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Chapter 351 – Ancient Black Permafrost

Laura and the other were also in the Space and had heard Cai'er's words. Upgrading the Space was very important for Zhao Hai, the farm rose by a level, while the Ranch by five.

What made Zhao Hai surprised was that not only did the Ranch increase the capacity of animals that can be reared, it also turned all of them into magic beasts.

The fact that the Ranch can now support a total of twenty thousand animals, ten thousand aquatic and ten thousand terrestrial, was a great outcome. These magic beasts not only can bring Zhao Hai some income, it could also bolster his fighting strength by a lot.

Another important thing that Cai'er told Zhao Hai was the fact that because of the massive amount of river water he absorbed this time which contained plankton as well as some single celled organisms, they managed to create their own ecosystem inside the Space which was very helpful in its further evolution. If Zhao Hai kept doing this, the Space could slowly develop into its own world, a world that completely belongs to Zhao Hai.

Hearing Cai'er's words, Zhao Hai understood the main direction of the Space, which was forming a complete world. This sounded very good.

Currently, many things inside the space were data. Although this was very convenient for Zhao Hai, it also can only function like a machine, everything was lifeless. If the Space becomes a complete world, then it would be filled with abundant vitality.

Zhao Hai became excited with the prospects of what Cai'er just said, he now has found a direction for the Space to evolve to. However, what he needed right now was fully utilize the abilities of the Space.

Zhao Hai didn't need the magic beasts to fight for him, he has undead to do that. The biggest use of the space currently was to provide him with income. Therefore he was currently prioritizing raising cattle and argali as well as some fire fishes, but he only raised 5,000 of them while the other 5,000 is for raising some ordinary Scaleless Fish.

This fish was very common all throughout the continent, so long as there was freshwater, this fish will be there. This was also the fish that was mostly consumed by humans in the continent. Before, Zhao Hai always wanted to purchase this fish for frying, but it didn't get go through.

With the amount of water he took in from the river, it was impossible for the Arrow Turtles to be the only animals that Zhao Hai managed to catch. There were also many kinds of fish present, each one had their own unique picture inside the Ranch shop. Zhao Hai can buy these anytime whenever he wanted to try some fried fish.

Zhao Hai didn't care too much about the living conditions of these animals inside the Space. As long as Cai'er and Mu'er was here, Zhao Hai didn't need to worry.

Not only did the Space level up when he place river water in it, it also gave Zhao Hai the idea towards the Space's further progression. Now if he placed seawater inside the Space, wouldn't it level up? If this was the case, then it would be fantastic.

Probably because Zhao Hai had seized the surrounding Arrow Turtles, there were no attacks that came to the ship the rest of the day. But they also didn't see any other ships, possibly because they fled when the group of Arrow Turtles arrived. Arrow Turtles could heavily damage any ship, so the other vessels may have sought a safe place and didn't dare travel on the river in the meantime.

Zhao Hai didn't go out in the evening, he was inside the Space studying. There weren't a lot of new function that was provided to the Ranch. Apart from raising and upgrading the animals, there weren't much.

But the fact that the Farm leveled up made Zhao Hai excited. One should know that it had been quite a long time since the Farm leveled up to the point where Zhao Hai became worried.

WIth continual upgrades to the Farm, he could open the processing field function. It was only through this that Zhao Hai could solve the poison inside his body. Now that he has two beautiful fiancees, he doesn't want to die early. But if the poison from the Water of Nothingness couldn't be removed, he could only live the lifespan of an ordinary person, perhaps even shorter. It was known that ordinary people in the continent would live until about 80 to 100 years old, while those with magic and battle qi in them could live until 120. Moreover, Zhao Hai's body was weaker than an average person. At this rate, he could only live until he is about 60 or 70.

Nobody doesn't think about living a long life, so Zhao Hai was naturally the same. He has not lived enough yet, so he would find ways so he could live a bit longer. Removing the poison was first in the list.

But it was currently winter season, so looking for special plants would be an arduous task. Therefore, Zhao Hai can only wait until the beginning of spring to do anything.

However, absorbing the river's water gave Zhao Hai a wake-up call. Many common things in the continent could upgrade the Space as well. This definitely was a good thing for Zhao Hai.

The next morning, Zhao Hai appeared early on the top deck. To be honest, the river's scenery was very beautiful. Back on Earth, Zhao Hai had also been crossing rivers. But back then, the water was already filled with pollution, so even if he rode a boat he wouldn't dare go in the water since it looked extremely dirty.

