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Chapter 233 - Astronomical Transaction
"Miss Aqua has some urgent matters?" Shi Feng was slightly surprised.
"That's right. Although I cannot reveal to Your Excellency what those matters are, I, Joking Scholar, can represent Miss Aqua in conducting the transaction with you."
However, Shi Feng did not believe him.
Every time he and Aqua Rose completed a transaction, both sides would gain ma.s.sive profits. Logically speaking, there should be nothing more important than this matter. Even if Aqua Rose truly had an urgent matter, she should have at least notified him beforehand. However, Aqua Rose had not.
Shi Feng carefully observed this Maitreya-like person. Although he appeared absolutely harmless, his body exuded a sense of shrewdness that spoke of vast experience in the business world.
Virtual reality... In this realistic world, regarding a player's expressions or demeanor, both would be fully displayed on their characters.
With over a decade of experience campaigning in G.o.d's Domain, Shi Feng could immediately perceive the delight and panic hidden behind those beady little eyes.
"Since Miss Aqua has some matters to deal with, let us postpone our business transaction till next time, then." Shi Feng smiled calmly before standing up, saying, "I still have some matters that I need to attend to, so I'll leave first."
Hearing that Shi Feng had no intention to continue the trade and intended to leave, Maitreya's facial expression immediately changed. A hint of panic appeared in his friendly smile when Shi Feng stood.
"Master Black Flame, don't be in such a rush! Although Miss Aqua is absent, Twilight Echo sincerely desires this trade's success. We are willing to pay 30% more than the previously mentioned price!" Joking Scholar hurriedly stood and held back Shi Feng.
"Thirty percent? It seems that you guys really are sincere about this." Shi Feng halted his steps, smiling. He then turned to face the panicked Maitreya, saying, "Since you've already made the offer, let us negotiate the price."
"Of course, of course!" Joking Scholar hurriedly nodded his head, once more revealing his friendly smile.
Following which, the two sat and resumed their business transaction.
"Do you have what I asked of Miss Aqua the last time?" Shi Feng asked.
"Master Black Flame, please have a look," Joking Scholar retrieved several Ore Bags. Hard Stones and rare forging materials filled the majority of these bags.
Moreover, aside from taking out five 400-slot Ore Bags, which were the largest Ore Bags currently available to players, he had also taken out a black leather bag. There were many runes carved on the exterior of this bag, and one could tell that it was not an ordinary item with just a glance.
It is as expected of Twilight Echo. They even have a Runic Ore Bag. Shi Feng was inwardly shocked.
The Runic Ore Bag was a Mysterious-Iron grade Ore Bag. It had a ma.s.sive capacity of 1,200 slots, four times that of a Common grade Ore Bag.
However, this item was not easy to obtain. Only Lord ranked Bosses in mines had a chance of dropping this item.
Compared to the previous encounter, this transaction would be far larger. Joking Scholar had prepared over 2,000 stacks of Hard Stones, 300 stacks of Fine Iron Ore, 400 stacks of Silver Ore, and 200 stacks of Mithril Ore. Furthermore, there were also 100 stacks of Gold Ore, which was currently unavailable in Star-Moon Kingdom.
Just how much manpower and resources had they spent in the process of gathering such a large amount of precious ores?
This was precisely the strength of a first-rate Guild. It was not something a normal Guild could compare to.
"Good, everything that I requested is here. Deducting all these ores, if we factor in the 30% increase in price you previously mentioned, you just need to pay me an additional 120 million Credits." Shi Feng took out a letter that had been encrypted by the System and placed it on the table. Only a specified person could open this letter, and outsiders had no way to discover its contents.
When Joking Scholar heard the price of 120 million Credits, his smiling expression immediately froze. He had nearly spat the black tea that was in his mouth, the teacup in his hand nearly falling to the ground due to his trembling.
"The 120 million Credits is the price of this encrypted letter?" Joking Scholar looked at the white envelope on the table, his facial expression turning extraordinarily ugly. His previously beady eyes abruptly widened as he sent a chilling glare at Shi Feng, coldly saying, "Master Black Flame, aren't you going a little too overboard? We of Twilight Echo have come here with the sincerest intentions to conduct business with you. Are you looking down on Twilight Echo? Or do you not take Miss Aqua seriously?"
