The unspeakably brutal punch sent Jade King flying through the air, and A'Ruheng's body swayed before he caught up to his opponent, as if he had used instantaneous teleportation. He then grabbed onto Jade King's shoulders and hurtled down from above while rotating rapidly like a spinning top. The two of them crashed heavily down onto the ground, and the golden patterns on his body spread to Jade King's body. A string of resounding booms rang out, causing the entire competition platform to tremor violently.
Tang Wulin looked on in a completely flabbergasted manner. He already had very high expectations for this senior disciple brother of his, but even he didn't think that A'Ruheng would be this powerful.
He had watched some of A'Ruheng's past match footage, and he had displayed a lot of power during those previous matches, but not power to this degree! It was undoubtedly the case that he had held back to hide his true power prior to this. Following the emergence of the powerful heartbeat, he was unveiling the true power of the Body Sect's congenital secret method!
Tang Wulin wore a completely stunned look on his face. It could be said that Jade King had suffered a very tragic loss. He had definitely reviewed A'Ruheng's past competition footage as well, but he had completely misjudged A'Ruheng's power. That string of transformations was most likely the second awakening of the secret method.
No, the second awakening should've already happened when his body had first expanded in size; that much was apparent to both Tang Wulin and Jade King, so what was that powerful heartbeat that appeared thereafter?
Could it be... a third awakening of his body martial soul? Was this an unprecedented third awakening? It had to be!
It could be said that among all of the spectators, Tang Wulin was definitely the one who understood the most about the secret techniques of the Body Sect, so he was able to more clearly sense the changes in A'Ruheng's Body Sect abilities. It was no wonder that Jade King had been defeated so quickly; there was no way that he could've anticipated that A'Ruheng still has such an ability.
Not only did A'Ruheng's third awakening render Jade King's attacks completely ineffective, it also allowed him to gain extremely fearsome offensive prowess and explosive power.
Even with this newfound knowledge of A'Ruheng's full power, would he be able to face him and come out on top?
Tang Wulin took a deep breath, and he found that he was unable to give an affirmative answer to his own question! As expected of the senior disciple brother whom Mu Ye had placed such high hopes on!
However, the more powerful A'Ruheng was, the more excited Tang Wulin became. Only by facing powerful opponents would he be able to better tap into his own latent potential and reap the most benefit from these matches.
At this point, the match on the screen was already over. Jade King possessed extremely powerful defensive prowess, but A'Ruheng didn't give him any chances at all to turn the tables, unleashing a barrage of devastating attacks to completely destroy Jade King and end the match.
However, Tang Wulin didn't look down on Jade King because of this. He had lost this match due to a lack of understanding of A'Ruheng's abilities. His martial soul had been rated as the most powerful in the entire competition, and he also had the highest odds; he definitely hadn't reached this stage of the competition through dumb luck, that was for sure. He was going to have a bright future ahead! Perhaps Tang Wulin would get a chance to meet him someday.
Tang Wulin reviewed the footage three times, and every time he saw A'Ruheng begin to undergo his transformation, it evoked within his mind the imagery of an erupting volcano. That powerful heartbeat indicated that he had already cultivated the Body Sect's secret technique to his heart.
All of a sudden, a thought occurred to him; what if he could also cultivate this congenital secret method? if he were to succeed, wouldn't that make him better equipped to handle the influxes of energy from breaking his Golden Dragon King seals?
The implementation of the secret method required a huge quantity of spirit items, but he didn't need all that! His current concern was that his Golden Dragon King seals contained too much energy for his own body to handle.
He was going to ask Mu Ye later down the track if he could teach him the congenital secret technique. Even if he couldn't successfully cultivate it, he would at least be able to reference it for his future body refinement.
Overall, Tang Wulin was grateful toward his 18 Golden Dragon King seals. After all, there was no way that he would've been able to attain this level of power at such a young age without them, but at the same time, the 18 seals also presented him with a massive threat. Under the current circumstances, it appeared that he wouldn't have to worry about them for at least the next three years, but what would happen after that?
