idea had triggered a mission.
“Let’s begin the construction!” Lei Xiu thought to himself.
Currently, there were only three water gun turrets on Mermaid Island, one of which had been upgraded to level two during the recent invasion.
Lei Xiu also realized that having only these few water turrets was completely insufficient. He planned to build 50 water turrets around Mermaid Island. Only then would he be able to defend against the enemy in all directions.
Moreover, these water turrets had a limited shooting range. During the last invasion, it was only fortunate that the direction from which the men were attacking happened to be within range of the three water turrets.
Hence, Lei Xiu knew he had to take further precautions. Building a water turret required 500 gold coins, so 50 turrets would cost 25,000 gold coins. Summing all the coins that Lei Xiu had on him, together with the gold coins produced by Mermaid Island today, made up only a total of 21,788 gold coins. Clearly, wanting to construct 50 turrets was not that straightforward.
Hence, Lei Xiu decided to first construct 27 water turrets to make up a total of 30 water turrets present on the island. With these 30 water turrets, he would be able to ensure that there were at least two water turrets in each direction.
Of course, Lei Xiu did not forget the power of his upgraded level-two water cannon! Whatever happened yesterday was still vivid in his mind, and he knew that with these defences, ordinary enemies would not be a problem.
However, they would pale in comparison when faced with a formidable opponent. Then again, it was impossible to upgrade all the water cannons as Lei Xiu did not have sufficient gold coins.
Lei Xiu’s only option was to upgrade five water turrets bringing the total of upgraded turrets to six. Upon doing that, another 6,000 gold coins were spent!
The construction kicked off with a rumbling sound. Building a water cannon tower took one hour. During this time, Lei Xiu planned to continue with other restorations.
“Wow! That’s amazing!” the mermaids in the water exclaimed as they heard the sound of the constructions going on not too far away. As the construction was done by the system, the mermaids could only hear the sounds of the building process, and not see it. This made them even more curious.
[Ding! Successful purchase of Water Cannons]
[Ding! Construction time is one hour]
The system’s voice echoed in his mind.
Lei Xiu then spent another 2,000 gold coins on two machines that provided food. Although this place was close to the sea and there was plenty of food in the sea, the food provided by the machine was still considered the most suitable for the mermaids. As the number of mermaids increased, the demand for food also rose.
[Ding! Feeding machine purchased successfully]
[Ding! Congratulations on restoring Mermaid Island. You have received 20 experience points and 4000 gold coins.]
The mermaids in the water cheered when they saw the two machines appear. They knew that this meant that they would have more food!
“Looks like the reward for this mission is based on how much I have completed!” Lei Xiu thought.
Lei Xiu then planned to equip the mermaids with more weapons. Currently, only 15 mermaids on the island were armed, so Lei Xiu forked out 4,000 gold coins to forge 30 sets of weapons.
As Lei Xiu himself had now become a Rank One Swordsman, he also forged a long sword for himself.
In this way, the mermaids would become even more powerful. Of course, Lei Xiu was still unable to forge iron weapons and could only choose the bronze ones. The time needed to forge these was two hours, so Lei Xiu began to wait.
An hour passed quietly.
[Ding! Congratulations on building Mermaid Island. You have received 20 experience points and 5000 gold coins.]
The system’s voice sounded. Just then, the 27 water cannon turrets completed construction. Looking at the water cannon turrets, Lei Xiu smiled in relief.
“Island Master! We’re back!” a school of mermaids rushed in at that moment from the exteriors of the island. They were the ones whom Mo Nian had sent out to look for more of their kind.
“That’s great!” Lei Xiu shouted happily as he looked up at the mermaids.
They quickly arrived and stood before Lei Xiu.
“Lei Xiu Island Master! We are willing to become residents of the island and firmly protect the island with you,” said a mermaid with long, curly red hair. She was the leader of this new school of mermaids, and was known as Mo Wen.
The new mermaids had never seen an island that was so suitable for them to live on. Their home had already been invaded, so without any hesitation, they chose to live here after confirming that Lei Xiu meant them no harm!
“Very good! If that’s the case, you can start by taking an oath!” Lei Xiu said excitedly.
Following that, the oath was taken according to tradition. With that, fourteen new mermaids became the new residents of Mermaid Island!
Lei Xiu sent Mo Nian to introduce the mermaids to their new surroundings and familiarize themselves, while he waited.
Soon, another hour passed.
[Ding! Congratulations on restoring Mermaid Island. You have received 30 experience points and 4000 gold coins.]
Lei Xiu retrieved 30 sets of newly forged bronze weapons from his storage space, all consisting of spears and shields. He immediately summoned Mo Nian over and requested her to distribute the weapons to mermaids whom she thought were suitable.
Following which, Lei Xiu spent another 500 gold coins to build ten observation platforms in a way that all directions around the island could be observed. This way, he would be able to clearly see all that was happening around Mermaid Island and prevent enemies from sneaking in silently.
[Ding! Congratulations to the host for successfully restoring Mermaid Island. You have received 10 experience points and 1,000 gold coins.]
After doing all this, Lei Xiu’s attributes panel changed as expected!
Host: Lei Xiu (Ocean Ranch Master)
Ranch: Mermaid Island
Class: Rank One Swordsman (105 / 250)
Item: 9,500 gold coins
The panel of Mermaid Island also switched up accordingly.
Ranch: Mermaid Island
Mermaid Number: 150
Output: 300 gold coins per hour
Fortifications: 30 water turrets (Six level 2 turrets, twenty-four level 1 turrets)