Chapter 1697 – The First Life and Death Arena
Five days passed in a blink of an eye. On the sixth day, Zhao Hai brought a spatial ring to Zhang Feng. Zhang Feng was already preparing to head towards the Life and Death Arena. Fearing that Zhao Hai wouldn’t make it, Zhang Feng planned to send people to call Zhao Hai over. But before he could send people, Zhao Hai arrived.
Zhao Hai handed the ring over to Zhang Feng as he smiled and said, “Fortunately, I didn’t fail. First Senior Brother, here are the recycled materials.”
Zhang Feng looked at the spatial ring and nodded. After receiving the ring, he looked at Zhao Hai and said, “The treasure ship is ready to depart. Let’s go.” Zhao Hai nodded and then walked out with Zhang Feng. Before long, the two embarked on the treasure ship. Hao Xing has been waiting for the two on the ship. Once the two arrived, Hao Xing immediately commanded the people to start the ship.
Zhang Feng brought Hao Xing, Zhao Hai, and Zhang Hao to the bow of the ship. Looking at the mountains they pass by and feeling the air on his face, Zhang Feng couldn’t help but feel heroic. He turned his head and said, “This is my Black Tiger Gang. Sooner or later, I will eradicate the great clans and make the Black Tiger Gang regain its glory!”
Zhao Hai and the others cupped their fists simultaneously and said, “We will work hard for Senior Brother!”
Zhang Feng laughed and said, “Alright, then I’ll receive your help. I’m confident that we will succeed. When the time comes, not only would I eradicate the great clans, I would also conquer the Roaring Flame Sect and the Wandering Soul Group. I’ll crush them underneath the foot of the Black Tiger Gang.”
Zhang Hao and Hao Xing had expectant looks on their faces. Zhao Hai also pretended to do the same. He was calmer than the other two. He knows that Zhang Feng’s dream would not be easy to achieve.
There had been several amazing and brilliant leaders in the past generations of the Black Tiger Gang. But even those leaders failed to eliminate the great clans, let alone conquer the Roaring Flame Sect and the Wandering Soul Group.
But since Zhang Feng chose to trust Zhao Hai, then Zhao Hai would help him. Although the Black Tiger Gang wasn’t Zhao Hai’s end goal, helping Zhang Feng wasn’t in conflict with his goals.
Zhang Feng turned his head to the three and then said, “This is the first time I’m driving a large artifact to the Life and Death Arena. Hahaha. I want to see how the other guys would react. But you guys need to be careful. I just got word that someone might make a move against me.”
The three were stunned when they heard Zhang Feng. Hao Xing’s expression changed as he said, “Senior Brother, where did you get this news? Is it reliable?”
Zhang Feng nodded and said, “It’s reliable. It’s possibly the Wandering Soul Group. But behind this seems to be the great clans. Hmph. Let’s see how those old foxes deal with me. They can’t stop me.”
Zhao Hai knit his brows and said, “First Senior Brother, it’s better to be more careful. After all, we don’t have a lot of experts on our side. Only First Senior Brother is in the Nascent Soul Stage. Although the large artifact is very strong, it wouldn’t do much if the enemy has a lot of experts.”
Zhang Feng smiled and said, “You can rest assured, I have taken care of it. I approached Martial Uncle and he said that he would send support through the large artifact’s transmission formation. We will be alright.”
Zhao Hai nodded and said, “That would be good. But I really didn’t expect the great clans to collude with the Wandering Soul Group. What do they get out of it?”
Zhang Feng coldly snorted and said, “A group of short-sighted fools. They think they have enough strength to play with the Wandering Soul Group. But they didn’t think about what they would do once their strength is severely damaged. Do they really think that the Wandering Soul Gang are a bunch of vegetarians? Idiots, a bunch of idiots.”
Zhao Hai sighed and said, “They are extremely greedy. They don’t understand that if the skin doesn’t exist, then the hair wouldn’t have anything to adhere to. If the Black Tiger Gang is weakened, then not only the Wandering Soul Group but also the Roaring Flame Sect would take the opportunity to attack. When the time comes, they won’t let even a single person off.”
