Chapter 409: Assassination
Krobelus’s voice sounded, “The second news is that the base price of these 2 devil fruits is 1 million black crystal coins.”
Everyone was agitated. The base price of the final item is so low? However, Krobelus’ words obviously had not ended yet, “Each increase in price is not less than 500,000 black crystal coins. If you don’t have cash, you can use some rare magic materials or treasures as a collateral. Here is a trade-off form with the specific details of the collateral. For treasures that are not on the form, they can be assessed on the spot.”
While Krobelus was talking, the maids had already distributed the trade-off form to every guest. The trade-off form was clearly written. For instance, Thunder Crystal was worth 3 million black crystal coins; top-quality Purple Demon Pearls was worth 4.5 million. Although the price was relatively low, the devil fruits would definitely be auctioned at an amazing price due to its rarity. In the absence of sufficient cash, this was the best way.
In fact, Chen Rui needed most of these materials to refine the artifacts of the exchange center. This trade-off model would become another source of auction house revenue in the future.
With the announcement of Ms. Emerald Dragon, the bidding started.
Although many of the previous auction items were rare treasures, many buyers had retained their resources and focused on the final devil fruit, so they naturally started to bid now.
It had been a while since the auction house was open. Many demons had also learned some auction techniques, and bidding had become more rational. However, the natural competitive character of the demons and the powerful functions of the devil fruit were enough to make most demons lose their “rationality”.
The price began to soar at an incredible rate, and it surpassed 100 million in the blink of an eye.
Moreover, it was still increasing, and the rate of price increase had not decreased at all.
“500 million! VIP No. 4 bids 500 million!” Ms. Emerald Dragon exclaimed excitedly. 500 million black crystal coins, not 50,000! If I were to sleep on it, I would have a good dream for a month!
After exceeding 500 million, the call for the price increase was significantly lower. This price was already quite high, which was equivalent to the production value and savings of a medium-sized estate for many years.
“600 million!” A calm voice sounded in the VIP box No.13. This VIP usually didn’t make a sound, but he bade an astonishing price as soon as he spoke up!
“610 million!” A cold voice sounded in VIP box No.5, “I want to see who dares to steal what I, Asmirko, want!”
Asmirko? The surrounding bidding sounds suddenly weakened. Asmirko was an individual trainer who had been famous for many years. He was a Great Demon who did not belong to any empire. It was said that he had reached the peak stage of the Demon Emperor 10 years ago. He must be thinking of getting a glimpse of the Demon Overlord realm with the power of devil fruit.
“650 million!” The VIP in box No. 13 was still increasing the price, and his voice remained calm as if he was not bothered by Asmirko at all.
“Hmph!” Asmirko in VIP box No. 5 opened the competitor’s curtain. No one knew if he wanted to leave angrily or to further deter his competitor. However, at this moment, a sudden change occurred.
Several dazzling destructive rays of light flew to Krobelus and Old Gauss on the auction stage out of thin air. The magic circle enchantment on the auction stage immediately reacted, creating all sorts of bizarre ripples to eliminate most of these destructive rays of light, but a few of the rays penetrated the enchantment.
Judging from this move alone, the attacker’s power had reached the Demon Overlord level.
A green mark between Krobelus’ eyebrows flashed while Old Gauss subconsciously flew back and landed on a safe position. As a faint green light appeared in her hand, the destructive light waves seemed to be attracted by the light and gathered toward her hand. It was completely resolved by the green light halfway.
However, just as Krobelus resolved the attack, a figure wrapped in flame flew toward the auction stage like lightning. Before the enchantment power that was dissipated by the light wave could recover, it was evaporated by the terrifying and blazing power of the flame.
In the blink of an eye, this figure had broken through the enchantment and appeared on the stage. He reached out to grab the 2 crystal shields that wrapped around the devil fruits.
As Krobelus yelled angrily, a piercing cold breath mixed with the ghastly poisonous ice crystals and rushed toward the flame figure. Suddenly, there was a blazing flame in the hand of the flame figure, and he parried the attack of Krobelus. Krobelus snorted and retreated 3 consecutive steps. The poisonous ice crystals in the cold breath vaporized quickly under the terrifyingly high temperature. This attack was at disadvantage, so it couldn’t play a role.
Generally speaking, the power of a giant dragon was far better than a typical powerhouse, and Ms. Emerald Dragon was still invincible in a head-to-head situation. The true level of this flame figure should be a small realm higher than Krobelus; he had reached the intermediate stage of Demon Overlord.
An intermediate stage of Demon Overlord powerhouse actually came to the auction and wanted to snatch the devil fruit! Since the Dark Moon was just an estate, it was already quite rare to have a powerhouse like Krobelus. Even the biggest support couldn’t defeat the visitor now, who else could stop the flame figure?
The front row of the auction was suddenly in chaos. The “initiator” of the whole event, Asmirko, who opened the curtain of the VIP room, was also dumbfounded. I just pulled the curtain to scare people. Is there such a huge chain effect?
In the midst of chaos, a light smoke appeared in front of the largest VIP room like a ghost, and it drifted silently toward General Crawford. It turned out that the previous snatching of the fruit was just a distraction. The real killing move was the assassination of Crawford!
