In the game, whenever players wanted to search for loot after battles, they would either search the Boss' body or scan for collectible items on the map. Generally, loot was raided from the corpses of fallen enemies. This might seem dishonorable, but it was, in fact, commonly regarded as chivalrous, resourceful and prudent as well.
But in reality, the Flamingo Band of Mercenaries exposed Link to the other side of pillaging-the wild side. They were so eager that Link stood dumbfounded as the mercenaries descended upon the Brotherhood's treasures and belongings like a swarm of locusts.
Every single object in the Silent Mine that could be sold for a little bit of money was seized. Even the Dark Brotherhood members' underpants weren't spared!
And so half an hour after Viktor was dead, Jacker, Lucy and Gildern stood on the plain of the Cove of Echoes, their faces flushed, and beside them were spoils piled up as high as a hillock.
All the Dark Brotherhood members were stripped clean of their leather armors-not even the normal members in the cave were spared. All their weapons were grabbed and collected in a pile.
In total, they collected 75 ordinary leather armors, 28 elite leather armors, 50 bows, 100 swords of various qualities, 30 shields, and 25 daggers.
Apart from that, there were 4 sets of magical equipment too!
These were Grinth's Fire Warrior Armor and Blazing Sword, and Viktor's Dagger of Corruption and Detecting Crystal Ball.
The Shadow Dagger hadn't been of much use in the hands of Viktor, but it was, in fact, a sterling quality weapon, and could be worth more than 200 gold coins.
Lucy's face had turned crimson and her almond-shaped eyes were gleaming. She was dashing back and forth gathering the spoils, and that red hair of hers glinted like a kindled flame. She was acting as the bookkeeper, calculating the total cost of their loot on a goatskin paper with a pen in hand.
"A normal leather armor costs one gold coin, a fine quality leather armor costs 2 gold coins...a bow 1.5 gold coins...a standard steel sword is worth 2 gold coins...all of this gear is worth at least 800 gold coins!"
Even before she finished the sentence, both Jacker and Gildern couldn't help but gasp in astonishment.
"Wow, that's a fortune!"
"I must be dreaming!"
Previously, they would earn about 5 gold coins for each mission they undertook, and that was if they were lucky. Their usual income had always been in silver coins, for example, in an investigative mission, the reward would be about 20 silver coins (about 2 gold coins), so everyone would get about seven or eight silver coins each.
In the past year, they undertook about ten missions and earned 50 gold coins. They were able to survive comfortably on that income, but they were living by the sword, fearing for their life every day. So whenever they didn't have any missions, they would spend their money lavishly as if there were no tomorrow. Had Lucy not been cautioning them, they would probably be penniless by now.
But this time, with just one mission, they were able to make 700 gold coins from the equipment alone! That was an amount of money that they couldn't earn even if they worked for 10 years as mercenaries!
"But there's more!" cried Lucy.
Lucy's heart pounded, with this much money, she could get better gear. There were so many things that she had wanted to buy but couldn't afford, yet now, she could buy them all!
The equipment needed to be sold first before they could get any money. There were still some gold coins around because every bandit had money pouches on them. Of course, they snatched all of it up. Viktor also had his own private chest that Jacker smashed open using his hammer. He found about 80 gold coins inside!
In total, they had around 200 gold coins ready to be spent. The mercenaries' eyes were dazzled by the sheer amount of gold and silver coins.
What's more, every bandit had their own private treasure, gemstones, jewelry, pocket watches and various other types of valuable trinkets. All of this could be sold for some money, and naturally, not a single piece of it was left behind.
"One silver pocket watch could sell for 3 gold coins, and this red gemstone ring could get us 5 gold coins...and look at this one, this silver horse trinket-it's Master Dormick's work, I'm sure it's worth a decent amount of money too. But the most valuable must be this pouch of gemstones, look at how exquisite these rare gemstones are!" said Lucy.
These gemstones were, of course, the recompensation Viktor received from the black-robed man.
Lucy quickly made a calculation and concluded, "They must be worth at least 700 gold coins."
Jacker and Gildern both gulped.
