Xu Jiuiju calculated mentally, A stationary soul cannon that can fire forty-eight rounds before reloading, and a Class 4 soul tool with a Class 6 soul tool's firing range. Forty-eight continuous rounds packs quite a punch! Just as Huo Yuhao said, this soul tool is definitely a powerful weapon on the battlefield! The Sun Moon Empire's army is only equipped with Class 5 stationary soul cannons...
The biggest difference between a stationary soul cannon and a normal soul cannon was firing range. Normal soul cannons had extremely limited firing range, because the soul cannons were powered purely by soul power, which was converted into force to launch the cannon shells. However, stationary soul cannons were different. They relied on the stationary soul tool to launch their shells.
A Class 4 soul tool was worth about a hundredth of a Class 6 soul tool.
Xu Jiujiu calculated continuously in her head, and her eyes began to glow brighter and brighter, beginning to understand more about this metal object's practical uses and effects.
Huo Yuhao continued, "The Zhuge Divine Crossbow Cannon that we have devised as of now is more suitable for installation upon city walls to defend the city, or it can be installed to defend fortresses; both uses will be extremely effective. If you wish to equip your army with this item, we will come up with a mobile version."
Princess Jiujiu immediately proposed the question that she was most concerned about. "So, what about the price? How much is it?"
Huo Yuhao smiled and said, "This has power comparable to a Class 6 soul tool's power, so it should be valued like a Class 6 soul tool. Truthfully, it can be considered a Class 6 soul tool, except it doesn't take as much to use it."
Xu Jiujiu smiled and said, "I'm sure that's not it. I believe it doesn't take that many resources to craft it, either. Furthermore, stationary soul tools have always been known to burn holes through our wallets. This cannon can fire forty-eight stationary cannon shells, so every round will bring me a lot of heartache. Yuhao, your Zhuge Divine Crossbow Cannon is a little too expensive. You guys are also from the Star Luo Empire; are you trying to reap profits from war? That means this will no longer be a cooperation."
Huo Yuhao smiled and shook his head. "No, princess. We are already very sincere. Stationary soul tools are indeed expensive, but they are also most important in the wars that we will have to face in the future. The Tang Sect has always been fair, so this price will never change. The price will be the same even if we are selling to Shrek City. Our sincerity lies in the supply priority we give our clients. If you're willing to complete the deal, you will become our first client outside Shrek City, and you will receive supply priority from us for one year."
Xu Jiujiu was momentarily stunned. She couldn't help but laugh as she said, "I didn't expect you to be such a good businessman, and you even know about supply priority. Do you really believe that this soul tool will receive excessive demand? There must be a limit to the number of soul tools like this we can purchase, because we have to ensure that we have enough cannon shells to make sure that these expensive soul tools can unleash their full potential. Furthermore, we need to have enough soul masters. The truth is that the Star Luo Empire doesn't lack soul masters. Since this soul tool is also considered a Class 6 soul tool, we might as well directly purchase Class 6 stationary soul tools. There are quite a few Soul Emperors within the Star Luo Empire."
The smile on Huo Yuhao's face didn't change. He wasn't worried at all. If the princess wasn't interested in his Zhuge Divine Crossbow Cannon at all, she wouldn't be negotiating with him. The harder she haggled, the more interested she was in the soul tool.
"But can you find a Class 6 stationary soul cannon that can fire forty-eight times continuously? I'm afraid it's difficult to find one that can fire even three in a row. Both our magazines and our firing mechanisms are exclusive to us, and this soul tool comes with a self-destruct mechanism as well, so it can't be replicated. One Zhuge Divine Crossbow Cannon can rival the firing efficiency of four Class 6 stationary soul cannons. Of course, we have to admit that this cannon can only be considered a Class 4 soul cannon in terms of material quality, and thus its durability cannot compare to that of a Class 6 stationary soul cannon."
Xu Jiujiu stared at Huo Yuhao in astonishment. This was the first time she had seen a seller openly discussing the product's weaknesses and shortcomings.
Huo Yuhao said, "Integrity always comes first for the Tang Sect, no matter who we're dealing with, and we will never hide any weaknesses or cons that our products have. Furthermore, you could be considered one of our biggest clients."
Xu Jiujiu smiled and said, "Then aren't you afraid that I'll lowball you? The price you have quoted isn't considered low at all. Furthermore, from a business perspective, there has never been a rule where the seller will always get the first price that he or she quotes."
Huo Yuhao replied, "I'm not sure how other people do their business, but upholding our integrity and providing top-quality products has always been of the utmost importance to the Tang Sect."
Xu Jiujiu stared deeply into his eyes. There was a look on regret on her face as she said, "That's a pity. We can only think about this a little more."
