Chapter 20: Bad Luck

But the exact way to make money still needs to be carefully considered.

Qiao Xingnan thought, looking up at the elegantly behaved Ster sitting across the table.
Although Ster was smiling, he could still see the vague fatigue on the other side’s face.

He frowned and said with concern, “Uncle Ster, you are tired after walking for so long today.
Hurry back to your room and rest.
If there is anything, I will talk to you tomorrow.”

Ster paused, and there was a bit of surprise in his eyes.

This was the first time Ster had ever been cared for by a human.

In the eyes of the previous owners, the cards did not need to rest and were never tired.

The new master is really a little strange.
Ster paused for a few seconds, looked at Qiao Xingnan with gentle and kind eyes, seemingly a little moved, and said:

“My esteemed master, I thank you for your concern.
However, I would feel more pleased if you would sit upright and maintain an elegant gentlemanly posture.
Your being so languid only reminds me of a disgusting presence.”

Ster was fond of lecturing.

Qiao Xingnan, who had been lying on the table because of fatigue, realized that Uncle Ster was ready to start nagging and immediately straightened his spine and sat upright, but it was obviously too late.

“Although that card was a noble SR card, it was very rude.
Except for his intelligence, he had nothing commendable all over his body, how sad.” Ster said.

Qiao Xingnan was really a little tired.
He nodded his head to deal with Ster’s words while swearing that he would never be like that card, and finally sent Ster out the door.

Zero, who was sitting nicely on a cushion basking in the moonlight to replenish his energy, looked at the two in confusion.
Qiao Xingnan patted Zero, telling him to replenish his energy well, and yawned, taking out his notebook to think about countermeasures.

He once sold the gems to Ilir and got one thousand and three gold coins after deducting the silver coins Ilir had advanced for himself in the town.
Later, he got one gold coin from exchanging low-level beast eyes with the system.
Finally, after deducting the one thousand gold coins from the card draw, four gold coins and three silver coins were left.

And to get Zero up to R card, at least five thousand gold coins are needed.

Qiao Xingnan held the pen and wrote in one hand.
It has to be said that he is now a bit far from success.
He pondered for a while and listed several ways to make money, only to reject them by himself one by one.

Last time, he roughly counted that there were one hundred low-level gray beast eyes, which can be exchanged for one gold coin on the system side.
So, according to this calculation, if he wants to gather enough five thousand gold coins to give Zero an upgrade, then the gray beast eyes needed will not be just one or two.

A total of 500,000 low-grade beast pupils are needed to gather 5,000 gold coins.

First of all, not to mention that they will definitely be followed if they go out to purchase these things, it is also uncommon to find low-level magical beasts in this town.
It is simply impossible to get enough 500,000 beast eyes.

Qiao Xingnan pondered for a moment, opened the system interface, and called out to the system.

Last time, he remembered that the system said it also has a certain chance to collect things not in the card pool.

[System, apart from the beast’s eyes, can you take other parts of the beast? What are the prices?

035 did not answer immediately, but after three seconds, it replied: [Generally speaking, it can be collected.
The system needs to scan and identify to determine the value.]

In the conscience of the system, 035 added: [Host, after calculations, the parts on the low-level magical beast should not differ much from the value of its beast eyes.

Qiao Xingnan frowned.

Collecting magic beast parts in large quantities from the small town would inevitably attract the attention of the Asrit, and, in terms of value, if they were to be exchanged for five thousand gold coins, the low-grade magic beasts did not seem to be quite enough.

But high-level and intermediate magical beasts are extremely scarce, and there is no way to purchase them even if you want to.

In that case, how can he get five thousand gold coins without arousing the suspicion of Asrit?

Qiao Xingnan wrote on the paper and re-stated everything that had happened in the manor.

Since he had no channel to procure those things, he might as well directly trade magical beasts with Asrit in an open and honest manner.

As for the purpose of procuring magical beasts, Qiao Xingnan poked a few dots on the paper with a pen, and then, an idea gradually emerged in his mind.

Although it was a bit of bullshit, has he bragged less?

After making up his mind, Qiao Xingnan slightly settled down.
While thinking about tomorrow’s development, he moved his pen, and the more he wrote, the more hooked he became, no longer sleepy.
While he was in the spirit, he divided the gems to be used tomorrow and just waited for tomorrow to come.