Gildern counted on his fingers, "700, plus 200, plus 700...holy God of Light, that's 1600 gold coins!"
He should at least get 100 gold coins. He wouldn't be at peace keeping this much money. No, when he got his share, he must find himself a beautiful wife and have a child with her. That way, even if one day he died in battle, he'd die peacefully knowing he was not the end of his lineage.
Gildern had never desired a quiet and peaceful life-he loved the thrill of danger, and couldn't stay in one place for long. This attitude towards life is something all three members of the Flamingo Band of Mercenaries had in common.
After the value of their loot had been determined, Jacker, as the most level-headed of the three, looked to Link and waited for him to divide everything among them. He knew that the reason they were able to earn this much gold coins was because of Link's magic.
Lucy and Gildern looked to Link too, but they were a bit worried that Link might get too big a share.
Link, though, was slightly disappointed. For a commoner, this amount of money would be considered a fortune, but for a Magician, this was but a beggarly amount.
But he didn't regret anything because he'd found the most valuable object of all among the pile-the Occultic Runes of Tarviss.
Link knew the Occultic Runes were ominous and sinister, it might even have demagogic powers, but nevertheless, it contained the most coveted magic knowledge that a Magician could hope to learn.
No one in the Legion of Light would openly admit to wanting such an object, but if it was sold to the Dark Elf Kingdom of Pralync, it would definitely fetch him more than ten thousand gold coins!
But Link would never sell it.
With the level of magic that he was at now, he had nowhere near enough knowledge to study and decipher the Occultic Runes. But in the future, if he kept it with him, it could come in handy one day.
The three mercenaries didn't think much of the fact that Link took the magical runes. To them, all they wanted was to be as far away from such an evil object as possible; who would want to touch it again after all they went through?
Seeing that the Flamingo Band of Mercenaries members were all staring at him, Link thought and said, "Just give me the gold coins, you take all the gear and divide them among yourselves."
Dealing with the equipment would be too troublesome, and troublesome things were what Link hated the most. He'd already gotten the Occultic Runes, a rare Legendary object, so he was more than content. And after all, these mercenaries did risk their lives on this mission, he couldn't let them do it for nothing, could he?
As for the tuition fees, Link suspected he would find enough money to cover it because he had seen from the loot pile something that said "Viktor's Treasure Map".
The treasure map was a thrown about in the pile, so the three mercenaries hadn't noticed it at all.
Digging for treasures in the game was interesting and fun, but in the real world, it was more of a dirty, exhausting, and dangerous undertaking. Link had no desire to do it alone. He knew that it would be best to have someone help him do the dirty work, and then divide the gold coins up among them. But to do this, he needed people he could trust.
These three mercenaries seemed reliable; they were agile and strong. They might lose a bit of composure in the face of such enormous wealth, but their judgments remained sound, and they didn't lose their poise. This kind of mental strength was not bad at all, though Link still had doubts about their integrity because they had only known each other briefly. Link was also using this opportunity to test their honesty.
The moment they heard Link speak, the three mercenaries looked at each other.
"But Link, what's left is worth at least 1400 gold coins!" Jacker exclaimed in disbelief.
"I know, but it's too troublesome to deal with them; it would waste too much of my time. All of you have helped a lot, anyway," Link said.
"But how could we agree to this? You should at least get 1200 gold coins," Lucy stated without hesitation. There were only three of them in the Flamingo Band of Mercenaries, but it's only fair that the one who did the most work should get the most money!
Even the seemingly stingy Gildern didn't expect to get much. From the total of 1600 gold coins, he would be very happy just to get 100 gold coins.
The young Magician not only enabled them to plunder the Dark Brotherhood's treasures and belongings, he had also saved their lives many times, particularly Lucy, whose life was snatched from the clutches of the God of Death himself. Naturally, she felt deeply grateful to Link.
Jacker nodded in agreement. Gildern had some reservations, but he did agree with what Lucy said, so he nodded too.
Link laughed. What just happened proved that the three mercenaries had integrity. Even if integrity did not account for everything, it was still a strong foundation for trust and cooperation.
