Sword Art Online
The roar of voices could be heard over the lower sound of water as it rushed through the center of the city. The bustling sounds of Edenport were almost deafening. Who would have thought so many people would still play the game, but not actually be a part of the tournament. Edenport sat as the epicenter to floor 19, a floor that primarily focused on large rivers and almost ocean like lakes that held smaller towns and dungeons scattered all around. It's lush land masses held a variety of higher leveled monsters and anyone who wasn't a high enough level wouldn't dare going into the forest type jungles alone. But despite all of these faults and beauties, it was still a very bustling floor. Edenport was the main trading and shipping port for the 16-20th floors. If there was a main side quest that needed completing, you would find it at Edenport. As a matter of fact, there was a specific weapons shop that sat nestled in the main shopping district. Anyone who was walking past the shop would be able to hear the bickering that was coming from inside and most would move swiftly past in a hurry they didn't know they were in.
"What do you mean it's only worth 10,000 Col, I went and busted my ass in the temples of the 17th floor for this quest item and you are telling me it's worth this much." A tall man said as he bent over the counter of a the weapons shop. A shorter portly man sat on the other side of the counter, he wasn't at all intimidated by the much taller man, but that was simply cause he wasn't able to see his level. "I'm sorry if you feel cheated, but I can set any price I want on an item, it is my shop after all." The tall man straightened up and picked the orb up off the counter, it fit in the palm of his hand, a lustrous purple color that shown with a dim light, smoke like patterns swirled around on just under the surface of the glass. "It took me hours to get this, do you know how many monsters I had to fight in that temple. Hell I got nearly 10,000 Col just from the Kollings themselves.
[Kollings: A race of ape type monsters that stand about 6 feet high, they have very broad upper bodies and strong legs to stand on, they don't have much armor or clothes to speak of, but they do wear a tunic on their torsos that provide protection from striking vital points. They move in a group and attack as such. Their main weapon is a large mallet like hammer and is able to deal large hits if allowed to hit in succession.]
"I would think at least 25,000 Col would be more reasonable." The tall man leaned back over the counter. Even though there was not a breeze in the shop, the man's scarf still moved a bit in his wake as he moved. "But I am not giving you that much for the item. I don't care how much you want that blade." The blade in question was a Scimitar that hung to the tall man's right. The blade was large and hefty, the curves of the blade were formed more predominantly and sharper a blade than his dulling sword that he had since floor 1. "Listen dude, I need that sword. I need a stronger sword than what I have, you are the only place in town that sells Scimitar's and that one has a high enough level that I can use." The man thought to himself, 'Man, I just had to pick the odder of blades, one that's rarer in the game for mob drops and shop sales.'
Of all the different weapons of SAO, there was a few that made an even less likely appearance in the game. Although Scimitar's were a regular part of the game, they were however more rare. The Scimitar, Maces and Rapiers were among the more rarer drops of the game, plus they were hard for smiths to craft as well. "Listen to me, I am the Lone Soldier. I used to play on this game before the tournament. Perhaps you have heard of me?" He smiled under the scarf, but the shop keeper couldn't see. As a matter of fact the shop keeper looked even less like he cared than before. "I don't care if you're the Lone Ranger, you aren't getting any more than 10,000 for the orb and if you want the blade, you will have to pay out of pocket." That was the problem actually, Lone only have a few more 1000 Col, if the shop keep would just give him the 25,000 he asked he would have the 30,000 for the sword.
Lone had a special ability that was hard to obtain unless you were a player that had high speed and stealth. He quietly pulled up the interface screen that appeared as a white box and displayed what was needed to the player on one side, but did not appear to the other player on the other. His Information Gathering was a pretty higher level than his actual in game level. Lots of time perfecting it. He looked into the inventory of the shop keeper and his jaw nearly dropped. How the hell was the shop keeper able to sleep at night. He had nearly 345,000 Col in his stash of money, 25,000 Col would be nothing. He nearly reached over the counter and throttled the man. "Listen here you cheap skate, I know for a fact you have enough Col to spare giving me 25,000. Just give it too me and I will be out of your hair even faster, I wont even come back." Lone said, hoping maybe a persuasion was needed.
The man smirked a little and look as if he was thinking it over. "Fine, i'll give you 25,000 Col, but I had better not see you in this town again." Like that was going to be hard. "Fine, you might as well keep the 25,000 Col, here is 5,000 more, just fork over the sword. That was when he lost the persuasion act. "I agreed to give you the 25,000 Col, but you are not getting that sword. Now get out of my shop." Lone stood up to his full height and turned to walk out the door. It was not going to be hard for him to leave this place behind and never look back, he was heading for the top and that's all that mattered to him. He walked through town quickly as he could, the warp gates just ahead of him in the town center. A plaza made of white stones and large arches, most warp areas looked like this, with the rare occasion of a themed warp area. The warp gates had no particular forms, just a round distortion of space in the center of a small pedestal. All one had to do was walk up to it and say the floor they wanted to go to. Upon reaching the gates Lone turned to give one last look at the city. "Good riddance. Warp, Floor 21." With that Lone left floor 19 behind, not planning on going back there any time soon...