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The following days came with an influx of people that flowed into Fengyang City. News of a Class 5 Monster Core spread farther and farther as well. From earlier, only people within a thousand miles had heard of it, but now, people over a thousand miles had heard it as well. Even some of the families from the First Class cities had come to visit.

It was truly a gathering of dragons within Fengyang City. The entire city was not in an uproar because of the situation. Instead, they were quite subdued by their lifestyles. No matter how much they tried to hide it, the people of the city felt a tremendous amount of pressure on them. Even the mercenaries and the young masters of the richer clans had kicked their arrogance down a notch. Even they realized that one could never be too sure if one would meet a civilian or a person one could not offend.

After all, men of great strength did not need to reveal it to the public.


Seven days quickly passed by; it was now the day that the Heavenly Phoenix Auction House would begin its auction. All of the individuals from the city gathered in front of the auction house. Their gathering allowed the Heavenly Phoenix Auction House to witness an unprecedented amount of incredible experts that had never been surpassed in their history.

In these seven days, Jian Chen and the group had lived relatively well. With the Heiming clan otherwise preoccupied with the internal affairs of the city, Jian Chen and the others could safely walk through the city without being bothered.

Plenty of men had already gathered outside the gates to the auction house before striding through the opening gates. Jian Chen and the others did not enter there. They took the entrance for the honored guests. These rooms had been paid for by Jian Chen for a considerable amount of money earlier.

Sitting down in a well-decorated room in boredom, Jian Chen had to wait another two hours before the auction would formally start. This auction would be very important to the Heavenly Phoenix Auction House, so they had the manager miss Yulian take charge of the entire ceremony.

When Yulian stepped onto the platform, she stepped behind a rather pricey-looking table where a single fist-sized stone could be seen. Distributing all sorts of color, this Class 5 Monster Core sparkled where it rested. Right by Yulian’s side was a cold-faced middle-aged man. Chapter 561: Prosperous Auction (Three)

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. Hero Incubus : Ascension and Fame 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.”

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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. Chapter 562: Prosperous Auction (Four)

With this sudden new bid, the entire auction house was alarmed. Not even the smallest of peeps could be heard after the Harido clan had given their astonishingly low bid. Everyone understood just how strong the Harido clan was, so no one was willing to bid against their price.

When someone had given an offer higher than the Harido clan, it basically meant they gave no face to the Harido clan. Such an audacious person like this basically meant they did not fear the Harido clan’s strength.

The auction house had been sent onto a flutter of discussions at this new price. This new speaker didn’t announce what family or power he represented, so no one had any idea just where this person was from or what family could possibly be strong enough to act in such a manner toward the Harido clan.

Even those sitting within the other VIP booths could only stare in shock and curiosity at the one that had spoken. Within the Blue Wind Kingdom, the Harido clan were known as one of the stronger clans with only a few daring to ever go against them. Each one of them were very curious about the identity of this mysterious person who would go against the Harido clan. The greatly desired to learn the answer.

Within the booth of the Harido clan, Kaizer and the other man looked rather cross.

“Just who is this person that would dare oppose our Harido clan?” The elder asked with a growl as he sank into an unhappy mood. Originally he had been very happy to pay such a low price for a Class 5 Monster Core. What he didn’t imagine was that there would actually be someone else that would try to interfere.


Kaizer had quickly calmed back down with a careless smile. “Ankhs, don’t you worry. Buying a Class 5 Monster Core for eleven thousand purple coins would make everyone feel quite unsettled in their hearts. Perhaps these people only wish for our Harido clan to offer a bit more money?”

Hearing this, the elder known as Ankhs saw the reasoning behind it. With a hollow smile, he replied, “Right. Eleven thousand purple coins is simply a very low price for a Class 5 Monster Core. If one were to be sold within a First Class city, I’m afraid that they would go no lower than a hundred or two hundred thousand purple coins. If we were to really buy one for such a low price, then those who invested such a large sum would boil over in anger. Forget it, our clan isn’t short on money. Why don’t we sweeten the pot then?” With that, Ankhs thought for a moment before calling out an even larger price. “Fifty thousand purple coins!”

Whomever this second bidder was, Yulian had been extremely delighted to hear them increase the bid. She had been very unwilling to let the priceless Class 5 Monster Core be taken away for such an outrageous sum. The two Class 5 Monster Cores had a service fee attached to them, meaning that the more it was sold for, the more the Heavenly Phoenix Auction House would earn. Although the entrance fee for this event alone had made the auction house a wealthy sum of money, it would not fill the money pouch they had on their waists.

Yulian gave an appreciative glance at the booth where the twenty thousand purple coin bidder was. Although the price was now a mere forty thousand purple coins more than before, it was far better than a measly eleven thousand purple coins.

“The Harido clan has offered fifty thousand purple coins, is there anyone that wishes to go higher?” Yulian asked in a loud voice. Her eyes were not looking at the booth housing the Harido clan. Instead, she gave an expectant glance at the booth of the second bidder. Right now, in the entire auction house, this booth contained the only people that would dare to stand up against the Harido clan.

“Sixty thousand purple coins.” Not failing to disappoint Yulian, the booth had once again called out a price ten thousand more than the Harido clan’s offer. This price made the previously eleven thousand purple coins pale in comparison.

“Sixty thousand purple coins, is there anyone else that wishes to go even higher?” Yulian excitedly spoke as she announced the new bid to the entire room.

