Chapter 511: Benefits of the Battle Soul Hall
Chapter 511: Benefits of the Battle Soul Hall
Tang Wulin was stupefied with amazement the moment he entered the Plant System Soul Master Cultivation Room.
‘Is this a room? No…’ He discovered that he had walked into a huge stretch of forest after he pushed the door open. It was a huge green forest with lush trees that were exceedingly dense.
There were no roads in the forest. Instead, there were only soaring trees and countless vegetation that grew in an impressive manner. The thick life force felt like it was capable of advancing one’s life energy just from breathing it in. As the sounds of birds and insects chirping echoed in his ears, it made
everything feel so real.
There was a tug in Tang Wulin’s heart. He suddenly recalled where this place felt like… It felt like the spirit ascension platform on the Spirit Pagoda! The spirit ascension platform was a simulation of the Great Star Dou Forest! ‘Could it be… that this was somewhere similar as well?’
However, it was different from the spirit ascension platform as the life force here was even denser and the vegetation was growing even more impressively over here. Even though Shrek Academy’s special cultivation venue was impressive, the density of life force there was merely a third of what it was here. If Tang Wulin had been able to cultivate here all along, he probably would have had achieved double the results with half the effort.
He did not dare to procrastinate any longer so Tang Wulin immediately sat cross-legged on the ground to allow himself to enter a meditative state. He would never let go of such a fine opportunity.
By closing his eyes and focusing his attention, he was able to sense the life force of the organisms in his surroundings. Soon, he tapped into this life force and entered a meditative state.
Time would always seem to move faster when one was meditating. All of a sudden, he felt a touch in this unseen world of his and Tang Wulin
subconsciously opened his eyes. To his surprise, he was no longer in the great forest and had already arrived at the area he initially entered the
spatial world of the Battle Soul Hall from. The dazzling door of light that he earlier came through had already opened itself up to him on the other end.
‘Does this mean that my time is up?’
Tang Wulin immediately understood. At this moment, he could only feel refreshed and high-spirited. The soul power in his body had apparently grown stronger by a fold compared to when he was cultivating back at the academy’s special cultivation venue. To top it off, the source of his blood essence seemed to have become purer while its power seemed to have become more vigorous.
‘Is this the effects of being baptized from the life force earlier? What an impressive place!’ Tang Wulin secretly gasped in admiration in his heart. The Tang Sect proved itself to be a sect that had already existed for twenty millennia. The secrets it held were neither less impressive nor inferior to that of the Spirit Pagoda.
The sight before Tang Wulin’s eyes transformed as soon as he stepped through the door of light. He arrived before the enormous bronze door he initially saw in the beginning after another bout of nausea. Waiting for him there was Guo Xiaoyu, decked in smiles as he saw Tang Wulin walk out.
“How do you feel?” Guo Xiaoxu asked.
Tang Wulin exclaimed, “It’s simply too amazing. It feels extremely good to cultivate here. If I’m able to cultivate in that Plant System Soul Master
Cultivation Room all the time, I can almost be certain that I’ll be able to achieve rank-40 soul power within a year.”
Guo Xiaoxu smiled gently. “Actually, it is quite a waste for you to choose to cultivate your soul power here.”
“Wasted? Why?” Tang Wulin asked in curiosity.
“Follow me, and you’ll find out.” Guo Xiaoxu led Tang Wulin as they walked outside.
This time, they continued walking until they left the Tang Sect but it was
still dark outside. “Isn’t it daytime yet? Perhaps I didn’t cultivate for twelve hours then.” Tang Wulin asked.
Guo Xiaoxu shook his head with a smile on his face. “You’ve cultivated for twelve hours in the Battle Soul Hall’s room. However, only one hour has passed in the outside world.”
Tang Wulin was stunned. He was slightly confused by Guo Xiaoxu’s words. “The Battle Soul Hall’s room encompasses more than just spatial laws, it
also encompasses time. Time moves slower in there so a person will
experience some changes to their life signs. The ratio at which time moves in there is about one to twelve. In other words, only one hour would have passed in the real world after you’ve cultivated in there for twelve hours.
What if you could utilize these twelve hours to practice your combat
abilities? Or to practice forging? Wouldn’t you be able to do more in there? That’s the reason why you shouldn’t purely cultivate soul power the next time you’re in there. Doing only that will indeed, be a waste of time.” Tang Wulin’s eyes were already wide open as he listened to Guo Xiaoyu speak.
‘So…what’s happening here? ‘A change in the speed of time?
‘An hour being able to be used for twelve hours?’ This was simply unbelievable!
Tang Wulin’s heart was filled with shock at this moment. Just as Guo
Xiaoxu had mentioned, he would be able to do more if he utilized the time in there to cultivate other skill-related abilities.
His heart rate increased. “Brachmaster, so if I were to stay there and
cultivate continuously, a year of cultivation there would be equal to twelve years of cultivating outside?”
Guo Xiaoxu chuckled as he shook his head and replied, “It’s not possible for us to look at it that way. Due to the distinct characteristics of that place, one would be changed by the different laws of space and time there should a person were to enter if one were to enter that place for too long. If one’s life signs went through a significant transformation, there won’t be a way to reverse the process any longer and should your life signs were to clash with that of the world outside with, you’ll age twelve times faster upon leaving. From our calculations, one can only enter that space for twelve hours at most before being able to enter again a week later. This way, your life signs will still remain synced with our world and you’ll be unaffected by the different spaces.”
Tang Wulin exhaled a long breath of relief. “So this is how it works. I’d say that if a person were to stay there long enough then it’ll indeed be in defiance of nature.”
Guo Xiaoxu smiled. “There are too many things to learn at your age now. It’s unavoidable that you have too little time for everything. This advantage of the Battle Soul Hall will allow you to have an excess of eleven hours to cultivate in a week. Moreover, the condition for cultivation here is
exceptional and we have the best cultivation area in the entire continent in every way possible. That’s you should definitely allocate some time to
come here once a week.”
“These benefits are simply too amazing.” Tang Wulin gasped in admiration from the depth of his heart.”I truly didn’t expect that the Tang Sect would have such powerful mastery of space and time.”
Guo Xiaoxu spoke, “However these are all external forces. You’ll still need to depend on yourself to become even more powerful. You’re already on the right cultivation path but the advancement in your soul power has no precedence in soul masters of the past on this continent. You have to be
extremely cautious in your cultivation. You know where to look for me if you have unanswered questions.”
“Yes, thank you Branchmaster.” Tang Wulin answered respectfully.
“Go. Return next week. Remember to maintain the secrecy of your newly obtained membership as a battle soul warrior. There is no rush for you to complete your mission now. We’ll further discuss this matter once you’re done with your second academic year and are on your break.”
Tang Wulin’s heart was already burning with a scorching heat when he thought of how he would be able to have an additional eleven hours in the best spot for cultivation.
‘Yes!’ He truly felt like time was never enough for him. This was especially so after he made the decision to learn about operating a mecha.
There were various skills involved in operating a mecha, and he would need a long period of time practice. Tang Wulin was initially in a dilemma as to the number of hours he should distribute to practice with his mecha. Aside from the mecha practical class which was already fixed, should he allocate another portion of his time to practice further? However, he would still need to practice on actual combat, forging, and the cultivation of his soul power. Every lesson required time, and as time passed, the management of it became the toughest issue he currently faced.
However, he now had an excess of eleven hours. His toughest issue just became that much simpler to resolve. He could now settle his mecha practice, forging, and combat practice in the Battle Soul Hall now.
He could still clearly recall the feeling he felt during his trial in the Hall of Heroes in the beginning. It was indeed a rather valiant but stressful feeling! Moreover, he was even able to engage in hand-to-hand combat with the most famous powerhouses in the Tang Sect’s history to feel the difference between himself and the others. It was simply too amazing.
Tang Wulin’s life passed in such a hectic but fulfilling learning and
cultivation process. Everyone from first grade class one was making a great effort.
This was the first time Wu Zhangkong taught in Shrek Academy. However, while this was not the first class Shen Yi had ever taught there, she realized that the students in first grade class one were simply too hardworking
compared to the class she had taught previously. They needed absolutely no supervision, and she could almost feel everyone’s improvement every
Chapter 512: Challenging The Third Grade?
Chapter 512: Challenging The Third Grade?
Tang Wulin and Wu Siduo’s little groups were the ones that improved the fastest within their class.
It was highly likely that the members of these two groups would enter the inner court in the future just based on the speed at which they were improving at now.
Within the blink of an eye, half of the second academic year had already passed.
“Tang Wulin, come to my office after class.” Wu Zhangkong announced before dismissing the class.
“Yes, Teacher Wu.” Tang Wulin had grown taller by a few centimeters within half a year’s time. He was already close to a hundred and eighty meters all, and the childish look on his face gradually diminished as he
progressed in age. With his huge bright eyes and tall straight nose, he had already exceeded the cold-faced god Wu Zhangkong in his outlook. Only, he was not as attractive as Teacher Wu because he still lacked maturity.
However, Tang Wulin was still extremely attractive among his peers.
“I wonder why Teacher Wu wants to see you,” Xie Xie gathered over and spoke. Tang Wulin was done putting away his textbooks. He shrugged and spoke, “I don’t know either. I’ll ask him.”
As he said this, he took the lead and walked out of the classroom. Before long, he arrived at Wu Zhangkong’s office.
“This is for you.” Wu Zhangkong passed a silver card to Tang Wulin. Tang Wulin received the card and asked, “What is this, teacher?”
Wu Zhangkong answered, “Your mecha has already passed the inspection. This is your identification card. Insert it into your mecha’s card slot, and you’ll be able to pass through all the checkpoint and radar scans. The mecha already has no issues with its legalities so you can fly it around most places on the continent.”
“Awesome.” Tang Wulin’s mecha was ready much earlier but it was utterly useless without a legal identity. It was not allowed for regular use outside or he would be in big trouble if the city police found out he was doing so. On the other hand, it was an extremely difficult process to get a mecha identification card. It was only due to Wu Zhangkong who used his
academic position, along with the special contribution that Tang Wulin once made to Heaven Dou City that he managed to successfully apply for the
card from the Heaven Dou City Federation.
“Thank you, Teacher Wu,” Tang Wulin smiled and said.
Wu Zhangkong, “There’s no rush to thank me. I’ve something else to talk to you aside from this. I recall that you proposed a challenge on third grade
class one during the beginning of the academic year, right? I’ve made an
application to the Academy President Cai about this, and he’s approved the challenge so all of you can begin preparations for that. However, our class isn’t going to challenge them all by ourselves. We’ll be involving second grade class one as well. It’ll be the first and second grade against the third grade.”
Tang Wulin’s was shocked in his heart. “So… what’s the competition’s format?” Wu Zhangkong answered, “Three one-against-one matches, one two-
against-two and one seven-against-seven match. Yours and Wu Siduo’s little group will be the core of our class in the participation of this
competition. The second grade will have their respective choices as well. The results of this competition influence your final examination and will be included in the results.”
