If he wanted to borrow spirit stones from Senior White, he would first have to transfer his consciousness back to his body inside the small black room. Therefore, for the sake of convenience, Song Shuhang instead went to look for Senior White Two to borrow spirit stones.
[Senior White, please reply when you hear this,] Song Shuhang called out inside the channel of the Inner World and the world of the black lotus.
After a few breaths of time.
Senior White Two weakly replied, [What’s the matter? I’m resting right now.]
Today, he had been forced to play hide and seek with the Wielder of the Will, and he even ended up losing two layers of skin. His energy consumption this time was pretty big.
Song Shuhang asked, [Senior White, can I borrow some spirit stones?]
Senior White Two: “…”
Song Shuhang said, [Currently, I’m only missing three main materials for the Combined Magical Treasure. And right now, I have the opportunity to exchange for these three main materials with spirit stones. With such a great opportunity right before me, we can’t afford to miss it.]
Senior White Two said, [I could lend you some spirit stones, but before that… tell me a joke!]
He wanted a joke at this time?
[Or you could give me a good reason to lend you spirit stones,] Senior White Two calmly said—he was the ruler of the Netherworld. Casually lending spirit stones to others would not fit his identity.
Song Shuhang immediately replied, [I choose the explanation option—Senior White, one set of the Thirty-Three Divine Beasts’ Combined Magical Treasure is for you, so we have shared interests in this matter. If you lend me the spirit stones to buy the materials, you can have the complete combined magical treasure earlier.]
Senior White Two thought for a moment, and said, [That is indeed a good reason… However, it isn’t that interesting. Moreover, it doesn’t move me.]
The reason needed to be more interesting?
Song Shuhang pinched his chin for a moment, and suddenly a flash of inspiration appeared in his mind. [I got it. Senior White, in this age of fickleness, the only way to make someone reluctant to part with you and remember you deeply is by lending them money. As such, please lend me some money, Senior White.]
Senior White Two replied, [Oh, this reasoning is quite interesting. You’re saying that after you ‘borrow’ the spirit stones, you aren’t going to be returning them, right?]
Song Shuhang responded, [Hahahaha.]
Senior White Two asked, [Well, how many spirit stones do you want?]
Song Shuhang replied, [The three kinds of forging materials I still need are ‘dolphin teeth’, ‘bear paws’, and ‘cat whiskers’, all of which have to be at the Eighth Stage. The total price that I’ll need to pay is 12 pieces of Ninth Stage spirit stones, which is a reasonable price.]
Senior White Two said, [Since you’re in a rush to buy these things, then of course you feel that it’s a reasonable price. Well, it isn’t that hard to earn 12 Ninth Stage spirit stones. Alright, just wait a bit, I’ll send you the spirit stones in a while.]
Song Shuhang responded, [Okay~]
Senior White Two calmly said, [You don’t need to return these spirit stones.]
When Song Shuhang heard these words, he quickly added some flattery. [Senior White’s so great!]
But at this time, Senior White Two added, [These spirit stones will be deducted from your reward when the time comes.]
Song Shuhang: “…”
Senior White Two laughed, and said, [What’s wrong? Does your heart hurt?]
Song Shuhang: “…”
Senior White Two proudly said, [It’s never easy to take advantage of the ruler of the Netherworld, young man.]
Song Shuhang: “…”
After finishing the call with Senior White Two, Song Shuhang stretched out his palm, which now had 12 shining Ninth Stage spirit stones within it.
The [Almighty Merchant] had never seen anything like what Song Shuhang had just done. He had simply said that he was going to collect some spirit stones, and in the blink of an eye, the spirit stones had already been directly sent to him.
He also wanted such a method of collecting spirit stones!
Song Shuhang smiled, and said, “Senior Almighty Merchant, I have the 12 Ninth Stage spirit stones. Let’s conduct the exchange.”
The Almighty Merchant’s voice resounded in Song Shuhang’s mind. “No problem. Let’s conduct the exchange.”
Time flowed, and minute after minute, and second after second.
After quite a long time, the spirit stones in Song Shuhang’s hand had yet to disappear, and the Almighty Merchant had yet to send the materials.
Song Shuhang curiously asked, “Senior, are we still not going to trade yet?”
The Almighty Merchant complained, “The place you’re in is rather weird, and my power has a difficult time projecting itself into it. What is that space? It’s harder to break into than the ‘Heavenly Tribulation Realm’. I have to spend quite a bit of time just getting in.”
Song Shuhang: “…”
It turned out that the Almighty Merchant couldn’t break into his Inner World in a short time.
With the Inner World upgrading again and again, could it have become more tenacious than the Heavenly Tribulation Realm?
After thinking about it, Song Shuhang eased up the restrictions of the Inner World.
The projection of the Almighty Merchant was finally able to enter Song Shuhang’s Inner World.
A lone figure wrapped in cloth stood opposite Song Shuhang.
The Almighty Merchant said, “I’m finally in. This small world really is amazing.”
Song Shuhang laughed and handed over the 12 Ninth Stage spirit stones.
The Almighty Merchant’s projection stretched out his hand and handed over two dolphin teeth, two bear claws, and two cat whiskers to Song Shuhang.
Song Shuhang said, “The transaction has been completed. It was great doing business with you.”
Almighty Merchant nodded, and replied, “Likewise.”
