Last chapter recap: Aofeng joins forces with the Crimson Forge squad and encounters the Flying Aspara Company.
Chapter Four – Trick Him
Flying Aspara Mercenary Company was the third-ranked mercenary company on the continent. Aofeng had encountered them a while ago and naturally had some memory of the company.
There was friction between mercenary companies, especially the three largest mercenary companies. They were close in strength, and they were competitive amongst themselves. Aofeng repeated the name Ba Erbo mentally. Was this the son of the Company Leader of the third-ranked mercenary company, Ba Tuke?
Seeing these people, Thetan had a look of dislike in his eyes. His cool tone confirmed what Aofeng thought!
“Zhui Yun Daren, this Ba Erbo is the young captain of Flying Aspara Mercenary Company. He is at odds with our Crimson Forge’s young captain, Brother Luo. He keeps on trying to steal business from Crimson Forge all over the place, and humiliate the squads we have in different places. Recently, he has been extremely arrogant in the Neversetting Sun Region. He is a one-sword spirit magister and has a two-star spirit beast of considerable power. As a result, we normally try to stay away from him.”
One-sword spirit magister? Ba Erbo was not yet thirty and at his age, this talent could be said to be great. No wonder he was so arrogant.
“Hmph, is a one-sword spirit magister very special? Young Captain is about the same age as him and is already a seven-sword spirit magister. Also, Young Captain’s Golden Marked Lion is a seven-star spirit beast. This person is just jealous of Young Captain’s talent and magus beast. He only dares to make trouble for us. In front of Young Captain, he doesn’t dare to even fart!” Vino continued to speak and also glared hatefully at Ba Erbo.
Rong Luo’s great talent was know in the mercenary circles and also inside the Kaya Emperor. He was a reliable person with a good reputation. In comparison, Ba Erbo was more ordinary. They were both the eldest sons of mercenary captains, and they were also both talented magisters. Competition could not be avoided.
But Rong Luo was the young captain of the first-ranked mercenary company and he was of the third-ranked mercenary company. Rong Luo was a seven-sword spirit magister, he was only a one-sword spirit magister. Rong Luo had a seven-star spirit beast, he only had a two-star spirit beast. With many shortcomings compared to Rong Luo, this person’s competitiveness turned into the fires of jealousy.
Aofeng immediately understood. She threw a disdainful look and said coldly, “There are some people that clearly are lacking compared to others but always compare themselves against others, especially by attacking them. But no matter how these people jump, they aren’t even worth a toe of the other person.”
The three of them did not speak in low voices. Even the normal mercenaries and the explorers heard them, not just Ba Erbo’s group. The two large mercenary companies were attention-catching to being with. Many eyes immediately paid attention. However, most of the people who came here were elite, and this was not a situation where they flooded over to watch.
Ba Erbo was used to throwing his weight around in this area. Seeing that Thetan’s group was not as strong as his group, he thought that he could beat down on Crimson Forge during this time that Neversetting Sun was filled with the elite of the mercenaries and the explorers. He hadn’t expected the other to throw words back at him. Under the gazes that were like blades, he immediately felt humiliated.
“Thetan, you are very daring today, you want to make trouble?” Ba Erbo said as he glared angrily at Aofeng’s group.
“It’s not us that wants to make trouble, it’s that you want to die,” Aofeng said coldly. Her eyes that flashed with a sharp and cold light locked onto Ba Tuer. She gave off a strange pressure.
“Yes, we don’t come to provoke you, but that doesn’t meant that our Crimson Forge Mercenary Company is afraid of you! You dare to humiliate our young captain, even if you want to spare me, I don’t want to spare you!” Thetan spat and then cursed with a cold expression. They had been enduring this person for a long time. Now that Aofeng expressed support for them, what were they afraid of!
After seeing Aofeng’s power, Thetan had confidence that Aofeng’s strength was above theirs, and a lot higher. Even though spirit magisters and senior magisters could not be compared, Ba Tuer didn’t have a sacred beast.
Spirit beast? Was it very grand? A sacred beast could kill a low star-level spirit beast with two blows!
“Not spare me? Haha, I want to see how you will not spare me!” Ba Erbo laughed in anger. A status as a spirit magister was something respected by other people. He felt extremely angry that some insignificant two-rank professionals that were not even seventh-level dared to argue against him.
The raging Ba Erbo was about to move forward when a old person dressed in yellow robes who had been silent all this time suddenly stopped him. “Young Captain, it’s late, we do not need to waste time with them here. If someone else gets the Fire Dragon Fruit, won’t we become a joke? Let’s spend our energy on obtaining the Fire Dragon Fruit.”
