Chapter 1966 – Special Task
“Another thousand jade essences. How is that kid making so much money?”
“Are you stupid? You didn’t even think about where he got the money. Can you mine cloud iron ores? Can you pluck the stingers off the Double Sting Bee? That kid is strong, very strong. If you have the strength, then making money will be easy. If you’re weak, then continue living poor.”
“I know that he must be strong, but everyone who takes tasks in the Soaring Dragon Realm are all from the lower realms. How could he be that strong? Does he have a powerful team behind him? This is unreasonable.”
Hearing Zhao Hai earning thousands of jade essences, the entire hall exploded in discussion. In just one task, Zhao Hai was able to earn six thousand jade essences. This was six thousand jad essences, and he earned it quickly. It’s no wonder everyone was so envious.
Zhao Hai acted as though there was no commotion around him. The price that the old cultivator offered was quite a surprise to him. It wasn’t because it was low, instead it was too high. One stinger was equal to ten jade essences.
Zhao Hai nodded and said, “I’ll accept that price.” The old cultivator nodded as well. And without waiting for the female cultivator, he took the pile of stingers and then left. The female cultivator smiled bitterly as she handed a spatial bag to Zhao Hai.
After receiving the spatial bag, Zhao Hai left the hall amidst the gazes directed at him. He already showed off enough, it was time for him to leave.
A group of people followed Zhao Hai back to his residence. But because Zhao Hai’s residence was within the Tyrant Blade Sect’s forbidden region, they weren’t allowed entry.
Once Zhao Hai was inside his residence, he took out a stinger of the Double Stinger Bee and inspected it. The stinger looked like it was refined and had a group of lines running through it. If you look closely, you would find that these lines acted as channels which would aid in drawing out the blood of its victim. At the same time, it accelerated the injection of toxin into the target. It was a vicious construct.
Zhao Hai didn’t expect the stinger to have such a design. He couldn’t help but sigh at the wonders of creation. There was a reason why these beasts managed to survive in the Soaring Dragon Realm.
Zhao Hai waved his hand and took out a mass of liquid silver. Then he threw the stinger towards it. The blob of liquid silver moved a bunch before it absorbed the stinger. Zhao Hai felt changes in his body, as well as a bit of strengthening towards liquid silver.
Zhao Hai knew that it was pointless to add more stingers to liquid silver. One piece was enough for it to be copied.
As Zhao Hai was about to find out what benefits the stinger brought liquid silver, someone suddenly knocked on his door. Zhao Hai stared and then used his spiritual force to see someone outside. He recognized this person, this was the disciple that was with him when he rented the residence back then.
Zhao Hai opened the door to his residence and then cupped his fist towards the cultivator and asked, “Mister, do you need me for anything?”
The cultivator smiled faintly at Zhao Hai and said, “There’s no need to be polite. Technically, you’re already a member of the Tyrant Blade Sect. Just call me junior brother in the future. Senior Brother Lin Ling wants to see you. It seems like he has a task for you.”
Zhao Hai stared, but he nodded and said, “Alright.” Then he walked out of his residence and went to the branch hall along with the cultivator.
After arriving at the branch hall’s courtyard, Zhao Hai discovered that Lin Ling and Xiang Ying were already waiting for him. He immediately cupped his fist and said, “Zhao Hai has seen the two Senior Brothers.”
Lin Ling looked at Zhao Hai, then he smiled faintly and said, “I heard that you just completed the task of mining cloud iron ores?”
Although Zhao Hai was confused why Lin Ling was asking him about this, he still nodded and said, “I just handed the task in.”
Lin Ling gave a nod, then he said, “Did you meet the Nine-winged Cloud Centipedes?”
Zhao Hai nodded and said, “I met and fought them. I killed one and caught another. I already subdued it. Does Senior Brother have any need for them?”
“Subdued one? You managed to subdue a Nine-winged Cloud Centipede?” Without waiting for Lin Ling to answer, Xiang Ying interjected.
Zhao Hai gave a nod, “Yes. I have a technique that could subdue beasts. Seeing that the centipedes are very strong, I tried to subdue one. The other one I killed and turned into undead.”
Lin Ling looked at Zhao Hai and said, “Do you have any Nine-wing Centipede venom?”
Zhao Hai raised his brows, but then he answered, “I have a lot. Also, I can have my subdued Nine-winged Cloud Centipede produce more. Why, does Senior Brother want it?”
Lin Ling nodded, “Give me some. I’ll use it to make medicine.” Zhao Hai waved his hand and took out a jade bottle. Then he gave it to Lin Ling.
Lin Ling received the jade bottle and looked at Zhao Hai with a confused expression. He pulled the stopper out and inside was a black liquid that smells like stinky fish. It was clear that it wasn’t a good thing to consume.
