Chapter 161 Checking the Goods
Holding a piece of Seism Steel, Fang Xingjian squeezed down hard. A faint light, which was hard to be seen by the naked eye, exuded from between his fingers and the Seism Steel.
Fang Xingjian had activated the Ether Effulgence Weapon and was starting to smelt this Seism Steel.
In the Ether Divine Art that Charlie sent him, there was a method recorded which was about smelting materials to accelerate the formation of the Effulgence Weapon.
It was because a large majority of Effulgence Weapons would require a very long time to form if they were formed by stacking up layers of ether particles. However, if one was to use a suitable material which could adapt to the Effulgence Weapon’s characteristics, he would be able to absorb the material’s essence into the body and eventually use it to provide support to the formation of the Effulgence Weapon.
With a hundred kilograms of Seism Steel, Fang Xingjian could extract the essential 1% essence from them. With that, Fang Xingjian should have enough of them to form his High Frequency Effulgence Weapon.
With an extremely quick tremble, the Seism Steel in Fang Xingjian’s hands suddenly exploded with a bang, breaking off into two chunks.
Fang Xingjian frowned and said coldly, “These Seism Steel have too many impurities. This isn’t qualified Seism Steel. How much of other substances were added in?” The Seism Steel Fang Xingjian had come across in Kirst previously would not break from such a minor tremble.
The quality of this batch of Seism Steel was far from what he had imagined them to be. If all ten pieces of them were like this, it would be far from what he needed to smelt in order to create his High Frequency Effulgence Weapon.
“Erm…” That delivery man blanked out for a moment and said, “I… I don’t know. The bosses got me to deliver these.”
Fang Xingjian laughed coldly as he took out the rest of the Seism Steel. In the end, all ten pieces cracked when he tried them out. There were even three of them which had shattered into pieces, without not even a hint of Seism Steel in it.
“Excellent. You guys are trying to cheat me now?” Sword light flashed in Fang Xingjian’s hand and the tip of the sword was pressed against the delivery man’s neck. He asked, “What is going on? Has this batch of Seism Steel been swapped?”
“I… I really don’t know… I only got the instructions from my bosses to bring this here.” That delivery man was on the verge of tears and he said in panic, “I’ll bring you to meet that officer. He’s still in the city. He was the one who got me to send this here.”
Fang Xingjian grabbed his head and spoke next to his ears, “If I find out that you’ve lied, I’ll dig out your heart and stuff it into your mouth.”
The next moment, a strong gust of wind blew and Fang Xingjian had already dashed out, grabbing the delivery man with him.
The delivery man let out a series of screams as they flew out. Everything in their surroundings changed rapidly and in the blink of an eye, they stopped. He had already arrived on the streets outside the academy.
Fang Xingjian spoke out in a cold voice, “Point out the direction.”
The delivery man panted heavily. Lifting up his hand, he pointed toward the direction of Kirst City with his trembling fingers.
The scene before his eyes once again flashed past very rapidly. Everything was moving backwards crazily, as though they had come together and formed many lines.
A loud shout came from the academy’s entrance, “Lord Fang Xingjian! Without permission, you’re not allowed to leave the academy’s premises!”
In the tavern, two military officers had their legs up on the table, laughing loudly as if there was no one around.
The surrounding people glanced at their dress-up. They were wearing the Knight attire on the inside, with the Western Garrison’s uniform on the outside. Basically, no one dared to stare in their direction.
Seeing that the surrounding people were looking in their direction, one of them, who had a moustache, threw a glance towards their surroundings. The redness on his face grew even more obvious as he hollered in his drunken state, “What are you guys looking at? We’re the ones who saved you. We’re your saviors. It’s because we’re putting our lives on the line outside that weaklings like you can stay in the city and enjoy your lives.”
Saying that, he once again broke into great laughter, “Boss, bring more wine!”