One-against-one! Two-against-two! Seven-against-seven! Was this not the most traditional form of competition then? Tang Wulin asked, “Is second grade class one aware of this?”
Wu Zhangkong replied, “They are supposed to be notified today. You can discuss the matter of the members participating in the match with Yuanen later.”
Tang Wulin said, “I’m afraid this might be a little difficult. How do we determine if we’re going to send out more from our grade or the second grade?”
Wu Zhangkong responded, “I don’t care. You can all discuss this with
second grade class one by yourselves. You can determine this matter based on your abilities.”
“Understood, leave this to me then.”
Wu Zhangkong’s intentions were already pretty clear. Naturally, it would be better if more students from his class were sent to compete in the challenge against the third grade. On the other hand, the number of players sent from each grade would naturally depend on their abilities.
Tang Wulin returned to the dormitory and arrived at the entrance to Yuanen Yehui’s room immediately. He knocked on her door but there was no response. It seemed like Yuanen Yehui had yet to return.
‘Huh… She’s not back yet. I’ll wait and see if she comes back later then.” Tang Wulin returned to his room reluctantly realized that he felt rather unfamiliar to his own dormitory.
In reality, he rarely returned to his dormitory anymore since he would spend most of his time at the special cultivation venue. On the other hand, his
afternoons were either spent on his forging, operating the mecha or his combat abilities.
He was not the only one. Everybody else was just as busy, and each of them had their own path to take for their cultivation. It was only during their lessons every morning that everyone could gather at the same place.
At present, nobody was in the dormitory so Tang Wulin laid on his bed and enjoyed this relaxing moment that felt a little extravagant. That being said, it felt good!
Wu Zhangkong once told him not to tighten the bowstring too much. An overly tightened bowstring breaks easily.
Surprisingly, he fell asleep without noticing.
It was a dreamless slumber. He slept especially well, and when he woke up from his sleep, he could only feel a warm heat wash through his entire body. It felt indescribably comfortable.
The feeling was truly too splendid. He stretched himself lazily although he knew he was supposed to be practicing on his forging this afternoon.
At the moment, he still had a sufficient stockpile of spirit alloys to supply to his companions so they could produce battle armor. After all, Ye Xinglan’s ability to craft battle armor was limited and to top it off, there was a chance of failure. She could successfully forge a piece of battle armor at a steady rate every ten days.
Currently, Ye Xinglan had more pieces of battle armor amongst her peers.
She already had three sets – right forearm and right-hand armor, right shoulder and upper-arm armor along with a headband. He made these for her earlier in order to improve her battle armor making ability. These few pieces of battle armor were the best supplement for her. Before the completion of these three pieces of battle armor, Ye Xinglan required fifteen days to complete a piece of battle armor.
Now that there was the addition of these three pieces of battle armor, her success rate of crafting a piece was much higher.
Only then would she forge the right forearm and right-hand battle armor for the others.
Tang Wulin was unsure of Yuanen Yehui and Yue Zhengyu’s battle armor crafting level now. However, he assumed that Yuanen’s forging standards should not differ too far from Ye Xinglan’s.
Tang Wulin then turned around to sit up and stretched his body strenuously. The main purpose of this nap was to relax his strained spirit and it worked wonders. He felt like a weight had been lifted off his entire person, making him feel lighter.
It felt great! It seemed like he would need to get a good sleep in every once in a while in the future. Still, nobody else was in the dormitory. Xu Lizhi
and Xie Xie had yet to return.
Tang Wulin then walked out of his room and looked to Yuanen’s room. He discovered in surprise that he had slept through the entire afternoon. At the moment, the sky had darkened and it was already dusk.
There was light in Yuanen Yehui’s room, and it was apparent that she had already returned.
Tang Wulik walked over and knocked on her door. “Who’s that?” Yuanen Yehui’s voice echoed.
“It’s me, Tang Wulin.”
The door swung open, and a Yuanen Yehui who had resumed her feminine attire stuck her head out from within. “Busy man! It truly isn’t an easy task to see you!” The corners of Yuanen Yehui’s lips twitched as if she was forcing a smile.
Tang Wulin forced a laugh. “Everyone is busy. Our academy’s stress level is very faulty.”
“Come in.” Yuanen Yehui stepped away from the door.
Tang Wulin walked into her room, and she asked, “So… you’re here for the match with the third grade, right?”
“Mhmm.” Tang Wulin nodded without the slightest hesitation.
Yuanen Yehui said, “Have all of you decided on the players for the match?”
Tang Wulin answered, “Aren’t I here to discuss the matter with you? How about all of you? Three matches of one-against-one, a match of two-
against-two and the addition of a group match. Which one do you guys prefer to participate in?”
Yuanen Yehui replied, “Wulin, this match is actually meant for our grade
and the third grade. Generally, there hasn’t been any matches that skipped a grade in the history of the academy. It’d be too unfair since everyone’s age is so far apart. Moreover, it’ll be quite meaningless to do so.”
“Yet… you guys still lost to us though!” Tang Wulin blinked his huge clear eyes.
Yuanen Yehui scoffed in rage. “Y’know. I think frequently about beating up that beautiful face of yours.”
Tang Wulin burst out laughing, “Alright, we ought to stop sounding each other out. We’re well aware of our abilities. Tell me what you want. We’ll judge and weigh what we have in hand before we make a decision.”
Yuanen Yehui replied, “Alright. These matches should give priority to those of us from the second grade. We’re taking out two out of three one-against- one matches and a two-against-two match. We’ll be sending out four representatives for the group match. You guys can have three slots.” Tang Wulin raised his brows. “Yuanen, you aren’t showing your sincerity here. In that case, I’ll propose to the academy that we’ll challenge the third grade by ourselves. The purpose is naturally, to win the match. However, with all of you given such priority, do you think you can actually win?”
Yuanen Yehui sneered, “So will we be able to win the match if you’re all given the priority then? I’ll be honest, I understand the situation in the third grade more than any one of you. They’ve two one-word battle armor masters in their ranks. Need I say more?”
Tang Wulin’s pupils constricted abruptly upon hearing her words. ‘There were already two one-word battle armor masters in the third grade? This was bad news!’
There was no doubt about the powers one-word battle armor masters possess. Tang Wulin and his group had witnessed it in the past. If there were two one-word battle armor masters, the competition would truly be arduous.
Tang Wulin replied, “In that case, are you saying we’d win if you’re given the priority?”
Yuanen Yehui responded indifferently, “At least we understand our opponents better. We’ll last longer even if we can’t manage a win.”
Tang Wulin then challenged her. “Our abilities will be the judge of this then. Else, we can have an audition trial. Whoever has the strongest abilities gets to go!”
Chapter 513: I’ll Renounce My Participation!
Chapter 513: I’ll Renounce My Participation!
Yuanen Yehui stopped for a moment. This was truly her soft spot. Quite a few students from the second grade were naturally and extraordinarily gifted but still, there was a gap in their combined abilities when they were compared to the students in first grade class one.
She was initially assured that she would certainly triumph over Tang Wulin. However, after witnessing the battle between Tang Wulin and Wu Siduo,
she was no longer as certain as she was in the past. The speed of Tang Wulin’s development was truly too fast.
Tang Wulin spoke up when he saw her being silent, “Let me explain my way of doing this. If we were to consider the circumstance under which we’d have the highest possibility of winning, you, Ye Xinglan, and Wu
Siduo should represent us in the three one-against-one matches. Gu Yue and I will take the two-against-two match. We have the best chemistry between ourselves as a team along with our martial soul fusion. I think this point is quite hard to disagree with, even for you. In the seven-against-seven match, we should send out five people from my side including myself, Gu Yue, Ye Xinlan, Xie Xie, and Xu Xiaoyan. From your side, you and Yue Zhengyu
should be the ones to participate. T to send out these five persons from our side, including me, Gu Yue, Ye Xinglan, Xie Xie and Xu Xiaoyan. On your side, send you and Yue Zhengyu. Only this will ensure that the highest
combat effectiveness from our side.” “In other words, people from your side should occupy two matches in the one-against-one competition while we fully occupy the two-against-two match. In the final seven-against-seven, we’ll send five people from our
side along with two from your side.”
“Nope.” Yuanen Yehui rejected almost immediately without even the slightest hint of hesitation. “What kind of joke is this? We’re from the
second grade! If that is the case how am I supposed to justify this to my classmates?”
Tang Wulin explained, “Frankly speaking Yuanen, the abilities of your
classmates can only go so far.” His scorching hot gaze was staring down on Yuanen Yehui causing her breathing to abruptly intensify.
Yuanen Yehui’s breathing sounded slightly rapid, and she was silent for a long while before she spoke again, “Alright, I’ll admit that you’re right. With your combined abilities, you and your classmates are truly more powerful. However, dare you say that your way of distribution contains no selfish motives at all? I can acknowledge it if other people possess superior abilities. However, why is Xie Xie in the group match instead of Wu Siduo? Wu Siduo’s as an individual definitely has abilities superior to Xie Xie’s.
He’s only a three-ringed Agility System soul master! Can his abilities exceed Wu Siduo in the group match?
Tang Wulin was stunned for a moment. He did not expect her to direct the situation at Xie Xie. He frowned slightly. “Why can’t he? Xie Xie has twin martial soul as well. Are you intentionally ignoring this point? Moreover, Xie Xie is my partner. We can definitely cooperate better when it comes to teamwork.”
Yuanen Yehui frowned. “Let me consider this for a while.”
The door suddenly swung open at this moment and a person walked in.
“I’ll renounce my participation.” A voice that sounded slightly cold echoed from the door. Tang Wulin and Yuanen Yehui looked to the door
simultaneously. Was that not Xie Xie who was green with rage standing at the door? Xie Xie turned around and left upon uttering those words. “Xie Xie!” Tang Wulin hastily chased after him.
As Yuanen Yehui gazed after their departing silhouettes, she was suddenly dumbfounded.
‘Did he hear me? Did he hear all the words I said earlier? ‘He must be hurt right? Why did I have to say that? I…’
Immediately, she realized that she was feeling quite restless in her heart.
Xie Xie did not return to his room but instead, he walked straight out of the dormitory section. Tang Wulin chased after him from behind and grabbed his shoulder.
Xie Xie stopped walking. His entire body gave off an aura that felt a little cold, “I’m fine, Wulin. I just need to be alone.”
Tang Wulin embraced his shoulder, “Don’t let the perception of others influence you. Everyone can see your hard work. You’re my partner and I believe in your abilities. When others doubt us, we have to strike back even harder. We’re going to do that with our abilities and you, my friend, are the strongest Agility System soul master.”
Xie Xie turned around and looked toward Tang Wulin. His expression slightly relaxed upon seeing the sincerity in Tang Wulin’s eyes, but he
suddenly threw a punch at the tree bark next to him. “I don’t understand why she’s still treating me like this. I’ve been painstakingly cultivating
every day, and yet I still find time to sweep the floor in front of her room, help her fetch the water, and wipe her windows early every morning. I’ve tried my hardest to work for everything she might need. I might not care how any other person sees me, but she’s different. I’m not furious because she said my abilities aren’t good enough. I’m only furious because I’m nothing in her heart. If that’s the case, just forget it.” His chest was heaving ever so slightly, and his gaze was just like that of a hurt wild beast.
