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Demon spirit coins are the currency used in Glory City. Usually, two to three thousand demon spirit coins would be sufficient for a commoner family's annual expenses. The value of items in Glory City is measured with demon spirit coins. For example: battle armors, demon crystals, demon beast furs, elixirs and various other items.
The Holy Orchid Institute's annual school fee would be around three thousand demon spirit coins. For a commoner family, this would be a huge expense for them. But a lot of commoner families would rather live frugally and send their children to the Holy Orchid Institute. This is because, once they become a Fighter or a Demon Spiritualist, even if it's only Bronze rank, they can change their family's fate.
A Bronze rank Fighter, if they join the army and become a soldier, would have an annual salary of about five to six thousand demon spirit coins. At the same time, they can also venture into the St. Ancestral Mountains and gain more benefits from it.
Nie Li belongs to the Heavenly Mark Family. It is a relatively declining Aristocratic family. The Patriarch is a 1-star Gold rank Demon Spiritualist. The family's annual income is around six hundred thousand demon spirit coins. The family's annual expenses is very large. Just the expenses of the children's school fees would be around three hundred thousand demon spirit coins. This, along with various other expenses, often made the family struggle to make ends meet. With no choice but to sell some of the family business to support themselves, the Heavenly Mark Family was able to get all of the younger generations into the Holy Orchid Institute.
When I had transmigrated to this world. I went through Chi Kai's memories to get a gist of what I had managed to get myself into. At the time, and even now, all I could remember was bits and pieces of my past life. I could remember my family, but not their faces. I could remember that I had worked at a library trying to earn enough money to get me through college. I was trying to be a teacher…I think? Then I remember the library in flames. Next thing I know, I am in a different body in a different world.
I was desperate for information, and like most children, Chi Kai didn't know a huge amount outside of his own family. I done as much research on Glory city, and other families that I could. My family was close to the Heavenly marks family, and the Li Yuan family. The Li Yuan family does a little better than my own family but not by a large margin. The heavenly marks family had it the roughest out of all of us though.
The Patriarch once said that only an outstanding member of the younger generations could get the family to rise once again. Even if they had to live with a high toll, they would let every single young generation the largest nurturing they can give.
Personally, I agreed with his standpoint. However, the Understanding of cultivation was way too bad.
Dong! Dong! Dong!
The bell went off throughout Glory City. Class has ended.
The Holy Orchid Institute's students rushed out of the huge gates and passed through the bustling street in front. The merchants sounded off one after another. I followed to group we were in. I wanted to see what Nie Li had thought up to make that large amount of money. After that I needed to split up to go check out the various guilds. The more books I could get into the library the better. I had some ideas that may earn me a lot of money through the Alchemist Association.
"Latest Bronze rank battle armors! With Snow Wind Patterns inscribed on them! Noble ladies and gentlemen, are you interested?" A vendor with a grey tunic greeted the crowd with so much enthusiasm. This had soon attracted the attention of many students. Bronze rank armor isn't something an ordinary student can afford. However, within the Holy Orchid Institute, there's still a lot of children of nobility. Some of them are extremely loaded, and they can sell to those rich students if they were lucky enough.
"Look, Bronze rank armor with Snow Wind Patterns inscribed on it!"
The students were excited and talked to one another. A pair of gauntlets were exuding a deep blue light. The surface was covered with mysterious carvings and revealed a faint chilling frost.
"How much is this?" One student asked in a low voice.
"Sixty thousand demon spirit coins!" The vendor said while smiling.
"Good heavens, so expensive!"
An ordinary family couldn't even accumulate sixty thousand demon spirit coins in ten years.
"This is Bronze rank armor with Snow Wind Patterns inscribed on it. The Snow Wind Pattern was drawn using the blood of a Snow Wind Banshee. The banshee was at its prime before being killed. The Snow Wind Banshee isn't easy to hunt. Their characteristics also made the gauntlets gain a strong attacking ability. This is definitely a suitable armor for Snow Wind type Fighters or Demon Spiritualists!" The vendor bragged as he introduced the armor.
Many students looked at the pair of gauntlets with nostalgia, but they still left. Such an expensive item isn't something they can afford.
"If Bronze rank armor alone costs sixty thousand demon spirit coins, then wouldn't Silver rank armor and Gold rank armor be even more expensive?" Lu Piao muttered. His monthly allowance was only about five hundred demon spirit coins. Lu Piao's family has a lot of business, so Lu Piao can be considered well off.
As Nie Li, Lu Piao, Du Ze, and I walked, they looked around. This street was filled with all kinds of items. No matter what item, be it expensive or cheap, can be found here.
"Nie Li, what are you planning?" asked Lu Piao, confused while Nie Li looked around.
As they were talking, a figure arrived in front of the vendor.
"Look, it's Shen Yue!" Lu Piao stated, directing Shen Yue's location with his mouth, "And also Ye Ziyun!"
