Chapter 1947 – Dilemma
Hearing this, Lin Ling couldn’t help but stare. Then he turned towards Zhao Hai as he said, “What happened? Tell me.”
Feng Lingyun looked around and said, “Later. Let me handle the damage control first.” Lin Ling nodded. Then they directed people to clean up the battlefield.
At this moment, Zhao Hai was receiving his Undead. Zhang Feng’s expression wasn’t very good. When the invisible beast was revealed, Zhang Feng immediately knew Hu Wang’s plan and how they were fooled. Zhao Hai almost fell to a sneak attack.
Looking at everyone’s expressions, Zhao Hai smiled and said, “Alright, don’t take it too seriously. It’s nothing. This means we have to be more careful in the future. Yuan Ba, take care of the bodies of our fallen comrades. After cremation, we’ll send them back to their sects.” Yuan Ba complied and then took some people to take care of the bodies of those who died.
Zhao Hai also used this opportunity to receive some of the beast corpses outside the city. He didn’t take too many bodies, of the 100 thousand fallen beasts, he only received 5000. Moreover, he made sure to get corpses from a wide area to prevent people from finding out.
There were a lot of cultivators in Shangshan City. And with everyone being at least immortal experts, it didn’t take a long time to clean the battlefield. Not long after the battlefield was cleaned up, Zhao Hai and the others returned to their dwelling in Shangshan City. They must stay in the city for a few more days. After all, they were still unsure whether the beast tide had passed or not.
After Feng Lingyun was done cleaning the battlefield, the three went to the branch hall of the True Dao Sect. Once they settled down, Lin Ling looked at Feng Lingyun and said, “What happened? Didn’t you say that Zhao Hai is in danger? How come nothing happened when I arrived?”
Feng Lingyun smiled bitterly and said, “We’ve underestimated Zhao Hai. It seems like he’s much stronger than he shows outside.” Then he proceeded to mention the time Zhao Hai and Hu Wang clashed. Then to Hu Wang’s failed scheme against Zhao Hai. And in the end, he mentioned Zhao Hai’s Undead sweeping through the beasts on the wall.
After listening to this, Lin Ling gave Feng Lingyun a look of disbelief, “Lingyun, are you telling the truth? Is Zhao Hai really that strong?”
Luo Xiu’er confirmed, “Lingyun is telling the truth. Zhao Hai might not be a match against us, but I’m certain that he’s invincible in the immortal stage. I didn’t expect that he would hide such a huge card from us. This kid could really hold back.”
Lin Ling let out a long breath, then he laughed and said, “Good kid. I didn’t expect him to be very strong. I really underestimated him.”
Feng Lingyun looked at Lin Ling with envy as he said, “Brother Ling, remove that smile on your face. I’m really feeling regret right now. Why didn’t I find him first? I even agreed to watch him for you.”
Lin Ling continued to laugh, “Brother, what can I say? I was a step ahead. Right, I promised you a drink last time. Let’s go and share a cup.”
Feng Lingyun nodded and said, “Alright, let’s go. Thinking that Zhao Hai would go to you makes me depressed. I’ll make sure to empty your pockets today.”
Lin Ling didn’t care and just laughed. Luo Xiu’er looked at Lin Ling and smiled faintly. To be honest, she has the same feelings as Feng Lingyun. Knowing that a genius like Zhao Hai was operating in her city but she could only watch really left a bad taste in her mouth.
Zhao Hai was unaware of all of these. He was currently sitting with Zhang Feng and the others, discussing the day’s matters. Zhang Feng sighed and said, “In the past, I thought that beast tides were spontaneous events. I didn’t expect that the beasts were also controlled by someone. It seems like Little Hai is right. Beast tides are also trials where we would be observed by the sects.”
The others nodded and approved Zhang Feng’s points. Zhao Hai forced a smile and said, “It also has its disadvantages. Didn’t you see? Those two beast commanders want to kill me. I think I need to be more careful in the future. If they find a chance, they definitely won’t let me off.”
As soon as they heard Zhao Hai, Zhang Feng and the others stared, then their expressions changed. This was because they understood that Zhao Hai was correct. Before leaving, Hu Wang and Xiang Que looked at Zhao Hai with gazes full of killing intent. If they were given an opportunity, they would immediately deal with Zhao Hai.
Li Mu couldn’t help but ask, “Then Army Commander, what would you do? Or would you keep staying in Shangshan City? It’s definitely not a good thing to keep worrying about these beasts.”
