Chapter 1431 – An Issue
Kong Miao couldn’t help but admire Zhao Hai’s ability to twist words. Not to mention Xu Wuzun, even he felt that the Xu Race wouldn’t suffer a loss if they moved to the World of Cultivation’s stronghold.
Xu Wuzun looked at Zhao Hai and said, “What Mister said is reasonable. However, why can’t the World of Cultivation come to Octopus Island? In that case, we can also work together against the enemy.”
Zhao Hai smiled faintly and said, “You Excellency, you’re right. The defenses of the Octopus Islands are also very strong. But don’t forget, the high-grade realm behind us will send people to help. They might be unaware that we allied up so they would definitely go to our bases. If there’s nobody there, then they might think that we retreated. In that case, they might leave. If that happens, then we might be finished.”
Hearing Zhao Hai Xu Wuzun stared, then his complexion changed. It was at this point that he remembered that the World of Cultivation still had people behind them.
If they don’t rely on the people behind the World of Cultivation, then the Xu Race and the World of Cultivation wouldn’t be able to fight against the Hundred Treasures Realm. The ones with the people behind them was the World of Cultivation. Xu Wuzun forgot about this point.
A cold sweat dripped down from Xu Wuzun’s face. Then he looked at Zhao Hai and said, “Alright, we comply. The Xu Race will move to the World of Cultivation’s stronghold. But I hope that the World of Cultivation would give us a treatment fit for allies.”
Zhao Hai smiled faintly as he returned behind Kong Maio. Zhao Hai knew that this was the time for Kong Miao to speak. After all, he didn’t have the power to accept the Xu Race’s condition. He needed to handle things with discretion.
Seeing Zhao Hai go behind him, Kong Miao understood what Zhao Hai meant. He nodded and then chanted Buddhist sutras as he said, “Amitabha, Benefactor Xu Wuzun can rest assured. Since you have become our allies, we’ll treat you as a true ally. There’s no need for you to worry about this.”
Xu Wuzun nodded and said, “Then let me ask Grandmaster Kong Miao, how can we go to the World of Cultivation’s stronghold?”
Kong Miao replied, “We will head to the Octopus Islands with Benefactor Xu. Then we’ll use a transmission formation to arrive at the stronghold. I reckon that’s the fastest and safest way to do it. What does Benefactor Xu think?”
Xu Wuzun nodded and said, “Alright, but we need to be quick. Although the people from the Hundred Treasures Realm arrived through a transmission formation, their base isn’t very far from Octopus Islands. I’m afraid they already received news about what happened here. It would be a problem if they went to the Octopus Islands first.”
Zhao Hai waved his hand and received all of the Undead. Then he took out the Hell King’s ship and said, “Everyone, get in. We’ll get to the Octopus Islands as soon as possible.”
Xu Wuzun didn’t say anything and just commanded the Xu Race to enter the Hell King’s ship. After everyone embarked, Zhao Hai immediately controlled the ship to soar towards Octopus Islands.
When they stepped foot on the Hell King’s Ship, Xu Wuzun and the others couldn’t help but feel curious and looked around. Zhao Hai didn’t block them. They can look all they want but they wouldn’t be able to see any secrets on the ship.
Once the Hell King’s ship went full power, its speed was very fast. It only took several hours before it reached the sea. And since the Octopus Islands were a bit offshore, it could be said that they were already stepping foot on the Xu Race’s territory.
The Xu Race people were also very anxious. There were massive amounts of Xu Race experts surrounding the islands. Seeing Zhao Hai and the others arrive, they couldn’t help but be afraid. They quickly grouped up. It was clear that they had yet to know about the alliance.
Naturally, it was time for Xu Wuzun to show himself. Xu Wuzun’s position in the Xu Race was very high. Seeing him with the ship, the Xu Race experts immediately gave way.
It should be said that the Octopus Islands really looked like a giant octopus. Its main island was circular with a mountain in the middle. Around it were eight reef belts similar to an octopus’ tentacles. It looked very bizarre.
