Otherworldly Evil Monarch - chapter-248
It was no wonder that the Aristocratic Hall was selling such a high
quality product. After all, this generation’s ‘Wine God’ Song Shang
had carefully fermented this ‘Heavenly Wine’!
Even though Song Shang himself hadn’t said anything, or admitted to
fermenting the wine himself, everyone present couldn’t help but think
that he had. Song Shang was considered a formidable Sky Xuan hit-man, and
was famous for his prowess as a warrior. However, Song Shang’s identity
as the ‘Wine God’ was how people had truly etched his character in
Several maids started to move about. Each of them was pushing a huge
trolley. And each of these trollies each had twelve small… wine glass.
These wine glasses… were nearly one of the smallest wine glasses
available. However, it was still extremely exquisite since it was made of
silver. Moreover, they looked extremely delicate — like a cicada’s
wings since its whole body seemed to sparkle.
Besides looking pleasant, these cups made of pure silver also assured
people that the wine wouldn’t be poisonous since poison would change
color on coming in contact with silver. People could drink good wine
without a worry on their minds since it would be completely safe.
Three wine glasses were placed on each table. Then, several maids arrived
with wine bottles, and started pouring some wine very carefully so as to
not spill even half a drop. The cold and extraordinary wine gurgled like
a river as it was poured out of the bottes’ snout and filled the wine
glasses. The hall was covered with an even stronger fragrance as the wine
flowed into the glasses. Everyone looked at the glasses in front of them.
Many of them, regardless of their status or wealth, could not stop their
mouth from watering.
“The main item for this auction is a wine which has never been seen in
the mainland — the Heavenly Class Wine! We request everyone to first
try the wine. That way, you will all be aware of what is at stake during
the bidding,” Song Shang’s raised voice shook the audience in the
hall. Naturally, he was very different from Tang Yuan. It seemed as if a
deep and still-lake was standing on the stage as the prominence of a Sky
Xuan’s demeanor exuded from his body language.
“After trying this wine, I am convinced that everyone will realize that
it is a spiritual commodity, and a priceless treasure; no expenses
incurred and no price paid will be too much for this wine. It will all be
worth it as long as one gets possession of this marvel,” Song Shang
waved his hand.
Everyone had already started coveting this ‘never before seen’
glorious wine. They impatiently lifted their wine glass as they inwardly
cursed the stingy Aristocratic Hall for the small finger-sized cups
provided for tasting.
“Everyone must be thinking that these glasses are too small; that they
are not big enough to drink properly,” Song Shang spoke in an unhurried
manner. “I would like to solemnly admit that in this regard… this
Hall is guilty. However, I beseech everyone to think — if everyone
drank this wine as much as they could, would they be able to truly
cherish this ‘Heavenly Wine’? Moreover, would you all pay a high
price for such wine then? This selfishness is necessary to curtail the
greed which would violate this spiritual commodity!”
The guests were all fairly experienced in the ways of life. However, they
didn’t understand the importance of that line, and therefore, dismissed
it with a laugh.
All of them toasted, and then drained their glasses as they laughed.
Princess Ling Meng didn’t drink her cup; she didn’t like drinking in
general. Anyway, she wouldn’t dare to drink without getting prior
permission. The two black clothed men sitting behind her were quite
intimidating. So much so, that mere thought of overstepping her
boundaries in front of them was enough to terrify her. If it weren’t
for their orders, she would’ve already left. Therefore, she had no
choice but to pass the wine glass behind to the two men while giving them
a disdainful look. Now these two men had three glasses in between
The two black clothed men behind her were getting somewhat impatient; so
much so that they practically on the verge of snatching the glasses. They
drained their glasses in one gulp as soon as they received it. The wine
left these two men somewhat emotional after entering their bellies. These
men had drunk wine from all over the land, but they never had the good
fortune to appraise such a high quality commodity. The desire to continue
drinking was strong in both of them. They both looked at the remaining
glass simultaneously, and then looked at each other; neither was willing
Young Master Jun figured that the two men in black clothes who had
accompanied Princess Ling Meng weren’t ordinary. One of those two
people was ‘that man.’ However, if that were true, who in all of Tian
Xiang could be considered his equal? Who wouldn’t yield in front of
him? Who was that other man?!
“… ” Unexpectedly, the crowd fell silent after taking the first
Then there was a sudden sound a while later. In the midst of this
silence, a robust barreled-shaped man shouted as he stood up. His voice
was full of emotion as he groaned joyously. There was a hint of a queer
smell about him.
Everyone turned to the source of the sound, and noticed a man of barely
forty years with a bewitched color spread across his face. He had put his
hand on his cup, and had suddenly jumped to stand up. There was a foolish
gaze on his face as he raised his head and said, “You truly deserve to
be called the ‘Wine God’ after fermenting this mysterious wine. Many
of us have toppled after having just one cup. Tell me, when will the
auction begin? What is the base price? It does not matter how much money
is required, for this head of the family will take back at least ten jars
of this wine!”
The big man who had just stood up was actually Tian Xiang City’s
foremost salt merchant. He was also the head of Tian Xiang City’s
Chamber of Commerce; Zhao Meng Long.
Though this man’s words seemed very vulgar, but everyone refused to
reprimand him since they felt like doing the same. Hence, they all nodded
in agreement. If it weren’t for them being dukes, chancellors and
members of great families, none of them would have constrained themselves
from saying what they really wanted to.
Only Dugu Wudi, who was sitting on the second row, shouted with a string
of dark expression across his face, “Sit down! Speak in accordance to
your surroundings! Making a big fuss like that, what’s next?! Don’t
you see the people around you?! Do you think this is an aristocrat
mannerism?” Dugu Wudi was very anxious and depressed.