Huo Yuhao wasn't worried at all. He smiled and said, "Of course. I believe this deal will be a big one if it comes through, so it's natural for you to put in a little more thought, princess. We'll take our leave, then. We will give this Zhuge Divine Crossbow Cannon to you, and you will understand after field-testing it that I haven't exaggerated anything at all. However, if you miss this opportunity today, and if other clients step into the picture, I'm afraid we cannot reserve purchase priority for you anymore. I need to make this clear so that I can absolve myself and so that you won't hold that against me when it happens."
Xu Jiujiu was very familiar with the art of negotiation. She thought to herself, "Do you think I'll fall for your tricks?" She stood up and placed her palms on top of one another on her abdomen. She tilted her head towards Huo Yuhao, and there was no denying her nobility and elegance as a princess. "That's alright. If we decide that this soul tool is something we need, we will contact the Tang Sect as soon as possible."
Huo Yuhao replied, "Okay! There are two things that I wish to remind you about. You can attach Milk Bottles to this soul tool when you want to use it, and you can use it directly. Class 4 Milk Bottles are enough. Otherwise, a soul engineer can use it by infusing soul power from the left side of its base, where the two palm grooves are located. The second thing I wish to remind you about is that I have installed a self-destruct mechanism into this Zhuge Divine Crossbow Cannon so that we can protect our technology. If anybody attempts to take it apart, then there will be a formidable explosion. Please watch out for that, princess."
Xu Jiujiu took exception to his words and said, "Seems like your sect has placed a lot of emphasis on this soul tool. If you're worried, you can take it back, and you can send someone into the Star Luo Empire to carry out experiments and field-tests for us. Don't you think it's a bit too excessive to use Milk Bottles to operate a Class 4 soul tool like this?" Milk Bottles were considered one of the most valuable and expensive soul tools amongst those of the same level, and this was the same for all soul tools beneath Class 7.
Huo Yuhao smiled and said, "Perhaps. I have already given this soul tool to you, so how can I take it back? Dong'er, take back our Milk Bottle, and we can bid our farewell to the princess."
"Alright." Wang Dong'er took a few steps towards the Zhuge Divine Crossbow Cannon's base and pressed on a spot. A metal box sprang out, and Wang Dong'er retrieved a peculiarly-shaped Milk Bottle that resembled a cannon shell and stored it inside her Starlight Sapphire storage ring.
Wang Dong'er wasn't doing everything very quickly, so Xu Jiujiu could clearly see that she had never seen a Milk Bottle like that before. She could tell from its size that it wasn't as simple as a typical Class 4 Milk Bottle. This was a soul tool that came attached with a mechanism specifically meant to attach Milk Bottles, and the Milk Bottle had also been specially crafted for this purpose. Was there a need for this? There must be something wrong if things weren't normal or typical.
Xu Jiujiu was still escorting them out when she asked subconsciously, "Will the Zhuge Divine Crossbow Cannon have any special effects if it's is used with a Milk Bottle?"
Huo Yuhao and Wang Dong were already at the door, and Princess Jiujiu's servant opened it for them. Huo Yuhao said plainly, "There won't be any special effects, except you don't need soul masters to operate the soul tool."
"Oh. Goodbye, then," Xu Jiujiu answered and sent Huo Yuhao and Wang Dong'er out of the room. She definitely wouldn't go any further to send them off with her status, and her servant closed the door behind them.
Huo Yuhao's words echoed in Xu Jiujiu's mind as she muttered under her breath, "You don't need soul masters to operate the soul tool? What does that mean? You don't need soul masters to…" The princess' body suddenly froze as if a thought burst into her head, and an astonished look came over her face while her face lost all color.
"That's… not possible…"
Wang Dong'er wasn't pushing Huo Yuhao very quickly outside, and Huo Yuhao was slowly withdrawing his extended fingers as if he were counting down.
"Wait!" A high-pitched exclamation echoed through the corridor, and Princess Jiujiu suddenly raced out from her room and blocked their path in a few brisk steps.
Wang Dong'er stared at the concerned look on her face with amusement and thought to herself, Huo Yuhao is so cunning…
Xu Jiujiu's breathing was clearly a little rushed as she stared at Huo Yuhao with her charming blue eyes. "You…you said that you don't need soul masters to operate this soul tool! What does that mean?"
Huo Yuhao seemed a little blank as he replied, "That's... what it means."
Xu Jiujiu took a deep breath. "Are you saying that…?" For some reason, her heartbeat began to race, and an indescribable premonition coursed through her mind. However, this premonition was just so immense, to the point where she could barely control herself anymore.