Chapter 1949 – Meeting An Acquaintance
As soon as he discovered that they became the center of attention, Zhao Hai immediately looked at the group and said, “Alright, let’s stop making a fuss. Now each group can do their own things. Yuan Ba, you’re coming with me.”
Hearing this, everyone immediately dispersed. Zhao Hai led Yuan Ba and the rest of his team to the Mist Pill Tavern. After ordering several dishes and a few pots of liquor, Zhao Hai looked at everyone and said, “From now on, we’re going our separate ways. I will act alone while you follow Yuan Ba.”
When Zhang Feng heard Zhao Hai, his expression changed. He quickly declined, “Little Hai, you can’t act on your own. It’s too dangerous.”
Zhao Hai shook his head and said, “Senior Brother, it’s not that I don’t want to move with everyone. Now that I’m in the crosshairs of the beasts, it has become dangerous around me. I can escape using my spatial ability, but how about you? You don’t have any ways to escape. And if they use you to threaten me, then I would also be in trouble. Therefore, we need to separate.”
Being the former gang leader, Zhang Feng also knew about the dangers involved. So when he heard Zhao Hai say this, Zhang Feng became silent. He knew that they weren’t as strong as Zhao Hai. If they followed Zhao Hai, then they would only drag him down.
If they continued to go with Zhao Hai, then the beasts could capture them to bait Zhao Hai out. After all, they were part of the same team. If they don’t follow Zhao Hai, even if the beast cultivators knew that they were from the Great Realm of Cultivation, there was little chance that they would get captured. Because they entered the Soaring Dragon Realm, it was impossible for beast cultivators to capture people just to deal with one person. This was against the rules of the Soaring Dragon Realm.
Li Kuangge looked at Zhao Hai and said, “I believe in Brother Hai’s strength. We will not follow you. Please be careful.”
Zhao Hai nodded and said, “The next task is to go to the volcano and find ore. We will act separately. You go first and I’ll follow soon after.”
Everyone nodded and then stood up. Zhang Feng looked at Zhao Hai and said, “Take care of yourself.” After that, he led everyone and left the tavern. Only Zhao Hai was left alone to eat and drink.
After drinking several pots of liquor, Zhao Hai left the tavern. It has been four hours since Zhang Feng and the others left. Upon leaving the tavern, Zhao Hai flashed with white light and appeared in Hengdao City.
Once he arrived, Zhao Hai looked around. Hengdao City was as large as Shangshan City. However, the architecture between the two cities were different. Shangshan City was mostly made with cyan colored stones and the buildings looked delicate. Hengdao City, on the other hand, appeared rough and sturdy.
Zhao Hai slowly wandered the streets of Hengdao City. He found that there were more people in the city compared to the last time he came. Although Zhao Hai didn’t stay for a long time before, he was still able to see that there weren’t a lot of people. But now, the people inside Hengdao City are as numerous as the metropolitan cities on Earth.
Zhao Hai knew that this would only be temporary. When people resume taking tasks, the state of the city would return to normal. The reason there were a lot of people inside the city was because of the recent beast tide.
Shortly after Zhao Hai arrived in Hengdao City, a cultivator arrived at the Tyrant Blade Sect’s branch hall. Upon arrival, he immediately reported, “Reporting, this subordinate has an urgent report to Senior Brother Lin Ling.”
Lin Ling’s voice was quickly heard, “Come in.” The cultivator pushed the door and walked in. Upon entering, the cultivator saw Lin Ling and another cultivator inside. The cultivator that was with Lin Ling looked completely opposite to him. This person looked young and was wearing a scholar’s robes. In his hand was a jade slip as though he was reading.
The cultivator cupped his fist and said, “I have seen Senior Brother Lin Ling and Senior Brother Xiang Ying.”
Lin Ling waved his hand and said, “Alright, what’s your report?”
The cultivator immediately replied, “Replying to Senior Brother. You’ve ordered me before to pay attention to Zhao Hai. He’s currently in Hengdao City.”
