Chapter 1448 – Breaking One Finger Is Better Than Hurting Ten
The people from the World of Cultivation weren’t idiots. They knew that relying on themselves was much better than relying on others. Therefore, Kong Miao and the others already had this in mind when they went against the Hundred Treasures Realm. Despite doing their best, they also left themselves a way out.
Because of their careful approach, Kong Miao made sure to protect the transmission formations while attacking the people from Hundred Treasures Realm. They knew that when absolutely necessary, they would have to retreat into the World of Cultivation.
Kong Miao was an ambitious person, so he also wanted to drive the Hundred Treasures Realm away. He wanted the World of Cultivation to become stronger and become a powerhouse in the Ten-thousand Realm Battlefield. But in order to achieve this, they would need a lot of time.
To be honest, Kong Miao was feeling disappointed at the Giant Spirit Realm. It has already been several hours since Yan Dong entered the transmission formation. And it has been roughly three hours since they asked for reinforcements. In such a long time, the reinforcements from the Giant Spirit Realm should have arrived. However, not a shadow of help was seen from the Giant Spirit Realm. In this case, Kong Miao could only prioritize the World of Cultivation.
The Giant Spirit Realm and the Hundred Treasures Realm had been enemies for many years. But if the Giant Spirit Realm intends to sacrifice the World of Cultivation in order to paralyze the Hundred Treasures Realm, then that wouldn’t be impossible.
Because of this, Kong Maio accepted the opinion of the people from the Xu Race and used guerilla tactics in order to deal with the people from the Hundred Treasures Realm.
Although the tactic has been effective thus far, it wouldn’t be able to hold off the Hundred Treasures Realm forever. The Hundred Treasures Realm has been constantly increasing the number of tunnels in their hands. Despite the magic formations and the distractions, they were still able to expand their hold in the mines.
One shouldn’t underestimate the Hundred Treasures Realm. The Hundred Treasures Realm had been very careful. With every step they make, they would leave some marks and would sometimes draw something on the ground. Although guerilla tactics had some effects, it wouldn’t be able to slow down the progress of the Hundred Treasures Realm. After all, it was impossible for the people from the Hundred Treasures Realm to go around in circles forever.
Kong Miao frowned as he looked at the map in front of him. This map was an artifact that was made by the World of Cultivation back when they made the stronghold. This artifact can show the enemies that entered the mines as well as their current actions.
At this time, there were five red lines that seized a part of the map. Moreover, the area they held was increasing at a slow but constant speed.
What attracted Kong Miao’s attention the most at this time was a new group appearing near the entrance of the mine. Although the tunnels had been passed by the Hundred Treasures Realm before, they were currently trapped by a formation set-up by the World of Cultivation. From that time, they didn’t leave the mine. In other words, there was a new invader in the mines.
This caused a headache for Kong Miao. If the Hundred Treasures Realm increased their troops, then the World of Cultivation would face even more trouble.
Just as Kong Miao was feeling uncomfortable about the situation, a monk suddenly came in and reported, “Senior Brother, Mister Zhao Hai is here!”
Kong Miao couldn’t help but stare when he heard the monk. Then his expression lit up as he said, “Invite him in quickly!” The monk nodded before turning around and leaving.
Kong Miao wasn’t the only person in the room. Xu ning, Jianyi, and Xu Wuzun were also with him. They also heard the monk’s words and couldn’t help but look at the room’s entrance. They wanted to meet Zhao Hai who brought repeated miracles along with him.
When people fall into the water, even if there’s only a thin string, they would still grab it. This was because they hoped that it would save their life. Now, Zhao Hai was like this. He was the string Kong Miao and the others hope to save their lives.
Before long, Zhao Hai entered the tunnel. Upon entering, Zhao Hai immediately gave Kong Miao and the others a salute. He knew the current state of the entire mine, but he still had to give his respects to these people.
Kong Miao welcomed Zhao Hai in as he said, “Little Hai, when did you come back? How did you find us?”
Zhao Hai smiled faintly and said, “Coming home and not even finding the door is shameful. Right, when I returned, I met the people from the Xu Race who were fighting against a group from the Hundred Treasures Realm. In the end, we worked together and managed to kill 300 people from the Hundred Treasures Realm. I’ve led them in here and they’re now waiting outside.”
