“I know that you have yet to use your real strength,” Situ Yu said in a grave tone, “As the captain of the Cloud Luo Academy team, I hope to have a fair and square match with you. I want to see the real difference between the two of us. If you manage to beat me, there is no need to fight the remaining matches. I hope you can use your actual strength and win my respect.”

Xu Sanshi narrowed his eyes. Even if he was only fifteen years old, the environment he had grown up in had allowed him to become more mature than his peers. Even if Situ Yu was older than him, it didn’t mean that he was more experienced.

“As you wish.” Xu Sanshi said after pondering a moment. Then, he smiled just as before. He wouldn’t let the opponent influence his mood.

At this time, the referee went forward and said in a grave tone, “Both of you, retreat.”

Situ Yu backed up while gazing carefully at Xu Sanshi. While he was retreating, his eyes were becoming fiercer and fiercer. A threatening and sharp aura was emanating from his body. How could someone that was able to lead Cloud Luo Academy through that terrifying first elimination round, arriving in the robin-round phase, not be powerful? Situ Yu was the captain, and also the core of their group!

Xu Sanshi also slowly retreated. More than half of the thin cigar in his mouth was gone. However, he still had a lazy expression as he withdrew. It seemed he wasn’t attaching too much importance to his opponent.

In the waiting area.

Wang Yan had a relaxed expression. Since they were quite near the platform, they had heard their conversation.

However, Huo Yuhao was a bit depressed. After several attempts, he discovered that his Spiritual Detection could go past the protective barrier. Nevertheless, the consumption of spiritual power required to do so was enormous. The consumption of spiritual power while using the AOE Spiritual Detection through the barrier was the same as when he focused it in a single direction normally. If he were to use it, his soul power would quickly deplete. It was impossible to keep it active as usual.

However, Xu Sanshi didn’t seem to be in trouble. Hence, he didn’t take any action. Even Huo Yuhao had yet to experience Xu Sanshi’s real power.

Aside from Wang Yan, Bei Bei was also calm. But the nearby Jiang Nannan was staring at the platform, the scissors in her hand continuously snipping. At this time, her beautiful face was expressionless, and no one knew what she was thinking.

On the platform, Xu Sanshi and Situ Yu had already retreated to the edge of the ring.

After looking at both of them, the referee shouted, “Start!”

Situ Yu, who was standing still a moment ago, grew a thousand hands in the blink of an eye. His body started to emit loud mechanical sounds. The scene that played out was similar to Huo Yuhao and He Caitou’s first encounter. Large numbers of metallic pipes came out of his body. Situ Yu’s body almost doubled in size in a few breaths’ worth of time.

His stout and powerful legs had now grown three support-like metallic things. These three fingernail-like objects had the thickness of a small arm. They were very sharp, and after popping out, they immediately burrowed into the ground, forming a very stable base. Then, large amounts of assault-type soul tools started to emerge from his calves.

Huo Yuhao was continuously monitoring the situation on the platform, and when the soul tools were released, he discovered six places in Situ Yu’s body that were emanating different types of lights. Then, a large number of soul tools started to pop up on his body.

These soul tools weren’t installed on his body beforehand, but were activated just now.

Three not too long, but very thick metallic pipes grew out of Situ Yu’s calves. At the same time, a thick and heavy metallic shell was wrapping his body. He looked like a fortress. Huo Yuhao saw that there were at least thirty metallic pipes on his body. The largest number were concentrated on his chest, was emitting a pale dark gold color; it was a concentrated soul cannon with a caliber of more than 1.5 meters.

Right now, Situ Yu looked even scarier than that fully armed He Caitou seen by Huo Yuhao. He looked like a killing machine. Those pipes made of pure metal were giving off a cool feeling. Four soul rings, two yellow and two purple, appeared beneath his feet. A white light welled up behind his body, changing into a huge fan. It almost seemed as if he were carrying the huge thing on his back.

He Caitou sat beside Huo Yuhao and said in a low voice, “Junior brother, look. That’s the fortress formation, the pinnacle of attack and defense amongst us soul engineers.”

“The fortress formation?” Huo Yuhao asked, somewhat confused.

He Caitou nodded and said, “Yeah, that’s the fortress formation, also known as the soul tool fortress. An armor-type soul tool is protecting his body, sharply increasing his defense. In addition, many other soul tools are equipped all over his body, and amongst them, there are also some auxiliary soul tools to recover soul power. With that, both the defense and attack of the soul engineer will skyrocket, letting them use great power for a short while. Below seven rings, a soul master will hardly be a match for someone using a soul tool fortress.

