Chapter 405 – Unexpected Benefit
Charlie nodded, "Good, prepare the things that mister wanted first. You can slowly prepare for the fire fishes later. Also, make some preparations, Mister Zhao Hai might bring back some aquatic magic beasts and marine products, be sure to receive them properly."
Trezebo stared at Charlie, then his eyes lit up as he turned to Zhao Hai. He understood what merfolk products represented in the continent, they represent money, gold coins!
If Zhao Hai can get a large quantity of marine products from the merfolk, not making money off of it would be difficult. For them, this is very good information.
Zhao Hai smiled faintly and said, "I don't know how it will turn out, it depends on the heavens. If they give me something good, then that would be for the better."
Charlie smiles and said, "Mister will certainly succeed, I have confidence in mister." Not to say that Charlie had trust in Zhao Hai, per se, but in his undead. Through the battle previously, Charlie was made known of the formidability of Zhao Hai's undead. Those undead were unbelievably strong.
Zhao Hai smiles and replies, "Your highness over praises me. But I still have to wait before Haven finishes its repairs. The ship only suffered a few damages during the attack, it shouldn't take that long for it to be repaired. I also have a few more ships, they can act as the advance party, I'll just follow them in the Haven."
Charlie said, "Mister's undead can be separated from you that far?"
Zhao Hai smiled faintly and said, "Your highness had forgotten that they are Advanced level undead, naturally they can be separated from me for quite some distance. Your Highness, I just remembered a matter, I had a three-masted ship sent to escort a friend, but I didn't expect that it would be attacked so it is quite damaged. After a period of time I'll have to ask your highness for help regarding its repairs, what does your highness think?"
Charlie waved his hand and said, "This is a small matter, you don't have to worry about it. Just let your ship come. Alright, mister should take a rest first. I'll have them repair your ship as soon as possible so that it can be returned to you."
Zhao Hai nodded, then after giving Charlie a bow he returned to his room. One could say that his cooperation with Charlie went successfully, Zhao Hai was glad.
After returning to their building in Purple Bamboo Courtyard, Zhao Hai didn't immediately take a rest. He first explored the courtyard's bamboo grove along with Laura and others.
Zhao Hai didn't just go around the grove to sightsee, naturally he also wanted to get a couple of bamboo shoots. If those shoots were planted on the ground, they would grow and eventually turn into their own bamboo forest.
The Purple Bamboo had very strict requirements as to its habitat, but it wouldn't need that inside the Space. Zhao Hai was very confident in raising some Purple Bamboo there.
Every since he was little, Zhao Hai always wanted to have a house with a big patch of bamboo around it. He sees that scenario to be quite beautiful.
The Chinese people loved bamboo. There were many ancient poems that were written about bamboo. Zhao Hai was a writer and even though writers can do almost anything, Zhao Hai had a particular preference for Ancient Chinese. Therefore, he also liked poems about the tall grass. He always imagined himself living in a house covered by bamboo. Unfortunately, he lived in the north, a place not suitable for growing the plant. In the end, he never was able to grow his own.
In addition to his preference for bamboo, the Purple Bamboo was also able to save Zhao Hai's worries about the future. First, the Purple Bamboo is a unique plant that can give the Space some experience. When Zhao Hai establishes his nation in the Black Wasteland in the future, he would inevitably need some soldiers for protection. With the Purple Bamboo's characteristics, the need for massive amounts of weapon materials should get fulfilled.
After collecting shome shoots about three feet long, Zhao Hai threw them into the Space. Sure enough, a prompt was transmitted. It stated that the Purple Bamboo had been evaluated with a Level of 35, however, it was unable to upgrade the Space.
This was what Zhao Hai expected, it was normal for the Space to not level up. After all, the Purple Bamboo's level was only so-so, how would it be able to upgrade the Space?
Zhao Hai made Cai'er plant those bamboo shoots at the back of the villa and instructed her to take care of them carefully. Then the group continued exploring the grove to see whether this place had any other things of note.
For a bamboo grove that had not been cut for a long time, there should be some good things present here. No matter plant or animal, Zhao Hai would have a need for it. Currently, he had a lot of ecosystems present inside the Space, both marine and terrestrial. Zhao Hai wanted to find out if something on this grove would help those ecosystems.
