Meng Qingwu returned with an exhausted face.
"Has the president come back yet?"
"President came back a long time ago!"
"What is he doing?"
"He locked himself in his room all day after coming back from the Mayor's palace. We have no idea what he's doing."
That fellow was doing more strange things!
Meng Qingwu directly went up to Chu Tian's door and knocked.
The door opens and out pops half a head, "Ah, young miss?"
The young miss had a fine white gauze covering her body, similar to smoke in the fog. Other than her head of black hair, her body was pure white like fine snow. Her face was beautiful and modest, a kind of transcendental fantasy.
The beauty of the young miss encompassed 360 degrees!
No matter the time or the place, it took people's breath away!
Chu Tian grabbed the hand of the young miss, "I was just about to go look for you. Quickly come into the room and let's talk."
Meng Qingwu was in front of her bodyguards when she was dragged into the room by this brat. Her cheeks blushed and she stared at him angrily, "You might not care about what others think, but I'm not shameless like you.
"Sorry, sorry! You're not happy about this?"
Meng Qingwu's face soured, "We are all exhausted. Never mind that you don't even come help us. What is there to be happy about? Right, what did you discuss with the Mayor?"
Chu Tian poured a cup of tea for the young miss, "I considered the circumstances of our Miracle Commerce, so I did a little favour at no cost and transferred the resource rights to the Mayor's palace.
Meng Qingwu was not surprised, "We currently lack money, there must have been a large compensation from the Mayor right?"
"Nope, not a single copper plate."
"What? Not a single copper plate?"
Meng Qingwu was speechless.
Would the Mayor really bully people like this?
Chu Tian smiled and said, "Because I replaced the resource rights with the permanent development rights of the Mayor's crystal oil mine
Crystal oil mine?
Meng Qingwu was so mad she almost spat up blood.
This fellow, how crazy was he?
Meng Qingwu found that being with Chu Tian for a long period of time, it was impossible not to have a heart attack.
"Young miss, don't be angry. Look at me."
Chu Tian's jet black eyes were like stars in the night sky. They had a penetrating power that seemed like they could see right through people. Meng Qingwu's heart skipped and she quickly averted her eyes.
"You shifty-eyes, what are you looking at?"
Such a handsome face was unexpectedly being called shifty-eyes? Woman really liked being coy.
"My meaning is, do I look like a person who would suffer a loss?"
"What do you mean?"
Like magic, Chu Tian pulled out a crystal tube from his pocket. "Young miss, catch!"
The crystal tube was cylindrical shaped and inside was a bright liquid. Was it crystal oil?
Meng Qingwu trembled as the crystal tube fell onto the ground and bounced a few centimeters high.
A huge disaster was about to happen!
Her beautiful cheeks turned white with fright!
Chu Tian picked up the crystal tube and gave it to Meng Qingwu, "Don't worry, while crude crystal oil is an extremely unstable substance, after special handling, this crystal oil is extremely stable."
Meng Qingwu patted her high chest. She almost had a heart attack from the scare.
She looked suspiciously at the crystal tube. The blue and white liquid emitted a bright glow. Her cheeks complemented the glow beautifully, "Ordinary crystal oil is white, this really doesn't seem like it."
Chu Tian happily said, "It really isn't the same, have a closer look!"
Meng Qingwu found that the top of the crystal tube was sealed with a thin copper sheet engraved with some marks. At first sight, it seemed like a simple pattern, but on closer inspection, it was actually a source energy array.
Chu Tian smiles, "This is a energy output array. It changes the tube into a level 1 source energy battery. Come, let me give you a demonstration."
Chu Tian brought out a pear shaped bulb and inserted the source energy battery into the bottom of the light bulb.
Something impossible happened!
The source energy array inside the light bulb bloomed with light!
Chu Tian did not use any spirit energy!
The electric light was activated!
As if realizing something unbelievable, Meng Qingwu said, "Are you saying... source energy batteries can provide source energy for the source energy arrays. Therefore, they can be used to replace humans in activating the electric lamps?
