Chapter 1952 – Moon Bathed Lake
Cai’er looked at Zhao Hai with a confused look as she asked, “Young Master, why should we take these things? Does the Soaring Dragon Realm have anything special with it?”
Zhao Hai replied, “It’s not that special. I just discovered something while I was doing my task. Everything in the Soaring Dragon Realm has been strengthened. Even its flames are much hotter compared to those in the Great Realm of Cultivation. So I want you to take samples of everything in the Soaring Dragon Realm to study and see if we could also strengthen everything in the Space.”
Hearing Zhao Hai, Cai’er nodded and said, “Alright, I’ll get to it. Right, Young Master, when you take tasks in the future, you can just use liquid silver to complete it. This way, you won’t be in danger.”
Zhao Hai smiled and said, “How could that be? I need to adapt to life in the Soaring Dragon Realm as soon as possible. The Soaring Dragon Realm is a weakened version of the True Spirit Realm. As long as I can adapt here, it would be able to quickly get used to the things in the True Spirit Realm. So I need to personally do the tasks.”
Cai’er nodded and said, “Alright, but you must be careful. These days, I’ve been mapping the Soaring Dragon Realm. This includes the cities as well as the regions around it. Once we completely map out the entire realm, you won’t need to worry about anything.”
Zhao Hai nodded, then he looked at the screen and said, “Did something special happen today?”
Cai’er thought for a while and said, “There is something. And it is related to you, Young Master. After you left Hengdao City, someone followed you. And when you went underground, he seemed to be looking for you. In the end, he didn’t find anything and could only return to the city.”
Zhao Hai stared, his complexion changed as he asked, “Who is it? Do I know them?”
Cai’er smiled and said, “You should know him, but you won’t expect it.” Then she waved his hand as Lin Ling’s figure appeared on the screen.
Seeing Lin Ling, Zhao Hai raised his brow and said, “Lin Ling? Why would he follow me?”
Cai’er replied, “Not only did he follow you, I also found that he’s quite close to Feng Lingyun and Luo Xiu’er. If my guess is correct, the person who wanted to recruit you to their sect should be him.”
ZHao Hai didn’t say anything. He thought about the time he met Lin Ling in the Great Realm of Cultivation. Lin Ling looked at him with an appreciating gaze. It wouldn’t be unnatural for Lin Ling to pay attention to him.
Zhao Hai nodded and said, “It’s possible that it’s Lin Ling. It hasn’t been long since I entered the Soaring Dragon Realm. No other person should know who I am, especially those from top sects. If it’s Lin Ling, then everything would make sense. After all, he was the only person from the True Spirit Realm that I came in contact with back in the Great Realm of Cultivation. Maybe he has been paying attention to me since then, but we’re still not sure.”
Cai’er nodded, then she said, “But if this is really the case, then it seems like you’ll be joining the Tyrant Blade Sect in the future.”
Zhao Hai smiled bitterly and said, “If Lin Ling is really observing me, then I would have no choice but to join the Tyrant Blade Sect. The other sects wouldn’t offend the Tyrant Blade Sect over me. So it doesn’t matter if other sects recruit me, I would have to join the Tyrant Blade Sect in the future.”
Laura nodded, “Right. Although the Soaring Dragon Realm might seem dangerous, it is just a trial field for cultivators. The possibility of sects arguing here is close to zero.”
Zhao Hai agreed, “The people from the True Spirit Realm aren’t fools. People in the Soaring Dragon Realm are nothing more than fresh blood to the sects. In the end, we would all start as outer disciples. Two sects fighting each other over an outer disciple would never happen.”
Laura nodded and said, “Brother Hai, what would you do now? Do you want to know more about the Tyrant Blade Sect?”
Zhao Hai smiled bitterly and said, “I’m afraid I won’t be able to do that right now. Even if I wanted to, I don’t have the means. Forget it, let’s just act like normal. Don’t let Lin Ling know that we’ve detected him.”
Laura and the others nodded. Zhao Hai doesn’t want to alarm Lin Ling. The True Spirit Realm is full of powerful experts. Zhao Hai was afraid that they would find out about the Space. The less trouble, the better.
Zhao Hai rested inside the Space for the night. The next day, he distributed tasks to everyone, then he went directly to Shangshan City. But he didn’t stop there, he used the transmission formation and arrived at Hengdao City.
Zhao Hai wanted to do tasks in Hengdao City because it was Lin Ling’s area. Doing tasks here would reduce his danger to a certain degree. Additionally, Hengdao City is quite a distance away from Shangshan City. Hu Wang and Xiang Que wouldn’t expect Zhao Hai to be in Hengdao City doing tasks.
Zhao Hai was aware that the reason Hu Wang and Xiang Que retreated during the beast tide was because Lin Ling arrived in Shangshan City. It seems like the two beastmen dreaded Lin Ling, so they have no choice but to retreat.
And Zhao Hai guessed correctly. Hu Wang and Xiang Que didn’t want to fight Lin Ling. This was because Lin Ling was known to be a fighting madman. His nickname was Relentless Blade. This nickname didn’t come from thin air. This represented his character. Lin Ling would fight relentlessly even against people stronger than him. Moreover, his moves were unforgiving. Each slash he made were very aggressive. Fighting against him would often result in death or severe injury. It was precisely because of this that he gained his nickname.
Although Feng Lingyun and Luo Xiu’er were also quite strong, they lacked the fighting spirit that Lin Ling possessed. Their killing aura was insufficient. Hu Wang and Feng Lingyun might be equal in strength, but Hu Wang held the upper hand when it came to fighting vigor. If Feng Lingyun and Hu Wang fought, there was a good chance that Hu Wang would win.
