Chapter 1916 – Thinking and Emotions
Zhao Hai was currently sitting inside the villa beside Laura and the others. The group was currently watching a sitcom on the television.
No mistake, they were watching a sitcom. However, the source of the sitcom was quite special. The sitcom was produced on a planet inside the Space. In other words, it came from the Space.
After many years of development, each planet inside the Space has formed their own culture. The sitcom that Zhao Hai and the others were currently watching was from a planet where sitcoms were popular.
Now that the Perfection Shop was on the right track, Laura and the others were also free to relax. And with Zhao Hai just finishing his seclusion, the group accompanied each other for several days.
Who knew what Laura and the others were thinking, but they suddenly thought about watching a sitcom. Cai’er brought out a television set as everyone sat down on the sofa and watched. From time to time, the sound of laughter could be heard.
Looking at the plot of the story, Zhao Hai couldn’t help but chuckle. He could remember watching sitcoms back on Earth. He was a fan of them in the beginning. But as time passed, the quality of sitcoms became worse and worse. In the end, Zhao Hai stopped watching them.
However, the sitcoms they were watching had a very good story. From the actors, to the setting, everything was very good. It didn’t rot your brain like the ones back on Earth.
More than two years have passed. For the Space, two years was nothing, the same was true for the Black Tiger Gang. Although the development of the Black Tiger Gang has been rapid, it wasn’t much in the grand scheme of things. After all, two years was very short for a sect.
But in these two years, the Perfection Shop became more and more popular. Now, in the ten realms, there were more than 2000 shops present. And the business was still going strong.
The ones who suffered the most in these two years were Tie Zhantian and the others. They were still trying to progress in the Soaring Dragon Realm. They have already left Balin City for a bigger city. However, their days became even worse. The bigger the city, the greater the pressure to survive. It was true back on Earth and it was also true in the Black Tiger Gang.
Cities have branch offices of the sects in the True Spirit Realm. If one can join these sects, then that would be the best outcome. Therefore, cultivators moved into cities in droves. This turned the environment of the cities into a more complex system.
The Soaring Dragon Realm wasn’t a peaceful place, especially around the cities. To increase their strength, some cultivators would resort to almost anything. Besides the regions managed by the sects in the True Spirit Realm, the realm was basically a lawless place. Killing and stealing have become a normal occurrence.
Tie Zhantian’s team now numbered less than 60. They were currently in a medium-sized city called Rock City, doing tasks to get rewards. At the same time, they would act as bandits to rob people from time to time.
In the Soaring Dragon Realm, laws only existed inside cities. Outside the city, everything was allowed. Even if the sects knew about what happened, they wouldn’t do anything. This was also a type of pressure imposed on the cultivators to make them stronger. What the True Spirit Realm wanted were the strongest of the strong. To them, being eliminated in battle meant that you weren’t strong enough.
Although there was a cleanup every 100 years in the Soaring Dragon Realm, there were almost no cultivators that survived 100 years. Cultivators were either killed, recruited by a sect, or voluntarily left in these 100 years.
The same would apply to Tie Zhantian’s group. In just two years, they had already lost more than 20 people. This showed that life in the Soaring Dragon Realm wasn’t easy.
But generally speaking, Tie Zhantian and the others were quite lucky. Some teams would venture out only to return with only half their numbers. Compared to these groups, Tie Zhantian’s team was doing quite well.
Seeing that Tie Zhantian was fine, Zhao Hai was relieved. His priority was increasing his strength. He would prefer it if he only handled matters relating to that.
The Black Tiger Gang was doing well, the same was true for the Freedom Alliance. The alliance army continued to train every year and Zhao Hai was no longer required to preside over it. Everyone knew that Zhao Hai was in seclusion. They also knew that Zhao Hai was trying to break through to the immortal stage so that he could enter the Soaring Dragon Realm. Therefore, nobody blamed Zhao Hai for being absent.
The people of the alliance army were now more united. And since they frequently exchange notes and experience, the overall strength of the army progressed very quickly. Even those who had no potential found themselves new paths to pursue. They knew that they wouldn’t reach the immortal stage or even the transcending tribulation stage, therefore they tried to learn other things. In the alliance army, people who refine weapons and concoct pills began to increase in number.
There were 7 million people in the alliance army. Majority of these people were at the Core Formation Stage. Moreover, some of them were quite old. In other words, they have exhausted their potential. It would be a miracle if they could reach the transcending tribulation stage. They weren’t even sure if they could reach the Nascent Soul Stage.
Because of this, some of the cultivators tried looking into other paths. If they didn’t learn to refine weapons or make pills, they would only end up as ordinary elders in their sects. But if they learned to make artifacts or concoct medicine, their status would greatly change. Both refiners and pill makers held great status in all sects. Even powerful elders would be polite whenever they meet.
Upon finding out about this, Zhao Hai had Cai’er send Undead who were skilled in making artifacts and concocting pills to teach the people in the army. This would help them progress even more quickly.
From this, the people in the alliance army knew that Zhao Hai was still concerned about them despite his absence.
Zhao Hai also informed the alliance army that the Perfection Shops were run by him. If they need any help, they would only need to go to a Perfection Shop.
Li Kuangge and the others felt very grateful towards Zhao Hai. The Perfection Shop now has several hundred shops in the Freedom Alliance and the nine super sect’s territories. It can be said that the people of the first army could get help from the Perfection Shop in a very short time no matter where they were in the Great Realm of Cultivation.
