“I don’t want to play games,” Xu Sili said uncomfortably. “Remove these.”
“Yes, His Majesty Roland.”
Soon, the game cover pictures that made his eyes uncomfortable disappeared.
“What else can I do for you?” The female voice continued to ask.
“What’s your name?”
“Guide AI58462 here to serve you.”
“So you don’t have a name?”
“The number is my name, His Majesty Roland.”
Xu Sili touched his chin. “Then how about I give you one?”
The electronic female voice paused before obeying. “Then I will trouble you, His Majesty Roland.”
Xu Sili raised an eyebrow. He felt that the intelligence of this AI was quite high.
“Your number starts with 5. Then I will call you Xiao Wu. How about the Wu of dance? Are you a girl?” (5 = Wu in pinyin. The Wu character used in the name means dance.)
“His Majesty Roland, AIs are genderless.”
“Then why do you have a female voice?”
“This was set by the last His Majesty Roland.”
Okay, it was the old emperor. That terrible old man… thinking about the game covers he saw just now, Xu Sili was full of disgust. He couldn’t see it anymore!
“Do you have any other voices?” Xu Sili wondered.
“Yes, His Majesty Roland.”
Subsequently, the guide AI demonstrated several preset voices for Xu Sili, all of which were very pleasant. Xu Sili nitpicked over it before eventually choosing a childish male voice. In this way, he wouldn’t think about the old emperor at all.
“From now on, you will be called Xiao Wu. The Wu of one, two, three, four, five.”
“Okay, His Majesty Roland.”
His milky voice was too cute and Xu Sili couldn’t help saying, “Don’t call me His Majesty Roland. This is too long. Call me Brother.”
The guide AI stopped for a moment before saying, “Okay, Brother.”
Xu Sili was satisfied. He thought of his reason for going on the Star Network and hurriedly inquired, “Xiao Wu, do you know how to earn cosmic coins on the Star Network?”
Currently, his public support rate was too low and he couldn’t pay the alliance fee. If the news of the possible expulsion from the Interstellar Alliance leaked out, it would cause panic and perhaps a further drop in support rate. Thus, there was a high probability he had to solve this himself.
“Retrieving, please wait a minute.”
“After searching, I have found the information of 1,054,683 full-time and part-time jobs. All the information is listed based on salary from high to low.”
“Please provide more detailed job search requirements to facilitate Xiao Wu’s screening, Brother.”
Xu Sili heard this ‘Brother’ and felt it was particularly good. He had always wanted a younger brother or sister. It was a pity that his parents didn’t want to have any more children so he could only look at other people’s families. Now his craving was fulfilled.
He looked at the list of information in front of him and felt it was too big. “Xiao Wu, is there any job or way to earn 10 million cosmic coins in 29 days?”
“I am in the process of filtering it for you. Please wait a moment.” Soon, the list of information in front of Xu Sili started to shrink rapidly from tens of thousands of pages to only a few pages. “The screening is finished. Please check it, Brother.”
Xu Sili saw the refreshed interface and smiled. “Thank you, Xiao Wu.”
Then he took a closer look. Each page contained 10 pieces of information. They were basically all… wanted notices. The highest reward was for the leader of a star thieves group and it reached as high as one billion cosmic coins. If he could kill this leader, he would definitely become rich overnight.
In addition to him, the top rankings were also valuable. Unfortunately, Xu Sili didn’t even dare think about it. He was only level 7 and didn’t have any attack skills. What could he use to kill them? Could he take Si Sheng? This seemed… okay? According to the settings, Si Sheng should be one of the game’s top-ranked NPCs.
Xu Sili thought about it for a moment before soon driving the idea out of his mind. It was too dangerous. Moreover, the Roland Empire had no spaceships to go out. There was originally one but it was destroyed in the beast wave three years ago. Now they were trapped on the planet. Both people and things couldn’t get out.
Xu Sili shook his head and converged his scattered thoughts. “Xiao Wu, help me remove the wanted notice rewards.”
“Yes, Brother,” Xiao Wu obediently responded. The options decreased again. There were no wanted rewards and the top option became a raffle type event. This was also passed by Xu Sili. It wasn’t free to buy the raffle tickets. Now he had no money. How could he have the money to buy it? Then there was a reward for treasure…
He read all of them and there was only one that slightly caught Xu Sili’s eyes. Someone was paying a high price to buy a variant plant called Snow Valley. Escher naturally didn’t have this plant but among the aid materials provided by the Interstellar Alliance was the common seed for this type of plant, the Black Valley. Black Valley was a very good food crop with a high yield. It was easy to feed others. Unfortunately, it wasn’t accustomed to Escher Star’s environment and it was later abandoned.
According to the purchaser, Snow Valley was a variant of Black Valley and was rare. He was acquiring it for research purposes. He was collecting 500 grams for 100,000 cosmic coins and he wanted as much as possible.
Xu Sili took note of the information. If he could grow Snow Valley and the output reached 50 kilograms then he would get 10 million cosmic coins! There were plant elementalists and the plant growth cycle was much faster. It was difficult to grow this variant plant within a month but it wasn’t completely hopeless. There was hope.
