Chapter 77 - Helping Meng Tai
"Water Throne Master?" Meng Tai narrowed his eyes immediately. "Hahahahaha, you want to trick me into telling you the truth, you sure are resorting to every trick at hand!" Meng Tai said coldly.
Nevertheless, Gu Hai seriously said, "I know you have scruples. However, I am telling you the truth, whether you choose to believe it or not is up to you!"
Meng Tai immediately focused his eyes as he looked squarely at Gu Hai.
"Okay, speak up, I believe you!" Meng Tai suddenly changed the topic.
At first, Gu Hai was slightly taken aback. However, in the next moment, he instantly realized why. It was not that Meng Tai was convinced, he was just at the end of the rope. Even if he didn't believe Gu Hai, he also had no choice. The reality was that he must believe in Gu Hai, even if he clearly knew he was being deceived. Because only if he chose to believe in Gu Hai could he have the chance to survive. Once he didn't believe Gu Hai, everything was lost.
Gu Hai nodded. "I am the new Water Throne Master, I have just been appointed. I also have no idea about Ascendant Hall, nor do I know anything about you, or that Throne Master Ding, for that matter. It was only because of a mere coincidence that I secretly followed them! Neither am I friends with them, nor am I their enemy. You can think of me as someone without any cultivation, I am unable to do something beyond it. I will everything in my power to help you. Tell me what can I do for you, I will try my level best!"
Amid the raging flames, Meng Tai's eyelids madly twitched as he stared at Gu Hai in astonishment.
"What do you want?" asked Meng Tai, staring at Gu Hai.
"I just have one request!" stated Gu Hai in a calm manner.
"Oh?" Meng Tai narrowed his eyes.
"I just saw a few your memories and came to know that you and Li Wei were senior and junior brothers. I need the method to remove the bronze masks!" said Gu Hai solemnly.
"Bronze mask? Are you wearing a bronze mask?" Meng Tai's brows immediately twitched as he leaned forward.
Gu Hai furrowed his brows slightly. This Meng Tai was really astute. After having remained silent for a while, Gu Hai eventually nodded in confirmation.
Meng Tai stared at Gu Hai for a good long while. "If you are speaking the truth, you are really courageous! The most dangerous place is the safest place, huh?"
"Throne Master Meng, please advise?" Gu Hai once again emphasized.
"Are you sure you don't need the dragon vein's information?" asked Meng Tai, staring at Gu Hai once again.
"I don't know what a dragon vein is, but one thing I know for sure, this dragon vein is dangerous. I don't want to take any risk. At present, I only want to know how to remove the bronze mask!" Gu Hai nodded in surety.
Meng Tai kept on staring at Gu Hai. Gu Hai threw a water ball once again.
Ci! Ci! Ci! Ci! Ci! Meng Tai immediately felt much more comfortable.
"Alright! This bronze mask is really marvelous, it's a method I have learned to use for torture. There is an array inside the mask. However, it's been a couple decades since I learned it, there are some passes in the array, but Li Wei would have definitely altered them!" informed Meng Tai calmly.
"Array, altered?" repeated Gu Hai in a heavy voice.
"Naturally, the primary array cannot be altered, only the secondary array inside is altered. The secondary array is like a lock. And different locks need a different method," explained Meng Tai calmly.
"A lock code?" Gu Hai's face suddenly darkened.
"You can think of it that way!" Meng Tai agreed in a calm manner.
"Is there any way to remove it?" asked Gu Hai again.
"There are three ways!"
"First, you can look for a peerless expert to help you remove it, his cultivation needs to be above Nascent Soul Stage!" stated Meng Tai in a calm tone.
"A cultivator whose cultivation exceeds Nascent Soul Stage?" Gu Hai's face immediately became ugly. Obviously, it was impossible to look for such expert right now.
"Second, just wait for five decades, after which the energy of the array will be expended and it can be removed then!" explained Meng Tai.
Five decades? Gu Hai shook his head.
