Chapter 2030 – Unfettered Farmer
When Li Tiejun heard Li Defu, he couldn’t stop his eyes from turning red as he said, “I don’t believe you. Your family has always been in charge of the clan temple. So you can say whatever you want.”
Li Defu looked at Li Tiejun and sighed, “Tiejun, I’m not lying to you. Do you think you’re the only person in the clan who is compatible with a spiritual root? When I was young, I also found out that I’m compatible with a spiritual root. Knowing that I can’t enter the Tyrant Blade Sect, I only farmed in the village. If I had the cultivation method, I would have used it then.”
By this point, more people from the village have come out. They saw the situation and knew what was going on. As it turns out, Li Tiejun was the real culprit to the attacks in the village. He has killed more than a dozen people in the village.
Li Tiejun had already lost his sanity a long time ago, he looked at Li Defu and sneered, “You also have spiritual roots? Do you think I’ll believe that? You can’t convince me with just this. But even if you don’t want me to cultivate, so what? I was still able to cultivate. You might not be aware, but the reason why the blade the ancestor left behind didn’t rust isn’t because it’s blessed by the ancestor. It’s because the remnant of the Ghost Cultivator’s soul stuck to it. Hahaha. I absorbed that soul and learned Ghost Cultivation Methods. Now I know that the Tyrant Blade Sect’s cultivation methods aren’t the strongest in this world, it’s the Ghost Cultivation methods!”
Zhao Hai coldly snorted and said, “So you practiced this cultivation method? I’m very curious, where did you get your ghost?”
Li Tiejun looked at Zhao Hai with reddened eyes as he replied, “Do you think I only acquired this cultivation method recently? It’s been three years. Two years ago, my mother had a serious illness that she wouldn’t be able to survive. So in order to be with my mother forever, I used my mother’s soul as my natal ghost. But you, you killed my mother!”
Li Tiejun’s answer greatly surprised Zhao Hai. He didn’t think Li Tiejun was so insane. He actually used his mother’s soul to be his natal ghost. He has completely gone crazy.
It wasn’t only Zhao Hai, everyone in the Li Village were now seeing Li Tiejun as a lunatic. They never expected Li Tiejun to turn his mother’s soul into a ghost. They always saw Li Tiejun as a filial son. How could he do such a thing?
In Li Tiejun’s mind, turning his mother’s soul into a ghost was a good thing. This would allow his mother to exist in the world in another form. But in fact, this wasn’t the case. Ghost refining methods of the Ghost Cultivators was a transformative process. In this process, the soul will be subjected to endless torment. And in the end, the soul’s consciousness would be wiped out and become a slave to the Ghost Cultivator. It can be said that a soul that was under the control of a Ghost Cultivator wouldn’t enjoy benefits, but endless pain instead.
Because of this, hearing that Li Tiejun had bound his mother’s soul, the people of the village were startled.
Zhao Hai looked at Li Tiejun and coldly snorted, “Are you really doing it for your mother? I know that a natal ghost must be refined with the soul of a murdered person. The soul who died of natural death cannot be used to create natal ghosts. If your natal ghost is really your mother, then you’re the one who killed her. Do you think that your natal ghost is still your mother? And you even made your natal ghost devour the blood of your relatives. Li Tiejun, you’re really something.”
Li Tiejun coldly snorted, “You cultivators want to be righteous but are also ruthless. Zhao Hai, haven’t you killed people as well? For the sake of cultivation, murder is nothing.”
Looking at Li Tiejun’s appearance, Zhao Hai shook his head. Li Tiejun has completely turned into a demon. Such a person cannot continue existing. If such a person grows, they would be a ruthless killer.
Zhao Hai took out his blade and said, “There’s no longer any need to discuss. It’s time for you to die.”
Li Tiejun coldly snorted and said, “We don’t know who will die! I will refine you into a ghost. A ghost refined from a cultivator’s soul should be stronger. Hahaha.” After he finished speaking, Li Tiejun waved his hand as a burst of black gas came out from the black flag. Then ghastly wails were heard.
The black gas floated towards Zhao Hai. As he looked at it, Zhao Hai noticed that the black gas formed the rough shape of a ghost. There weren’t a lot of ghosts, only a dozen. They haven’t fully formed yet. It seems like they had been refined recently. These ghosts should have come from the people killed in Li Village.
