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Although Duan Ling Tian had gathered quite a few pieces of information during his stay in the restaurant, they were useless to him. Nobody talked about the things he wanted to know. It was not surprising since most of the people here were natives of the Devata Realm or had ascended for a long time. Naturally, their conversation would not revolve around the basic information Duan Ling Tian needed to know
With that in mind, Duan Ling Tian decided to change his approach. He hollered at a waiter and said, “Hello, I would like to switch to a quieter place. Can you show me the way to a private booth…”
“The minimum charge for our booth is 10 Primitive Celestial Stones. You see, sir, there’s only one of you…” Seeing that Duan Ling Tian was alone, the waiter tried to dissuade him from getting a private booth.
However, before the waiter finished speaking, Duan Ling Tian tossed a handful of Primitive Celestial Stones on the table before he interjected, “You can keep the change.”
The waiter froze when he saw the pile of Primitive Celestial Stones on the table. With just a glance, he could tell there were twenty to thirty Primitive Celestial Stones. Excitement filled his eyes when he regained his senses. As he gathered the Primitive Celestial Stones into a pouch, he said, “Thank you, sir, thank you.” Then, he led Duan Ling Tian to a private booth.
The booth was quiet. All noises from the main hall were blocked out by the wall around it. Duan Ling Tian eyed the booth in satisfaction as the waiter grinned ear to ear and asked, “Would you like to order some food, sir?”
The change in the waiter’s attitude was obvious. He spoke reverently and served Duan Ling Tian with newfound enthusiasm.
Duan Ling Tian wondered if the waiter would address him as master if he had given the waiter more Primitive Celestial Stones. However, that was not important now. Duan Ling Tian’s eyes gleamed as he asked bluntly, “Well, put that aside for the moment. I have something to ask you. Do you have the time now?” He intended to obtain as much information from this waiter as he could. This was his plan.
“What do you wish to know, sir?” The waiter asked with a smile.
“If I’m not mistaken, you’re a native of the Spirit Overarching Heaven, right?” Duan Ling Tian asked. He knew that this waiter was not a Heavenly Celestial and that he was a native of the Spirit Overarching Heaven.
A long time ago, when Duan Ling Tian was still in the mundane realm, he had learned about the natives of Devata Realms from Xuan Yuan Zhi, the Nine Tribulation Bodiless Celestial of Yellow Thearch Manion. According to Xuan Yuan Zhi, the natives in the Devata Realm were the descendants of Celestial who had ascended to Devata Realms. Since they were born in the Devata Realms, there was no need for them to go through the process of ascension. Most of them were at least Heavenly Celestials. After all, since they were born in the Devata Realms, they were blessed with all the Devata Realms had to offer. Not only was the Heaven and Earth Spirit Energy more abundant in the Devata Realm, but the resources here were extraordinary as well. Unless they were foolish, their cultivation speed was definitely faster than those from the mundane realms.
“Yes,” the waiter replied.
“Where’s the best place for cultivation in or around Bloody Specter City?” Duan Ling Tian asked bluntly. After all, his mind was only filled with thoughts of getting stronger. It was imperative for him to find a perfect location where he could concentrate on his cultivation. It went without saying that a good cultivation place would help immensely with one’s cultivation. With his current strength, it was best for him to stay around Bloody Specter City. There were plenty of great warriors in the Devata Realms, each one stronger than him. For his well-being, it was best that he did not stray too far from the Bloody Specter City. If he was still in the mundane realms, he would not have to worry about such things. Moreover, he was no longer alone. He had his wives, family, and friends whom he had to think about. If anything untoward happened to him, everything would fall apart.
“Based on your question, it seems like you’re not from around here, sir. In reply to your question, the best cultivation place around Bloody Specter City is undoubtedly our City Governor’s isolated cultivation room. It’s located in the City Governor’s estate. There’s a Spirit Channeling Formation there that’s connected to the cores of the two largest Celestial Stone ore veins around the Bloody Specter City. The density of the Heaven and Earth Spirit Energy is the highest there in the entire city and its surroundings,” the waiter said, “After that, it’s the campsites of the Commanders and Captains of the Black Dragon Army and the Silverwyrm Army. Both campsites are situated close to the cores of the two ore veins. Moreover, they had also laid a Spirit Gathering Formation to contain the Heaven and Earth Spirit Energy. The final location is the cultivation place of the Golden Serpent Guard. It’s situated in the City Governor’s estate as well and is very near to the City Governor’s isolated cultivation room.”
