Chapter 609 – Black Gold Transaction
Translated by: Berrrybunz
Edited by: TN and DeAndreR
In a night, the battle in the White Restaurant spread through the entire White Sands City.
Silver Winged Swordsman Qiao Yi An was a subordinate of He Ying, causing He Ying's prestige to soar. At the same time, Meng Nan who had heavily injured Molten Iron Fist Xi Ao, blocked Qiao Yi An's sword, gave Ling Xia, who was about to become the commander of the 5th Army, even bigger prestige.
Quickly, movements in the darkness quickly moved in the White Sands City.
On the training grounds, Tang Tian's entire body was covered in perspiration, he looked forward, gradually retracting his fist.
Bai Xiao, Bai Yue and Qin Yu Ran did not disrupt Tang Tian while he was training.
Qin Yu Ran's eyes were filled with admiration, men who were focused always released some sort of charisma. Tang Tian's vigorous, strong, and toned body was covered in perspiration, with a mist evaporating off from him, was an extremely charming sight.
Bai Xiao was instead filled with respect and was emotional. ~This guy is truly excessively hard working, everytime I come to find him, he will always be training, as though he will never ever be tired.~
Bai Yue looked at Tang Tian's training with a strange look on his face, his heart filled with suspicion. From the way he saw it, all that Tang Tian was training were all fundamentals that could not become any simpler, and he could not see through anything special about him.
If it were anyone else that was training, he would probably scoff disdainfully at him. But this was a person who had severely injured Xi Ao and resisted Qiao Yi An, and to be doing such training, then he must definitely be doing something he had not thought of.
Hu Hu Hu, Tang Tian finished his last movement, he was so tired his entire body seemed out of strength. Fundamental martial techniques did not consume much strength, but the control over the Null Flames consumed his physical strength and focus quickly.
"It's so early in the morning, why are all of you here?" Tang Tian asked weakly.
QIn Yu Ran gave a sweet smile: "Big Brother Meng's glorious matter of yesterday had reached Yu Ran's ears and it just kept on ringing in Yu Ran's mind, it was a pity that I could not personally witness it, so I have to come so early to congratulate Big Brother Meng!"
"Hahaha! Is that so? Does everyone know about it? I truly am powerful!" Tang Tian's spirit was immediately roused, he was pleased, but following that he started to mumble to himself: "A pity, I could only spar with Qiao Yi An once. He is only slightly stronger than me, but I already thought of how to defeat him."
Bai Xiao and Bai Yue looked at each other, their hearts instantly turned cold.
Qin Yu Ran's eyes twinkled: "I knew that Big Brother Meng would definitely find a way!"
"Of course!" Tang Tian was not modest at all, he was so pleased with himself that his nose was pointing towards the sky, he turned and look at Bai Xiao: "What's up Xiao Bai?"
Bai Xiao rubbed his nose: "I am here about the Empyrean Ice Tree Spears, I heard that you sold a big batch to Xu Ji Worldwide Commerce, and could only rush over quickly. Xu Ji Worldwide Commerce is too strong, and I cannot compete with them. My requirements isn't too high, I won't take too much, I just want a bit. Will you sell me some?"
"No problem!" Tang Tian was very easy to work with: "How many do you want?"
"Not too many, just 4 billion cloud coins worth." Bai Xiao hardened himself.
"500 then? Great!"
Tang Tian was so casual about it that Bai Xiao could not believe it. Bang, a pile of Empyrean Ice Tree Spears appeared in front of Bai Xiao. Tang Tian said with a smug look: "Count it yourself."
Bai Xiao was stunned, and only after awhile did he laugh bitterly: "Truly, when it comes to time of need, money is never enough."
Bai Yue glanced at the Empyrean Ice Tree Spears once, then retracted his gaze, he decided to ask flamboyantly about another question: "Xiao Meng, I just watched you train, and what you were doing were all fundamental movements, this Uncle is stupid, can you tell me about the dao and reasoning behind them?"
Qin Yu Ran was secretly shocked, who was Bai Yue? He was a true famous General!
He was actually asking Big Brother Meng a question about training!
Tang Tian did not find anything weird about it, and said as a matter of factly: "Because It's simple ah."
"Simple?" Bai Yue was startled: "But don't you think that it's power is too weak?"
"Power is too weak?" Tang Tian looked at Bai Yue once, and shook his head: "Being simple isn't necessary weak."
~Being simple isn't necessary weak?~
Bai Yue was stunned by the sentence, he wanted to think of something to refute, but the more he thought about it, the more he felt that there were a deeper meaning behind those words. In time, he was standing there blankly deep in thought.