Stilling slightly, Ba Erbo then heard the yellow-robed old person say in an extremely low voice, “Young Captain, I fear that this youth is not ordinary! Thetan and the others are resolute in temper, but they are not idiots. If they did not have anything supporting them, why would they be so fearless? Also, while Thetan and Vino are the squad leader and second-in-command of this squad, they are not leading at this time. They are looking with respect at that youth. Even Thetan and Vino are standing next to that youth. This old man thinks this matter is suspicious. Young Captain, it is better to be careful, do not forget our mission.”
As the old person spoke, Ba Erbo finally examined the black-robed youth with seriousness. He saw the youth’s features were cold, the skin as white as jade, the deep and black eyes flashed with cold light. The cold presence was one that shook people’s minds. He couldn’t help but think of the noble young masters of those large families. Only they could be maintained so perfectly until they looked as beautiful as women?
Ba Erbo was not stupid. His eyes turned and he forced down his anger. He swished his sleeve and said, “Yes, this young master will not argue with you. If you have balls, let’s compete to see who can complete the Fire Dragon Fruit mission. We are leaving.”
As he spoke, the group of people from Flying Aspara Mercenary Company retreated like the tide. They had come quickly, they left even quicker.
Aofeng’s gaze flashed but she didn’t immediately chase after them. It would be fine if she was alone, but there was a large group of mercenaries behind her. That old person with Ba Erbo seemed to be an expert. If they really fought, the Crimson Forge Mercenary Company might be the one that suffered losses. She didn’t want that to happen.
However, these people leaving of their own accord was a small victory for Crimson Forge.
It was the first time Thetan and Vino saw Ba Erbo in such a sorry state. The two roared with laughed. The mercenaries of Crimson Forge Mercenary Company looked at Aofeng with even more heated gazes. They all knew who had scared Ba Ertu off.
With Aofeng’s strength, she would not lose if fighting occurred. However, this person hadn’t made trouble out of consideration for all of their safety. This moved the mercenaries even more.
“Zhui Yun Daren is really a good person.”
“Of course, it would be great if Zhui Yun Daren could join our Crimson Forge Mercenary Company. I would follow him!”
They were talking among themselves when they heard exclamations of shock from explorers far in the distance.
“Look! The Fire Dragon Fruit is about to mature!”
People looked over in excitement. As they expected, the bright red fruit that was wrapped in green leaves on the cliff face was becoming clear like a red crystal. It flowed with light. That layer of leaves that had wrapped around it had started to fall.
Now everyone became nervous. The adventurers’ eyes lit up as they sprinted towards the Soul Breaking Cliff. The people of Flying Aspara Mercenary company did the same.
Thetan was astounded and he shouted, “How come it is so early? The fruit matured prematurely! That’s terrible, we haven’t yet arranged for people to attract the sacred beast … …”
Aofeng stilled when she heard this. She seemed to think of something. Her eyes flashed. She raised her chin and asked Thetan and Vino, “Attract the sacred beast? Something like a herb?”
“Yes, Daren. The scent of the Sidian plant’s pollen is the most attractive to spirit beasts. It is an essential for many magisters to catch magus beasts. We got a small bottle.” Vino took out a small glass bottle and said nervously, “Zhui Yun Daren, are you planning to go by yourself? It is very dangerous. If you touch even a bit of this thing, it will attract a great amount of spirit beasts and even sacred beasts. Even sky magisters do not dare to casually use it. You have to pay attention.”
“A large amount of spirit beasts? That’s good, I was afraid there wouldn’t be enough.” Aofeng smiled under the gaze of the pair. She patted her chest and the cute Xiao Bing poked out half of its head. The round black eyes looked in puzzlement at Aofeng.
“Aren’t you able to become invisible after levelling up? Go, pour this onto that Ba Erbo.” Aofeng shoved the bottle into Xiao Bing’s arms. She thought for a moment and then said coolly, “Not too much, half a bottle is enough. Spread the rest on the other members of Flying Aspara Mercenary Company. One spirit magister, one group of above-average mercenaries. They should take care of a lot of trouble for us.”
Thetan and Vino gaped. Their knowledge of Aofeng went up a level. The two would have never dreamed that this beautiful youth that appeared naive had such a scheming personality. While this person hadn’t immediately made trouble for Ba Erbo, this person used such a shameless and low method against him right after, and was trying to kill him!
Half a bottle? Heavens, that was going to attract all the spirit and sacred beasts in this region of the forest!
Xiao Bing liked doing “bad things” like this the most. It immediately became excited. It shook the bottle, and then disappeared instantly into the air. Ice mice were famed for their speed. Only rodent-type magus beasts had the abilities to become invisible and split themselves.
Thetan and Vino looked into the distance in pity. They already foresaw the outcomes of those people. They mourned for one second. The pitiful Ba Erbo … …
Translator Ramblings: I spent a lot longer than I should have transliterating Sidian which iis the actual name of a bank.