Hearing this, Lin Ling stared, then his face lit up as he said, “Zhao Hai is here? Is he with other people?”
The cultivator replied, “He’s currently alone strolling in the city. It doesn’t seem like he’s here for a task. I’m unaware of what he’s currently doing.”
Lin Ling stared, then he knitted his brows and said, “He’s alone? This kid is too courageous. He offended Hu Wang and Xiang Que, but he still has the guts to wander around. Does he hate living too long?”
At this time, the cultivator opposite Lin Ling opened his mouth and said, “Senior Brother Lin, why are you paying too much attention to this Zhao Hai?”
Lin Ling looked at the cultivator who gave the report and said, “Watch over him and see what he’s doing. But do not get in contact. Don’t harass him either. Just leave him alone.” The cultivator nodded and then left.
After that, Lin Ling looked at the scholarly cultivator and said, “Xiang Ying, you don’t know how talented this kid is. I’ve been paying attention to him for a long time. He caught my attention when he was still back in the Great Realm of Cultivation. He was the realm’s representative for the assessment trial. Not only is this kid strong, he also has divine spiritual force. He’s able to discover that we’ve been scanning his realm.”
Hearing this, Xiang Ying’s expression couldn’t help but change. He looked at Lin Ling and said, “Senior Brother Lin, have you confirmed that he has divine spiritual force?”
Lin Ling shook his head and said, “I’m unable to confirm it right now. It’s just suspicion. However, it’s certain that this kid has skills. In the last beast tide, knowing that I’m observing Zhao Hai, Feng Lingyun sent him to scout. I didn’t expect him to meet Hu Wang and Xiang Que when he was outside. Not only was he able to escape, he also blocked an attack from Hu Wang during the siege of Shangshan City. Although Hu Wang wasn’t fighting with his full power, it’s enough to show that Zhao Hai isn’t weak.”
As he said this, Lin Ling chuckled and said, “I didn’t expect this kid to have so many hidden cards. During the siege, Hu Wang used all kinds of methods to deal with him. He even used an invisible beast to mount a sneak attack. But in the end, the kid managed to detect it. He even released a large number of Undead to help with the battle.”
Xiang Ying became more interested, he raised his eyebrows and said, “It seems like this Zhao Hai is really a genius. It would be really good if we bring him to the Tyrant Blade Sect. But as you said, he’s now targeted by Hu Wang and Xiang Que. Those two guys are extremely vengeful. It’s never a good thing to be on their sights. He’s fine inside the city, but after he leaves, he would be in danger.”
Xiang Ying wasn’t speaking nonsense. He had dealt with Hu Wang and Xiang Que in the past. These people were vicious and merciless. They would resort to all means to get ahead. They’re also a scheming bunch. Catching their attention will be very troublesome.
Lin Ling nodded and said, “I thought the same way. But we shouldn’t act on this matter. This is also a trial for him. If he can survive under the schemes of Hu Wang and Xiang Que, then we will bring him into the Tyrant blade Sect. Otherwise, even if we take him, he would still be unable to escape Hu Wang and Xiang Que’s plans. Those guys don’t care where you came from.”
Xiang Ying nodded, then he knitted his brows and said, “Hu Wang and Xiang Que have been causing trouble everywhere lately. I think we should find some time to put pressure on them.”
Lin Ling agreed, “I will report this matter to the sect. But you should know that the sect’s relationship with the beast ancestor isn’t very good. The beast ancestor is famous for covering up the shortcomings of his children. He doesn’t make them accountable for their faults. This would be very hard to accomplish.”
Xiang Ying thought about it and said, “Senior Brother Lin, should we get in contact with Zhao Hai? We’ll warn him about the dangers and tell him to be more careful?”
Lin Ling smiled bitterly and said, “There’s no need to warn that kid. He already knows the situation he’s in. From what Feng Lingyun said, that kid has a team of more than ten people. But this time he appeared alone. It seems like he separated from the others and intends to go on his own. This means he already knows that the two beasts are coming for him. That kid is also shrewd, there’s no need for us to remind him.”
