Chapter 1943 – Escaping Successfully
Zhao Hai heard what the others said but there was no dissatisfaction on his face. Actually, he wanted to cooperate with the group. But as soon as he saw the Tree Demon’s expression, he knew that cooperation was impossible.
After listening into the meaning of their conversation, Zhao Hai understood that this cooperation was nothing but mutual use. If they encounter danger, none of them will help each other. They would just run and leave the slowest person behind. It was better being alone than going with such a group.
However, Zhao Hai didn’t dare underestimate the beasts of the Soaring Dragon Realm. He has been monitoring the realm for a long time. Therefore, he knew that the beasts of the realm weren’t only powerful, they were also as smart as humans. If he wanted to deal with these beasts, then he would have to be careful.
Zhao Hai was now using his wood-element ability to traverse the forest. He didn’t fly in the sky. This way, it would be impossible for beasts to detect him.
Zhao Hai was now more than 2000 kilometers away from Shangshan City. The beasts he encountered continued to increase. Moreover, the level of the beasts were becoming higher. Now Zhao Hai understood that the true overlords of the Soaring Dragon Realm were these beasts.
Although the cultivators of the True Spirit Realm constructed cities in the Soaring Dragon Realm, they could only defend these cities as well as its surroundings. The rest of the realm still belonged to the beasts.
Zhao Hai might be carefully traversing the forest, but his speed wasn’t slow. Moreover, he came to discover large armies of beasts, ready to attack Shangshan City.
An hour after leaving Shangshan City, Zhao Hai was now 8 thousand kilometers away. As he flew forward, he suddenly heard a conversation. Zhao Hai couldn’t help but pause for a moment. Then he used his wood-element technique to get closer.
Before long, Zhao Hai was able to listen in. A vigorous voice was talking, “Old Tiger, do you think the small ones can crush Shangshan City? If they do, then we would have face to show in front of our ancestors.”
Another low-sounding voice was heard, “Old Elephant, I don’t think so. You think Shangshan City is built with sticks? It existed for so many years. In any case, we also came to the Soaring Dragon Realm to train the small ones in combat.”
Hearing the two, Zhao Hai understood that the two were beast cultivators. They were the ones directing the beasts to attack Shangshan City.
As Zhao Hai got closer, he suddenly heard one of the beasts exclaim, “Who’s there!” And without giving Zhao Hai any time to react, a palm grasps towards the tree that Zhao Hai was hiding in.
When Zhao Hai saw this, he knew that there was no point hiding in the tree. The other party was very careful. Whether somebody was hiding in it or not, the tree would be uprooted, so he immediately left the tree.
As soon as Zhao Hai moved, he was immediately discovered by the two. They quickly flew towards Zhao Hai.
Zhao Hai hasn’t revealed himself yet, but he knows that his position has been locked on by the two beast cultivators. It was pointless to hide.
Thinking of this, Zhao Hai flew up above the forest. He was standing a hundred meters away from the two beasts cultivators.
The two people opposite Zhao Hai had distinct characteristics. One was extremely tall, about 3 meters high. He had gray skin and bulging muscles. More importantly, he had very large ears. His nose was also long.
The other was about two meters tall and had yellow and black skin. And marked on top of his head was the character for ‘King’(Wang).
With how they looked, Zhao Hai could see that they were elephant and tiger beastmen.
The two were also sizing Zhao Hai up. The elephant beastman laughed and said, “I didn’t think you would get so close to us. It seems like you’re a divergent ability user. Hahaha. If we can kill a divergent ability user, our ancestors will be proud of us.”
Zhao Hai looked at the two and then smiled faintly as he said, “A lot of people want to kill me, and yet I’m still here. I wonder if you two could succeed.”
Hearing Zhao Hai, the tiger beastman glared at him. Then Zhao Hai suddenly felt a wave of pressure coming over his body. However, he didn’t move and just stood straight.
Seeing that Zhao Hai wasn’t affected by his pressure, the tiger beastman nodded and said, “You have a bit of skill. No wonder you’re boasting. Haha. Not bad.”
Zhao Hai just smiled and didn’t reply. He locked firmly on his two opponents. As soon as they made a move, he would immediately act.
Although Zhao Hai didn’t know the levels of these two beastmen, he knew that they weren’t at the immortal stage. They should be at a stage higher up.
As the beastmen were observing Zhao Hai, they couldn’t help but be surprised. Their strength has already surpassed the immortal stage. In their minds, immortal experts wouldn’t dare to breathe in front of them. As long as they wanted to, immortal experts would be subdued by their pressure. But this time, they found out that they were wrong.
Although Zhao Hai was still at the immortal stage, he was stronger than most in his level. Zhao Hai didn’t buckle down even though he was under the suppression of the two beastmen. This caused the expression of the two to change.
Looking at the reaction of the other party, Zhao Hai smiled faintly and said, “Seniors, you’ve experienced battles like these multiple times. This one is just a scout sent by the city. I’m not worthy of your attention. If you spare your actions, then I will be grateful to you.”
Hearing Zhao Hai, the two beastmen stared. As they were stunned, Zhao Hai quickly dove down into the forest. Not long after that, he became completely undetectable.
Seeing what just happened, the complexion of the two beastmen couldn’t help but change. They didn’t expect Zhao Hai to use this move. They were completely caught off guard. The two were greatly annoyed, then they immediately scanned the forest with their spiritual force.
However, they weren’t able to detect anything. The forest below them turned into a whole layer of energy, completely covering the area. Their spiritual force couldn’t penetrate at all.