Zhao Hai shook his head and said, “I can’t do that. If I hid inside Shangshan City without going out, I’m afraid I would never be able to enter the True Spirit Realm. Cultivators should never be afraid of dangers. Otherwise, we would stagnate.”
Zhang Feng frowned and said, “But it’s too dangerous. You have seen how strong those two beasts cultivators are. They’re much stronger than us. If you meet them outside the city, I’m afraid they will never allow you to escape once again.”
Everyone nodded. Although they know that Zhao Hai was a spatial ability user, they have experienced Hu Wang’s strength. To be honest, it was strength that they weren’t confident in facing. In their minds, if he met them, Zhao Hai wouldn’t have any opportunity to use his ability to run away.
With a serious expression, Zhao Hai replied, “I’m also aware of the danger. But I couldn’t hide inside the city. Not only would the True Spirit Realm look down on me, I would also lose my momentum. This would heavily affect my future cultivation.”
Zhang Feng and the others didn’t say anything more. They understood Zhao Hai’s thoughts. But to be honest, they didn’t want Zhao Hai to go out. This was because it was too dangerous.
If something happened to Zhao Hai, it wasn’t only him and the Black Tiger Gang that would be affected. The entire Great Realm of Cultivation would also feel the effects. Zhao Hai was the first person from the Great Realm of Cultivation that has attracted the attention of a top sect in the True Spirit Realm. If he manages to join a top sect, the entire Great Realm of Cultivation would greatly benefit. Therefore, Zhao Hai must not suffer an accident.
But if Zhao Hai stayed inside Shangshan City, then he might not be able to enter a sect in his entire life. In this case, they were in a dilemma.
Zhao Hai looked at everyone and said, “Alright, don’t think about it too much. Let’s stay in the city for a few days. Then we’ll finish the task that Yuan Ba brought before. After that, we’ll think of what to do next.”
Zhang Feng and the others nodded. This was the only thing they could do right now. Zhao Hai looked at everyone and said, “After the alarm is lifted in two days, we’ll send the ashes of those who died back to the Great Realm of Cultivation.”
Everyone nodded with a heavy heart. In the battle, the Great Realm of Cultivation lost 40 people. Although this number looked small compared to the overall casualties, it was a significant number for the Great Realm of Cultivation. After all, those who died were immortal experts.
This battle showed Zhang Feng and the others the difference between the True Spirit Realm and the Great Realm of Cultivation. Back in the Great Realm of Cultivation, immortal experts were at the top. But in the Soaring Dragon Realm, they were as common as the clouds. They held the lowest status. There’s no need to mention their status in the True Spirit Realm.
Moreover, Hu Wang’s attacks showed everyone the strength of those above the immortal stage. Zhang Feng and the others were also certain that people like Hu Wang and Feng Lingyun weren’t the top powerhouses of the True Spirit Realm. Even so, such people weren’t their opponents. Those at the top of the True Spirit Realm were certainly monsters.
However, this didn’t make them lose their motivation. Conversely, it made them excited. What was the reason cultivators cultivate? It was to live forever. Even if you become an immortal-stage expert, your lifespan would only be about ten thousand years. But in the Great Realm of Cultivation, this wasn’t the same case. This gave them hope and motivation to move forward.
Cultivators want to live forever, but they weren’t afraid of death. From the moment they started to cultivate, Cultivators have been fighting nonstop. If there was fighting, then naturally there would be death. And after getting multiple close contact with death, they no longer felt that death was something to be afraid of. This was especially true for immortal experts like Zhang Feng and the others. They have seen too many deaths that they had become numb to it.
But this time, immortal experts have died. And so many died at once. Although more immortal experts perished during the battle against the Heavenly Demons, they were at the top of the pyramid at that time. Even if immortal experts fell, the other side certainly suffered more.
Now, the enemy they were facing were different. All combatants were at the same level and some even exceeded their strengths. Most importantly, they discovered that they fell from the top of the pyramid to become mere stones at the base of a much larger pyramid. This caused them to feel conflicted in their hearts.
Seeing everyone’s expressions, Zhao Hai said, “Alright, don’t think too much. Being able to enter the Soaring Dragon Realm is already a blessing. We were offered an opportunity towards a wider path and we took it. If we couldn’t handle the trials, then we would end up dying like the others sooner or later.”
Everyone nodded. They knew that Zhao Hai was correct but this didn’t settle their hearts. Zhao Hai added, “No matter what, we won the battle. Yuan Ba, go out and buy some liquor. Today we’ll remember those who died with a cup of wine.”
Yuan Ba nodded and then left.