"Let's set up a time to meet next." As he looked into the depths of the large hall they were currently situated in, Aioros felt there should be one or two more checkpoints for them to pass. Furthermore, the dimensional energy being radiated out from this place was incomparable thick and dense. The dangers awaiting them was unknown, but it would be extremely interesting. He felt it would be too much of a pity to give up on. "I can carve out a coordinate here. Next time we can simply appear here."
As he spoke, a hand was lowered and he drew out a rune pattern into the large hall.
"So this coordinate symbol lets us directly descend to this large hall the next time we enter?" Wang Zhong felt it to be extremely inconceivable. After all, this was a dimensional space within the pyramid and not some random area of the hyperdimension.
Mu Zi simply grinned at him, having long grown numb to Aioros' ability.
"Haha. Just a small trick using life runes. If you're so excited then I'll just teach you some next time." Aioros finished drawing his pattern as he responded. The pattern itself seemed to have a special aura radiating from it, one that included Wang Zhong, Aioros, and Mu Zi's aura within. With a satisfied nod, he continued, "The next time we come, it will respond to our aura. Oh, right!"
As though an extremely interesting idea suddenly popped into his head, Aioros said, "Our preparation this time was insufficient, but the next time we come here we should still have some time left after clearing this secret realm. In that case, why not have a party here? I feel the atmosphere would be pretty good, right? I'll be in charge of bringing in some nice food. The thing our Pampas Empire lacks the least is various kinds of wild game. Naturally, the most important part will be cola and the legendary ham sausage! Frankly speaking, those two are what I'm after. I wanna know how good they taste."
When he heard those words, Mu Zi's eyes lit up. With a gulp, he couldn't help but say, "Wang Zhong, can you really get them? Isn't cola very expensive?"
These two guys were really enthusiastic about cola. With a smile, Wang Zhong replied, "Relax and just leave it to me. Let's set up a date!"
"I will need at least seven to eight days of time," Mu Zi replied after counting his fingers. The main issue for him was recharging the energy within his soul tool.
"Ten days it is." Aioros was drawing out another seemingly simply array formation on Wang Zhong's hand. In fact, it would be more suitable to just call it a symbol. Once the drawing of this thirty-six sided rectangular symbol was completed, it seemed to give off a slightly 3-Dimensional effect. "This is that small dimensional pouch I mentioned earlier. It can last around two to three hours. When you go back, all you need to do is copy it. Draw it on a container and input a bit of soul power and it'll do the rest."
Wang Zhong felt slightly flabbergasted as he started at this thirty-six sided rectangular symbol. Compared to the Federation's dimensional space array formations that had been placed within the academy libraries and required tens of thousands of volumes of books before it could be assembled, this simple design seemed to lack the qualifications to stand beside it.
"Again, if you're interested then you can just research it on your own. If you can get even half of what's going on inside it, then it'll be easier for me to teach you next time we meet. After all, my methods are completely different from those used by the Federation," said Aioros. When Wang Zhong had mentioned he had unknowingly entered the hyperdimension world, Aioros came to the conclusion that he lacked knowledge of this place. "I can feel that your soul power isn't very strong, but your soul itself is extremely powerful. You should come here more often and uncover the mysteries of strength."
"Don't forget the cola and ham sausage," Mu Zi reminded with some slight embarrassment.
Having understood their requests, Wang Zhong nodded his head.
"Alright. Then let us meet ten days later!"
When he woke up, Wang Zhong felt extremely refreshed, as though a comfortable feeling was coursing through his body. As he lay upon his dormitory bed, he could hear some coughing sounds coming from the other rooms. In fact, he could even see the fine and intricate foreleg movements of the fly as it perched on the window sill a few meters away.
There was no doubt that his senses had grown more sensitive. This was an obvious indicator of a new human's growth in power. Without the need to test, he knew his strength, speed, and other various physical aspects had definitely grown. He didn't know the exact specifications of what increase had occurred within him, but this feeling of being able to knock out a rabid bull with one punch made him feel fucking awesome.
The sole part of his body that didn't feel so happy was his stomach.
This sound seemed to shake and astonish the heavens. It was loud to the point that his bed actually vibrated a bit from its might.
I'm damn hungry! I feel as though I haven't eaten for three days! Suddenly, Wang Zhong felt a 'tyrannical' soul power circulating within his body. That one experience in the hyperdimension had actually affect his soul power this deeply. It had unexpectedly broke past a hundred grassos! He had never before controlled so much power! It was a rich and full feeling for him.
This was the feeling of control!
