Chapter 26 – Golden Jade Pavilion
Translated by: Pumpkin
Edited by: Philip, Fumma, Earl
A rusty short blade chopped down on the wall behind the Icemist Fruit and left a couple broken rocks of various sizes in its path.
It was Ye Xiaozheng who hacked at the wall. As for this rusty short blade, it was something that they discovered in the cave. Who knows which unlucky fellow that had become the food of the Icethread Spiders was the one who left the blade. The reason why Ye Xiaozheng didn’t use his heavy sword was because although the heavy sword would definitely be quicker in smashing the rocks apart, they feared accidentally smashing the Ice Jade within the rock walls too. If that was the case, then all their efforts would be for naught.
Although this rusty short blade was just an ordinary steel blade, after Ye Xiaozheng activated his Great Strength Technique, it was extremely easy for him to smash the rock walls apart. Every slash of his would always hack down two pieces of fist-sized rocks. Furthermore, this was under a situation where Ye Xiaozheng could control his strength.
Wei Suo looked to the rocks that was hacked off by Ye Xiaozheng with his eyes wide open. This was much more stimulating than the time he’d killed demonic beasts. That was because if one were to go and kill demonic beasts, no matter if one ended up killing the demonic beast or not, one would know what kind of demonic beast one had fought. Yet now, none of them knew how big the Ice Jade buried inside was.
Suddenly, Wei Suo, Nangong Yuqing and them all subconsciously raised their eyebrows. Following one of Ye Xiaozheng’s blade strike, a white light and a dense coldness was emitted.
Within the cracks of the gray rock wall appeared an extremely glossy white colored Ice Jade.
“Mid Quality Ice Jade!”
Everyone’s eyes were filled with joy. High level Ice Jade was like the Mystic Ice; they were almost completely transparent in color. As for the Ice Jade portion that appeared before them, it was white in color. The white color was extremely clean, it appeared that there were no impurities mixed in at all. The coldness it emitted poked like ice needles. It was obvious that the Ice Jade was a Mid Quality Ice Jade which could be used to craft artifacts and magical treasures.
Now all that mattered was finding out how big this Mid Quality Ice Jade was.
Ye Xiaozheng examined alongside the edge of the Ice Jade. After that, he began to carefully cut toward the downside.
Following the slash of his blade, a lot of pure and sparkling white color was seen. The Ice Jade that was exposed so far was already a foot wide and two feet long.
The more Ye Xiaozheng carefully slashed through the rocks, the wider Wei Suo’s smile became. A bit later, his mouth was so wide in smiles that it was about to turn crooked.
As Ye Xiaozheng continued to cut apart the rocks nonstop, a three square feet area of rocks below the Icemist Fruit had been completely removed. What appeared within it was all pure white colored Mid Quality Ice Jade. Even at this time, they had still not seen the edge of this Ice Jade.
Merely an Ice Jade of this size would value about a hundred Low Quality Spiritual Stones. Wei Suo began to feel more and more that Lin Daoyi was truly a great guy.
When they saw that the Ice Jade that emerged became larger and larger, even Nangong Yuqing’s cheeks became rosy.
“It’s still not at the edge yet?”
Four feet… five feet, amidst everyone’s excited gazes, the horizontal length had surpassed five feet before the edge was seen.
After the edges on the two sides were found, Ye Xiaozheng began to carefully excavate the rocks above the Icemist Fruit. After merely a short moment, Wei Suo once again smiled so wide that he nearly caused his mouth to become crooked. The Ice Jade above the Icemist Fruit had surpassed two feet tall. When Ye Xiaozheng finally excavated the entire Ice Jade from the rock wall, this Ice Jade was actually five square feet and one foot in thickness.
“Seven Opportunity Building.”
“Amass Treasure Building.”
“Golden Jade Pavilion.”
The Spirit Peak City’s southern city district was composed of a dozen or more large stores with differing characteristics. They created several large market squares. Among these large stores, the Golden Jade Pavilion was a store that contained the most raw materials.
After entering the Golden Jade Pavilion, one would reach a large hall that could contain more than several tens of people. Within it were numerous counters carved with red wood. On those counters were the samples of many materials. Those in charge of receiving the cultivators were all youngsters who wore beautiful uniformed flowery clothes. Behind the Golden Jade Pavilion’s large hall was a three floored pavilion. Among them, the first floor and the second floor were all the honored guest chambers. As for the third floor, it was a side room. In the side room were some ancient style chairs and tables. On top of those chairs and tables were white fox fur paddings. On a small table, beside the wall, lighted an incense stick. The faint aroma of incense filled the room. This caused the entire side room to appear to be extremely cozy and elegant.
Shopkeeper Tian of the Golden Jade Pavilion was a middle aged man who wore a scholarly looking cyan colored gown. He had a long beard and appeared extremely cultured.
