Magician of Insa-Dong - Chapter 12

Published at 18th of March 2018 09:25:11 PM

Chapter 12

The storage was very big . It was as big as a five-storey building, and it was not just the height that was amazing, but also the width and the length .

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There was not a small amount of people, but it was so wide that it appeared empty .

'What an amazing atmosphere . '

He could see why Che MinYoung warned him to be careful . In fact, she knew Han JinHo was strong, because it was her first time since she started working as an informant that she was helplessly suppressed to that level .

And yet, she still warned him to be careful, and there was a reason for it .

The faces of the people here were abnormal . Actually, compared to this place, the secret auction he had went to prior to this, seemed like a name-only secret auction and more like an entertainment for high-class people .

In here, even the air he breathed in smelled dangerous . A reasonably skilled person would be stripped down to his bones before they even realise it .

There was practically no-one standing by themselves; it was mostly around two bodyguards standing next to a rich man .

'It's really amazing . '

He could sense refined mana, like how he could from Che MinYoung and Lee ChaBum, here and there .

To refine mana is to apply it to their body and use it .

The qi, which martial artists stored in their body, was also a type of refined mana . Mana's attributes as well as how it should be used all depended on how it was refined .

And here, in the large storage, there were many people who could apply mana on their bodies .

That was why it was dangerous .

To these people, their bodies were pretty much a weapon - well, as long as they had remaining mana, that is .

While he was looking at the surrounding people, checking the attributes and maximum capacity of their mana, a music suddenly flowed out . A very familiar music, often used in primary schools as school bells .

As the music started, the people no longer made any noise . Everyone gazed at the inner parts of the storage, towards the ceiling .

Following their gazes, Han JinHo also looked up at the ceiling, and saw something descending from above .

All four sides had been blocked with iron bars; it was a cage with an open top . Inside, there was a man standing, wearing a neat suit . He too, was a skilled man with refined mana .

The descending cage stopped at an appropriate height, and suddenly a microphone dropped from the open ceiling .

Receiving the microphone in a natural manner, he pulled it towards his mouth .

"Thank you for participating in today's event . Thanks to your burning support, we are now conducting our third auction already . Using this place, I would like to thank you all again . "

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The man politely bowed by bending his back, facing the audience .

"Now, without further ado, let's go straight into the real event . I introduce to you, our first item on the list!"

A transparent display stand, which was connected to the ceiling with strings, slowly came down . All the lights in the storage were focused on the stand, making it seem like the item inside was shining by itself .

It was a book which seemed very ancient .

"The first item is the secret arts of Three-fenced Heavenly King . "

When Han JinHo saw the ancient book inside the display stand, lights flickered in his eyes .

'Is it an ancient book on martial arts or something?'

From the atmosphere, that seemed to be the case . He decided to see if there was any hidden power within the book .

Mana gathered in his eyes . He could see mana from all directions entangling up and he therefore saw a complex pattern . But even then, it wasn't difficult to check whether there was mana within the book or not .

He had done it already at the previous secret auction, so he was much more skilled in sensing the mana inside items .

It was just a normal book . From what he saw using mana, it was made several hundred years ago .

The auction started with the starting bid at 10 million won .

And the price endlessly rose up . The problem, however, was that they didn't even check whether that thing was real or fake .

'There seems to be no chance for us to look at it from close up . Does the auctioning side appraise and guarantee the legitimacy of the items?'

The secret arts of Three-fenced Heavenly King was auctioned at 26 million .

Suddenly, the lights on the ceiling focused on one of the guests inside the storage .

"This person is the seller . If any issue comes up after this, please talk it out among yourselves . "

Han JinHo nodded after seeing that .

'The people are to take care of things themselves, I see .

If it was like this, the commission fee was likely not that high . The host checked his smartphone for a bit before speaking up .

"I've confirmed the transfer of the exact amount . When all the procedures are dealt with, we will send the seller 24 . 7 million won after deducting 5% as the commission fee . Now, please send down the next item!"

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As soon as the host's voice resounded, the display stand of the book was pulled up and a different one slowly came down . It was likewise, a transparent display stand, and soon all the lights faced towards it .

Just like that, new items came forth and the auction continued . Most of the items were things that martial artists would want - someone's book on secret arts, spirit stones and weapons .

Han JinHo considered the whole thing a new experience so he carefully inspected all of them . Secret arts were basically just old books, but the spirit stones and weapons were a bit different .

Spirit stones had a tremendous amount of mana condensed inside them . Actually, most didn't have that much, but some had a surprisingly enormous amount .

Each spirit stone also had their own characteristic, and a few had a condensation of refined mana while some had normal mana in them .

It appeared that one could condense more refined mana than normal mana in those stones, but refined mana had its own attribute so not anyone could use them .

The user had to have a similar attributed magic to have an amplification of the effect . If the attributes of the user and the stone were different, it might clash against each other and become dangerous .

From the looks of things, everyone seemed to know these basic things .

Weapons were also different . Their styles were completely different to the relics he had seen up until now .