Lin Ling quickly covered the bottle, he looked at Zhao Hai and asked, “You collect these things regularly?”
Zhao Hai smiled and said, “I dabble with pills from time to time. The more poisonous a material is, the better the antidote it could produce. So I try to collect any poison I come across.”
Lin Ling asked, “You can refine pills?”
Zhao Hai nodded, “Yes, I have some understanding of pills.”
Lin Ling and Xiang Ying looked at each other, they both saw surprise and joy in each others’ eyes. They felt that they had come upon a very valuable treasure. A genius was very rare, much less a genius who also knew how to refine pills and craft artifacts. Such a person would no doubt be immediately recruited into the Tyrant Blade Sect.
Then suddenly, a hint of hesitation appeared on Lin Ling’s eyes. It seems like he couldn’t make up his mind. Looking at Lin Ling’s reaction, Xiang Yin stared for a moment before he understood what was on Lin Ling’s mind. Then he also had a hesitant look on his face.
When Zhao Hai saw the expression of the two, he knew that they had something to tell him. And it wasn’t as simple as asking for centipede venom. So after a moment, he said, “Senior Brothers, you can be frank with me.”
Hearing Zhao Hai, Lin Ling smiled bitterly and said, “Actually, this matter doesn’t have a huge impact on you. But since you are now an unofficial disciple of the Tyrant Blade Sect, you will have to take part in it in the future. In the True Spirit Realm, there are 80 other sects that share the same status as the Tyrant Blade Sect. These top sects aren’t very peaceful with each other. Some conflicts would happen between them from time to time. Our Tyrant Blade Sect is allied with the True Dao Sect. And our relationship is very good. On the other hand, the Tyrant Blade Sect has a very bad relationship with the Imperial Beast Sect and the Sword Hegemon Sect. Both of us wanted to overwhelm the other. I don’t know when it began, but this competition managed to reach the Soaring Dragon Realm.”
Lin Ling stopped at this point, then Xiang Ying continued, “Every year, the sects would select some talents from the lower realms to supplement our numbers. In the beginning, we had to fight each other to get these geniuses. But later on, once we built cities and established exclusive cooperations with some lower realms, we stopped fighting for geniuses. But now, the talents we select would still need to experience some struggles. This is where the relationship between the Sword Hegemon Sect and the Imperial Beast Sect comes in. The Imperial Beast Sect and the Sword Hegemon Sect gave tasks to hunt down and kill the talents that were selected by the Tyrant Blade Sect and the True Dao Sect. After losing some talents, we understood what was going on. Therefore, we also issued the same bounty tasks. This is the beginning of the competition.”
Lin Ling added, “Let me tell you, aside from you, we also have a few cultivators under observation that are very strong. However, they were attacked by powerful cultivators and two were killed. There was a huge suspicion that it was done by the Imperial Beast Sect and the Sword Hegemon Sect. I called you over to tell you this. You have to be careful. It seems like the Imperial Beast Sect and the Sword Hegemon Sect have begun issuing their bounty tasks.”
Zhao Hai stared, then he nodded and said, “I see. But how can I distinguish between people from the Imperial Beast Sect and the Sword Hegemon Sect?”
Lin Ling waved his hand and took out a metal disc, “Bring this metal disc with you. This will act as an identification. If the enemy party is a kilometer away, then this metal disc will immediately notify you.”
Zhao Hai received the metal disc, then he knit his brows as he asked, “A kilometer? Isn’t that too close?”
Lin Ling replied, “It isn’t. This metal disc is specially made. After all, the other party also has one that activates at a similar distance. If anyone dared to violate the rules, they would be provoking war. Take this with you. Once you find an enemy, don’t be polite and kill them immediately.”
Zhao Hai nodded and as he was about to send the metal disc to his spatial bag, Lin Ling said, “This metal disc cannot be placed inside a spatial bag. It must be on your body at all times.” Zhao Hai didn’t mind it and hung the metal disc on his waist, like a jade pendant.
Seeing Zhao Hai’s actions, Lin Ling couldn’t help but frown as he asked, “You’re hanging it on your waist? The enemy will see it before you detect them. What if they attack you in advance?”
Zhao Hai smiled faintly and said, “Don’t worry, as long as they attack, they will not be able to survive. It’s good that they could see this. I believe nobody would hold themselves back if they see me wearing this.”
Hearing Zhao Hai, Lin Ling stared. Then he looked at Zhao Hai and said, “You’re confident. Are you certain that you will win?”
Zhao Hai smiled faintly and said, “I’m certain. As long as they dared to make a move, they will become another soldier in my Undead Army.”