Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
The next day, some Tellesian men did come to invite them to the palace. Luo XiaoLou noticed that these senior guards wore green belts with smooth gold stripes around their waists.
The palace was astonishingly tall. Luo XiaoLou looked at the endless staircase and imagined that they would be just in time for lunch.
The man who greeted them smiled faintly, and with a single touch of his left hand on the steps, a huge disc appeared in front of them. “Gentlemen, His Royal Highness the Prince and Prince Consort, His Excellency the Prime Minister and this young lady, please.”
Yue Shang and Su Lan were already good looking, but today their attire made them even more stunning.
Yuan Xi and Luo XiaoLou were in black and white. Luo XiaoLou was in white and Yuan Xi was in black. Yuan Xi’s bangs were hanging down and covering part of his eyes, which made him look much more mysterious.
Su Lan’s posture was very proper as she walked, but her movements were slightly stiff, and her bright eyes under her eyelashes were staring ahead in excitement.
Yue Shang was much calmer as he occasionally looked at Yuan Xi beside him.
When the four people stepped onto the disc, the huge circular platform started to move and slowly rose upwards. Within a short time, they reached the entrance of the palace.
Twelve guards with green belts around their waists stood at attention at the entrance. When Yuan Xi and the others approached, their aura became much stronger. The man who was leading the way gave Yuan Xi a surprised look. The sudden change in the guards’ auras was due to sensing a great threat. This would only happen when absolute superiors passed by.
The man’s eyes flashed, but he didn’t say anything and continued to lead the group inside.
When they entered, they could see three people seated at the top. Only when the group was in front of them did the three slowly stand up.
In the middle was a handsome middle-aged man with a clear, unruffled look in his eyes. His gaze swept faintly to their side, and Luo XiaoLou’s footsteps faltered.
Yuan Xi’s hand kept Luo XiaoLou steady and they continued to two more steps forward.
Yue Shang and Su Lan put their hands on their chests and bent down deeply. “Greetings, Your Majesty.”
Yuan Xi held Luo XiaoLou’s hand, performed the imperial etiquette, and said, “Your Majesty, Addis.”
After a few seconds, the middle-aged man gave them a faint smile, extended his hand, and said, “Your Excellency, Yue Shang. You are not from Telles, so you don’t need to use our etiquette. For the rest of you, welcome to Telles.”
It wasn’t until the man was seated again that Luo XiaoLou felt the powerful spiritual pressure disappear. He quietly surveyed Telles’ Emperor, and he realized that the Emperor probably belonged to the spiritual warriors.
Then, the man who sat to the Emperor’s left said, “All of you came a long way from the Blue Galaxy. That was hard work. His Majesty Addis issued the invitation immediately after discovering your presence.”
Yue Shang smiled and expressed his gratitude. Su Lan also said a few words, both warm and sincere. Yuan Xi also replied politely. Except for his slightly domineering demeanor, he was still adept at playing the politician’s smoothness.
Luo XiaoLou’s attention finally withdrew from the Emperor, and he glanced at the other two men below him without turning his head. The one who had just spoken looked about the same age as the Emperor and was dressed in military attire with a purple sash on his shoulder.
The man to the right of the Emperor, on the other hand, was quite a bit younger than the others, appearing at most in his early thirties however that translated with the extended ages in this empire. He was in a white outfit, with a silver band around his shoulders, adorned with precious stones.
Luo XiaoLou immediately recognized that the first man who spoke was the gentleman from the Ley family who came to greet them on the ship. Since he was able to appear with the Emperor, was most likely the Ley patriarch, and a Duke. The younger one, should be that woman Yafir’s older brother, Duke Moga. Although he didn’t speak, and was sitting with a languid posture, the aggression in his eyes was evident. But what concerned Luo XiaoLou the most, was the maple leaf shaped emblem adorning the band on his shoulders.
Then, Duke Graeme continued. “In fact, at this time, I have invited several other delegations to come here. In three days, Telles and another second level civilization will be holding an annual gathering, where there will be other first level civilizations in attendance. We would like to invite His Excellency, the Prime Minister of the Federation and His Royal Highness, the Prince of the An Empire to attend. Also, if there is anything inconvenient for you, please ask and we will provide as much help as we can.”
