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Chapter 3: 3. Helen and the system.

[Congratulations to the user on reaching minimum essence requirement. CRIME System will now be unlocked.]

"…Eh? Crime?" Helen asked blankly. She waved her hand towards the black text box in front of her, the red writing seeming to glow until, upon touching it, it disappeared. "What the…"

[System operation confirmed. Switching to audio communication. Welcome new user 'Helen' to System XJA3802NA-201E. This is AI designation, 'Hermes'. Messages: Two. Alerts: One. Read messages?]

"…Yes?" she replied, looking around to try and find the source of the voice before realising it had seemingly come from her own thoughts. This was a really elaborate trick, but did it have to be timed so inconveniently? She had to get out of here, she realised. Until the artificial voice spoke again.

[Alert! Helen is currently in danger. Helen is granted 'amateur disguise' module at cost of 500CP and advised to leave the building in the next 2 minutes 32 seconds before hostile armed forces arrive. Read next message?]

"What!? People are bringing guns here? Are you serious?!" yelled Helen, running to the other side of the rooftop to the other fire escape and climbing down, her small feet landing with a small noise as she jumped down the last set of stairs just as a heavily armored van pulled in front of the apartment building. "Oh God, I hope this disguise module system crap isn't just… a… joke..."

As she said the word 'disguise', the system opened a display where she could customise her appearance. She tapped a few times in disbelief before quickly looking down to see that her outfit had changed entirely. A few more taps and the 15-year-old girl was gone, and in her place, one of her neighbours – an old man in a greying suit, cane and all. How was this amateur! She walked past the new arrivals in her disguise anxiously, their training evident as they charged into her apartment building, guns drawn. They didn't pay her a moment of attention, she smirked.

[To answer your question, the system gave designation 'amateur' to this module as it does not disguise heat emissions, smell, EM-spectrum emissions, x-ray appearance, sound, DNA or spiritual methods of identification. This amateur module can only be used to hide visuals, which the system considers inadequate for a master criminal.]

"A master criminal?" she replied, scowling. She was no criminal, never mind a master. What even was this system thing? "What is this? Why am I hearing your voice in my head?"

[Yes, Helen. The XJA3802NA-201E system was developed in the 18302th Year in order to develop latent talents of the hosts. My name is Hermes, the system intelligence – it is my purpose to help you fulfil your potential safely. It is after elaborate assessment that you have received the CRIME system, wherein host Helen will develop latent talents in committing crimes. Congratulations again, host!]

...

[Ding! Host has listened to all messages. Host has received 'tutorial' module, containing a beginner quest module and beginner skillset update. Beginning information transfer… Complete! Host is now capable of 'beginner' crime!]


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