Chapter 1902 – Earth-element Ability
This was the first time that Zhao Hai used his wood-element ability to comprehend the cultivation method of a tree. It felt very strange. Just as Zhao Hai wanted to comprehend more, he heard Cai’er’s voice, “Young Master, you’ve been in the tree for three days. Do you want to seclude? If so, you can to go the Space.”
Zhao Hai stared for a moment. When he recovered, he asked, “Three days? How could it be three days? It’s only been an hour since I entered the tree.”
Cai’er replied, “It’s been three days. When you entered the tree, it seemed like your thinking process slowed down. I thought something happened to you. But there were no changes to the Space. I only called you when your thinking returned to normal.”
Zhao Hai couldn’t help but be stunned. He didn’t expect this to happen. As he was confused, he asked, “You said my thinking has slowed down. What happened? I feel completely normal.”
At this time, Laura answered, “Brother Hai, did you do anything that could slow down your thoughts?” Laura’s tone was somewhat anxious. This was because they didn’t know why Zhao Hai’s thoughts suddenly turned sluggish. It wouldn’t be good if they couldn’t see what it was.
As Zhao Hai thought about it, he said, “I didn’t do anything special. I only used my wood-element ability to enter the tree. Then I began to sense how the tree cultivators. Other than that, I did nothing.”
Laura frowned. Then she left the villa and went to the Universal Scanner and ordered, “Analyze Brother Hai’s situation. See if there are any problems.”
The Universal Scanner lit up several times before a prompt was heard, “Host has no issues. The reason for the Host’s thinking becoming slow is his integration to the tree. There’s no need to worry.”
Hearing the scanner, Laura was relieved. Then she told Zhao Hai, “Brother Hai, it seems to be caused by you integrating into the senses of the tree. This warped your perception and made your thinking slow. This explains why you thought that it was normal when it wasn’t.”
Zhao Hai nodded, then he moved and came out of the tree. It was now daytime. Zhao Hai also understood the difference between tree demons and ordinary trees. It should be their thinking speed.
Tree demons were like people, so their thinking speed was naturally the same. However, trees weren’t. They think very slowly to the point of being unbearable. Zhao Hai thought that he was only inside the tree for an hour when in reality he had stayed inside for three days.
Why tree demons were able to think as quickly as people, Zhao Hai doesn’t know. He has no intentions of knowing either. He didn’t come to the Forestsea Realm to study this topic.
After Zhao Hai left the huge tree, he immediately called Cai’er, “Cai’er, what’s the current situation?”
Cai’er smiled and said, “Young Master can rest assured. We’ve already discovered several hundred participants. We also have a grasp of their locations. As for the rest, it’s highly probable that they were already killed.”
Zhao Hai nodded, “Continue monitoring their location. I have already rested for three days. It’s time to find these people.”
Cai’er complied as a projection appeared in front of Zhao Hai. The projection was a map of the Forestsea Realm. There were red dots on certain areas of the map. Naturally, these red dots were the participants of the trial.
Zhao Hai wasn’t afraid that the projection would be seen by the people of the Soaring Dragon Realm. This was because the projection was a spirit projection, only Zhao Hai could see it.
Having a projection was different from using the Space. When Zhao Hai uses the Space, it would produce an unusual fluctuation. If he used it too many times, the secret of the Space might be discovered by curious individuals. Meanwhile, a projection uses spiritual force. Other people couldn’t see it. People would only think that Zhao Hai was using a spiritual force technique. They wouldn’t pay special attention to it.
Zhao Hai looked at the projection and found the cultivator nearest to him. With a flash, he moved quickly towards his target. Zhao Hai now understood why there were still a lot of cultivators present even though three days had passed. Everyone was just too far away from each other. It was difficult to meet in a short period of time.
However, this wasn’t difficult for Zhao Hai. He knew where everyone was. He could hunt them down whenever he liked.
As he caught up with his target, Zhao Hai called Cai’er, “Cai’er, how is the Freedom Alliance doing? Did the nine super sects do something?”
Cai’er shook her head and said, “Nothing happened. The Freedom Alliance is still doing well. The nine super sects didn’t make any unnecessary actions. Before any information about you comes back, they won’t make any moves.”
