Chapter 2035 – Clone Stage
The Yang Elder looked at Zhao Hai and then smiled faintly, “You’ve just met Laura and the others after so long, but now you’ll go out for three years. However, nobody can violate the sect’s rules. This is also an opportunity for you to gain fame. You can use these three years to spread your name to the world. So you must participate in it.”
Zhao Hai nodded, the Yin Elder looked at Zhao Hai and said, “Besides these reasons, the trial has another important reason. It is to make you more familiar with the strength of the other sects and allow you to see their fighting styles. So if you meet them in the future, you’ll know how to deal with them.”
Zhao Hai gave a nod. He already thought about this point. The Tyrant Blade Sect wouldn’t just send its disciples to a trial for no reason. If it was just a simple trial, the disciple wouldn’t be able to learn anything. Now he understood why the trial had such strict restrictions.
Cultivators, whether they be from the True Spirit Realm or other realms, were like saplings when they first began their cultivation. Without trials and tribulations, it would be impossible for a cultivator to grow into a strong tree. Even if they were talented, they won’t grow strong without hardship.
And no matter which sect, they would always subject their disciples to all kinds of smelting trials. These trials would hold some sort of danger.
Cultivators practice in order to go against heaven’s will. Naturally, they weren’t afraid of danger. And if they died during their trial, then that means that they lost to heaven’s will.
The Yang Elder looked at Zhao Hai and said, “Alright, after you break through, we will give you more details. From what I can see, you should succeed in breaking through. But remember, always be careful.” Zhao Hai gave the two elders a salute before leaving.
Upon returning to the quiet room of his courtyard, Zhao Hai got ready to attack the Clone Stage. Breaking through to the Clone Stage wasn’t very difficult for Zhao Hai. His soul was much stronger compared to other cultivators. Moreover, he was a Dark Mage who was proficient with the soul.
Zhao Hai sat cross-legged in his quiet room as he felt his spiritual force. Zhao Hai had a similar experience in the past. At that time, he crossed the Transcending Tribulation Stage to arrive at the Severed Soul Stage . The Severed Soul Stage was the same as the Clone Stage, but the Clone Stage was much more difficult.
Zhao Hai slowly felt his soul. Pulling out one’s own soul wasn’t easy. During the process, the cultivator would feel incomparable pain. A lot of cultivators couldn’t bear the pain and stopped. But doing so wouldn’t alleviate their pain, instead it would worsen their injuries. Without any means to cure their souls, they would wither until they die.
However, Zhao Hai was a Dark Mage. Dark Mages have their own methods to control the soul. If a Dark Mage could fragment their soul to control Undead, it was easy for them to split their soul to transfer to a clone.
Zhao Hai discovered that the methods of Dark Mages regarding the soul were much stronger compared to most cultivators. However, Dark Mages seem to fall behind on their control over the Undead. They only directed Undead to fight but had no means to further refine the Undead. Because of this, the Undead in the hands of the Dark Mages weren’t very strong. This gave them a disadvantage whenever they ascended to a higher realm. So after reaching a higher realm, a Dark Mage would abandon their path and change to another.
Actually, this thought was incorrect. The path of Dark Mages still has points to improve on. But people didn’t explore further into it.
Zhao Hai’s method of attacking the Clone Stage might be perilous for other cultivators, but it was very easy for Zhao Hai. The reason he was so meticulous in his process was because he didn’t want people to know how easy it was for him to break through.
Zhao Hai summoned his dao avatar and slowly sent his soul to it. When Zhao Hai’s split soul entered the dao avatar, Zhao Hai felt as though he had been awakened. He turned his head and looked around to see his own body sitting cross legged in front of him. Zhao Hai was certain that this was the vision of the dao avatar.
Zhao Hai tried to control the soul of the dao avatar to split it up with the original body.
Bang! A small sound exploded inside Zhao Hai’s mind. He felt a drastic pain which disappeared soon after. Zhao Hai felt his own body. But at the same time, he could feel the body of his dao avatar. Feeling the same thing but having two angles of vision was quite strange.