But now, Law river still hasn't been polluted so the surface was very clear. The morning sun would reflect onto the water and make the surface red, it was very attractive to look at.

Zhao Hai looked at the surface of the river and sighed, "It’s so beautiful. I can't seem to get tired of this scene."

Then Stack's voice suddenly came from his side, "Don't worry, if you stare at it everyday, you'll eventually get tired of it. How are you feeling? Are you well?"

Zhao Hai smiled and said, "I'm fine. Don't say any more. I was really exhausted yesterday." Stack smiled and didn't say anything more. He turned to look at the river and the two of them enjoyed the scene.

At this time, a crewman came over. At first he looked at Zhao Hai with an idolizing gaze but then recovered and turned to Stack, "Captain, I think there's something strange going on. Ever since yesterday, we couldn't spot even a single ship. Even if they were afraid of the Arrow Turtles, they couldn't have stalled sailing for such a long time."

Stack stared blankly, then his complexion changed as he said, "You didn't see any ships even yesterday evening?"

Because Law river was a major waterway, ships travelling at night was a common occurance here. Stack had already saw quite a lot of them throughout his time sailing.

But if they didn't see any ships travelling at night yesterday, then that would be very strange. The sailor nodded and replied, "Yesterday night, not even one ship passed by. Ever since our ship was attacked by the Arrow Turtles, we didn't see any other ships around."

Stack's expression was gloomy as he turned to Zhao Hai, "Wales, it looks like some people really wants to deal with us, you should get ready. I suspect that this is Grand Duke Lionheart's doing. After today, we'll be able to arrive at Sky Water city. The fact that he came to deal with us meant that we are about to enter Sky Water City's territory. And when we arrive there, we shall be within Calci Family's jurisdiction, the Grand Duke cannot act on us then so he only has this morning to deal with us."

Zhao Hai was also gloomy as he replied, "There is really a possibility that it is Grand Duke Lionheart, he will not just let us off easily. If we arrive at Sky Water City, he may not have any opportunity to deal with us. If we survive, then he would suffer from criticisms in the capital, it seems like we must really prepare ourselves."

At this time, Might also walked out, with anger on his face he said, "Lionheart, good. I really thought that he will behave these days. But rest assured, as soon as we arrive at Sky Water City, Lionheart wouldn't be able to threaten your safety again. The Grand Duke has this time as his last opportunity to deal with us, after we survive this, our safety is guaranteed."

Zhao Hai forced a smile and said, "We still have to survive today. Talking about it is useless, let's just see how far Grand Duke Lionheart would go just to deal with us."

After he said this, they saw a small boat appear at the distance. The boat looked like a ship's lifeboat, it was something not normally used to travel in the river.

On the small boat, five figures could be seen. The five wore magic robes that were sky-blue in color. On their hands were magic staffs. Their boat didn't have and sails nor paddles, but the boat was travelling very fast.

Might looked at the boat and said, "Water element mages. It's a good plan, in this river, dealing with us using Water element mages is the most appropriate thing to do. Brother, prepare yourself."

After his voice fell, the mages on the boat moved. They held up their magic staffs and pronounced some incantations. Then the group saw ten water dragons appear, travelling along the surface of the river and heading towards the ship.

Zhao Hai didn't hesitate and waved his staff, a giant wind blade appeared and went to chop towards the water dragons.

However, the dragons were made of water. Although the dragons lost their form, they managed to recover after only a short while. After reforming, the dragons resumed to hit the ship.

Zhao Hai's complexion changed, he didn't think that these things would be difficult to deal with. He waved his staff again as several huge fireballs appeared to block the water dragons.

Water and Fire were incompatible with each other, the dragons didn't stop upon the arrival of the fireballs and instead intended to pierce through. To the mages' dismay, Zhao Hai's fireballs were very tenacious, halting the dragons' advance. The two spells got entangled with each other and both refused to budge, it was a surprise that the fireballs even managed to continually fight back.

At this time, several ice arrows were shot towards Zhao Hai. Each ice arrow emitted a blue light, but the blue that it showed wasn't something resembling the color of common water. Instead, it looked surprisingly like a poison's blue color.

Seeing the arrows appearing suddenly, Might's face turned ugly as he exclaimed, "Ancient Black Permafrost!!"

A mage riding on the boat coldly laughed and said, "The boy has good eyesight. Dying under the hands of this old man and my companions wouldn't be shameful."

When the arrows arrived right in front of Zhao Hai, and when it seems like he couldn't evade. Might became shocked when he saw Zhao Hai's figure suddenly vanish from the deck of the ship.

