Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
“Other ways?” Luo XiaoLou asked in surprise. It could be said that after becoming a mecha maker, he was most familiar with and most applied the Source of Consciousness power. He was very aware of the importance of this power, and almost constantly thinking of ways to improve the Source of Consciousness power.
But this power, like Spiritual Power, was almost impossible to improve by trickery. There was no medicine to quickly improve Source of Consciousness power, and there was no method to exercise it.
He had never heard that this power could grow by other methods.
Cyril smiled faintly and continued, “Yes, before Blue Origin Star disappeared, when I went there, I once heard the king mention that something called source fruit could substantially increase Source of Consciousness force. That kind of thing, even for Blue Origin Star’s exotic beast, was precious to the extreme. Moreover, only a few of the royal family knew the existence of this fruit. Although it was not clear what the specific value of the raise in power was, I believe that after taking it, there would be no problem for you to open the box in your hand.”
Luo XiaoLou’s eyes lit up, “I did not expect that there would be this kind of strange fruit! If I have one….” at this point, Luo XiaoLou suddenly frowned, “Wait. Blue Origin Star no longer exists. It is impossible for me to find the source fruit.”
“Your Highness, you don’t need to fret, this source fruit is not on Blue Origin Star in the first place. Last time, the king was ordering someone else to pick the fruit. I only heard the general information, but I am certain that the planet where that source fruit is located should be on a subsidiary planet of Blue Origin Star, and the distance is not too far.” Cyril paused here and his right hand suddenly raised.
Luo XiaoLou noticed Cyril’s white, fair fingers moved, and then, a light green glow was emitted around the fingers.
Immediately after, the faint green began to coalesce, one sphere after another appeared, gradually growing more clear, and finally the green light actually coalesced into a three-dimensional star map.
125, who was studying the octopus man’s body tissue, also could not help but raise his head, take a look, and praised, “Nice power! Worthy of the most powerful Raimyu beast among the affiliated beasts. Although not as good as the Source of Consciousness force, but also quite good.”
Luo XiaoLou was shocked as he stared at the star map in front of him. There was a vague tremor in his heart, but for a moment he could not say what it was.
Cyril smiled and hooked his long hair, which had fallen forward, behind his ear, then pointed to the largest planet in the chart and said, “This was the Blue Origin Star, there are three affiliated planets close to it, and the source fruit has the highest chance of being on this one.”
Cyril’s finger pointed at a not-so-large planet. He glanced at Luo XiaoLou and explained, “And it is also the most mysterious planet in this Galaxy, LuoFu Star. That planet does not have any intelligent life forms, but there are many fierce beasts. And the energy storm on it is a major feature, so few people are willing to go to LuoFu star. I’ll send someone to help you look for it first, and if you can find it-“
125’s chubby toes moved, and he suddenly opened his mouth and interrupted Cyril, declaring, “You guys can’t go. Luo XiaoLou, if you want to get the source fruit, you must go personally.”
Cyril was taken aback and couldn’t help but ask, “Holy Beast Mecha, do you know something?”
125 lifted his chin, put his hands behind his back, and said in a condescending manner, “Of course, how could I not know this kind of thing. It’s just that…” 125 hesitated and stared at Luo XiaoLou before continuing, ” This source fruit- each exotic beast can only use this once in a lifetime. I originally intended to wait for your Source of Consciousness force level to be higher before letting you use it. However, in this case, it should be considered appropriate.”
Luo XiaoLou studied the rare, reliable 125 and asked in surprise, “Okay, then why do I have to go in person? You know how hard it is for me to go out. Yuan Xi will definitely question me to the end. And besides, I don’t expect to be able to cheat him.” Thinking of Yuan Xi’s domineering and predatory eyes, Luo XiaoLou revealed a troubled and melancholy expression.
See, this is the price of being bewitched by beauty; I walked into the grave of marriage, lost my freedom, and yet still did it willingly.
125 glanced at Luo XiaoLou, and the tail behind him wagged, “Only exotic beasts, using the Source of Consciousness force can find the source of fruit. Others can not even recognize the source of fruit. How can he help you find it?”