Zhang Feng coldly snorted and didn’t say anything. Naturally he agreed with Zhao Hai. He believed that those guys headed by the Hu Clan were a cancer to the Black Tiger Gang.
As the group were talking, they arrived near a remote mountain. Zhang Feng ordered the ship to stop. He turned to the others and said, “Do you think that I would use the ship to travel to the Life and Death Arena? If we fly there, then the battles would be over before we arrive. I have a transmission formation in this mountain. We’ll use it to enter the Life and Death Arena.”
Hearing Zhang Feng, Zhao Hai and the others chuckled. Zhang Feng waved his hand and then a huge rock on the mountain flew up. The transmission formation wasn’t big, just enough to fit ten people.
When the transmission formation appeared, Zhang Feng commanded, “Shrink!” The treasure ship immediately shrunk and then flew towards the transmission formation. After a flash of white light, the ship disappeared.
In the next moment, Zhao Hai and the others discovered that they appeared in a barren hill. There were no plants whatsoever.
“Enlarge!” The treasure ship was enlarged along with Zhang Feng’s order. After flying for an hour, the treasure ship finally arrived at its destination. Zhao Hai looked around and couldn’t recognize the place. It was a Life and Death Arena that he didn’t know about.
This life and death arena was located on a small platform on a mountain. At around 10 thousand square meters, the platform didn’t look special. However, Zhao Hai could see a pile of bones underneath the platform. This gave the platform a ghastly feeling.
Seeing this, Zhao Hai couldn’t help but knit his brows. It doesn’t look like a special place. However, he could feel a heavy yin energy. Zhao Hai knew that this was because too many people died in this place. So how could an ordinary barren landscape become a yin energy filled place? Why did so many people die here?
As Zhao Hai was puzzled, Zhang Feng said, “This is the very first Life and Death Arena. In the past, the people who fought here were people from all sects. This is the birthplace of the current Life and Death Arenas.”
Upon hearing Zhang Feng, Zhao Hai immediately understood. He nodded and said, “No wonder the yin energy in this place is so heavy. So this is the first Life and Death Arena. Senior Brother, the spiritual qi in this place seems to be richer compared to the Northern Divergent Province.”
Zhang Feng looked at Zhao Hai and replied with a tone of admiration, “Little Hai, you’re really a genius. These two fools, even after coming here multiple times, haven’t asked me this question. This Life and Death Arena isn’t in the Northern Divergent Province, it isn’t even in the 9 Provinces. The arena is on a floating island in the sea. Nobody knows where the island currently is and the only way to travel to it is through transmission formations. Although the island is rich in spiritual qi, there is also an energy storm every five days. As long as you have qi inside your body, it would be blown out by the storm. This storm affects everyone in all stages of cultivation. Because of this, the island is completely uninhabitable. This is the reason it was chosen as the first Life and Death Arena.”
Zhao Hai and the others were shocked. Hao Xing and Zhang Hao only knew that this was the first life and death arena. They didn’t know that it was on a floating island. This caused them to be surprised.
Zhang Feng looked at everyone and said, “Strictly speaking, the life and death arena that Zhao Hai fought in only operates in the Northern Divergent Province. Most of the participants are from the Northern Divergent Province’s sects. But in the first life and death arena, all nine provinces participate. It has great significance in the Great World of Cultivation.”
Zhao Hai and the others couldn’t help but breathe in cold air. They didn’t expect all nine provinces to participate in this arena.
At this time, several black spots could be seen from a distance. All of them were heading towards the life and death arena. Zhao Hai focused his eyes and saw that the black spots were large artifacts. These large artifacts turned out to be weapons. There was even a very big sword among them. The sword was longer than the treasure ship. Surprisingly, there were no spaces inside the sword. If it shrunk, it would just be an ordinary flying sword. Everyone on the sword were standing on it. Their clothes were fluttering in the wind.