Zhao Hai nodded and said, “That’s good. It seems like the nine super sects are fulfilling their promise.” As he said that, Zhao Hai changed his route. He kept meandering through his path to avoid the beasts. Meeting beasts would slow him down.
After two hours, Zhao Hai finally met the target. The opposite party also detected Zhao Hai. Neither chose to leave. This was because both knew that the only way they would leave this realm was to kill other people. And only then can their realms enter the Soaring Dragon Realm.
Zhao Hai didn’t use all of his strength in the battle. It took him nearly half an hour before finishing his opponent. After killing his target, Zhao Hai immediately left to look for the next.
In one day, Zhao Hai was able to hunt down ten cultivators. When it became dark, Zhao Hai hid inside a tree once more. But this time, he didn’t dare mix his thoughts with the tree. It wouldn’t be good if he was out for three days once more.
Although the forest had a lot of beasts, these beasts wouldn’t topple down trees for no reason. Therefore, it was safest to stay inside trees when night came.
The next morning, Zhao Hai came out of the tree and looked at the map. He discovered that more than ten cultivators died the night before. It was clear that they had been hunted down by the realm’s beasts.
Zhao Hai didn’t care about their loss as he moved towards his target. For the next seven days, this has been Zhao Hai’s routine. He would hunt people down during the day and then he would hide inside a tree when night comes. He had no plans of entering the Space. This was because his golden spiritual force would act up once in a while, informing Zhao Hai that the realm was being consistently swept by a strong spiritual force.
Seven days pass by and the cultivators inside the Forestsea Realm have reduced to less than a hundred. However, those who were left couldn’t be underestimated. All of them were roughly equal to Zhao Hai in cultivation. They were at the peak of the Transcending Tribulation Stage. There were even some who held the strength equivalent to an Immortal Stage expert. There were also people who held powerful artifacts as well as unique skills. To be able to survive inside the Forestsea Realm for ten days meant that they didn’t rely on their luck.
On the eleventh day that Zhao Hai arrived in the Forestsea Realm, Zhao Hai pursued another target. However, this target was different. Others would roam the forest constantly to look for enemies. Meanwhile, this person continued to stay in place. This person was currently on a mountain. Moreover, it was one of the few treeless mountains in the Forestsea Realm.
The entire mountain was full of rocks. There might be weeds growing on it, but there were no trees at all. This person stayed on this mountain for ten straight days.
Naturally, Zhao Hai didn’t underestimate his enemy’s strength just because they didn’t leave the mountain. This person not only killed four cultivators who arrived at the mountain, he also wounded five immortal-level beasts. In his hand was a greatsword with powerful strength. Although he has yet to arrive at the immortal stage, Zhao Hai felt that with his greatsword, the person has the same fighting strength as an immortal stage expert.
The person with the greatsword was Zhao Hai’s target this time. Before long, Zhao Hai arrived at the rocky mountain. He used his spiritual force to scan the mountain but was unable to detect anyone. This caused Zhao Hai to be shocked.
The Space’s map clearly showed that the cultivator was still on the mountain. However, Zhao Hai’s spiritual force failed to sense the other party.
Zhao Hai didn’t immediately rush up the mountain to understand what was going on. He stood quietly outside and continued to sweep it with his spiritual force. However, despite numerous attempts, he didn’t find anything. This caused Zhao Hai’s frown to be deeper. The longer this went on, the more Zhao Hai understood how those cultivators and immortal beasts were defeated by the person on the mountain. He couldn’t be found at all. He would have the initiative to attack. With this kind of stealth and strength, it wouldn’t be impossible to kill or injure an immortal expert.
But why can’t he be found? This caused Zhao Hai to be confused. Then Zhao Hai’s eyes lit up when he realized something. The only explanation why the other party couldn’t be detected was because they have a divergent ability.
No mistake, it was a special ability. Like Zhao Hai’s ability to disappear into a tree to escape the beasts, this cultivator should have an earth-element ability that allows him to disappear in the mountain. And with the properties of the mountain, it was the most suitable location for him to hide in. This explains why he stayed in the mountain for the last ten days. This was the best battlefield for him.
However, without using the Space, how could he find the earth-element ability user? Zhao Hai couldn’t help but frown.