Although he felt strange, Zhao Hai knew that he had succeeded. He had officially entered the Clone Stage. Zhao Hai turned his head to look at his clone which also looked at him. Then the original body and the clone smiled at the same time.
This doesn’t mean that the clone has developed independent thought. In fact, the clone was merely a split of Zhao Hai’s soul. Zhao Hai felt that he was looking at a mirror. The Clone’s different thoughts were no more than parallel thinking with the original body.
Zhao Hai went to the training ground and sparred with his clone. After using different blade techniques, Zhao Hai was relieved that there were no strange feelings.
Zhao Hai’s main body stopped along with the clone body. He felt that his clone’s uses shouldn’t be as simple as this.
Zhao Hai’s soul was different to other people. He could endlessly divide his soul. This was a method of Dark Mages that he used in the past.
Naturally, ordinary Dark Mages couldn’t achieve this. After all, Dark Mages were not gods. Although they have methods to split the soul, they cannot do so endlessly. Sooner or later they would exhaust their soul.
However, Zhao Hai has the Hell Space which had a rich amount of pure soul power. It could supplement Zhao Hai’s soul if it was damaged. It was even able to nourish Hu Wei’s soul. Therefore, Zhao Hai could truly create clones multiple times.
It was precisely because of this that Zhao Hai felt that it would be a bit of a loss if he only made one clone. Zhao Hai couldn’t help but frown. He thought of ways to improve his combat strength in the Clone Stage.
All of a sudden, Zhao Hai thought of a Cultivation Method that he already had, the Cloning Technique from the 18 Buddhist Techniques. He used this method before to create clones of his body. Then the clones can be absorbed by the body at any time. What would happen if this method was used by his clone?
With this thought in mind, Zhao Hai had his clone use the Cloning Technique. Before long, a look of shock appeared on his face. This was because when the clone used the Cloning Technique, it produced two dao avatars!
Moreover, these weren’t mere dao avatars. One of the dao avatars was a Buddhist avatar while the other was a Heavenly Demon avatar!
Zhao Hai was shocked. He didn’t expect this to happen. How could he know that the Cloning Technique would make his clone produce two dao avatars? However, Zhao Hai quickly analyzed what happened. In the past, his dao avatar consisted of the thousand-hand Guanyin and a thousand-armed Heavenly Demon. So it was understandable that his clone’s dao avatars would be those two.
Zhao Hai felt that his clone didn’t change much because of the technique. But now, his clone had produced two large avatars. These dao avatars need to be condensed once more. Most importantly, the dao avatars were similar to the dao avatars that his main body controlled, so they were still easy to use.
This discovery caused Zhao Hai’s eyes to shine. He immediately thought of the best way to improve his combat strength in the Clone Stage, and that was the methods of the Cloning Technique!
Clones were different from dao avatars. It was impossible for dao avatars to be far from the main body. Clones, on the other hand, were a separate entity from the main body. Zhao Hai’s clones were made from his dao avatars which were a composition of multiple dao avatars. With the dao avatars turning into clones, this meant that Zhao Hai could have multiple clones of himself once the split dao avatars were condensed.
It must be known that, unlike dao avatars, clones could cultivate on their own. And once the cultivator reached the Soul Fusion Stage, this cultivation would return to the main body. This would essentially double the strength of a cultivator at the very least. But Zhao Hai has more than a thousand clones. Even a blind man could see that one wasn’t comparable to a thousand.
If Zhao Hai’s plans were to succeed, his strength upon reaching the Soul Fusion Stage would skyrocket. When the time comes, he wouldn’t be afraid of anyone below the Teleportation Stage.
The more he thought about it, the more feasible it became. Zhao Hai’s eyes turned bright. He looked at his two dao avatars with a smile on his face. One was a Buddha while the other was a Demon. Then all of a sudden, Zhao Hai’s smile vanished. As he continued to look at his clone, his smile slowly turned bitter.
Zhao Hai thought of an issue. He was a person of the Tyrant Blade Sect, but his dao avatars were actually a Buddha and a Demon. This might not be a good thing.