Hearing Zhao Hai, everyone inside the tunnel was happy. Without waiting for Kong Miao to respond, Xu Ning interjected, “You actually managed to kill 300 people from the Hundred Treasures Realm?”
Zhao Hai nodded and said, “It should be about 300 people. They have more than 500 in the group. In the end, they can only retreat into the mines. There’s only about 200 of them left.”
Xu Ning laughed and said, “Good, that’s fantastic. Little Hai, I must thank you. I was anxious about the group outside since they don’t have a proper commander. It’s great that you were able to lead them back here.”
Kong Miao’s expression also showed his excitement, then he said, “Alright, this is another great contribution by Little Hai. Come, take a seat. I’ll brief you on the current situation.”
After that, Zhao Hai was led to the side of the table where the map was. To be honest, Zhao Hai didn’t notice this map before. And now, he couldn’t help but look at it.
Kong Miao explained, “This is a map made by the seniors from the World of Cultivation. It took more than a hundred years to make it. It can be said that the entire mine is now part of a large magic formation. And this map is the center of the formation.”
Zhao Hai looked at Kong Miao with an expression of shock. He was truly startled. He didn’t expect the World of Cultivation to have such a treasure.
Kong Miao pointed with his hand and said, “You see those five red lines? They are the people from the Hundred Treasures Realm. We’ve been doing well in keeping them in region three, but they are now beginning to expand their area bit by bit. If they manage to find the transmission formations, then we would be in trouble.”
Zhao hai looked at the map. Everything was well represented. It was divided into five regions with region 3 currently on the outermost part of the map. At the center of the map was a blank space representing the restricted area. Naturally, the World of Cultivation didn’t want the Xu Race to know about the topography of the restricted area.
Beside the restricted area were the four tunnels that contained the transmission formations. Each tunnel was huge and each held the most important transmission formations of the stronghold.
Around the place where the transmission formations were and the restricted area were regions 1, 2, 4, and 5. These regions protected the center region. If the entire mine was a hammer, region three would be the shaft while the rest were its head.
Zhao Hai looked towards region three where the red lines of the Hundred Treasures Realm were. They were slowly heading out of the region. It’s clear that they had discovered Kong Miao’s plan and were thinking of ways to get out of it.
Zhao Hai gave a slight frown as he said, “Grandmaster, do we know when the reinforcements from the Giant Spirit Realm would arrive?”
As soon as Zhao Hai said these words, everyone in the tunnel turned towards Kong Miao. Kong Miao sighed and said, “I don’t know yet. There had been no news since Yan Dong went back. There’s also no news from those who went back to ask for help. However, the 48 people who remained are still here and are helping attack the Hundred Treasures Realm.”
Zhao Hai signed, showing his dissatisfaction. Then he returned to looking at the map as he said, “What we need to do right now is to whittle down the numbers of the Hundred Treasures Realm as much as possible. They are now divided into five teams with 500 people each. One of them has already been dealt with and reduced to 200. That group is no longer a threat. Now we have four groups left to take care of. How heavy are their losses?”
Kong Miao smiled bitterly and said, “Their losses aren’t great. After all, those formations don’t fight back. It’s almost impossible to use those formations to cause heavy damage. Each team should have lost 30 or so people.”
Zhao Hai nodded and said, “That’s still good. The commander of the Hundred Treasures Realm is good. He knows that having a lot of people is useless in the tunnels, so he divided his army into five. We might have constrained them with the formations, but formations can only do so much. We should light them a fire to deal with.”
Kong Miao looked at Zhao Hai and said, “How so?”
Zhao Hai replied, “Breaking one finger is always better than wounding ten. Instead of stalling them like this, we should take the initiative to attack. You should have also seen the tunnels of the mine. There should be tunnels big enough for us to lay an ambush. This one, it’s quite a distance from region 3. Even if the other teams want to help, it would take some time for them to arrive. We can eliminate one group and then deal with the others.”
Kong Miao looked at the map as he earnestly listened to Zhao Hai’s words. Zhao Hai was pointing towards a place ner region 3. It should be enough to deal with the Hundred Treasures Realm. Even if ten thousand people battled there, they would easily fit.
However, getting the army together would be a challenge. The World of Cultivation and the Xu Race’s troops were currently scattered around the mine. Wanting to summon them in a short time wouldn’t be easy.