Chapter 2026 – Entering Yalong City
Zhao Hai rode his Demon Horse at a moderate pace. He stayed for one night in the Wu Clan before leaving. The Wu Clan was just an affiliate clan of the Tyrant Blade Sect, he has no need to give them a lot of face. Additionally, he still has a mission to complete.
The incident with the Ghost Cultivators doesn’t seem to be a coincidence. Otherwise, the Yin Yang Elders wouldn’t have been as serious.
However, these matters were still out of his reach. Even if the Ghost Cultivators made a huge action, Zhao Hai couldn’t do much with his strength. This time, there were only five Ghost Cultivators, but he couldn’t do anything to them. There was no need to mention the stronger Ghost Cultivators.
Since the Yin Yang Elders were aware that Ghost Cultivators were attacking clans around the Tyrant Blade Sect, the higher-ups should also know about it. The Tyrant Blade Sect would certainly have a way to deal with it. Zhao Hai was still a small cultivator right now. Although he was the disciple of the Yin Yang Elders, his words were worth a fart in the grand scheme of things. He couldn’t do anything substantial at this time. The only thing he could do was to improve his strength as soon as possible and become familiar with the methods of the Ghost Cultivators. Only in this way can he survive the incoming chaos.
Zhao Hai wasn’t trying to increase the prestige of others and hamper his spirit. He was just thinking about the worst case scenario, so he was doing his best.
The malicious ghosts released by the Ghost Cultivators in the Wu Clan were very weak. As long as Zhao Hai releases his Undead, they would be able to kill all the ghosts.
But as for the consequences of doing so, Zhao Hai has no idea. One shouldn’t think that the Ghost Cultivators were weak just because they were captured by the Yin Elder with one move. Zhao Hai was sure that if he faced those Ghost Cultivators, his chances of victory weren’t high. Those Ghost Cultivators might be weak in the eyes of the Yin Yang Elders, but they were definitely stronger than Zhao Hai. And since they were bold enough to attack the Wu Clan, they must have life-saving means. If Zhao Hai faced them, he might get the short end of the stick.
Because he was aware of this, Zhao Hai chose not to fight these Ghost Cultivators. Instead, he reported the situation to the Yin Yang Elders. Not only would this solve the issue of the Ghost Cultivators, it would also inform the sect of the current situation.
Zhao Hai was aware that cultivators shouldn’t lose their vigor. However, vigor doesn’t equate to recklessness. If you know that you’ll die and still rush in, then that would be idiotic. If there’s an easier way to do it, then you should choose that. Therefore, Zhao Hai chose the easiest and safest way to deal with the Ghost Cultivators.
As the Demon Horse continued to travel, Zhao Hai was thinking about the future actions of the Tyrant Blade Sect. They would definitely conduct an inspection of their territory.
The Tyrant Blade Sect has no more need to deal with the Black Dragon Mountain. At this point, the sect could just issue missions to get Black Dragon Mountain’s beasts under control.
Now, what the sect has to face are the Ghost Cultivators. All sects in the True Spirit Realm fought against Ghost Cultivators for a very long time. These enemies were more difficult to deal with compared to the beasts.
Zhao Hai continued traveling northbound. The Demon Horse was very fast. Thirteen days after leaving the Tyrant Blade Sect, Zhao Hai finally arrived at Yalong City.
Yalong City was the first big city that Zhao Hai visited in the True Spirit Realm. The city was truly enormous. Its city walls were more than 30 meters high and were a thousand li long. It was like a dragon meandering through the plain.
Zhao Hai’s first impression of the city was that it was prosperous. The south wall of the city was surrounded by small and medium settlements. The gates of the city were very crowded. There was a nonstop stream of people coming in and out.
What surprised Zhao Hai the most was that there were a lot of people with weapons. But there weren’t many people who rode beasts like Zhao Hai.
Zhao Hai didn’t dismount and rode his Demon Horse towards the gate. He noticed several cultivators standing next to the gate and on their waists were blade tokens. They turned out to be outer disciples of the Tyrant Blade Sect.
Zhao Hai knows that Yalong City has a branch hall of the Tyrant Blade Sect. The Hall Master of these branch halls held the same status as elders of the sect. These elders can accept and teach disciples in the city. And if there were outstanding disciples, they would be sent to the main sect.
Zhao Hai didn’t expect the disciples of the sect to do such jobs. He thought that the guarding of the gates would be done by other people. He didn’t think that it was a job for outer disciples.
Zhao Hai has also taken his blade token out and hung it on his waist. Although the Yin Yang Elders asked him to do this before, Zhao Hai never used his blade token. He wanted to solve his problems on his own without using the blade token. If Zhao Hai used his blade token during the attack of the ghosts, the token would release a strong saber qi, eliminating all enemies. When the time comes, Zhao Hai wouldn’t need to do anything, the enemies would be dealt with on their own.