Luo XiaoLou noticed Cyril’s eyebrows furrow with a trace of worry. He gritted his teeth and growled, “Then I will go. Do not worry. I will open the box as soon as possible, and find a way to protect Landa’s seal.”
Whether it was due to Cyril’s friendship, 125’s feelings, or his exotic beast bloodline’s inheritance, Luo XiaoLou could not ignore the situation and he would not leave the exotic beast disaster unattended to.
Cyril peered deeply at Luo XiaoLou for a couple seconds, then bowed his head and stated solemnly, “I’ll wait for you, Your Highness.”
After that, the two spoke for a while more, before Cyril left quietly through the side door; he couldn’t stay long.
After Cyril left, Manager Gao returned smilingly. Although Cyril was a rare beauty, Manager Gao never entertained the idea that His Royal Highness Prince Consort was cheating. His Royal Highness would never allow that to happen, and besides, he believed in the charm of His Royal Highness.
Moreover, it was clear from all the things Luo XiaoLou bought from him that Luo XiaoLou was extremely affectionate towards their Prince. Other than helping Yuan Xi strengthen or create mecha, he rarely even saw Luo XiaoLou buy anything for himself.
Thinking of this, Manager Gao smiled and invited Luo XiaoLou, “Your Highness, the auction is already a large part of the way finished. Since you’re done, it’s a good time to take a look. There are a lot of good things still left.”
Luo XiaoLou nodded. The Imperial Capital’s auction, which he had not attended before, must be different from the one on Planet Anse.
On the auction stage, a shrewd middle-aged auctioneer was introducing something newly carried out, “Everyone, here is a group of high grade material. The name is Burning Amazing. Its grade reaches level seven. Not only can it withstand extremely high temperatures, more rare is that it carries the fire attribute. I believe mecha makers are no strangers to this material. In addition, mecha warriors who enter and leave dangerous areas should also know how valuable parts made of this material will be while on a hot planet.”
As soon as this material came out, there was a gasp of surprise, and many people stared hotly at the stage.
The middle-aged auctioneer smiled faintly, “Well, without further ado, this material starts at eight hundred thousand, now, the bidding begins!”
Someone on the stage quickly offered, “Nine hundred thousand!”
This material was precious, but Luo XiaoLou already had in his possession the attributes ice and fire, from the scorching shallow. He hesitated, but did not participate in the bidding.
While he did not participate, many mecha makers found this material with the fire attribute was imperative. When someone called out the high price of three million, the bidding slowed quite a bit. Some low Tier mecha makers, without the support of a large family or group behind them, could not afford such high prices.
Finally, the burning Yan with fire attributes was bought for a high price of four million nine hundred thousand.
The middle-aged auctioneer was beaming. Heavenly Winter’s harvest today was considerable, and there was hope that their goal would be achieved. “Next up is a special pair of gloves. These gloves are not high grade material, but if a mecha maker wears these gloves while working, their perception will be affected to zero degree. That is to say, these gloves protect the hands while having no effect on the manufacturing work. In addition, it is said that the gloves have a certain chance to have a bonus effect on Spiritual Power.”
With no effect on perception and a bonus to Spiritual Power, these gloves were a rare treasure for mecha makers.
As soon as the auctioneer’s words fell, the hall immediately resounded with even more enthusiastic voices than earlier. Even Luo XiaoLou sat upright, staring at the black gloves on the stage with glowing eyes.
Manager Gao was stunned, then understood and said with a friendly smile, “What, Your Highness is interested in the gloves?”
Luo XiaoLou nodded, already estimating the amount of money he would need to spend. He had just bought a large swath of high-grade materials and still owed Heavenly Winter quite a bit of money, but he should be able to pay it back when the mecha he gave Heavenly Winter was auctioned off.
He wasn’t sure if there were any other pairs, so Luo XiaoLou glanced at 125, who was sitting next to him.
