Chapter 1662 – Mouse Lair
Zhao Hai looked at the big mouse in front of him. The mouse was being groomed by Laura and the others. It still looks cute, but its eyes had become more docile.
Zhao Hai looked at the big mouse and said, “What kind of beasts are your race? What level does it belong to?”
The reason why Zhao Hai talked normally to the big mouse was because he found out that the mouse was very smart. Its intelligence was no worse than a human’s. Its only flaw was that it doesn’t have a humanoid form.
The big mouse immediately replied, “Replying to Young Master. Our Metaleater Race doesn’t have any levels. Even among beasts, we have no division. This is because the weakest Metaleater Mouse is as weak as level 1 beasts. Almost any cultivator can kill us. However, the most powerful Metaleater Mouse can fight against the most powerful cultivator. Because of this, we aren’t classified to a certain level.”
Zhao Hai nodded and said, “So how strong are you?”
The big mouse proudly replied, “I’m almost a level 4 Beast. Although the levels of beasts are also divided into six, its still a different division from cultivators. My current strength is almost equivalent to a Core Formation Cultivator.”
Hearing the big mouse, Zhao Hai couldn’t help but stare. He looked at the big mouse and said, “Who told you about these things? You probably can’t know it, right?”
The big mouse smiled and replied, “Replying to the Young Master, the old man from before told me about it. Since nobody comes to the valley, the old man gets bored. So after he discovered us, he chatted with me and told me about these things.”
Zhao Hai can feel that although the big mouse was referring to the previous watchman as an old man, there was a sense of respect in its words.
Zhao Hai nodded and said, “Alright. Now that the Metaleater Mice has entered the Space, you will be my subordinates in the future. But I hope that you keep staying in the Ignored Valley. You can eat all you can, but if you can discover rare materials, you have to send it to the Space. Once its sent to the Space, we would have more ores. Then you can eat as much of it as you want in the future.”
Hearing this, the big mouse replied, “I understand, Young Master. I’ll have the children keep an eye out. Actually, we don’t eat too many metals. Generally, the higher the level of the metal, the more we can’t eat it. Only when we reach higher levels can we eat them. We can eat the majority of the metals in the valley, but we also have some metals that we can’t digest. We can only stockpile these metals. I wonder if these metals can be sent to the Space?”
Zhao Hai nodded and said, “We can bring those things in. But are they dirty?”
The big mouse shook its head and said, “Young Master can rest assured. We usually eat pill dregs but we don’t expel toxins from our bodies. Our bodies refine those toxins and concentrate them to reinforce our claws and teeth.”
Zhao Hai nodded and said, “Alright, let’s go and see the metals you’ve stockpiled.” The big mouse nodded and then Zhao Hai led him out of the Space.
Zhao Hai followed the big mouse to their mouse lair. To be honest, Zhao Hai was surprised when he saw the mouse lair. The lair was so expansive that it already surrounded the Ignored Valley. Although the entire lair wasn’t as big as the hive he saw in Fabio Planet, it was more civilized. It was designed well and decorated like a human settlement. There were granaries and even some places for social activities.
The big mouse proceeded to introduce its underground kingdom. He also showed the proud history of the Metaleater Race. To be honest, the metaleater mice haven’t stayed in the valley for a long time. Moreover, this big mouse was the first leader of the Ignored Valley’s metaleater mice. It can be said that the metaleater mice in the Ignored Valley were brought up by the big mouse.
Seeing such a megastructure, Zhao Hai couldn’t help but commend the big mouse. Who would have thought that this ridiculous looking guy could create such a big underground kingdom. It truly surprised Zhao Hai.
Before long, they arrived at the storage area. The storage didn’t contain food for the metaleater mice. Instead, inside were the metals that they couldn’t digest. The metals weren’t in shards. Instead, they were arranged neatly.