Shen Yue also looked at her from time to time. This kid wasn't subtle in the slightest. You could easily tell that he was looking for a way to impress her.
"Very good, I'm lacking Bronze rank gauntlets. Wrap this Bronze rank gauntlet up for me," Shen Yue lightly said to the vendor.
"YES, YOUNG MASTER!"
The vendor immediately grinned upon hearing Shen Yue's words and quickly wrapped the gauntlet up.
"Here's sixty thousand demon spirit coins."
Shen Yue took out six demon crystal cards. A single demon crystal card represents ten thousand demon spirit coins.
He made sixty thousand demon spirit coins look light. With an 'I don't give a shit' kind of expression he placed the bronze rank gauntlets into his interspatial ring.
Several girls around him let out light muffled voices. He easily took out sixty thousand demon spirit coins, so rich! Several of the slightly pretty girls had the look in their eyes brighten up. They threw flirtatious gazes at Shen Yue. However, Shen Yue treated them as though they were invisible. He proudly looked towards us. Then, he looked towards Ye Ziyun. His eyes clearly said, 'I only have eyes for you.'
I personally never understood the attraction of wealth. Yeah you can have a lot of money to spend, but the person could treat you like shit. Always be with the one that makes you happy. Money should be a secondary issue.
"How despicable!" Lu Piao growled
"Tyrant! Easily throwing out sixty thousand demon spirit coins, and even having an interspatial ring." Du Ze spread out his hands. Shaking his head, he looked at Nie Li and said, "Nie Li, people like him are handsome and rich. What can you compete against him with?"
"Hehe. Ziyun doesn't care about that amount of money," Nie Li casually spoke. He swept his gaze towards Ye Ziyun. She completely ignored Shen Yue's action, and was talking to the few girls beside her. Her eyes were occasionally looking at Xiao Ning'er, but Xiao Ning'er stood absent mindedly to one side.
How does he know this about her? Are they actually close or is he just stalking her? Either way this dude can be a creep.
It wasn't hard to tell either that Ye Ziyun was trying to be friends with Xiao Ning'er. Didn't look like it was working though.
Xiao Ning'er's expression was cold. She's usually a lone wolf and doesn't have much contact with the other students.
Nie Li knows that what Ye Ziyun wants the most right now is friendship. In his previous life, Ye Ziyun always wanted to be friends with Xiao Ning'er, but their identities led them further apart instead.
Looking at Ye Ziyun's expression, Shen Yue was somewhat disappointed.
"Fine, Ye Ziyun indeed doesn't care about money. Nie Li, she wouldn't like females, right? If so, your game's over," Lu Piao blinked, teasing Nie Li.
Nie Li laughed.
"Let's go, I'm starting my plan!"
"Lu Piao go buy two crossbows and five hundred crossbow bolts. A crossbow costs one hundred sixty demon spirit coins each and the bolts cost thirty demon spirit coins each, don't get cheated by hawkers!" Nie Li told Lu Piao, "We'll meet up at the school's training ground."
"Okay!" said Lu Piao nodding his head and feeling a bit curious in his heart. Did Nie Li buy crossbows and crossbow bolts in the past, since he knows the price of them?
Nie Li's monthly allowance is only fifty demon spirit coins, so he doesn't have enough to buy expensive things.
"Du Ze, we'll go buy Black Pool Grass," Nie Li said. Black Pool Grass has a certain paralysis effect.
Du Ze's situation is even worse than Nie Li's. Naturally, Nie Li wouldn't let Du Ze use his money. So, when buying those herbs, Nie Li was the one paying.
Black Pool Grass is very cheap. One demon spirit coin can buy a bunch of it. In addition, Nie Li also bought some low-level fusing agents and went to a small hill at the side of Glory City to collect some Zoysia Grass.
"What are you planning to do?" Du Ze curiously asked.
Nie Li laughed mysteriously, "Black Pool Grass has a certain paralysis effect, but the efficiency is very low. It is generally used to smear on wounds to relieve some pain. As for Zoysia Grass, it is a very common weed, so no one has found a use for them yet. However, if it's used with a fusing agent and Black Pool Grass, it can greatly strengthen the paralysis effect of the Black Pool Grass."
Du Ze was stunned for a moment and then asked, "How strong is the paralysis effect?"
Nie Li laughed and said, "It doesn't have much effect on ordinary demon beasts. The effect is worse than a low-grade paralyzing agent. But did you know that the Horned Sheep never eats Zoysia Grass?"
"Horned Sheep?" repeated Du Ze and went silent for a moment. As if he vaguely guessed something, his eyes lit up, "Nie Li, would you happen to be an alchemist?"
"An alchemist?" Nie Li thought awhile and laughed, "I guess so."
An alchemist is referring to those who use herbs to refine elixirs or people that allocate prescriptions. Nie Li started mixing the grasses and fusing agents, getting a total of six full bottles of the drug.
