Over ten thousand people had crammed inside the great halls of the Heavenly Phoenix Auction House. The news about two Class 5 Monster Cores being auctioned had attracted far more people than the carcasses of the two Class 5 Magical Beasts that had been auctioned before. This time, the auction house didn’t charge a service fee. Instead they only asked for an entrance fee.
That wasn’t the most important part. The most important part was that in the history of the auction, they had never earned so much money or fame before. Selling two Class 5 Monster Cores was something that even First Class cities would rarely offer, but the Heavenly Phoenix Auction had finally done it. While still far away from being the number one auction house in the Blue Wind Kingdom, they would now be many times better than before.
With over ten thousand people, there was not a single vacant spot left open. As far as the eye could see, only a sea of heads could be observed. At this current moment, the entire auction house was still as everyone stared with pointed eyes at the stage where the Class 5 Monster Cores would be displayed.
The extremely precious Class 5 Monster Cores were something that only the strong could touch. Those of the common stock would never be allowed to take possession of them. However, since this was the very first time that any had appeared in Fengyang City, anyone that had never seen a Class 5 Monster Core before had been very curious and deeply desired to see one.
While everyone had paid the costly entrance fee to enter the auction house, not everyone was there to try and bid for the Class 5 Monster Cores. The majority of them had only wished to see the core since they knew of the rarity of one. Without a strong backing, none of them would be able to try and lay claim to the monster core. Otherwise, even if they did, they wouldn’t have the strength to protect it.
When the main host, Yulian, saw that everyone’s eyes were on her, she smiled. “I am the manager of the Heavenly Phoenix Auction House, Yulian. Today, I speak on behalf of the entire auction house when I welcome everyone for participating in our unprecedented turn out in the history of our operation…”
After making an introductory speech, Yulian’s eyes turned to look at the middle-aged man by her side. “Please allow me to introduce this guest. Our Heavenly Phoenix Auction house has taken precautions to make sure no one would dare try to steal it because of the high value of Class 5 Monster Cores. So, with a request for the city lord of Huaxin City, we were able to invite an Earth Saint Master to come protect them. This Earth Saint Master guest is the esteemed mister Bu Ken.”
This next part of Yulian had only been mentioned so that she would discourage anyone from trying to steal it while it was in their possession.
When they heard that the person next to Yulian was an Earth Saint Master, everyone had turned to look at him with eyes of admiration and envy. Earth Saint Masters were far and few in Fengyang City. As of right now, only the city lord and the leaders of the three major clans were Earth Saint Masters.
With everything cleared up, Yulian had decided to get straight to the point. Clearing her throat, she said, “Alright. This one won’t waste everyone’s precious time anymore. Let the auction for the Class 5 Monster Cores officially begin! Our first core will be set at a price of ten thousand purple coins, every bid will further increase it by another thousand purple coins.”
Before anyone else could even speak after Yulian had finished speaking, an elderly voice boomed from one of the VIP rooms.
“My Harido clan bids eleven hundred purple coins. My Harido clan needs only this one monster core and will not participate in this auction anymore after we own one. I hope that everyone here will give my Harido clan some face.”
A strange silence descended after the old man finished speaking. Everyone glanced at the VIP booth where the voice had originated from with furrowed eyebrows. Those who were just about to start bidding closed their mouths and gave a helpless shrug of their shoulders.
Yulian’s eyebrows furrowed together as well with a cross look in the direction of the booth where the man from the Harido clan was. A Class 5 Monster Core was not an easy thing to price on the continent, and the Harido clan was not a clan where anyone would easily dare to start a price war with. To only buy a Class 5 Monster Core for eleven hundred purple coins was a truly outrageous idea, and Yulian was furious to see such a low price like that be the final price for the core.
Within one of the other booths, a youth spoke with an indignant voice, “The way this Harido clan works is far too much. A Class 5 Monster Core for only eleven thousand? Bah, what a blue-blooded family that clan is if they are only offering a sum like that.”
The middle-aged man sitting next to the youth gave a reply, “The Harido clan keeps a low profile, but their strength is beyond strong. No family would dare try to fight them, and with the Harido clan giving this price now, it seems that this will be the lowest priced Class 5 Monster Core in history. What a great deal for the Harido clan, a Class 5 Monster Core would normally fetch a price of a hundred thousand purple coins at the very least within any other city.”
In another booth, a dozen men of differing ages were gathered. If anyone familiar with Fengyang City were to see the people of this room, then their jaws would drop to the ground in surprise. Each one of these men were representatives of the strongest four powers in Fengyang City — specifically the city government and the three clans.
