Chapter 288 - Not So Friendly
Qin Nan’s expression remained calm despite facing the two great authorities.
His courage alone was impressive enough in the eyes of Jianghuang and the Six-Eared Divine Being.
“Impressive, able to find a Sacred Weapon fragment and the Divine Swordmaster’s record of his Sword Art among the pile. I’m afraid your eye technique has even outmatched the appraisers of our Trading Alliance.” The Six-Eared Divine Being said.
“Hmm, young lad Qin Nan, possessing such an incredible eye technique at such a young age. Impressive.”
Jianghuang wore a smile on his face, as his gaze toward Qin Nan was filled with a hint of admiration.
An ordinary person would not have the guts to challenge an overwhelming presence like the Trading Alliance. This alone was worthy of his admiration.
The Maple Prince’s face turned exceedingly pale.
Now that the two great authorities were here, and not only had Qin Nan managed to pick a fragment of a Sacred Weapon, he had also discovered a fragment of the Divine Swordmaster’s record of his Sword Art. He had no doubt lost the bet, and even if he planned to cheat, Peng Yu and Master Mu no longer could manipulate the outcome.
If he were to lose the bet, he would need to pay ten thousand Arcane Realm Stones!
Ten thousand Arcane Realm Stones was a huge fortune. Even with his identity as the Prince of the Maple Kingdom, he could not afford it.
The Six-Eared Divine Being’s tone changed as he said, “Qin Nan, since you possess three black lines and have some conflict with the Saintess, if you were to call off the bet and hand over this Sacred Weapon fragment and Divine Swordmaster’s record of his Sword Art, I’ll erase the three black lines on you—sound good?”
Although it sounded like a suggestion, the tone of the Six-Eared Divine Being made it feel like Qin Nan had no choice but to obey it.
The eyes of Peng Yu, Master Mu, and the Maple Prince glistened after hearing the words, as they wore a slight hint of joy on their faces.
It appears that the Six-Eared Divine Being is on our side, thus we won’t have to worry about being punished.
Both Sima Kong and Qin Nan were utterly furious.
As expected of the Trading Alliance, nobody could ever match their shamelessness.
Both the fragment of the Sacred Weapon and the Divine Swordmaster’s record could be sold at a shocking price.
And now this Six-Eared Divine Being plans to claim their possessions by offering to erase Qin Nan’s three black lines?
Before Qin Nan and Sima Kong could go enraged, Jianghuang who was floating in mid-air slightly frowned and said, “Six-Eared Divine Being, isn’t that unacceptable? These two items here are extremely valuable. Erasing the three black lines alone could not match their value. Besides, they are still so young.”
The eyes of the Six-Eared Divine Being flickered.
When he heard the spoken words by Peng Yu regarding the incident, he had no doubt chosen to side with his Saintess.
Therefore, according to his original plan, he would blackmail Qin Nan using the erasure of the three black lines as his offer to gain possession of the Sacred Weapon fragment and the Divine Swordmaster’s record, which would then be presented as the finale items in the upcoming Ancient Dragon Auction. After the Ancient Dragon Auction took place, he would then mark Qin Nan with three black lines once again.
However, with Jianghuang interfering, the situation was trickier than he had thought.
After all, Jianghuang was the City Lord of Jianghuang City. Apart from his half-Martial Highness cultivation, the rank of his Martial Spirit was also stronger than his own too. Not to mention that Jianghuang had people from the two Sacred Areas supporting him. Therefore, even the Trading Alliance could not easily offend him.
“Jianghuang, you are right. If that’s the case, I’ll help Qin Nan erase the three black lines and I’ll be the middle-person in charge of resolving the conflict between Qin Nan and the Saintess, how does that sound? I’m sure you are aware of the consequences for offending our Saintess and the Trading Alliance at the same time!” The Six-Eared Divine Being spoke slowly after a brief hesitation.
No matter what happened today, I must claim possessions of these two pieces of treasures.
As for resolving his conflict with the Saintess?
Erasing the three black lines?
After getting his hands on the treasures, he would immediately disregard his promise!
Jianghuang frowned his eyebrows. He was aware of the conspiracy the Six-Eared Divine Being was planning, but he had not expected him to be this shameless; his act was no different than a robbery.