"I actually have something to take care of. I will try to be back as soon as possible to help you all hunt the Horned Sheep, but it may take longer than expected." Nie Li gave me a side glance and went back to mixing.
That could work. Students are allowed to hunt in the hunting grounds to help make money. I didn't think it was a viable option until cultivating a little bit first.
"I hope that you aren't trying to skip out on the work Chi Kai." He gave me a disappointed look. I couldn't help but chuckled and helped up my hands.
"Nothing of the sort, I just want to check out the guilds in the city. You never know when you might want to pick up a second line of study."
He gave me a thoughtful look and nodded. Nie Li gave me an appreciative glance.
"He's right. You also never know when something my come in handy. Like now for instance." Me and Du Ze nodded and I went on my way.
Turns out the Fighter and Demon spiritualist associations were a bust. You can't join until after leaving Holy Orchard Institute. That rule kind of sucked, but I could understand it.
The Physician guild wasn't that large. I did find out there though that before you could become an apprentice you had to take the apprentice test. They did, however, allow you to become a member for 100 demon spirit coins. This allowed you access to the library to study, and a small discount for services. You'd get more privileges for each level test you managed to pass.
The Library was bigger than expected, but not a whole lot larger than my own family's library. However, there was multiple libraries. One for members, apprentices, and masters. That made sense didn't want someone studying way above their weight class. It only took me around thirty minutes to absorb all the member library books.
The blacksmiths guild was set up the same way, however all the tests where more practical than on paper. They only had one library here though. All the beginner stuff was theoretical, but the more skilled you become it was all practical than theoretic. It took me about an hour their library.
Lucky enough the guild for inscription masters where located fairly close to the blacksmiths. However, you could only become a member there until you graduated holy orchard institute. Inscription patterns could potentially blow up, if you didn't know what you were doing there so that was understandable.
My last and most important stop was to the Alchemist association.
When I walked in there was a 19-20-year-old girl with pink hair and a slim figure working in the reception area.
"Nice to have you hear, what can I do for you?"
"I am here to pay the 100 demon spirt coins for the membership, and I would like to see if the director was free for a buisness proposition." She gave me a weird look before reply.
"I will need to check and see if the director is free, but the membership can be taken care of right away."
The membership was taken care of right way, and as I was waiting for her to come back from speaking with the director, I took notice of the building. The building showed signs of aging, and there wasn't that many people coming and going. Looks like the Alchemist Association was on the decline.
That threw Dollar signs in my head. That told me that my ideas could be a lifeline for them if they worked out. Which I knew for sure one of them would work. That means, I have more negotiating power than they do. That will help out a lot. A feminine voice brought me out of my thoughts.
"The director will see you now, but she doesn't have very long." I kept a smile on my face, but the second part of that sentence was just flat rude. One day, that will get that girl into some trouble.
She guided me through the Hallways to the directors Office. It took us a few minutes to get there, but the insides of the building matched the outside. The must be tight on money if they can't pay for the maintenance of this place.
She slid the door open for me and that is when I saw the director. She looked to be in her mid to late twenties. At the max early thirties. She had black hair, white skin, and what appeared to be a curvier build. She was smiling, hopefully she won't be rude.
I walked up to her desk and cupped my hands. "It's nice to meet you director. My name is Chi Kai, I am the Heir to the Tian Kui family."
"Nice to meet you as well Chi Kai. I am Yang Xin the Director of the alchemy association. Xiao Lan told me that you had some buisness propositions?" I could see the slightest hint of a smile on her face and I couldn't help but smirk.
Holy Orchid Institute Training Grounds
The training grounds were established by the Legend rank Demon Spiritualist Lord Ye Mo and the principal of the school, who was a Black Gold rank Demon Spiritualist. The training grounds were surrounded by towering walls. Every year, experts in Glory City would capture some low-level demon beasts and place them into the training grounds. Any Holy Orchid Institute student who is below Silver rank, can enter the grounds. Students can hunt the demon beasts inside and obtain fur, demon crystals, and various other beast materials from them and dispose of them freely at their own choice. Some of the poorer students can hunt inside the training ground to help with their family's financial situation.
No one in our Group hasn't even reached 1-star Bronze rank, yet. So, the place that they are going to is the training grounds safest area. There are only Horned Sheep's in that area. Although Horned Sheep's are very aggressive in nature, they are still herbivores. Therefore, their attacks would only cause serious injuries. So, they can be considered safe.
Training Grounds Apprenticeship Area
Within the sparse trees, there would be patches of grass fields with Horned Sheep slowly pacing them. Their eyes were red. Occasionally, they would prick up their ears to listen. Once an outsider enters their territory, they would mercilessly attack him.
Suddenly, an abnormal sound was heard. The Horned Sheep closest to Nie Li's group let out a growl and rushed towards the direction of the abnormal sound. This was the sight that I had come upon when I had finally made my way back to everyone else. Seems like it took longer the mix and get everything ready than I though.