Bai Xiao had finished counting, and looked at the remaining Empyrean Ice Tree Spears with reluctance.
Tang Tian noticed Bai Xiao's look of reluctance and laughed out loud, he threw the remaining Empyrean Ice Tree Spears to Bai Xiao: "I'll give them to you!"
Everyone were shocked by Tang Tian's words, the remaining half were around 450 spears.
Bai Xiao suddenly raised his head.
What he saw in his eyes was Tang Tian's sincere face, the warm sincerity that felt like the sunlight. He stared at Tang Tian for a few seconds, then suddenly laughed: "Truly a rich man, then I won't be impolite!"
He kept all the Empyrean Ice Tree Spears.
Tang Tian laughed, his expression did not change a bit. ~Xiao Bai is truly a good person.~ He did not care much about the Empyrean Ice Tree Spears, there were truly too many of them….
Qin Yu Ran was completely shaken by Tang Tian's big check. Even Bai Yue who had seen countless things in his life was secretly shocked, he stared at Tang Tian's face, but could not see any pretense or reluctance, and was greatly moved. To casually hand out 4 billion, such spirit was not something anyone had.
Just at that moment, Han Sen walked in with a report: "Master, Boss Xu is here."
Xu Jin walked in, and seeing Qin Yu Ran and the rest, he was greatly shocked: "I never thought I'd be able to see Miss Yu Ran, General Bai and Young Master Bai here, I am Xu Jin, Worldwide Commerce's Xu Jin, Nice to meet you."
The Xu Ji Worldwide Commerce was a weapon trading company known by everyone, holding such power, maybe ordinary people might not know them, but how could Bai Yue and the rest not know them?
Xu Jin initially had some guesses about Tang Tian's background Qin Yu Ran, Bai Yue and the rest, he was even more surprised. Miss Yu Ran was a proud person and rarely spoke or looked at people. And the power of the Bai Family was in no way inferior to the Xu Family.
Xu Jin was just a shopkeeper in the White Sands Continent, but Bai Yue was the top military general of the Bai Family, and thus he greeted Bai Yue as though he was a junior.
After introducing and greeting them, Xu Jin spoke to Tang Tian: "Mister Meng, I am here for the Black Gold, my shop hopes to be able to purchase your Black Gold, and hope that Mister Meng would be able to steadily offer us a price on the Black Gold, no matter how much is it, we are willing to purchase it."
"Oh, to be able to enter the Xu Ji Worldwide Commerce's eyes, I wonder if I can take a look?" Bai Yue asked curiously.
In truth, when seeing Bai Yue, Xu Jin immediately knew that he had miscalculated. Although the Black Gold was good, but the traders of Xu Ji Worldwide Commerce loved to buy low and sell high, naturally hoping to be able to purchase the goods at a lower price. On the day when he saw Tang Tian's reaction, Xu Jin felt that Tang Tian did not know the true worth of the Black Gold.
Tang Tian threw a piece of Black Gold to Bai Yue.
Bai Yue took the Black Gold and scrutinized it carefully, his expression remaining neutral. When he imbued energy into it, his face gradually stiffened, and after half a minute, he spoke: "Good stuff! If I am not wrong, it can bear a very powerful amount of energy charge."
Xu Jin sighed in his heart again, ~I have truly miscalculated~, and he grew even more admiration for Bai Yue, He only found it out through the laboratory reports and test, while Bai Yue had only touched it for a moment, but was able to realize the perk of the Black Gold, with such astute and experience, how could he not feel admiration for him?
"General's eyes are really sharp!" Xu Jin could only harden his skin and say: "We have already tested it, it's ability to withstand energy charge, is stronger than Corundum, and only slightly inferior to Energium Jade!"
Bai Yue's body trembled, the light aura in his eyes exploded, and without hesitating: "We will take all of the Black Gold!"
Xu Jin could not back down: "How can Senior bully the junior generation? You are stealing from this Junior generation's food bowl, that is not the way a senior should act!"
"Your food bowl? Since when did this become your food bowl?" Bai Yue shook his head.
Xu Jin's face became unkind: "What does senior mean?"
In a blink of an eye, the two of them were staring at each other, their gazes were like swords clashing, Tang Tian was stunned.
Seeing this, Bai Xiao quietly explained; "The stronger and more the material can withstand an energy charge, the more suitable it is to make into a weapon for the warship. The most expensive parts of the warships are the weapons above. Energium Jades are the market's best silver grade warship weapon material, but they are extremely expensive, 1 Li of it costs more than 500 million, and the important thing is that its quantity is limited. A warship can only have a limited number of weapons, you have truly earned this time."
