purging epithet

3e1h9 – The Victor

Wu Siduo had thought her soul power was fully recovered, but evidently, that was not the case.

In a flash of white light, she switched martial souls.

As white hair began to cover her body, a golden aura emerged and she grew more muscular. Instead of rushing out this time, she used her body’s newfound strength to slowly force her way out of the tornado step by step.

However, earth walls soon greeted her. The walls weren’t very sturdy, and she could easily destroy them with a punch. But the problem was that in the time it took her to break a wall, the the tornado caught up to her position and kept on obscuring her vision. She couldn’t maintain a straight path as she tried to escape. So, she never made any progress escaping its clutches.

Wu Siduo wore a sullen expression. Although she was an agility-type soul master first and foremost, she favored direct confrontations and winning her battles through brute force. It pained her endure such a quagmire-like battlefield where she couldn’t even locate her opponent.

She was confident that if she could use Hell White Tiger at that moment, she would be able to break free. She believed that Gu Yue maintained a large distance between them in caution of her Hell White Tiger, but even so, her fusion soul skill would be able to instantly turn the tide of battle.

Yet now as the seconds ticked by, the winds grew in its frenzy and the storm’s power continue to rise. Gu Yue continued to use Elemental Tide to funnel external elemental energy into the storm, building upon its power.

In a flash of silver, Gu Yue appeared at Tang Wulin’s side pale-faced.

“Let’s run! I can’t control it any longer.” There was a limit to how much elemental energy she could control with Elemental Tide, and if the energy was left unchecked, it would rampage out of her control and explode.

Since she her opponent was Wu Siduo, she didn’t dare hold back any cards. Now, the result was an unstable elemental storm on the verge of erupting.

There was no need to consider Wu Siduo anymore. Gu Yue’s Elemental Tide condensed the elemental energy to a level far beyond her control as well as her three soul rings. Wu Siduo’s tragic fate was sealed.

The four teammates turned tail and ran. Though pale, a satisfied smile blossomed on Gu Yue’s lips. She had succeeded. The battle may not have gone as she wanted and Wu Siduo was weaker than her peak, but it was still her victory. In a one-on-one battle, she stood the victor.

As they ran away, the world distorted and a beam of light shined down on them. After a moment of light warping, they found themselves in darkness. The mental shock left them in a stupor.

After some more time passed, their heads cleared and they found themselves back in the real world. Their cabins opened up and the stepped out into the wide room they were initially led to.

When they stepped out, they found nearly a hundred pair of eyes staring at them.

Several of those gazes were filled with complex emotions.

One of them was the stoic Yang Nianxia. He stared at Tang Wulin with his brows knitted. After being eliminated he had a clear view of the the rest of the competition through the screens. All sorts of emotions warred within his heart, and all he manage was a bitter smile.

Of the five geniuses of the first grade, Luo Guixing had the calmest expression. He sat in a corner of the room, his knees held in his arms and his eyes staring off into nothingness as he seemed to ponder some things.

Jade Snake Zheng Yiran regarded Tang Wulin in a new light now. Although her gaze mainly remained on Tang Wulin, she occasionally sent hateful glances at Gu Yue.

Xu Yucheng was just as pale as usual. He fought to suppress the twitching in his hands as he stared at Tang Wulin with a cold glint in his eyes.

He felt disgraced to lose to Tang Wulin. Even if Tang Wulin’s martial soul was a monstrous variant, he was still only a two-ringed Soul Grandmaster. As a Soul Ancestor, Xu Yucheng had no excuse for losing.

Wu Siduo had exited before Tang Wulin’s team and wore the ugliest expression of them all. She stared daggers at Gu Yue as she huffed with rage.

The hundred or so clamoring students finally quieted down once Tang Wulin’s team of four came out. In the silence, even a pin drop could be heard.

Everyone’s eyes were on them, but mostly Tang Wulin and Gu Yue.

