“You’ve only just arrived, familiarize yourself with the environment first, and come find me tomorrow,” Wu Xinghe said before turning around and leaving.
Yang Kai watched as he left.
After he left, Yang Kai walked towards the three rooms on the left. Wu Xinghe said that these three rooms were empty and he could choose any one he wanted. Yang Kai didn’t pay too much attention to them and simply chose the one on the far side. Pushing open the door, he entered. The facilities inside were extremely simple, with only a table, a chair, and a bed.
There was also a token on the table. Yang Kai picked it up and found that it was the Token for controlling the room’s restrictions.
After spending some time refining this token, Yang Kai was able to easily open the many restrictions in the room. The restrictions in the room weren’t very profound, and only some of them were used to prevent interference while resting. Presumably, the situation in the other rooms was similar, but it was more than enough.
Just as Wu Xinghe had said, refining artifacts also required a great deal of energy, and once one was exhausted, they would need this place to restore themselves.
After doing all this, Yang Kai walked around the mountain valley and found the main hall where he could collect his cultivation resources.
The Black Ink Clan who was in charge of the cultivation resources was a Feudal Lord, he didn’t ask much about Yang Kai’s needs and simply gave him a set of seventh grade cultivation resources.
Yang Kai couldn’t help feeling a bit emotional. It had to be known that in the various Human Race passes, it was extremely luxurious to be able to use Seventh Grade resources to cultivate. The Ink Battlefield’s resources were extremely scarce, and many times, even the Eighth Order Garrison Chiefs didn’t have Seventh Grade resources to cultivate.
Of course, this situation had been greatly improved after the Void Yin-Yang Mirror came into play.
Yang Kai didn’t know much about the other mountain passes, only about Blue Sky Pass. Right now, the Human Race’s soldiers could basically use the highest grade of resources, provided they had enough battle merits to exchange for them.
The internal structure of the mountain valley was extremely simple, so much so that it was obvious at a glance. Apart from the Black Ink Clan Battleship in the middle of the mountain valley, Yang Kai didn’t find anything worth paying attention to.
After receiving the supplies, Yang Kai returned to his residence and began cultivating.
Calculating the time, Yang Kai waited until the next day before following Wu Xinghe’s instructions and heading towards the Battleship.
From a distance, he could see many people on the Battleship, all of them busy with their own tasks.
On a Battleship, there were at least a hundred figures bustling about, all of them Artifact Refiners.
Yang Kai had seen Artifact Refiners repair their Battleships in Blue Sky Pass before, so he was not surprised by this.
However, this was still the Human Race Pass, it was not easy for the Black Ink Clan to find so many Artifact Refiners.
Moreover, this was definitely not all the Artifact Refiners. There should be many Artifact Refiners taking turns to rest.
When Yang Kai arrived, although some Artifact Refiners looked at him curiously for a while, none of them paid much attention to him. He also found Wu Xinghe, who was busy on the Battleship.
Wu Xinghe was obviously refining an offensive artifact with a focused look on his face, his hands flashing with fire. This fire was extremely hot, and no one knew what kind of fire it was.
All the artifacts on the Battleship had to be specially forged, and they were obviously different from the artifacts that cultivators normally used.
After all, the Battleship itself was huge, so the artifacts placed on it naturally wouldn’t be small. This way, the artifact would be placed on the Battleship as the eye of an Offensive Array, allowing it to become more powerful when activated, allowing it to kill enemies on the battlefield.
Yang Kai flashed to Wu Xinghe’s side and greeted him.
Wu Xinghe’s hands were busy, and his forehead was covered in sweat. He gently nodded and said, “It’s good that you’ve come, help refine these materials. If there’s anything you don’t understand, please ask your Junior Brother Sun Jiu.”
Yang Kai turned around and saw a large pile of materials next to Wu Xinghe, each of which was of a high grade. Obviously, they were the materials needed to refine this artifact.
However, refining materials wasn’t too difficult for Yang Kai, so this kind of task could be considered as helping Wu Xinghe.
Yang Kai understood immediately. He knew that his Great Master level Artifact Refining skill wasn’t enough to play a decisive role in refining a Battleship, so it was appropriate for him to act as an assistant. Such a matter wasn’t simple, nor was it too important, but it suited his Artifact Refining skill.
He wasn’t the only one who had assisted Wu Xinghe. Before he arrived, a young man had been doing this, so it should be the Sun Jiu Wu Xinghe was talking about. Yang Kai naturally noticed this.
From the fluctuations of his strength, it was obvious that he was a Sixth Order Open Heaven master. It was unknown which Cave Heaven Paradise he came from.
Yang Kai cupped his fists towards him, “Junior Brother Sun!”
Sun Jiu smiled slightly, “Are you Senior Brother Yang?” Obviously, he had heard of Yang Kai from Wu Xinghe.
Yang Kai nodded.
As he busied himself, Sun Jiu asked, “Has Senior Brother Yang participated in the refinement of Battleships before?”
Yang Kai shook his head, “No, in fact, I don’t have much interest in Artifact Refining, and I rarely refine Artifacts with the Human Race.”
“So that’s how it is,” Sun Jiu understood, “Then Senior Brother Yang should first refine this Seventh Grade Gold Element. With your current cultivation, it’s suitable for you to use it later.”