No matter how stupid Joking Scholar was, he knew that no transaction in G.o.d's Domain could currently achieve such a frightening cost. That was 120 million Credits! Not 120 million h.e.l.l Money! Such an amount was sufficient for a normal person to live the rest of their life in luxury! Even Joking Scholar himself would not earn such an amount in this lifetime!
The only possibility was that Shi Feng was toying with him, or that Shi Feng had already found out that he was a fake. However, as a preventive measure, he still used Aqua Rose's name to warn Shi Feng.
Shi Feng calmly smiled at this Maitreya's reaction. He paid no mind to Joking Scholar's chilling and threatening gaze, unhurriedly saying, "How could you say such a thing? Weren't you the one that suggested for the 30% increase in price?"
"I've fully followed our previous agreement and have brought what that Miss Aqua requested. Could Miss Aqua have forgotten to tell you about it? Or is it because you are fake?" A chilling light suddenly flashed in Shi Feng's eyes as he loudly questioned.
At this moment, Joking Scholar gnashed his teeth in anger.
Shi Feng had clearly pretended to be the fool here. Yet, he could not just reveal Shi Feng's act.
"Master Black Flame, of course, I was sent here by Miss Aqua! Please stop trying to probe me! Miss Rose never agreed to this!" Joking Scholar was no fool. He thought that Shi Feng was currently trying to probe him, so he quickly cooled his temper.
"Probe? What reason would I have to probe you?" Shi Feng smiled as he said, "I am very serious. If Aqua Rose didn't mention such an important agreement to you and you have no knowledge of it, then it seems you are indeed a fake. If that is so, then I am truly sorry. Our business transaction ends here."
Saying so, Shi Feng stood and prepared to leave.
Joking Scholar immediately panicked. He could no longer discern whether Shi Feng's words were true or not. In the beginning, he thought Shi Feng was trying to swindle him. Now, however, it would seem that his previous preconception might be wrong.
Have I really guessed wrong? Was this letter actually what they intended to trade? Joking Scholar felt that his brain was no longer sufficient to process this matter. He could not see through Shi Feng at all.
Previously, Shi Feng had expressed immense interest in continuing the trade. Now, however, Shi Feng was about to leave after scoffing. Just what was he supposed to do?
Joking Scholar had personally witnessed the benefits Aqua Rose had obtained through her transactions with Shi Feng. If Twilight Echo could periodically conduct similar trades with Shi Feng and obtain such immense profits every time, the other first-rate Guilds in their kingdom would have no chance to compete with them. They would become the tyrant of their kingdom.
Just by becoming the lord of a city, the benefits that ensued were enough to attract the world-cla.s.s corporations' investments. Not to mention receiving a few hundred million, they could even receive tens of billions of Credits. If Twilight Echo could become the tyrant of a kingdom, they could receive investments from over ten major corporations. The Credits they could earn were unimaginable. In comparison, the 120 million Credit transaction right now could be considered negligible.
However, 120 million Credits was not pocket change either. Moreover, their Guild had only obtained the many ores before him through the painstaking work. If they gave them all to Shi Feng, the losses would be mind-blowing.
Of course, if such a powerful benefit were truly available, it could greatly a.s.sist Twilight Echo in elevating its current position, becoming the tyrant of the capital city.
However, Joking Scholar could not see past Shi Feng's thoughts at all. He did not know whether Shi Feng had the sincerity to continue their current cooperation. With his status, he did not dare make this gamble.
"Master Black Flame, please wait a minute! Maybe Miss Aqua has forgotten to mention this to me. I'll have to ask Miss Aqua about this before making a decision. If there truly are no problems, then the 120 million Credits and these materials will all be yours." Joking Scholar decided to hold Shi Feng back for now. He needed to report this matter to his superiors and let them decide what to do. That way, he won't have to take responsibility for this matter.
h.e.l.l Money: a form of joss paper printed to resemble legal tender bank notes.The notes are not an official form of recognized currency or legal tender since their sole intended purpose is to be offered as burnt offerings to the deceased as a superst.i.tious solution to resolve their ancestors' financial problems. This custom has been practiced by the modern Chinese and across East Asia since the late 19th century. Early 20th century examples resembled minor commercial currency of the type issued by businesses across China until the mid-1940s.