At this moment, a uniformed youngster who was in charge of receiving the guests was respectfully standing before him. It appeared as if the youngster had just came up to him to report something. As for Shopkeeper Tian, he was currently frowning as he discontentedly reprimanded this uniformed youngster who didn’t even dared to breath heavily. “What? A Mid Quality Ice Jade? It’s merely a Mid Quality Ice Jade, yet you come to call for me? Do you know how many Spiritual Stones our Golden Jade Pavilion makes a minute? You want me, the shopkeeper, to go down to see a Mid Quality Ice Jade? Is your head stuck between a door or what?”
“That’s not it.” The uniformed youngster tried his best to explain. “This Mid Quality Ice Jade is truly a bit big.”
“A bit big? How big? Is it as big as this desk of mine?” Once he heard that, Shopkeeper Tian grew even more furious and smashed his hand on the desk before him.
The uniformed youngster took a glance at Shopkeeper Tian’s desk. He forced a smile and said. “I think… I think that it’s a bit bigger than your desk.”
“What?” Shopkeeper Tian’s eyes immediately grew wide open.
“There’s actually such a large Mid Quality Ice Jade?”
In the Golden Jade Pavilion’s first floor honored guest chamber. With an expression of disbelief on his face, Shopkeeper Tian looked at the Ice Jade that was placed before Wei Suo, Nangong Yuqing and them.
It was still early summer right now. However, the temperature in the entire honored guest chamber felt like that of an icehouse. Even the breaths that Wei Suo and them exhaled came out in a misty white color.
Shopkeeper Tian had seen many Mid Quality and High Quality Ice Jades before. However, such a large Ice Jade, especially one without much flaws like this one, was something that Shopkeeper Tian had never seen before.
After carefully inspecting it for a while and confirming that there was no fake composition among this Ice Jade, Shopkeeper Tian’s expression turned solemn. He looked to Wei Suo and them and said, “Might the four of you want us to cut this Ice Jade for you or to auction this Ice Jade for you?”
“Auction this Ice Jade?”
Wei Suo was startled for a moment. He was unable to refrain himself from exchanging glances with Nangong Yuqing and them. That was because the four of them had already agreed to evenly split this Ice Jade. The four of them had all determined that if they were to have Ye Xiaozheng cut this enormous Ice Jade, there would definitely be wear and tear. Thus, the four of them brought this Ice Jade directly to the Golden Jade Pavilion. However, the four of them had originally only planned to directly sell this Ice Jade to the Golden Jade Pavilion. They never expected for Shopkeeper Tian to say such a thing. That was because everyone knew that one might be able to obtain an even better value for one’s item through auctions. Yet, even Wei Suo knew that all those items were capable of participating in the aunctions of these large market squares were all items that could be considered as treasures. Could it be that this Ice Jade had reached a state where it could be considered as a treasure?
However, the items that could be valued as treasures all cost more than five or six hundred Low Quality Spiritual Stones. The value of a Mid Quality Ice Jade was something that the four of them knew very well. A Mid Quality Ice Jade the size of a ham was only worth about several tens of Low Quality Spiritual Stones at most.
After they exchanged gazes, Wei Suo felt depressed because the extremely honest Ye Xiaozheng opened his candid mouth. “Shopkeeper Tian, we had come here because we thought of directly selling this Ice Jade. However, you said that you are able to help us auction off this Ice Jade. Are you saying that this Ice Jade has met the criterion of being a treasure item?”
Shopkeeper Tian was obviously startled. However, he knew that after what he said, even if he was to go back on his words and say that this Ice Jade did not qualify for that, Wei Suo and them would definitely not believe him and would go and ask other stores. Thus, after he was startled, he honestly nodded his head and explained. “An Ice Jade with this sort of dimensions is something that is extremely rare to begin with. The most important aspect is that this Ice Jade that you brought here only has a single horizontal crack, about two feet long. Furthermore, this crack is not deep. As for the other places, at the very most, they are a bit uneven in height. However, they do not have any cracks at all. There is not even any small crack. For some Ice Jades, although their size is bigger than this, but it was possible for them to have a lot of cracks. The more cracks there are, the more useless parts there would be. If an Ice Jade were to have fine cracks all over it, then it is likely that although it might be a large Ice Jade, it might only yield enough materials for several jade talismans after being cut. Yet, this Ice Jade here… if one was to directly follow that crack and cut, it could be said that there would barely be any waste product. If one was to polish that crack, this Ice Jade here would be even more astonishing. With this sort of dimensions, it is completely able to be used to make the body of a magical treasure. If you were to auction this Ice Jade, then you would likely be able to set the starting price as six hundred Low Quality Spiritual Stones. I would not try to deceive you all. If you need Spiritual Stones badly, our Golden Jade Pavilion can purchase this Ice Jade from you all for six hundred Low Quality Spiritual Stones. If you are in no rush for Spiritual Stones, then we could auction this Ice Jade on your behalf. I believe that after ten days or so, the market squares beside us would likely hold a small scale auction. Even after taking off our fees of ten percent, you all would likely be able to obtain an even better price. As for what to do, you can all make your own decisions.”
“Six hundred Low Quality Spiritual Stones?”
Bang! Wei Suo nearly fell from his chair.