Zhao Hai coldly snorted as he waved his blade. Eight golden gates appeared, defending Zhao Hai completely. The blade not only protected Zhao Hai, it protected the people of Li Village as well.
Seeing that the two had begun fighting, the people of Li Village began to retreat. They didn’t want to get affected by the battle, so they quickly went back. With nothing left to protect, Zhao Hai began to go all out.
Although Li Tiejun was a Ghost Cultivator, the time he cultivated wasn’t long. He only became a Ghost Cultivator three years ago. He was good, but he still fell short compared to Zhao Hai. In less than 30 rounds, Li Tiejun was killed by Zhao Hai.
After cutting Li Tiejun down, Zhao Hai immediately sent his corpse to the Space to be turned into Undead. This wasn’t because he wanted Li Tiejun to fight for him, instead it was to collect information. He wanted to see if Li Tiejun did indeed get his cultivation method from the dagger of the Li ancestor. If not, then he needs to trace the source of the cultivation method.
Fortunately, Li Tiejun was speaking the truth. He indeed got his ghost cultivation method from the remnant soul of the Ghost Cultivator killed by the Li Clan ancestor. Knowing this, Zhao Hai felt relieved.
Seeing that Zhao Hai had killed Li Tiejun, the villagers returned. Li Defu bowed towards Zhao Hai and said, “Mister, thank you very much for purging the evil from the village. Everyone in the village is deeply grateful to you.”
Zhao Hai waved his hand and said, “Uncle Fu is too polite. Alright, It’s already too late. I have to leave. I’ll take Li Tiejun’s body as well for research.”
Li Defu sighed and said, “We’ll follow Mister’s words. Li Tiejun attacked his relatives and even turned his mother into a ghost. According to the rules of the clan, he will be expelled from the records. He’s no longer a member of the Li Clan.”
Hearing Li Defu, Zhao Hai no longer said anything. He sighed and then cupped his fist towards Li Defu before he vanished.
This was the first time Zhao Hai used his spatial abilities while in the True Spirit Realm. But since nobody from the Li Village cultivated, they didn’t suspect anything. They only felt that it was an ordinary method of cultivators. Although it was mysterious, they would feel that it was natural.
Zhao Hai has returned to his room in the inn. As he sat on his bed, he couldn’t help but sigh. He wasn’t sighing for the Li Family, but for Li Tiejun instead.
Zhao Hai could see why Li Tiejun was so crazy about cultivation. In the True Spirit Realm, cultivators reign supreme. If you don’t cultivate, then you would have little chance of having a great future. It was because of this that Li Tiejun became what he currently was. In Zhao Hai’s final analysis, this disaster was caused by the realm’s status quo.
But in the end, Zhao Hai could only sigh. This was something that he couldn’t change. He was only one of the countless cultivators in the True Spirit Realm. Not to mention his current status, even the Yin Yang Elders and the Tyrant Blade Sect couldn’t change the fate of the mortals. To put it bluntly, cultivators have already placed themselves among the heavens and the earth. They might look like they were controlling the heavens and the earth, Cultivators were in fact defying it. In one way or another, both sides would get rid of each other. That was the life of a Cultivator.
Thinking of this, Zhao Hai was no longer interested. He moved and returned to the Space to chat with Laura and the others. After staying inside for a night, Zhao Hai rode his Demon Horse to return to the Tyrant Blade Sect.
Zhao Hai spent the entire way in silence. But when he entered the central territory of the Tyrant Blade Sect, he suddenly felt that something had changed. When he left, the Sect was quite serene. But now, there was a tense atmosphere. From time to time, he could see Cultivators hurrying along. All of them had serious looks on their faces.
Although he didn’t know what happened, Zhao Hai knew that the expression of the cultivators had something to do with the Ghost Cultivators who attacked the Wu Clan.
Thinking of this, Zhao Hai couldn’t help but also get anxious. He sped up to return as soon as possible. He spent half a month traveling towards Li Village, but it only took him ten days to return.
After returning to the Tyrant Blade Sect, Zhao Hai first handed his mission over before riding towards Yin Yang Peak to visit the two Elders.