125 also turned his head and said in Luo XiaoLou’s consciousness, “These gloves are good. You can use them.”
Luo XiaoLou likewise said quietly, “How many energy boxes do you have on you?”
125 defensively stared at Luo XiaoLou and shouted incredulously, “What do you mean? Are you planning to ask for what you gave me? For those energy boxes, didn’t you instruct me to clean your room and tidy up your studio? My harvest is all from valuable labor! You are my fosterer, doing such things is – is exploitation and abuse!”
Luo XiaoLou coughed and negotiated, “It’s just a loan, I’ll pay you back double.”
125 stared at Luo XiaoLou suspiciously, just now Luo XiaoLou’s request gave it a great sense of unease.
“I promise,” Luo XiaoLou swore helplessly.
“Okay, ten, no more,” 125 bit the bullet, “I was maintaining and upgrading myself the other day, and used up most of my energy boxes, as I told you the other day.”
This was true. 125 began to ask Luo XiaoLou to make energy boxes for it ten days ago, and at that time, it had said it had none left.
“Well then, ten. They can offset five million without a problem,” Luo XiaoLou calculated.
At this time, the auctioneer on the stage said, “These Heavenly Silk Gloves start at two million, so, everyone, please.”
Luo XiaoLou had just reached out to press the quotation machine when someone outside already shouted, “Two and a half million!”
…… increase by half a million each time! Luo XiaoLou was a little depressed. Apparently, mecha makers could see the preciousness of these gloves. It seemed, getting these gloves might be a bit difficult.
“Four million,” another person called, and the hall quieted.
Luo XiaoLou waited for two seconds and finally couldn’t resist offering, “Five million.”
There was another gasp from around the room, and the middle-aged auctioneer confirmed and asked, “Five million. Any more bids?”
There was a moment of silence in the room as Luo XiaoLou stared nervously at the stage.
The middle-aged auctioneer scanned the entire room for a moment before raising his silver hammer.
At this moment, a faint voice called, “Ten million.”
Luo XiaoLou’s heart tightened, before withdrawing the hand which had been placed on the quotation machine.
“Your Highness, if you really want it, you can advance ten million dollars with me,” Manager Gao suddenly offered.
Luo XiaoLou turned his head to look at Manager Gao in surprise and couldn’t help but agree, “I’m really grateful to Brother Gao.” He had already spent nearly one hundred million in advance to buy materials, and now he would spend another ten million, which was probably the limit of what Manager Gao could do.
Luo XiaoLou was touched in his heart, but it was too late to say more, so he turned his head to offer, “Fifteen million.”
Because each time the offer was raised by five million, there were not many people competing.
Luo XiaoLou was about to breathe a sigh of relief when the voice just called again, “Thirty million.”
The audience was in an uproar, and Luo XiaoLou slammed his hand on the table, furiously. Luo XiaoLou looked at the pair of gloves on the stage with reluctance and gave up.
Even if his bid was high, the other man went immediately higher, so it was clear that the pair of gloves were also a must-have for them.
The middle-aged auctioneer narrowed his eyes with a delighted smile and slammed down the silver hammer.
Manager Gao stared out for a moment, then tapped his hand on the screen again, before turning his head to Luo XiaoLou and informing, “They’re in the VIP room number one. The person in there is Heavenly Winter’s valued guest and a friend of our president.”
Luo XiaoLou barely calmed the frustration and disappointment in his heart, waved his hand, and murmured, “Forget it.”
Manager Gao advised Luo XiaoLou a few more times before cautiously asking, “Your Highness, these days, I see that you’re paying all your expenses with your own money. Is it possible that the royal palace and His Royal Highness …” God forgive him for being so nosy! He tried not to pry into the privacy of the royal family, but his country’s Prince Consort was unable to bid over others. Moreover, he was actually a little upset for Luo XiaoLou. The mecha maker was supposed to be provided for by their mecha warriors.
