Doomsday Wonderland Chapter 117
This year, there were only 100 contestants. With two rounds every day, about nine to ten female Posthumans would be expended each day, so the event would only last for about slightly over ten days. With the celebratory atmosphere around, the tournament merchandises were already selling like hotcakes in the city.
The photos of the few most popular female contestants had been made into posters and phone accessories which were well-received by teenagers. All of the contestants’ stats have been analyzed and collected in a databook, which the residents could view after purchasing it from their projected screen. Using the databook and the lengthy reports from the experts on TV, the residents could place bets on the different contestants.
However, these merchandises sold before the tournament starts were nothing compared to the items which would only be available at the later stage of the tournament.
Some rich man had already purchased the rights to the taxidermied Hui Chuyan, the most popular contestant in the tournament. No matter in what condition the dead body would end up, the taxidermists could revert the body to a pristine condition according to the customer’s wishes. This was done by dissecting the body and removing all the soft tissues, then drying the skin and using some sculpting and modeling techniques to finally produce a lifelike taxidermied female Posthuman. Many taxidermy shops basically survived by doing such businesses.
The people who could not afford to buy the taxidermy models could collect other memorabilia left behind after the female Posthuman died, such as weapons, their torn clothes, video recording of the match… In any case, for the entertainment industry, the Lunar New Year Tournament was the longest lasting, largest and most lucrative event.
"As we are the most outstanding creations of God, standing at the pinnacle of all humankind, we are thus able to create the world’s greatest spiritual celebration…"
Lin Sanjiu listened quietly to the TV while she stood in her capsule. Those were the words used by the male host to describe the recap of the Lunar New Year Tournament. The space in the capsule was less than one cubic meter, so she couldn’t walk or lie down. There was a board at the back of the capsule which she could lean against when she was tired and that was all she could do to rest. There were numerous similar capsules beside her and each of them contained a bound female contestant.
Lin Sanjiu could easily convert the rope into a card and if she touched the capsule, she could immediately gain her freedom. In fact, as long as it was tangible and did not weigh over one ton, there was nothing in this world which could trap her.
However, she did not take action.
One of the reasons was because of the tight security in the tournament arena—there were over a hundred fully armed soldiers and they guarded every corner of the arena. The countless number of black sentry guns on the ceiling were all aimed at either the capsule containment area or the battle arena. It was not hard to figure out that the organizers would not hesitate for one second to use all that firepower if they spotted any odd behavior from the Posthumans.
A total of 100 capsules were placed at the back of the large oval battle arena and was segregated from the rest by a metal barricade. There were rows after rows of stair-like audience seats at the other side of the arena, which could house at least 10,000 people.
This was the first day of the tournament. As the least popular contestants would fight first, the ticket sales were the poorest on the first day. There were only three to five people sitting in each of the rows and not even half the tickets were sold.
Not just today but the tickets for the first few days were always hard to sell. They were occasionally bought as corporate Lunar New Year welfare benefits or as inexpensive souvenirs. After the third day, the price of the tickets would increase exponentially. The tickets for the last two days were so popular that getting just one ticket was not guaranteed even with a lot of money.
She could understand why there was a lack of audience, but Lin Sanjiu found it strange to see the audience members all wearing the same style of hooded robes. They were fully covered from head to toe, even their faces were hidden and all of them were wearing a pair of transparent glasses.
[What is that?]
She wasn’t curious for long because the male host started speaking, "My dear audience, happy Lunar New Year! I want to welcome you all to the first match of the Lunar New Year Tournament! I sincerely hope that you will enjoy this great experience and go back happy at the end of the day! Now, we will invite the competitors to enter the arena. Before they enter the arena, please check that your anti-radiation clothing is proper donned…"
Lin Sanjiu moved to the walls of the capsule and stared at the audience, checking their clothes.
[Of course, contestants were all caught outside, so there is still radiation in bodies. The residents here are very cautious...]
Five capsules slowly slid toward the battle arena. Lin Sanjiu was a little stunned. When she looked a little closer, she realized that the 100 capsules were arranged and packed on a conveyor track. The capsules followed the track that brought them to the arena.
