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Tools for measuring time, watches or whatever, are extremely rare in the Tower, but grasping the flow of time in the Nightmare is extremely important, so all Missiontakers have to force themselves to keep time.

Some Missiontakers can even count extremely accurately, completely in step with time passed in reality, though most Missiontakers are only capable of roughly keeping an accurate time. If it goes on for too long, the inaccuracies become wild.

Laosan can do nothing in his weakness from losing too much blood. He is still counting inside, all dazed. About one minute has passed when another “Count off!” rings out.

He almost sighs in relief.

One minute.

That is the amount of time between two counts. It means they must produce one number in a minute and also think about the number to report next.

He knows one, two, three and four are actually 1, 2, ? and 4, then five…

He is hesitant.

If he is wrong, the man with the machete will probably appear again.

The man that has tortured them in this dark room for a whole minute.

This is the first run of the Nightmare, so he probably isnt too powerful yet. It is likely to change, however. At least right now, though, the man is only here for a minute, and after slashing his way about for a minute, a new round ofcount off begins, and he is gone.

It seems that he appears whenever the number is wrong as a punishment. He attacks for one full minute.

If they are able to stay alive for minute after minute, they might just finish counting off all the numbers and then achieve an ending.

But…

But how could they possibly survive another session like this?

Laosan coughs again. He is sitting on the ground while leaning on the bed behind him. His consciousness is drifting. He might be gone soon.

All the other three are unresponsive. They havent died yet because the Nightmare is still ongoing. They might have all fainted, though.

Laosan is smiling in bitterness. He is fearful of the number he is about to say. What if the fifth one isnt 5? Then a fresh round of punishment begins, the man with the machete will be here…

He is trying to curl up as much as possible, but his slight movement tears his wounds open again. The pain makes his fright even greater. Still, gritting his teeth, he shakily says, “five…”

Then.

“You trash cant even number off properly!”

“No!!!”

Laosan screams out, as the man emerges in the room again. He is coldly chuckling, and mercilessly slashing with his big machete again.

They do not last the minute.

The Nightmare restarts.

Laosans eyes shoot open again. They are back in the pitch darkness. He is still breathing heavily from shock.

In the stream, the viewers are all screamingaaaaas watching the mad murderer in black under the night vision camera. They are terrified.

“BEIBEI AAAAAAAA”

“Bei, plz, my san is dropping!!!”

“this man is just a psychotic murderer… he looks so excited when he is killing…”

“urgh, is he pure npc or actor like Beibei? if hes actor… is he insane?”

“Hard to say. In fact, if Beibei wasnt the host, Id have assumed he was an NPC”

“someone said earlierthat boy is suspicious, does that mean… the boy is the owner? then who is the man in black? whats their relationship? maybe the boy fears him cuz this is nightmare?”

“who knows… or the boy is diff in the nightmare and grown up to become this crazy murderer? maybe he is scared of himself”

“so y r they counting in the first place?”

“? whys everyone analysing?”

“uwuwu… that scene was too scary, u know”

“AAAAARGH im finally thinking again after swinging that scene out of my head! y did u mention it!”

“but jeez, even a scene like that wasnt censored to oblivion? Im guessing theres someone behind the host hehe”

“stop with the scarylook behind u ok?! quit scaring ppl!”

“… are you even viewers of a horror game stream or not… youre all chickens lol”

“i wanna hear the detective dalaos analysis”

“… Watashi ga kita! Let me put this out first, since we dont have much information, most of this is my imagination for the sake of consistency.

First, the only concrete piece of information – The Missiontakers are divided into two groups, and because Actors act as NPCs, we will not consider the Actors themselves for now.

The most direct problem with the Missiontakers divided like this is Prisoners dilemma – Cooperation is much more difficult at this point.

While the Missiontakers in the bedroom are still unaware of the other Missiontakers, but I guarantee that the Missiontakers over at the corridor are already cussing after this restart.

In this situation, with unequal and limited access to information from the other side, especially given this mutual pulling-your-leg in the very beginning, a True End is likely difficult; it seems even a Normal End, potentially by counting off to completion, is at least equally as difficult?

All in all, I am really pessimistic about how this Nightmare will play out.”

When the detective dalao mentioned the corridor, Xü Beijin has also switched the camera source over, and as expected, the four Missiontakers all look like theyre doubting the value of living.

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