He had to accelerate in his cultivation progression, but most importantly, he had to progressively improve his own physical tolerance. He had already accumulated such a strong foundation before breaking the 10th seal, yet he had still been afflicted with such intense agony; would he be able to forge a foundation that was just as strong prior to breaking his next seal? At this point in time, that appeared to be a very difficult task.
As such, he had to find more methods to cultivate his own body, or secure some spirit items that would be extremely beneficial to strengthening his body.
The federation announced that the Star Battle Net was going to be shut down for three days for maintenance so that it could handle the intensity of the grand final match.
It was undoubtedly the case that the federation had made losses on both of the semifinal matches when they had been anticipating massive profits instead, and this was simply due to the fact that the system's tolerance capacity was too low. In fact, even the Star Cabins were experiencing some issues.
Following his semifinal match, Tang Wulin could feel that some of the parts within his Star Cabin were already overheating. He was going to be facing the most powerful opponent in the grand final, so he would definitely have to fight with all his might, and it would be a massive joke if the Star Battle Net were to break down. On top of that, it would undoubtedly cause irreparable damage to the Star Battle Net's reputation.
As such, the federal government quickly made a series of adjustments. Firstly, they were implementing temporary upgrades on the Star Battle Net to ensure the successful completion of the grand final matches at all costs. Secondly, the developers and relevant experts had released a detailed statement, explaining why such a situation had taken place. They were making it very clear that nothing was wrong with the battle net itself; it was simply the case that the participants were too powerful. Even though they were only two-word battle armor masters, their powers had already far exceeded that of even the average three-word battle armor master.
For example, during the clash between Jade King and Strength King, neither of them had donned their suits of battle armor before the match was decided, yet a large proportion of the spectators were still killed, and that was sufficient testament to their extraordinary powers.
That's right, Jade King didn't even get a chance to release his suit of two-word battle armor before he was completely destroyed by that explosive and sustained barrage of attacks from A'Ruheng.
When there was still one day left before the grand finale, Tang Wulin received the brand new Star Cabin sent to the Blood God Legion by the federation.
Compared to his previous Star Cabin, this one was over three times larger, and it appeared to be more intricate and resolute.
It was undoubtedly the case that there was no way such massive Star Cabins could become prevalent fixtures, but in order to ensure the smooth progression of the grand final, the federal government had no choice but to send this fortified Star Cabin to Tang Wulin for his final two matches.
After Tang Wulin finished testing out his new Star Cabin, Blood One asked, "The grand finals are about to begin; is there anything on your mind?"
Tang Wulin replied, "Not really, I just want to keep becoming more powerful during these matches. If these matches were taking place in real life, I would be able to make greater improvements, but the Star Battle Net allows everyone to fight without any inhibition. It has to be said that this is a monumental piece of technology that is very much worthy of widespread implementation."
Blood One nodded, and said, "The federation has already made up its mind to promote the Star Battle Net. The Star Battle Net and space exploration are the two major areas that the federal researchers and developers will be working toward in the future."
Tang Wulin's heart stirred slightly upon hearing this. "Space exploration? Would you happen to know what level the federation has reached in that field?"
Blood One replied, "They've made a few breakthroughs, but it'll still take a very long time before they can develop the vital pieces of technology. Most importantly, the continent is running very low on resources, and that will have a very severe negative impact on sustained research and development, so..."
Blood One's voice trailed off here, and Tang Wulin's brows furrowed slightly. Indeed, after so many years of development, many of the Douluo Continent's mineral resources were quickly dwindling.
Battle armor, mechas, and soul technology all required vast amounts of resources as a foundation to facilitate continued research and development, but the continent's resources were finite, constant exploitation of these resources by humans was really beginning to take its toll.
At present, human technology was still nowhere near advanced enough to facilitate voyages into outer space to search for resources, so they could only set their sights within the Douluo Star.
The Douluo Federation already had sufficient military power under its belt, and it had been eyeing the two neighboring continents for a very long time. However, the circumstances surrounding those two continents were rather special, so they weren't willing to attack at this point and were lying in wait.
Following the release of the Star Battle Net, the federation had clearly taken another extremely significant stride in its technological development, so it was difficult to predict when war was going to be waged.Previous Chapter Next Chapter