Qiu Tie was still practicing on the training grounds of the courtyard. By this point, Zhao Hai only held admiration towards the kid. He seems to have turned into a martial arts addict.
Seeing Zhao Hai return, Qiu Tie immediately went to welcome him. With an excited look on his face, he looked up at Zhao Hai and said, “Young Master, you’re back.”
Zhao Hai patted Qiu Tie’s head as he smiled and said, “Little Tie, how’s your practice going?” Zhao Hai really liked Qiu Tie’s sensible manners. Moreover, he was very obedient. Nobody would dislike a child like him.
Hearing Zhao Hai, Qiu Tie immediately replied, “Young Master, I’ve been practicing diligently. Young Master, take a look.” After he said that, Qiu Tie began to get into a stance.
Seeing this, Zhao Hai immediately stopped him, “Little Tie, wait a moment. I have to see the Elders first. I’ll look at your progress once we return home.” Hearing Zhao Hai, Qiu Tie gave an embarrassed nod.
At this time, Qiu Zhen opened the door to the living room and walked out. Then he bowed towards Zhao Hai and said, “Young Master, the two Old Masters are asking you to enter.” Zhao Hai nodded. Then he cupped his fist towards Qiu Zhen and said, “Thanks, Uncle Zhen.”
The Yin Yang Elders were waiting for him inside the living room. Seeing the two elders, Zhao Hai quickly cupped his fist. The Yin Elder waved his hand and said, “How did your mission go?”
Zhao Hai replied, “It’s been completed. There is indeed a Ghost Cultivator in Li Village. However, it’s not an external cultivator. Li Village used to have an ancestor who was a disciple of the Tyrant Blade Sect. Knowing that they could no longer continue to cultivate, they returned to their hometown to establish the Li Clan. Afterwards, the village was invaded by a Ghost Cultivator. This caused the ancestor to die along with the Ghost Cultivator.”
“The death of this ancestor severed the inheritance of the clan. However, the blade that he used housed a remnant soul of the Ghost Cultivator. A villager of the clan named Li Tiejun couldn’t accept that he couldn’t cultivate despite having one compatible spirit root. He was desperate to cultivate. In the end, he was able to come upon the remnant spirit of the Ghost Cultivator and learned cultivation methods.”
“When his mother became ill, he killed her and used her soul to refine his natal ghost. He used his ghost to haunt the village and feed off of their blood. Li Tiejun has already been killed by me and turned into Undead. I also confirmed that he didn’t get his cultivation method from an outside source.”
The Yin Elder nodded when he heard this, “So it’s like that. Good, well done. Because of the attack on the Wu Clan, the sect has been sensitive when it comes to Ghost Cultivators. Confirming that Li Tiejun was telling the truth is good. You can go back and rest. You’ve been out for a long time. You have worked hard.”
Zhao Hai smiled and said, “I’m not that tired. Master, if there’s nothing else, I’ll head back first. I haven’t been back for more than a month. I want to see how the field is going.”
Hearing Zhao Hai, the Yin Elder couldn’t help but smile, “Alright, you can go. I’ve seen that kid Little Tie’s progress. He will certainly be a strong cultivator in the future. His punches have improved a lot.”
Zhao Hai nodded. He gave the two Elders a salute before retreating. Then he took Qiu Tie back with him to resident complex 52. He didn’t come back for a month, causing a huge stockpile of harvests in the warehouse. The produce that couldn’t be stored were taken by Cai’er to the Space while the rest were in the residence’s warehouse. However, if Zhao Hai didn’t come back, the warehouse would no longer be able to accommodate all produce.
After receiving all of the harvests, Zhao Hai went to the Miscellaneous Hall to sell. By this point, the people of the sect knew that Zhao Hai owned a huge tract of land. Therefore, they were no longer surprised to see Zhao Hai sell a ton of goods and gain a lot of income. Of Zhao Hai’s products, the bread fruits and the bamboo rice were the most popular. Cultivators liked to bring bread fruits with them not only because they taste good, but also because they were easy to store.
Zhao Hai was now given a nickname by the disciples of the Sect, the Unfettered Farmer. Although the nickname didn’t have anything to do with the blade, a lot of people were aware of this nickname. This was because as long as Zhao Hai was able to defend his field, he would be able to live unfettered every day. The number of people who were envious of him couldn’t be counted.