Chapter 381 Selling for Money
"Rest assured. But I'll be taking the sunstone."
Johnny nodded and continued, "One more thing. This is a secret operation. So, it's better for you to conceal your identity."
Fang Xingjian nodded to express that he understood. Of course, he was clear that in such an operation to exterminate an unorthodox sect or a faction, most Conferred Knights would conceal their identities. After all, such operations were akin to those handled by drug law enforcement and counterterrorism agents. It meant they would attract bad blood. If they did not keep their identities under wraps, their enemies would probably come swarming in as if they had stirred up a hornet's nest.
It was very simple for Conferred Knights to conceal their identities. They had long surpassed Knights and had outstanding control over their muscles, bones, vital energy, and blood.
This was just like how it was for Fang Xingjian. He would just need to shrink his bones slightly and change some of the positionings of his facial muscles in order to completely transform into a brand new appearance.
However, just to be safe, Fang Xingjian consulted Head of Department James.
"Hmmm? Eradicate the Terrene Shrine?" James nodded and said, "The Terrene Shrine have withered out badly, and they basically have no more top notch experts. With your means, it should be highly unlikely for them to kill you. However, they all believe in the Terrene God and are unafraid of death. They even have secret arts which require them to sacrifice their life span. You must be careful."
"There won't be level 28 or level 29 experts, right?"
"There won't be. There aren't even many who are at level 27." James said with certainty, "In the previous operation to eradicate them, 99% of their manuals were already destroyed. After so many years, they don't have many who are at the second transition, and a large part of their legacy has disappeared. You would be considered lucky if you were to come across one who is at level 26."
Fang Xingjian would occasionally look for James to have a spar, and the latter understood Fang Xingjian's battle prowess very clearly.
Saying this, James suddenly smiled, "Right, Xingjian, when are you going to show me the remaining parts to the Pantheon Monument?"
"I was just about to bring this up to you. How about I sell it to the academy all at once?" In the past, Fang Xingjian had not been lacking in money, but now that he wanted to cultivate the mystical prints, there was never enough money to go around. Just the first three levels of the mystical prints had already cost him 600,000 gold, and with more and more academies already given the rights to the Rebirth Sword Technique, the amount of additional royalties received this year was gradually decreasingly. He did not know how long it would take before he could gather the over 400,000 gold required for the fourth level.
Therefore, Fang Xingjian planned to sell the secrets to the Pantheon Monument this time around.
When James heard this, his gaze turned serious as he asked, "How much are you planning to sell it for?"
Fang Xingjian said, "I'll reveal all seven levels of the mysteries at once. The price will be fixed at 10 million gold."
"That's too much!" James said, his eyes wide-open in fury, "B*stard! 10 million! Do you want me to sell the entire Sword Arts Department for this?!"
"You're exaggerating." Fang Xingjian shrugged and said, "How about this? You can pay in instalments. You'll just need to pay the payments to me within half a year."
"Half a year?" James' brows twitched a little before he waved his hand and said, "Go back and make your preparations for the mission tomorrow. I'll think about it. 10 million gold is still too expensive."
"Of course, you can't be the one person to bear this burden. The entire academy will be able to learn the Prodigious Astral Divine Powers Waves. Just let everyone share the burden. It'll be sufficient for each department to fork out one to two million."
James shook his head. "10 million gold is too expensive. The academy won't agree to it."
Fang Xingjian said, "It's worth the money. A few days back, I demonstrated the prowess of the level 5 Prodigious Astral Divine Powers Waves in Beize Continent's Pearl City. You can go ask about it. If there's a need, I can demonstrate it again.
"I believe that once you guys are aware of its prowess, the academy will definitely be willing to fork out the 10 million gold."
James frowned, "Mmm, I'll go ask, but it probably won't work out. You're better off not having too high an expectation. Even for the Waves of a Divine level expert, 10 million gold is too expensive. It has surpassed what the academy can afford. Putting the academy aside, there's probably not a single aristocrat in the Great Western Region who will be able to afford it."
"Haha, this is a good opportunity. After getting more people to cultivate these Waves, even the First Prince might not be a match. Isn't it good to use the academy's money to increase the Second Prince's powers?"
James was silent.
