Chapter 45: Tip
“Pu! What did he just say? Surely I heard wrongly? Eight gold coins and below?”
Sound of water spitting
Hearing Zhang Xuan’s proud voice, everyone spits a mouthful of saliva. All of them stare at him flabbergasted, with an expression similar to how one looks at a lunatic.
Are you for real?
In treasure speculation, one is gambling for the thrill and the fortune. No matter what artifact one chooses, it is worth a minimum of hundred gold coins. Eight gold coins… What the heck do you expect to buy with that!
“Is this fellow’s brain still functioning?”
“Eight gold coins? Wahaha, you might as well grab a pile of mud and return now.
“You still dare to say eight gold coins and below. There isn’t a single object that is that cheap here, okay…”
A split moment later, tears stream down the faces of those amidst the crowd due to excessive laughter.
The hell, lad, can you stop being so hilarious?
How do you intend to find an object worth below eight gold coins here? You can’t even buy anything even if you had eighty gold coins!
“Why? You don’t even have an artifact that is worth eight gold coin in a treasure speculation hall? Aren’t you embarrassed?”
Disregarding the mockery the crowd is making out of him, Zhang Xuan stares at the dealer proudly.
His previous self had only left him with a total of eight gold coins. He is unable to fork out a single coin more even if he wanted to.
The people in the crowd stare at one another and burst into laughter once again.
You are the one who should be embarrassed!
This is just like someone running to a realtor and hoping to buy a flat with a single gold coin!
Big brother, is your head really alright?
“There is no way there is an artifact here that is worth only eight gold coins. How about this, you can freely choose from this pile of items. After you’re done, I will pay for you. If you make an earning, it will all go to you. If you lose, we will just go by what we promised earlier, an apology will do!”
‘Master Mo Yang’ stares at the young man contemptuously with both of his hands placed behind him, revealing an attitude of superiority.
“As expected of Master Mo Yang, what incredible generosity!”
“This young man is a clown, coming here just to make a fool of himself!”
“I concede to the master’s morals!”
Hearing that the ‘master’ is willing to pay in the stead of his adversary, the crowd can’t help but feel impressed by his generosity.
Do you see that? Look at how the master carries himself, then look at that lad…
Forget it, it is better not to compare the two of them. I am afraid that I might vomit…
“Are you sure?” Zhang Xuan’s eyes twinkle.
Knowing that the other party is a scammer, Zhang Xuan doesn’t feel any guilt spending his money.
“Of course, I always mean what I say!” ‘Master Mo Yang’ seems just like a saint who has descended to the mortal world, unsullied by worldly dirt.
“Hehe, I shall start picking then…”
Zhang Xuan smiles faintly, walks over to the platform and scans through the artifacts in the pile.
Since the other party chose a small one, naturally, he is restricted to choosing smaller items as well. Besides, the larger the artifact, the longer it takes to clean it up.
“This lad is too shameless!”
“Indeed! I have no idea why would Master Mo Yang treat him so well. If I were to meet such a fellow, I would have surely smacked him away with a palm of mine long ago!”
“To insult the master and even use his money to buy an artifact… Shameless!”
Seeing how the young man isn’t ashamed at all, rather, he is browsing through the items excitedly, the crowd is speechless.
They have met thick-skinned people before, but they had never met one whose skin is that thick.
You were the one who insulted the master as a scammer first! No matter what, the both of you should be in a hostile relationship. Under such circumstances, don’t you feel embarrassed using the other party’s money to buy an artifact to compete with him… That’s enough of you!
Ignoring the discussions of the crowd, Zhang Xuan touches every treasure that enters his vision. Soon, he also chooses a treasure of the size of a palm and hands it over.
“It costs 200 gold coins as well!” The dealer takes a look at it and says flatly.
“Master, hurry up and foot the bill!” Unashamed, Zhang Xuan gestures the ‘master’ to hurry up.
“…” A dark line streaks across ‘Master Mo Yang’s’ face.
He intended to ridicule the other party, but he didn’t expect that he would accept his help so proudly, to the point that he seems like his servant instead now.
Suppressing the urge to strangle the other party, he pays the sum.