Chapter 352 – Big Harvests

When Might saw this, he was stunned at first but then became relieved. He thought that Zhao Hai just used the Space Mage's spell 'Teleportation'. This spell can instantaneously shift oneself to another place, naturally it would be a place that the eye can see; if it isn't, then one may get trapped inside the turbulence of space and time.

Might didn't know that Zhao Hai just used the Space monitor's function. The monitor can allow Zhao Hai to teleport freely within its scope of view. Currently the monitor's range is two kilometers, which was also the area where Zhao Hai can move freely; if he wanted to go somewhere in that range, nobody can stop him.

While the five Water element mages on the boat were stunned, Zhao Hai suddenly arrived at the center of their boat along with a storm of wind blades. Before the Water element mages got to recover from their confusion, they were already cut to pieces.

After Zhao Hai killed the Water Mages, he immediately took them inside the Space. Just after they were placed inside, the Space transmitted a prompt to Zhao Hai, "Deadly toxic water has entered the Space. Testing water quality, water is cold and toxic, highly aggressive and extremely dense. Space absorbs new type of water, opened up new cold water spring."

Zhao Hai stared, then he asked Cai'er what just happened. Cai'er told Zhao Hai that the Water element Mages had this cold and toxic water inside them. The water was extremely poisonous and lethal. This water can increase the abilities of the Space so it absorbed the water and created a new cold spring. The quality of the water in the spring was the same as the cold toxic water from earlier.

Zhai Hai was surprised, and immediately turned the Mages into undead and asked them for more information. The mages didn't hide anything from Zhao Hai, they told him that this water was one of the treasures all Water element Mages yearn for, Profound Glacial Liquid. The one that they obtained had very lethal poison in it, moreover, it was also very cold; even colder than solid ice. But what was strange about this liquid was that even though it was colder than ice, it maintained its liquid state and did not freeze.

However, as long as this liquid comes in contact with another object, it will freeze it immediately. One could say that if a Water element Mage could get their hands on this thing, their strength could get easily increased by at least five levels.

These five Water element mages had 7th rank strength, so adding on the fact that they had Profound Glacial Liquid, they managed to rack up infamy all throughout the continent. This was the reason Might shouted 'Ancient Black Permafrost' before. [1]

Coincidentally, they also took refuge under Grand Duke Lionheart these past years. This time, they were asked by Lionheart to go deal with Zhao Hai. They knew that Zhao Hai wasn't weak so to ensure the accomplishment of the task, they decided to bring their Profound Glacial Liquid. But they didn't expect that not only did they fail, they also gave Zhao Hai's Space a new profound glacial spring.

Zhao Hai was quite happy, he appeared back on the ship as Might looked at him silly. Seeing Might's appearance, Zhao Hai couldn’t' help but smile and say, "We're good, the Ancient Black Permafrosts wouldn't bother us anymore. Let's go on, Grand Duke has sent a battleship up ahead."

Might and Stack didn't ask anything, they slowly sailed on the river and before long they saw a giant warship. The warship wasn't bigger than Stack's ship, but it still displaced about 5,000 tons of water. This was because even though the ship wasn't outfitted for cargo transport, it still carried a large number of magic cannons and guns as well as some military necessities. The ship also carried 5,000 soldiers onboard. A flag waved on top of the ship bearing the image of a fierce swordfish.

When Might saw the battleship, his face couldn't help but turn ugly. "A Swordfish! Isn't that Rosen Empire's famous Swordfish? How could it appear here? Did Grand Duke Lionheart lose his mind?"

At this time, Zhao Hai saw that the Swordfish was turning to align its cannons towards their ship and was getting ready to shoot. Zhao Hai certainly wouldn't allow that to happen, if the cannons manage to fire, their ship will certainly get obliterated.

Zhao Hai waved his hand as a large number of undead appeared on the Swordfish. The soldiers onboard didn't have time to understand the situation before the undead started their slaughter.

After the soldiers were dealt with, Zhao Hai immediately absorbed the ship to the Space. But under Might's eyes, it looked like Zhao Hai swallowed the Swordfish using a spatial rift.

When Zhao Hai finished taking the Swordfish, Might immediately took two steps forwards to support him. Zhao Hai shook his head and said, "I'm alright. I just need to take a break. I'll head back and rest. I'll leave the rest to you." Then Zhao Hai walked towards his cabin.

Zhao Hai wasn't actually tired, he just wanted to head back to the Space and look at his huge harvests. This time he has really profited greatly. He didn't think that Grand Duke Lionheart would actually be so generous and send him a warship.