The two beastmen roared and charged towards the forest. The other beasts could also feel the anger of their elders and charged inside the forest as well. In a blink of an eye, a patch of the forest was razed to the ground. And yet, they still weren’t able to find Zhao Hai.
When Zhao Hai dove down, he immediately used his wood-element technique to form a shield that would block the spiritual force of the two beastmen. And while the two were trying to break it, he dove down a hundred meters underground and left.
Because the beastmen were too focused on the forest, they failed to look below the ground. This gave Zhao Hai an opportunity to escape. When the beasts leveled the section of the forest, Zhao Hai was already a thousand kilometers away.
Zhao Hai’s speed underground wasn’t very fast, but he still scouted around Shangshan City. And in his scouting, Zhao Hai couldn’t help but be surprised. There were too many beasts around the city.
The place Zhao Hai was currently in was practically right next to Shangshan City. And yet, Zhao Hai found at least a million beasts. It must be known that all of these beasts were at least in the immortal stage. When he thought about it, Zhao Hai couldn’t help but feel dread.
After more than 20 hours of scouting, Zhao Hai was able to get a clear idea of the situation around Shangshan City. Altogether, there were about 3 million beasts gathered. The north side of the city had the most beasts. The other three directions were a bit weaker.
After verifying his observations, Zhao Hai no longer stayed and immediately returned to the city. As for the others, Zhao Hai didn’t even think about them.
Although Zhao Hai was out for quite some time, Zhang Feng and the others remained in the walls. Feng Lingyun also wanted to see if Zhao Hai would safely return, so he remained as well.
Once Zhao Hai discovered Feng Lingyun as well as Zhang Feng and the others, he immediately flew towards them. Then he cupped his fist and said, “Zhao Hai has seen Senior Feng Lingyun.”
Feng Lingyun sized Zhao Hai up and saw that he had no traces of battle. He couldn’t help but frown as he asked, “Zhao Hai, how is the situation outside? Did you find out how many beasts there are? Where are the others?” Naturally, he suspects that Zhao Hai just hid and didn’t scout.
Zhao Hai was aware of Feng Lingyun’s suspicion, but he didn’t care as he replied, “Not long after we left, the Tree Demon suggested that he become team leader, so I left. As for what happened to them, I don’t know. There are about 3 million beasts surrounding the city. The strongest gathering is in the north. Moreover, there are two powerful beast cultivators in the north. One is an elephant beastman while the other is a tiger beastman. I was discovered by them while I was scouting. I used their overconfidence to escape.”
Hearing Zhao Hai, Feng Lingyun’s expression turned serious. Then he asked, “Describe the two beast cultivators.”
Zhao Hai nodded and said, “The elephant beastman was very tall and big. He has gray skin, big ears, and a long nose. He also has a small hole on his left ear. The tiger beastman is two meters tall. He has the character of ‘King’ on his head. Besides that, he didn’t have any distinct characteristics. However, that tiger beastman used a technique on me. He just stared and I felt a huge pressure on me.”
By this point, Feng Lingyun completely believed Zhao Hai’s words. This was because he recognized the two beastmen that Zhao Hai described. He even fought against them before. Feng Lingyun nodded and said, “So it’s those two. Good. Zhao Hai, you did well. You can go back and rest.” Zhao Hai nodded, then he led Zhang Feng and the others back to their resting area.
Looking at Zhao Hai’s back, Feng Lingyun couldn’t help but sigh, “It seems like that fellow is stronger than we imagined. Big Brother Lin has hit a jackpot.” As he said that, he walked over to where Luo Xiu’er was and said, “Xiu’er, I’m afraid we’re in trouble.”
Hearing this, Luo Xiu’er asked, “What happened? I just saw Zhao Hai return, what did he tell you? Where are the others?”
Feng Lingyun shook his head and said, “The others aren’t important. What’s important is the information that Zhao Hai brought. This time, there are 3 million beasts surrounding the city. They’re led by Xiang Que and Hu Wang. I didn’t expect the beast ancestor to send them to the Soaring Dragon Realm. It seems like the beast ancestor is trying to stir up some trouble again.”
Luo Xiu’er couldn’t help but stare, then she knitted her brows and said, “Why are they here? Did Zhao Hai see them? Are you sure it’s them?”
Feng Lingyun nodded and said, “I’m sure of it. I asked Zhao Hai what they looked like and it’s accurate. He even described Hu Wang’s mark. To be honest, I don’t know how Zhao Hai managed to return after meeting the two. Those guys are notoriously ruthless.”
Luo Xiu’er nodded, “When it comes to those fellows, we need to be careful. They aren’t easy to deal with. Even with the two of us, it would be very hard to win. Lingyun, do you think we should ask for support?”
Luo Xiu’er’s decision was justified. The Soaring Dragon Realm was a trial area for the True Spirit Realm. Not only those from the lower realms, True Spirit Realm sects also test their disciples here. Luo Xiu’er and Feng Lingyun were tasked to stay in the Soaring Dragon Realm for 50 years. They were also the two strongest cultivators in Shangshan City. And even the two of them would have a hard time dealing with the elephant and tiger beastman. If something happened to them, then Shangshan City would be in trouble.
Feng Lingyun looked at the forest outside the city and then shook his head as he said, “There’s no need. The defenses of Shangshan City are very good. Even if Xiang Que and Hu Wang led the beasts, as long as we don’t go out to face them, Shangshan City will not be in danger.”