Chapter 22 - Two Options, A+ Benefits
There were two paths.
The first one was to be a Wild Hunter, while the second was to be part of the logistics crew.
The former was free and dangerous without a guarantee of safety, but the returns were high. The latter was more laid back, safe, and stable, more suitable for those who sought stability.
Luo Jia made the pros and cons of the two paths clear. Then, she gave Ling Jiu and the rest a day to consider and decide before leaving for work today.
After the meeting was adjourned, Ling Jiu, Li Kai, and Wang Jiabao went to the company's computer room, planning to visit the company forum to see what their seniors had suggested.
When they arrived at the computer room, they each turned on a computer and logged into Pangu's company forum. A little search later, many related posts popped up.
Ling Jiu browsed through them casually, as he did not care about the opinions of his predecessors. The only reason he went on to the forum was to gain some knowledge of previous experiences since he had already made up his mind.
"To become stronger, I naturally need to choose the Wild Hunter option. Every Arcanist is brought up by money, Gene Arcana secret techniques, Arcana manuals, treasures, weapons, armor, vehicles, dimensional pockets... Which aspect doesn't require money?
"If I take in a fixed salary, God knows how long I'd need to even get an intermediate Gene Arcana secret technique? How long would it take for me to get an Arcana manual?
"Only by becoming a Wild Hunter and killing Direbeasts will I be able to earn the greatest amount of wealth in the shortest period of time. A Class 1 Direbeast is worth thousands, a Class 2 one is worth tens of thousands, while Class 3 Direbeasts are worth hundreds of thousands!
"A Level 2 Arcanist who goes into the wilderness can earn at least a hundred thousand at a time, much more than staying back in the company as part of the back-office team."
Looking at the suggestions given by his seniors, Ling Jiu became even more firm with his choice.
Moreover, it was a total waste of talent for someone with an Arcana like his to be a back-office worker, so being a Wild Hunter was the best way for him.
"Ol' Ling, do you have a choice in mind?"
"Yeah, I'll be choosing to be a Wild Hunter."
"A Wild Hunter is good, but it's too dangerous. The mortality rate of the Wild Hunters has always been high. Even a Level 5 or Level 6 Wild Hunter could die out there, and we are just a bunch of newbies..."
"Ol' Li, I understand what you're saying, but I prefer a free and unrestrained life, so the path of the Wild Hunter is mine to take."
"If that's the case, then I'll also choose to be a Wild Hunter..."
"Don't! You should think about this carefully. This is a major life event for you. I think you should discuss it with your parents. After all, you're the only son they have. If anything happens..."
The afternoon passed by quickly, and when it was time to get off work, Ling Jiu and the others walked out of the computer room and headed to the general manager's office on the thirtieth floor.
"Have all of you made up your minds?"
Luo Jia c.o.c.ked an eyebrow and asked.
Ling Jiu and the rest answered.
"Those who have chosen to be Wild Hunters, take a step forward!"
Ling Jiu, Yu Changsheng, Zhao Xiang, and three other people stood forward, while Li Kai, Wang Jiabao, Yin Ke, and the remaining five stood in place. Li Kai chose to become a logistics crew member in the end, not because he was afraid of death, rather, it was at his parent's determined behest.
To Li Kai's parents, the fact that their son could become an Arcanist with a salary of over ten thousand a month, live in a townhouse worth several hundred million, and become an employee of Pangu was already a blessing. That was enough for them to live with dignity. There was no longer a need to put his head out and live a life filled with bloodshed; it was simply not worth it!
Li Kai was not a person with his own opinions, and he finally agreed to his parents' request to become a member of the logistics crew.
Ling Jiu did not say much. Everyone had their own pursuits, and every family did too. They just sought whatever they needed.
"The six of you stay behind. The rest, go with Xiao Wang," Luo Jia said lightly.
"Yes, Ms. Luo!"
