After a while, the mermaids gradually tidied up the battlefield.
The mermaids collected the bodies of the Snitches and the Sea Serpents. These bodies could be used to make weapons, especially the bodies of the Sea Serpents. The Serpents’ gallbladder stored the venom. The venom could be applied to the arrows, which could increase the power of the weapon.
“Island Master! The battlefield has been tidied up! Are you alright?” Mo Wen and the others came to Lei Xiu’s side.
At this moment, Lei Xiu was lying on the ground. A creature from the bottom of the sea had reached this place and was preparing to ambush them. Fortunately, Lei Xiu had the strength of a low-level Rank Two and this underwater creature was only a low-level Rank One. Thus, it was helpless.
However, Lei Xiu had never been in a battle before, so he was unable to unleash his full strength. It took him a lot of effort to finish off this underwater creature before he lay on the ground, exhausted..
“I’m fine! It’s a good thing you guys came. Otherwise, more lives would’ve been lost,” Lei Xiu teased.
“The Island Master is blessed by the heavens. Nothing will happen to you,” Mo Wen said with a smile.
“You’re the only one who knows how to talk!” Lei Xiu also laughed.
Thus, the group of mermaids exchanged greetings, and Lei Xiu’s tense nerves were finally relaxed.
“How are the losses on our side?” Lei Xiu asked.
“Island Master, our mermaid race has lost four members,” Mo Wen informed him truthfully.
“Island Master, our Razor Tiger Shark Clan only has ten sharks left, including me.” Sharkwood shakily came over and said.
When the group heard this news, they couldn’t help but fall silent, feeling sorrow for the losses of this battle.
“Their sacrifice was worth it! When we return, we’ll bury them!” Lei Xiu broke the heavy atmosphere.
“Yes, Island Master!”
[Ding! Congratulations to the host for successfully protecting the Ocean Tree. You have received 40 experience points and 8000 gold coins]
[Ding! Congratulations to the host for successfully upgrading the Ocean Tree from the sprout stage to the mature stage. You have received 50 experience points and 5000 gold coins]
Just as everyone was exchanging greetings, the system’s voice sounded in his mind.
“Oh? Success?” Lei Xiu hurriedly looked toward the tree in the center.
At this moment, the Ocean Tree seemed to have gained some kind of power. It grew at a speed that was different from before. In a few seconds, it grew from tens of metres to a height of a hundred metres. Its body once again emitted the same fragrance as before, and a blue flower bud emitting light appeared on its crown.
As soon as the flower bud appeared, the surrounding seawater began to slowly rotate and flow into it, as if the flower bud was absorbing the energy of the seabed.
“This… this must be the bud that gave birth to the Sea Spirit… This world is truly fascinating… What a way to be born.” Lei Xiu gazed at the bud on the crest of the Ocean Tree, and was greatly impressed.
Just as the flower bud was absorbing the energy from the seabed, a huge catfish suddenly appeared around it. It opened its huge mouth and bit at the flower bud growing on the tree crown.
Lei Xiu did not expect that there would be underwater creatures lying in ambush. From the looks of it, it was obvious that it had been lying in wait for a long time, waiting for an opportunity to eat the flower bud that was growing. For a moment, he panicked and was filled with regret. He hated himself for being distracted by the changes in the Ocean Tree and not noticing his surroundings.
It was too late for Lei Xiu to stop him.
This huge catfish quickly approached the flower bud. Suddenly, a spear streaked across the seawater and stabbed onto the catfish’s head. The catfish cried out in pain as its body swayed non-stop. It wanted to shake off the spear on its head, but the spear seemed to have rooted itself. No matter how much the catfish swayed, it did not move.
The catfish struggled in pain for a while before dying.
“It’s a good thing you’re here, Mo Wen! Otherwise, this Sea Spirit that was just about to be born would have died without being born.” Lei Xiu looked in the direction of the spear flying over and discovered that it was from Mo Wen. He said excitedly.
