Population Control – Chapter 16 (Part 1)
This is a translation of a Japanese novel. You can read the Raw here.
This is a work of fiction, with depictions of violence such as death of many people at a time. It is not suitable for readers under 15.
Chapter 16 (part 1) is here!
Anyway, here’s the Chapter, I hope you’ll enjoy it!
Chapter 16: Pounded Gravel Yam (Part 1)
The objects of this world all have multiple layers of abstraction that make them easier to simulate.
Take a stone, for example.
The very first layer of a regular stone would be the ‘stone’ layer.
The Layer right under would contain multiple crystal structures formed by various types of molecules.
The third layer would represent the molecules individually.
And the very last layer would be made of elementary particles.
The simulation can apparently make use of any layer at will depending on the situation.
For instance, when throwing a stone, the stone is counted as one entity.
When breaking a stone, then the crystal layer is used for the calculations.
And when melting a stone, the simulation uses the molecular layer.
To further my ongoing plan, I’ve tried gathering some gravel from a shore nearby to turn it into a mass of gold dust.
But it was a failed attempt.
Each grain in a mass of gravel is considered as being an independent object.
To obtain a pile of gold dust from it, I’d have to turn each grain of gravel into gold, one by one, with my face looking stupid the entire time.
That would be very inefficient.
After I realized that, I spent everyday thinking of a way I could it more efficiently.
One day, I happened to discover that a concrete block in a parking lot was considered as a single entity by the simulation.
That concrete was originally made with cement, sand, water, and stones.
But it seems when all those elements are combined and solidified, they’re targeted as one single object by the simulation.
I see… Long story short, by forming a single object through many, a new abstraction layer will form.
Following that epiphany, I put plaster and some gravel together in a mold. Then, I activated Regedit to directly observe the formation of a new abstraction layer.
At first, the object was still recognized as only Sulphate powder and multiple grains of gravel.
After a short while, once the plaster was a bit more solid and formed a block, the mix was finally recognized as a single object, just like in the concrete block’s case.
The main element of the gravel was Silicone dioxide.
By turning the block’s Silicon dioxide into gold, I was able to make a block of plaster with gold scattered inside.
The issue is that it would take a lot of time and effort to make many of these plaster blocks.
Besides, if someone were to me making these, it’d be troublesome to explain.
In the end, I had to give up on the idea of using plaster, and to find something else.
I gave it some more thought and ultimately decided to switch the plaster blocks to pounded yams mixed with gravel.
I ended up making a lot of these.
Each was the shape of a regular rice-cake, but size-wise, they were closer to a wall clock.
I’ve been taught from a young age not to mess with food, so this felt like overcoming some sort of mental barrier.
Still, with my strengthened mind, I got over it. Close call.
By the start of the new year, I’d made 120 pounded yams.
That’s right. 120, damn it…
Pounded yams can last a for a while, they don’t expire all that fast, but since I made them a bit ahead of time, I added some paraben and sorbic acid to preserve them. It’s not like I’m going to eat them so it should be alright either way, but it just doesn’t feel right to make a rice cake without any preservative.
The way I made them, if kept in a dry environment, these pounded yams can probably last for half a year in this tropical climate.
Just like that, I kept making the pounded gravel yams until I reached a total of 350.
Since I’d have to explain why I was cooking with gravel if I employed someone to do it my stead, I had to do everything myself.
The pain in my arms, shoulders and back was a nightmare. It really pushed me to tears at times.
It’s no exaggeration to say I dedicated most of my private time in February to making pounded gravel yams.
I really got into it.
As evidence, I present Charlotte.
When she came to pester me about making her curry rice and saw me in the room surrounded by rice flour, yams and semolina, she gave me a sad look, sighed, and gave up.
Anyway, once I was done making all these, I activated Regedit on them and turned the gravel inside into gold.
The only thing left to do is to get rid of the comestible part and I’ll get a mountain of gold dust.
I stored all the pounded yams in a cheap rented warehouse on the outskirts of Ijebu Igbo, along with some silica gel, which will keep the inside of the warehouse dry even during the rainy season… Hopefully.
On a side-note, I had Lucas help me carry the mountain of pounded yams to the warehouse, but he apparently hurt his back in the process.
For a little while after, Charlotte and Lucas put a united front against me, asking for an apology and compensation. They’re the worst.
On the company side, we’ve started the construction of a pre-warehouse mid-January.
To build massive warehouses with a total ceiling area of 8 hectares, we’re gonna have to store the materials for them somewhere. Hence the necessity to have a pre-warehouse at our disposition.
When I was giving my sweat and blood to make the pounded yams, the pre-warehouse was being carefully built.
By March, the materials for the warehouse were already being carried to the pre-warehouse one after another.
The Japanese modus operandi could allow the company to finish everything from the construction of the pre-warehouse to the delivery of the construction materials in less than three months.
What takes the most time when building a warehouse is getting the materials for it.
To avoid that issue, we re-purposed the materials that we initially bought to build the mining farm, and sent them directly to the pre-warehouse.
This made everything go much faster.
It sure feels nice when plans go smoothly.
The mega solar plant buildings will be made one at a time.
The first will be completed in August but the second building will only be finished in December.
Because of this, we’re not going to start the full-scale project until next year.
Not wanting to waste the electricity that will go unsold until then, I’ve decided to further the construction of the mining farm in parallel, and execute the cryptocurrency exchange plan.
Translator note: Next part, some Lucas bullying, and the start of the plan.
To those who offered to do the editing: I’m on holiday right now but I’ll contact you hopefully before I post the next part.
By the way, I’ve removed the ads on the Pop Con chapters, I thought I had already done that, but turns out the parameter only activates itself when you buy the premium plugin 🤷♂️
I’ve also changed the format of the text a bit, as it seems wordpress was compressing all the sentences together for some reason.