Tang Wulin replied, “You’re the only one who can make the decision in this matter, but I’ve something to tell you. Persistence is victory. If you’re so
easily defeated, then you might not necessarily succeed even when you’ve taken a fancy to someone else in the future. Although I’m not that
experienced in relationships, I think I’ll definitely not change my target so easily if I fancied a girl. I’d never wish to look for a girl who likes me.
Instead, I’d much prefer if I would be able to find someone that doesn’t like me, then I’d have a chance of making her like me.”
Xie Xie darted him a look. “Big brother, you’re talking like this because you’re in a good place. On one side, you have Gu Yue and on the other side, you have a good sister. How will you have any problems in your relationships?”
Tang Wulin raised his hand and knocked Xie Xie’s head once. “Your head is full of all these things. If you have so much time, why don’t you cultivate more often? We’re going to be fifteen soon. Time waits for no man. I’ll never ponder on these matters before entering the inner court. We should
seize the opportunity to work hard while we’re still young.”
Xie Xie laughed after hearing him say that. “Learn well and improve every day, am I right?”
Tang Wulin smiled. “In many occasions, simpler words are more meaningful. Why do you ask? Have you come around?”
Xie Xie shrugged. “I’m a person whose courage mounts as the battle progresses. You’re right. I should prove myself with my abilities when the others doubt them. I should and will never surrender so easily.”
“Hmm. That’s the spirit.” Tang Wulin nodded in all seriousness. Xie Xie spoke in surprise, “You think so too?” Tang Wulin laughed. “Yes! There are two simple words that can best describe you — Thick. Skinned.”
“Alright, I’m going to the special cultivation venue to cultivate. Are you joining me?” Tang Wulin asked him.
Xie Xie shook his head. “I’m not joining you. The speed of my soul power cultivation is not that slow. This is an exceptional advantage to those of us with twin martial souls. Oh, by the way, have I told you that I’m am already rank-40 now?”
Tang Wulin’s expression stiffened. “You’re at rank-40 too!?”
Tang Wulin was only aware of Gu Yue being the only one close to rank-40 amongst his partners. Xu Lizhi should not be that far off as well. However, he did not expect Xie Xie to already be at rank-40 as well. At that moment, only he and Xu Xiaoyan were slightly below the margin to achieve rank-40.
This was truly a little troubling for him since he had been utilizing the
special cultivation venue every day and yet, he still had a ways to go from rank-40.
“Heh. I thought we’re going to be fighting the third grade, right? We’ll have a greater assurance of victory with four soul rings.” He already had twin martial souls so that was why he no longer needed to look for additional
spirit souls once he achieved four rings. Gu Yue was similar to him in this sense since she did not need to look for additional spirit souls. That was why they would be able to possess their fourth soul skills once they broke through to rank-40.
Tang Wulin gave him a big thumbs up. “Work hard. I’ll continue to work with a greater amount of effort then.”
In the end, second grade class one did not approve of Tang Wulin’s
suggestion. Yuanen Yehui gathered the opinions from their class and their teacher before she discussed it with Tang Wulin the next day. “Let’s have an audition trial then. This way, everyone will have a fair go at it. We’ll let our abilities speak for themselves.” Yuanen Yehui announced to Tang Wulin.
“Alright.” Tang Wulin agreed without the slightest hesitation. He had full confidence in his companions.
Yuanen Yehui replied, “We should discuss how we should carry the trial out before we begin.”
Tang Wulin asked, “The candidates for the three one-against-one matches. Do any of you have objections?”
Yuanen Yehui shook her head. “Our opinion regarding individual power is almost similar to your proposal. However, do you think Ye Xinglan is
stronger than you?”
Tang Wulin nodded without the slightest hesitation. “The success rate of me going against her in a one-against-one match is about thirty percent.”
A surprised look flashed past Yuanen Yehui’s eyes. She was truly unaware that Tang Wulin’s evaluation of Ye Xinglan’s abilities in his heart was so high. However, Ye Xinglan did manage to hold her own against a few powerhouses from the second grade. To top it off, she did that just by depending on her own power during that earlier match between the first and second grade. Her abilities were truly extraordinary.
Chapter 514: The Challenge
Chapter 514: The Challenge
“How about the two-against-two match? Do all of you have any opinion on that?”
Yuanen Yehui answered, “We’re going to strive to win over that match. I’ll join Yue Zhengyu versus you and Gu Yue.”
Tang Wulin agreed. “Alright. That’s considered a match. How about the group match? What did the seven people representing the group match think?”
Yuanen Yehui answered, “It’s certainly not a problem with us if Gu Yue and Ye Xinglan are on your side. We only object to these two people — Xu
Xiaoyan and Xie Xie. I’ll be choosing two students from my class and have a two-against-two match with them as a trial of strength. Whoever wins will get to represent us and participate in this competition. How about that? Of
course, the two people that are chosen from my class won’t be me and Yue Zhengyu.”
“Alright. That’s settled then.” Tang Wulin agreed without the slightest hesitation.
Yuanen Yehui could not help frowning upon seeing that he agreed so directly. “You’re so certain about this?”
“Of course. Frankly speaking, anybody else aside from you and Zhengyu from your class cannot necessarily triumph over Wu Siduo’s little group.” “Could you be less conceited?” Yuanen Yehui replied in an unpleasant tone.
Tang Wulin retorted, “Would you like to try this instead? We won’t send the six from my group to fight. Instead, everyone will form a five-man group.
You and Yue Zhengyu will stay out of the fight as well. Let’s see who wins.”
“I have no time for this nonsense.” Yuanen Yehui walked away from rage.
‘This is the despair of having abilities that are below expectation. It’s true, the average abilities of this batch’s class one is truly too strong.’
Tang Wulin squinted his eyes as he pondered. ‘It’s good that we organized such a trial. There’s more than just the second grade who’s doubting Xie Xie and Xu Xiaoyan’s abilities. Isn’t it the same in our class?’
Wu Siduo, Luo Guixing, Xu Yucheng were all people with impressive
abilities. Yet, there were not even nominated to enter the group match. How could their hearts be convinced?
Only a challenge to prove one’s abilities through combat would clear the air along with the doubt everyone had.
The trial date was resolved easily. It would be held two days later in Shrek Academy’s sparring arena.
There were a total of two matches, and both were two-against-two matches. Xie Xie and Xu Xiaoyan would go against second grade class one’s Duan Hunxiao and Ye Xingmo in the first match.
Them, Tang Wulin and Gue Yue would go against Yuanen Yehui and Yue Zhengyu in the second match.
Even though there were only two matches, it was filled with excitement.
Ye Xingmo was pinned down in agony by Ye Xinglan in the previous dual between the first and second grades. However, this did not mean that he was weak. It was only because his martial soul was suppressed by Ye Xinglan in an overly cruel manner. Second grade class one even had Duan Hunxiao, a four-ringed master-control soul master. He was the first student to achieve four rings when even Yuanen only had three rings at that time.
On the first grade’s corner, Xie Xie and Xu Xiaoyan had always been regarded as the runt of the litter in Tang Wulin’s group. They were not particularly strong and at most, only Xie Xie seemed to have some potential and looked to be a little more capable in combat.
This competition would determine the two candidates who would be filling up the slots in the group match against the third grade.
As for the second match, it would undoubtedly be a clash of the titans. It was a match between the two, universally-acknowledged strongest duos
from both grades. Both duos had their own strengths. Although Tang Wulin and Gu Yue’s cultivation base were slightly weaker, they possessed the incomparable ability of a martial soul fusion skill. It was difficult to tell if Yuanen Yehui and Yue Zhengyu were capable of countering this. When
compared, more people would be supporting Tang Wulin and Gu Yue’s group.
This was just a mere trial, and yet the outer court’s Academy President, Elder Cai was personally acting as the judge. The fact that she would be executing the justice for them was out of everyone’s expectations.
Two days later.
It was two in the afternoon, and all the first and second grade students from the outer court were already present at the sparring arena. They were
waiting for the internal audition trial to begin.
“Are you confident?” Tang Wulin looked at Xie Xie and Xu Xiaoyan standing in front of him.
“Yes.” Xie Xie spoke without the slightest hesitation.
Xu Xiaoyan smiled gently. “I’ll be fine as long as he doesn’t stand in the way.” Xie Xie was exasperated. “I’m not the one standing in your way. This time, you’ll bear witness to how strong I am.”
Lui Guixing whispered into Wu Siduo’s ear on the stage, “Why aren’t we involved in the audition trial this time? Have you asked Tang Wulin?”
The corners of Wu Siduo’s lips twitched but still, he seemed like he was
smiling. “You still don’t know the way he is? He looks calm and gentle but in reality, he’s a very cunning person. He told me that he’d send me out to
say it’s unfair if Xie Xie and Xu Xiaoyan were defeated in the audition trial. Then, we’ll fight them once again…”
Then, a puzzled expression suffused Luo Guixing’s face. “Is that even possible? Wouldn’t that be cheating?”
Wu Siduo replied, “Tang Wulin told me in an extremely justified and
confident manner at the time. He told me that we’re still young and the second grade students should yield to us. Moreover, we aren’t really
Luo Guixing patted his forehead. “So what if Xie Xie and Xu Xiaoyan win the match?”
Wu Siduo repeated, “So what if Xie Xie and Xu Xiaoyan wins?”
Wu Siduo explained, “If they win, he’ll send us out to balance out the two- against-two match. There’s no duo from our side capable of defeating them aside from me, you, and Xu Yucheng.”
Luo Guixing frowned hard. “What does he mean? Could it be that he thought Xu Xiaoyan and Xie Xie were stronger than Xu Yucheng and I?”
Wu Siduo said, “I don’t think so either. However, Tang Wulin isn’t a person who does things aimlessly.”
Luo Guixing frowned again. “Could it be that they’ve made a huge leap in their abilities? Don’t you find them to be especially strong in the challenge during the beginning of the academic year?” Wu Siduo answered, “They didn’t even go all out during that match, how
would I be able to know? Take a look for yourself. You’ll be able to see it in today’s competition.”
“Hmm.” Luo Guixing nodded gently.
There were no nitty-gritty procedures what-so-ever during the internal audition trial. Elder Cai ascended the competition stage and announced, “Two-against-two. Students from both parties, please enter the arena.”
Duan Hunxiao and Ye Xingmo ascended the stage from the second grade’s corner, appearing even steadier compared to their previous encounter. Ye Xingmo’s gaze was incisive, and his eyes were shimmering with an indistinct but sharp radiance.
Xie Xie and Xu Xiaoyan walked up to the competition stage together from the other corner.