“Island Master, don’t let down your guard. It’s said that when this Ocean Tree is about to give birth to a Sea Spirit, a flower bud will appear. This Sea Spirit was born from this flower bud. This flower bud is extremely enticing to other creatures. As long as you eat this flower bud, you will be able to increase your strength by one rank.” Mo Wen slowly explained.
“Sisters! Watch carefully. Don’t let any living creature take advantage!” Then, Mo Wen turned around and said to the mermaids behind her.
The group tightened their grip on the spears in their hands and tensed up. Their eyes were fixed on the surroundings of the Ocean Tree to prevent what had just happened from happening again.
The waiting process was boring, but the flower buds on the crown of the Ocean Tree made everyone nervous. No one dared to slack off.
As time passed, the flower bud seemed to have absorbed enough energy and began to bloom.
During this period of time, many underwater creatures also came here and rushed towards the flower bud without any care, but they were all discovered and killed by Mo Wen and mermaids who were not far away.
The flower bud gradually bloomed, and a wave of energy spread out. In the middle of it was a small ball that emitted light. As time passed, the ball gradually grew hands, feet, head, and body. This was the Sea Spirit born from the Ocean Tree absorbing endless underwater energy!
The seawater around the ball tumbled backwards, and the branches on the tree crown drooped down, forming a protective shield around the ball. It was like a mother protecting her child.
Finally the Sea Spirit opened its eyes. Its large eyes were clear and bright. Its body was small and it had pointy ears. It stood up. It was naked. It bit at the blooming petals. A few seconds passed. The petals were eaten by the creature. A mysterious energy flowed through the Sea Spirit.
The Sea Sprite furrowed its brows in pain and cried out in alarm. Its body curled up, forming a cocoon around it.
After a long time, the cocoon gradually split apart, turning into fine sand and dissipating. A pair of wings suddenly grew out of the Sea Spirit’s back. It flapped its wings and flew to Lei Xiu’s side.
“Master!” The Sea Spirit lowered its head and said.
“You said… I’m your master?” Lei Xiu asked suspiciously, feeling a little awkward as he looked at the naked Sea Spirit.
“You created me, so you are my master!” the Sea Spirit replied sincerely.
“How about this, you don’t have a name yet, right? I’ll give you a name. Seeing how lively and cute you are, I’ll call you Sea Bloom!” Lei Xiu said after thinking for a while.
“That’s great! I have a name now!” Sea Bloom jumped left and right happily as she kept saying her name.
“Well, ahem… why don’t you put some clothes on?” said Lei Xiu unnaturally. She was too tempting. Her figure was better than any woman Lei Xiu had ever seen in his previous life.
“Yes, Master!” Sea Bloom waved her hand, and a set of clothes made from a special material covered her.
“Come, Sea Bloom, come to me!” Mo Wen and the rest immediately waved at Sea Bloom when they saw how cute she was.
“Master!” Sea Bloom looked at Lei Xiu in fear, as if asking if she could go over.
Lei Xiu nodded, indicating that Mo Wen and the others were on their side.
Therefore, Sea Bloom went towards Mo Wen and the rest. Mo Wen immediately picked Sea Bloom up, and couldn’t bear to let her go. The few of them got along so well together.
Lei Xiu looked at Sea Bloom and felt its aura. He realized that Sea Bloom had the strength of a low-level Rank One when it was born! Lei Xiu was shocked.
From the system, Lei Xiu knew that the growth of the Sea Spirits was divided into three stages. They were infants, adults, and elderly. After every stage, the strength of the Sea Spirits would increase explosively. It was very rare for Sea Bloom to have low-level Rank One strength at birth.
“It must be because it was the first one to be born,” thought Lei Xiu.
Currently, the Ocean Tree was still in its ripening stage. Every once in a while, it would give birth to a Sea Spirit. In total, it could only give birth to ten Sea Spirits. After that, the mature body could give birth to fifty Sea Spirits, and the final complete body could give birth to an infinite number of Sea Spirits. However, it would take a longer time.
Moreover, these Sea Spirits were born with a natural talent in magic. They were born mages!