Chapter 2109 – Treacherous Plan of the Ghost Cultivators
The underground cavern wasn’t very big. There were only a few hundred people tearing each other apart. With Zhao Hai joining Wang Hu’s side, the situation immediately changed. Before long, the attackers have been repelled. When the Ghost Shadow Gang retreated, they left 100 corpses behind.
After the cultivators of the Ghost Shadow Gang retreated, Wang Hu and the others let out a long breath. Then they couldn’t help but cheer.
After some time, Wang Hu and the others calmed down. Then Wang Hu went in front of Zhao Hai and then kneeled down. Zhao Hai was startled, he quickly stopped Wang Hu and said, “Brother Wang, there’s no need.”
Wang Hu’s eyes were red as he looked at Zhao Hai and said, “Thank you for your help. If Mister wasn’t here, all of us would have died.”
Zhao Hai patted Wang Hu’s shoulder and said, “Alright, there’s no need to be polite with me. Tell me what’s going on with the Ghost Shadow Gang. Right, have everyone gather the corpses of the Ghost Shadow Gang members, I have a use for them.” Wang Hu complied, then he ordered everyone to move the corpses. Meanwhile, he led Zhao Hai to a smaller cavern.
After entering the small cavern, Wang Hu opened his mouth and said, “The Ghost Shadow Gang appeared around a year ago. Nobody knew who established the group, but those who joined improved their strength in a short period of time. The only downside is that these people became more aggressive. They easily kill people. Sometimes fellow Ghost Shadow Gang members fight and kill each other. As rogue cultivators, it was an alluring group to join. The Ghost Shadow Gang invited our group several times, but we didn’t agree. All of a sudden, they attacked us while we were resting. They took us by surprise.”
Zhao Hai frowned, “Does the Tyrant Blade Sect know about the Ghost Shadow Gang.”
Wang Hu shook his head, “They shouldn’t be aware. Rogue cultivators have an unwritten rule. No matter what happens in the labyrinth, we won’t tell the Tyrant Blade Sect. Because of this, the Tyrant Blade Sect should be completely unaware of the gang’s actions.”
Zhao Hai nodded, “Tell me more about the people of the Ghost Shadow Gang. Besides their rapid strength increase and their cruel nature, are there other characteristics?”
Wang Hu thought for a moment and then said, “I haven’t found any other characteristics. However, there are places in the labyrinth that the gang listed as forbidden areas. Nobody is allowed to enter. If they did, they would be hunted down by the gang.”
Zhao Hai knit his brows and asked, “What are these places? Is there anything special about them?”
Wang Hu replied, “They aren’t special places nor are they the dangerous zones of the labyrinth. I heard that the listed places produce special herbs, or have special beasts. Some of these places are infested with zombies.”
Hearing this, Zhao Hai couldn’t help but frown. Why wasn’t he aware that the labyrinth has zombies? The appearance of zombies signifies the presence of a region rich in yin qi. These areas would also be good for ghost cultivation.”
At this time, the others carried the corpses to Zhao Hai. But upon looking at the corpses, Zhao Hai couldn’t help but stare. This was because the corpses didn’t have any traces of a soul. Zhao Hai tried to revive them using the dark mist, but nothing happened. Any strength of soul completely vanished from the corpses.
Looking at the corpses on the ground, Zhao Hai’s brows wrinkled tighter. He carefully recalled how different these people were from normal cultivators.
After careful thinking, Zhao Hai thought about something. Besides their unstable realm, their souls seemed very weak. Moreover, there was a clump of black gas on their foreheads. If Zhao Hai hasn’t misread, the black gas was death qi. In other words, even if these people didn’t die immediately, they wouldn’t be able to live for long.
But Zhao Hai was certain that these people wouldn’t die immediately. The mass of death qi was strange. He couldn’t figure it out. But he believes that sooner or later he will find out.
The others looked at Zhao Hai in confusion. They didn’t know what Zhao Hai was doing. Zhao Hai looked at Wang Hu and said, “Brother Wang, this is a strange situation. I’m afraid the Ghost Shadow Gang is backed by a larger power. If you believe me, then you shouldn’t enter the labyrinth for a period of time. This place has become dangerous.”
Wang Hu nodded, “I believe you. We’ll leave immediately. As long as the Ghost Shadow Gang exists, we won’t return.”
Zhao Hai nodded, “Good choice. Brother Wang, you guys leave first. I’ll head further inside to take a look. I want to know what’s going on with the Ghost Shadow Gang.”