Zhao Hai's initial purpose of upgrading the Space was to cure his toxin. But even though he had already solved that problem and was now able to practice Battle Qi, there were still benefits in the Space just waiting for him to take. After upgrading the Space further, he may be able to help Meg and the others upgrade their ranks. This also applied to Grandpa Green's group, they might even reach 9th rank. For Zhao Hai, this temptation is too great.
If Green and the others can become 9th rank experts, then that would be extremely fantastic. When the Buda Clan acquires a few 9th ranks in their pockets, nobody would say a word when they decide to resurface in the future.
Upon exploring, in addition to finding some mushrooms, Zhao Hai and the others also found a bamboo rat.
Zhao Hai had heard that this Bamboo Rat was quite the delicacy back on Earth. In Ark Continent, he wasn't sure if the rodent had changed its flavor.
Zhao Hai was dumbfounded when the Space received the mushrooms, their evaluation were unexpectedly higher than the Purple Bamboo, it said that the mushroom was a special treasure, had a nice taste and were full of nutrition. Its level was also above level 40, this surprised Zhao Hai.
His surprise was even more so for the Bamboo Rat, when it entered the space, it was unexpectedly evaluated to be level 50. It was a mouse variation that is affected by some plant genes. Not only was it delicious, it could also help in growing some plants and eliminate pests in the soil. Also, its attack power wasn't weak, a fully grown adult would reach 7th or 8th rank in strength. Apparently, the one Zhao Hai just seized was a young rat.
A pleasant surprise, a pleasant surprise indeed. Zhao Hai didn't think that he would come across such valuable things. To be able to get some highly valued stuff just by taking a casual stroll in a bamboo grove was an extremely lucky situation.
Laura and the others were even more surprised than Zhao Hai. This was because there was no custom in the Ark Continent of eating mushrooms. Thus, when they saw Zhao Hai absorb the fungi into the Space, they were puzzled. And when they saw that it had a high evaluation, they were dumbfounded.
Hearing Laura talk about not eating mushrooms, Zhao Hai couldn't help but pat his head. When Green went to forage some food in the forest before, he probably didn't look for some mushrooms. No wonder he felt that there were a lack of fungi inside the Space, it turned out to be this.
But it was not too late, they could correct that thought afterwards. After strolling for a few more minutes in the bamboo grove, Zhao Hai didn't find any notable things to absorb aside from some insects, naturally he absorbed those too.
Although insects were common, they were also crucial to ecosystems. Thus, Zhao Hai wasn't polite and absorbed a bunch of those directly. But since the insects were very common, it didn't make the Space level up, the Space didn't even give any evaluations for them, it just ignored them. However, the Ranch was already a small world, so those insects were still placed there.
Afte walking around the grove, Zhao Hai's group returned to their small building. Laura was interested in today's harvest, although it wasn't very big, they had gotten quite some interesting things.
Zhao Hai smiled at the group and immediately brought them to the Space. At this time, the Space had allocated a space of ten mu where the Goldmetal Fruit was planted. The Goldmetal tree had already grown quite a bit, but it still didn't bear any fruit.
Ten mu of ground for such a little tree seemed very strange. But Laura and the others looked at the Goldmetal Fruit with a look full of hope. They knew that as soon as this tree bears fruit, they would be able to increase their rank.
After taking a rest inside the Space, they came out of the villa. Zhao Hai didn't call Green, it was still daytime, his grandpa was still busy.
Zhao Hai also didn't practice fighting techniques, he already learned the basic sword stances. Moreover, he also had a few spars with Blockhead and Rockhead, giving him adequate experience in battle. With his present strength, he wouldn't be able to be defeated by a 6th rank.
Since he didn't have anything else to do in the Space, there was only one thing left. He held an iron ball in his hand and felt its characteristics.
Zhao Hai understood that he really had the same ability as Magneto, metal manipulation. However, his present ability was much less than the Marvel villain. Magneto can control airplanes and even make a metal bridge fly into the sky while Zhao Hai can only control a small piece of iron ball.
But Zhao Hai was still satisfied, with such a piece of metal, he can change its form and control it within the Space monitor's range. He can make this metal both attack and defend, this is already enough.
Chapter 406 – Charlie's Delight
Through this matter, Zhao Hai understood the massive benefits of being the Space's host. The current range of the Space's monitor is 10 thousand meters, 10 thousand! Even if this iron ball isn't large, when it becomes a small sword its lethality would increase. This way, wouldn't it be just like a flying sword?