In any case, Zhao Hai didn’t care if they were arranged messily. He didn’t have to touch them with his hands. Actually, the mice weren’t that dirty. The metaleater rats were a wonder of biology. They were like machines that absorb metals as fuel. But because metals also have their own grades, there were metals that the mice couldn’t digest.
Zhao Hai waved his hand and sent the metals to the Space. To his surprise, there were more than a hundred types of metals.
Zhao Hai looked at the big mouse and said, “I’ll be taking those things away. Remember what I said. Don’t show up at normal times. If I leave the Ignored Valley, keep an eye on my residence.”
The big mouse nodded and said, “Young Master can rest assured. We’ll follow your orders.” Zhao Hai nodded and then waved his hand to release the other metaleater mice.
The mice were now Zhao Hai’s subordinates. But to Zhao Hai, these mice had little use. So he might as well place them back in the valley.
Actually, the mice have transformed after passing through the Space. There were metals that they could now absorb which they couldn’t before.
Zhao Hai turned around to leave the lair. He carefully observed the lair as he went out. After looking through it, he realized that the lair wasn’t dug randomly. The paths inside have become a formation. The formation seems to have a certain protective function. Moreover, people couldn’t detect the lair using their spiritual force.
After confirming his theory, Zhao Hai couldn’t help but stop. In the beginning, he thought that since there were a lot of garbage around the lair, some of the junk might have an effect of blocking spiritual force. But in the end, this wasn’t the case. The big mouse noticed Zhao Hai stopped, ran over and asked, “Young Master, is there a problem?”
Zhao Hai looked at the big mouse and asked, “You lair seems to be a formation. When did you learn?”
The big mouse stared, then it shook its head and said, “Replying to the Young Master. I didn’t study any formations.”
Zhao Hai frowned, he looked at the big mouse and said, “Why did you decide to dig your lair like this?”
The big mouse replied, “This is something that every metaleater mouse must learn. When every mouse is born, they learn how to dig a hole. Building a lair is an instinct of our metaleater race. After countless years of development, we discovered that digging our lair like this makes us survive more.”
Zhao Hai nodded. After multiple years of survival, the metaleater mice have made a lot of lairs. And over the years, they ended up with this kind of lair. It could be said that this formation was wholly made by the entire metaleater mouse race.
Zhao Hai nodded and said, “You go back to what you’re doing. I’ll go have a look around.” The big mouse nodded before running over to the other mice and directing them to work.
Looking at the big mouse issuing orders with its claws, Zhao Hai couldn’t help but grin. He took out some transforming clouds and gave them to the big mouse. Later on, it could use them to sit down.
The big mouse was naturally happy. It immediately ordered its underlings to bring the metal plate over. Then he placed the transforming clouds on top of it.
Zhao Hai nodded before he turned around. The lair was very big. In addition to the large caverns, there were smaller tunnels that smaller mice could crawl through. These tunnels were as small as a fist, Zhao Hai couldn’t get in at all. Zhao Hai took out his silver needles and scanned the entire lair.
After the entire lair has been scanned, Zhao Hai said goodbye to the big mouse and then returned to the Space.
Just as he returned to the Space, Zhao Hai saw Cai’er and the others looking at the screen. On the screen was a projection of the entire Metaleater Mouse lair.
Seeing Zhao Hai come back, Cai’er immediately said, “Young Master, look at this. This mouse lair is a natural three-dimensional formation.”
Zhao Hai stared, “Three-dimensional formation?”
Cai’er nodded and said, “Right, a three-dimensional formation. Normally, formations that we use are drawn on a flat plane. Although the effect of the formations are three-dimensional, the formation itself was two-dimensional. This three-dimensional formation isn’t only externally defensive, it also has defenses inside. And if a part of the formation was destroyed, the entire formation wouldn’t shut down.”
Hearing Cai’er, Zhao Hai became interested. It must be known that even if high-level formations would be fine being damaged, low-level formations would become completely useless once a part of it was destroyed. This was the first time that Zhao Hai heard of three-dimensional formation, and it caused him to be curious.