ddle-aged, the wrinkles on their faces somewhat apparent, but the black-haired woman looked youthful, roughly in her late twenties. She wasn ’t a gorgeous, heaven-defying beauty, but she gave off her own charm that firmly established her as beautiful.
One of the men, dressed in navy-blue and sky-blue robes, had a dark and hostile expression as he stared at the other man. That other man was relatively handsome with a faint smile on his face, wearing black robes, and his eyes contained expectation and excitement. At times, his eyes would shift downwards to inspect the planet below. The light in his eyes would elevate in intensity each time.
”Venerable Kun Yiming, what is the meaning of this? ” The multi-blue robed man asked, not taking his eyes off the black-robed man. ”Are you trying to push me out? Do you think I ’m so easy to bully? That I ’ll just leave?! ”
Venerable Kun Yiming was a beautiful woman, dressed in grey and yellow robes. In the face of the multi-blue robed man ’s fierce questioning, she smiled enchantingly. ”Venerable Bluecloud, please settle down. Venerable Slayingsword is just here to help us excavate faster. ”
Venerable Bluecloud ’s expression became unsightly, ”Excavate faster? Your actions go against our previous agreement! ”
Venerable Kun Yiming shook her head, ”There was no agreement. Just your suggestions. ” There was a wisp of ridicule within her eyes. ’How can you ascend and survive this far with so much trust in others? ’ She disdainfully mocked within the depths of her heart.
Venerable Slayingsword added with a contemptuous smile, ”There was no oath established, so no agreement was reached. You ’re becoming more muddled with age, old man. ”
Venerable Bluecloud exploded with fury, ”What did you just say? You ungrateful little brat! I ’ve been making honorable agreements before I taught your grandmother how to suck properly! ” The flaring heat within his gaze betrayed the complicated history between the two. Furthermore, it was certainly deep. Despite their similarly aged appearance, it was clear there was an age-gap.
Venerable Slayingsword ’s smile faded. A vicious killing intent flickered within his eyes. The insult was far too humiliating, especially with his subordinates behind him. He interfaced with his spatial ring, his aura seethed, causing those attendants behind Venerable Bluecloud to shiver with fear.
”Enough! ” The enchanting smile on Venerable Kun Yiming ’s face was wiped off. She gave Venerable Slayingsword a sharp glance, enough to rein in his aura, reluctantly, and calm down with a few breaths. She turned to Venerable Bluecloud, ”The Terra-Mystic Mine will take far too long to excavate with just us, just assessing it is taking so long. Other forces of our United Source Starfield are already starting to take notice of our absence, and we can ’t just leave here. We needed a larger workforce. But we can ’t transfer any from our homeland without alerting the others. You know this, so don ’t act naive.
”However, ” she looked to Venerable Slayingsword, ”with his Reaping Sword Association, composed of elite Void Hunters, they have far more forces that can be mobilized without alerting others, as if natural. We can increase our mining speed and efforts by three to four times, perhaps even extract all of the Terra-Mystic Ore in just two or three centuries. Am I wrong? ”
Venerable Bluecloud ’s blazing flames of aggression were slightly doused. He knew her reasoning was legitimate and with sound logic behind it. If the others knew they had found an unclaimed Terra-Mystic Mine on a celestial rogue, perhaps a bloody war would ensue. In the best case scenario, they wouldn ’t even get a slice of this delicious pie.
Those High-Lords would take action, leaving them with not even a scrap. If things were truly revealed, Saint Kings and Queens might take action. They just don ’t have the qualifications to monopolize such a valuable resource. After all, it was used in the forging of tools, armaments, and talismans of the mystic-level! Even the Golden Life Pavilion valued the Terra-Mystic Mine, Optimal Sky, at 1,320 mystic stones!
That planet was tiny-sized.
This planet was small-sized.
That was roughly ten-times larger than tiny-sized planets. If the mine was just as rich, filled with just as much Terra-Mystic Ore as Optimal Sky relative to surface area, it was enough to cause an entire bloody war between starfields. Even the Aeternal Sky Starfield and Ninestar Starfield would take action.
Venerable Slayingsword had calmed down, looking at the planet below with ardent greed. ”It ’s too bad the mine can ’t be moved…if only. ” A trace of pity within his eyes flitted through. The Terra-Mystic Ore wasn ’t a single mineral. Just a small pebble of it can ’t be moved to a spatial ring, even moving it through the folds of space would require efforts of dozens of Saints to offset its volatile reaction to spatial forces.
”Tch, fool-hearted thinking of the naive, ” Venerable Bluecloud jabbed out mercilessly.
Venerable Kun Yiming ignored Venerable Bluecloud ’s childishness, saying as she stared at the planet, ”Has the assessment finished? How much is the estimated value? ”
Venerable Bluecloud seemed to have begrudgingly accepted the situation, not thinking about forming an oath or anything to solidify their relationship. There was just no need. If any of them didn ’t want a large piece of the pie or even their lives, they were free to reveal it to others. None of them would get any. The other forces might even eliminate them to silence off any news.
At least Venerable Slayingsword was a manageable variable. And while he might be annoying to the eyes, he was smart enough to know this fact. As for betraying the others after? That ’s the same as betraying yourself. They can establish oaths of silence if they succeed in this dangerous operation that was essentially playing with their lives.
Venerable Bluecloud excitedly answered, ”We ’ve mapped thirty percent of the planet. An estimate of one thousand and six hundred mystic stones worth of ore has been discovered. However, we haven ’t found the central core of the mine yet. My surveyors are estimating its total value at four thousand mystic stones. Perhaps slightly more. ”
The Venerables ’ eyes simultaneously glowed, including the attendants!
They hit the freaking motherlode! Even if they just took away a tenth of it, they would all be absurdly rich far beyond the wealth of all their forces combined! And selling it to the Golden Life Pavilion of the Aeternal Sky Starfield, especially with their discreet policies and honorable practices, they wouldn ’t fear being exposed!
Mystic-Rank Products? In their reach! Mystic-Grade resources? Affordable! Elevating their defensive formations? Their means of travel? Mystic tools and weapons? None of these things would be out of the realm of possibility. The seed of greed in their hearts grew three sizes.
Unbeknownst to them, two figures, a man and a beast, had arrived a little over a hundred thousand miles away from them out of a Void Portal.
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