Link would never dig for the treasures himself anyway, that would waste too much time and energy. He would have to find someone else to do it, and now that he knew he could rely on the Flamingo Band of Mercenaries, he would naturally ask them for their help.
He had no need to search for all of the hidden treasures. Once he'd found enough gold coins to pay for his tuition, he would stop.
He pointed at the tiny notebook in the loot pile, then said with a laugh, "Have you looked at that red leather notebook?"
Lucy glanced at the direction Link was pointing, then with slight disgust on her face, she said, "Of course, that's Viktor's filthy little notebook, it's full of his lecherous adventures."
She had found the notebook when she was raiding Viktor's room. It was right there on the study table, so she flipped it open and discovered that it was filled with lewd and obscene contents.
If it hadn't been for the fact that the notebook might be worth a few silver coins due to its fine material, it would never have appeared in the pile in the first place.
- Against the Gods
- Ancient Godly Monarch
- Ancient Strengthening Technique
- A Second Chance
- A Will Eternal
- Ancient One
- Atelier Tanaka
- A step into the past
- Ancient Cultivator in Modern World
- Absolute Choice
- A Helping Hand
- A Frog in the Well
- Always You
- A Record of a Mortals Journey to Immortality
- A Naive Short-tempered Girl
- A Thought Through Eternity
- Age of Adepts
- Ascendance of a Bookworm
- A Chance
- A Match Made in Heaven
- Asuka of the Scarlet Sky
- Assassin Farmer
- A Slight Smile is Very Charming
- A Slice of Life: an Online Romance from Aiden's point of View
- Ace of Ace
- Akuyaku Tensei Dakedo Doushite Kou Natta
- A New Me
- Battle Through the Heavens
- Bungaku Shoujo
- Botsuraku Youtei Nanode Kajishokunin wo Mezasu
- Blue Phoenix
- Bringing The Farm To Live In Another World
- Battle Frenzy
- Beseech The Devil
- Blade Online
- Beloved Empress
- B Group no Shounen
- Beauty and the Bodyguard
- Ballad of the Desert
- Biblia Koshodou no Jiken Techou
- Bringing the BNations Husband Home
- Douluo Dalu
- Desolate Era
- Dragon-Marked War God
- Dungeon Defense
- Devouring The Heavens
- Descent of the Phoenix – 13 Years Old Princess Consort
- Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyusoukyoku
- Dragon Martial Emperor
- Dragon Blooded War God
- Divine Throne of Primordial Blood
- Dungeon Hunter
- Doomed to Be Cannon Fodder
- Dragon Maken War
- Dominating Sword Immortal
- Descent of The Phoenix
- God of Thunder
- Everyone Else is a Returnee
- Genius Doctor Black Belly Miss
- God and Devil World
- God of Slaughter
- Great Demon King
- God of Cooking
- Emperor of Solo Play
- Goblin Kingdom
- Emperor's Eye
- Experimental Log of The Crazy Lich
- Forty Millenniums of Cultivation
- Friends Without Benefits
- Godly Model Creator
- Epoch of Twilight
- Empress Running Away with the Ball
- Galactic Dark Net
- Gate of Revelation
- Gourmet Food Supplier
- God of Crime
- Games Universe
- Emperor of The Cosmos
- Global Evolution
- Genius Sword Immortal
- Hail the King
- King of Gods
- Kumo Desu ga Nani ka
- I Shall Seal the Heavens
- Killers 7
- Hidden Marriage
- Heavenly Jewel Change
- I am the Monarch
- I was a sword when i reincarnated
- In a Different World with a Smartphone
- Konjiki no Moji Tsukai
- Kuro no Maou
- Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear
- History is Strongest Senior Brother
- Heavenly Star
- Kujibiki Tokushou Musou Hāremu ken
- King Shura
- Infinite Competitive Dungeon Society