Meng Qingwu began breathing rapidly, her twin peaks fluctuating, as she quickly asked, "How long can they last?"
Chu Tian replied, "One lively street filled with electric lamps can be sufficiently powered for one year."
Meng Qingwu felt as if she were in a dream!
This crystal tube's capacity was 100 milliliters. The amount of crystal oil in it was around a dozen milliliters, yet it was able to power a lively block's electric lamps for a full year?
Wasn't crystal oil an inexpensive material?
The price for this energy was too cheap!
If Miracle Commerce had this cheap energy, then from now on, they would be able to develop ten li in a single day!
Source energy batteries, recycling waste into a treasure. Moreover it could be utilized with Miracle Commerce's multitude of products. Its true significance and value were immeasurable!
One could even say that this was an era starting invention!
Chu Tian was satisfied with the response of the young miss, "Since the Mayor defends this treasure mountain, but does not know how to use it, let us help him develop it. This oil mine is no small matter and we should take initiative. I plan to construct a battery factory, an energy production plant for South Sky City."
The energy in crystal oil was a biotransformed energy therefore, it was different from ordinary crystal stones. The source energy released was a non-attribute energy that could be used in source energy arrays directly.
All of the science and technology of the continent was based on source energy arrays!
Source energy battery was like a ****, it could open all the keys of science and technology. If this key did not exist, none of Chu Tian's inventions could be popularized.
Energy was the foundation of everything!
It could turn even garbage into a treasure!
This invention had the power to change the continent's civilization!
Was there anything in this world Chu Tian could not accomplish?
Source energy batteries were, in reality, nothing more than low-end access energy. Chu Tian did not know how many years it had been since he last used them, but to the continent's current civilization, it was an absolute milestone leap forward!
Overly advanced inventions, overly advanced technology, modern day infrastructure and production, could that be achieved? Stop joking. An era where crystal oil was regarded as waste oil was just like fire being discovered by primitive people. Do not expect them to suddenly develop demon crystal cannons.
[TL note - This sentence made no sense in chinese. This is the best interpretation I could make of it.]
There was no need to doubt!
Chu Tian once gave Meng Qingwu a great pleasant surprise!
Chu Tian has once again given Miracle Commerce a huge gift!
Even if Miracle Commerce did not do anything, as long as the technology spread and they waited for the value of crystal oil to increase, they could become richer than any one of South Sky City's companies.
What value did a single oil mine have?
Miracle Commerce would get more benefits!
Source energy batteries and electric lamps were different!
They were very likely to become unparalleled inventions in the future!
It was fine if people knew about the other things, but the method for creating source energy batteries must be kept a secret!
Meng Qingwu quickly said, "The time has not come yet to build the battery factory. For now, you must protect the method for creating source energy batteries. You can't let anyone know!"
Chu Tian froze, "Why?"
"Think about it. People do not recognize the value of crystal oil yet so the crystal oil is still very connected, but once they realize, in just 1-2 years, every oil mine in the region will be controlled by a major force. We will lose the initiative once source energy batteries are being rapidly produced. Our Miracle Commerce's poor production forces will fall behind. This great invention will be like giving bridal gifts to other families.
The modern age did not have things like copyrights or patents. Among competitions between merchant families, they would stop at nothing. There was no way to prove fake or genuine goods.
Strength was the truth!
If others stole your technology and made a fortune, who would you complain to?
Was it not difficult to convince people to protect a genuine product, have respect for intellectual property rights, not to buy pirated goods, and have core values? It would have been strange if people did not treat you as a mental patient and beat you until you're dead.
Chu Tian thought carefully, people were truly eager for quick success.
Meng Qingwu thought for a few seconds and said, "Let's not open the source energy battery factory for now, but let's buy a large amount of raw materials. We'll secretly refine them and store them away. After we have enough money, we'll buy up oil mines. Then once our production equipment and manpower is sufficient, we'll start mass producing batteries.
"With the young miss at the rudder of our Miracle group, it truly becomes more powerful!"
Meng Qingwu's cheeks turned slightly red. Avoiding the topic, she said, "Smooth talker, you should be more worried about yourself. After the summit ended, the Ye Family still has not made a move. I feel a bit restless."