It was quite obvious that this warship wasn't meant for freshwater travel. It can be clearly seen that this was meant for the sea. Now that Law river was about to connect with the sea, the warship was only able to reach here, it was impossible for it to travel along Law river seeing the volume of water it displaced.

The soldiers on board were also turned into undead by Zhao Hai. Not only did he gain a battleship, he also didn't have to worry about people to man it. Also a more important thing was that Zhao Hai learned Water element Magic as well as gaining a Profound Glacial spring.

Upon entering the Space, Zhao Hai went to the Profound Glacial spring first. The profound glacial spring was just right next to the life liquid spring and the hot spring. The life liquid spring's water looked very clear, but even if it looked very ordinary, people could actually feel their vitality filling up just by looking at it. The hot spring has mists that filled its vicinity, and it's temperature certainly wasn't low.

The profound glacial spring showed a completely different appearance. It showed a very deep blue color, and acted like stagnant water. Looking at it gave people a deathly feeling.

Zhao Hai poked a wooden stick towards the glacial spring. The stick immediately turned into ice as soon as it entered the spring, covering its entire surface with a layer of frost.

Zhao Hai immediately withdrew the stick and gently touched it, but the stick immediately turned into shards. Zhao Hai couldn't help but murmur, "I didn't expect this profound glacial liquid to be so powerful. Amazing."

Laura and the others also nodded, they didn't think that the profound glacial spring would be this fierce. It surprisingly destroyed the wooden stick easily, no wonder the ancient black permafrosts became rampant in the continent just by having profound glacial liquid.

The group arrived at the Ranch where the Swordfish was. The Ranch has a river, and now that it has been expanded, the Swordfish happened to fit inside.

Zhao Hai and the others got up the Swordfish and examined it well. The Swordfish had more than 5,000 people inside, 120 magic cannons, as well as 360 ballistas. The ship also had living commodities, enough for 5,000 people to last for three months. This ensures that the warship could fight for a considerable amount of time.

The decks on the ship reached ten levels. It had a total of ten main and secondary masts, enough for it to reach 25 knots. This type of ship can definitely be called a fast ship. This type of speedy vessel was considered to be Rosen Empire's main naval force. Although it wasn't the largest of warships, it was the type of naval warship the empire mostly used.

Zhao Hai was impressed, this ship was very good. Another important point about this ship was the quality of lumber used to build it. With this type of lumber as well as its thick hull, it could withstand sailing for a very long time, a very good quality for a military product.

After staying inside the Space the entire morning, Zhao Hai came out at lunch and saw Stack and Might. Zhao Hai went towards them and asked, "What happened? What are you looking at, is there more trouble?"

The two saw Zhao Hai coming out and smiled. Stack had a very sincere smile while Might had a hint of awe in it.

Stack smiled and said, "It's all right, we're now inside Sky Water City's waters. Nobody would dare do anything on this region, even Grand Duke Lionheart. See that? That is Calci Family's Spectre Battleship."

Zhao Hai followed Stack's gaze, not far away from their ship was a black battleship. The ship's entire body was black, and had a size just enough to allow for freshwater travel. When it just stayed there, it really looked like a spectre.

The Stack continued, "Don't think that Calci Family's Spectre battleships are inferior to the Swordfish ships just because of its size. That ship is very equipped for magic attacks. If a spectre and a swordfish face each other out in sea, the swordfish would certainly lose.

Zhao Hai asked, "Do the Spectre Battleships not belong to Rosen Empire's Naval command?"

Stack nodded and smiled, "They're not, these Spectre ships are Calci Family's private escort vessels, so they don't belong to the empire. There were a lot of Great families on the empire that have their own fleet. These ships were used to increase the family's strength as well as escort these families' cargo on sea. They were rarely used for attack, they were mainly for protecting cargo ships."

Zhao Hai nodded, it seems like Rosen Empire was much more powerful than he expected. Having these families build their own fleet, one could imagine the entire country's overall strength.

The following travel was smooth, they didn't encounter any more trouble. They would also see Spectre ships from time to time. After sailing for half a day, the amount of Spectre ships they saw amounted to about 20, this wasn't a small number, it was quite astonishing.

When they arrived, their ship slowed down. In fact, they couldn't help but slow down, there were now a lot more ships along the river. It looked just like the lively scene back at Hundred Battles Fortress. There were docks everywhere, and ships would go there often to load and unload their cargo. The entire region looked very busy.

Actually thought that the name of the treasure was 'Ancient Black Permafrost' but it turns out that it was actually their group name. I decided to not change it anymore because it still fits XD
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