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Naturally, Shi Feng could not just walk away after hearing Joking Scholar's words.
Although he did not know what had happened to Aqua Rose, if he could swindle so many materials and Credits, he would make a huge profit.
"Fine. I'll give you one minute. I'm in a hurry."
Shi Feng swept a glance at the clock displayed on the system interface. There were still two hours before the auction started at the Blackwing City Auction House. If he missed this chance, he would have to wait for several more days before the next.
Since a lot was at stake, Joking Scholar dared not waste any more time. He immediately sent a message to his superior, awaiting the decision.
After waiting for half a minute or so, Joking Scholar received a reply.
Joking Scholar immediately felt his mood refresh when he read the reply.
"Master Black Flame, Miss Aqua has said that, due to the transaction being of such magnitude, if we are to conduct this trade, we need to verify the item that you have provided. Of course, I will preside over this verification. If there truly are no problems, we will immediately transfer the money to you," Joking Scholar confidently informed Shi Feng.
"That won't do. If you guys get a look at the contents of this letter, then the information inside will no longer have any value. What if you decide not to pay me? Wouldn't I take a huge loss instead? Unless you give me the money first, I will not let you look at the contents." Shi Feng sneered, "Since Twilight Echo doesn't have any sincerity in continuing this trade, so be it."
Contrary to Joking Scholar's belief, the information inside the encrypted letter was the real deal. It could instantly promote a large Guild to the next level.
The information was especially useful to a first-rate Guild.
Of course, this information would not actually sell for an astronomical price of 120 million Credits.
Since he had cooperated with Aqua Rose in the past, he would not betray her and cooperate with someone else. Hence, he had only mentioned such an astronomical price to play with Joking Scholar.
"Master Black Flame, we are very sincere in this matter. If you continue responding to our sincerity in such a way, we can only take it as you toying with Twilight Echo. None who attempt to make fools of Twilight Echo find a good ending. If Master Black Flame doesn't want a misunderstanding, please let me take a look at the information contained in the letter. As long as there are no problems, then based on Twilight Echo's credibility, we certainly will not go back on our word and ruin our own reputation." Although Joking Scholar spoke with an amicable tone, he did not try to hide the cold glint in his eyes in the least.
"Are you threatening me?" Shi Feng's tone turned cold as he said, "Although Twilight Echo is a first-rate Guild, don't think that I, Black Flame, am someone you can easily mess around with. Since this matter has reached this point, our cooperation ends right here and now."
Shi Feng immediately left the restaurant, leaving behind a dumbfounded Joking Scholar.
Joking Scholar never thought Shi Feng would react so decisively.
In his opinion, Black Flame was only a forger. How could he possibly dare call shots with a first-rate Guild like Twilight Echo? Hence, Joking Scholar decided to threaten him. Yet, Shi Feng had not reacted as he had expected at all, so much so that his threat had yielded the exact opposite effect he had wanted.
The higher ups of the Guild had tasked him with maintaining the current business relationship they had with Black Flame. If there were a possibility, the best case scenario would be to recruit Black Flame into Twilight Echo.
"How abominable! This Black Flame is simply impervious to reason!" Joking Scholar had originally intended to hold Shi Feng back once more. However, doing so was simply too humiliating. After speaking those decisive words, if he had to suddenly change his tone and try to ingratiate himself with Shi Feng… He simply could not do it. He is definitely toying with me! That's the only plausible reason why he isn't willing to show me the contents of that letter!
Immediately after, Joking Scholar contacted his superior.
"Scholar, how did it go?" a dignified tone came through the communicator.
"Boss, that Black Flame rejected our proposal. He refused to let me take a look at the letter's contents. However, I am very sure that he is trying to play us for fools. There is nothing important in the letter," Scholar confidently a.s.sured.