For the sake of obtaining one of the Class 5 Monster Cores, the four of them had joined forces for the time being.
The rather pricy tea cup in the city lord’s hand had practically been reduced to dust and tea when his hand had shattered it. With a deep growl, he said, “This Harido clan is audacious if they think they can buy a Class 5 Monster Core for such a low price.”
“Our Fengyang City has attracted the attention of plenty of strong powers from our surrounding area this time. Even those from First Class Cities have decided to participate. I would have to presume the Harido clan is one of those powers. If the Harido clan wishes to monopolize the Class 5 Monster Core, then I believe our chances of obtaining one won’t be as easy as buying the corpse of the Class 5 Magical Beast like last time.” The head of the Heiming clan spoke.
“Correct. The Harido clan is a clan we should fear at all costs. Even the Blue Wind Kingdom as a whole is not too far above the Harido clan. They too would have to fear the Harido clan.”
Four men sat in another VIP booth. There was a single child around the age of ten along with two middle-aged men and a white-haired elderly man.
“Grandfather, isn’t this Harido clan a bit much? As if a Class 5 Monster Core can be bought for only eleven hundred purple coins. We can’t let them buy it!” The child had spoken with a very discontent face.
Giving a small smile, the elder explained, “Child, the Harido clan isn’t a clan we can offend. They are beyond what you could imagine in strength. The founder of the clan still lives to this very day, and his strength is that of a Sixth Cycle Earth Saint Master. He only requires a single step to become a Heaven Saint Master, so it should only take him another hundred years or so before the breakthrough happens. The he will step into the next realm.”
Startled, the child replied, “Then doesn’t that mean that the Harido clan will soon become one of the strongest powers in the Blue Wind Kingdom?”
“Correct. Though, whether or not the Harido clan will become one of the strongest clans in the kingdom will be up to whether or not their founder can become a Heaven Saint Master.”
No one in auction house, meaning everyone in the VIP booths, possessed an interest in raising the price above the Harido clan’s bid. Even the factions that had traveled from far away had no desire to offend the Harido clan.
After waiting for a long time on the platform, Yulian felt a depressed sigh well up inside her, especially when she saw no more takers, “It seems that this will be history’s cheapest Class 5 Monster Core.” She thought to herself.
Clearing away her negative thoughts, Yulian loudly said, “The Harido clan bids eleven hundred purple coins, are there any other takers? Eleven hundred purple coins, going once!”
Jian Chen, Ming Dong, and You Yue were all talking among themselves in their chairs at a leisurely tempo. Only Tie Ta was staring out at the spectacle outside their booths since this would be the very first time he had been to an auction. His entire body practically threatened to break through the window in excitement.
The windows to the VIP booths were specially made so that the people sitting within the booths could see outside without a problem while the people outside could not see what was happening within the booths.
“Bah, eleven hundred purple coins for a Class 5 Monster Core. This Harido clan is far too frugal with their money.” Jian Chen gave a short snort from his seat.
Sitting right next to Jian Chen, You Yue turned to speak to him after listening to what he said, “We definitely can’t let the Harido clan get away with this. If they truly do buy this monster core for eleven hundred purple coins, we’d starve to death with our losses.”
“That’s only natural. I didn’t bring out these two Class 5 Monster Cores to sell. I am in no shortage of money.” Jian Chen laughed.
“Eleven hundred purple coin going twice!” Yulian’s voice could be heard once again. Like before, no one spoke to offer another bud over the Harido clan’s offer.
Within the Harido clan’s booth, three men sat inside — one middle-aged man and two elders.
“It seems like our Harido clan will be benefitting from quite a deal if we buy a Class 5 Monster Core for such a tremendously low price. Kaizer, you are truly a smarter individual than I am.” An elder laughed in delight.
Seated right next to this elder, the other laughed as well, “This is truly a great profit, but this only a small one. Wait until after the auction finishes, an even nicer surprise will be waiting for us.”
“What surprise? Even now, you refuse to say what it is.” The elder asked in a happy mood.
Kaizer gave a secretive smile to the elder, “It’s a secret for now, you’ll understand in a moment.”
“Forget it. If you won’t speak of it, then I won’t ask anymore. But this Class 5 Monster Core is as good as ours. As low-profile as our Harido clan is, we are still a power that no one would try to go against in the Blue Wind Kingdom.” The elder replied.
Suddenly, a voice could be heard from one of the other booths as soon as the elderly man finished speaking.
“I offer twenty thousand purple coins!”
Not only was the elder stunned, but even Kaizer had fallen into a daze as well.