Tang Tian finally understood: "So how much is this Black Gold worth?"
Xu Jin quickly replied: "Xu Ji Worldwide Commerce is willing to purchase 1 Li of it at 300 million, as much as you have! General Bai, according to your nephew, you won't have enough cash right now right."
Bai Yue smiled: "That's true. But Xiao Meng and Xiao Bai have a good relationship, so what If I don't have enough cash?"
Xu Jin's face darkened.
Bai Yue quickly changed the way he spoke, and said: "If you want me to give up purchasing the Black Gold, I can, my Bai Family is not very interested in the manufacturing of weapons, but if Xu Ji Worldwide Commerce is willing to offer us the best favorable price for the Black Gold warship weapons, we can consider it."
"85% of the original price!" Xu Jin said without hesitating.
Bai Yue sneered: "Xiao Xu is not sincere enough, the profits of weapons are extremely shady."
"80%!" Xu Jin had a pained expression.
Bai Yue laughed: "The Bai Family can promise you, we will only use the Black Gold warship weapons that we purchase from Xu Ji Worldwide Commerce for ourselves, and not sell it."
"75%!" Xu Jin clenched his teeth.
Bai Yue shook his head: "At 50% of the price, by selling to the Bai Family every year, the amount of Black Gold warship weapons we will purchase will be no lower than 100 billion, and not higher than 500 billion."
Xu Jin almost wanted to scold him, but he resisted: "Then I want to have the exclusive rights of purchasing it."
"I have no objection to that!" Bai Yue laughed evilly, he turned and looked at Tang Tian: "Selling to them is a good idea, it saves you the trouble, and the price is not too bad as well. You get them to do the transportation. Oh, if you have any special requests, quickly make it, they can buy anything."
Xu Jin almost wanted to box Bai Yue's face, he was being ripped off by him.
Bai Yue was feeling extremely good, he did not even spend one cloud coin, empty handedly, he had obtained such an advantage. He clearly knew the importance of the agreement.
More importantly, he was repaying Tang Tian back a favor. He had just obtained 4 billion worth of Empyrean Ice Tree Spears for free from him, it was no small favor, but in a blink of an eye, he had already helped Tang Tian earn a large sum of money. He wanted to obtain much more for Tang Tian, and thus reminded Tang Tian.
"I can buy anything?" Tang Tian asked curiously.
"Almost." Bai Yue laughed.
Xu Jin was scolding their mothers in his heart, he did not want to to answer such a question, but since the Black Gold was too important to Xu Ji Worldwide Commerce, he had no choice and said: "As long as Xu Ji Worldwide Commerce is able to complete it."
Hearing that, Tang Tian's eyes lit up: "I want to buy an army! A full and complete army!"
Everyone was stunned.
Chapter 610 – Rich Man buys an Army
Translated by: Berrrybunz
Edited by: TN and DeAndreR
No one would had thought that Tang Tian actually wanted to buy an army, they had never heard of anyone wanting to buy an army.
Xu Jin who had always remained calm in all situations, finally revealed a bitter smile: "Mister Meng is truly making things difficult for me, I have never heard of an army that can be bought."
Bai Yue touched his chin and muttered to himself: "Eh, Xiao Meng, although your idea is not easily fulfilled, but it's rather creative. You're carrying a gold mine with you, it's not right if you do not have an army."
The smile on Xu Jin's face became even more bitter: "Mister Meng, if you want any weapons of sorts, even if they are gold grade, I can think of a way. But for an army…"
"I can't buy one?" Tang Tian was disappointed, the idea was thought on the spot. What he was truly lacking were not weapons or cloud coins, but men. Precious Bright Village Regiment's foundation was too terrible, Shi Sen went to recruit the Underworld Continent's Demonic Mounts, but that was only 500 men.
If he could instantly buy an army, even though they were slightly lacking, throwing them to Bing would still make them useful.
"It's not that you can't buy one, but we need to think of a way." Bai Yue sighed: "An army, only the Continent Lords have them, if we go and scout a bit, we can find which continent is not doing so well financially. Raising an army requires money, if their financials are lacking, they will be unable to raise them. But the larger continents will not do, only the smaller ones, so we can start from there. Oh, we can still poach for them! Start poaching the commanders, since you have money. Especially those commanders that are not being put in important positions, poach them one by one."
Xu Jin's eyes lit up, Bai Xiao was perspiring all over, Second Uncle is actually so cunning!
"How much would the commanders of those small continents be worth?" Bai Yue sneered: "20 million cloud coins would suffice. For the staff officers below them, each one can be 5 million. Soldiers are worth even less, it'll be best if you can even migrate their families, as long as their entire families are willing to move, 1 million to settle them down. You will definitely be able to obtain a 1000 man army with 1.2 billion. Now that you have money, you should utilize and learn to play around with money."