Of course, the island’s guarding formation has been activated. So Hell King’s ship wasn’t able to enter. It stopped outside the island as Xu Wuzun entered alone.
Because of the guardian formation, Zhao Hai and the others could only see a vague image of the island’s terrain. However, they were worried as they stood waiting on the ship.
Before long, Xu Wuzun was followed by five older Xu Race Experts. These experts were all at Severed Soul Stage. Moreover, it was clear that their position in the Xu Race wasn’t low.
Xu Wuzun led the group onto the Hell King’s ship. Then he introduced them to Kong Miao and Zhao Hai, “Grandmaster Kong Miao, Mister Zhao Hai, these five people are the Xu Race’s five Assembly Elders. They have something to ask Grandmaster Kong Miao. As long as Grandmaster answers truthfully, we’ll immediately follow you back to your stronghold.”
Kong Miao’s expression wasn’t that great. He didn’t expect the Xu Race to interrogate him at this time. However, he still replied, “Elders, please ask.”
The oldest of the Elders looked at Kong Miao, then he cupped his fist and said, “Grandmaster Kong Miao, we just have a small question. We want to know who’s behind the World of Cultivation.”
Kong Miao’s expression couldn’t help but change. This was because he didn’t know the answer. There are only a handful of people from the World of Cultivation that can answer this question. Even someone like Xu Ning wasn’t aware of the answer. He might have some ideas, but he wasn’t certain if it’s true.
But if he doesn’t answer this question, then the Xu Race might not cooperate with them. This would be equal to the World of Cultivation losing a strong ally to stall the Hundred Treasures Realm.
Zhao Hai looked at Kong Miao’s expression and could almost guess what he was thinking. Zhao Hai immediately opened his mouth and said, “Grandmaster, there’s no need to hide the truth from them. Elder, since we’re going into an alliance, I hope that you won’t tell anyone about this conversation. Otherwise, not only will the World of Cultivation go after you, the people behind us might not let you off as well.”
The Elder nodded and said, “Of course, we know how to keep secrets.”
Zhao Hai nodded, then he looked all around him before looking at the Elder and whispered, “Then I won’t hide it from you. The World of Cultivation’s backer is the Giant Spirit Realm. The Giant Spirit Realm is the enemy of the Hundred Treasures Realm. This is why the Hundred Treasures Realm decided to deal with us.”
The Xu Race Elder was relieved when he heard Zhao Hai. He nodded and said, “Thank you Mister for telling us the truth. I will immediately gather the others to follow you to your stronghold.”
Then he flew into the island to prepare for the migration. As for Xu Wuzun, he stayed on the ship. Naturally this was to cooperate with Zhao Hai and the others.
Kong Miao looked at Zhao Hai with a strange expression. Then he looked at Xu Wuzun before he sent a voice transmission towards Zhao Hai, “Little Hai, how did you know about the World of Cultivator’s backer? I don’t know about this. Did you say that to deceive them?”
Zhao Hai smiled faintly as he replied, “I didn’t deceive them. The people standing behind the World of Cultivation are indeed from the Giant Spirit Realm. The reason I know this is because of the people from the Hundred Treasures Realm that I turned into Undead. They said that this is the reason why we’ve been targeted. Otherwise, the Hundred Treasure Realm wouldn’t care about a medium-grade realm like ours.”
Hearing what Zhao Hai said, Kong Miao couldn’t help but nod. He has seen the Undead that Zhao Hai had, and they were formidable, so he believed Zhao Hai. Then he said, “Thanks to you, the Xu Race is now willing to go with us.”
Zhao Hai smiled and said, “It’s nothing.” As the two of them were talking, the Hell King’s ship entered Octopus Islands. The main island really lives up to its name. It was a large mountain that bowed like the head of an octopus. On its surface were countless caves where Xu Race members could be seen going in and out from time to time.
