“You all should that Senior Fellow Apprentice Su will leave for a year for some urgent matters. During this time, I will temporarily be in charge here for him. I’m Liu Ming from the Piaohong Courtyard, you can just call me by name. I don’t know anything about doing business, so I still need you guys to operate the business for me. Just work as usual; there is no need to make changes.” As Liu Ming saw this, he smiled and continued.
“Envoy Liu, please don’t say that. In the future, you will still be in charge of things in the shop. We will naturally take care of other trivial matters.” Shopkeeper Ye immediately took a few steps forward and said with a smile.
After hearing this, the other two forgers looked relieved.
This temporary disciple in charge seemed to be a reasonable person and didn’t like to be nosy, which made them secretly relieved.
So after a few more conversations, Shopkeeper Ye let two middle-aged men back to the forging room, and he personally took Liu Ming around to get to know them.
When Liu Ming first came in, he just threw a rough glance. At this time, under the lead of the old shopkeeper and patient explanation, he naturally had a new understanding of him.
The first floor was the facade of the shop which looked quite simple and atmospheric. Rows of shelves and counters were lined with magical weapons, spiritual weapons, various ores and so on.
On the second floor were separated into two elegant rooms and a living room. They were specially designed to receive some distinguished guests or conduct some private transactions. The decoration was very elegant and generous.
There wass Taiqing Sect’s soundproof enchantment in the private rooms. Even the Crystallization Period powerhouse couldn’t see the situation from outside.
As for the third floor, the place was much smaller. This was the quiet room where the disciple in charge lived and meditated.
The backyard on the first floor was the forging workshop. The rune weapon and spiritual weapon placed on the counter were mostly forged directly in the workshop.
Liu Ming had no experience in forging, and he really opened his eyes at this moment.
Finally, Shopkeeper Ye took Liu Ming to the basement with a solemn expression. The underground chamber was only several ten meters in size and taller than a person. The materials used for the walls and the ground were a kind of deep green dock stone. This special ore not only had a strong hardness, but it also isolated the Divine Thought probe.
In the middle of the secret room was a circular magic array the size of ten meters; it was slightly flickering in white light.
“This is the long-distance communication array with the sect?” Liu Ming said with a look of surprise.
“Exactly, the communication array here is directly connected to the deputy hall of the sect. Generally, if major events happen, we will use this array to report to the sect.” Shopkeeper Ye said solemnly.
“According to the regulations of the sect, only the disciple in charge is qualified to use it. Envoy Su should have already handed the token to Envoy Liu right?”
On the surface, it was a forge, but it was actually an outpost set by the Taiqing Sect. As for the other shops that were opened using the name of Taiqing Sect, they were actually opened by some inner or outer disciple or the dependent family themselves.
And this Changyang Market was a place under the sphere of influences of several major forces. It is strictly forbidden to fight in the market. The disciple in charge of the Bai Lian Pavilion was just a deterrent on behalf of the Taiqing Sect, so the person didn’t need to be a powerful individual.
“Brother Su has indeed given it to me.” Liu Ming nodded and replied.
After that, the two quickly left the secret room and came to the quiet room on the third floor.
There were a total of three rooms inside and outside the quiet room. The layout was very simple. The outermost room was a living room with a mahogany table and several chairs of the same texture; the middle was a bedroom; the innermost room was a secret room.
Of course, it had the same enchantment here, so he wouldn’t be disturbed when he cultivates.
After Liu Ming looked around, he was quite satisfied with the environment.
“Shopkeeper Ye, you go busy with your things. If there is anything in the shop, use this to send me a message. It is still my first time to visit a big market outside the sect, I want to go around to get familiar with the environment.” Liu Ming took out a white disc and gave it to Shopkeeper Ye.
After a few thoughts, Shopkeeper Ye agreed.
Later, after the two chatted casually for a while, Liu Ming walked out.
He faintly learned from Shopkeeper Ye that in the past few years, no one dared to cause trouble here due to the prestige of the Taiqing Sect, so the disciple in charge didn’t always have to be in the shop.
Before he went far, he turned to a remote place and used the bone changing technique. After his whole body made a burst of cracking sound for a while, his body suddenly became tall. Black gas also rolled out simultaneously. After the black gas was absorbed back into his body, he turned into a burly man with a black face.
He had thoroughly comprehended this technique that he learned from the Savage Ghost Sect. When using together with Tiger Dragon Hell Prison, not only he could change his height and body shape, he could even make some simple adjustments to the bones and skin color of his face. He could easily change into a different face.
Then Liu Ming walked into the crowd of the market again and wandered around.
Changyang Market deserved to be a large-scale market. The number and scale of the shops on both sides of the street far exceeded the few small-scale markets that he had visited before.