The next day early in the morning, Qiao Xingnan took Zero and Ster to find the tyrant.
When he entered, the other party was leisurely feeding jerky to the snake, and a knight in silver armor was kneeling under the ground, and the atmosphere was a little odd for a while.

But since he let him in, it also means that the current situation has nothing to do with him and will not involve himself.

Thinking of this, Qiao Xingnan’s expression remained unchanged as if he did not see anything, and he sat calmly next to Asrit.

The head of the golden python that was coiled on the tyrant’s shoulder shook, and its eyes stared at Qiao Xingnan.
It seemed to like this man who looked golden all over and kept trying to get over to him.

“Does Qiao want to ride with me to the back of the mountain?”

Asrit asked casually as he squeezed the head of the golden python.


Qiao Xingnan entered the emperor’s place, slightly clenching his fist with a faint blush on his cold face, as if it was a bit difficult to say, “Sorry, I have come to trouble you again.”

At this point, Asrit was interested.
His eyes crossed over Qiao Xingnan’s glowing golden eyes, and his voice was much lighter: “Qiao, it’s alright.
You and I are friends.
If there’s anything you want to say, just say it.”

Then, Asrit saw two bulging cloth bags embroidered with gold patterns placed on the table by the white-robed man on the side.

The cloth bags were opened, and inside were precious and rare gems.

“There are twenty gemstones inside.
I wish to purchase high-level magical beast pupils, claws, teeth, and scale armor.
Intermediate-level ones are fine.” Qiao Xingnan’s fair finger pointed to one of the cloth bags, and he pursed his lips, “If those are not available, the low-level ones can also come to make up the number.”

“The gems in the other cloth bag, for Asrit.”

Saying this, Qiao Xingnan seemed to be a little embarrassed because he only gave the other party gemstones: “Because there was an accident on the road this time, I don’t have anything better to give you.”

Asrit did not expect the other party to ask him to help him buy things, and he even gave himself a bag of gems.
At first glance, there must be more than a dozen of them.

Although he did not lack these as the emperor of Arilance, it is now after the war, and the situation is also very chaotic.
It would be impossible to say that the gems can be taken out at will.

In particular, Asrit saw the shiny golden and green gems inside the other party’s gift.

Asrit raised his eyes and asked slowly, “Qiao, what do you want the magical beasts for?”

“Magic scrolls.”

Amidst Asrit’s puzzled eyes, Qiao Xingnan explained, “Ster can make magic scrolls, and I need magic scrolls to summon my subordinates.”

A magic scroll was equivalent to a teleportation array.
As long as it was stamped with the corresponding mark, it could be used to travel to places.

Qiao Xingnan was aware of the existence of magic scrolls.
When the original body once fled, he learned from his fellow refugees that the local lord had left a city of people using magic scrolls to run away.
He was furious and had a very deep impression.

Magic scrolls are rare not only because it needs to be made with magical beasts but also because their refining techniques are very complex.

In the beginning, when they summoned the butler, they used the magic scroll as an excuse, and at this moment, it was not sudden to mention this.

Asrit looked at Ster, slightly surprised: “This Ster is also a refiner?”

At the side, Ster nodded reservedly, with a gentle face: “I know a little.”

“Ster’s success rate isn’t high, so it takes a lot of magical beasts.” Qiao pursed the corners of his lips.

Such an opportunity did not come easily, so of course, he had to seize this reason to pave the way for making money later.

The new master was really good at telling lies, Ster thought to himself.

As if he was convinced, Asrit nodded with a smile, “Okay, I’ll give the order.”

He then pushed one of the bags of gems over, “No thanks needed.”

Qiao Xingnan shook his head, his eyes were sincere: “This is not a thank you gift.
It’s because you are my friend.”

So please, for the sake of this, remember not to kill me in the future.

Asrit was no more polite when he heard this.

When Qiao Xingnan left, he raised his hand to let the steward do this matter.
Asrit took out the bag of gold and green stones and rubbed it with his fingers, thinking about something.
The golden python on his shoulder looked at the side of the blond man’s face and waved his tail.

The steward’s efficiency was extremely fast.
Just after receiving the order in the morning, the knights carried big boxes into the manor in the afternoon.

In passing, they also handed over the transaction records to Ster.