Thinking about this made Zhao Hai excited. However, even if he wanted to play with this iron ball, he could only do so inside the Space, he wouldn't be able to do so outside.
Chinese baoding balls aren't known in the Ark Continent, if people saw Zhao Hai playing with iron balls, then they would definitely find him very strange.
When Zhao Hai went out of the space in the afternoon, he didn't see Charlie. But he knew that Jade Water City is Charlie's domain, so he should have a lot of work to do upon arriving here. Thus, Zhao Hai didn't think much of it and just stayed inside Purple Bamboo courtyard, drinking tea and chatting with Laura and the others.
When evening came, Charlie invited Zhao Hai for dinner. He apologized to Zhao Hai for neglecting him for the rest of the day. For a prince to apologize to him for such a minor matter was already giving him a lot of face, so Zhao Hai naturally couldn't get offended. He just drank a few cups of wine with Charlie, while talking about the past.
Charlie acting like he just did made Trezebo startled. One must know that Charlie is a Prince, and because of this, he is full of pride. Normally he shows a good natured attitude towards people, but being Charlie's confidant, Trezebo clearly knew Charlie.
The Third Prince's arrogance is very high, he wouldn't even pay attention to the commoners. He's only be polite to someone because he knew that you have been educated, and not because he thinks highly of him.
However, Trezebo could feel that this politeness that Charlie showed to Zhao Hai wasn't fake. The prince actually thought highly of Zhao Hai. This made Trezebo quite surprised.
If one would say that Zhao Hai makes a lot of money, but that is just business in the end. Compared to the tax revenue brought by Jade Water City, it was inferior. Charlie shouldn't think highly of Zhao Hai because of this.
If one would say that Zhao Hai is strong, having 8th rank in strength, but he isn't a 9th rank expert. His current strength isn't enough to merit Charlie's respect. This made Trezebo even more confused about Charlie's attitude.
After having dinner, Zhao Hai's group returned to the Space to rest. But at this time, Trezebo was with Charlie in the living room.
In the afternoon, they didn't have much time for idle talk since they were busy with official matters. Trezebo just talked to Charlie to report the income of the city as well as some things that he handled for Charlie when he was gone.
After serving Charlie a cup of tea, Trezebo looked at Charlie with a puzzled expression, "Your Highness, why do you look so highly on Zhao Hai? Is it because he is very strong?"
Charlie looked at Trezebo and smiled faintly, "Why? You're not convinced?'
Trezebo shook his head and said, "That's not it. I've been with your highness for so many years. How could I be unconvinced about this kind of thing? I just don't know if mister Zhao Hai has enough capability for your highness to be so respectful."
Charlie smiled and said, "His business, his strength, his connections, all of these I fancy. Liru, go tell Trezebo about Zhao Hai." Liru nodded, then told Trezebo about things they experienced with Zhao Hai.
Trezebo didn't think that this would be the case. He knew that Zhao Hai had a connection with the Cali and Shelley Families. He also knew that Zhao Hai had some sort of conflict with the Calci Family. What he didn't expect was the fact that Zhao Hai was the one who actually dealt with Grand Duke Lionheart. He also didn't expect Zhao Hai to be an Advanced multi-element Mage.
It is difficult for Multi-element Mages to reach a high level, this is because mastering each department wasn't very easy. For Zhao Hai to be an advanced level Multi-element magician is very astonishing. Such identity is indeed worth Charlie's admiration.
9th ranks would rarely join battles in the continent, it was generally 8th ranks who do. This made Advanced Multi-element mages priceless. A lot of powers wanted to get in touch with one.
Advanced Multi-element mages can use a lot of spells as well as Composite Magic. The attack power of Composite Magics were very terrifying. The combination between two spells of different departments can bring forth unique reactions, increasing its magical attacking power exponentially.
If Charlie can have a Multi-element Mage like Zhao Hai under his retinue, his strength would surely increase by several folds. Moreover, this was a Mage that could bring wealth, he had a lot of valuable products on hand.
After knowing these things about Zhao Hai, Trezebo understood why Charlie gave him full respects, he gave a nod and said, "Your highness is doing the right thing. Someone like Zhao Hai is truly worthy of respect. But why is the Calci Family in conflict with him? Do they want him to go to another person? Are they crazy?"