Song Shuhang said, “Senior, I guess I’ll see you again when fate permits it.”
After finally collecting the 33 kinds of materials, Song Shuhang was anxious to send all the goods to Fairy Sixth Cultivator of True Virtue, and rend her heart— No, to make her and himself happy, so that everyone was happy.
The Almighty Merchant shouted, “Little friend Song, please wait. There’s another matter that I must discuss with you, Fellow Daoist.”
Song Shuhang: “?”
Wasn’t the transaction complete? He didn’t have anything else he wanted to buy.
The Almighty Merchant smiled, and said, “There’s something that I want to buy from little friend Song.”
Song Shuhang asked, “What does Senior want to buy?”
The Almighty Merchant replied, “A silver glove.”
Song Shuhang immediately remembered the glove, and asked, “The [Treasured Crusader Armor]’s glove? Is it that Sea King that wants to buy it? It’s also become Senior’s customer?”
“Indeed.” The Almighty Merchant nodded with a smile.
Song Shuhang shook his head, and simply said, “I won’t sell it. I have a grudge against that guy.”
The Sea King had attacked him so many times, and he still had the Mark of the Sea Urchin Slayer on him. The two sides were in a hostile relationship, so how could he sell the ‘glove’ to the Sea King? It wouldn’t be good for him to just go and help his enemy.
“This is troublesome.” The Almighty Merchant rubbed his temples.
This situation where the seller and the buyer had a grudge made it difficult for him to get the ‘silver glove’, causing the purchase price to rise considerably.
The Almighty Merchant said, “Actually, little friend Song, the Sea King has already admitted its defeat. It no longer dares to plot against you.”
Song Shuhang shook his head. “There is still an antagonistic relationship between us. I’m quite happy with its ‘Treasured Crusader Armor’ never becoming complete.”
Rending hearts, as long as it wasn’t your own that was being rended, was quite refreshing.
The Almighty Merchant was most anxious about cases like the one he faced with Song Shuhang now.
This meant that the profit he would be able to make would be much less.
The Almighty Merchant sighed, and said, “Little friend Song, can you listen to my offer first?”
Song Shuhang seriously said, “I’m never going to sell it.”
The Almighty Merchant said, “There is no exchange in this world that is absolutely impossible to do. Just listen to my offer first.”
When a big shot was talking, it was the natural course of action to give them some face.
Song Shuhang nodded.
The [Almighty Merchant] said, “The silver glove is an integral part of the ‘Treasured Crusader Armor’, a suit-type Tribulation Transcender-level magical treasure. The value of the glove is equivalent to that of a Ninth Stage Tribulation Transcender magical treasure.”
Song Shuhang nodded in agreement.
The [Almighty Merchant] said, “Therefore, I can forfeit an interesting ‘Ninth Stage Tribulation Transcender magical treasure’ together with some treasures to trade with you.”
Song Shuhang shook his head. “Not even mentioning that I can’t use a Ninth Stage magical treasure, just the fact that the glove is for the ‘Treasured Crusader Armor’ of the Sea King gives me no reason to trade with you.”
The Almighty Merchant shrunk the cloth and eloquently provided an introduction. “Don’t be in such a rush, little friend Song. Since I’ve dared to make a deal, of course I’ve come fully prepared, so let me finish. What I want to trade with you is a glove as well, a left-hand glove. It’s known as the [Ancestral Witch’s Blessing], and it’s a Ninth Stage-level magical treasure. However, it is very special, with even those at the Fifth Stage having the ability to use it. Also, its effect is… short-distance spatial jump. There’s also a small space inside the glove wherein you can keep 10 weapons. With a mere thought from your mind, you could switch weapons.”
Song Shuhang said, “Short-distance spatial jump? It sounds great, but the consumption will definitely not be small. How many times can someone at the Fifth Stage use it?”
“Under normal circumstances, someone at the Fifth Stage, can use it around five times if their spiritual power is full. For a Ninth Stage magical treasure, its consumption is really low,” the [Almighty Merchant] said while paying attention to Song Shuhang’s expression.
Generally speaking, as long as a spatial ability magical treasure like this were to appear, all cultivators below the Ninth Stage would covet it.
However, Song Shuhang’s face remained perfectly calm, showing no ripples at all. Could it be that his desire for a spatial jump magical treasure wasn’t that big?
The Almighty Merchant tightened the sheets on his body, and continued, “The functions I’ve mentioned are merely the basics. In fact, I strongly recommend this magic treasure because of its other function. You will definitely like this—the Ancestral Witch’s Blessing glove also has a magical technique attached to it called [The Gaze of the Ancestral Witch]. This magical technique can place a mark on a magical treasure. When activated, the mark would seal the magical treasure and make it unusable for a short duration.
“In other words, before you sell the silver glove, you could place a mark on it. If you one day came across the Sea King wearing the complete set of ‘Treasured Crusader Armor’, you could make the ‘silver glove’ in its hands lose its powers, disabling the entire set in the process. This mark would be on it forever unless the Sea King found a way to erase it.”
After saying that, he glanced at Song Shuhang confidently.
Song Shuhang nodded slightly, and said, “Senior, please continue. I feel like you’re going to impress me soon. However, you’re not quite there yet.”
The Almighty Merchant felt his heart stifled.