"If that's the case, it is plausible." Xu Jin was merely just someone who never did such type of business before, but the moment Bai Yue spoke of it, he quickly regained his senses. With Xu Ji Worldwide Commerce's guarantee, digging up the armies of the small continents would be an easy feat. And how would the Continent Lords dare to find Xu Ji Worldwide Commerce for trouble? By spending some money, they would definitely close their eyes.
Xu Jin immediately realised the advantages of it, by poaching the armies, they required equipment, and that would be another business.
"The commanders need strength." Tang Tian reiterated.
"Xiao Meng has foresight." Bai Yue praised: "All the qualities of the soldiers of the smaller armies will definitely be incomparable to the big armies, so you must definitely check the strength of the commanders. If the commanders are strong with a high standard, then the army's strength will not be too bad, and at least the training standard will not be low. With an average synchronization, even if they cannot operate a warship, they can operate a Frigate without any problems."
Tang Tian suddenly thought about what Xiao Bai had said about Black Gold being suitable to manufacture warship weapons, he thought about the Sword Forest Stronghold, which was completely made up of Black Gold, could they change it into warship weapons? Then wouldn't the Sword Forest Stronghold be able to have offensive capabilities?
"I also want a warship weapon specialist." Tang Tian raised his hand.
Xu Jin's face changed: "Mister Meng wants to engage in the weapons business?"
"Nope, I want to change my Stronghold." Tang Tian used his hand to illustrate: "I have a castle made of Black Gold."
The surrounding immediately became silent, everyone stared at Tang Tian with their mouths open.
"A….a-a ca-castle made of Bl-black….gold?" Xu Jin stammered, his expression as though he had seen a ghost.
The Black Gold that costs 300 million for 1 Li, used to make a castle…..
Xu JIn could not dare imagine that scene.
Bai Yue was also stupefied and looked at Tang Tian blankly.
"Yes, but the castle is a bit small, we are currently expanding." Tang Tian rubbed his forehead: "Since Black Gold can be used to make warship weapons, then can I change parts of the castle to warship weapons? That would definitely be powerful!"
Xu Jin finally withdrew out of his lifeless shock, he started to spasm and talk nonstop: "Black Gold! That is Black Gold! You actually used it to build a castle! You're crazy! Are you so rich that you have nowhere to burn your money? I'll give you full discount! Full! For Free! Don't waste them, sell them to me! Sell it to me! You want to build a stronghold, I will give you transportation and materials to construct your stronghold, I will provide free transportation, is that fine?"
Bai Yue could no longer hold back anymore and scolded: "I can't stand it anymore!"
Qin Yu Ran and Bai Xiao were completely stunned to the point of going numb.
Tang Tian was also shocked by Xu Jin's spasm: "Are the materials better than Black Gold?"
Xu Jin felt as if the air in his body was being drawn out, what kind of materials could be better than Black Gold? Why, why can't you not use such good materials just for a stronghold?
What kind of world is a rich man looking at truly…..
He gave up on struggling: "Warship Weapon Specialist, it'll be difficult for the top figures, but for those with profound knowledge of the required skills and strength are still easy to recruit, how many do you want?"
"Are they very expensive?" Tang Tian asked since he was not sure.
For some reason, Xu Jin heaved a sigh of relief, ~You finally know what is expensive~…..
"Not cheap, The cost to migrate and setting up their family home is 10 million."
It truly was not cheap!
Tang Tian thought with a serious look on his face: "Then recruit a 100."
Xu Jin almost went crazy: "What do you need so many warship weapon specialists for? 100 Warship Weapon Specialists, you want to raise them to play? 10! 10 is enough for you to build up your Warship Weapon Stronghold!"
~Like that huh~, Tang Tian thought for a bit: "Then 10 of them, change the others to specialists of other fields. Warship specialists, material specialists, weapon specialists, armor specialists, I will build laboratories for them."
Xu Jin completely gave up, and reminded weakly: "Laboratories are bottomless pits."
Bai Yue also advised: "That's right, Xiao Meng ah, laboratories and such are all money wasters. Now, all of those shops with established reputations have a lot of experience and wisdom."
"It's alright, anyways I can't spend much." Tang Tian waved his hand, he had his own ideas. He was not wishing for them to create unique weapons, but to merge Heaven's Road and Sacred Saint Galaxy's systems, but he required professionals.
Although he had Sai Lei, but Sai Lei also needed assistance, Tang Tian wanted to prepare them to be Sai Lei's assistants.
