Reincarnation Of The Strongest Sword God - Chapter 634
Chapter 634 - Starfall City
Very quickly, Shi Feng paid the party’s teleportation fees . Each person cost 80 Silver for a total of 4 Gold, 80 Silver for the whole party . An ordinary party could not afford to spend that much money even if they bankrupted themselves .
The Great Forest of Soria was a neutral area situated between the Black Dragon Empire and the Star-Moon Kingdom .
Current players were not nearly strong enough to survive the area .
Players also knew the Great Forest of Soria as the Forest of Death . It was a Level 50 to Level 70 leveling map, and it was three to four times larger than ordinary leveling maps of the same Level . However, the map’s high level wasn’t the greatest threat . The reason behind the ‘Forest of Death’ nickname was the utter lack of fortresses or safe gathering locations for humans . Instead, the map was a haven for Demonic Beasts and Half-orcs .
The Great Forest of Soria was a kingdom of Half-orcs, and it posed a great threat to players as the Half-orc race was highly prejudiced against outsiders . Players could encounter the Half-orc patrol squads at any time inside the Great Forest . Not only were these patrol squads extremely powerful, but they would also call for their other companions to ambush players . Hence, survival within the Great Forest was, to say the least, challenging .
Through the teleportation array, Shi Feng’s party quickly arrived at Starfall City, a city near Star-Moon Kingdom’s border .
Starfall City was the second largest city in Star-Moon Kingdom’s northern region .
Although the city was near the kingdom’s border, it was the most prosperous of all the cities in the northern region . Starfall City was of similar rank to White River City . Only, the city had a few more Tier 4 NPCs guarding it than White River City . There were a total of seven Tier 4 NPCs . The city’s defensive power greatly surpassed White River City and was only weaker than Star-Moon City .
“This place is impressive!” Blackie could not help his shock when he saw the busy street .
There were a lot of NPC guards patrolling the streets, at least twice that of White River City . Other than the NPC guards, there were also plenty of Merchants roaming about . One could also see many horse carriages carrying cargo coming and going .
Moreover, these Merchants were not limited to NPCs . There were also plenty of player Merchants . These player Merchants similarly rode horse carriages around the city . There were also plenty of player Merchants who had parked their carriages in one place and hawked and bought various items .
“What are they doing?
Cola noticed that these player Merchants were frantically purchasing various materials and equipment from other players . There were even some who purchased common items from NPC Merchants . Moreover, these player Merchants purchased these common items in large quantities, costing up to dozens, or even more than a hundred, Gold . Such an amount would be enough to fund a small Guild for a relatively long time .
None of White River City’s players would be so insane as to purchase so many common items from NPC Merchants .
“Those people are reselling goods and making a profit through the price differences,” Shi Feng explained .
“Making a profit through the price differences?” Blackie was confused . “But the NPCs’ prices are the same throughout Star-Moon Kingdom . Only some unique items can be resold for a profit . Even so, there aren’t usually many of those items available for sale, and normally, when the NPCs restock, large Guilds usually buy everything, keeping them for their own use . Who are they planning to sell sell these common items to?”
“To players, of course,” Shi Feng said, laughing . “Although NPCs’ common items in Star-Moon Kingdom have uniform prices, the prices may be different in other kingdoms and empires . Some items sold in Star-Moon Kingdom might be more expensive in the Black Dragon Empire, while some items might be cheaper . Meanwhile, these people are trying to make a profit through the difference in prices . ”
“Then, aren’t there teleportation arrays? Wouldn’t it be easier just to deliver their products using teleportation arrays?” Blackie asked curiously . “Why must they use horse carriages?”
“Very simple . The transportation fees would be too high if they used the teleportation arrays . Moreover, only the capital city has an array that enables teleportation between other kingdoms and empires, and each teleportation would cost more than 1 Gold . Their profit margin is not high . Moreover, a player can’t carry enough items . They might even incur losses if they used teleportation arrays to conduct their trades .
“Meanwhile, a horse carriage can carry more than a dozen times that of players . Some good horse carriages can even carry up to twenty or thirty times . Although one may waste some time and encounter some dangers if they travel to the Black Dragon Empire via a horse carriage, in general, they can earn a lot of money with a single trip . These player Merchants earn even more money than our Guild’s elite players . ”
Shi Feng had some knowledge regarding the Merchant subclass . In the past, his Guild had frequently organized Caravans to conduct cross-border trade, earning significant funds for the Guild . Meanwhile, Starfall City offered a natural advantage for cross-border trade . This was also why many Merchants throughout Star-Moon Kingdom specifically traveled all the way to Starfall City to develop themselves .
Everyone came to a realization upon hearing Shi Feng’s explanation . They had never had never imagined that the cross-border trade was such a profitable business .
The wages Zero Wing offered were among the highest of all Guilds in Star-Moon Kingdom . The money its elite members earned each day was several times more than the elite members of other Guilds . The money they earned could even rival that of ordinary experts .
Yet, these Merchant players actually made more money than Zero Wing’s elite members . In other words, these Merchant players made more money than even the ordinary experts in God’s Domain .
“Alright, split up and look for any Caravans that are about to depart,” Shi Feng ordered .
There was a great distance between Starfall City and the Great Forest of Soria . If a player relied on their own two feet to travel, it would take over ten hours to reach the Great Forest . If Shi Feng were traveling alone, he could simply teleport to the Great Forest with the aid of the Seven Luminaries Ring, saving him a lot of hassle . Unfortunately, none of his other party members possessed the Seven Luminaries Ring . Hence, they would have no choice but to travel to the Great Forest on foot .
Meanwhile, if a Caravan were about to embark from Starfall City to the Black Dragon Empire, they would have to pass through the outermost region of the Great Forest of Soria .
If one traveled via horse carriage, the journey to the Great Forest would only take three or four hours . It was much faster than even Common Mounts .
However, the road to the Black Dragon Empire was not easy for a Caravan . A Caravan normally required an escort of guards . Meanwhile, powerful players would often accept such Escort Quests as they were extremely profitable . The money one could earn from these quests was several times higher than ordinary high-level quests . Only, one Only, one would have to invest a lot of time to complete the quest .
A dozen minutes or so later, Aqua Rose located a Caravan that was about to depart for the Black Dragon Empire .
This Caravan was not particularly large . In total, there were only a dozen or so horse carriages . Moreover, it was a Caravan that consisted entirely of players . It was far less safe than NPC Caravans .
After leaving the city, Caravans could encounter all sorts of trouble such as monster attacks and player robberies . In the past, Shi Feng had even tragically been mugged by a Tier 4 Sword Emperor NPC .
Meanwhile, in an NPC-organized Caravan, there would usually be some NPC guards escorting the Caravan . Ordinary players would not dare consider robbing such Caravans;monsters offered the greatest danger these Caravans . Player-organized Caravans, on the other hand, were often the targets of players who had joined the dark forces .
Of course, with risk comes opportunity . If player Merchants joined an NPC-organized Caravan, their profits would decrease sharply . The maximum amount of money they could earn from a single trade was only one-third of the money they could make if they joined a player-organized Caravan . Of course, even this was still a significant amount of money to an ordinary player .
In other words, a player-organized Caravan’s profits were three times that of an NPC-organized Caravan . Naturally, courageous or strong players would take this risk .
“Our Red Rain Caravan is not some weak Caravan . We don’t welcome weaklings here . Not to mention, you guys are only planning to join us to the Great Forest of Soria . You will occupy our guard slots for nothing . ” A female Ranger with a charming and flirtatious look sneered . This female Ranger had black, shoulder-length hair and wore a black-and-red tight-fitting leather jacket .