It didn’t matter what sort of devious strategies and tactics they had drawn up since they had defeated Immortal Xu Yucheng and Hell Wu Siduo in one-on-one combat! The two were both four-ringed soul masters widely accepted as the strongest in their grade. But Tang Wulin and Gu Yue had two and three rings respectively!

“The difference in strength between the four of you is clear, so there was no need for the competition to continue any longer. Tang Wulin, Gu Yue, you two are on the same team, so choose who will be the class president and the vice-presidents.”

Unlike Tang Wulin, Gu Yue immediately took a step back, a clear sign of her opinion.

Tang Wulin to look at her, only to be met with a sweet smile. He didn’t bother to try to modestly decline. Sometimes, one just had to accept the responsibility.

Shen Yi nodded, then turned to Xie Xie and Xu Xiaoyan. “Normally, we only take into consideration who’s left standing at the end, but though you two showed remarkable power, it isn’t enough. You both survived until the end, so you have two choices now: insist on your candidacy for vice-president, or step back. Let me remind you that there’s a reselection for class representatives once every term, and strength will always be the decider.”

“I’ll give up,” Xu Xiaoyan instantly said. She had a clear understanding of her abilities. To further drive in her resignation, she began walking to join the spectators, finding her position at Luo Guixing’s side.

The corner of Xie Xie’s mouth twitched as he watched her leave.

That girl’s acting is the real deal!

“I give up too!” Although he hesitated for a moment, Xie Xie still resolved himself. “But I’m sure that I’ll one day be able to be a challenger for president or vice-president!”

An eerie calm settled on him, completely unlike his normal jittery self. On the battlefield, he had gained a deeper understanding of his position. Every single time an opponent stronger than him appeared served as stimulus to him and drove him to improve faster.

Shen Yi regarded them calmly. “So you both choose the second option. Since the two of you lasted until the end and chose to give up on being the vice-presidents, you will be rewarded with two thousand contribution points to distribute among you two. As for filling the remaining vice-president seat… Wu Siduo, would you like to take the position?”

Wu Siduo looked at Gu Yue, then Tang Wulin. She took in a deep breath and resolved herself. “I’ll do it!”

Shen Yi smiled. “Good. Then everything is settled. The class president is Tang Wulin, and the two vice-presidents are Gu Yue and Wu Siduo.”

This was the best scenario she could have hoped for. While Xie Xie was by no means weak, he couldn’t compare with Wu Siduo. If not a single one of the five genius rankers held a position as a class representative, the entire class would be restless. With Wu Siduo, the strongest of the rankers, as a vice-president, the rest would be too intimidated to throw a big fuss. At the very least, discontent would be curbed.

“We’ll hold competitions for the remaining three representative positions accordingly. The blacksmiths representative is already settled, with Tang Wulin being both class president and the blacksmith representative, so that leaves the mecha designers, makers, and mechanics. Now, would all designers, makers, and mechanics rank two and higher come sign up to compete.”

Tang Wulin listened calmly. There were seven representative positions, yet he occupied two. He had a firm standing in the class now. Besides that, he had a deeper understanding of his classmates thanks to the battle for presidency.

Gu Yue left his side and walked over to sign up.

She’s trying to be the designer representative too?

Wu Siduo, Luo Guixing, and Xu Yucheng also went to register.

As members of the Genius Youths Ranking, they were both strong and skilled in their professions. Only Yang Nianxia remained still as he directed an awkward smile at Tang Wulin.

“Junior brother, you really know how to act lowkey!”

Tang Wulin smiled. “I was just lucky. If Xu Yucheng hadn’t been so exhausted, I don’t think I could have won.”

Yang Nianxia shook his head. “You can’t be so sure about that.”

“Anyone who isn’t signing up for the profession competitions can leave now. Class is over. Meet back here for class tomorrow,” Shen Yi announced.

Yang Nianxia chuckled. “Let’s go then, oh great class president. Take good care of me in the future!”

Tang Wulin smiled wryly. “Let’s look after each other.”

Tang Wulin knew how important it was to obtain the approval of his classmates as class president, but it was a gradual process. He could only take things slowly for now.

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