Second and last guaranteed chapter of the week
This youngster was obviously Hui Yue. He had previously visited a shop which specialised in memory stones, however the shopkeeper had instantly thrown him out as he assumed that this young child was a poor commoner who wished to steal his goods.
In the small childish hand were three silver coins, but although Hui Yue had gained these in a legit way, he knew better than to take them out. The shopkeeper had already deemed Hui Yue a criminal, and a poor child with three silver coins had obviously stolen them from a rich citizen. In turn, taking them from a thieving little child would not trouble anyone.
The first thing that fell into Hui Yue’s hands was a piece of smooth fabric. This was the high quality robe that he had been given earlier by his village upon his departure.
Hui Yue had was aware that he could not wear the robe unless he wanted to give a lead towards his person, but instead he pulled up the blue layer pants and shirt that was placed below the robe. Those two garments should be fairly neutral and not something that he had been seen wearing any time previously.
After changing his clothes into the blue set, the white robe was carefully placed back into the old bag and a conical hat was taken out. This hat was one that Hui Yue had made during his spare time at the Royal Academy, and it was made from bamboo shoots that he had found within his courtyard.
This conical hat was inspired by the ones used in his old world, but unlike those, this one was not supposed to guard him from sun nor rain but rather keep his face hidden. He had crafted it with that in mind, and while tying up his hair and taking on the hat, no one was capable of seeing anything else than a smooth white chin and beautiful red lips.
Finally, Lan Feng took a deep breath, and released his aura, allowing it to surround Hui Yue. A gasp escaped the shocked young boy as he felt how ripples of energy was released from within him, causing the air to constantly vibrate around him.
Layers of energy was protecting the body and they were like waves that originated within the Qi cave where Lan Feng was present, before they rushed out into the surroundings and finally was dissolved.
To be able to get close to Hui Yue while this aura was active, one needed to be an expert of at least King rank. Another option was that Lan Feng would allow for one person to enter the protective space, which in return would allow the person to benefit greatly from the excess energy ripples.
Hui Yue himself could feel how his Qi spiral was surging within his body. It was turning like a hurricane at such a high speed that Hui Yue no longer could see any Qi threads and instead saw a white tornado, and he felt how this tornado was constantly absorbing and refining the aura which Lan Feng was releasing.
Although Hui Yue had not gained any boost to his strength, he still felt as if his senses were much sharper than before as he made his way out of the inn. It seemed as if Hui Yue was no longer walking like before but rather floating across the street.
This aura was not limited to Hui Yue and everyone who came close to him could feel it. The citizens who had been bustling through the road, even the ones who previously pushed their way through with no care for their surroundings politely moved aside to open a path for Hui Yue to walk through.
It was obvious for everyone present that this was an expert who did not usually belong within this city, also it was an expert that far exceeded the current noble families which were boasting of having King ranked experts as their family leaders.
Hui Yue did not move with great speed but took his time as he made the way towards one of the market places. He could have gone to the same shop as before, but he had no intention of assisting anyone who previously chased him away.
The guards which were guarding the market place all glanced at Hui Yue with admiration and a slight fear, while the customers once again made space for Hui Yue to move around as he pleased with no one in the way.
Hui Yue took his time while walking around the different stalls, sweeping his eyes over low grade medicinal plants, empty scrolls, low ranked martial art skills, low grade magical beast cores, low grade magical gems, weapons of lower quality, armour of lower quality and memory stones of lower quality.
Memory stones were originally a black gemstone with no actual abilities, however each of them had a certain ability to absorb spiritual energy and transfer into tools which could be used for recording, tools that could be used as keys or even storage tools.
A low grade memory stone was one which had managed to take in a slight amount of spiritual energy and changed into a stone which could perhaps record one Martial or Spiritual Art Skill, it could record a real action for a short time and keep that one action or it could be used to send one message to another person.
Due to the lack of Spiritual Energy it was usually used as a container of Martial and Spiritual Art Skills. The memory stone would shatter when the Spiritual Energy ran out, and that would usually happen if the stone had been used a few times. This did not matter whether it was a Martial or Spiritual Art Skill, a recording of a fight or even a message to a friend.
Considering that Hui Yue and Lan Feng had been paid three silver coins it was possible for the two to buy a medium grade memory stone, however the lower grade were actually more beneficial as they could only be viewed by a few people before they would shatter.
When the memory stone was only able to be viewed a few times, it would cause the buyers to limit which people were allowed to try and activate it, which would reduce the chances of it being learned by anyone. Secondly, although someone would insert the knowledge into their heads from the memory stone, they could do nothing with it before they managed to activate it, that included creating new memory stones.
Hui Yue still had remnants of worry from the whole plan of selling high ranked Martial and Spiritual Art Skills, but whenever he felt Lan Feng’s soul he felt an unexplainable excitement and a certain amount of schadenfreude which he could not understand.
‘Lan Feng,’ he said while looking at a stall in front of him, ‘what is the reason for you be this excited?’
Although the expert seemed to be a woman, the shopkeeper still looked at this person with the utmost veneration and fear while bowing deeply.
“Milady, please do not offend this humble servant and accept the stones as a token of my respect,” he managed to say with a shivering voice and a slight stutter.
Looking at this unknown expert, the shopkeeper assumed that it was one who was merely traveling through the city. The garments were clearly men’s wear, however they were made from fabric which was not usual around these parts. Also the hat which she was wearing was something which he had never seen before, however it had been crafted with such care and precision that no one would think of it as being created on a whim.