“It would be an honor. In three days, my wife and I will be there,” Yuan Xi replied simply.
The reception didn’t last long, and soon Yuan Xi and the others left the magnificent palace.
After the visitors had left, the middle person, His Majesty Addis, looked at his two important ministers and asked, “What do you think?”
On the left side, Duke Graeme said, “That heir of that empire. Although he’s only a prince, that aura will never lose to any first level civilization ruler. I also think he may not agree to our conditions.”
His Majesty, the Emperor smiled and looked at him, “Oh? Do you admire him a lot, Graeme? But, then he rather is the type you admire. What about you, Moga?”
Duke Moga, the youngest and most heavily armed of the three, smiled slightly, licked his lips with the tip of his tongue, and said, “I’m interested in that Prime Minister.”
“…Moga, I hope you haven’t forgotten my purpose.”
“Don’t worry, Your Majesty, I will make you happy.” The corners of Duke Moga’s mouth hooked up, but the coldness in his eyes didn’t decrease at all.
That afternoon, Yuan Xi left with Rod and Xia Zuo was busy discussing the deployment. Luo XiaoLou asked 125 to help look up information about this second level civilization’s spiritual warriors. However, that seemed to be much more difficult to find than other information, since it appeared too few spiritual warriors also had online interactions. But it was certain that the combat power of spiritual warriors wouldn’t lose to other types of warriors.
125 comforted Luo XiaoLou. “When my master comes out, you can ask him for advice.”
Luo XiaoLou had no choice but to give up on that for now. Then he asked 125 to check on one other thing, and it turned out to be probably the first good news since they arrived; this second level civilization had Super Quenching Gold Liquid.
The next day, Luo XiaoLou got up early in the morning and picked out a casual outfit for Yuan Xi to wear when he went out. When Yuan Xi came out of the bathroom, he personally waited for him to put it on. When Yuan Xi raised his eyes to him, only then did he brusquely invite Yuan Xi to go shopping with him. He wanted to buy the Super Quenching Gold Liquid, but if he had asked to go out by himself, he would have been rejected.
When he reached the door, a man wearing a Telles guard uniform with a green belt around his waist and the clan emblem of the Ley family was waiting. The man saluted and politely said to Yuan Xi, “Greetings. Duke Graeme invites His Highness the Prince over as a guest.”
Yuan Xi frowned and said, “It’s not very convenient today. I have to go out. I’ll tell you what, I’ll go over tomorrow and make amends to His Excellency, the Duke.”
The guard turned away to contact his master. After a short time, he turned back with a smile and said, “The Duke asked if you need a guide. I can show you and His Highness the Prince Consort around.”
Yuan Xi said dryly this time, “Many thanks.”
After the guard found out that Luo XiaoLou intended to buy Super Quenching Gold Liquid, he hesitated for a moment, then led Yuan Xi, Luo XiaoLou and the others to the hovercar and set their destination.
“Triumph is our largest auction house, and because there is a large gathering in three days, there are a great many sellers and guests gathered there now.” The guard said enthusiastically.
After they arrived at the Triumph Auction House, because of the Ley family’s guard, they were welcomed inside very warmly.
Soon, a middle-aged man came over to receive them, after he first politely greeted the guard. When he learned the purpose of Yuan Xi and his group, he said respectfully to Luo XiaoLou, “This…Mr. Luo, the Super Quenching Gold Liquid you want happens to be here, but if you went elsewhere, it would be really hard to say. However, it’s among the items that are going to be in the auction. You are welcome to wait for a while and bid on the Super Quenching Gold Liquid, of course. If you need it urgently, we can also directly contact the seller for you, but the price may be a bit higher.”
After he listened to that, Luo XiaoLou thought about it, and said, “That’s right. We don’t have your empire’s coins, so I would like to exchange it for something else. Is that all right?”
Because there were so many people from other civilizations that arrived in recent days, the middle-aged man expressed no surprise and said with a smile, “Of course.”
Luo XiaoLou took out two modified energy boxes from the storage box he had with him, and silently handed them to the middle-aged man. This was what he had prepared yesterday afternoon after he had 125 check out the information.