Yuanen Yehui watched them as they walked up the stage side by side. For some unknown reason, she felt a tinge of unease in her heart. She had been feeling heartache ever since Xie Xie stormed off in rage the other day.
However, it felt impossible for her to take the initiative to admit to Xie Xie that it was a mistake she made out of pride.
She initially thought that he would no longer appear before her after the day he hurt him. Who would have known that she would still see a clean doorstep when she woke up the fresh morning along with a basin full of fresh water in front of her door.
Absentminded, she stood there for almost half a minute before she managed to react. ‘This person is truly persistent!’
The initial rage she had in her heart toward Xie Xie had vanished from that day onward. At the very least, she would not burst into a frenzy of rage the moment she saw him.
‘Even though this person is a little unpredictable but it’s already very rare for me to see him these days. I guess he’s been working hard all along. Would he catch up with me? I’m destined to enter the inner court…’ Even Yuanen Yehui was feeling slightly frightened when this thought appeared in her mind. ‘Since when did I start thinking on his behalf?’
Xie Xie was very good looking as well. However, he looked ordinary because he spent most of his time shadowed by Tang Wulin charm. When he ascended the stage with Xu Xiaoyan at this moment, they gave off a feeling — like they were a perfect couple.
Both parties stepped onto the competition stage, standing on opposite sides. Elder Cai spoke indifferently, “Do everything that you can. Begin!”
There were no competition rules. That was the reason why they were allowed to use everything in their arsenal to display their abilities.
Xie Xie immediately moved with Elder Cai’s call to begin the competition. He was just like a refreshing breeze; he flew up lightly as the Light Dragon Dagger appeared in his right hand. His speed was unusually fast. Even as the sound of Elder Cai’s voice was still echoing, he had already dashed past half the stage.
Duan Hunxiao and Ye Xingmo were both startled. So were the first and second grade students who were watching the competition.
Many of the agility system battle soul masters were subconsciously measuring their speed. How was their speed compared to Xie Xie? Soon, they found out that they were definitely not as fast as him.
Duan Hunxiao and Ye Xingmo were chosen to represent second grade in the competition for their extraordinary abilities. As soon as Ye Xingmo took a step forward, he had already put himself in front of Duan Hunxiao, and his Starsaint Sword leaped into his right hand at the flash of a radiance.
A stretch of starlight stretched out into the path where Xie Xie was dashing toward. However, it was also at this exact moment that Xie Xie made a change in movement that no one had ever expected.
His exceedingly high-speed dash suddenly halted to a stop in a split second.
The changes he made were truly too absurd — from moving at breakneck speed to a halting silence.
The Light Dragon Dagger was raised, and everyone instantly felt like his entire being had suddenly grown larger in a split second.
In reality, his body did not grow larger. Instead, it was the explosive force coming off of his body. Eventually, when the explosive force from Xie Xie
dissipated, everyone could finally see two yellow and two purple soul rings around his body at the same time.
Wu Siduo, Luo Guixing, and Xu Yucheng’s froze upon witnessing these four soul rings as they sat in the audience. The usual upper hand they had in their soul skills were instantly destroyed. Fortunately for them, Xu Xiaoyan released her Star Staff beside him along with an expected three soul rings.
Chapter 515: Xie Xie — An Explosion With Momentum Storage
The Star Staff Sword pierced forward with dazzling starlight but it failed to trip Xie Xie in time as a purple radiance shimmered in his eyes. He was utilizing Purple Demon Eyes to make the best judgment to prevent his opponents from attacking him.
He raised the Light Dragon Dagger he had in his hands as he stood unmoved, poising himself in a manner that seemed like he was about to lunge forward. Only, the force in his body seemed to be increasing by
several folds as the Light Dragon Dagger in his right hand gave off a brilliant glow like the morning sun. The aura he gave off seemed to envelop the entire stage.
‘What’s this… Is this momentum storage?’
Momentum storage was not a soul skill. Instead, it was an ability he discovered for himself that defied the laws of nature. ‘Wasn’t momentum storage already a lost art? How could it appear on him!?’
Standing behind Ye Xingmo, Duan Hunxiao did not even dare to slow down. As a master-countrol soul master, he was undoubtedly the most
suitable person to disrupt Xie Xie’s momentum storage. Then, he conjured his flute and was about to blow into it but a ring of dazzling starlight rose from beneath his feet. Duan Hunxiao’s body froze, forcibly disrupting the soul skill he was about to release.
Ye Xingmo missed his stab as well. However, he would never allow Xie Xie to complete his momentum storage since it could possibly knock him out. The tip of his toes touched the ground as his body and sword fused as
one. The fusion only stalled him slightly before he pierced toward Xie Xie. However, it was also at this moment when something unusual was seen. Xie Xie’s body suddenly became illusory. Ye Xingmo’s forward stab
surprisingly penetrated right through his body.
His momentum storage had undoubtedly been completed.
It still remained unactivated, but the Light Dragon Dagger still maintained a dazzling brilliance beyond what it was on regular days. Then, Xie Xie’s
eyes shone brightly and his entire being transformed into a golden thread as he swept across Duan Hunxiao’s side with a melodious dragon’s roar.
Duan Hunxiao had only just struggled himself to freedom from the Starwheel Shackles, and before he had time to react, the golden light before him spread through his entire field of vision.
Who would have guessed that Xie Xie’s target was not Ye Xingmo? Instead, it had been Duan Hunxiao since the very beginning.
The flute in Duan Huanxiao’s hand snapped in two with a crisp sound, and a sliver of warmth slipped past his throat.
‘How was this even possible…’
Xie Xie’s vanished in a split second after he flashed past Duan Hunxiao,
and the golden light he left behind gradually dissipated before it soundlessly vanished.
The entire battle happened at an incomparable speed. Before it all ended, a silver light flashed in Elder Cai’s hand and was reflected onto Duan
Huanxiao’s body. Before he knew it, he had already been sent out from the competition stage. No words were necessary. Despite being the strongest master-control soul master in second grade class one, Duan Hunxiao had been eliminated!
Xie Xie was the best example of how the agility system was capable of restricting the control system with that one critical strike he made earlier. Yuanen Yehui’s gaze was a little stunned because she understood Duan
Hunxiao’s power more than anybody else. Even with Ye Xingmo present in the battle, Duan Hunxiao was still eliminated just like that.
Xie Xie’s wore a completely different expression compared to the one he had in his previous battles. The expression he had on his face in his previous battles was far less determined than the one he had on now. When he looked at Ye Xingmo earlier, it looked like he was burning with the wild flame of a person that knew no morals. However, his target was not Ye
One critical strike, the ability to drift from one place to another while being completely unpredictable — he was the perfect example, a quintessence of agility-system soul masters. Even the hyper-critical Elder Cai could not help nodding as she witnessed Xie Xie’s critical blow.
Ye Xingmo had already turned around to helplessly watch Duan Hunxiao get eliminated. As Xie Xie went into stealth-mode, the Starsaint Sword in his hand abruptly exploded.
‘Four soul rings… He has the same four soul rings too!’
The entire stage immediately seemed like it was currently surrounded by a galaxy as endless starlight enshrouded and covered their surroundings.
Every speck of starlight that fell from above carried an incomparably sharp, domitable force. Before long, the starlight had simultaneously surrounded Xie Xie along with Xu Xiaoyan who stood at the far end.
It was a full-scale offensive soul skill and was also an opportunity to turn the tide of this match.
As long as the opponent’s control system soul master was defeated, then both sides would be evenly matched. Moreover, agility system soul masters were the most afraid of multi-target attacks from assault system soul masters. Ye Xingmo’s use of his fourth soul skill, Sword Meteor Shower
was just timely. However, he still had no vision of Xie Xie and was unable to pinpoint his position. If only he could see Xie Xie, he would discover that Xie Xie was shuttling back and forth in his meteor shower like a phantom, passing through a thousand specks of starlight without even one being able to touch his body.
As for Xu Xiaoyan, her second soul ring merely glowed on her body.
A dazzling golden ring of radiance enshrouded her, and it was similar to the dazzling starlight. Currently, she was like a mirror that could simply reflect the starlight descending from the heavens in just a split second when they were illuminated against this mirror.
A large amount of starlight was reflected, causing Ye Xingmo to be the one confused instead.
Starlight Chaos! It was Xu Xiaoyan’s second soul skill.
Xie Xie emerged at this moment. He appeared amongst the vast starlight and radiance from the sword. Xie Xie drifted so swiftly he seemed like a puff of clouds while his aura was completely concealed.
Then, he emerged behind Ye Xingmo’s upper torso and his Light Dragon Dagger vanished. Even for the audience below the stage, they were unable to even see a shadow. Instead, they were only able to see a fleeting
Xie Xie floated and touched down soundlessly. When he was utilizing his momentum storage earlier, there was no excessive force. Instead, he was just like the wind and mist — he was so light there were neither ash nor
Ye Xingmo suddenly felt the back of his neck tightening as he reacted impulsively. His body reacted by abruptly scurrying forward while the Starsaint Sword in his hand scattered thousands of specks of starlight to protect himself. However, the only thing he was in the coming few moments was a fleeting silhouette that came streaking out of the layers of starlight. It twisted and
shimmered as it danced through the starlight. Although the starlight was quite dense, it was still incapable of shielding him from this shadow.
It was then that Ye Xingmo shut his eyes. He knew that his opponent was too swift for him and that he had already lost the ability to estimate his opponent’s exact position from relying on vision alone.
He decided to now depend on his other senses.
Thousands of specks of starlight fused into one in the blink of an eye as they created a shield before his body at the most crucial moment.
“Ding!” Xie Xie’s attack was blocked, the crisp sound revealing his figure.
The students from second grade class one simultaneously heaved a sigh of relief. The strongest point of an agility system soul master was their speed.
Once this was taken away from them, they could only watch as assault system soul masters rained attacks down on them. Unlike the control
system, assault system soul masters were incapable of restricting agility system soul masters.
However, their relaxed vigilance only lasted a split second.
Although his attack was blocked, Ye Xingmo who should have had the upper hand in soul power was pushed back as if he was electrocuted. As an assault system soul master, it was to everyone’s surprise that he was shaken by Xie Xie, an agility system soul master.
Xie Xie’s figure emerged, and his Shadow Dragon Dagger switched back into the Light Dragon Dagger. A dazzling golden light brightened once
again as a powerful force was unleashed in an instant. It was just like it was in the beginning. He was no longer the assassin who hid in the darkness.
Right this moment, he was the bright illuminating son of the sun.
It was momentum storage again! His momentum storage is as close as a hair’s breadth. Ye Xingmo had only just regained control of his body when Xie Xie had already begun using his momentum storage.
As fear spontaneously arose in his heart, Ye Xingmo was feeling a little hesitant to attack after his failed experiment earlier. He wanted to immediately fall back and put some distance between himself and Xie Xie.
Not only was his opponent capable of momentum storage, he could also ensure that he was not attacked while he was doing so. This ability alone was already too terrifying.
However, it would seem that Xie Xie had stressed Ye Xingmo out so much that he forgot one important fact — Xie Xie was not fighting alone.
