My eyes open suddenly to a blue sky. Mind swirling, as I groggily look from one side to the other within a fog of blurriness. As my eyes focus, unfamiliar buildings surround me as I feel the cold, rocky ground on my back. A thought appears.
Oh, no. Please don’t tell me this is what I think it is?
Rising to my feet, I glance around quickly, seeing only buildings reminding me of Chinese architecture. Looking back at the clear blue sky.
“Fuck. This must be one of those ‘transferred to another world’ situations.”
The last thing I remember was a massive earthquake while sitting at my computer and the floor opening to a black pit. However, I live on the third floor of my apartment and no one else in the apartment seemed to notice the shaking.
A hole, unnatural in its depth. Dark beyond all reason floated beneath my feet.
… and then I dropped.
So, either this is the last breaths of my mind or another world. Why is the first thing that comes to mind, that this is another world transfer instead of a dream? Well, mainly because I’m a nerd that reads fantasy isekai novels in my free time. I’d much rather believe it’s that situation rather than the alternative.
As I continue to look out at my surroundings, I can see a flying blur suddenly stop, high in the air. Straining to see what it could be, I can barely recognize the shape and form of the object. “Is that… an old lady flying on a sword?” I unconsciously mutter. For a second after I say that, I feel a slight shiver, as I could have sworn. She looked down at me. However, just as quickly as she had stopped, she continued moving at top speeds across the sky.
Ah, shoot. Please don’t tell me this is a cultivation world. Please, please no.
Right then, I can hear the women from the street gossiping “Oh! That was Senior Gu from the Heavenly Skies Sword Clan. She’s so amazing, I hear that she’s the youngest Senior in their group in 50 generations of disciples!”
“Yeah, I heard that too, I’ve also heard that she has a rampaging feud with Senior Song in their shared Revolving Heavenly Light sect. Some people wonder if it’s not just a feud, but something more. Though, I bet if she gets serious, it would be as easy as turning over her hand. Too bad her fight wit…”
I tune out because of the shock of the situation. Ah dammit. If that didn’t prove it, then nothing else will. Looks like I will need to keep low and learn more about this cultivation world. I really wish I transferred to a fantasy world instead. Cultivation worlds always seemed brutal to me.
A sudden thought comes to me about the comment I made earlier and the feeling of being watched. With a shiver, I can only hope that I was wrong about that. If I’m not, I must pay proper respect when I see her again.
Unfortunately, before I can continue analyzing my situation, I can see some people gathering on the other side of the alley. It might be time for me to get out of here. There appears to be a stream of people on the street next to me, so I quickly merge with the flow of the groups. While some people look strangely at me, I try to act as natural as possible.
One of the first things I notice as I walk with these people, is that everyone is Asian or Caucasian! In fact, I’m the only black guy around.
One good thing that I picked up, is that while people look at me as a curiosity at first, they seem to recognize that I’m from somewhere and lose interest. This tells me that there are black people in this world, but they might just be a rare sight. I must look into this more, covering my bases.
While I continue to walk with the crowd, I check my pockets to see if I still have what was on me. I seem to still be wearing all the clothes I had prior and items. My phone, wallet, and keys are still on me. The phone has a full charge and seems to still be working, however there is no signal (obviously). Luckily this is a somewhat new phone, so it likely will keep the charge for a while.
To save power for when I might really need it, I turn on battery saving and turn it off. Just in case. Checking my wallet, it has all of my identification information and $51. Not sure how much this will help me, though.
Physically, I seem to be fine, but have a slight headache. It could be from the transfer or hitting the ground, but I can’t really be sure. Putting away the stuff, I just avoid a kid bumping into me in the opposite direction. As I avoid him, I hear a “humph” as he continues barreling through people. Realizing that tactic from my world, I check my pockets. Looks like everything is still on me, nothing stolen. I must be careful out here.
It is at this point, that I get to the market. Open stalls with food, trinkets, and other materials are everywhere! Vendors yelling out about what they offer, people bargaining for deals. This is a crazy thing to experience. It doesn’t look very sanitary.
However, this is exciting. There are so many foods and items I’ve never seen before from this unfamiliar world, that I’d like to learn more about. Separating from the crowd, I take a quick look at something that appears to be like a potato. However, something even more surprising than an extra food comes into mind. Once I looked at the potato, automatically I felt information pour into my head about this simple root.