Surprisingly, the huge sword was surrounded by other large artifacts. They all made space for the large sword, as if making room for it. This could only mean that the person on the giant sword had a special identity.
Zhao Hai couldn’t help but ask Zhang Feng, “First Senior Brother, who does that giant sword belong to?”
Zhang Feng replied, “Keep your voice down. Those people are from the Heaven Sect. They’re arrogant. But even if they are arrogant, nobody can do anything to them. Little Hao, raise the banner of the Black Tiger Gang!” Zhang Hao responded. With a wave of his hand, a huge banner flew up and hung itself on a pole of the ship.
Meanwhile, Zhang Feng’s words were still ringing inside Zhao Hai’s head. He didn’t expect to meet people from the Heaven Sect here. The Heaven Sect was recognized as the strongest sect in the Nine Provinces. Their disciples numbered to the hundreds of millions. They were extremely strong.
The Heaven Sect mainly practiced swordsmanship. All of its sect masters were swordsmen. A sword to break everything. Naturally, there were several other cultivators in the sect. Even Buddhists take refuge under the sect. One could see how attractive the sect was from this.
At this moment, the huge sword stopped. The people on the sword swept the surroundings with their gaze before closing their eyes. It was as if nothing could enter their gazes.
Zhang Feng looked at the people from the Heaven Sect and said, “Little Hai, do you see the large sword used by the heaven sect? That’s actually not a large artifact, it is a sect elder’s flying sword. After it is enlarged, it would turn into that appearance.”
Zhao Hai stared, then his expression changed. He didn’t expect that large artifact to be the flying sword of an Elder. It was a sword larger than the treasure ship. It was too formidable.
Yes, if Zhao Hai released liquid silver, it would definitely make something that was bigger than the sword. However, liquid silver was a product of the Space. It didn’t follow the laws of the Great Realm of Cultivation. It was for this reason that it can shrink and enlarge at will. On the other hand, the giant sword is bound by the laws of the Great World of Cultivation. Just the fact that it was made was already astonishing.
Flying swords can enlarge and shrink themselves. However, they had their limits due to the materials and energy requirements. If the artifact was lacking, it would be destroyed if it was enlarged beyond its capabilities.
The fact that the Heaven Sect’s sword could enlarge by that much shows how precious the materials it was made from. Moreover, the formations used in making the sword should be the highest level. The Black Tiger Gang could never make such a thing.
Seeing Zhao Hai’s expression, Zhang Feng said, “You understand now? Those guys from the Heaven Sect should never be offended. Our Black Tiger Gang is only popular in the Northern Divergent Province. We’re too far behind sects like the Heaven Sect. I’m afraid the Black Tiger Gang couldn’t even contend with a branch of the Heaven Sect.”
Zhao Hai nodded, he couldn’t help but swallow his saliva. To be honest, he was shocked by the strength of the Heaven Sect. Zhao Hai already thought that the Black TIger Gang was strong. However, it seems like the Black Tiger Gang was just one of the hundreds of sects in the Northern Divergent Province. This caused Zhao Hai to be more hungry to increase his strength.
Listening to Zhang Feng’s introduction of the Heaven Sect, Zhao Hai discovered that he still underestimated the Great World of Cultivation. If the Heaven Sect was this formidable, then how powerful was the entire Great Realm of Cultivation?
At this time, there was a chorus of Buddhist chants heard. Those who heard it could feel the Buddha’s presence and made them feel calm.
Zhao Hai turned his head and saw a golden streak coming fast. When the golden light was close enough, Zhao Hai saw that it was actually a huge wooden fish. It had the same shape as wooden fishes used by buddhist monks. Standing atop the wooden fish were monks wearing yellow frocks. Everyone held buddhist beads and lowered their heads as they chanted their mantras.
“It’s the Eastern Buddhist Province’s Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery. They’re even led by a Preaching Elder. Strange. This is just a regular event in the first life and death arena. Why did these important people from the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery and the Heaven Sect come?”