There were also a lot of cultivators strolling around here, and they were constantly coming in and out of various shops. The larger the facade, the more frequent the people went in and out.
Liu Ming went around and walked into a shop that seemed to be quite large.
This shop was divided into several areas; spiritual weapons, elixirs, and materials were all available.
After a while, Liu Ming walked out. Although the expression on his face was very calm, there was a hint of excitement in his eyes.
He didn’t buy anything in it just now, but he just inquired about the prices of various elixirs at the elixir counter.
As he expected, cold condensing pills were also a very scarce elixir at Changyang Market, and the price was very expensive.
He pretended to casually inquire about the purchase price of the cold condensing pill with the shopkeeper at random. He was even more delighted to find that the price given by the shopkeeper was a little higher than that of the previous market.
Next, Liu Ming went to several other shops. After some inquiries, the results were almost the same which made him more satisfied.
In addition, after visiting several material shops, he discovered that because the Changyang Market had forces, various materials were also quite complete. Most of the raw materials needed to refine the cold condensing pill were easily accessible. Even the golden yuan pill’s alchemy materials were selling here.
The only regret was that the green condensing fruits in the two shops were only about a hundred years old. It was not enough to refine the cold condensing pill.
In a seemingly old pavilion.
“You want to buy a green condensing fruit that is more than two hundred years old?” The shopkeeper was a gray-haired old man. He looked up and down the black-faced man whom Liu Ming transformed, and he asked curiously.
“Exactly, I don’t know if there is any in your shop?” Liu Ming nodded and asked faintly.
“Forgive me for my ignorance, the pills that need green condensing fruit, like the jade spirit powder and dragon gut pill, a hundred years old fruit is enough. What is the use of two hundred years old fruit?” The shopkeeper asked while twisting his white beard.
Liu Ming heard the old man say this, but he just smiled and said nothing.
The old man quickly realized it. He forced a cough and said in embarrassment,
“I have said too much, but our little shop doesn’t have what you want. Why not you go to the southwest of the market? The Bat Clan Shop there should be selling them.”
“Bat Clan Shop?” Liu Ming was stunned slightly when he heard the words. After he thanked the old man, he turned and walked out of the shop.
Following the instructions of the old shopkeeper, he quickly came to the southwest of the market City and quickly discovered several buildings with different styles.
Unlike ordinary shops, which were mostly built of greenstone, these buildings were built with black wood. The surface was covered with emerald green vines of the thickness of the wrist. It should be the shop operated by the Bat Clan.
He chose the largest two-story pavilion and walked in.
There was a plaque of “Fu Ling Zai” hanging in this shop. (Fu蝠 also means for bat in Chinese)
There were two separate large rooms on the shop front which was considered big in this market. The interior was also divided into several areas. The counters were elixir, talisman, and materials.
Behind these counters stood a few servants in black clothes. All of them had delicate faces.
The Bat Clan was a kind of alien race evolved from the ordinary human race. Their appearance was almost the same as that of ordinary humans. The only obvious exterior was that when fighting with people, a pair of extremely thin fleshy wings would appear from the back.
In addition, these Bat Clan’s vision may be slightly worse, but their hearing ability was much better than ordinary humans.
Liu Ming couldn’t distinguish whether these servants were really bat people. He immediately retracted his gaze and looked along the counters.
When he saw the third counter, his eyes lit up. He then walked over calmly.
On this counter were some fist-sized green fruits, which were really green condensing fruits.
These fruits were laid out according to their size. According to Liu Ming’s experience, some of the larger ones on the far right seem to be three to four hundred years old!
“Do you want to buy green condensing fruit?” The servant behind the counter immediately said with a smile on his face.
“What’s the price of these green condensing fruits?” Liu Ming didn’t immediately speak, but after watching it carefully for a while, he looked up and said lightly.
“The green condensing fruit in our shop has a hundred years, two hundred years, three hundred years, and four hundred years. The price of the green condensing fruit is naturally different. Among them, the price of a hundred years is two thousand spirit stones; two hundred years is four thousand spirit stones; three hundred years is six thousand spirit stones; four hundred years old is twelve thousand spirit stones.” The servant in black clothes replied smoothly.
Liu Ming nodded secretly. This price was reasonable for green condensing fruit.
“I went around the market. It is rare to see green condensing fruit that is more than two hundred years old. I don’t expect you to have a lot here.” Liu Ming said casually.
“Senior must be the first time to come to Changyang Market right?” The young man heard Liu Ming’s words and did not answer immediately, and he immediately asked respectfully.
“Yes.” Liu Ming nodded.
“It’s no surprise that you don’t know. This green condensing fruit is widely used, and our Bat Clan plants a lot of it.” The servant in black clothes explained to Liu Ming.
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