Before Jianghuang could speak, Qin Nan suddenly burst out laughing, “HAHAHA, How nice of the Trading Alliance, the Saintess, and the Six-Eared Divine Being!”
His words caused the crowd to focus their attention onto his figure.
They could only see Qin Nan’s face turning cold as he spoke, “In order to acquire my belongings, your Saintess has marked me with three black lines, and even abuses her power to bring me trouble! And now you of the Trading Alliance plan to rob my treasures too. Do you guys really think I’m one to be bullied easily?
“Six-Eared Divine Being, cut the nonsense. Show me what you’ve got. I’m interested to see what other tricks you have up your sleeves!”
At that instant, Qin Nan turned utterly mad.
Do you really think I’m weak?
Do you really think I don’t have a formidable background?
If he were to make me mad again, I will not hesitate to use the badge to invite the Imperial Exterminator here for visit!
Even if it would end up causing the entire Heavens and Earth to rumble!
The Six-Eared Divine Being frowned his eyebrows as a terrifying aura was emitted from his body.
This mere half-Martial Emperor Realm presence dares to challenge me after offending our Saintess?
I’m fairly sure he is trying to kill himself!
At that instant, Jianghuang spoke without showing any expression on his face, “Six-Eared Divine Being, I would calm down if I were you. My Jianghuang City has its own set of rules. Even if the Peak Leaders of the two Sacred Areas were here, they would still have to respect my rules; no one is allowed to use any violence within Jianghuang City. If I’m not mistaken, you only became a Martial Highness a short while ago, right?”
The Six-Eared Divine Being was startled. He did not expect Jianghuang to personally interfere with his plan in order to protect Qin Nan.
At that instant, the face-off between Jianghuang and the Six-Eared Divine Being resulted in a terrifying aura that felt like a whirlpool, causing countless cultivators of Jianghuang City to be shocked.
Peng Yu and the others could feel their hearts racing, as they had not expected a mere bet to turn into a face-off between two great authorities.
“Fine, fine, Jianghuang, I’ll respect you this time.” The Six-Eared Divine Being withheld the anger in his heart as he glanced toward Qin Nan with an icy look, “Qin Nan, from today onward, the Trading Alliance will completely blacklist your name! No one will sell you stuff in the entire Jianghuang City, and no one will buy from you either! Be sure to take good care of yourself once you leave Jianghuang City!”
After saying this, the Six-Eared Divine Being’s figure disappeared from the scene with a kick.
Jianghuang wore an unpleasant expression. He had not been fond of the Trading Alliance from the very beginning, and this Six-Eared Divine Being dared to disrespect him. On the other hand, he was quite impressed by Qin Nan’s behavior, hence he did not feel pleasant after hearing the words.
However, it was difficult enough to prevent the Six-Eared Divine Being from harming Qin Nan. As for Qin Nan being blacklisted by the Trading Alliance, there was nothing he could do about it.
Jianghuang’s expression turned calm as he wore a gentle smile and said, “Why are you here in Jianghuang City?”
“City Lord, I’m here to take part in the selection of the two Sacred Areas!”
Qin Nan brought his fists together and said in a respectful tone.
Although it was their first time meeting each other, Jianghuang was willing to keep the rules and go against the will of the Six-Eared Divine Being. His kindness alone had earned Qin Nan’s respect.
“Then you should keep this badge with you. When the selection takes place in two months, you can use it to gain access to the City Lord’s Mansion.” Jianghuang flicked a badge into Qin Nan’s hand and said after a slight hesitation, “Don’t worry about your three black lines. I’ll notify the two Sacred Areas beforehand. If you are able to perform well in the trial, you won’t have any problem joining the two Sacred Areas.”
“Thank you, Jianghuang. I’ll be sure to remember your words!”
Qin Nan said in a serious tone.
“Alright, I’ll be excusing myself. I have high hopes for your performance during the selection.”
Jianghuang let out a smile, before his figure vanished with a flicker.
As the two great authorities left the scene, the atmosphere of the place was relieved and their breathings smoothened, as if they had just been given a second chance at life.
Before Peng Yu and the rest could recover from the shock, a cold voice was heard, “Now, it’s time to settle the bet!”