Feeling that it was too much at once or to even remember, I tried to stop the flow and change how I perceived it. Familiar with the concept of scanning abilities from isekai fantasy novels, I tried to make it turn into a familiar form. Somehow, I did so before my headache turned worse. Transparently and somehow not impeding my vision, the below text box came up before my eyes.
Plant – Root—Food Ingredient
Quality – Extremely Poor
Value – 1 copper coin.
Inferior version farmed incorrectly
After a moment of shock, I step back and deeply contemplate what I saw.
YESSSSSS, I have a scanning ability! Just what I needed to succeed in this world. Here I was wondering whether I’d be able to survive day to day, but this should at least let me have an advantage in this world. Immediately using this, I scan everything around me. Which mostly provides more of the same information. However, a strange idea comes to me I try to use the power on.
Staring down into the distance, I mentally try to have my scan affect the city, instead of a specific concept.
City – Small-Medium
Founded 523 years ago by Monchon Yu
Excellent. I wonder how far I can go with this. I use it on more and more concepts, like a planet, solar system, and even the air. What I’ve found (that is useful), is that the solar system is the Stilled Void. The Planet is the Revolving Expanse–. It appears most people just call it Privilon.
As I tested the air, I tried to draw comparisons between this world and my previous one. It brought up more information and a side-by-side comparison.
What this tells me is that I can draw relationships with this ability to get access to information outside of the object I’m viewing.
This. Is. Amazing.
However, almost as if to stem my excitement, I feel dripping from my nose and the slight increase in headache. Ah, the age old “I’ve surpassed my limits and gone too far” blood drip. Well. I can handle having some limits on this ability. I don’t know the consequences of pushing this too far.
From what I can gather on this ability, there is a limitation on how deep I can dive into analysis. At least, before my body has issues with information overload. It is likely that it is because there are background processes happening which are assembling/reorganizing the information. If I try to absorb all the information without the table, not only do I get a headache, but I can’t seem to remember it well. It’s almost as if I am seeing hundreds of screens at once and can only catch a glimpse.
Before I go further though, there is something I need to check, to see if I can get a clearer idea on this ability. Looking down at myself, I attempt to see if I can scan myself.
Passive Scan: Max
Active Scan: Max
Healing Aura: Level 1 Exp: 0/10
Beneficial Taming: Level 1—Exp: 0/10
Proficient Languages: Common Speech (English)
Literate Languages: Common Speech
Well. That’s a lot more than I thought there would be. I wonder why Strength, Intelligence, etc., isn’t showing up, but after a quick check it seems since my “stats” are at the norm, they did not show up. Cultivation increases show up, though. Diving into my abilities, I try to see what each of them can do.
Mana is a source of energy that is both external and internal, existing in people, places and objects, and are transmuted by the user into magical powers. Only usable by a negligible amount of people. On Privilon, there are no mana users. Increased internal capacity and regeneration of this source of energy can be increased by regular and strenuous usage.
Gifts from the omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient being to allow the transferee to survive and thrive in this dimension.
Blanket scan of the phenomena and some noumena around the user. The user can compile the data into usable information with some strain.
Comprehensive scan of the phenomena and noumena compiled from the passive scan. Allows comprehension, with enough data points. Warning: overuse will lead to brain damage. This form of brain damage can be reversed over time by healing constitution or healing aura. Minor overuse increases capacity.
Healing Aura is an ability to heal all conditions, correct negative changes, and optimize/purify the target. Can be used externally, internally, or as an area of effect. More effective at close distances. Cost to use scales according to level and level of severity.
Beneficial taming allows for the taming and domestication of non-human lineage creatures (Demi-humans are counted as human lineage, even if they aren’t treated as such by most humans.). When in use, allow both the user and affected creature to receive customized benefits. Benefits scale with the level of this ability. Domestication requires at least 1 previous generation to be tamed to occur. Domesticated creatures receive permanent increases to abilities, based on customized benefits.
Healing Constitution is a unique constitution that allows the user to heal from any negative conditions, while retaining positive conditions. When learning healing-based cultivation methods, cultivation is 100x quicker than normal. When using healing abilities, cultivation is 100x quicker. This effect is stackable.
Based on this information, an omnipotent being has transferred me here. Which one? Well, I have a decent guess to who it could be. With the number and quality of the abilities I have, I can only give thanks regarding these benefits. I should view this as a chance to start over in a fresh world. Back on Earth, while I was in a comfortable office job, I didn’t have anyone left for me there. Really, I was just going day by day, trying to make it through. Here and with these abilities, I will make something of myself! Now… what should I do next?
Comments (0)See all