"As long as you are willing to." Xu Jin no longer bothered to advise him, ~He isn't treating money as money anymore, let him do what he wants~. "What about the army? How many do you want? Also, to poach armies, you need to prepare equipment. Poaching is not a problem, but you will be unable to take their equipments, if not they will fight with us."
"How much will that be?" Tang Tian asked.
"If you're talking about ordinary standards, for one person, 500 thousand cloud coins worth of equipment will be enough. If you want it to be slightly better, than each person will cost 3 million cloud coins, there will be no need for even higher grade equipment, since the quality of the soldiers are not that high. Then the army equipment will cost 3 billion."
Bai Yue jumped up: "Is that the allocation for a silver army? Do they really need such good equipment? Is Xu Ji Worldwide Commerce trying to commit daylight robbery?"
Seeing that Tang Tian had no reaction, Bai Yue was secretly scolding him a 'nouveau riche', but he patiently explained: "Xiao Meng, don't think that 4 billion plus is enough to settle an army, that is just the first time cost. You will still need to maintain and upkeep the army, the salary, the incentives, and training costs, equipment maintenance also require money. From your allocation, an army will cost at least 2 billion a year. Do you know what standard is that? That is definitely seeing it as a silver grade army!"
All elites were fed by cloud coins. For example, every training they had require a large sum of expenses. The expenses of elite armies always cost a lot.
2 billion a year, that was a sum that the small continents were not able to upkeep.
"If it's 2 billion then let it be 2 billion, if their standard is high enough, I am willing to even pay 3 billion." Tang Tian spoke very tyrannically, immediately stunning the rest.
Bai Yue did not know what to say, he calmed himself down: "Let me work this out. With these conditions, do you even need to poach anymore? This is truly the treatment of a silver grade army. All of those unworthy people would break their heads to join in! But Xiao Meng, you must guarantee that you are able to pay 2 billion of military expenditures."
Xu Jin immediately became anxious: "Senior, we already said that this is my Xu Ji Worldwide Commerce's business! Xu Ji Worldwide Commerce still has this ability!"
It was not just a business, Bai Yue was right, such attractive conditions, all of those scheming and ambitious military leaders would definitely break their heads.
The two of them was about to quarrel again, when Tang Tian stopped them: "The both of you will find one army each. I only want the best quality!"
"Not a problem! I have been in the army for so many years, I know how to discern standards with a look. Amongst my old acquaintances and friends, there are a few powerful fierce characters." Bai Yue patted his chest.
Bai Yue's army's treatment was even better, as they were groomed by the robust wealth of the Bai Family. And the military generals who had no backgrounds, no matter how promising there are, could only remain in the bronze grade armies and be unable to improve.
Regardless of location, resources were limited.
Bai Yue knew that such conditions, to those unsatisfied people, were so attractive that it was worth dying for. The number of bronze armies in Sacred Saint Galaxies were as many as the hair on a cow, and they were definitely not lacking in competition. But, they were only able to scoop out from the bronze armies, to try and poach silver armies, that would not be a problem about money anymore.
"The Xu Ji Worldwide Commerce has accumulated a vast network of connections in the military world, we will definitely help Mister Meng filter out the most outstanding and most optimal army." Xu Jin said, he had set his mind to it, to definitely choose and form a better army, an army far better than Bai Yue's.
Tang Tian was happy.
Bai Yue and Xu Jin felt that it was expensive, but Tang Tian thought it was too cheap. "A warship was already over 60 billion, how many armies was that."
Hearing Tang Tian's idea, Bai Yue laughed out loud: "You cannot think just like that. Now what you are offering is the treatment and salary of a preliminary silver grade army, and not a true silver grade army. They are still a bronze army, wishing to grow into a silver grade army, that is not easy. Not all bronze armies can become silver armies. And no one knows how much money and time it would take, five years? Six years? A true silver grade army is not worth just 60 billion, a silver grade army is worth more than a warship. There was once a person who came to find the Bai Family, and requested a silver grade army to help support him, do you know how much money he spent?"
Tang Tian was curious: "How much?"
"50 billion!" Bai Yue said proudly: "When his enemies saw me, they were so afraid they started peeing in their pants, I did not even spend any energy, and I brought down two continents, as though I was playing. This 50 billion was earned so happily. But a pity, such a business rarely comes by. But you will know in the future, any armies, all talk about profits, if you have money, then all you need to do is spend it. But this will only work on small powerhouses, if your enemy is a large powerhouse, then the problem becomes complicated. For example, White Sands Continent, no matter how much money you give, no one will dare to accept it."
Tang Tian was suddenly shocked.