The Super Quenching Gold Liquid was considered expensive even in a second level civilization. So after Luo XiaoLou thought about the problem that they had no Telles currency, they could only put their hopes on trading items.
But Luo XiaoLou searched for half a day, and found that Telles was worthy of being a second level civilization. The vast majority of items were all more advanced than the Empire’s. Finally, Luo XiaoLou chose the energy box. Energy boxes used by the mecha here were two or three times higher than the Empire’s, but they still weren’t comparable to the super energy box of Luo XiaoLou’s that contained the black chert.
Luo XiaoLou had no choice but to let 125 find some of the information online, and then he figured out how to modify the Empire’s energy box.
Although it wasn’t easy, and it wasn’t the same as theirs, the Tellesians could definitely use it. It was their only hope.
Yuan Xi saw Luo XiaoLou take out the energy box, and his hand that was ready to take something out was put down.
The middle-aged man accepted the energy box with a calm face, and then next took it to an instrument to measure the data. After a while, his expression changed. The middle-aged man immediately summoned the person next to him, handed him the energy box, and gave a few instructions.
The man left with the energy box. A few minutes later, he returned to the parlor with the energy box, and said in a low voice to the middle-aged man, “It works, and the data is fine.”
With a complex and awed expression, he came over to Luo XiaoLou and said more respectfully, “For your energy box, we suggest auctioning it off with us to get a higher price.”
Luo XiaoLou smiled, “Of course you can. But I don’t know much about the market, so I don’t know the price of these two energy boxes. I just hope I can buy two bottles of Super Quenching Gold Liquid.”
“Two Super Energy Boxes for two bottles of Super Quenching Gold Liquid is about equal. I do have another small request. I hope you can give us a set of energy boxes, so that the price will be higher and more attractive to those warriors.” The middle-aged man’s words carried a hint of eagerness.
The Super Energy Box, like the Super Quenching Gold Liquid, was a good thing even with no competition and regardless of whether it was more expensive. What was that to nobles? They would only think that the quantity of the stuff was too small.
Luo XiaoLou agreed after a moment’s consideration. He had his own plans, and it would be a pity if he saw something else later, and couldn’t afford to buy it.
Although the middle-aged man didn’t know the identity of Yuan Xi and Luo XiaoLou, he was now extremely polite to the two, and took them directly to the VIP area.
They went inside and then prepared a workroom for Luo XiaoLou. They also asked enthusiastically if Luo XiaoLou needed any materials from them. Luo XiaoLou refused. For one thing, except for the black chert, his other materials weren’t rare, and for another, he didn’t want this secondary civilization to analyze anything from his materials.
Yuan Xi rarely watched Luo XiaoLou work, but this time he deliberately followed.
Luo XiaoLou prepared the things one by one, then looked over at Yuan Xi who crossed his feet on the desktop. The corners of his mouth lifted up, and he came up to Yuan Xi’s ear and said, “Honey, usually I am the one who dabbles in your light. This time you must be the one dabbling in my light for me to get this treatment.”
Yuan Xi hugged him in his arms, looked at Luo XiaoLou’s joyful face, and lowered his eyes to look at him. He hummed, then asked, “Do I need to call you master?”
“Huh? If you are willing, of course it’s good. Ahem. I’m just kidding. You are the master, you are the master.” Luo XiaoLou, who accidentally said what was in his heart, immediately changed his words after he saw Yuan Xi’s hard gaze.
Luo XiaoLou turned back to the table and started to work. With his current level of Yuan Power, it wouldn’t take long to make a few energy boxes, especially with his Yuan Power’s exaggerated ‘copying’ skill.
Since Luo XiaoLou’s Yuan Power improved, the number of copies he made also changed, from two to four. Although the increase wasn’t large, it was enough to surprise Luo XiaoLou.
Half an hour later, Luo XiaoLou withdrew his Yuan Power. Then he took his gloves off and looked across the room. He had made enough.
Yuan Xi took a deep breath and put his feet down. It was only after a while that he got up and walked over, as he said wistfully, “I think it’s quite interesting when you work. When we are at home one day, I can accompany you inside.” After he said that, he also forcefully pinched Luo XiaoLou’s buttocks. The way Luo XiaoLou worked made him want to conquer him.