Right now, the eyes of everyone within the auction house had gathered upon the booth that was going into a price war with the Harido clan. Everyone was absolutely dying to see just who the room contained.

The eyebrows of Ankhs and Kaizer had furrowed together once more. As soon as they announced another price of fifty thousand, the opposing side had again announced an even higher price of sixty thousand, and the tone of the other bidder had conveyed a message that gave a bad feeling to the other two.

Growing silent for a moment, Ankhs called out another price, “Eighty thousand purple coins!”

No sooner did Ankhs finish speaking when the other booth had called out an even higher price, “A hundred thousand purple coins!”

“A hundred thousand purple coins! A hundred thousand purple coins, are there any other bids?” Yulian cried out in excitement. The previously anxious face of Yulian had become extremely delighted after hearing the price raise almost instantaneously.

Within the booth of the Harido clan, Ankhs and Kaizer’s face had grown dark.

“It seems that this matter is not as simple as we thought. There is someone that seems keen on going against our clan.” Kaizer growled.

Ankhs did not answer him and snorted before calling out another price, “One hundred and ten thousand!” This price was already going far beyond what he expected, but for a Class 5 Monster Core, it was not a loss.

“One hundred and twenty.” Came the next bid.

“One hundred and thirty.” Ankhs growled.

“One hundred and forty.” Before anyone else could even think about what was happening, Ankhs had already been outbidded.

Squeezing tighter and tighter, Ankhs’ hand gave several cracking sounds as his anger reached a boiling point. The murderous killing intent flowed unrestrained in his eyes.

“Just who is this man for him to compete against us in an unrelenting manner?” Ankhs growled.

Kaizer’s eyes had become frosty as well. “Our Harido clan is not lacking in money. If he wishes to do battle, then a battle we shall give him – one hundred and fifty!”

“One hundred and sixty…”

“One hundred and seventy…”

“One hundred and eighty…”

Soon, both bidders had engaged in a battle of prices within the Heavenly Phoenix Auction House. With each bid, the next bid upped the price by ten thousand. As wealthy as they sounded, neither side looked as if they treated money for what it was. In a flash, the insignificant sum of eleven thousand had almost transformed into a mighty sum of two hundred thousand purple coins. The heart of Yulian had nearly exploded with joy, and she could not express her appreciation for the figure even if her life depended upon it now.

As soon as two hundred thousand had been reached as the price, Kaizer could handle it no longer. With a strong voice that reverberated across the auction house, he said, “Friend, if you are affiliated with no faction or clan, why must you make things difficult for my Harido clan? This is quite the aggressive assault on us.” Kaizer’s voice appeared calm without any apparent irritation. The Harido clan wasn’t too influential in the Gesun Kingdom and did not have a good amount of knowledge on the powers there. He didn’t speak too rudely since he was afraid of angering someone he shouldn’t anger.


“In an auction house, everything goes to the highest bidder. Since when have we making life difficult for the Harido clan? We are only playing by the rules of the auction house, that’s all.” This time, the voice of a woman could be heard. She was melodious in her speech and rather pleasant to hear. Chapter 563: Prosperous Auction (Five)

When everyone heard the voice of a woman, many of the men’s eyes lit up. They tried to guess just which powerful family had groomed such a beloved daughter that they would allow to throw out so much money against the Harido clan.

Some of the men who took themselves to be rather handsome had even begun to dream about attracting the heart of this woman. If they could do that, they would be able to to win glory, splendor, wealth, and rank in the future.

“Even if we can’t see her, such a voice like this can only mean that the young miss is a very beautiful woman. If we could see her face, I would be content.”

“What a nice voice, I wonder which beauty would have such a voice like this.”

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Within the auction house, plenty of people could be heard talking to one another as they stared expectantly at the booths. They were all filled with a thirst to gain the ability to see through the window that separated the booth from the hall. They wanted to see the inhabitants inside.

Within the Harido clan’s booth, Kaizer and Ankhs had been knocked for a loop when they realized that it was a woman that was fighting them in a price war for the Class 5 Monster Core. Once more, Kaizer spoke up, “If I may ask which clan you are from, miss.”

“We are only a small mercenary group of little renown, that is all.” This time, a man replied in a calm voice.

This calm voice had been filled with a tone that made Kaizer look even more unsettled. To him, this man’s voice was filled with no respect for him at all. It was a voice of indifference that revealed that its thoughts were above the Harido clan and that it despised the clan without any respect.

Furious, Ankhs let out an angry growl, “Within the Blue Wind Kingdom, our Harido clan has very few rivals, and even those other factions would have to do as our clan wishes with a look of respect on their faces. Not only are these whelps making things difficult for our clan, they are refusing to even treat us as a clan to even look at. Unforgivable. Wait until this auction is over; no matter who they are, I will teach them all a lesson that they will never forget.”

Kaizer snorted as well, “I agree. This cannot be pardoned. From their voices, I can guess that they aren’t that old. Hmph, a bunch of young upstarts that know naught of the immensities of the heavens and earth. They are brats that only know the pond of their backyard if they don’t know the might of our Harido clan.”

“Well said. Our clan won’t be missing any money even after this, so why not see just how much money they have. Two hundred and ten thousand!” Ankhs called out an even higher price.

“Two hundred and twenty thousand.” The other booth called out in response.



Ancestor Green Lotus and Tyrant left the next morning.

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