Chapter 1550 – Around Hidden Cloud Village
Li Jiang replied, “Answering to the Young Master, I don’t know a lot about the various powers. In the Cloudsea Territory, there are a lot of clans that can be considered as big powers. I know that there are hundreds of them. Experts flock to these big clans. In addition to their clan members, they also employ the descendants of their servants as well as Experts that seek refuge. These clans are very powerful. From what I heard, big clans of the Cloudsea Territory have at least 500 Immortal Experts. Before its demise, my clan has only been in contact with a few large clans as well as some medium and small sized clans. A large whitecloud island can house hundreds of clans. As for the entire power of the Cloudsea Territory, I really have no idea.”
Zhao Hai nodded. The waters of the Cloudsea Territory are much deeper than he imagined. To be called a big clan, it has to have at least 500 Immortal Experts. Li Jiang alone knows about a hundred big clans, how many Immortal Experts was that? It seems like the Cloudsea Territory has experts as common as clouds.
Zhao Hai thought for a moment and said, “Do you know any whitecloud islands near here?”
Li Jiang nodded, “I know some. I sell food in the Hidden Cloud village. Because of this, I was able to be familiar with the surrounding islands.”
Zhao Hai nodded and said, “Alright. Tell me about the nearby islands.”
Li Jiang answered, “Since there are no transmission formations in the village, people choose to go to places that are within 10 days away. The most famous island is the Cloudbeast Fortress. It has several big clans living in it as well as medium and small clans. The main market there is the buying and selling of cloud beasts. Because of this, the situation of the island is quite complex. Even the three big clans that are native there can’t control the entire island.”
Zhao Hai nodded. Guo Ling already told him about the Cloudbeast Fortress so he wasn’t surprised.
Li Jiang continued, “About eight days of travel to the southeast is a small island called the Beast Artifact Pavilion. It has a large number of refiners making weapons, armor, and other things. They are very famous for their craft. There are no big clans on the island, only a collection of refiners. Since everyone uses cloud artifacts, nobody dares to provoke them.”
“Six days of travel southwards is an island called Cloud Rice Township. Its the biggest rice plantation in the area. It mainly supplies the Cloudbeast Fortress. In the township is a big clan called the Mi Clan. Because of the profitability of cloud rice, they don’t do any other business. Their relationship with the three big clans of the Cloudbeast Fortress is also good. Because of this, their business is very safe. In the past, I would often go to Cloud Rice Township in order to peddle rice. I know a steward of the Mi Clan, so I was able to get some rice to sell.”
“Thirteen days south of Hidden Cloud Village is Guji Village. It’s quite a large and well-known market. Legend has it that it’s one of the most ancient markets in the Cloudsea Territory.”
After saying this, Li Jiang paused for a moment before continuing, “These are the closest islands to the Hidden Cloud Village. Most of the time, people from the Hidden Cloud Village go to these islands and use their transmission formations to go to other places. There are very few people who travel to these places. Firstly, it was a waste of time. Secondly, it’s dangerous. It’s more likely to meet powerful beasts here than other places.”
Zhao Hai nodded, then he waved his hand and said, “You go back and help Zhe Jun.” Li Jiang nodded before leaving.
Zhao Hai paused for a moment before he entered the Space. Then he looked at Cai’er and said, “Is it possible to send silver needles to those places?”
Cai’er nodded and said, “Young Master, don’t worry. I’ve already sent the needles. We should receive information soon. What do you plan to do now?”
Zhao Hai thought about it and said, “Let’s look at the surrounding islands first. The Cloudbeast Fortress is a good place. But since it has big clans, we need to be more careful.”
Cai’er nodded. At this time, the newly established transmission formation on Hidden Cloud Village lit up. This caused the people in the village to pause. They all stopped what they were doing as they stared at the transmission formation.
Naturally, this was the transmission formation that was set-up by Zhao Hai connected to the Ten-thousand Realm Battlefield. The people from the Cloudsea Territory weren’t unfamiliar with the Ten-thousand Realm Battlefield. Although they haven’t been to the Ten-thousand Realm Battlefield, they heard legends of it. They saw Zhao Hai’s special appearance before, so when they saw the transmission formation activating, they were very curious.
After the white light flashed, several figures could be seen. There weren’t a lot of people, only five. Leading the group was Mu Yu and he was followed by four Severed Soul Experts.