Actually, Zhao Hai wasn’t the only person who thought of this. Inner disciples of the Tyrant Blade Sect would sometimes remove their blade tokens to expose themselves to danger. This way, their potential would be pushed out. If they always relied on the blade token to solve their problems, they wouldn’t be able to progress.
Naturally, there was another important reason. If the blade qi in the blade token was used, it would need to be recharged. The sect allows each blade token to have ten blade qi. This was given by the elders of the sect. If you have a good relationship with your master, then there’s no problem in refilling the blade token. But if you don’t have a close relationship with your master, then you will have a hard time recharging your blade token.
Because of this, most inner disciples wouldn’t use their blade tokens unless it was a life and death situation. Only then would they take their blade token out and wear it on their body.
Zhao Hai used his blade token at this time to indicate his status. It must be mentioned that unknown cultivators would be interrogated if they wanted to enter Yalong City. But if you’re a disciple of the Tyrant Blade Sect, you can enter anytime you want.
Sure enough, when Zhao Hai’s Demon Horse reached the city gate, the outer disciples by the gate immediately turned respectful and cupped their fists towards him. Zhao Hai also returned the salute. Then he entered the city.
Upon entering the city, Zhao Hai couldn’t help but stare. He didn’t expect Yalong city to look like this. It was more prosperous than he imagined. There was a five meter wide bluestone road lined with shops on both sides. Pedestrians, carriages, and horses were moving in an orderly manner. From time to time, one could see people wearing uniforms walking on the road. These people have weapons on their waists. Most of them were using blades. However, they didn’t carry identity tokens of the Tyrant Blade Sect. It was clear that they weren’t outer disciples of the Tyrant Blade Sect.
Zhao Hai moved slowly forward as he looked at the shops on both sides of the road. There were all kinds of shops. From inns to clothing stores, from grain to grocery stores, there was everything one needed to find.
Zhao Hai also looked at the people around. There were people who heartily laughed, there were those who looked anxious. There were also hawkers on the road. It was a good mix of people from a healthy and rich city.
Zhao Hai let out a long breath. He began to like the city. However, he didn’t forget his goals. Although he already accepted his mission, he still needs to visit Yalong City’s Sect Branch. It was a matter of courtesy.
When he accepted the mission, Zhao Hai was also given a map of Yalong City. Therefore, it didn’t take long before Zhao Hai arrived at the branch hall.
The branch hall of the Tyrant Blade Sect in Yalong City occupied its own small region. It was surrounded by protective walls and had a huge archway with the words “Tyrant Blade Sect Yalong City Branch Hall” inscribed.
By the sides of the archway were two Outer Disciples. Naturally, not anyone can pass through the archway. Zhao Hai got down from his Demon Horse when he was a hundred meters away. Then he walked over to the entrance.
The two Outer Disciples by the archway already spotted Zhao Hai. Also, Zhao Hai’s Demon Horse was very impressive. It was impossible for them to not see it.
They also saw the blade token on Zhao Hai’s waist. They understood at a glance that Zhao Hai was an Inner Disciple. But because they were limited by the rules, they couldn’t greet Zhao Hai in advance. They can only wait for Zhao Hai to arrive.
When Zhao Hai arrived at the archway, the two Outer Disciples immediately cupped their fist and said, “I have seen Senior Brother. Did Senior Brother come from the main hall?”
Zhao Hai also cupped his fist and said, “I’m from the main hall. I came to Yalong City because of a mission. I’m here to give the branch hall a visit.”
One of the Outer Disciples replied, “Then we welcome Senior Brother in our branch. Please head inside, someone will come over to meet you.” Zhao Hai nodded. Then he cupped his fist once more before leading his Demon Horse across the archway.
Just as Zhao Hai stepped into the archway, a cultivator walked towards him. The disciple was also an Outer Disciple of the sect. After stepping towards Zhao Hai, he cupped his fist and said, “Disciple Su Ya of the Yalong City Branch Hall greets Senior Brother. Senior Brother, please follow me.”
Zhao Hai cupped his fist and said, “Inner Disciple Zhao Hai has seen Junior Brother Su Ya. I’ll have to trouble you.”
Su Ya smiled and said, “Senior Brother is too polite. Please.” Then he led Zhao Hai inside the hall.
Zhao Hai looked at the surroundings as they walked on. This region was exclusively managed by the Tyrant Blade Sect. Therefore, the area was very big. Moreover, it was clear that it was a planned construction. Both sides of the road were high courtyard walls. This ensures that nobody can eavesdrop inside. Not too far away was a huge gate. This was the place they were heading to.