Zhao Hai knew clearly why the Elder asked about the World of Cultivation’s backing. The Elder knew the relationship between high-grade realms in the Ten-thousand Realm Battlefield. If the World of Cultivation’s backing was a high-grade realm that has nothing to do with the Hundred Treasures Realm, then the Xu Race might not have chosen to go with Zhao Hai and the others.
High-grade Realms were ruthless. If they had nothing to do with the Hundred Treasures Realm, then they might not care about the World of Cultivation even if they were attacked. After all, it wasn’t worth offending another high-grade realm for the sake of a low or medium-grade realm.
But since the World of Cultivation’s backing was the Giant Spirit Realm, then the situation was different. The Giant Spirit Realm were bitter enemies of the Hundred Treasures Realm. Both sides had been in conflict for a very long time. Now that the Hundred Treasures Realm went after a realm under their protection, the Giant Spirit Realm would certainly make a move.
Since they were worried about this matter, the Xu Race couldn’t help but ask. If the World of Cultivation’s backing wasn’t the Giant Spirit Realm, then they wouldn’t follow Zhao Hai. They would rather remain and ask the Hundred Treasure Realm for a chance to survive. If they really followed behind the World of Cultivation and their backing didn’t help, then it’s almost certain that they would be extinguished.
After Zhao Hai and Kong Miao followed Xu Wuzun into Octopus Island, they were immediately taken to the transmission formation. Kong Miao didn’t hold back and had the people from the World of Cultivation come out to prepare the transmission formation. Since a transmission formation was already present, they only needed to make some changes before it was ready. Once the transmission formation was set up, Kong Miao immediately arranged for Xu Ning and the others to head towards the stronghold. Then he remained with Zhao Hai in order to aid the Xu Race in the migration.
Cultivators move quickly, and even more so in the Ten-thousand Realm Battlefield. This was because there weren’t any children nor old people to take care of. The weakest of them was at Nascent Soul Stage. It didn’t take long before the Xu Race were prepared to move and Kong Miao led them into the transmission formation. With a flash of light, groups of Xu Race people left the island.
Altogether, there were 4000 Xu Race experts in the Octopus Islands. This included 400 Nascent Soul Experts, 30 Severed Soul Experts, and the rest were Transcending Tribulation Experts.
In the Ten-thousand Realm Battlefield, Transcending Tribulation Experts were as common as cabbage. You can find them everywhere. However, it must be known that for the World of Cultivation and the Xu Race, they needed to allocate 95% of their Transcending Tribulation Experts into the battlefield. Because of this, there were a lot of Transcending Tribulation Experts present.
It was also because of this that the Xu Race conceded to the World of Cultivation after hundreds of their Transcending Tribulation experts were killed and around a thousand were trapped by Zhao Hai. This was because they knew clearly that if these people were lost, then their strength would be heavily damaged. If a medium-grade realm like them lost 2000 experts, then that would without a doubt be a huge disaster. This was practically half of their manpower. Because of this, the Xu Race needed to compromise to the World of Cultivation.
As fewer and fewer Xu Race experts remained in the Octopus Islands, Kong Miao and the others began to relax. Seeing that there were less than 500 Xu Race experts left, Kong Miao smiled faintly and said, “Things are going smoothly. When we arrive at the stronghold, we’ll block the transmission formation to delay the Hundred Treasure Realm for a few days. By that time, the reinforcements from the Giant Spirit Realm should have arrived.”
Zhao Hai nodded and said, “Right, we’ll have to wait for the Giant Spirit Realm’s reinforcements. This is a matter between two high-grade realms. We’re merely shrimps in the surging current. But since we wiped out a thousand of their experts, the Hundred Treasures Realm wouldn’t let us off easily. We can only hope that the Giant Spirit Realm would block them for us. Otherwise, he would be out of luck.”
Just as he said that, Zhao Hai’s expression changed. He turned to Kong Miao and said, “Grandmaster, the people from the Hundred Treasures Realm are heading here.”