Yang Kai didn’t have any objections and immediately sat down cross-legged, took out the Seventh Grade Gold Element material, took out his hammer, and began using his strength to hammer it.
Sun Jiu raised his brow slightly in surprise, “Thousand Tempering and Hundred Refining! Senior Brother Yang came from Divine Cauldron Heaven?”
Yang Kai shook his head, “I am a disciple of Yin Yang Heaven, and this Artifact Refining Technique was only learned from a Senior Brother from Divine Cauldron Heaven.”
Sun Jiu said, “Senior Brother’s methods have been thoroughly taught. I thought Senior Brother was a Divine Cauldron Heaven Disciple.”
“Junior Brother is too kind. Compared to Junior Brother’s skill, I am still far inferior,” Yang Kai said humbly.
Sun Jiu shook his head and laughed, “It’s just that practice makes perfect. After all, ever since I came to the Black Ink Clan, I have been focusing on refining artifacts for hundreds of years.”
Yang Kai’s heart skipped a beat. Judging from the meaning behind these words, it seemed that after becoming Black Ink Disciple, he had begun focusing on refining artifacts. This should be the Black Ink Clan’s idea.
From the looks of it, at least several hundred years ago, the Black Ink Clan had been preparing to build a Battleship. Of course, this time might have been even longer, otherwise the Black Ink Clan’s Black Ink Disciple would not have been able to achieve such great achievements.
Although Sun Jiu’s cultivation was a grade lower than Yang Kai’s, he was still a Great Master level Artifact Refiner, and his Artifact Refining skills were much higher than Yang Kai’s. Yang Kai could see this just from the way he refined materials.
According to Yang Kai’s observations, Wu Xinghe was a Grandmaster level Artifact Refiner.
This Artifact Refiner already had the ability to refine a High Rank artifact, and the artifact he was refining obviously had traces of a High Rank artifact, but it was unknown if he could successfully refine it.
After all, this kind of artifact, which was specially made for Battleships, could not be compared to ordinary High Rank artifacts, so the requirements for the Artifact Refiner's skills were higher.
Even Grandmaster level Artifact Refiners had a chance of failing.
Over the next few days, Yang Kai continued to act as Wu Xinghe’s assistant. The days passed by uneventfully, and the two of them chatted quite a bit.
According to him, there were more than three hundred Artifact Refiners gathered in this mountain valley and three Grandmaster level.
In addition to Wu Xinghe, there were two others, one was Wang Sibo, the other was Guan Ning, and thirty Great Master grade Artifact Refiners. Although the other Artifact Refiners’ attainments in Artifact Refining weren’t high, they were more than capable of handling some unimportant matters.
It was this massive team that had built the Black Ink Clan’s Battleship.
As for Wang Sibo and Guan Ning, just like Wu Xinghe, they were both on the list that Tang Qiu had given to Yang Kai and were the focus of his investigation.
Over the past few days, Yang Kai had gradually understood the capabilities of this Black Ink Clan Battleship.
Compared to the one he had seen back in Blue Sky Pass, it was indeed quite improved and its performance had greatly improved. It seemed that the Artifact Refiners here were also growing.
This was not good news for the Human Race.
Fortunately, although the performance of this Battleship had improved, it was still unable to meet the requirements to support the battlefield. In other words, this Battleship was still unqualified and couldn’t be compared to the Human Race’s Palace Artifact. If it were to be used on the battlefield, even if it could play some role, it would be of little use.
But in less than twenty years, the Black Ink Clan’s Battleship had grown so much. If this were allowed to continue, in time, the entire battlefield would be filled with the figures of the Black Ink Clan’s Battleships. At that time, the entire Human Race would be destroyed.
Now that Yang Kai had successfully infiltrated this secret place, how to solve this problem was what he needed to face.
In fact, it was not difficult to resolve this issue. The easiest way was to kill Wu Xinghe and the other three Grandmaster level Artifact Refiners.
Without these three Grandmaster level Artifact Refiners, the development of the Black Ink Clan Battleship would have to be put on hold. Although the remaining Human Race Artifact Refiners still had a chance to grow, the chances of that happening were not high. After so many years, the Black Ink Clan had only managed to find about three hundred Artifact Refiners among the many Black Ink Disciples, most of whom had no talent. If they were allowed to grow, they wouldn’t have much achievements.
Killing Wu Xinghe and the other two could be said to be the simplest and most effective way to deal with them. At that time, the Black Ink Clan Battleship’s plan would be unmanned and would no longer pose a threat to the Human Race.
However, if this happened, Yang Kai would immediately be exposed. With the two Territory Lords personally guarding this place, once he was exposed, Yang Kai wasn’t confident he could escape.
In addition, Artifact Refining Grandmaster like Wu Xinghe were precious talents to the Human Race. They had been corrupted by the power of the Black Ink Clan, which was why they were willing to become the Black Ink Clan’s minions. If he could bring them back, it would be better than killing them.
For the time being, Yang Kai couldn’t think of a perfect solution, nor did he know how to safely escape after being exposed. All he could do was wait patiently and observe.
Fortunately, the Black Ink Clan Battleship wasn’t very useful right now, so he still had time to slowly plan.
TO BE CONTINUED...