"Lastly, you can seek the code from Li Wei. If you let me out, I can help you find it!" said Meng Tai calmly.
"Throne Master Meng, you don't need to test me. I have already told you, I am not friends with them. If I can help you, I will do my utmost. However, I don't have any cultivation at this moment. Tell me, how can I help you?" stated Gu Hai calmly.
"You don't need to do much. You have the Water Throne Master token, don't you? Just a moment ago, that was dreamworld water, just arrange ten vats of it for me. Among the five elements token, water restrains fire, your dreamland water happens to restrain Ding Rui's, that slut's, dreamworld fire!" said Meng Tai calmly.
"That's easy!" Gu Hai nodded.
Immediately, Gu Hai waved his hand before dreamworld water appeared everywhere.
As Meng Tai fiercely sucked in, billowing dreamworld water immediately rushed into his mouth as if his stomach was a bottomless pit which could never be filled.
Only after a good long while did Meng Tai stop sucking it in.
"Is that enough?" asked Gu Hai.
"Thank you, Water Throne Master. It's enough. Water can restrain fire, with dreamworld water inside my body, at the very least I will not be completely suppressed by this flame prison! At least I will not turn into an idiot!" Meng Tai said solemnly.
"That's better. Is there anything you need?" asked Gu Hai.
"Spirit stones, do you have spirit stones?"
"I do!" nodded Gu Hai.
"Before you leave, can you carefully bury them under the rattan inside the cave, I can retrieve it later! As many as possible, please!" stated Meng Tai in a serious manner.
"Alright!" nodded Gu Hai.
"Thank you!" Meng Tai looked at Gu Hai, his eyes flickering with gratitude.
"About that bronze mask...?" said Gu Hai, frowning.
"Once I am out, I will help you fight Li Wei!" said Meng Tai calmly.
"How should we do it?" asked Gu Hai.
"Does Li Wei have someone he cares about? In these years, he must have married again!? Perhaps he has children?" said Meng Tai calmly.
Gu Hai shook his head as he said, "He shouldn't have. However, Yue Yao I just saw in your second level dreamland is still alive!"
"What? That's impossible!" Meng Tai's eyes went wide as he said.
Gu Hai said, shaking his head, "It's true, I still have not that far gone that I can't even remember a girl's appearance. Her name is Yue Yao and I have also seen her. However, that Yue Yao seems very dumb and is always staring blankly as if she is some sort of puppet. She lets Li Wei manipulate her as he wishes!"
"I have already beheaded Yue Yao and also buried her. How could she be alive? Unless… unless...!" Meng Tai's countenance turned ugly as he trailed off.
"Yue Yao's heaven and earth souls have already been lost. All that remains is one human soul, an ethereal soul and seven corporeal souls!? Zombie technique, Li Wei must have refined Yue Yao's corpse into a zombie!? Having lost two ethereal souls, she is as good as a walking corpse! He won't even let Yue Yao rest in peace!?" Meng Tai said, frowning.
"I am not sure!" Gu Hai shook his head truthfully.
"Have… have… have you seen Feng Ling? Do you know Feng Ling?" Meng Tai gazed at Gu Hai in anticipation.
"I just saw her in your second level dreamland! In the short time, I have arrived at the Golden Tone, I have never heard of Feng Ling!" Gu Hai shook his head.
"In the past, Li Wei used Feng Ling to threaten me, that's the only reason he was able to trap me here. He knows Feng Ling is my lifeline. He would use Feng Ling to threaten me, therefore, Feng Ling must be imprisoned at some place inside the Golden Tong, she must be somewhere!" Meng Tai said in a heavy voice.
Gu Hai shook his head as he said, "I don't know!"
Meng Tai's eyes flickered with varying emotions.
"I have to save Feng Ling. Don't worry, I will definitely help you remove the bronze mask. In the Colosseum, you have to help me do one thing, then, we can put things right once and for all!" Meng Tai looked at Gu Hai.