Suddenly, a starwheel appeared beneath Ye Xingmo’s feet with unparalleled accuracy. Streaks upon streaks of golden chains climbed up his body, freezing it in place.
The light dragon swept across as the golden light shone. The competition ended!
Xie Xie did not even turn his back to look at Ye Xingmo. His Light Dragon Dagger had only brushed past Ye Xingmo’s neck. Of course, it would be impossible for him to really take a hit.
He walked toward Xu Xiaoyan and she shot him a glance with a smile plastered on her face. Both of them raised their hands at the same time. “Clap!” Their right palms clapped to celebrate their victory.
The entire atmosphere turned silent.
Everyone’s breath seemed to stop at this moment. If the second grade class one students acted like they had just seen a ghost, how could the first grade class one students not do the same?
Chapter 516: Continuing the Fight with Yuanen!
Since when did Xie Xie become so powerful? Xu Xiaoyan’s controlling abilities as well… She was the one that prevented Duan Hunxiao from being able to resist. She was the one who lost Ye Xingmo his chance to launch a counterattack in the final moment.
They seemed to be unable to cooperate very well and yet, they still won the competition so easily.
They won. First grade class one has won the match. “Roar!”
A roaring sound of clapping abruptly erupted when Xie Xie and Xu
Xiaoyan descended the stage. The students in class one’s corner were all cheering and clapping.
Only five people remained slightly quieter.
“One-against-one, can you beat him?” Luo Guixing asked Xu Yucheng who sat nearby him.
Xu Yucheng’s gaze seemed slightly dull. “I don’t know.”
His three words were a testament to many things stemming from his arrogance.
Yuanen Yehui was in a similarly stagnant state. She could clearly see Xie Xie’s gaze being directed at her when he defeated Duan Hunxiao earlier. Similarly, his gaze was also on her when he utterly destroyed Ye Xingmo. There was no need for words. He was obviously questioning her with his actions — How am I no good?
He had truly grown stronger — his focus in battle, his mastery of the battle situation, his mastery of his martial soul. He was completely different from he was in the past, and it seemed like previous and current him were two
completely different people.
Perhaps, it was because of Tang Wulin’s exceptional performance that he overpowered everybody else. In reality, every single one of his companions performed admirably well.
‘Did Xu Xiaoyan grow stronger as well?’ This was the first time Yuanen Yehui witnessed the soul skill — Starlight Chaos.
No wonder Tang Wulin could be so confident. First grade class one was even more powerful than anyone could have ever imagined.
The second grade class one’s students had very unpleasant expressions on their faces, Duan Hunxiao and Ye Xingmo included. The competition ended too soon! The entire battle only lasted less than a minute and it was already over. Duan Hunxiao did not even manage to release any of his soul skills.
This defeat was both depressing and a shame! They were rendered utterly helpless by their opponents due to the lack of understanding of their opponent’s strength.
The second match.
Tang Wulin, Gu Yue, Yuanen Yehui, Yue Zhengyu simultaneously ascended the stage.
The restless audience in the sparring arena became quiet once again.
If the previous match was to determine the overall performance of both
classes, this match would be a confrontation between the strongest students from both classes. Yue Zhenyu looked at Tang Wulin with a smile on his face. “Wulin, I’ve something to discuss with you. I think you shouldn’t use the martial soul
fusion skill. If the both of you are so weak, why bother participating in the duel with the third grade next week?”
“Alright, we won’t use it.” Tang Wulin answered immediately.
Yue Zhengyu was momentarily stunned, for this was not the Tang Wulin he once knew. There was no need for him to say it out loud even if did not intend to use the skill. He should be keeping it as a He should be keeping it as a deterrent just in case.
“Promise?” Yue Zhengyu inquired closely once again.
Tang Wulin laughed. “Now, are you afraid? You should probably surrender now if you’re afraid.”
Yue Zhengyu raised his eyebrows. “Both of you are still three-ringed soul masters while we’re both four-ringed soul masters. Us, afraid of you?! Use any ability you like then.”
“Why is there so much nonsense being spouted? Begin!” Elder Cai reprimanded them and declared the start of the ultimate duel between the first and second grade that would determine who was superior.
Both parties immediately released their martial souls.
Four purple soul rings rose around Yuanen Yehui’s body. On the other side, another four purple soul rings similarly appeared around Yue Zhengyu’s body. They obviously had the upper hand just by looking at the shimmering radiance from their soul rings.
On Tang Wulin and Gu Yue’s corner, soul rings appeared one after the other around Gu Yue’s body. She had four purple soul rings while Tang Wulin had three.
Surely enough, Gu Yue had four soul rings. Yuanen Yehui let out a battle cry as her body rapidly expanded. This was Diamond Titan, the third soul skill of her martial soul, Titan Giant Ape.
Xie Xie could not help covering his face with his palms after finding a seat below the stage. ‘She’s always been so aggressive.’
As Tang Wulin’s left leg touched the ground, he took a step forward and dashed outward. He did not use his Bluesilver Grass martial soul either as he released both his blood essence soul rings instead. Golden light flashed
across the stage and his Golden Dragon Body was unleashed. Similar to her, his body expanded a little as well. With golden scales protecting his body, his Golden Dragon Claw appeared out of nowhere.
This was not the first time these two people fought, and they were quite familiar with their opponent’s abilities. Soon, Yuanen Yehui’s shot an Air Cannon toward Tang Wulin.
On the other side, Yue Zhengyu’s angel wings spread out behind his back as a beam of holy light shot toward Tang Wulin.
Yue Zhengyu and Yuanen Yehui seemed to always hold the upper hand in terms of overall performance. Their martial souls along with their abilities were much stronger. After an entire academic year, their teamwork had definitely improved by leaps and bounds.
Gu Yue was in charge of long-range attacks so they would have to observe how helpful her abilities were toward Tang Wulin.
If there was anyone within Tang Wulin’s group that was overshadowed the most, Gu Yue was probably that person.
A silver light flashed as Tang Wulin vanished from the spot he was standing in, causing Yuanen Yehui and Yue Zhengyu’s attacks to miss.
Then, the four soul rings around Gu Yue’s body brightened abruptly. ‘Is this her fourth soul skill? Is she going to use her fourth soul skill as soon as she ascended the stage?’ To everyone’s surprise, a colorful radiance extended from her hand before it transformed into a long, thin staff. There was a long silver handle below the staff and a multi-colored ball of light at the tip. Brilliant rays enshrouded the ball of light, and it seemed as if the elements on the stage turned violent the moment the staff was conjured.
The fourth soul skill — Elemental Staff.
Gu Yue held up the Elemental Staff and the ball of light on its tip suddenly morphed into a pure green. Then, almost immediately, it formed a tornado that blocked Yuanen Yehui and Yue Zhengyu’s path.
Yuanen Yehui’s punch missed but she sent another punch flying shortly after. She had used Air Cannon again.
However, Gu Yue merely responded by raising her Elemental Staff toward the sky and almost immediately, the Air Cannon disappeared.
Yuanen Yehui could sense that her Air Cannon seemed the disintegrate at the exact moment Gu Yue’s staff touched it. The composition of air within it seemed to have been dismantled.
Shortly after, the tip of Gu Yue’s Elemental Staff turned into a golden color. Then, she pointed the staff toward Yue Zhengyu from afar and he could feel the light element leaving his body to gather toward Gu Yue
‘Oh dear!? What kind of trick is this?’
Instead of dashing out again, Tang Wulin stood as a shield in front of Gu Yue. He was similarly shaken in his heart when he saw her using this soul skill. This was his first time seeing Gu Yue using her fourth Soul Skill. Her Elemental Staff seemed to lord over all the elements to the point that it was even capable of gradually stripping the light element from the Holy Angel martial soul. Such was its power. With the Elemental Staff in hand, Tang Wulin could obviously sense Gu Yue’s power growing exponentially.
Yuanen Yehui growled softly as her five-meter-tall body clashed into the tornado, outrageously destroying it as she dashed toward their corned.
Yue Zhengyu followed closely behind and shielded himself behind the enormous body of Yuanen Yehui’s Diamond Titan. The golden shimmer
enveloping his body continuously shrank as he forcefully used his martial soul to prevent the light element in his martial soul from being drawn out too quickly.
Then, a dragon’s roar was heard echoing from within Tang Wulin’s body while his eyes shimmered as he turned his palms skyward. Then, the
silhouette of a giant golden dragon appeared before his body — it was Golden Dragon Shocks the Heavens!
Shortly after, the fourth soul ring on Yuanen Yehui’s body brightened,
causing her body to shrink while brutally increasing her power. This was her martial soul, the Titan Giant Ape’s fourth soul skill — Devil Titan!
She outrageously charged forward in her Devil Titan form, and these two people collided once more after their previous encounter.
The violent boom echoed as Golden Dragon Shocks the Heavens forcibly resisted the Devil Titan.
In the past, Tang Wulin was absolutely and utterly defeated. Although he still staggered backward this time, he was not thrown away. Yuanen Yehui was also beaten until she came to a stop from mid-air
A condensed blue fireball then carved out an arc, circling around Yuanen Yehui and headed toward Yue Zhengyu.
Presently, Yue Zhengyu had resumed full control over the Saintsword in his hand. He lunged forward with the sword in hand to dodge the blue fireball. However, the blue fireball was circling all over, giving him no choice but to stop. There was no way he would be able to work with Yuanen Yehui.
This battle of the titans between the first and second grade to determine
who would represent them had already climaxed from the very beginning.
However, Yuanen Yehui’s body suddenly shrank as she was leaping into the air. She had spontaneously recalled her Devil Titan. Soon, everything
around them turned pitch black. This was the first soul skill of the Fallen Angel martial soul — Curtain of Darkness.
The golden light on Yue Zhengyu’s body completely vanished at the same time, and he disappeared soundlessly into the dark surroundings.
Their dark and light attribute mutually restricted one another. Was Yuanen Yehui not afraid of affecting Yue Zhengyu when she used the Fallen Angel martial soul? Could it be that they were about to use some form of
Tang Wulin grew more and more vigilant in his heart as the situation progressed. Everyone had plenty of combat experience, so it was impossible for Yuanen Yehui to fight aimlessly.
Tang Wulin’s golden soul rings turned purple, and his third soul ring began glowing. A golden soul ring then expanded outward with Tang Wulin as its center. This was his third soul skill — Bluesilver Golden Array!
Aside from Gu Yue and himself who stood in the middle of the circle, darkness vanished from everywhere the Bluesilver Golden Array came into contact with like snow melting.
It was Elemental Stripping!
Chapter 517: A Furious Gu Yue
Be it darkness or light, they would still be affected by Elemental Stripping.
However, there was a limit to the Bluesilver Golden Array. It could not possibly encompass the entire stage, and could only disperse the thickness of the Curtain of Darkness.
