Cthulhu Gonfalon - Chapter 39
Chapter 39: Chapter 39
Translator: Sigma Editor: Sigma
Palin had not been influenced by the Chinese culture, so of course, he had no such ideas as Sui Xiong did. However, he was a devout believer. His god’s demand would be followed honestly by him even if it did not meet his own wishes.
So after a poor persuasion, he went to ask the price, ready to buy that delicate long dagger with enchantment.
However, after asking the price, even Sui Xiong who didn’t care much about money could not help but feel his tentacles ache.
“This ‘Soul of Ice’ is worth 70,000 gold coins,” the attendant at the arms shop said casually.
Palin was astonished. Even if he was somewhat mentally prepared, he was petrified by this appallingly high price.
After a while, he could not help but ask, “If it is just a long dagger with enchantment, why is it so expensive? I have seen advanced weapons sold at tens of thousands at most.”
The attendant looked at him, sneering and didn’t bother to explain. He only snorted with disdain and went to wipe a long knife which was bright and sharp.
He thought, What a rustic bumpkin he is! He has never seen the outside world and there are infinite numbers of them as much as the skeletons in the Ashes Woods. The manager commanded that I not sell the “Soul of Ice” to whoever could not see the real mystery of it!
Palin was awkward. He intended to ask more questions but was embarrassed to be so shameless. He walked out of the arms shop unhappily and wanted to go to a hotel for rest.
But after he walked a few steps away, a thin but neatly dressed child stopped him.
“Wise mage, do you want to buy something good? Be sure to go to the grocery store called ‘Good Vision’!”
Judging from the child’s grinning face and skilled marketing style, Palin thought that clearly, he was waiting outside of the arms shop to market to dejected adventurers who found their soul hurt.
“Mage, you don’t come to Dragon-roar town frequently, do you?” asked the child like a natural socializer. “People don’t go to that ‘Dragon Slayer Sword’ shop if they are familiar with Dragon-roar Town because it rips people off!”
Palin nodded immediately, feeling that this kid was right. Seventy thousand gold coins for a mere long dagger with enchantment! Why didn’t they just rob him!
No, robbing wasn’t as profitable as ripping people off! That was seventy thousand gold coins compared to the fifty thousand gold coins that the Cavalry of Orcs and Wolves got in five years!
These days, for the preparation of the Village of Pioneers, they entered the treasure cave of Ruhr.
Rhode’s skills were no worse than Ryan’s, and he tore the traps along the way effortlessly. In fact, the traps were very dangerous and powerful, but they were rather old and extremely obsolete types. Rhode even repackaged several of the ones in better condition and took them to the grocery store of the Association of Thieves to sell them. Their price was not too low, and they actually had sold one of them recently.
A total of 50,000 gold coins were sorted out in the treasure cave of Ruhr, with some remaining antiques and magical items which were either strikingly marked or dangerous, making it difficult or unsuitable to sell them. The best strikingly marked one was a beautiful set of jewelry with the emblem of the angel of light wings that symbolized the royal family of the Kingdom of Holy Angels. That sign made Rhode sweat, and, especially, when he counted the angels’ wings on the sign, his face turned white. The representative dangerous one was a piece of very hard phalange enveloped by black magic power. When Satan saw this he took a few steps back because he was scared, and he almost backed into a rock on the wall.
The first treasure was a collection from the royal family that was the most radical and most aggressive in the world today and belonged to a Prince in the third generation. The latter was the soul box of an evil Lich, which could return to the world again after being killed and take this piece of phalange as its coordinate.
If the former was made public, the Kingdom of Holy Angels would definitely send masters to the four northwestern towns to not only capture this piece of jewelry but also to kill the entire family of the base businessman who had tarnished the honor of the great royal family; the latter was not subject to being made public, but who knew when would the Lich suddenly resurrect?
Although the set of jewelry and soul box were all above fifty thousand gold coins in terms of value, as long as one person was not crazy, they would not think of selling them. Of course, even if the seller was mad, they had to find a buyer who was also mad and was not afraid of death!
Although Palin was born in a businessman’s family, he was far from rich and powerful. In his opinion, 50,000 gold coins was a dazzlingly huge sum of money, but how did the d*mn “Dragon Slayer Sword” arms shop price that long dagger with enchantment at 70,000 gold coins? The attendant even had an attitude of “not buying it is your loss, and I don’t care about it,” which really made him angry.
At the moment, hearing the child fiercely accusing the shop, he suddenly felt that he had found someone with the same thought, so he expressed his approval incessantly.