Chu Tian shrugged, "With the General's house and the Mayor's palace behind us, how could Ye Xiong move against me so easily?"
"Even so, you can't be so negligent!" The young miss took a stack of thick paper and handed it to Chu Tian, "I've prepared these for you, take a look first."
"What is this?"
"I compiled a list of all medicinal herbs coming into the city. Take a look to see if there is anything that can be used. Also, I found a way to get some admission tickets for the underground Black Market,"
"What is this Black Market?"
"The Black Market is a very special market. It's very chaotic and very dangerous, but it is said that treasures frequently appear there. If there really is no other way, we'll have to test our luck there."
The young miss was very cold on the surface, but was actually very kind hearted. Usually she was indifferent, but she was even more anxious than Chu Tian. She was afraid that she missed some useful herbs.
Chu Tian was quite moved, "How much money do we have left?"
Meng Qingwu was somewhat embarrassed, "I've been spending a lot recently, so the commerce does not have spare money, but we can borrow some from Xiong Tianyan or Grandmaster Zhang."
Rare medicinal herbs, ranging from one thousand gold coins to many costing over ten thousand gold coins.
This was merely for level 1 medicinal herbs!
This was also merely the expenses of a Body Refinement cultivator.
After achieving the Awakened Soul Realm, the amount of medicinal herbs consumed was over ten times more. If one practiced a special cultivation technique, then they would need special herbs which would be exponentially more expensive.
Many experts depended on money to get stronger.
Juniors trained by large families, which one did not have a huge cost?
It was hard to succeed for impoverished family juniors. Without talent, they would achieve nothing their whole life. As for talented people, they would seek refuge or even hire themselves to large families to get resources.
Naturally there were those few with monstrous talent and those few with monstrous luck who could chance upon fortuitous encounters, finally becoming a top expert, but to meet such a person was truly difficult.
Chu Tian was eager to establish his company and forces, not just so he could easily occupy more resources, but to pave the way for the future.
He could not disappoint the expectations of the young miss.
Chu Tian quickly glanced over the list.
Even being from an era tens of thousands year ahead, most of the herbs' names were not that different. He got the general idea just from looking at the prices.
Genuine medicinal herbs require many years of cultivating, therefore they contain large amounts of spirit energy, which could promote cultivation directly. This type of material was treasured and expensive.
As for common consumption medicinal herbs, their growth rates were fast so they could be cultivated artificially. The main refinement, treatment, detoxification created drugs that rapidly consumed raw materials therefore the price was exponentially cheaper.
[TL note : It probably means the refinement consumes the energy in the raw material since they're cheap materials. It's worded confusingly in the raw.]
The raw material on the list cost generally from a few silver to a few gold coins. Such cheap materials, could there even be true treasure to be found?
South Sky City and even the entire kingdom was remote. The spirit energy was thin and the land was barren. Rare treasured materials were rarely seen.
Chu Tian was feeling disappointed, but was suddenly surprised.
"What's the story behind the meteor grass?"
Meng Qingwu looked at the medicinal herb Chu Tian pointed out, "Meteor grass is a common material, but has a strange nature since it only grows in a basin 200 li to the south. It's said that the basin was a place where a meteorite had crashed, so people call this material meteor grass."
Chu Tian's eyes got brighter and brighter, "How effective is it?"
Did not this fellow know everything?
How had he never seen meteor grass before?
He must know that in South Sky City, the production of meteor grass was very high, so it was known as a common material.
Meteor grass was used mainly to refine liquid medicine for bone and blood meridian treatment. For example, if an external force caused a bone fracture, normally it took a dozen days to heal, but with this medicine, it could be healed overnight. Normally this was targeted for use by Awakened Soul cultivators, but their bone meridians were tough and hard to break, but once damaged, it was hard to restore.
Chu Tian's face revealed an excited colour, "Ha ha, what meteor grass, this is clearly meteorite grass! Our luck is very good! This stuff is very useful to us!"
Edited by: seriouspotato