But at the same time, the Perfection Shop was now tied with the alliance army. The people of the army would do their best to guard the shops. Some of the members of the army would even persuade their sects to do business exclusively with the Perfection Shop.
It didn’t take long before the entire Great Realm of Cultivation became aware that the Perfection Shop was opened by Zhao Hai’s wives. Both the Freedom Alliance and the nine super sects gave face to the Perfection Shop. This made the Perfection Shop more and more influential in the Great Realm of Cultivation.
Because of this, Zhao Hai became more free compared to before. This gave him time to watch sitcoms with Laura and the others. If other people were to know what Zhao Hai was currently doing, their eyes might pop out of their sockets.
Everyone chatted as they watched the sitcom. Zhao Hai was concerned about Laura and the others’ cultivation. They were currently at the transcending tribulation stage. However, if they want to reach the immortal stage, it would be quite difficult. If they can’t reach the immortal stage, then after Zhao Hai arrives at the True Spirit Realm, they wouldn’t be able to go outside. Although this wasn’t much of a problem for Laura and the others, this wasn’t something that Zhao Hai wanted to see. Therefore, Zhao Hai wanted them to be less busy about other matters and concentrate on their cultivation.
However, Laura and the others weren’t interested in cultivation. In fact, if it weren’t for the fantastic conditions in the Space, their strength wouldn’t have progressed as quickly. This caused Zhao Hai to feel helpless. He also didn’t like to force Laura and the others. He could only leave them alone and let them enjoy what they like.
While watching the sitcom, Laura said, “Brother Hai, what will you communicate with next? Will there be any danger?”
Zhao Hai thought for a moment and then he said, “I want to communicate with the fire element next. The Space has a lot of resources with the fire-element. I still don’t know how to do it, but I think there won’t be any danger.”
Hearing Zhao Hai, Laura couldn’t help but turn to Zhao Hai with a worried expression, “Fire? Brother Hai, fire is very dangerous. Are you sure you want to communicate with it next?”
Zhao Hai smiled and said, “It’ll be fine. There won’t be any danger. I’m communicating with fire-element materials in the Space. It’s impossible for the things inside the Space to harm me. There’s no need to worry.”
Thinking that what Zhao Hai said was reasonable, Laura nodded and said, “When will you start?”
Zhao Hai thought and said, “In the next few days. After I’ve rested enough, I’ll begin.”
Laura replied, “Do we need to make preparations?” Zhao Hai shook his head. Laura no longer said anything. She knew that there’s nothing she could help Zhao Hai with when it comes to cultivation.
After resting for three days, Zhao Hai began to prepare for his communication with the fire-element. He would start with the most ordinary fire in the Space. So if something unexpected happens, Zhao Hai wouldn’t be injured. As long as Zhao Hai understands the characteristics of fire, he would have no problems with communicating with stronger fires.
Although Zhao Hai looked like he was treating his cultivation lightly, he was actually very cautious. He knew that there was still a bit of danger even if he was inside the Space. Back when he communicated with the plants, he truly regarded himself as a plant. If he went too far, then he wouldn’t be able to wake up.
Zhao Hai used his consciousness when he communicated with the plants. When that happens, he would regard himself as that plant. If the plant died, then Zhao Hai’s consciousness would most likely die along with it. This would make Zhao Hai essentially braindead.
Fortunately, Zhao Hai had prior experience during his first communication with the giant tree, so he was guarded against it. It was because of this that Zhao Hai knew of the dangers of his cultivation even within the Space. However, he couldn’t tell this to Laura and the others. It would just bring them unnecessary worries.
To raise a fire inside the Space, Zhao Hai lit a pile of firewood. He also had Undead stay by the side to add more wood to the fire. Zhao Hai didn’t want the fire to extinguish halfway through his communication. So in order to avoid any problems, Zhao Hai made some preparations.
This was a very ordinary wood fire, the most primitive and simple type of fire in the universe. Zhao Hai wanted to start with this fire.
Zhao Hai sat by the burning pile of wood and slowly integrated his thoughts into it using his fire-element ability. His body turned red as he started to communicate with the fire.
Zhao Hai could feel the fire influencing his thoughts, making him more violent. However, he always reined in his thoughts due to his experience with communicating with the plants. Zhao Hai also wasn’t anxious. He slowly adjusted his thinking as well as his emotions. Then he slowly accepted the violent thoughts of the fire.
Zhao Hai began to understand the emotion of fire. Fire was very violent, seemingly wanting to destroy everything. Zhao Hai never felt such emotions before. Although his thinking speed was normal, he still couldn’t integrate himself to the fire. This was because the emotions he felt weren’t violent enough. And there was no way for Zhao Hai to connect his consciousness to the fire immediately.
Zhao Hai didn’t know until now that if he wanted to communicate with nature, then he would need to add his own emotions. The reason why he was able to integrate with the plants so smoothly was because plants held close to no emotions. This made it easy to integrate with them.
But now, things were different. Fire was always the violent aspect of nature. Its energy can kill and destroy. Because of this, Zhao Hai had difficulty thinking like it.
Zhao Hai didn’t know for how long he communicated with the fire. He continued to control his mood and slowly released his wild nature. However, he still needed to keep his spirit stable in order to prevent himself from turning mad.