Elite Mages’ Academy - Chapter 368: Making Spatial Equipment (2)
“Tell me whether this starmetal is enough to create spatial storage equipment, and I’m not referring to the ordinary ones on the market which can only barely store a few weapons.”
Hammerhead pondered for a moment, then shook his head. Xiao Lin was shocked, but then heard Hammerhead explaining with a wry smile, “No! It’s too exorbitant! It’s like building a house using cash as building material. This is just overwhelming!”
“How large of a storage s.p.a.ce can this piece of starmetal create for a spatial storage ring? ”
Xiao Lin’s eyelids twitched a few times. The mixed-race orc was clearly keeping them in suspense and Ibeiya could not help but yell, “Just say it, Big Brother Hammerhead. If you’re not sure, you can use something as reference.”
Xiao Lin was speechless and wanted to ask why Hammerhead was a big brother to Ibeiya while he was an uncle.
However, her way of addressing him had obviously reduced their unfamiliarity with each other. He thought for a moment, then opened his hands and gestured. Ibeiya’s eyes brightened up. “It’s as big as this house? My goodness, can a storage s.p.a.ce be expanded to that extent?”
“No.” Hammerhead took a deep breath, then looked at Xiao Lin and said, “I’m talking about the size of this city!”
Xiao Lin was so startled that he began rubbing his ears vigorously. “Could you say that again?”
“If the entirety of this pure starmetal is used as for spatial equipment, it could create a s.p.a.ce equivalent to the size of this city!”
Hammerhead calmed down a bit, then sat down again and explained, “The development of an independent s.p.a.ce is a very profound subject. It’s a field where the first beings who set foot in were the G.o.ds. Countless people have been studying it for thousands of years, and progress was only made after starmetal was discovered. Yes, the purity of the starmetal is a key factor, but unfortunately it is very scarce. Otherwise, I’d even be able to make storage equipment the size of this world.”
“Storage equipment that can hold the world?” Xiao Lin found it unbelievable, but he suddenly thought of The Final Land, the s.p.a.ce attached to the sword, and the s.p.a.ce where the black dragon Onyxia was located. He had a sudden realization and asked thoughtfully, “But then it’s no longer called storage equipment and should instead be called an independent s.p.a.ce or domain, is that right?”
Hammerhead glanced at him and nodded. At the same time, he returned the fingernail-sized starmetal with both hands and asked, “Would you still insist on letting me make such a precious thing?”
“Yes, I insist. As long as you can make the best storage equipment, you don’t have to worry about the price.” Xiao Lin’s principle was to save money, but after hearing Hammerhead’s explanation, he understood that the value of that soon-to-be-produced spatial equipment was something that was un.o.btainable at any cost.
“The price naturally won’t be cheap, but since the material is yours, it won’t be that expensive. If you’re from there, then you’d be paying for it with New Dollars, yes? Ten thousand New Dollars. Any issue with that?”
“None.” The price was much lower than Xiao Lin had imagined.
The usual condition was for half the deposit to be paid first, but considering the high value of the materials Xiao Lin gave, Hammerhead waived the deposit.
“It will take three days to make. You can stay here, and I’ll send away any guests during these few days.”
Xiao Lin agreed without hesitation. Although he waived the deposit, the piece of starmetal was undoubtedly more valuable compared to that little sum of money. Xiao Lin would not be at ease if he left it here for three days, but he could not possibly make such a remark. Fortunately, Hammerhead was not an idiot, and allowing them to stay there was a way of giving them some peace of mind. As a result, Xiao Lin had a good impression of Hammerhead and believed him to be a sincere person.
Hammerhead then called the apprentice and had him prepare rooms for Xiao Lin and Ibeiya. Other rooms on the second floor had probably been left vacant specifically for such a situation.
“Oh, by the way, who was the man in the gray robe earlier?” Xiao Lin asked casually. Although he had never met the man in gray before, his scrutinizing gaze left Xiao Lin feeling both concerned and unsettled.
“I see. Well then, I shall not bother you these few days.” Xiao Lin did not force the issue after seeing Hammerhead’s reluctance to say any further.
After arriving in the room that had been prepared, Ibeiya pursed her lips and remarked sharply, “He’s lying!”
“Oh? Did you notice anything?”
“The gray-robed man is from a dark race!”
Ibeiya had a very certain tone. She had a keen intuition for the dark races, and Xiao Lin believed her in matters like that. Although he was a little surprised at that, it was not at all unexpected that a dark race would appear. Based on Hammerhead’s reputation, it should not have been surprising that people would seek him to create equipment.
Ibeiya rolled her eyeb.a.l.l.s and suddenly whispered in his ear. Her faint fragrance, along with the moist wind, made Xiao Lin’s ear feel slightly tingly. For the most part, he was red with embarra.s.sment, and even though he wanted to distance himself a little, the little girl’s next words shocked him completely.
“If I guessed correctly, that person should be a dark elf.”
The basic courses taught by Dawn Academy were not too bad and Xiao Lin heard about the dark elves too. They belonged to a different branch of the elves. Their specific history went a long way back and Xiao Lin did not know much, but in short, certain elves accepted the power of darkness a very long time ago in the past and became dark elves.
They were a relatively special race. They possess both the elves’ natural power and the dark side’s death energy, but at the same time, they could prevent the two forces from coming into conflict with each other.
“The dark elves’ living conditions are terrible. They were driven out of their northern homeland by the elves and wandered around, but few countries are willing to take them in. They’re very scarce in number and it’s difficult to meet them on Planet Norma. As far as I know, their nearest settlement is thousands of miles away from here, so how is it possible that they appeared here?” Ibeiya knew quite a lot about the dark races and it was not something which ordinary people could easily understand.
Xiao Lin frowned and tried to recall carefully. He had never met any ordinary elves ever since he entered the academy, so it was even more unlikely that he would offend a dark elf.
With that line of thinking, he finally set his mind at ease. Perhaps it was nothing more than the unique alertness of the dark elf, but even then, he was still unsettled by the way that gray-robed elf looked at him.
The next three days were a boring wait, but pa.s.sed in the blink of an eye. Xiao Lin wanted to ask Silverlight about Atlantis, but it was not convenient to do so in the place they stayed. After all, he did not want outsiders to know too much about Silverlight’s existence, so all he could do was set that matter aside for the time being. However, the one thing that puzzled him was the strange vibration that came from the Holy Soul Sword from time to time.