The orb on the top of the Elemental Staff in Gu Yue’s grasp turned golden, and a beam of golden light shot toward the sky. It spread outward in
coordination with the Bluesilver Golden Array. Only then were Yuanen Yehui and Yue Zhengyu exposed.
At this moment, the two of them made very peculiar moves. The golden light of the saint sword flickered within Yue Zhengyu’s grasp while a pitch- black demon sword exuded a purplish glow in Yuanen Yehui’s grasp. The duo raised their swords above their heads and pointed them toward the heavens.
A melodious, pleasing voice and a deep, hoarse scream resounded on the
stage at the same time and giant, five-meter-high shadows appeared behind Yuanen Yehui and Yue Zhengyu.
A dark shadow filled with a dark aura stood behind Yuanen Yehui and
spread its wings. Similarly, a golden shadow stood behind Yue Zhengyu
with its wings spread out as well. Both the shadows were like oil and water
— they did not mix and naturally repel one another.
This was the third soul skill of Yuanen Yehui’s Fallen Angel — Fallen
Angel’s Descent, and Yue Zhengyu’s fourth soul skill — Angel’s Descent.
They took advantage of the time the Curtain of Darkness bought them and used the full potential of their martial souls. It was then that both the demon and saint sword began to glow and grew to a length of three meters. Then, they suddenly slashed toward Tang Wulin
and Gu Yue’s direction.
Golden and purple, two huge beams of light magnificently shot out from the swords. The two beams of light maintained a certain distance between them, but that distance slowly diminished as they extended further. The moment they were about to approach Tang Wulin, the beams of light merged into one.
Suddenly — darkness and light — a terrifying explosion was heard at the exact moment the energy within the two beams of light collided.
Ever since she lost to Tang Wulin’s and Gu Yue’s Martial Soul fusion skill
— Divine Dragon Transformation — Yuanen Yehui had drawn a lesson from that painful experience. She seriously considered about the kind of abilities she would need to fight against them.
Eventually, she and Yue Zhengyu developed this technique — Lustergloom Saint Sword. Under normal circumstances, light and darkness repelled each other. However, their saint and demon swords were formed by extremely
compressed forms of light and dark energy. Before they collided and merged into one, the influence of their own energy towards the other was minimal. However, with the amplification of Angel’s Descent and Fallen Angel’s Descent, the full offensive potential of the saint and demon sword was brought out. Then, through a collision between extremely compressed light and dark energy, along with the strength of elemental energy, they detonated. This resulted in the explosion — a powerful attack that far
exceeds their own individual powers.
This was the first time that the Lustergloom Saint Sword was displayed in front of others.
In that instant, even the Bluesilver Golden Light Array could only strip a small portion of the elemental energy but could not stop the force of the slash. Yuanen Yehui’s eyes shone brightly as she thought. ‘Come on! Use your martial soul fusion skill. There is no other ability you have that can stand against the Lustergloom Saint Sword aside from that martial soul fusion skill.’
She had researched the Divine Dragon Transformation unleashed by Tang Wulin and Gu Yue in the past. That terrifyingly powerful offense meant that they could not keep it going for too long. The sooner she forced their hands to use that martial soul fusion skill, the greater her advantage would be in this battle. She would only have to wait until they unleased Divine Dragon Transformation. Then, she would take them on with the Lustergloom Saint Sword. If she could drag out the battle, she could definitely defeat them.
However, it was also at this moment that Yuanen Yehui saw Tang Wulin’s shining scales. The scales looked like mirrors.
Amidst that violent explosion, Tang Wulin spread his arms out and shielded Gu Yue behind him, bearing the full brunt of the Lustergloom Saint Sword’s attack.
The dragon scales on his body flickered rapidly, and Tang Wulin felt as if he was being dragged into an elemental storm. The feeling of being torn apart that resulted from the light and dark energy repelling one another
seemed like it was destroying him.
His Supreme Golden Dragon Armor could only withstand attacks that were three times beyond his defensive capabilities! However, when he witnessed the explosion of the Lustergloom Saint Sword, he felt like he would not be able to withstand this attack. It was clear how strong this attack was.
The blood essence within Tang Wulin was being spent at an alarming speed, but he gritted his teeth and endured it.
His opponent had picked the perfect time to attack. The Lustergloom Saint Sword seemed to have erupted in front of Tang Wulin the instant the
Curtain of Darkness was dispersed. The entire space undulated fiercely to the point where Gu Yue could not even use Spatial Retreat. He had to withstand it! He could not take even a single step backward. Gu Yue was behind him!
The scales on his body buzzed, and Tang Wulin gritted his teeth. His right arm was dotted with flickering stars. He summoned his battle armor vambrace and turned it into a sphere of golden light which protected his
chest, increasing his defensive powers.
The explosion continued for a few seconds, and by then, most of Tang Wulin’s clothes were already torn apart. However, he stood his ground and did not take half a step backward.
“ROARRRR! ” An excited dragon’s roar was heard from Tang Wulin’s body as suddenly took a step forward. The stronger the attack he endured, the more power his Supreme Golden Dragon Armor would be able to draw support from.
With that one step, another golden soul ring spread out from under his feet, and the remnants of the elemental storm produced by the explosion were dispersed. This time around, the Bluesilver Golden Light Array power increased several times over, and it enveloped the entire stage under the
amplification of the Supreme Golden Dragon Armor.
Yuanen Yehui and Yue Zhengyu who had made that slash earlier suddenly felt their bodies being emptied. The saint sword, the demon sword, the
Angel, the Fallen Angel behind them — they all instantly disintegrated.
The Blusilver Golden Light Array erupted and in the next instant, a silver light flashed as another figure appeared before them. The Elemental Staff struck the ground, and the orb on its tip flashed in four colors — green, blue, red, and yellow. Shortly after, an elemental storm exploded.
Yue Zhengyu and Yuanen Yehui were sent flying at the same time under the terrifying force of the elemental storm.
Yuanen Yehui was in a better shape, and she had immediately switched to her Titan Giant Ape martial soul. Her body puffed up as she morphed into the Diamond Titan and fended off the elemental storm. Yue Zhengyu, on the other hand, did not have this ability. A flash of silver moonlight flashed across, and he was removed from the stage by Elder Cai.
Gu Yue’s expression was extremely grim. The Elemental Staff in her hand was aimed at Yuanen Yehui who was trying her level best to fend off the
elemental storm. Balls of light orbs the size of millstones were shot around like drumfire.
Blue fireballs, azure balls of wind, sharp icicles, and meteorites. The four elements took their turns in an elemental explosion, and each of them was only meters away from one another.
Within the elemental storm, Yuanen Yehui had no way means to dodge the elemental onslaught. In fact, she could not have dodged it even if she
wanted to. Gu Yue was controlling the elements that were being shot toward her with spiritual power that was far superior to her peers.
Yes, Gu Yue was furious. Usually, she would never use the full extent of her strength for fear of overshadowing Tang Wulin. However, she clearly saw a hint of blood on the edge of Tang Wulin’s lips when she was unleashing the elemental storm. He was hurt
This was the first time anyone had ever seen the true terror that is Gu Yue, even the students of first grade class one.
This terrifying offense unleashed by the ball of light was pushing Yuanen Yehui backward, and she had amazing defensive capabilities.
Her Air Cannon could not even deflect the elemental onslaught.
Blue fireballs seared her exceedingly high temperature, distorting her Air Cannon so she could not deflect them.
The azure balls of wind were like miniature storms that she could not deflect, especially since her Air Cannon was still torn apart.
Sharp icicles revolved around her at high speed, shaving away her Air Cannon so she still could not deflect them. The meteorites were exceptionally tough. Her Air Cannon could only slow them down but not destroy them.
Yuanen Yehui could still break the elemental onslaught being thrown at her with the innate offensive and defensive capabilities of the Diamond Titan. However, the elemental onslaught was forcing her backward. It was a head- on suppression!
Tang Wulin held his ground and did not attack. He was shocked as well.
How could he not be? He had always known that Gu Yue was strong, and he knew that he was no match for her. However, he only realized the size of the chasm that existed between him and Gu Yue when he witnessed the full extent of her explosive strength.
Chapter 518: Suppressing Yuanen
With her control over seven elements, there were too many battle tactics that she could use. Besides, Tang Wulin felt like it would not have made that much of a difference even if he were to use his Bluesilver Golden Array on Gu Yue.
Another elemental ball exploded, putting a grim expression on Yuanen Yehui’s face. Instead of using Devil Titan, she used Titan Strength along with her Diamond Titan to bear the brunt of the attack instead. It was a battle of endurance!
In reality, she knew that they had lost this competition. When Tang Wulin took the full force of the attack she made with the Lustergloom Saint Sword head-on, they had already lost.
However, Gu Yue’s outburst after that was the one that she did not expect but she would never give up just like that. She would continue the fight. If she could hold on until Gu Yue exhausted her soul power, she would be facing Tang Wulin in a one-against-one battle. She might still stand a
chance against an injured Tang Wulin.
Since she had twin martial souls, her soul power should unsurprisingly be much more formidable compared to Gu Yue no matter how one looked at it. Her soul power rank should be above Gu Yue’s as well.
The moment one’s soul power breached through the barrier of rank-40, its increase would become noticeably lower. She had broken through rank-40 for almost a year now and was only at rank-43. Even then, she was still
considered to be among those who were progressing quickly in their cultivation. Gu Yue just had her breakthrough, so she should still be at rank-41. Her Elemental Staff was her fourth soul skill. That, along with the onslaught of powerful attacks were probably enough to cause Gu Yue to be expending more energy than Yuanen Yehui.
One, two… ten, twelve…
Yuanen Yehui was already pushed back toward the edge of the competition stage. However, Gu Yue’s elemental onslaught was still firing like drumfire and showed no signs of relenting.
‘How could her soul power be this formidable? This is impossible!’ Yuanen Yehui was bug-eyed.
Elder Cai was already on the stage with her eyes slightly squinted. She knew what was happening.
Gu Yue’s soul power should not have been as formidable as Yuanen
Yehui’s, but her martial soul was allowed her to utilize Elemental Control. The difference between her and a regular soul master was her control over the elements, especially since the elements were unrelated to one’s soul power but were instead, controlled with spiritual power. Gu Yue’s
cultivation base was a combination of spiritual and soul power. To top it off, her spiritual power was superior to Yuanen Yehui’s so after taking
everything into consideration, it was clear why she was able to continue fighting with such strength.
“Boom!” Yuanen Yehui’s upper body leaned backward. This time, however, she did not retreat. She could not retreat even a single step. If she even took another step backward, she would fall off the stage.
“Hraghhh!” she let out a furious howl. Her fourth soul ring finally shone. She could not win by sheer perseverance so she could only gamble her win with an all-out final blow.
“Devil Titan!” Her body toughened as she threw a punch that shattered the elemental balls coming her way. She then continued firing her Air Cannons. At the very least, her increased power would afford her the opportunity to fend off Gu Yue’s elemental balls.
However, this was also the exact moment when she saw Tang Wulin, smiling all the way as he walked up to Gu Yue’s side.