“But why didn’t teacher tell me about this?” Huo Yuhao asked, surprised.

He Caitou laughed as he said, “The soul tool fortress consumes a large quantity of soul power. Only after obtaining your third ring will you be able to completely display its power. Your current level of soul power is too low; you can’t use it yet. Moreover, our teacher doesn’t like this style too much.”

Huo Yuhao opened his eyes wide and asked, “Why?”

He Caitou replied. “Junior brother, just think about it. Aside from the great offensive and defensive power, what other feelings do you get from this fortress?”

Huo Yuhao thought for a bit, then said, “It’s reliable and stable.”

“But it lacks mobility,” He Caitou continued, “A soul tool fortress needs a lot of soul tools to be displayed, including formations to recover soul power. Therefore, the weight and volume of your equipment will greatly increase. Thus, if you want to equip the soul tool fortress and display its full power, you’ll have to sacrifice your mobility. In times of war, it’s indeed very useful, but if you lose your mobility in a 1v1 fight, you’ll just get passively beaten. However, it’s not too bad here, since the contestants can only act within the bounds of the platform. The Ultimate Soldier Plan developed by our Soul Tool Department will not use this kind of approach; after all, it’s not something that can last for too long. The radiance you saw emanating from his arms, legs, neck, and chest belong to the stored up soul tools. However, it’s very difficult to advance for soul engineers specialized in this fighting style. Just think about it; if you want to upgrade so many soul tools, it will take you at least one year’s worth of time. How will they even have the time to increase their soul power? That large fan on Situ Yu’s back should be his martial soul. I’m sure it doesn’t have any particular skill. All soul engineers specialized in this style will hope that their soul skill will have the ability to increase their soul power, letting them display the complete strength of the soul tool fortress.”

After He Caitou’s explanation, Huo Yuhao comprehended many things, and was enlightened. This time, a huge pressure was weighing down on their shoulders, but they were constantly learning new things after these real battles. After looking at Situ Yu standing on the platform, Huo Yuhao was lost in thoughts. The world of soul tools was full of mysteries!

While these two were talking, the battle on the platform had also started.

Compared to Situ Yu, Xu Sanshi seemed very frail. He was merely holding the Shield of the Xuanwu Turtle in his hand and standing lazily in place. Even after the referee declared the start of the match, he didn’t release any of his soul skills. He advanced with large strides while still holding the thin cigar in his mouth, quickly reducing the distance between him and Situ Yu.

Situ Yu raised both his arms and pressed his elbows against his ribs. The metal junctions started to combine, quickly becoming one. Next, the six metal pipes on each arm started to emit a strong white light. At the same time, his four soul rings started to glitter in an alternating pattern. The huge fan on his back also released several layers of white light.

Countless balls of white light instantly exploded. Each ball of light was big enough to be a threat. In the next instant, they all madly charged toward Xu Sanshi.

It was the six-barrelled miniature soul cannon. This gadget was extremely powerful amongst soul tools of the fourth rank. It was excellent at laying down suppressing fire, and was one the preferred soul tools by armies. If there were ten Class 4 soul engineers using the six-barrelled miniature soul cannon, they could suppress several thousand of soldiers in a certain area.

However, the strong and weak points of this gadget were very clear. The strong points were explosive strength, wide coverage, and high attack power. There was only one notable flaw, but it was a critical one: it required a high consumption of soul power.

A Class 4 soul engineer could use a six-barrelled miniature soul cannon for five minutes at most before having to take a break.

Facing this attack, Xu Sanshi used the most simple way to deal with it. When facing an all-out attack from a six-barrelled miniature soul cannon, the only way out for most soul masters with four rings was to run as far as possible. This gadget couldn’t attack from too far; its attack range was more or less a hundred meters. Therefore, if there was a certain distance between you and them, you wouldn’t be in great danger. But right now, they were on a platform, and there weren’t too many places to hide. Moreover, even if he started running, Xu Sanshi wouldn’t be able to outrun artillery shells made of soul power.

He raised the Shield of the Xuanwu Turtle and placed it in front of his body. Afterward, he squatted down and shrunk, hiding completely behind his shield.

Powerful explosions continuously hit the Shield of the Xuanwu Turtle; at the same time, a black halo spread from it. Xu Sanshi seemed to have fallen into a passive state; he didn’t budge from his original position. But the Shield of the Xuanwu Turtle looked like an impregnable fortress. There wasn’t even a scratch on it.

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