"I understand. Although it is slightly unfortunate, Black Flame has also given us some enlightenment. Since Black Flame is unwilling to do business with us, we can just look for someone else. I hear that Star-Moon Kingdom, where Black Flame is from, should be in dire need of ores. Look for a powerful Guild from Star-Moon Kingdom at Blackwing City. I believe that they should be very willing to cooperate with us."
Currently, Joking Scholar felt exhilarated.
"Black Flame, did you really think that you are so amazing? Once I sell these ores to some other Guild in Star-Moon Kingdom, we'll see if you can still survive there!"
Soon after, Joking Scholar had departed from the restaurant as well. He started looking for a new business partner from Star-Moon Kingdom.
Meanwhile, after Shi Feng left the restaurant, he immediately changed his appearance using the Demon Mask. He had long since waited for Joking Scholar's departure.
Although Shi Feng did not intend to do business with Joking Scholar, that would not stop him from swindling the man.
After all, it was not easy for him to obtain so many ores. Moreover, it was not his style to just let Joking Scholar escape.
Previously, he had used the appearance of Black Flame, so he could not swindle those ores from him. However, now that he had changed his appearance, even if he swindled Joking Scholar, he would be fine as long as he immediately donned a new appearance.
Twilight Echo had spent a lot of wealth and manpower to procure the ores. If they failed to sell them, keeping those ores for their own use instead, they would need over ten days to exhaust such a large supply fully. Twilight Echo could not bear such a heavy cost. After all, these ores could not increase their Guild's battle prowess. They could only do so by turning these materials into currency.
However, If they wished to turn these ores into money, they had to sell them to a Guild that was in dire need of ores. As for independent players, they simply had no way to deplete such a stock.
No. Unless they paid with Credits, even a first-rate Guild could not afford so many ores. However, would Twilight Echo lack Credits?
That's right; they didn't lack Credits. If they could spend Credits to purchase a large amount of Gold Coins, they would have spent several hundred million Credits without hesitation. However, the Main G.o.d System had not activated an exchange system for Coins. As for the virtual trade center, there was simply not enough Gold Coins to satisfy their demands.
Most importantly, if they purchased Gold Coins in bulk, their actions would inflate the prices of Gold Coins endlessly, and doing so was not a worthwhile investment. This was also one of the reasons why large Guilds normally would not purchase Gold Coins in bulk.
If Twilight Echo could not sell these ores quickly, it would wound the Guild's development.
However, it would not be an easy task to find a business partner willing to purchase so many ores. The only possibility they had was to look for a Guild from Star-Moon Kingdom. As long as Twilight Echo investigated, they would immediately discover that Black Flame was from Star-Moon Kingdom. Meanwhile, the fact that Black Flame purchased so many forging materials proved that Star-Moon Kingdom was in dire need. As long as the upper echelon of Twilight Echo had brains, they would naturally look for someone from Star-Moon Kingdom to cooperate with.
Unfortunately, Twilight Echo had miscalculated one point. It was not easy to obtain the pa.s.s required to enter Blackwing City. Even for a large Guild, they would need to spend a lot of time and effort to obtain one. Not to mention, the majority of the Guilds and players in Star-Moon Kingdom didn't even know about the existence of Blackwing City.
Quite some time had pa.s.sed since the launch of G.o.d's Domain. However, the players from Star-Moon Kingdom who could enter Blackwing City were among the extreme minority. It went without saying there were even fewer players who could afford so many ores.
An hour quickly pa.s.sed with Shi Feng trailing Joking Scholar.
Sure enough, Joking Scholar failed to find even a single player from Star-Moon Kingdom. The majority of the players he met were independent players from other kingdoms and empires. Even when he met players belonging to Guilds, these players were not part of their Guild's backbone. Most importantly, none of these players had any interest in Twilight Echo's ores.
This situation depressed Joking Scholar. He wondered just why he could not meet any players from Star-Moon Kingdom. It would be fine even if it were even an independent player!
At this moment, Shi Feng took on Lone Tyrant's appearance using the Demon Mask, and he walked towards Joking Scholar casually.