Zhao Hai appeared at the transmission formation as he laughed and said, “Brother Mu, you arrived quickly. I have just prepared the rooms.”
Mu Yu laughed and said, “Who doesn’t want to see the Cloudsea Territory sooner? These are the people of the Cloudsea Territory? They really look different from us.”
Zhao Hai laughed loudly as he patted someone’s shoulder and said, “Lead us to one of the houses.” After he said that, the person he patted on the shoulder led them to a cloud house. Once they were inside the house, Zhao Hai turned to Mu Yu and said, “Brother Mu, have everyone come in batches. There’s still not enough room here.”
Mu Yu smiled and said, “That’s not a problem. You have the Hell King’s Ship. Worse comes to worst, we can just have people stay inside your ship. There won’t be any problems.”
Zhao Hai smiled and said, “That works as well. Then have them all come.” After that, he said, “Zhe Jun, Li Jiang, come in.” As his voice fell, Zhe Jun and Li Jiang walked in from the outside. The two gave Zhao Hai a salute, addressing him as Young Master.
Zhao Hai nodded and said, “This is my Brother Mu Yu. Call him Young Master Mu from now on. The others will be coming here soon. How are the accommodations doing?”
Zhe Jun immediately replied, “Young Master can rest assured. It’s been arranged. As long as you don’t bring over 13 thousand people, you can accommodate everyone.”
Zhao Hai nodded, “Good. Go arrange for people to help those that will be arriving soon.” The two nodded before leaving.
Looking at the two, Mu Yu smiled and said, “You really treat people well. But those two aren’t very strong. They aren’t enough to be your servant.”
Hearing this, Zhao Hai laughed and said, “Brother Mu, I’m not an influential person. What do you mean they aren’t enough to be my servant? Although they are weak, their skills aren’t bad. We’re here to conquer the Cloudsea Territory, not to commit genocide. Let’s just keep them. These guys all came to this island because they have enmity with the big clans. With them on our side, we might have a more convenient path in the future.”
Mu Yu nodded, he looked around and said, “This place really looks the same as you described. It’s really beautiful. By the way, did you find out about the surrounding area?”
Zhao Hai smiled and said, “We’ll have information in a couple of days. I already found out about the names of the nearby islands. However, since they aren’t connected to the Hidden Cloud Village by transmission formation, I have to collect information slowly.”
Mu Yu nodded, “Don’t worry about it. This place will be our base in the future. We can’t expose it. This time, the realm will give you our full support.”
Zhao Hai smiled bitterly and said, “Things aren’t as simple as we initially thought. I asked Li Jiang just now and found out that the powers in the territory aren’t that small. Most importantly, there are a lot of experts here. Li Jiang said that big clans in the Cloudsea Territory have about 500 Immortal Experts in them. And he heard that there are hundreds of big clans. Fighting them won’t be easy.”
Mu Yu stared, his complexion turned serious as he looked at Zhao Hai and said, “Then what do think we should do?”
Zhao Hai thought for a moment and said, “We’ll use courtesy first before force. But we cannot expose our connection with the Hidden Cloud Village. We can unite with the other realms and get in contact with the Cloudsea Territory. If we manage to negotiate peacefully, we’ll be able to slowly establish our roots here and build a firm foundation. But if the negotiations fail, we don’t need to be polite. In any case, we can arrive at the Cloudsea Territory any time to fight them. On the other hand, they can’t go to the Ten-thousand Realm Battlefield to fight back.”
Mu Yu knit his brows and said, “I’m afraid it won’t be easy. Those big clans surely wouldn’t just ignore it. Alright, there’s no need to think so much. We know too little about the Cloudsea Territory. Let’s make our secret base here first. Little Hai, how do you think we should build the Hidden Cloud village?”
Zhao Hai thought about it for a moment and said, “I don’t want to build too much. We’ll put the transmission formation in a hidden place and make the troops move around the village to avoid being watched. Although Hidden Cloud Village isn’t noteworthy right now, when we fight the Cloudsea Territory in the future, the village would definitely be noticed. We need to make sure that the village won’t be connected with us.”
Mu Yu nodded and said, “I agree. After all, we are the invading army. I’ll have to ask you to take care of this matter. I’ll guarantee that the troops will listen to you. If not, you can deal with them as you wish.”
Zhao Hai nodded. Although Mu Yu said something so cold, it was the best they could do right now.