Luo XiaoLou froze, and then smiled bitterly, “No, I spent all of Yuan Xi’s money the other day… Huh, this card actually has money again… “
Luo XiaoLou stared at the card that Yuan Xi gave him, the balance at the top had changed from zero to 120 million, which was probably obtained by Yuan Xi’s occasional fights on the virtual network.
Manager Gao was relieved. As long as it was not a family issue.
Of the next auction items, Luo XiaoLou bought two materials, but the rest was nothing of interest.
Then, the middle-aged auctioneer said mysteriously, “This item below is our ultimate treasure for this auction.”
With that, the auctioneer carefully took out a white space button from the tray, and then took a few steps back. Suddenly, a black mecha appeared standing on top of the high platform. Although the black mecha was tall, it didn’t seem bulky at all. It seemed that every part was perfect and impeccable, and, just by standing there, it carried a domineering aura.
The audience was instantly silent as everyone stared at the black mecha.
“It’s definitely above the fourth tier,” someone whispered.
“More than that, at least in the middle rank of the fifth tier.”
“The way I see it, it’s most likely a sixth tier mecha.”
“Why don’t you just say seventh tier mecha. This Heavenly Winter has never auctioned any mecha above Tier Five.”
The middle-aged auctioneer explained with a smile, “It’s true that Heavenly Winter has never auctioned a mecha above Tier 5, and this mecha is only Tier 5 mid-tier. But, everyone, look at its test data.”
The crowd could not help but look at the huge screen again, and then, originally suspicious eyes suddenly filled with shock.
“The data shows it’s of the highest rank of the sixth grade!”
“How is this possible…”
Even for Imperial Capital, sixth tier mechas were very rare, not to mention seventh tier mecha which only appeared once in a long time. And eighth tier mecha had never even appeared in auctions.
“The numbers on this mecha are amazing. I don’t need to tell you what everyone knows, just how powerful this mecha is. In addition, the person who wins this mecha will have another surprise, but it’s not convenient to reveal it right now. So, without further ado, I’ll start the bidding. The starting price for this mecha – 200 million!”
“As expected of a top Tier mecha, it’s equal to the price of a sixth tier mecha. I wonder what the other surprise is?”
“I think if you don’t hurry up, you probably won’t be able to win the auction.”
“Two hundred and ten million dollars!”
“Two hundred and fifty million dollars!”
Luo XiaoLou gazed at the platform in surprise. That was the very mecha he had mailed to Manager Gao.
“Your Highness, it’s a great pity. If this mecha had been auctioned off before, you might have been able to get that pair of gloves.” Manager Gao watched with relief as the mecha warriors competed for the mecha. He knew this would happen.
Luo XiaoLou did not say anything. Disappointment was there, but at this point, there was nothing more that could be done.
As the two gossiped, the bidding on the field had reached 350 million.
“Four hundred million!” Someone roared.
The field was silent for a long time, and that person could not help but reveal a smug expression.
Just at that moment, a voice said without haste, “Five hundred million.”
The previous bidder looked up sharply and stared at the VIP room that had made the offer. Five hundred million was already the price of a seventh tier mecha. To buy a sixth tier mecha at the price of a seven-tier mecha, wasn’t that a bit too big?
Luo XiaoLou also sucked in a breath. This voice… Although through the quotation machine, there was some alteration of the tone, the voice could still be recognized as the exact same voice to buy that pair of mecha gloves.
Luo XiaoLou smiled. This is interesting. He lost the heavenly silk gloves, but from this same person would make a large sum of money.
At this time, the auction officially ended. As expected, the person in VIP room No. 1 won the auction for the sixth tier top-grade mecha.
Luo XiaoLou stood up and said goodbye to Manager Gao, then left the VIP room with 125. When he came out, he found that his VIP room door had number five written on it.
Luo XiaoLou’s heart fluttered and he then looked at the end of the corridor, where number one was written.
At the same time, the door of VIP room number one opened, and two people came out, one after the other. One of them felt Luo XiaoLou’s gaze and immediately glanced over coldly.
Luo XiaoLou froze, the person at the end of the corridor was actually Luo ShaoTian.