Volume 1 Chapter 51 Positions of magicians and merchants
“That’s right, I don’t have enough gold coins right now and can’t support the daily expenses of this Magic Tower.” Hearing Xu Yi coldly penetrating through him, Great Magician Camilla didn’t seem hurt at all. He just let out a soft sigh and directly admitted the truth, “But Xu Yi, I don’t like magic being polluted by the spirit of merchants. This is my principle, you don’t need to spend all that effort to change my thoughts.”
Xu Yi slightly knit his brows, “Your excellency Great Magician, can I ask why you feel this way…..Magic and money coming together, will it definitely be polluted? From what I can see, this is a complete paradox. Just like I said just now, money is innocent and as for how it is used, it completely depends on a person’s thoughts. You might think that money and magic coming together is bad, but rather I feel the complete opposite. If money and magic come together, it can create very wonderful changes.”
“Wonderful?” Great Magician Camilla gave a strong snort, “For a fellow like you with such a strong talent for magic to become a lowly merchant, how is that a wonderful change?”
Xu Yi knit his brows even tighter, “Your excellency Great Magician, your prejudices are too strong. Perhaps in the tradition of the Sines Continent, magicians are higher than merchants, but from what I can see, the merchants of the Sines Continent are stronger than the magicians.”
“Nonsense!” Great Magician Camilla suddenly slapped the desk and angrily stood up. He pointed at Xu Yi as he cursed, “You actually dare say that a magician can’t compare to those dirty merchants? What can those merchants do? They only rob people of their money with their black conscience! Whether it is their eyes or their brain, it is filled with thoughts of money and they don’t even have any honour among themselves! Those fellows, you are actually comparing them to magicians? Are you trying to shame me?”
“Then your excellency Great Magician, what can magicians do?” Xu Yi said with a cold smile, “Keep researching more powerful magic to become more efficient at killing people?”
“You……” Great Magician Camilla wanted to say that Xu Yi was speaking nonsense, but he suddenly stopped.
This was because he realized that Xu Yi was actually completely right.
That’s right, magicians had a high status on the continent, but why was that ? Of course it was because magicians were stronger than normal people and then easiest place for that to manifest itself was on the battlefield. Magicians had much greater killing power than normal soldiers with their magic.
In the history of the Sines Continent, many countries had countless wars and in those wars, magicians played a very important role each time.
Even some more powerful magicians, like those at the Great Magician Rank, just one or two of them was enough to change the situation of a battle or even influence the entire war.
Therefore, from a long time in the past, Magicians had always been feared and worshipped by people of the Sines Continent. Their statuses kept increasing without stop.
But no matter how high of a status a magician had, that didn’t change a fact, which was that Xu Yi was completely right. Magicians had always done a single thing, which was to keep studying more powerful magic.
As for the reason why they studied more powerful magic? Of course it was to have a bigger role on the battlefield.
To be more precise, it was to be more effective at killing people.
Thinking of this, Great Magician Camilla’s face that had been red because of Xu Yi’s words instantly turned pale. His finger pointing at Xu Yi began trembling and after a while, he fell back into his chair and didn’t speak for a long time.
Xu Yi gave a sigh and shook his head. If it wasn’t for the special circumstances, he wasn’t willing to be this direct with Great Magician Camilla.
But this was indeed his true inner thoughts.
He could understand why magicians had such a high status on the Sines Continent, but that didn’t mean he agreed with this.
From what Xu Yi could see, having powerful strength was indeed important because this could allow one to protect oneself and one’s important things.
But other than this, the most important thing was normal life.
Humans created civilization because they chased a more beautiful life.
Because of this point, humans invented various tools. This was the case from the ancient stone ages to the highly advanced civilization on earth.
With the development of civilization, humans could go from not having enough to eat to not worrying about food or clothes. They could even go into the sky or ocean, or even reach outer space.
If they lost this point, that means that human civilization would lose their driving force. At that time, they would be no different from animals.
Magic was very powerful, but Xu Yi was more willing to use magic to increase everyone’s quality of living instead.
