Chapter 185 Come To An End
A moment later, Fang Xingjian stopped observing the skill seeds and continued receiving the endless stream of information coming from the ether particles, familiarizing himself with the feeling of Heaven's Perception.
He continued memorizing and getting used to this feeling, hoping to retain it so that it could help him attain Heaven's Perception in the future.
Throughout the whole process, although he felt some slight discomfort in his brain, there was neither pain nor the feeling of being overwhelmed.
Not only did the ether particles contain some basic physical information, they also contained information about many people.
'Let's have noodles for dinner tonight...'
'The boss is deducting our wages again... What am I going to do next month...'
'I want to be a Knight! I want to work hard cultivating my martial arts!'
Various thoughts, memories, and voices were all captured by the ether particles and kept within them. When Conferred Knights sense ether particles, they would naturally be able to receive such personal information.
This feeling was like the smell of the air, yet a hundred or even a thousand times more detailed and ancient. It was because the information about these people could have been brought over by the ether particles from tens, hundreds, or even thousands of years ago, and from tens, hundreds or even thousands of kilometers away.
In addition, the higher the Conferred Knight's level was, the stronger and deeper his sense of the ether particles would be, thus receiving even more of such personal information. One would only be able to sense such personal information after reaching at least level 25.
In such a situation, one must rely on his own willpower and mind to overcome them. Once one gets lost in it, or even mistook other people's memories as his own, he would eventually go crazy or even become an idiot.
There had been a countless number of cases of Conferred Knights suddenly losing their minds and becoming a lunatic during their cultivation.
Therefore, during the process of sensing ether particles, Conferred Knights would all be extremely careful. They could never be cautious enough, putting in endless amounts of willpower and determination so that they would not lose themselves in the process.
Currently, the process which Fang Xingjian was going through to sense the ether particles was extremely relaxing. Although it was partially because he had done it through the help of the parietal bones and thus could not sense much information, it was also because he had the number one talent for sword arts in the world. His attributes, such as willpower and courage, were all extremely strong.
Although he did not know it, at this moment, because of his unparalleled willpower, courage, and memory, his performance was truly heaven defying. His ability to sense ether particles was ten or one hundred times stronger than ordinary people, and once he stepped into the state of Heaven's Perception, his cultivation speed would also be much faster than normal people. The barriers, including various illusions and jumbled up memories, had no impact on him at all.
The black-robed man stared at Fang Xingjian from the beginning to the end. He was not only staring at the parietal bones Fang Xingjian's hand was on, but also at Fang Xingjian himself.
'This lad... When normal people come into contact with Heaven's Perception, they have no way to deal with the tremendous amount of information entering their brain.
'They would either experience headaches or illusions, thus becoming excited and maniacal, and had to rely on strong willpower to suppress them.
'But his condition...'
The black-robed man looked at Fang Xingjian and felt that Fang Xingjian seemed to be too quiet.
'Could it be that he had yet to enter the realm of Heaven's Perception, even with the help of the parietal bones?
'No, that's not possible. No one would give up on this chance. Then there's only one explanation for it.'
The black-robed man looked at Fang Xingjian with some surprise, 'This lad is a genius, a genius in sensing ether particles.'
His mind started to circulate, 'I heard that this time around, the one with the greatest chance of winning the bid for the parietal bones is a lad called Bruno who had said that he would be paying thirty thousand gold for it. Is this lad Bruno?
'Hmph, seems like Kirst is going to have another great genius in a few years time.'
In that state, Fang Xingjian felt that only a small amount of time had passed by, but when he regained his senses, his hand felt light and the parietal bones had already been retrieved by the black-robed man.
Only then did Fang Xingjian came back from the state of Heaven's Perception. However, his mind was still drunk in that feeling.
"Six hours are up?"
As they spoke, Ferdinand walked in. Fang Xingjian said, "I need to secure the sensation. You guys can carry on with the transaction."
From there, Bruno paid the money, and Ferdinand then brought part of this money to the black-robed men to complete the transaction. Fang Xingjian could no longer be bothered to care care. He was now entirely focused on reliving the feeling of Heaven's Perception from earlier, trying to strengthen the feeling.
After Bruno and the black-robed men had all left, Ferdinand, Robert, and Anthony came to Fang Xingjian's secret room.
Seeing that Fang Xingjian was still comprehending the feeling, a hint of excitement flashed past Ferdinand's eyes. "I can't believe that we've really succeeded. Hahahaha... That Bruno still thought that he had really entered the realm of Heaven's Perception for six hours."
Anthony sighed, "Such a pity. Why didn't we try to earn the difference in the money back there? Bruno gave us thirty thousand gold and we could have just given the black-robed men the price of twenty-eight or twenty-six thousand gold. With that, we could have profited over a few thousand gold."
Ferdinand shook his head, "Bruno has a conspicuous nature. What's more, with so many buyers hearing the price of thirty-thousand gold, if the black-robed men were to find out that the money they received was less, it would spell trouble for us.
"With so many important characters here today, do you want each of them to come knocking on your door?"
He looked at Fang Xingjian and said, "How is it? How's the feeling of Heaven's Perception?"
Fang Xingjian finally opened his mouth, let out an exhale and said, "It's just like reading the diaries of tens of thousands of kids." Fang Xingjian rubbed his forehead and said, "But I feel that I've already reached a bottleneck with it."
He reached out his palm and felt the space in the surroundings. It was as if he could feel ether particles slipping through his fingers.
"I can feel that I'm only just one step away. I'm just one step away from attaining Heaven's Perception."
Having said that, he turned toward the trio and said, "This time around, I have to thank you for your help. Let's do this... the money from selling the bone remains, I'll keep ten thousand. You guys can split the rest of the money."
Hearing this, even Ferdinand was stunned for a moment. Anthony gulped and hesitated, "Are you sure this is a good idea?"
Robert was feeling even more excited, his eyes gleaming as if there was a countless amount of gold shining before him.
Even if ten thousand gold were deducted from the money made from selling the bone remains, each of them would still get about three thousand gold. What a tremendous amount of money this was?! Even aristocrats like Hylong would feel pain when taking out tens of gold, let alone the fact that they now had three thousand gold.
Fang Xingjian shook his head and answered, "This is what you deserve."
Of course, he did not give them the money because his conscience told him to, but because what they had done today was too audacious. They had not only conned the strongest batch of aristocrats in Kirst, but also a Conferred Knight.
If they were to feel that Fang Xingjian was unjust and spilled on him because the three of them did not get any money and Fang Xingjian had kept all the benefits for himself, he would be in greater trouble.
Compared to that, what Fang Xingjian needed most now was to make good use of his time and digest what he had experienced today. He needed to make a breakthrough and attain Heaven's Perception. Not only would it allow him to regain most of his battle prowess, but he would also have hope to pass the Regional Selection.
Therefore, all was well that ended well, with each of them getting their share. Fang Xingjian left his money with Ferdinand and returned to his villa.
However, when he returned, he saw that Manny was already seated on his sofa. The latter looked at him with great interest and said, "Xingjian, you seem to look a bit different today.
"Also, where did you go so late at night?"