Some weapons were just well-made without any mana, while some had mana embedded in them . Weapons similarly had refined mana within them, and thus had different attributes like spirit stones .

People needed weapons that suited them .

Han JinHo had learnt a lot of new information from this auction . He was amazed by the fact that there were this many people with mana, and how all their mana were refined was another surprising factor .

Still, he was the only person he knew, who could store normal mana .

After a while, the auction had entered the second-half of its phase . Sometimes the host would mention how many items were left so it was possible to estimate how far he was in the auction .

"Here's the next item . It's a Lightning Bomb!"

The words 'Lightning Bomb' gathered the audience's curious eyes onto the transparent display stand . Inside, there was a metal ball with a few rough spikes on it .

It was slightly bigger than an adult's fist .

"Yes, it's not that much - just a bomb . But it's a very old bomb and has a great historical value . It's said to be made at a place called Lightning Door in Jeonrado, near Buan . "

The host eagerly explained it, but in fact, the item was just a low performance bomb, which might explode if one didn't treat it with care .

It also might malfunction due to the long years of deterioration .

The bomb attracted their eyes but couldn't attract their interest . If the people here so desired, they could obtain the latest weapons with small trouble .

Therefore, there was no reason for them to be interested in an old bomb . Moreover, the people here weren't interested a single bit in antiques or things like historical goods . What they wanted was practical power .

The host might have sensed the atmosphere, he had somewhat given up regarding this item . In truth, the thing about Lightning Door was mostly nonsense he had made up .

"Then… we will start at 1 million won . "

He arranged the price while reading the mood but as soon as the price came out, everyone's eyes turned indifferent . It was outside of their interest .

Han JinHo who saw that raised his hand .

"1 million . "

"Oh! The stunning gentleman there called 1 million! Is there anyone going 1 . 1 million?"

There was no way there would be one . Finally, the Lightning Bomb was won by Han JinHo at 1 million won .

The lights fell on the seller, fully displaying his slightly disdainful smile . Seeing that, the people thought it was good that they didn't participate .

However, Han JinHo was more than satisfied, as he saw that the Lightning Bomb was something worth investigating . Within the core of the bomb there was an incredible amount of condensed mana, and around the condensation of mana, there were complex magic circles spread around .

Examining that had an exceptional worth to it - at least to him, that was the case .

'He said Buan, right?'

The Lightning Door was at Buan . From viewing the host's attitude, the story about the door appeared to be fake, but the story about the source of the bomb being Buan seemed to be true .

'It is worth visiting at least once . '

If he was lucky, he might be able to find the ruin related to the Lightning Bomb . Judging from how only one appeared in the auction, it was highly likely that they had yet to properly locate the ruin .

The auction continued, until the final item came out which also attracted his interest .

"It's the Hidden Box . "

It was a box purely made with jade . It wasn't that big and could maybe hold a watermelon if it was pushed in with force . However, it didn't have a seam . In other words, it was an enclosed box without a lid to open .

And thus, the name, 'Hidden Box' .

"According to the legend, it has the best martial art of history hidden inside it . "

Naturally, half of what he said was false . It was indeed said to have a martial art inside it, but no-one knew if it was the best one throughout history or not .

"Look at this pattern . Some people with good eyes should be able to see, it's the crest of Thousand Sword Clan . Everyone knows the Thousand Sword Rain Clan, right?"

Most of the people nodded their heads after hearing him .

Han JinHo didn't know what kind of clan Thousand Sword Clan was, but from observing the reactions of the surrounding people, it appeared to be a remarkable clan .

And seeing that their clan's item came out in an auction, it also meant that the clan no longer existed in the world .

In any case, the auction started and the starting bid was at 50 million . Many people raised their hands, and the price also rose very quickly .

He waited for a while till the atmosphere cooled down a little . It was now impossible to buy it cheap, but he was still going to buy it . That jade box was worth buying even if he had to pay billions for it .

The shape was a bit altered but fundamentally, it was the same kind of item as the Shining Crystal . I . e . some kind of information was stored inside the jade box .

He didn't know what kind of info was stored in it, but using magic to engrave information wasn't a simple task itself . As such, the stored information had to be important .

At the very least, all the crystals he had seen so far were like that .

'Will there be anyone other than me who could properly use that?'

Such a thought suddenly popped up . Can the people trying to buy the jade box right now solve its mysteries?

While he was having those thoughts, one by one, the bidders of the auction dropped out .

When the price exceeded 600 million, others all dropped out . That was when Han JinHo came in .

"1 billion . "

It was indeed worth using money when he had to - it deterred other people . The effects of raising it at one go came out .

They now started to objectively ponder . In the first place, can they solve the mysteries of that item? This made them hesitate even further .

"We have 1 billion here! 1 billion! Anyone who wants to bid higher?"

The host screamed with an excited voice . He also spoke some instigating words after that but the mood was cold and no-one bid anymore .

As a result, the Hidden Box became Han JinHo's .

Translator: Rain27 Proofreader : Uptime