So using his magic and his mechanical knowledge, he invented the Magic Fan to allow the people of Banta City to enjoy a cool breeze in the burning summer.
He then invented the Magic Harvester to increase the efficiency of harvesting wheat. It made Viscount Leslie and the other nobles confident in planting even more wheat, increasing Banta City’s grain yield indirectly.
After this, he would invent even more and more magic machines and help the people of this world to obtain a good life through these magic machines.
He even hoped to establish a complete industrial system on the Sines Continent, letting people of the Sines Continent have the same lives as normal people on earth.
Xu Yi knew that it was very difficult to complete this, but he wouldn’t retreat at all.
This was because while he was researching the magic machines, not only did he find again the joy of researching machines he had done for over three years, he also felt the joy of changing the world.
And right now, the first thing he needed to change was Great Magician Camilla’s thoughts.
“Your excellency Great Magician, if I may be frank, although merchants are like you say where their eyes and minds are only filled with thoughts of gold coins, it is because of this that they would have the idea to make and sell products. It is because of the drive from the profits that products would circulate on the Sines Continent, so people will not suffer the predicament of lacking anything. Perhaps there are quite a few degenerates among them, who even sell their conscience for gold coins, but can we deny the changes they bring?”
Great Magician Camilla was silent for a bit and his expression kept changing. After a while, he let out a long sigh and looked at Xu Yi.
“Xu Yi, I admit that your words have reason, but is this related to what you want to say? Speak, what exactly do you want to say?”
Xu Yi seriously looked over Great Magician Camilla’s face and found that he had seemed to have regained his calm. He couldn’t help revealing a smile.
Great Magician Camilla was after all an old person with experience and wisdom, he would not be easy to strike down.
“Your excellency Great Magician, let us return to the main problem. You don’t have enough gold coins right now to support your Magic Tower, then are you willing to cooperate with me? I can completely provide you with enough gold coins. Hei, I won’t hide it from you, my recent income isn’t bad.” Xu Yi said with a smile.
“Humph, you want to cooperate with me again.” Great Magician Camilla gave a cold snort and waved his hand, “Don’t say anymore. I said that this is my principle, I won’t change it.”
“Your excellency Great Magician, how about you let me finish first?” Xu Yi continued, “I think why you hate combining magic and business is one, because once it is combined with business, the magic research will be affected. And two, you feel unsettled about helping merchants cheat money from normal people. Don’t you think so?”
Great Magician Camilla gave another snort, but didn’t reject this.
“Very good, if your scruples are with this, I can tell you that if you cooperate with me, these two things won’t be problems.”
“Let’s not talk about whether the magic research will be affected or not. If I were to cooperate with you, you won’t cheat money out of normal people?” Great Magician Camilla asked in a thoughtful voice, “You think that I would believe a weak reason like this?”
Hearing how more relaxed Great Magician Camilla’s voice was, Xu Yi laughed. He took out a blueprint from his chest and put it on the table in front of Great Magician Camilla.
“Of course I won’t say that I won’t cheat normal people’s money, but what would you think if I were to say that people would look forward to me cheating them of their money?”
“Are you joking?” Great Magician Camilla’s eyes popped out, “Would there be anyone hoping that others would cheat them of their money?”
“It’s very simple, it’s because they need something and other than me, no one else can give them this thing. These things are especially important to them, so in this kind of situation, do you think they would care if I cheat them out of a bit of money?” Xu Yi said with a smile.
“How could there be such a thing?” Great Magician Camilla looked at Xu Yi, but his eyes couldn’t help looking over at the blueprint.
After looking it over a few times, Great Magician Camilla said in a strange voice, “What is this thing? Why does it look so strange? What is it used for?”
Since Xu Yi began inventing magic machinery, he didn’t even know how many times he had heard this question.
“Un, this is the very special thing that I just told you about. With this thing, it will solve a problem that has puzzled people for a long time. They will clearly know that I am relying on this thing to make money, but their hearts will be filled with gratitude towards me.” Without knowing it, Xu Yi had already come beside Great Magician Camilla and had bent over to start explaining the blueprint, “First, this thing is called the Magic Plowing Machine……”