Xu Sili saved the contact information of the person who posted the information. Then he asked, “Xiao Wu, are there any singing competitions with a high prize money reward?”
“There are 15 singing competitions currently taking place with prizes above 10 million cosmic coins. Five are still accepting registrations.”
Xu Sili’s eyes lit up. “Quick, give me the information about these five competitions.”
“Please wait a minute, Brother.”
Soon, the previous job information disappeared and several singing competition posters appeared. The moment he saw the competition requirements, the excitement in Xu Sili’s eyes disappeared. None of them would produce results within a month. This was normal. An ordinary variety show couldn’t end in a month, let alone this type of star making activity that required interaction with fans and audiences.
Xu Sili couldn’t help feeling a bit discouraged. Just then, a childish and positive voice sounded in his ears. “Brother, are you in a bad mood?”
“A little bit.”
“Is there anything I can do for you?”
Xu Sili smiled. He thought about it for a moment before saying, “Put on a song for me to listen to. It seems like I haven’t listened to music for a long time.”
“Okay, I am opening the interstellar music library for you.”
Then a new interface appeared in front of Xu Sili for him to choose. Xu Sili was too lazy. He collapsed on the sofa and thought about what else to do while casually saying, “You choose.”
This time, Xiao Wu paused for a long time. Then the cute voice was heard again. “I will play today’s recommended songs according to your balance?”
“Yes.” Xu Sili nodded.
“Okay, I will choose the music library recommended songs for today and use the random play mode.”
Soon, a leisurely song played and the voice of the guide AI disappeared. Xu Sili listened to the song and sang it gently. It was a very strange song. This voice didn’t belong to anyone he had heard in reality but… it was sung with sincerity.
Xu Sili carefully listened to the song before requesting for Xiao Wu to play it again. He asked, “Who sang this song?”
“Cool Breeze is the famous song by the new singer Yu Yang. It is written and composed by Yu Yang himself and it is also sung by him.”
A new singer? Xu Sili became interested and spent some time studying it. There were many music listening sites on the Star Network but the best one was the star music library of the Flanders Interstellar Federation, or StarTune for short.
The traffic for StarTune was huge with people uploading new songs almost every hour of the day. It was inconceivable how hot a song must be to stand out among the hundreds of millions of people. Yu Yang used the popularity of the song Clear Breeze to become a hot new singer.
In the interstellar age, there was great focus on copyright. To put it simply, listening to songs required money but the fee was very low. The price of listening to several songs was one coin. However, it was no match for the number of people! How many people were there in the entire Interstellar Alliance? As long as the quantity went up, there was no need to worry about making money.
Xu Sili was a bit envious. This was the type of overnight success he had previously thought about but it was basically impossible to replicate. People tended to only see the top of the pyramid and ignored the majority of those submerged below.
“Brother, do you want to make money by singing?” Xiao Wu wondered.
Xu Sili shook his head with a smile. Then he paused and spoke again. “I will try it. It would be nice to make some money. After all, I am poor now. I am a bit flustered about having no money in my hands.”
He had this idea so he inquired, “Xiao Wu, can I arrange music in this room?”
“Arrangement is possible. The Star Network has the most complete and realistic analog instruments in the universe. The game cabin has its own recording system and it can be used in immersive mode.”
“Then teach me how to operate it!”
Xu Sili cheered up. He came to life whenever he talked about music. So under the guidance of Xiao Wu, four songs were recorded in one go. They were original songs he hadn’t released previously because he wasn’t satisfied with them at the time. He was in a desperate situation so he could only try everything.
He was just about to upload them when Xu Sili hesitated and added the song Roland’s Good Night Song. This song wasn’t an original and the listening fee was much lower than an original song. Still, it was just used to make up the numbers and he didn’t have much hope for it.
Xu Sili was exhausted once he finished all of this. The usage time of the Star Network was limited. He had seriously overstayed his time and had been warned by Xiao Wu several times. Finally, Xiao Wu issued another warning and he said goodbye, withdrawing from the Star Network.
Xu Sili sat up from the game cabin and felt like he was in a trance. He was so tired. It wasn’t physical but he was mentally exhausted.
Xu Sili pressed a hand against his temples and left the dark room. He had people send dinner over and ate, drank and slept. It was only once he woke up that he felt alive again. The young man stared at the ceiling for a moment before glancing at the big clock on the wall. There was moonlight outside the window and the bedroom was bright. He hadn’t slept long. It was only 9 o’clock in the evening.
Xu Sili slowly sat up, raised his hand and rubbed it through his hair. Then he continued to lie down, wanting to sleep until dawn. Soon, the young man opened his eyes again and sat up. He suddenly remembered a very important thing—
He hadn’t taken a bath yet.
There seemed to be a big bath in Roland’s imperial palace? Xu Sili stared out the window and slightly smiled. Okay, take a bath! In addition to hard work, he should also enjoy life!