Upon hearing Zhao Hai, Wang Hu became anxious. He quickly said, “Mister, that won’t be a good idea. It’s too dangerous. You don’t know this, but the Ghost Shadow Gang has a lot of members. Moreover, some of them have reached the Earth Monarch Stage.”
Zhao Hai smiled and said, “Don’t worry about me. I’ll be fine. You can go now.” Wang Hu tried to convince Zhao Hai more but he failed. In the end, he nodded and then turned to leave.
But before Wang Hu could leave, Zho Hai took out a communication token and handed it to Wang Hu, “Brother Wang, here. If something happens later, don’t hesitate to inform me.”
Wang Hu excitedly received the transmission token. Then after giving Zhao Hai a huge bow, he took out a jade token and crushed it. After a flash of white light, he disappeared. The others also used their jade tokens to leave.
Seeing that everyone had left, Zhao Hai looked at the dead cultivators and sighed. He waved his hand and sent a wisp of fire to the corpses. Before long, the corpses turned into ash.
Zhao Hai looked around the cavern and then entered a tunnel close by. He disappeared after three turns. To be honest, Zhao Hai didn’t expect to return to the underground labyrinth this soon. But the Ghost Shadow Gang has truly caught his attention.
Wang Hu told him that there were places that were blocked off by the Ghost Shadow Gang. He didn’t know what they were doing there. So, Zhao Hai decided to check those places out first.
Zhao Hai traversed the labyrinth areas that he was familiar with. But before long, he entered the more dangerous areas. He looked at one of the more dangerous caverns and noticed that in addition to the skeleton mark outside, there were also a few new words that said: “Ghost Shadow Gang’s forbidden land. Outsiders are not allowed to enter!”
Zhao Hai looked at the entrance and saw nobody. But this doesn’t mean that Zhao Hai didn’t see anything. Outside the cavern were several formations. It seems like the entrance has been sealed by the Ghost Shadow Gang.
Looking at the cavern ahead, Zhao Hai decided that he would go in to take a look. However, he wouldn’t enter through the entrance. With a thought, Zhao Hai’s body sank into the ground and vanished from sight. He was going to enter from underground.
Using his earth-element divergent ability, Zhao Hai traveled underground. Before long, Zhao Hai appeared in the cavern. Like the entrance, the cavern was filled with formations. Some of the formations were alarm formations, but most of them were attack formations. If rogue cultivators came, these formations would claim their lives.
When Zhao Hai was a kilometer into the cavern, the formations disappeared. But instead, cultivators from the Ghost Shadow Clan with death qi between their eyebrows began appearing. Their entire body was also starting to reek of death.
This deepened Zhao Hai’s frown even further. After traveling for another kilometer, Zhao Hai was finally met with a huge space. Most importantly, the space had a very heavy presence of yin qi. This yin qi was essential to undead. Naturally, this was a place that Ghost Cultivators couldn’t ignore.
But what’s most surprising to Zhao Hai was that the huge space had a gloomy feeling. It was a feeling similar to meeting a ghost cultivator.
Zhao Hai didn’t go out and reveal himself. Instead, he dove underground and stopped. He heard two people talking. One of them said, “Senior Brother, this is really a good place. Not only is it suitable for cultivation, there are also plenty of rogue cultivators to provide us with souls. In a few days, they would become our corpse slaves. Senior Brother, how did the Hall Master find this place? This is under the Tyrant Blade Sect’s domain. Isn’t the Hall Master afraid that the Tyrant Blade Sect would find out?”
The other cultivator shook his head, “Don’t worry, those rogue cultivators have their own rules. They won’t tell the Tyrant Blade Sect about what’s happening here. We’re good here. We will make a base. And when we take action, we can kill our way out and directly control Maze Town. Hahaha. We’ll blossom right in the middle of the Tyrant Blade Sect’s territory. Even if we get defeated, a lot of people from Maze Town will still provide us with a lot of souls. Isn’t that great?”
Ghost cultivators. Zhao Hai was certain that the two people talking were Ghost Cultivators. And from what he heard, they seem to be planning on building a base in the labyrinth. It was actually a good idea. It was darkest underneath the lamp. The Tyrant Blade Sect wouldn’t expect the Ghost Cultivators to build a base under their noses. If they succeed, then the Maze Town branch wouldn’t be able to do anything. When the time comes, Maze Town would fall to the ghost cultivators. This would be a huge attack on the Tyrant Blade Sect. This would be inserting a nail deep inside the Tyrant Blade Sect’s territory.