“That’s enough,” Tang Wulin patted Gu Yue’s shoulder.
Gu Yue’s Elemental Staff dimmed and she glanced at him before she did the same to Yuanen Yehui. She said nothing but her attacks stopped.
Yuanen Yehui was slightly panting. Although her Devil Titan was powerful, it also required a lot of energy.
She glanced at Tang Wulin, turned around, and leaped off the competition stage. The outcome of the match was already decided. She could not possibly have a chance if she fought against two opponents. Tang Wulin had given her an opportunity to save face.
Cheers could be heard erupting from first grade class one’s corner in the spectators’ stand.
One could argue that their victory over second grade class one in last year’s match was influenced by luck. However, they had won today’s battle with their own abilities. Their class had two partnered battles and they won both matches.
The second match was especially so since it was a battle between class monitors that saw Yuanen Yehui losing.
“Are you alright?” Gu Yue asked Tang Wulin softly.
Tang Wulin nodded. “I’m alright. My blood essence was churning earlier but I’m alright now.” As he continued to absorb the Golden Dragon King’s essence, his self-healing ability and resistance saw some improvements.
When he was hit by the Lustergloom Saint Sword earlier, he truly felt as if his insides were on fire. However, the blood essence within his body calmed down in no time and although he felt a little uncomfortable, he was alright.
“What was that flashing skill of yours?” Yue Zhengyu was not depressed even though he lost the competition. Instead, he was filled with curiosity.
He went over to Tang Wulin and Gu Yue’s corner the moment they stepped down from the competition stage.
He tested the power of the Lustergloom Saint Sword with Yuanen Yehui earlier, and it was definitely out of the ordinary! Even a five-ringed Soul
King could not take this attack of theirs head-on. However, Tang Wulin had took the brunt of the attack single-handedly. This was definitely the doing of his soul skill.
Tang Wulin gave him a faint smile. “You really want to know?” Yue Zhengyu nodded forcefully.
Tang Wulin said, “I’ll tell you if you repeat a grade.”
Yue Zhengyu was stunned. “Repeat a grade?” He understood it in the next second. If he repeated the second grade, would he not turn into a first grade student?
“Hey! There’s no such as repeating in the academy alright? We’ll be expelled when we don’t pass the examination.”
Tang Wulin did not hear his grumbles. Along with Gu Yue, they were both were already drowned by the cheers from the first graders.
The final challenge list for the match between the first and second grade against third grade class one were out.
Three one-against-one matches — Yuanen Yehui, Wi Siduo, and Ye Xinglan.
Two-against-two — Tang Wulin and Gu Yue. Seven-against-seven — team leader Tang Wulin, deputy team leader Yuanen Yehui, members Gu Yue, Xie Xie, Yue Zhengyu, Xu Xiaoyan, and Xu Lizhi.
The competition was slated for the following Friday.
Yuanen Yehui was still largely in shock. Losing to Tang Wulin was only secondary. After all, she had already prepared herself since she had once lost to him.
What shocked and puzzled her the most was Xie Xie’s power.
If one’s actual strength was judged, Duan Hunxiao and Ye Xingmo should not have suffered such an utter defeat. However, Xie Xie and Xu Xiaoyan were the ones taking the initiative during the competition. The emphasis
was on Xie Xie. He has made too much progress, be it his speed or offense. The current him could no longer be compared to his former self. Even Yuanen Yehui who stood below the stage felt the powerful pressure from the searing heat released from his attacks.
‘He had turned so strong already! How did the first graders improve so fast?’
“Faith!” If Xie Xie knew about her question, he would have definitely replied her with this word.
It was exactly because of Yuanen Yehui that he had been so hardworking. There was only one reason why he worked this hard — he wanted to catch up to her with in terms of abilities. He wanted to be good enough for her.
“You’re really alright?” Gu Yue asked Tang Wulin once more when they reached the working students’ dormitory.
“I’m fine, really. I have coarse skin and thick flesh, didn’t you know? By the way, tomorrow’s a holiday, are you going to the Spirit Pagoda again?” Tang Wulin asked Gu Yue. “Yeah, I don’t really have anything to do. So, I’m going to cultivate in the Spirit Pagoda.” Gu Yue nodded.
Tang Wulin smiled, “You had everyone fooled! I didn’t know that you were this powerful already. I’m lucky that I wasn’t your opponent. If you keep
working this hard, the gap between us will only grow wider.”
Gu Yue could not help but smile. “What’re you worried about?”
Tang Wulin smiled. “I’m worried that if we were to become opponents one fateful day, you’d send all my teeth flying!”
Gu Yue was shocked, and her gaze dimmed in an instant. Although it only lasted for a short time, it did not escape Tang Wulin.
“What’s the matter?”
Gu Yue shook her head. “It’s nothing. What do you plan to do on your rest day?”
Tang Wulin replied. “I might be going to Heaven’s Dou City. I’ve amassed some of the rare alloys I forged and I plan to sell them all there. Also, I
want to buy some rare alloys. I hope uncle master will teach me something about forging.
“I’ll go with you,” Gu Yue blurted.
“Huh? Sure!” Tang Wulin looked at her with shock. Since the start of the
second term, they’ve yet to go out together since everybody was busy with their cultivation. Nobody seemed to have the spare time.
Gu Yue smiled at him before turning to walk toward her dormitory.
Chapter 519: Traveling with Gu Yue
Tang Wulin was looking forward to their little outing when he thought about the fact that Gu Yue would be going with him. Teacher Wu had
already gotten him a mecha identification card. He would finally be able to drive a mecha outside at last. He felt happy just thinking about driving a mecha to sight-see. Coincidentally, he could bring another person along
with a mecha.
Special Cultivation Venue.
Tang Wulin sat cross-legged and as a faint bluish glow surrounded him, blades of Bluesilver Grass wriggled beside him like little snakes.
Goldsong lied silently beside him with bluish striations appearing on its golden body. Its body was a few centimeters longer than before and was now more than a meter and a half in length. Although it was still slender, its aura was much darker, and its scales were much more beautiful than before.
As Tang Wulin’s first and only spirit soul for now, it was quickly improving alongside the improvements Tang Wulin made in his cultivation base.
A portion of Golden Dragon King’s essence which Tang Wulin absorbed had been assimilated and absorbed by it. That was how it gradually changed from being a useless spirit soul and underwent a positive transformation. In a way, it also possessed the Golden Dragon King bloodline.
This was the reason why Tang Wulin’s bloodline refinement was the most important part, although the improvement of Tang Wulin’s soul ring and
soul power was beneficial to it. Every time he broke through a seal and absorbed the Golden Dragon King’s essence, he would also be helping Goldsong evolve once. Tang Wulin knew this very well, especially after he broke through the fourth seal. In shock, Tang Wulin realized that Goldsong’s intelligence improved tremendously. It was also more direct in its communication with him.
Under normal circumstances, spirit souls could borrow the soul power of their hosts to unleash soul skills. The only difference was that their abilities would not be as strong as a soul master, so both soul master and spirit soul would usually fight side by side.
However, some peculiar changes occurred in Goldsong’s body. Aside from being able to use a few of the soul skills of Bluesilver Grass at fifty percent power, it also obtained a bloodline soul skill which it could use on its own. The skill was similar to Tang Wulin’s Golden Dragon Body that could instantly increase the defensive capabilities of its body upon use.
It would then expend energy its own blood essence and once it was
exhausted, it would then need to replenish itself within Tang Wulin’s body. The increase in Tang Wulin’s appetite was largely due to Goldsong’s higher demand of blood essence from him.
As it coiled itself around Tang Wulin to absorb the waves of soul power
along with the blood essence from his body, it appeared languid as it rested its head gently on Tang Wulin’s thigh. Who was it who said snakes were
cold-blooded animals? The gaze Goldsong had was filled with warmth, and it seemed as if it was leaning against its parents.
Tang Wulin’s chest suddenly puffed up, and as he took a deep breath, the blades of freely waving Bluesilver Grass suddenly stopped moving. Every single blade of Bluesilver Grass was emitting a dazzling golden light. Like Goldsong, Tang Wulin’s Bluesilver Grass continued to evolve from the improvements he made in the Golden Dragon King bloodline! The vines
were thicker, and their color was more captivating. There was already a hint of a regal aura coming from it, and it was likely that the Golden Dragon
King bloodline was the one that brought out this regal aura. It hastened the growth of the plant system martial soul — Bluesilver Grass and made it
exude an aura similar to the Bluesilver Grass King. He continued breathing in for a few minutes before he slowly exhaled.
Continuous inhalation along with slow exhalation was how the Mysterious Heaven Method directed qi.
After a long pause, he slowly opened his eyes, and it gave off a delicate glow as the Bluesilver Grass around him silently retreated. Goldsong was the only one who climbed onto him with a reluctance to part. It coiled
around his neck and nuzzled its head against his cheek. It was an affectionate scene.
Tang Wulin had a faint smile. He caressed Goldsong’s bright, clean, and
cold body. Man and snake were already telepathically connected. “Alright, you can stay outside for a while longer if you want to.”
Goldsong shook its head at Tang Wulin. Then, a golden light flashed, and it silently melted into Tang Wulin’s body. During the fusion process, it looked as if it had turned into a golden tattoo on his body. It imprinted itself
silently before the light striations it left behind mysteriously faded away. Then, a hint of a smile could be seen appearing on Tang Wulin’s face.
The understanding between him and Goldsong was improving, and it may very well obtain the ability to fight on its own someday. Only when a spirit soul reached that level could it aid the soul master in combat.
Both Yuanen Yehui and Gu Yue had spirit souls. However, they rarely released their spirit souls because it was much more supportive to them if their spirit souls stayed in their bodies compared to when they were released.
It was only when a soul master achieved four rings that their spirit soul’s intelligence would begin to slowly develop. The spirit soul also had to be one that was older than a thousand years to boot. If one wanted a spirit soul to have the ability to fight without a soul master, an even longer cultivation period would be needed. Once the cultivation was successful, only then
could the spirit soul become an extension of the soul master’s body. Once a soul master achieved this, it would be of a very great help during a battle. This was how strong a soul master that was a four-ringed Soul Ancestor
could be. However, ordinary soul masters would have to achieve the rank of a Soul King at the very least if they wanted their spirit souls to be able to fight on their own.
To nurture a spirit soul, one’s blood essence must be vigorous and powerful enough. This required a formidable amount of soul power to support it. At the same time, one had to also possess sufficient spiritual power to develop the spirit soul’s intelligence.
In these aspects, it was without a doubt that Tang Wulin had impeccable natural talents. He was heads and shoulders above the others.
A dim light flickered, and a hint of coldness was seen on Tang Wulin’s face.
He joined hands before his chest, and every time the light flickered in his eyes, the air would be slightly distorted. Then, his Bluesilver Grass would appear like a swarm of bees. Like long snakes, they would wave about the
Special Cultivation Venue as they gave off a faint golden hue that made the patterns on their scales grow more distinct.