The great general Dugu had come here for several reasons. One of his
intentions was to show his support to Jun Wu Yi. However, his real
intention had been to witness Jun Mo Xie getting humiliated. He wanted to
beat him, and settle the bet that very same day. [One bottle for over ten
thousand taels? What a joke! He really is very crafty if he can sell it
at such a price. I will win this bet anyhow; that’s for sure.]
Who knew that at this point ten thousand silver taels for a bottle of
wine wasn’t going to be considered expensive. Not only would the wine
be sold for that much, but the price will far exceed the original amount.
Also, because of the successful sale, he would end up with a debt of
twenty five million silver taels. Life was indeed very unpredictable!
How could General Dugu not be depressed? Even if he decided to erase his
conscience for this once, it still wouldn’t get him out of his problem.
Moreover, he had disturbed the meeting of so many people at present. He
inclined his head and narrowed his eyes as he angrily looked towards the
room where the uncle-nephew duo of Jun Mo Xie and Jun Wu Yi were sitting.
[Wouldn’t those two be laughing uncontrollably at me right now?]
Zhao Meng Long hiccupped as he sat down cutting a sorry figure. Although
he was very powerful merchant in Tian Xiang City, he wouldn’t dare to
argue with the head of the well-known ‘rude and unreasonable’ family.
He kept the already empty cup down as he sat. Then, he drained the other
two cups on his table and gave a profound and satisfied sigh.
His face was full of happiness.
Dugu Wudi turned his head and saw his treasured daughter smiling. Her
face was adorned in a happy and satisfied expression as she looked at her
own father’s expression; it was almost as if she was taking delight in
his misfortune. He couldn’t help but snort and threaten, “If you
smile like that again, I will start arranging marriage interviews for you
Dugu Xiao Yi’s laughter suddenly ceased. Her big shining eyes filled
with anger, and her pretty face became dark. She turned her head as she
panted in rage. She then looked-back at him as she spoke with an angry
frown on her face, “Humph! Look at yourself. Are you scared that you
are going to lose? Humph! Such a huge debt… I would like to see how you
pay it back. You won’t be able to pay back twenty five million silver
taels even if you sell everything we have. “
Dugu Wudi was extremely infuriated by this, and rambled, “What pay
back? Your father has plenty of means! You say that even if your father
sells everything, he won’t be able to pay the debt off? Is it really
that huge a sum? If I truly don’t have the money, then I will use my
daughter to make that boy my son-in-law. That ought to make up for the
debt, and make you happy, right? Humph!”
Dugu Xiao Yi’s pretty face became red as she got up to leave in
defiance. With a look of utmost disdain, she shouted, “I do not want
that! Who would cherish that?!”
She was both angry and anxious. Although she liked Jun Mo Xie, she
didn’t want to be given to him as a stake in a bet. In that sort of
condition… how would her beloved give her any respect?
She suddenly started tearing up. Her eyes started glistening with tears
as she stamped her foot. She then turned her tiny waist away without
paying attention to her father, and tears continued to fall.
Dugu Wudi was at a loss because he had forgotten to mind himself, and had
disrupted things. He hurried to console her. All of the seven ‘Heroes
and Legends Bravely Rushing Forward’ could not attend due to the
limited seating. Therefore, only Dugu Ying Yi had been brought along. He
was initially laughing at the joke, but was soon found himself kicked on
“Won’t you go down?” Jun Wu Yi asked his nephew.
“I feel that something isn’t right,” Jun Mo Xie frowned and pointed
his finger, “ ‘That man’ has arrived. Moreover, he has also brought
someone along with him. It’s better if I don’t invite unnecessary
trouble. Therefore, I plan to act cautiously.”
“Oh?” Jun Wu Yi’s body shook.
“I think everything will be alright,” Jun Mo Xie laughed
mischievously. “I am convinced that Tang Yuan and Yang Mo can handle
this matter. I will only make an appearance at a critical point.”
Jun Wu Yi smiled knowingly, but puckered his brows, “I fear that the
knowledge of your strength will spread sooner or later. They will all…
eventually come to know of it.”
Jun Mo Xie agreed and shook his head, “Therefore, we should rush to
develop our Family’s strength in such a way that no would dare provoke
us. This way, no one will be able to do anything even when they find out.
After all, only the strength which does not diminish is the most powerful
of all — money.”
Meanwhile, Song Shang had praised the many interesting qualities of this
wine, and had now withdrawn to the side. Song Shang, the ‘Wine God’,
had spoken well since he clearly understood the flavor of the wine. And
though his explanation fell short of Jun Mo Xie’s, everyone who heard
it was now reluctant to leave. In fact, they all wanted to dabble with
that good wine. Their hearts had started beating much faster, while the
atmosphere had reached a new height of excitement.
Now, as his role as the auctioneer, it was Tang Yuan’s time to take to
“The auction of the ‘Heavenly Wine’ formally begins! The base price
of each bottle is ten thousand silver taels. The price can increase
consistently since there will be no upper limit. And because of the
limited quantity of this excellent wine, each table can take back fifty
bottles at most. Yet, there may be many who won’t get this wine,”
Tang Yuan energetically made the announcement.
“May I venture to ask what this auctioneer Tang… meant when he said
that many will not receive this wine?” Many people asked impatiently as
Tang Yuan’s voice faded.
“It has no special meaning. Only that, Mr. Song has spent his entire
lifetime travelling all over the mainland to collect the best quality
materials. He has used all of it to brew this wine; nothing more. There
isn’t any more of this high quality wine left. Therefore, this is the
first and the last auction of this ‘Heavenly wine’!” Tang Yuan
“Only this one time…!” everyone cried in alarm. They all looked at
each other in dismay; [this excellent wine will go permanently out of