Although Hu Wang was aggressive, he wasn’t as violent as Lin Ling. Therefore, Hu Wang avoided Lin Ling whenever he could. Fighting against Lin Ling was never a good idea.
Knowing how Hu Wang dreaded Lin Ling, Zhao Hai finally decided to hover around Hengdao City. Moreover, the tasks he plans to take would all be related to the city. This way his chances of meeting Hu Wang and Xiang Que would be minimized.
After walking around Hengdao City, Zhao Hai finally decided on the task he would take. He would be picking medicinal herbs. This task wasn’t difficult. It was just that the place he would be going to was quite a distance from the city.
As soon as Zhao Hai appeared in Hengdao City, Lin Ling heard it. And when he found out that Zhao Hai took a task in the city, he couldn’t help but stare. Then he looked at Xiang Ying and asked, “Little Ying, do you think the kid noticed that we paid attention to him? So he went to Hengdao City on purpose to take on tasks?”
Xiang Yin nodded and said, “It’s possible. However, there is another possibility. He wanted to be as far away from Hu Wang and Xiang Que as possible. Don’t forget, when you appeared in Shangshan City, Hu Wang and Xiang Que immediately retreated. Now that Zhao Hai offended those two, it’s natural for him to minimize his dangers and do tasks around Hengdao City. Just like you said before, this kid is smart.”
Hearing Xiang Ying, Lin Ling laughed and said, “Of course he’s smart. It seems like I wasn’t wrong about him. Good. This is better. Do you think we should put a positioning disc on him?”
Xiang Ying looked at Lin Ling and shook his head, “Forget it. Senior Brother, positioning discs are good, but Zhao Hai is a talented immortal cultivator. It’s impossible to hide the positioning disc from him. Just take this as his trial.”
Lin Ling forced a smile and said, “I really hope nothing happens to him. This kid is very talented. It would be a shame if his path gets abruptly cut off.”
Zhao Hai was unaware of Lin Ling’s thoughts. He had already left Hengdao City and was heading towards his task. The medicinal plant he needed was called the nine core lotus seed. It had an excellent effect of detoxification. It was produced at a lake southeast of Hengdao City. The water of the lake was frigid all year round. It was known as the Moon Bathed Lake. Legend has it that the lake was normal in the beginning. Then the moon decided to take a bath in it, turning it extraordinarily cold.
Naturally, nobody believed that the moon really took a bath in the lake. People just thought that the lake was rich in yin qi, making it extremely cold.
Plenty of cultivators wanted to find treasures in the lake but ended up finding nothing. Some cultivators even perished in their hunt.
Then, several thousands of years ago, lotus flowers suddenly appeared on the lake. These lotus flowers were high-quality yin lotuses. Their flowers, roots, and seeds were excellent medicinal materials. However, their flowers rarely bloom, making it difficult to obtain. Their roots were also heavily buried in the cold lake. With cultivators unable to withstand the coldness of the lake, they were also unable to get the roots. In the end, it was decided that only the seeds could be harvested.
The lotus seeds were quite special. There were nine lotus seeds in each seed pod, thus they’re called nine core lotus seeds.
Zhao Hai’s task was to go to Moon Bathed Lake and pick nine core lotus seeds. Only a few people took this task. First because it was too far from Hengdao City, and second because Moon Bathed Lake was very dangerous.
Since the lake was very far, there were plenty of opportunities to meet beasts along the way, increasing the danger of the trip. Moreover, Moon Bathed Lake houses a beast called the Cold Loach. This beast was stronger than average immortal experts. Meeting a cold loach meant death to most cultivators.
Besides the cold loach, picking the nine core lotus seeds also carried danger. The lotus existed for several thousands of years. Because of this, there were lotuses that had turned into plant beasts. They looked similar to ordinary lotuses, making it very hard to detect them. The attack of the lotus beasts were very fast, making cultivators unable to block it.
There was also the danger imposed by the lake itself. Naturally, the lake couldn’t turn into a beast, so it wouldn’t attack people. However, strong winds occasionally pass through the lake. The wind wasn’t dangerous on its own, but the waves it made in the lake made it perilous to cultivators.
Nobody knew why, but the temperature in Moon Bathed Lake continued to decrease. If a cultivator touched the lake’s water without any defenses, they would immediately be frozen into a block of ice. And even if the cultivator has defenses, it wouldn’t be very effective. The shield itself would be frozen, making the cultivator suffer the same fate. Being drenched in the lake’s water was the quickest way to die in the lake.
Because of these reasons, fewer and fewer people came to pick nine core lotus seeds. And because of the lack of supply, the reward of the task was very high. Not only does it provide 50 impression points, it also awards five high-grade artifacts and ten high-grade pills. What type of pills and artifacts could be freely chosen by the cultivator who completes the task. But even then, there were still very few people who took on the task. After all, even if the rewards were good, it was nothing if you lost your life in the process.
In fact, picking nine core lotus seeds could no longer be considered as a newcomer task. The difficulty of the task exceeded the capabilities of newcomers. Even veterans of the Soaring Dragon Realm wouldn’t dare take it. When Lin Ling found out that Zhao Hai took this task, he couldn’t help but be furious and scold Zhao Hai for being overconfident. He immediately set off for Moon Bathed Lake. He didn’t want Zhao Hai to die there.
Lin Ling knew how incomparably risky this task was. However, to Zhao Hai, this task was perfect. This was because he had Bubble. He wasn’t afraid of the lake’s water. Be believed that the lake’s water couldn’t harm him. As for the beasts, they weren’t an issue. Zhao Hai was also confident that he could deal with the lotus plants.
The reason Zhao Hai took this task was because he believed there was a reason why the lake was very cold all year round. If there was a treasure in the lake, then Zhao Hai wanted to see what it was. If he could, then he would like to take it for himself.