Hui Yue shrugged carelessly upon hearing that the stones were a gift. He was after all not a wealthy person, his entire fortune consisted of a little less than three silver coins.
Hui Yue did not care much for being mistaken as a woman once again, and this time it was a benefit as it could further help to remove any suspicion from him. He thanked the shopkeeper and turned around, getting ready to leave the market as he noticed how the shop he had left suddenly had a boom in their visitors.
All the commoners from the market were rushing towards the stall, buying their items from him. Even if he had gifted two memory stones of the lowest quality, it was obvious that the benefits to the shopkeeper were not minor either.
A smile appeared on Hui Yue’s face as he strode out of the market and moved directly back to the inn where he had been checked in.
He did not go to the counter but instead directly towards the room he had rented. During the return to the inn, Hui Yue was perfectly aware that he had been followed by the informants of all the major factions within the city, and the next part of his plan was crucial.
Upon entering his room, Lan Feng quickly withdrew his aura, and once again contained it within himself, while Hui Yue rushed to switch his clothes back to the farmers clothes he had been wearing before. The conical hat was quickly packed down together with the garments and hidden within his bag, before he jumped onto the bed and sat down in meditational stance while cultivating.
It did not take long before Hui Yue heard the sound of people moving around outside in the hallway and sounds of complaints could be heard through the old doors. A smile appeared on Hui Yue’s face as he tried to focus on his cultivation.
A few minutes later, his door was forced open and the landlord together with a group of three men dressed in black was standing outside, looking into the shabby room with the poor cultivating child.
Hui Yue looked as if he had been scared silly, and he stared upon the intruders with big eyes and slightly trembling hands. The three black clothes men moved away almost instantly and the landlord gave the child a slight nod before closing the door behind them.
The next hour was spent cultivating while these three black clothed men searched through the entire inn, unable to find what they were looking for, and a cheeky smile appeared on Hui Yue’s face as he saw them exit the inn. Finally, it was time to pick up the two memory stones and imprint them with Lan Feng’s Martial and Spiritual Art Skills.
While looking at the stone in Hui Yue’s hand, it was the size of half his palm and it had not been carved in a nice shape. It was as rough as it had been when the mercenaries had found it. The stone had a black surface and there was no shine to it. It was obvious to see that this was a low grade stone, which excited Hui Yue even more.
He picked up the first stone and moved it to his forehead as he slowly closed his eyes. The rest of the imprinting depended on Lan Feng, and the phoenix slowly moved a feathered finger to his forehead where he pulled a thread of light out from between his eyes.
This thread of light slowly condensed into a small ball, shining much like a pearl, and under Lan Feng’s careful guidance it was moved through Hui Yue’s meridians until it reached the forehead, where it got pressed the final distance out of the body and into the memory stone.
As soon as the ball of light had left Hui Yue’s head, he slowly allowed his eyes to open, only to be blinded by a bright light as it entered the memory stone in front of him. It took a few minutes before Hui Yue was able to see anything again.
When he was, the memory stone no longer seemed to be as ordinary as it had been before. The shape was still rough and unpolished much like before, however the surface had gained a shine as if it was filled with a black sun, and from time to time could a slight white mist be seen travelling around inside of the stone itself.
Hui Yue could not help but feel excited when he saw that they had successfully trapped the first skill, and he quickly repeated the action. A wild feeling of joy appeared within his heart as he looked at the two stones within his hands and kept imagining just how much money they would sell for. Hopefully it would be enough to provide for quite some medicinal pills.
After finishing the two memory stones, Hui Yue quickly changed clothes once again, and waited for Lan Feng to release the aura, before he made his way out of the inn, once again walking slowly and allowing the different followers to see where he was headed.
Upon exiting the inn, Hui Yue could not help but frown slightly as he saw that the sun was almost about to reach the city walls, showing that it was in the afternoon and that Hui Yue was in a hurry if he wished to show up at the City Lord’s
The road leading to the Black Market Auction House was paved with marble and on each side was a lawn which was groomed meticulously. The lawn was framed with big trees that had been groomed into squares, and jade statues could be seen placed in the middle of the lawns.
Behind the beautiful landscape was the main building which was adorned with gold on all the pillars. Magical beasts had been carved into the frames and statues of beasts had been created from marble and more jade.
The door was created from marble much like the pavement, but the doorframe and door handles were created from pure gold. All the colours were kept in white, red and black.
The entire premises was tightly guarded by groups of experts who would patrol in specific patterns and even the guards at the door were at least Grand Master ranked.
As soon as Hui Yue stepped onto the marble road and headed towards the Black Market Auction House, he noticed that the people who had followed him so far scattered and rushed away.
The white-haired child could not help but chuckle slightly as he noticed their movement. It was obvious that they were heading back to their homes with news of Hui Yue’s visit to the Black Market Auction House.
A new expert arrived in town and went for an Auction House. It could only mean one thing, treasure was going to go on sale, and everyone wished to have the first chance to acquire it.633Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡbBubDkD7DS
Allowing these people to follow him for the entire day was exactly for this reason. It was to increase the amount of people who knew about the expert who went to the Black Market Auction House.633Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡ8aEc0g3K0M
A smile was spread on Hui Yue’s face as he moved up the pavement, towards the front door.ns 22.214.171.124da2