Meng Tai explained some things to Gu Hai for a bit.
"Right, can you finally tell me about the principle of bronze masks?" asked Gu Hai.
Gu Hai did not dare to tarry too long in Meng Tai's first level dreamland. In a flash, he once again entered the second level dreamland...
Inside the second level dreamland, the scene once again changed.
A floating island appeared in the blink of an eye. The ground below it was full of mountains and forest, as well as, countless pavilions and building.
Meng Tai and Feng Ling stood respectfully behind a woman.
"Hall Lord, we are here, the dragon vein is below!" Meng Tai said excitedly.
"Finally found it. Well done, Meng Tai. As soon as I return with Drawing Dragon Jade, we can take out the dragon vein!" The woman was also extremely happy at this moment.
"Yes, Hall Lord!"
The trio quickly flew away, leaving the floating island.
Seeing this scene, Ding Rui's face immediately changed. "Fourth Dragon Sect? Fourth Dragon Sect's floating island?"
"It can't be wrong, Throne Master Ding, that sure is Fourth Dragon Sect's floating island. It's one of the five major sects of my Nine-Five Island. Isn't one of Your Grace's distant relatives in control of it?" The Song Jia Sect Chief's countenance changed immediately.
"Finally found it, hahaha!" Ding Rui's eyes glowed with excitement.
The scene changed once again.
Meng Tai received a letter from Li Wei, along with Feng Ling's clothes. In the next scene, Li Wei used the missing Feng Ling to threaten Meng Tai, and then, trapped him with the help of the Song Jia Sect Chief and Ding Rui.
Finally, Meng Tai let himself get captured because of Feng Ling. In the next scene, he was brought to this cave, where he was imprisoned.
In the next scene, he was inhumanely tortured.
Suddenly, the second level dreamland started shaking.
With a loud crash, the second level dreamland collapsed.
The group instantly appeared in the first level dreamland.
Inside the first level dreamland, Meng Tai was lying in the sea of flames, his entire body charred, seemingly almost dead.
"You don't want to tell!? Humph!" Ding Rui coldly snorted before waving her hand.
The first level dreamland collapsed with a loud bang before everyone's consciousness returned to their bodies once again, back in the cave they were in before.
At this moment, Meng Tai's entire body was already slouching. His face was pale, as if he was not breathing.
"Meng Tai, did you kick the bucket? Humph, you can't die, I still haven't tortured you enough!" Li Wei walked over to Meng Tai and slapped him fiercely.
Meng Tai's body quivered, but nevertheless, he continued slouching.
"He is still breathing, he is not dead yet! However, he has already turned into a cripple!" the Song Jia Sect Chief said, smiling coldly.
"Whether he is crippled or turned into a vegetable, it doesn't matter. We already know the location, hahaha! Let's go!" Ding Rui laughed.
"Humph!" Li Wei coldly snorted at Meng Tai.
The group slowly made their way out of the cave.
The last to leave was still Gu Hai. Noticing a grove of rattan, Gu Hai very vigilantly waved his hand.
Crash! Crash! Crash!
The vast majority of the spirit stones inside the token’s storage space was immediately thrown into the rattan groove.
Once the group walked out of the cave, the Beheading Dragon Rock sealed the cave entrance once again.
"Keep guard!" shouted Li Wei to the guards all around.
"Yes, Boss!" answered the group of guards.
Ding Rui was walking very eagerly, filled with excitement. Having finally found it, she didn't want to stay in the Golden Tong any longer.
The group quickly made their way towards a distant palace.
While they were walking, Gu Hai's figure slowly disappeared from the group.
And at this moment, while the group of guards were watching outside the cave, Meng Tai, who was on his last breath, suddenly opened his eyes. His face rose with new spirit.
Looking towards the place where Gu Hai had left the spirit stones, Meng Tai pursed his lips and sucked in hard.
A spirit stone flashed over and was subsequently drawn into his mouth in the blink of an eye.