The tavern had quite a nice ambience and the patrons were all either rich merchants or aristocrats. However, when they were faced with the two Knight officers speaking so arrogantly, no one dared to speak out.
There were eight regions in the Empire with a population totalling to over a hundred million. However, there were only ten thousand Knights and five thousand Conferred Knights. Knights were the ones with one of the greatest authority in the country.
Hearing the moustache man’s words, the man sitting opposite him, with a ponytail and a gloomy expression, said in a soft voice, “If it’s found out that we’ve switched such high quality Seism Steel to low quality alloy…”
“Haish.” The moustache man waved his hand and said, “This is nothing. If that Fang Xingjian is not injured, then naturally, I’d stay clear away from him. But now, he’s nothing but a blind man. It’d be a waste to give all these Seism Steel to him.
“Moreover, with those eyes of his, he would probably not be able to tell that the Seism Steel has been switched.”
After he said that, he broke out into a chuckle, “Hehe, I heard that Miss Natalie has organized a gathering tonight. How about it? Shall we go together? Their ladies are really… Hehehehe.”
The ponytail guy was still slightly unsettled, but he did not have any other choice.
The moustache man had gotten himself a pile of gambling debts, out of which a few of them were owed to aristocratic clans with Knights under them. This caused him to be unable to return the money owed.
As for the ponytail guy, his daughter was very sick and he had spent all his money on seeking treatment from Knights with healing capabilities. To begin with, there were already less Knights than commoners. Furthermore, out of this group of people, it was even more rare to find a Knight who had taken up a job in the medical area and was equipped with medical skills. There might not even be one out of a hundred Knights.
For such a Knight to heal someone, naturally, it would be extremely expensive, even for senior Knights like themselves.
The two of them needed money urgently, and thus decided to take the risk and swap out Fang Xingjian’s stuff. They then sold the goods in exchange for a huge sum of money.
Seeing that the ponytail man was still out of sorts, the moustache man patted him on the shoulders and said, “Alright, stop worrying. This sum of money is enough for us to live a good life for quite a while. As for Fang Xingjian… Hehe… That blind man would probably not be able to find us.”
He started to imitate how a blind man walked and continued, “Look, he probably would not even be able to take a step of out the academy.”
The ponytail guy smiled helplessly and thought to himself, ‘That’s right, he’s already blind. So what if he was a hero back then? He’s no longer the same person as he was before…’
At that moment, the tavern’s door was sent flying with a tremendous boom. With a loud bang, it was knocked down onto the floor.
Everyone turned their attention over there. It was Fang Xingjian dressed in a long garment, walking in slowly. He was still grabbing onto that delivery man who was puking as he looked towards the people in the tavern.
Gradually, a breeze seemed to blow in the tavern, causing everyone to shiver subconsciously. It felt as if the temperature in the tavern had just dropped.
Fang Xingjian sensed the situation of the tavern with his sword Qis and said coldly, “Who was the one who got you to send the goods?”
The delivery man puked for a while before pointing his trembling finger towards the moustache man and the ponytail guy, saying, “It’s, it’s the two of them.”
The tavern’s steward stepped forth and said to Fang Xingjian with a smile, “Sir, this place is the Stellar Tavern which belongs to the Versailles Clan.” He emphasized, “If you’re here for a drink, you’re very much welcome. However, if you’re here to…”
“Long-winded and pesky.”
Fang Xingjian flicked the steward’s forehead lightly and the latter was sent all the way to a chair in the corner of the hall by Fang Xingjian’s ingenious control of his force.
Fang Xingjian’s eyes were closed, but he still turned towards the direction of the ponytail guy and the moustache man.
“Hand out the Seism Steel yourselves and then break one of your arms before you scram.”
Both the ponytail guy and the moustache man both saw that Fang Xingjian was looking towards their direction. They knew well that he was blind but still felt a cold chill running down their spine, as though sword light had pierced through their bodies. In that moment, they were struck by his aura and did not have the courage to reply.