Although he was unsure how much he could do against the third graders, he would still work hard to emerge victorious in the challenge.
However, he would first experience the joy of driving a mecha. Tang Wulin was very much looking forward to his trip on a mecha to Heaven Dou City. This was his first time driving a mecha to travel to a distant place but he had Gu Yue to keep him company.
Tang Wulin left the Special Cultivation Venue and went back to the
working students’ dormitory. It was still early in the morning when he returned. The first person he saw when he entered the yard was Xie Xie who was busy sweeping the floor.
Xie Xie was serious in his sweeping and did not even notice Tang Wulin walking into the yard.
As he looked at the deep affection Xie Xie’s displayed, Tang Wulin could not help himself but smile. ‘This guy can really persevere!’ However, nobody was sure if his perseverance could actually move Yuanen. With the improvement in his abilities, his confidence should naturally grow as well.
Suddenly, Xie Xie stopped sweeping and turned to look at Tang Wulin. “You’re early! Shouldn’t you cultivate for a while longer before you
return?” The time to cultivate Purple Demon Eyes just passed. It was quite obvious that Tang Wulin came straight back after cultivating his Purple
Tang Wulin replied, “I’m going out today, that’s why I’m back early. I’ll be going to Heaven Dou City, do you need anything?”
Xie Xie waved his hand and continued sweeping. “What don’t we have in Shrek City? I’m fine.”
Tang Wulin smiled. He went to Gu Yue’s door and gave it a light rap.
Xu Xiaoyan and Ye Xinglan must have also been awake by now since they also had to cultivate Purple Demon Eyes in the morning. There was no
worry of disturbing their rest.
The door opened, and as expected, Xu Xiaoyan poked her head out. “Eh? Captain, what brings you here this early? What’s up?”
Tang Wulin smiled. “I’m here for Gu Yue. Is she awake?”
“Yep! Coming!” Gu Yue’s voice came from behind the door. Xu Xiaoyan giggled and retracted her head as Gu Yue walked out the door.
When he saw Gu Yue before him, Tang Wulin could not help but feel slightly shocked.
Her long black hair was pulled behind her head in a ponytail, making her look young, free, and happy. Her long shite dress was elegant and had no unnecessary ornaments. She looked clean and refreshing.
The young girl who was almost fifteen years old had grown and matured beautifully with age. Gu Yue was not a great beauty, but she had a certain temperament that made it hard to put a finger on. Without even trying, she had an aura of nobility and elegance around her.
“You look beautiful today,” Tang Wulin muttered softly.
Gu Yue’s delicate face flushed red. “Have you had breakfast yet?” She knew how important eating was to him.
Tang Wulin shook his head. “No, I haven’t. I came here to get you first. Then, we’ll be paying the Tang Sect a visit.”
“Alright.” Gu Yue nodded in agreement.
“Hey ho! going out on a date are we?” Xie Xie’s tease reached their ears. “Keep sweeping your floor!” Gu Yue retorted.
In truth, Xie Xie was afraid of her. Perhaps, it was due to the beating he received or maybe he was just terrified by Gu Yue’s outburst yesterday. Standing beeore Gu Yue, he dared not swagger.
Chapter 520: Tang Wulin’s Mecha
After breakfast, Tang Wulin took Gu Yue out. They then hailed a rental soul car and headed straight to Tang Sect.
The mecha was too large, and it was not something that could be stored in their storage unit. In reality, most of the mechas owned by mecha masters needed a special place to park and maintain them. Only mecha masters who were exceptionally strong and rich could equip themselves with the storage soul large enough to fit a mecha. For the time being, Tang Wulin did not have this amount of spare money, and it was unnecessary for him to get
such an expensive soul storage tool just for a yellow mecha. The car arrived at Tang Sect, and the duo disembarked.
“I’m going in to grab something. Then, we’ll head to Heaven Dou City,” Tang Wulin smiled as he spoke to Gu Yue.
“Okay, I’ll wait for you at the entrance.” Although Gu Yue was unfamiliar with the rules of the Tang Sect, it was obviously inappropriate for an outsider like her to enter a sect she did not belong to.
“I’ll be back in a minute,” Tang Wulin said as he strode into the Tang Sect.
The front door of the Tang Sect headquarters was plain and had a horizontal inscribed board hanging above it. The inscribed words — Tang Sect — had a special texture to it, and on the lower right corner was the artist’s
signature. It read — Huo Yuhao.
Huo Yuhao! The Spirit Ice Douluo Huo Yuhao! Obviously, these words
were left behind by that legendary person whose strength once shocked the continent. As she looked at the words ‘Tang Sect’, Gu Yue felt slightly puzzled. If memory served her right, Huo Yuhao should be the powerful person who established the Spirit Pagoda.
Gu Yue was still deep in thought but suddenly, her heart stirred. She instinctively looked toward the sky and heard a whistle coming from within the Tang Sect. Shortly after, she saw a yellow mecha shooting toward the
The mecha was about ten meters tall and was completely covered in yellow paint. After it leaped ten meters into the air, it gradually fell down and headed toward the Tang Sect entrance where she stood.
Gu Yue took a few steps backward. ‘So, there are mecha masters in the Tang Sect as well!’
The mecha landed with impeccable control. It did not make a sound — an apparent show of the mecha master’s skill in controlling the mecha.
The mecha’s ten-meter-tall body was streamlined, making it seem agile. Gu Yue had also picked up some basic mecha operating and identification skills in the academy. She could immediately tell that this was a mecha that
specialized in long-range attacks. Its main weapon was probably the handheld soul cannon strapped to its back.
The soul cannon was more than six meters in length. It was attached on its back and could be fired at any moment with the hand. The soul cannon’s
caliber was about eighty millimeters, and it was already quite a powerful weapon. It could unleash an attack that was similar to an all-out attack by a Soul Ancestor within a range of a thousand meters.
The appearance of mechas had once subverted the position of the soul masters in the continent because any Tom, Dick, and Harry was able to
control a mecha. The only caveat was that they had to have a body strong enough to do so.
Then, the appearance of battle armor along with the support soul masters received from spirit souls enabled them to exercise greater control and have extremely adaptive abilities that regular humans would not. It was only then that they began to dominate the world of mechas to once again, rise to the top of the continent.
Generally speaking, no matter how strong a regular human being’s body was, they strength limited them to only be able to pilot a yellow mecha. Only soul masters could control purple mechas and those beyond it.
The mecha before Gu Yue touched down lightly before it turned toward her. She could not help but frown. ‘What does it want from me?’
“Hey beautiful, fancy coming on board to go sightseeing with me?” An electronic voice was heard from within the yellow mecha.
Gu Yue’s face immediately darkened as she turned to leave. After all, this was the entrance to the Tang Sect. She did not wish to cause a commotion here, and she would not allow herself to be bothered by a yellow mecha.
At this moment, the yellow mecha raised its right arm at her to shoot a golden beam of light.
Gu Yue never expected that she would be attacked by this mecha without being given so much as a warning. She had her back to the mecha and could react after the golden light hit her.
The golden light coiled and wrapped itself silently around her waist but Gu Yue was already glowing with silver light. She prepared herself to use Spatial Retreat, but that thing around her waist felt familiar… It was familiar enough to make her stop her attempt to use Spatial Retreat.
She instinctively looked down and noticed that the golden vines faintly seemed like they had scale patterns on them. They also gave off a faint bluish glow from within. ‘This was…’
She abruptly turned around just in time to witness the cockpit of the mecha slowly opening. A person stood on the pilot’s seat. ‘Isn’t that Tang Wulin?’ Tang Wulin smiled as he waved at her. The Bluesilver Grass pulled her toward him, and Gu Yue managed a small scream as she flew toward the cockpit.
Tang Wulin caught her in his arms and guided her slender limbs to seat her down in the co-pilot’s seat.
The pilot’s seat was designed in such a way that it would require the pilot to stand. This would allow a greater harmonization between driver and mecha and result in greater control. Naturally, braces made to hold the pilot in place were everywhere. The co-pilot’s seat was just behind the pilot’s seat on the side and was designed so the co-pilot would be sitting.
This particular design in the mecha was initially intended to preserve
combat power by swiftly switching the positions of the two pilots via the switching settings in the off-chance that the pilot was faced with
For a civilian-use mecha, it was just perfect for bringing a passenger along.
In many places, rich kids usually had a mecha to their name so they could pick girls up. Sitting in a mecha’s co-pilot seat was definitely a new and
exciting experience for any ordinary person.
After she was seated on the soft and stuffed leather seat, the safety belt clicked into place automatically. Gu Yue rolled her eyes at Tang Wulin. “You came all the way to the Tang Sect just to borrow a mecha?”
Tang Wulin chuckled. “Not borrow. This mecha is mine. I had it custom- made in our academy and stored it here. I’m terrified of soul trains. Trouble seems to find me every time I get on one. Although a soul car is much
cheaper, it’s far inferior to a mecha in terms of practicality.”
“You took the mecha operating course just for this?” Gu Yue asked, puzzled.
Tang Wulin nodded with a smile. “The other reason was that mechas and battle armor are not mutually exclusive! A mecha would just add to my battle prowess. Teacher Wu said that many powerful soul masters are also battle armor masters and mecha masters at the same time. I think that
sounds quite alright. Naturally, the most important part is that I have dreamed of owning a mecha ever since I was a little boy. Now that I have the means to fulfill that dream, I have to try it. This mecha of mine is made from Star Iron along with thousand refined alloys. On the outside, it’s a yellow mecha, but its materials and configurations are at the level of a purple mecha. Only the core circuit’s extremely expensive to inscribe so I used one that’s at the standard of a yellow mecha. This cost me a lot of
contribution points. You’re the first passenger, y’know?”
There was another advantage for him when he left his mecha here. Every time he came to the Battle Soul Hall for his weekly cultivation, he could
also be able to practice on his mecha operating skills as well. There was an area dedicated for mecha operation training within the Battle Soul Hall.
Compared to the basic cultivation techniques taught at the academy, he could select the techniques he was interested in and could pick the more advanced ones.
With his strong physique, Tang Wulin was already very familiar with
controlling a mecha at this moment and was even able to carry out a few complicated moves.
The breastplate clicked shut and turned the interior of the mecha into a sealed space. Tang Wulin then worked his fingers as he confirmed the various indexes of the mecha.
His mecha was left in the Tang Sect most of the time. Naturally, it was very well maintained — everything seemed was normal, and its energy bar was full.
Tang Wulin inserted the Mecha Identification Card he got from Wu Zhangkong into the card slot, and with a light beep, a small row of green words appeared on the auxiliary control panel. It displayed the permissions available to this mecha. He was allowed to freely cruise around most parts of the continent. The federation was still very strict when it came to mechas. After all, mechas had too much destructive power. If a situation were to get out of hand, it would have easily brought about a large number of casualties. This was the reason why it was very difficult for a civilian-use mecha to obtain an official permit.
Under normal circumstances, it would be relatively easier to obtain a permit to cruise in a single city compared to a continent-level permit.