When the waiter mentioned the Golden Serpent Guard, Duan Ling Tian noticed a glint of fear flashing in the depths of the waiter’s eyes. It seemed as though the waiter was talking about some terrifying monster.
“The Golden Serpent Guard is an army tasked to protect the City Governor and his family. Unlike the Black Dragon Army and the Silverwyrm Army, the Golden Serpent Guard has only 100 or so members. However, each of them is monstrously strong,” the waiter replied solemnly, “From what I heard, even the weakest Golden Serpent Guard is a Golden Celestial.”
“The Golden Celestial is the weakest among the Golden Serpent Guard?” Duan Ling Tian was startled when he heard the waiter’s words.
After all, the Captain of the Silverwyrm Army was not even a Golden Celestial but had proved to be a tough opponent. How could Duan Ling Tian not be shocked when he was told that even the weakest among the Golden Serpent Guard was a Golden Celestial?
“This means the Captain of the Silverwyrm Army is not a match for those who are in the Golden Serpent Guards? It also means the captain isn’t qualified to join the Golden Serpent Guard?” Duan Ling Tian pressed on.
“That’s right,” the waiter answered honestly, “Not only that, but even if they have the strength, they might not even be able to join the Golden Serpent Guard. To join the Golden Serpent Guard, the first criteria is that you have to be powerful. That’s the basics. Secondly, you’ll have to pass a list of harsh conditions. Those who failed would not be able to join the Golden Serpent Guard even if they’re skilled in combat.”
Duan Ling Tian nodded. There were three spots which were excellent for cultivation in and around Bloody Specter City. The City Governor’s isolated cultivation room was the best out of the three, but he knew it was impractical for him to cultivate there unless he could defeat the City Governor of Bloody Specter City and claim the quiet room for himself. That seemed unfeasible at this moment.
The remaining two spots were the cultivation location of the Golden Serpent Guard, and the campsites of the Commanders of the Black Dragon Army and the captain of Silverwyrm Army.
‘This seems a little… tricky,’ Duan Ling Tian thought to himself helplessly.
“Other than the three spots that I mentioned, the other two locations that are suitable for cultivation are the perimeter around the City Governor’s estate and the campsites of the Silverwyrm Army and the Black Dragon Army,” the waiter added.
Then, without waiting for Duan Ling Tian to reply, the waiter looked at the door and said, “If you don’t have any more questions, then, I’ll take my leave. I still need to serve the other customers. My boss will be upset if he doesn’t see me. He might even deduct my salary.”
“Hold on,” Duan Ling Tian tossed another Celestial Stone toward the waiter and said, “I still have other questions.”
The waiter instinctively raised his arm to catch the Celestial Stone. At this point, his eyes were gleaming with excitement after he studied the Celestial Stone. He exclaimed, “This… This is a Mediocre Celestial Stone!”
It was only natural that the waiter was excited. He was only paid 30 Primitive Celestial Stones by his boss. The Mediocre Primitive Stone in his hand was worth a hundred Primitive Celestial Stones. This was slightly more than three months of his salary.
Duan Ling Tian asked, “How many Primitive Celestial Stones can I exchange for one Mediocre Celestial Stone?” When he had thrown out the darker Celestial Stone, he had already known it was a Mediocre Celestial Stone. However, he did not know its value.
“One hundred, sir,” the waiter responded. When he regained his senses, he shifted his eyes away from the Celestial Stone and looked at Duan Ling Tian curiously. Put everything aside, the value of Mediocre Celestial Stones was common knowledge not only the Spirit Overarching Heaven, but all Devata Realms. However, the man in front of him was totally clueless. He thought to himself, ‘He must be joking with me…’
However, when Duan Ling Tian threw out questions after questions that should be general knowledge, the waiter was baffled. ‘Why is this man acting like he has just ascended to the Spirit Overarching Heaven?’ However, he quickly dismissed that thought. After all, those who were newly ascended to the Celestial Ascension Pool near Bloody Specter City would be conscripted to the Black Dragon Army or Silverwyrm Army. Even if this man managed to avoid conscription, there was no way he would possess so many Celestial Stones.
For a newly-ascended Celestial, even if he was a Golden Celestial, it would still be impossible for him to possess so many Celestial Stones. Therefore, the waiter just regarded Duan Ling Tian as someone with a strange habit who liked to feign ignorance and ask questions he already knew the answer to.
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