- Immortal and Martial Dual Cultivation
- Immortal God Emperor
- Kamigoroshi no Eiyuu to Nanatsu no Seiyaku
- Heroes Shed No Tears
- Invincible Conqueror
- Imperial God Emperor
- Inma No Hado
- I'm Really A Superstar
- Martial World
- Monster Factory
- Martial God Asura
- Long Live Summons
- Lord Xue Ying
- Lazy Dungeon Master
- Limitless Sword God
- My Wife is a Beautiful CEO
- Magi Craft Meister
- Maken no Daydreamer
- My Wife is a Beautiful CEO
- Miracle Throne
- Martial God Space
- Law of the Devil
- Legend of the Dragon King
- MMORPG Rebirth of the Legendary Guardian
- Martial Peak
- Mesmerizing Ghost Doctor
- My Beautiful Teacher
- Martial God
- Monarch of Evernight
- Martial Arts Master
- Monster Paradise
- Mr CEO Spoil me 100 Percent
- My Disciple Died Yet Again
- My Cold and Elegant CEO Wife
- Mystical Journey
- My Father in Law is Lu Bu
- Martial God Conqueror
- MMORPG: Martial Gamer
- Life Mission
- Lord of All Realms
- Mai Kitsune Waifu
- Murdering Heaven Edge
- Master Hunter K
- Masked Knight
- Release that Witch
- Release That Witch
- Peerless Martial God
- Nidome no Yuusha
- Otherworldly Evil Monarch
- Poison Genius Consort
- Rebirth of the Thief Who Roamed the World
- reincarnation of the strongest sword god
- Princess Medical Doctor
- Renegade Immortal
- Peerless Battle Spirit
- Pure Love X Insult Complex
- Praise the Orc
- Red Packet Server
- Otherworld Nation Founding Chronicles
- Perfect World
- Pet King
- Painting of the Nine Immortals
- Reign of the Hunters
- NEET Receives a Dating Sim Game Leveling System
- Pursuit of the Truth
- Returning from the Immortal World
- Paradise of Demons and Gods
- Spirit Realm
- Shen Yin Wang Zuo
- Swallowed Star
- Stellar Transformations
- Shadow Hack
- Sovereign of the Three Realms
- Strongest Abandoned Son
- Spirit Vessel
- Stunning Edge
- Skyfire Avenue
- Starting from Zero
- Summoned Slaughterer
- Slave Harem in the Labyrinth of the Other World
- Shadow Rogue
- Sendai Yuusha wa Inkyou Shitai
- Stealing The Heavens
- Super Soldier King
- Superstars of Tomorrow
- Shrouding the Heavens
- Tales of Demons and Gods
- The New Gate
- Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken
- True Martial World
- Tsuki ga Michibiku Isekai Douchuu
- Transcending the Nine Heavens
- The Great Ruler
- The Unrivaled Tang Sect (Douluo Dalu 2)
- Transmigrator Meets Reincarnator
- The Daily Grind
- The Book Eating Magician
- The Strongest System
- Tales of the Reincarnated Lord
- The Good Student
- The World Online
- To Deprive a Deprived Person
- The Magus Era
- Terror Infinity
- The Wizard World
- Talisman Emperor
- The Black Card
- The Nine Cauldrons
- The Good for Nothing Seventh Young Lady
- The Great Conqueror
- The Strongest Dan God
- The Man Picked up by the Gods
- The Charm of Soul Pets
- The Great Thief
- The Divine Elements
- The Avalon Of Five Elements
- The King of the Battlefield
- The Strongest Gene
- The Ultimate Evolution
- The VIP
- Trial Marriage Husband: Need to Work Hard
- The Gate Of Good Fortune
- The Alchemist God
- The Invincible Dragon Emperor
- The Portal of Wonderland
- The Silly Alchemist
- The Amber Sword
- Wu Dong Qian Kun
- Warlock of the Magus World
- Zhan Long
- War Sovereign Soaring The Heavens
- Ze Tian Ji
- World of Cultivation
- World Defying Dan God
- Upgrade Specialist in Another World
- Undefeated God of War
- Zhu Xian
- World of Warcraft Foreign Realm Domination
- Very Pure and Ambiguous The Prequel
- Womanizing Mage
- World of Immortals
- Virtual World Peerless White Emperor
- Sci fi