Charlie smiled faintly and said, "Trezebo, you forget. The one who currently wields the power within the Calci Family are still those elders. And the person who was mostly favored by the elders is the fifth child Juwan. Seeing Zhao Hai making a lot of money, it wouldn't be strange for Juwan to feel envious. Moreover, Zhao Hai offended Souther King, driving him out of Aksu Empire. At the same time, he also offended the Radiant Church, so he went to Sky Water City. Looking at these facts, Juwan thought that he would be able to pressure Zhao Hai. There's no other person responsible other than Juwan."
Trezebo nodded, "Your highness is right, it would be impossible for Smith and the other brothers to do such a thing, only Juwan. I always thought that the patriarch of the Calci Family is an astute person, to actually favor Juwan is a wrong decision. Allowing his fifth son to actually drive a person like Zhao Hai away, he will surely regret it."
Charlie smiled, "That wouldn't be so easy, Zhao Hai is a smart and wise person. He wouldn't just cut ties with the Calci Family about such a matter. Although the one who holds the power in the family are those elders, Smith and his brothers have also grown up, they also held some sort of influence of their own. For the brothers, they couldn't just let go of Zhao Hai. If I guessed correctly, Smith should have given Zhao Hai some sort of assurance that he would be able to reverse this action of the Calci Family."
Trezebo nodded, "That is quite possible. It seems like Zhao Hai is really not that simple. Is your highness confident in getting him?"
Trezebo naturally had full confidence in his lord, but he asked Charlie if he was able to control Zhao Hai.
Charlie shook his head and smiled, "For a person like Zhao Hai, I wouldn't dare exert my control. Just maintaining our present relationship is enough. When we have some problems in the future, he surely wouldn't just look the other way. Remember what he said earlier? That he had a ship that was quite damaged after escorting a friend?"
Trezebo nodded and said, "Of course, I remember that he wants us to repair it. What's the issue with that?"
Charlie smiled, "You really didn't recognize the issue? This is because of Zhao Hai and Purcell Family's relationship. Zhao Hai had received some help from Purcell Family's Grand Duke, thus Zhao Hai had been protecting Evan's daughter all this time, I think she's called Ruyen? I heard that this Ruyen had brought some trouble for Zhao Hai, but Zhao Hai still didn't leave her to fend for herself. I received some information that Ruyen recently embarked on a sea route to return home. So along the way, they should've passed the ungoverned region, I believe Zhao Hai sent his other ship to escort her. For Zhao Hai to do this, it showed what kind of person he is. This kind of person isn't someone that you would want to control, otherwise they would get offended, understood?"
Trezebo immediately nodded, "Your highness can feel relieved, I understand what must be done. I have already prepare a shop location for mister Zhao Hai. It is not very far from the east gate, the shop is quite big. Although its position isn't that great, it has a huge warehouse, as well as two additional storages underground. It's a good store. The things that mister Zhao Hai wanted has also been transported to the warehouse, he only needs pick them up."
Charlie looked at Trezebo with a praising look, "Good work, Trezebo. You being here in Jade Water City these few years really made me feel relieved. If not for the family's rules that Jade Water City couldn't be owned permanently, I really would like to give this place to you. But rest assured, if I sit on a throne, I will certainly give you a good territory."
Trezebo quickly responded, "I won't dare, your highness. I've been following you since you are young, this Trezebo has also served you for quite long time. Your highness need not give me any territories, I can just serve by your side for my entire life."
Charlie smiles, "Of course I know that, but with all that you've done for me, I cannot just let you go on unrewarded. It will make the others who follow me doubt whether I would reward them or not, so just accept my gift. As for your territory, I already have some idea. Grand Duke Lionheart's Duchy still didn't have an official owner, so father decided to just divide them to his successors. I plan to give my share to you."
Trezebo's heart couldn't help but feel excited. He knew how good Lionheart's territory was. A lot of people were lining up to get a piece of that land. So now that Charlie was giving him a piece, this was a very good reward.
Looking at Trezebo's appearance, Charlie couldn't help but smile, "This is the only thing that I can give you right now. If I get the imperial throne, I will give you Lionheart's entire territory, when that time comes, you will be a Grand Duke."