Li Kai and the other seven left, leaving only six people including Ling Jiu. All of them had chosen to become Wild Hunters.
"Since you have chosen this path, I need to tell you in advance that being a Wild Hunter is dangerous, and at any moment, you may very well perish by the claws of a Direbeast!"
Luo Jia swept her beautiful eyes across the six individuals. "If you want to withdraw now, it's still not too late! However, it won't be as easy once you regret your decision after you sign the contract!"
"Ms. Luo, we have made up our minds!" the six said in unison.
Luo Jia nodded again. "All of you are newcomers who are being cultivated by the company, and the company will need to consider your safety. Our traditional practice is to get a veteran to bring you along for a time, and once you are used to life in the wilderness, you can then make your own choices!"
"We'll leave it to you to arrange it, Ms. Luo!"
Yu Changsheng and the other four naturally had no opinions, but Ling Jiu did not agree as he looked at Luo Jia and said, "Ms. Luo, I want to go solo!"
Luo Jia frowned. "The five of you, look for VP Liu and allow him to make the arrangements for you. Ling Jiu, you stay behind. We can proceed with the re-signing of your contract in the process!"
Yu Changsheng and the other four left, leaving Ling Jiu alone.
"You just said that... you wanted to go solo?"
Luo Jia tapped the table lightly. "Don't you know how dangerous the wilderness is?"
"Do you know that the mortality rate of Wild Hunters is still very high?" Luo Jia looked at Ling Jiu.
"Do you know that if there's no veteran to bring you along, it would be the easiest for a rookie like you to die?"
"Yet, you still want to go solo?"
"Ms. Luo, I have confidence!"
"Confidence? Hahaha! Even Level 5 and Level 6 Arcanists are likely to die in the wilderness. A mere Level 2 Arcanist like you dares to say that you are confident?"
Luo Jia seemed amused.
"Ms. Luo, only the areas that are inhabited by mid- to high-level Direbeasts are dangerous. The nearby wilderness may not necessarily be so. I know my strength is limited, so before I get stronger, I will not head into areas where the powerful Direbeasts are!" Ling Jiu promised.
"Have you made up your mind?"
Seeing how resolute Ling Jiu was, it was unlikely that his decision was a hastily made one. Luo Jia could not help but frown.
"I've made up my mind!"
Ling Jiu was beyond resolute.
"Although you are the company's Arcanist, it is your right to choose to go solo or not, and the company cannot force you! However, I still want to remind you that the company has decided to focus on training you, so think carefully!" Luo Jia said meaningfully.
It was all due to Ling Jiu's excellent performance. If it were someone else, she would not have bothered.
"Ms. Luo, I've decided!"
Ling Jiu shook his head but did not waver.
"Since you've decided, I will not interfere!" Seeing that her persuasion had fallen on deaf ears, Luo Jia could no longer be bothered to persuade him. She then took out a contract and handed it over to Ling Jiu. "This is an A+ contact as your reward. Have a look!"
Ling Jiu took the contract and noticed that the contents were not much different from that in a C-level contract. The only exception was the benefits section, which had changed drastically.
2. A standalone villa.
3. A million-dollar monthly salary.
"Ms. Luo, what does the fourth blank spot mean?" Ling Jiu asked in confusion.
"An A+ contract is based on an A-level contract with an additional benefit of being able to freely choose one extra benefit!" Luo Jia explained. "In view of your situation, I have prepared three options for you. You can choose one of them and add it to the list as the fourth benefit!"
"One, an intermediate Arcana manual!
"Two, an intermediate cold weapon!
"Three, an intermediate toolkit!"
"Choose one from the three?"
Ling Jiu was shocked. He saw Luo Jia turn on her computer and show him the three available items. She listed a series of Arcana manuals, cold weapons, and toolkits.
Ling Jiu only took a glance before he immediately made a choice. "Ms. Luo, I choose the intermediate-level dimensional pocket!"