Shen Yuan dies right after reading a famous ‘stallion’ novel that he ended up disliking. He is transmigrated into the body of Shen Qingqiu, the scum villain who abuses the male protagonist, Luo Binghe. In the original storyline, Luo Binghe became overpowered like your typical protagonist and took gory revenge on Shen Qingqiu.
Our Shen Qingqiu (i.e. Shen Yuan) would like to live and therefore wants to avoid being mean to Luo Binghe. Unfortunately, the system he got saddled with while transmigrating disallows him to deviate too much from the original Shen Qingqiu’s character (OOC) and pushes him on missions to fill plot holes left by the original author and alter the story into something better. If Shen Qingqiu’s points value (given by the system) drops below zero, he is ‘punished’ and sent back to where he came from. And he’s dead in his original world.
Because Shen Qingqiu quickly deviated into OOC realm by being a noob, he has initiated OOC freeze on certain system functions. He can only unfreeze the system completely if he passes the beginning stage checkpoint. There’s a checkpoint mission for each stage or story arc and these must be passed in order to proceed to the next stage and continue the plotline of the novel.
Shen Qingqiu spends some time adjusting to his new lifestyle and making plans. While he’s out practicing his martial arts, he comes across a fight between Luo Binghe, Ning Yingying, and Ming Fan. Luo Binghe’s precious jade pendant (fake, but valuable to him because his deceased adopted mother gave it to him) is held hostage by Ming Fan. Unable to watch any longer, Shen Qingqiu makes a move by throwing a power-infused leaf like a knife. Ming Fan doesn’t give up. Against his better judgment, Shen Qingqiu throws out some more leaves and effectively stops the fight. This costs him a lot of points because the system deems his actions OOC. Fortunately the difference is more than made up for by the lost jade pendant he retrieves since it’s a key prop. It’s hinted that Luo Binghe figured out it was him, which explains why the system gave Shen Qingqiu OOC deductions.
In Chapter 5, Shen Qingqiu accepts the beginning stage checkpoint mission for his disciples to gain experience at Shuang Hu City. There’s a serial killer case they have to solve involving a killer who likes to skin the victims, earning the nickname ‘The Skinner.’ There’s also an explanation about the cultivation system in this novel. Dumbed down into layman’s terms, you build your basic cultivator’s foundation by cultivating to a certain stage or level. Then you self-reflect and enter seclusion to form your ‘sword’ or cultivation path (you might as well substitute ‘sword’ for ‘dao’).
Luo Binghe is bullied again on their way to the city. Shen Qingqiu is riding in the horse-carriage and there are nine riding horses for the disciples instead of the ten required. Luo Binghe is forced to journey on foot as Ming Fan and the others ridicule him. Ning Yingying raises a protest and brings it to Shen Qingqiu as the master. Shen Qingqiu figures out how to use the system’s loopholes, letting Luo Binghe take a ride on his carriage. Learning how to use the loopholes makes Shen Qingqiu happy, but he quickly falls into hell again. The system deducts some points for him just for smiling at Luo Binghe… Unbeknownst to Shen Qingqiu, he’s made an interesting impression on the protagonist with just that smile…