Xiang Ying stared, then he forced a smile and said, “It seems like I’m still underestimating him. But this is also good. I’m now interested in him. Senior Brother Lin, you need to be careful. When necessary, take action to protect him. He’s still very weak compared to Hu Wang and Xiang Que.”
Lin Ling nodded, “With his present strength, as long as Hu Wang and Xiang Que want to deal with him, he wouldn’t be able to escape. We have to pay close attention.”
Zhao Hai wasn’t aware of the conversation that happened between Lin Ling and Xiang Ying. At this moment, he was inside a tavern along with someone else. This person wasn’t from the Great Realm of Cultivation but from the Dragon Soul Realm. It was Tu Qian who broke through to the immortal stage while battling Zhao Hai in the Forestsea Realm.
Although the two were enemies during that time, they held respect for each other. After returning to the Dragon Soul Realm to stabilize his cultivation, Tu Qian did some tasks for his sect and only entered the Soaring Dragon Realm ten years ago.
Tu Qian was formidable in the lower realms. But when he arrived in the Soaring Dragon Realm, his eyes were opened. Everyone here were immortal stage cultivators. He was nobody special and he wasn’t favored by any sects.
Zhao Hai didn’t expect to meet Tu Qian. The two fought in the past because of circumstance. But now that they were in the Soaring Dragon Realm, they have no reason to fight. Therefore, Zhao Hai invited Tu Qian to a tavern to drink. Tu Qian wasn’t doing very well. His situation was the same when the Great Realm of Cultivation was just starting out. He didn’t even have money to eat and drink. With Zhao Hai treating him, there’s no reason for Tu Qian to decline. Moreover, he wanted to be friends with Zhao Hai.
After the two were settled down, Zhao Hai ordered two pots of liquor and four side dishes. Once the waiter left, he looked at Tu Qian and said, “I didn’t expect to see an acquaintance after entering the Soaring Dragon Realm. This is very rare.”
Tu Qian smiled and said, “The Soaring Dragon Realm is very big. I also didn’t expect to meet Brother Zhao here. It’s a surprise.”
Zhao Hai nodded, then he asked, “How long has Brother Tu been in the Soaring Dragon Realm? Did you come across any fortune?”
Tu Qian shook his head, then he smiled bitterly and said, “I’m afraid Brother Zhao will laugh at me. It’s been ten years since I came to the Soaring Dragon Realm. My experience here could only be considered passable. I have no way to go big. The Soaring Dragon Realm is just too dangerous. My strength is only average here. Does Brother Zhao come to this tavern often? How long has it been since you entered the Soaring Dragon Realm?”
Zhao Hai smiled faintly and said, “I just entered the Soaring Dragon Realm. My cultivation method is special. It’s very hard for me to break through. Ever since I returned from the assessment, I’ve been in seclusion. I just broke through to the immortal stage recently. I’ve been able to enjoy taverns from time to time. But this is because of my predecessors.”
It’s impossible for Zhao Hai to tell everything to Tu Qian. If he said that he gained several thousand jade essences in just a few days, he would be too eye-catching. This wasn’t in line with Zhao Hai’s character.
Tu Qian didn’t suspect Zhao Hai, he just smiled and said, “You’re already strong while in the transcending tribulation stage. Now that you have broken through, I’m sure you’re much stronger. I’m afraid it won’t take long before you get recruited by a sect in the True Spirit Realm. Let me congratulate you in advance.”
Zhao Hai smiled faintly and said, “Then I’ll hold on to Brother Tu’s congratulations. Here’s hoping that we both join a True Spirit Realm sect in the future.” Just as he said this, the waiter brought over the food and wine. Zhao Hai took a pot and poured two glasses of wine. Then he lifted his cup towards Tu Qian and said, “Meeting here can be considered fate. If Brother Tu has anything you need in the future, don’t hesitate to call me. In the Soaring Dragon Realm, we’ll reach far if we work together.”
Tu Qian also raised his cup and said, “Being fellows from the lower realms, we should help each other. If you need anything, don’t hesitate to tell me.” Then the two drank the wine in one go.