“That black shop only attracts people with several weapons with enchantments, such as ‘Soul of Ice’ and ‘Elder Tree’… but the prices are unreasonably high and are at least several times more expensive.” The child was obviously an expert or at least the person who taught him these words was an expert. “As for the ‘Dragon Slayer Sword’ hung on the central pillar of the shop… Ha-ha, that is a joke! For people who can use that sword well, can they not kill dragons with any weapon? Or for strong people able to slaughter dragons, would they fancy the humble knife?!”
Palin, who had heard similar comments from Sui Xiong, widened his mouth and finally understood why His Majesty dismissed the Dragon Slayer Sword but was rather interested in the long dagger.
A god’s vision was really not comparable to that of an ordinary mage!
“By the way, do you know the story behind that knife?” asked the child grinning. “Thirty years ago, the predecessor of the predecessor of the current governor of this town was fortunate enough to make a fortune. At that time, in the Orc Empire to the east of the Great Gobi desert, there was a famous beauty of the feline race who danced and sang with an incomparable beauty. He spent a lot to buy a very beautiful gem because he wanted to win the heart of the beauty. What do you think of this idea?
Palin thought for a moment and shook his head, “Not very reliable.”
“Yes, it wasn’t at all! As a result, when he arrived in the Orc Empire had he been overtaken by the “Arctic Tyrant” in the Great Gobi desert. At that time, he showed incredible courage by fighting against the dragon for the gem…”
“Did he die?” Palin asked.
“No, killing this rash idiot was detrimental to the dragon’s majesty, so the dragon returned him to his village thousands of miles away, hung him on a tree, and hung a long piece of cloth on his body that said, ‘This is the bravest lecher I’ve ever seen and also the weakest’.”
Palin laughed aloud not just at the governor who overestimated his strength but also at the humor of the dragon.
“After being rescued, the governor found someone to create the ‘Dragon Slayer Sword’ and claimed that as long as someone was willing to go into the mountains and slay the dragon, he would give away the sword. As a result, just as you saw, thirty years have passed and there have been two more governors, but the sword is still hung there.”
The two talked, and laughed, and soon came to the grocery store named “Good Vision.” This grocery store was rather large. Judging from the walls and the facade, the old shop should also have a long history.
The old Soth had taught Palin that only two choices were available when buying things in an unfamiliar place: either a well-known big shop or a time-honored shop. The former surely had a wide channel of goods sources, while the latter mostly focused on credibility, and it was worthwhile to cooperate with them.
As they entered the gate, there were children shouting with a smile, “Snow! Snow! I found clients for you! Don’t put carrots in my soup!”
“You are a child, don’t be a picky eater, or you will not grow tall!” A middle-aged woman said while coming out from the inner house. Her facial features were regular, so she was likely a beauty when she was young. She was just too heavy and too tall, and she walked in a masculine way, making the floor groan vaguely.
The shop owner called “Snow” hurried and walked in front of Palin, grasped the child, picked up him and put him aside. She then smiled and said to Palin, “Sir, our ‘Good Vision’ grocery store has been running for almost 40 years, specializing in selling various types of groceries, as well as many things left by adventurers. You will not be disappointed if you buy things here!”
Palin retreated slightly, a bit scared. Although the lady was ordinary, she really had an extraordinary manner. In particular, their physical difference was immense, making him very insecure.
But he immediately realized – he was a caster! A mage! Even among the adventurers, he could be considered high-rank, why should he be afraid of an ordinary person!
So he again straightened his body, wanting to show an imposing manner as a mage. However, dwarves were always short, while the shop owner “Snow” was actually tall among the human beings. “Snow” was twice as tall as he was, making his efforts meaningless.
The shop owner “Snow” did not care about the attitude of the little mage. She smiled and said, “Sir, what would you like to buy?”
“… In fact, I just want to have a casual look. There is nothing special that I want to buy.”
“I know! Then you have really come to the right place– one good in this shop must interest you!” Snow laughed aloud and pulled out a big box from behind the counter. The box was almost as tall as Palin. A variety of equipment filled the box in a messy and disorderly way.
“These were acquired from the adventurers without undergoing any inspection and identification. They should be mostly rubbish, but certainly, there might be some good things that have not been found. Now, you can take any one of the items for ten gold coins,” Snow said smiling “This is the specialty of this shop, ‘Picking Something Others Ignored.’ To win or to lose only depends on your eyesight. However, everyone can only choose one.”
Palin was dumbfounded for a moment, looking at the messy equipment in the box. He asked frowning, “Can I use the spell of identification?”
“Of course not! The so-called ‘Picking Something Others Ignored’ is meant to test your eyesight.” Snow’s answer was not unexpected. “If you use magic to identify them, it makes no sense!”
“By picking out the really valuable item from a pile of ordinary things, you will enjoy happiness and satisfaction, which is a real treasure!”
The chubby lady laughed happily, and her eyes reflected a bright light that an ordinary businessmen could not have.