Fang Xingjian smiled. He knew that after the upper echelons knew about the prowess of the level 5 Terra Ingurgitation, they would definitely not give up on this legacy which a Divine level expert left behind.
Additionally, although the prowess of the Prodigious Astral Divine Powers Waves was unrivalled, Fang Xingjian still dared to sell it.
One reason for this was because these Waves were too profound. Even with Fang Xingjian's talent and 24 hours of ceaseless cultivation each day, as well as the fact that he had seen the stars before and later gained the enhancement of the mystical prints, it had still taken him half a month to one month just to advance one level.
No one in the academy had access to the mystical prints, nor did they have Fang Xingjian's talent. Furthermore, none of them had seen the real starlit skies. Therefore, their cultivation speed would be incomparable to that of Fang Xingjian.
The second reason was that there was still a limit to the Terra Ingurgitation. However, Fang Xingjian had greater confidence in his own sword arts talent. The thing that was going allow him to become a Divine level expert in the future was still his sword arts, and his sword arts was going to surpass Terra Ingurgitation.
The third reason was what he had said earlier. Although he had said that he would be selling it to the academy, the academy was still under the control of Governor Devitt, who was working under the Second Prince. This would mean that Fang Xingjian was actually selling it to the Second Prince, and the Second Prince would definitely only choose to allow the people who were loyal to him to cultivate Terra Ingurgitation. This would give the Second Prince enough power to go against the First Prince, while the money used would be forked out by the academy and the Regional Office. It would be a win-win situation for both Fang Xingjian and the Second Prince.
Of course, Fang Xingjian was well aware that it was impossible for the academy to give him 10 million gold in one shot. It would probably be a case in which they would pay a downpayment and then provide payments in instalments based on the cultivation effects.
However, given how Fang Xingjian was greatly short of money, he would take as much money as he possibly could. He did not care even if he was demanding an exorbitant price.
Once he received the money, not only would he be able to cultivate to level ten of the mystical prints, but when paired with his world's best sword arts talent, he would reach a state that was extremely heaven-defying. As for the excess money, he could use it to purchase various heavenly and earthly treasures to become stronger.
Fang Xingjian then returned and spent the night cultivating. Early the next morning, he arrived outside the Great Western City. However, when he arrived, he saw that three Conferred Knights were already there waiting for him.
A middle-aged lady whose hair was filled with small plaits, spoke with some dissatisfaction, "Why are you so slow? We've been waiting for close to half an hour."
Another man, who was smiling, stood up and said to the middle-aged lady, "It's fine, it's fine. We weren't that much earlier either. Since everyone's here, then let's introduce ourselves. We just need to mention our level and nickname.
"I'm from the City Guards Institution. You can call me Smiling Face. I'm a level 26 Conferred Knight."
The lady with plaits, who had been complaining about Fang Xingjian, said, "You can call me Plaits. I'm a level 25 Conferred Knight."
Another short, thin, and weak looking old man said, "You can call me Old Man, I'm a level 25 Conferred Knight."
Fang Xingjian looked at the three of them. Be it the extremely thin and short old man, or the fierce and solemn-looking lady in plaits, or the man who called himself Smiling Face, they had clearly all changed their appearances and were not willing to reveal their true identities. Even their age which they appeared to be might have been falsified, so the same went for their names.
After all, when one became a Conferred Knight and gained strength which far surpassed that of ordinary people... With countless extraordinary powers, if they were to change their body shape, make themselves appear to be of varying age, or change genders from male to female...no one would be able to tell at all.
Therefore, Fang Xingjian shrugged and said, "Then you guys can call me Young Man. I'm a level 24 Conferred Knight."
The lady with plaits frowned and said, "Smiling Face, this time around, we're dealing with the Terrene Shrine's followers right? Those people aren't afraid of death and can be very troublesome. Can Conferred Knights who are below level 25 take part as well?"
Level 25 Conferred Knights could undergo regeneration, change their physical body, and condense specialty seeds. They had also activated the path which allows humans to slowly step into the realm of gods.
Most people also felt that level 25 was the phase where the disparity in power would gradually be increased.
The lady in plaits looked at Fang Xingjian with a dissatisfied expression. She clearly did not wish for them to bring along this person of the lowest level to deal with the Terrene Shrine.