Qiao Xingnan was shocked when he saw the transaction records.

There were actually twenty large boxes full of magical beasts.

High-level magical beasts are already expensive.
If low-grade magical beasts can still be bought with silver coins, then high-grade magical beasts can only be bought with gold coins.
But in front of him, there were fifteen full big boxes of those.
Intermediate magical beasts accounted for three boxes, while the other two boxes were low-level magical beasts.

Qiao Xingnan let Ster close the door and mentally called out to the system.

[System detection in progress…]

[Ding, detection complete, ready for collection]

[Total value of low-level beast pupils, scale armor, etc.: 100 gold coins

Total value of intermediate-level beast pupils, scale armor, etc.: 1,500 gold coins

Total value of high-level beast pupils, scale armor, etc.: 20,000 gold coins

Total: 21,600 gold coins]

The feeling of instant wealth has come.

Qiao Xingnan was a little dizzy and even forgot to thank the emperor first.
He excitedly looked at Zero and then at Ster.
Maybe both Zero and Uncle Ster can be upgraded this time!

Calm down, calm down.


Qiao Xingnan held down the excitement in his heart and did not exchange low-level magical beasts for the time being but left them for cover and gave the rest all to the system.

Eighteen large boxes were instantly empty.

With it came twenty-one thousand five hundred gold coins.

The smile on Qiao Xingnan’s face wouldn’t even fall: “Zero, brother can finally give you an upgrade!”

Qiao Xingnan has always been cautious, but suddenly getting so many gold coins, he couldn’t help but be excited.
So without thinking too much, he fist-pumped and tried the water with a thousand gold coins first.

The N-grade card requires one thousand gold coins for each level.
Zero is now N level one, and after upgrading to N level five, they can activate him to an R card.

According to the system, if it does not fail, it can be upgraded to an R card with five thousand gold coins.

If your own luck is bad, spending eight thousand gold coins should be enough.

When Zero heard this, a trace of confusion flashed across his stiff face, and Ster, who was standing next to him, froze for a moment.


You want to upgrade a corrupted card?

Didn’t he know that it was extremely difficult to upgrade a corrupted card? Perhaps because the words were too shocking, the two cards couldn’t say anything for a while.

Qiao Xingnan didn’t notice that something was wrong with the cards and looked intently at the screen.

[Ding, do you want to use 1,000 gold coins to upgrade Zero – Puppet Card]

Qiao Xingnan selected OK.

Zero’s pop-up window surfaced on the system interface, with a large [N (Level 1) Card] hanging above and Zero’s attributes below.

[Ding, upgrade failed.]

Qiao Xingnan paused.
It’s okay, proceed normally, and try again!

[Ding, do you want to use 2,000 gold coins to upgrade Zero – Puppet Card]

[Ding, upgrade failed.]

Three thousand gold coins were instantly lost.

Zero watched from the side, his black eyes full of bewilderment.

Qiao Xingnan was also quite at a loss.
Still, after looking at the well-behaved and loyal Zero and thinking about Howard, who was eyeing him, Qiao Xingnan gritted his teeth: “Zero, don’t worry, brother will definitely upgrade you up.”

[Ding, do you want to use 5,000 gold coins to upgrade Zero – Puppet Card]

As five thousand gold coins disappeared again, Zero’s level finally changed.

[Ding, upgrade successful, Zero – Puppet Card, current grade N (Level 2)]

Eight thousand gold coins were spent, and it was only upgraded by a level.

Qiao Xingnan couldn’t smile anymore.
How could his luck be so bad?

He didn’t believe it.
Next, he spent 10,000 gold coins.
It was always possible to upgrade more at once!

[Ding, do you want to use 10,000 gold coins to upgrade Zero – Puppet Card]

[Ding, upgrade successful, Zero – Puppet Card, current grade N (Level 4)]

Qiao Xingnan’s hands trembled as he counted the three thousand and one hundred gold coins he had left.

Having come this far, Qiao Xingnan wiped his face and threw out another thousand gold coins, and this time, he miraculously scored a hit.

[Ding, upgrade successful, Zero – Puppet Card, current grade N (Level 5)]

[Ding, do you choose to activate Zero – Puppet Card R (Level 1)?]

As Qiao Xingnan chose yes, a thousand gold coins disappeared again.

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