When he looked at his own reflection in the mirror, Wang Zhong suddenly felt he'd gotten more handsome. Fuck… my stomach's about to rebel again. Hastily putting on his clothes, Wang Zhong quickly left his room and rushed to the academy's dining hall.
The change to Wang Zhong's soul power hadn't been sensed by anyone in the Prodigy Society. The main reason was because soul power breaking past a hundred grassos was all too common an experience. When it was Wang Zhong, however, it became a nightmare to his opponents.
As their trip to Copperfield Academy grew ever closer, everyone within the academy's squadron became more and more excited. The ability to travel across dozens of big cities wasn't something that could be easily done this time of year. Even a person like Scarlet with her social status in Tianjing would find it difficult to hop city to city. The armoured railway was in place to server the military, Federation officials, or Federation resources. It wasn't something that could be settled with just money.
They all handled their own various preparations with excitement. It was said that Hymin had packed over fifty kilograms of cosmetics as well as various sets of clothes. Lily had a large bag of snacks with her, which told the squadron that the most gluttonous one wasn't necessarily their frivolous leader, Ma Dong. Scarlet prepared some gifts from Tianjing as the one representing their cademy. She had quite the sense of responsibility… and opposite her was the most idle group, the Prodigy Society's four members.
Grai was known as a travelling expert and had already arranged everything he needed. As for Wang Zhong and Emily, they both went with the flow during their packing and took whatever came to mind. Lastly, Barran didn't have the simplest clue as to what to take. He had come to Tianjing to study, so there was nothing for him to carry other than a small patch-work bag. They were only going to be there for a month, so what was there to prepare?
Ma Dong was the one who completely acted as the mother. He prepared various things for everyone ranging from food and clothes to daily amenities. When considering how detailed and meticulous one could be, this esteemed President Ma was simply unrivalled under the heavens.
With their impending separation growing ever shorter, Ma Dong, who had been recently bustling around in a hasty manner, found it hard to take much time off to chat with Wang Zhong.
From his interpretation of this event, the Eastern Area's special training time would have a few unique points compared to the past ones.
"It really is just an exchange event. Since everyone is from the Eastern Area and are also elites, there isn't much to say about it. After graduation, regardless of whether one entered the Eastern Area Military or the various large Federation systems, the probably of elites mixing together is very high. Being more familiar with one's future circle is the benefit given to those elites by the various large academies."
Wang Zhong understood these matters. This special training, from what Greene had explained to him, wouldn't have much in the way of actual lessons being taught to them academically. Rather, the main reason for this special training was to further the mutual understanding between the various large squadrons; the intent being to use the strengths of others to improve upon one's weakness.
Since they were all going to the CHF this time, their enemies weren't just the other teams within the Eastern Area but those of the entire Federation. When the CHF started there wouldn't be much time for them to communicate and exchange information on the squadrons they would face. As such, this special training would end up being of great use in promoting the Eastern Area's results.
As for Ma Dong's second point, this was a chance to make some friends. As a part of the elite group within the Eastern Area, there would be a very high chance of them entering the same squadron or department in the future. Getting along now and establishing a firm clique would be extremely helpful to the development of everyone's future.
Ma Dong spoke in a very emotional manner. "This year you will definitely not be able to go far just with fighting. You need to make lots of friends and look at the many alternative paths you can walk on. The more heads the better. Just being by yourself isn't very impressive."
"It sounds like you've already taken the solitary path no one else has," Wang Zhong said with a joking scold. "What's the matter? Was it not that smooth for you?"
"It's not bad. The situation on my side can still be called passable," Ma Dong replied. Since his return from St. Mongul, he had kept quiet about his clan matters when in front of Wang Zhong.
One of the main reasons was because of the warm-blooded feelings that had filled him as he left for St. Mongul. He had gone with the intent of being pragmatic and ready to respond to any situation. But because of the 'auction' test given to him by the clan leader, he also began to shape up.
And it wasn't as though him not mentioning anything meant he didn't care for Wang Zhong. The latter knew this. It was just that Ma Dong wasn't completely sure how to go about his test. But since they had stumbled upon the topic anyway, he took the time to conveniently explain it to his brother.
He first explained the situation behind the 'auction' test that will take place at St. Mongul before continuing, "My opponent is a bit tough. While he's my older cousin, Teslan has the backing of his uncle who is one of the current holders of authority in the clan. Right now that uncle should be planning to invite a few powerful figures to grace Teslan's auction and he may also provide him with some precious treasures. On the surface it looks like a competition between Teslan and I, but the reality is that I'll be up against my fifth uncle. Haha. Fifth uncle is a core member of the clan and one of the youngest elders. A casual exchange of words or even a few items from him can easily make me feel heaps of pressure piling over me."