“Alright, let’s clean it up here. With everyone watching here, no one will be able to accuse me of falsifying the results!” Zhang Xuan gestures.
“Hmph, let’s see whether you can continue being so haughty after the object is cleaned up!”
The actions of the young man also infuriates the dealer. He casually fetches the tools used specially for cleaning artifacts and starts to clean it bit by bit.
Soon, the moss and rock covering the object falls off and the true form of the item inside is revealed.
It is a semi-transparent rock that emits a warm glow.
“This is… Linglong Stone?” Observing the appearance of the stone, someone from the crowd shouts in disbelief.
“What is Linglong Stone?” Some in the crowd recognises it while others don’t.
“You don’t even know this? Linglong Stone is one of the main ingredients to crafting a phantom-tier equipment. Every single stone is extremely valuable, and it is the type of good which is always short in supply!” The person who spoke earlier explains in agitation.
Equipment can be split into god, saint, spirit, phantom and mortal!
In a location like Tianxuan Kingdom, there are almost no mortal pinnacle equipment, needless to say phantom-tier equipment. Thus, every single one of it can be sold at an exorbitant price.
As the main ingredient to crafting phantom-tier equipment, the moment it is put up for auction, countless families and experts will go frenzied over it.
“How much can it be sold for?”
Those who don’t recognise this item can’t help but ask.
It is difficult to perceive an item’s value just by its rarity itself. The best way to ascertain its value is still through its price.
“I’ve heard that the Liuzhu Kingdom had auctioned one of it a few years ago. It was smaller than this, around the size of a chicken’s egg, but it was already priced at 50000 gold coins! Look at how big this one is, not to mention its level of purity. No matter what, it is worth at least 100000…”
The one speaking swallows his saliva at this point.
Everyone on the spot almost goes mad.
An object bought for 200 gold coin is sold for 100000?
A revenue of 500 times in an instant…
Is this for real?
“This… This…” The dealer’s hands tremble as he stares in disbelief at the object in his hands.
As a dealer of a treasure speculation hall, he is capable of identifying plenty of treasures and is aware of their prices. He knows that there isn’t a single error in the words of the person who just spoke!
This item is definitely worth that price!
“Impossible… I must be seeing things…”
Seeing the shock washing through the crowd, Master Mo Yang’s face twitches.
He thought that the other party would be unable to choose anything of value, and that he would be able to make use of it to display his superiority once more. Never in his dreams did he expect for such an incredible treasure to be chosen.
Both the items are priced at 200 gold coins, yet his was only sold for 2000 whereas the other party’s one is valued at 100000…
Isn’t the difference too massive!
“I will be auctioning this Linglong Stone now, the highest bidder wins!”
Aware of what this object is beforehand, Zhang Xuan isn’t surprised in the least. He grabs the treasure from the hands of the dealer and gazes at the crowd.
“I offer 100000!”
The one who recognised the Linglong Stone earlier shouts his bid first.
100000 gold coin may be a huge sum, but compared to a treasure like Linglong Stone, the latter is much more valuable.
“I offer 110000!”
There are a few within the crowd that are aware of its value as well.
Soon, the price is finalised at 153000, and the stone is taken by a wealthy middle-aged man.
“This is a banknote from 【Tianxuan Bank】. With this, you are able to withdraw 153000 gold coins from any single bank in Tianxuan City!” The middle-aged man grabs the Linglong stone and passes over a stack of banknotes.
The weight of gold coins is considerable, so moving them around isn’t very convenient. Thus, just like in the ancient times of Earth, banknotes and similar paper notes started appearing.
After taking a look, he knows that those notes are real and places it into his embrace. Then, he retrieves a banknote worth a thousand and walks over to ‘Master Mo Yang’. “You paid 200 gold coins for me earlier. Here is a thousand, keep the change. Treat it as a tip!”
I know I keep using righteously, sometimes in seemingly weird context.
The idea that I’m trying to express is that even though they are in the wrong, the characters are speaking up daringly, as though the one in the wrong is not them but the other party.
Linglong Rock (玲珑石)
ling long is an adjective which has multiple meanings, but tends to refer to something small and exquisite.