The doors of the capsules opened. It took quite some time before the first person gingerly stuck her head out to look. One by one, the pallid-looking female contestants walked out from their capsules. They had all been untied.
Even if contestants refused to come out from the capsule, the organizers had their way of changing their minds. One of the contestants who did not step out was electrocuted. Her body shook so violently that she fell out from the capsule. The voltage must have been high as she didn’t get up even after a long time. Her face turned pale green and she just stopped moving.
This was obviously done to warn the remaining 95 women. Regardless whether they were dead or alive, once all the five women were out of their capsules, the capsules were immediately transported away from the arena.
"The female contestants have already entered the arena! I wonder what sort of opponents they will have to deal with today?" With the host enthusiastic tone, the few audience members cheered.
Lin Sanjiu could see the closeup view of the women in the arena on a large screen far away. When she saw the expressions on their faces, she couldn’t help looking down, afraid to watch their faces.
A black prison van slowly stopped in front of the women. The entire prison van was made of heavy-duty steel and there wasn’t a single slit to reveal its content. It looked about five to six tons yet the weight did nothing to prevent the top section of the van from vibrating slightly as if whatever was inside was trashing violently against the walls.
When the female contestants noticed that, they turned pale. When the host saw that the prison van had stopped, he suddenly spoke in a chirpy voice, "Alright, now let us introduce the challengers!"
Lin Sanjiu held her breath as she stared at the door of the prison van without blinking. She had already been in Garden of Eden for a week, but it had been so eventful that she did not have time to think of one thing— why wasn't there any duoluozhong in the Garden of Eden?
Even if the initial batch of duoluozhongs had already died, there should still be people like Lin Sanjiu who couldn't develop anti-radiation passive abilities, so she should at least see a few around…
A white... limb extended out from the door.
They did not show these in the recaps but now this parade (Lin Sanjiu could only think of this collective noun) of hairless, horrendous contorted ‘human bodies’ were walking down leisurely from the prison van.
Even calling those ‘human bodies’ required a stretch of one’s imagination. At least, this was her first time seeing such deformed ‘humans’. Each duoluozhong there possessed unique aberrations, which were in different parts of their bodies. One of them had a large pair of compound eyes which took up two-thirds of its head. Another had a wart-covered body like a fried dough twist, Lin Sanjiu couldn’t even spot where its face was.
The only commonality among them was that they were staring hard at the contestants and their sniffing noses—assuming one could figure out where their eyes and noses were.
The duoluozhongs, with their twisted bodies, walked down one after the other. Eight, nine, ten… but there were more. As the female contestants’ expressions sank, a total of 30 duoluozhongs finally got out from the van.
"As you all know, the female mutates have already been sprayed with synthetic pheromones…" the host never-ending explanation rang out in the arena, his clear and crisp voice entered Lin Sanjiu’s ears without a single static noise, "...and we have also ensured that they are not holding any items… Just as before, you will witness a fair and exciting match…
"Our Lunar New Year Tournament holds the best elements of those ancient competitive games like ‘soccer’ and ‘basketball’. Building on those foundations, you could say that our tournament is the best evolution of those games… Oh! How unexpected! Contestant 7’s first reaction is to run!"
"I guess her ability is not suitable for combat... Haha! But she moves pretty fast. Come on, catch her! Let’s take a look at what the others are doing. Two of the mutates have been totally surrounded, we almost can’t even see their shadows. All you people seeing this on your TV screen, can you spot them?
"Oh, what a surprise! Contestant 32 has the ability to regenerate her limbs, like a lizard? Oh, but the duoluozhongs caught her again… Her spine bone! They have torn most of the flesh off her back along with her vertebral column! That is an intact vertebral column! Oh, it’s still moving! We can hear the jubilant cheers from the audience! They are indeed the strengthened breeds from our experimental labs!"
"Contestant 26 tried to run toward the audience and fainted after being electrocuted by the electrical fence… Arena maintenance members, please stand by to clean up the remnants…"
It wasn’t even half-time, yet there were only two out of five contestants left. The host, who had been giving commentary all this time, leaned back in his chair and took a sip of tea. Then, he tutted.
"Without sponsors for the first few rounds, it is really boring."