Just from their conversation, Wang Zhong could feel the enormous stress currently piling down on Ma Dong's head. Before, he had used All-Mouthy King to stimulate his fighting spirit. It was the only method at the time that could give Ma Dong a proper attitude towards life. But now that everything had truly settled into realistic matters which included shady deals, that All-Mouthy King phrase was no longer useful. Well, at least it didn't have much visible use at the moment.
"Sounds like all of them are bad news."
"Ha. That's not completely true. When I entered St. Mongul then, I'd assumed there would be various other reactions from the clan. Instead, they directly arranged for me to fight against Teslan. It was such an unexpected result, but also gave me answers to very important questions." Ma Dong let out a hearty smile. "Looking at these results, it seems that I have no real superiority but this could also be to my advantage.
"The first issue is that the clan leader probably isn't very pleased with Teslan. If not, then he wouldn't have wasted his time on me. Within the clan, it's the words of the clan leader that ultimately counts. Even my fifth uncle who stands behind Teslan doesn't have such genuine authority. At the very least this means the clan leader won't permit fifth uncle to secretly hinder me. If I had any actual capabilities, then the clan leader wouldn't mind pushing me up in order to press Teslan down. If I can at least see this key point, wouldn't that mean others can as well?"
Ma Dong seemed impressed with his conclusions up to there. "After hearing of the competition between Teslan and I, the hearts of quite a few of our people here in Tianjing seemed to change. Recently, a few past partners of my old man took the time to contact me. After so many years of contact between the clans, even if one ignores the personal relationship there are still many points of familiarity between their business habits and distribution of benefits. If a new boss does appear, then they will have to change the way they communicate and build up a new foundation of trust and emotion. They may even have to face the arrival of new competitors, something a few aren't willing to accept.
"In the beginning they will dread the power of the Assassin Clan and wouldn't dare stick their heads into this matter. But since this is a decision that had been settled by the clan, the majority of those here will probably be willing to attach themselves to my branch family. They won't go so far as to show obvious contact with me, but they can provide help and support in the shadows. They could even send over people to help support my side during the auction.
"While I can't match my fifth uncle in his connections with the upper echelons, I have already gathered a sufficient number from the lower end. Furthermore, I intentionally released advertisement to boost my support. Since our clan leader gave me this chance, he might not personally care for the idea of getting 'behind-the-scenes' support, but having a little bit of public opinion as guidance should stir the people's imagination more.
"Lastly, since my uncle possesses such natural superiority, he wouldn't go out of his way to act without mercy against a younger generation like me. When all of these scattered powers slowly gather together behind me, then at the very least I wouldn't appear so inferior in terms of networks and connections as Teslan. Although there will still be some disparity, it should still be within manageable boundaries."
This talk about business showed that Ma Dong truly was knowledgeable about it on all fronts. Even the various connections and networks had already been drawn up by him. Although sufficient homework was required for that to happen, he was still a person who only came into contact with clan business less than two months ago yet still able to control this much of the overall situation and find slivers of hope and victory in this impossibility while also arranging them to their greatest potential. He really could be called a genius.
"The greatest authority will actually be gained from the intricate details of the various aspects of the auction itself. I already went to go find my old man's group and formed a new group of people. They are currently training their coordination with one another.
"Did you know an auctioneer can be counted as a service job? The quality of this service is very important and must be accumulated over long periods of time. It's a position that requires much attention. When faced against different customers, how can one provide different levels of service? This isn't something that can be decided and settled upon within the few hours during the auction. Simply speaking, one had to cater specific services to specific tastes."
Smiling, Ma Dong continued his explanation. "Take, for example, when a great figure from some great aristocratic family arrives. If you send a beautiful lady dressed in a chinese dress with slits down her waist to greet him, then he might not take a liking to her. A person of that caliber has long since met with such ladies before.
"Next is a second generation wealthy. If you send a specialist to accompany him and give him an extremely professional breakdown of the auctioned goods, then he might treat the entire matter as an irritation.
"Other factors include the little gifts being delivered and the like. These factors touch on many aspects and not only that, but the various types of service staff below one's hands must also have ample understandings of the customers. Just another thing that requires more detailed thinking and planning. But if you try your best and do it in the best way possible, then valuable customers will descend from the heavens to meet you. Business doesn't simply rely on one's glibness."
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