Luo XiaoLou’s face was red. In this regard, he was never a rival of Yuan Xi.
When the two came out, Xia Zuo and Rod were guarding the door, and the middle-aged man was skulking not far away. When he saw Luo XiaoLou, he immediately greeted him with a big smile.
Then he saw the four boxes and the expression on his face was even more surprised. “This… this is really great. You can rest assured that even if you do not find the right item at the auction, we at Triumph will try our best to provide it.” Because Luo XiaoLou and Yuan Xi came from a place that did not have an open currency exchange with Telles, he couldn’t give Luo XiaoLou money, only let Luo XiaoLou barter.
Luo XiaoLou and Yuan Xi, accompanied by Rod and Xia Zuo, headed for a VIP room. After they reached the door, Yuan Xi glanced at the guard from the Ley family, then gave Luo XiaoLou a kiss and said, “Honey, you go in first. I’m going to the bathroom.”
Then Yuan Xi nodded to the guard and turned to leave.
Yuan Xi winked at Xia Zuo as he left. Rod stayed in the VIP room while Xia Zuo followed Yuan Xi.
In fact, they had another companion. Yuan Xi held up the blue necklace in his hand, shook it, and said, “Come out.”
Within a short time, 125’s trembling body stepped on Yuan Xi’s arm. He looked around, found no fosterer that he could talk to, and asked dejectedly and carefully, “What did you want to see me about?”
Yuan Xi was very light on his feet, and he moved forward quickly. Behind him, Xia Zuo did the same. The whole corridor was as quiet and silent as if no one existed. Yuan Xi walked up to a door and said to 125, “Remember this door number.”
125 nodded, then Yuan Xi turned around, found a vacant lounge and walked in. Xia Zuo also followed, but stood silently at the door.
Yuan Xi looked at 125. “I want the video of that VIP room.”
125 grimaced, reluctantly hacked into the network, then dropped the video into the folded computer Yuan Xi held.
This was a more luxurious VIP room, a suite in fact. Outside the main room, were dozens of men in guard uniforms and the mecha maker from Federation, Yu Pu. Inside, there were three people sitting, and two more standing.
Yuan Xi’s eyes narrowed. The people inside were none other than Yue Shang, Su Lan and Duke Moga.
Duke Moga was leaning on the sofa in the upper seat. Behind him were two clean-shaven guards.
Su Lan respectfully got up and curtsied in front of Duke Moga. The handsome young Duke smiled lightly and put his hand out. Su Lan took his hand with both of hers and kissed the ring with the maple leaf clan emblem.
“You’re a lot like your grandmother.” Duke looked with interest at Su Lan, who was almost on her knees, then turned his head to look at Yue Shang, who was sitting next to him.
Su Lan blushed red and went back to the sofa. Her eyes remained on Duke Moga. Her heart had been all on Yuan Xi since she was a child without Yuan Xi ever giving her any response, but she could still hold another person in her heart. This person was very similar to Yuan Xi in terms of ability and appearance. She had never forgotten Yuan Xi, of course. With this noble Duke, it was almost like hero worship.
Yue Shang’s attitude was also very respectful. He said a few polite words before he turned the topic to the Federation, “Duke Moga, currently the Federation is being harassed by the octopus people. Although it is not clear how, the octopus people’s combat power has increased a lot. So, we are very vulnerable now.”
At this time, the middle door opened and a beautiful maid walked in with a tray of red wine. Duke Moga picked up a glass, and took a sip without a pause as he said, “After three days, I will help you out.”
Yue Shang also gave a smile, and got up to salute, “Although you are an old friend of grandfather, I offer you a million thanks for helping us so much.”
Duke Moga smiled, but the smile was a bit cold. He surveyed Yue Shang and said, “No need to be so polite. If you want anything else, you can tell me.”
“By the way, did you bring that test piece here?” Duke Moga asked, as he shook the glass of wine in his hand.
“No, we’re worried that he might have an emotional upheaval when he sees you.” Su Lan said immediately.
“Oh? Still not conditioned? Then it’s fine to send his blood over.” Duke Moga thought for a moment and said, “What about that Prince Consort?”