Crawford was one of the 3 generals of the Dark Shadow Empire and an important minister of Catherine the Great. As long as Crawford dies, the Dark Shadow Empire would surely hold accountability. As the host, both the Dark Moon and Shea would have to bear the blame. This so-called twin town cooperation would also be completely jeopardized.
Crawford had gone through hundreds of battles. In an instant, he instinctively had a strong sense of crisis, but he was firmly locked in by this light smoke as if held down by the most terrifying demonic beasts. He couldn’t get rid of it. The speed and power of the assassin was surely not inferior to the flame figure. It must be another powerhouse who was at least at the intermediate stage of Demon Overlord!
They were determined to succeed in this decisive assassination.
When a cold light flashed in the eyes of the follower-like old man behind Crawford, a golden light flew out abruptly and blocked in the front of Crawford. It turned out to be a golden metal figure. There was a strange totem pattern engraved on its body, and both its eyes flashed red lights. Its throat was slit, but it didn’t seem to feel anything, and it punched toward the assassin.
The sharp-eyed people had already exclaimed. The golden puppet’s power was very powerful, and it was immortal. Although the assassin hit the puppet’s vitals several times at a very fast speed, he couldn’t disintegrate the puppet’s combat power. They were in a stalemate for a while.
It seemed that Bloody Vine Flower Estate came prepared for their visit to the Dark Moon this time. Crawford was protected by a Demon Overlord powerhouse from the Asmodeus Royal Family.
At this time, the battle between Krobelus and the flame figure on the stage suddenly changed. Although one could not see the true face of the powerhouse that snatched the devil fruit, his gaze showed disbelief. The flames on his body actually condensed and started to freeze.
Soon, the intermediate stage of the Demon Overlord powerhouse was frozen in the air, and his horrified eyes were also frozen at the same time. Outside his body was the frozen outline of the boiling flame which was enough to eliminate the emerald dragon’s water and poison element power. The flame was actually frozen under a certain mysterious and special power, forming a strange statue.
Krobelus’ eyes lit up. As she waved her hand, the statue slowly fell down right next to the auction stage.
Everyone was dumbfounded. Only when Ms. Emerald Dragon returned to the auction stage with a sneer that they recovered their mind. The Demon Overlord powerhouse is caught alive so quickly and easily?
This is a Demon Overlord powerhouse! It’s not like catching a common Higher Demon on the street!
In front of the biggest VIP room, the old man of the Asmodeus Royal Family suddenly showed a look of surprise as he saw that the “light smoke” fighting with the golden puppet suddenly disappeared. He thought it was a secret killing move just now, but when the assassin screamed, the intangible body turned into real light smoke and dissipated. Then only the old man of the Asmodeus Royal Family realized the assassin was actually silently killed!
The Dark Moon actually has such a powerhouse!
Crawford was also extremely shocked. I finally understand the reason Her Majesty Empress specially ordered me before I came that my attitude during this visit should be neither be too humble nor overbearing, and I must not show an arrogant or domineering attitude. It seems like the strength of the Dark Moon is indeed qualified to cooperate with the Dark Shadow Empire. Perhaps this Princess Royal Highness can even improve further in the future… Krobelus sounded through the entire auction floor with the voice of Demon Overlord power, “Everyone, it was just a small accident. It has been resolved now, please return to your seat. The auction will continue as usual.”
A small accident? The sensible people were doubtful as their gaze looked at the ice sculpture who was like an “assistant” beside Ms. Emerald Dragon. It is hard to believe that this ice sculpture was a Demon Overlord powerhouse a minute ago!
2 Demon Overlords; 1 dead and 1 captured alive. Is this an estate or a capital?
Is this the combined power of the Dark Moon and Dark Shadow Empire? (Most people thought it was the hidden power of the Dark Shadow Empire.)
There was a hint of surprise in Shea’s eyes, and she quickly recovered to her indifferent look. She said to Crawford, “This happened because of the poor protection of my Dark Moon. Please forgive me, General Crawford.”
Crawford came back to his senses and nodded approvingly, “It’s okay. This incident showed me the Dark Moon’s emergency response and handling ability. It is worthy for the Bloody Vine Flower Estate to learn.”
As one of the “culprits”, Asmirko was holding the curtain in his hands. He was unable to recover from the shock for a while. A busybody asked, “It’s all over, what else do you want to do?”
Asmirko saw the Demon Overlord ice sculpture, and he shuddered. I just wanted to “honestly” bid for the devil fruit. How would I know that this kind of disorder will happen? It would be awful if they misunderstood that I am the assassins’ accomplice. The Dark Moon is too terrifying. Even the living space of the peak stage Demon Emperor is so small, I better return to Mars… Uhm, my hometown earlier.
He had an idea and exclaimed loudly, “I bid 660 million!”
Amidst the laughter, Ms. Emerald Dragon’s continued, “VIP No. 4 bids 660 million! Is there any higher bid? 660 million for the first time!”
“700 million.” The calm voice sounded again from the VIP box No. 13. Asmirko didn’t dare to run wild this time. He honestly let go of the curtain as he muttered, You are quite something!
Who else still dared to send assassins to the Dark Moon? Obsidian didn’t have the power now, but Bloodfall’s forces, Azgalor was captured too…